A very quiet sleepy town on a winter's night
Sleepy fishing village, beautiful scenery, cosy accomodation
London Arch or "London Bridge" as it is also called was another highlight of our trip on the Great Ocean Road. The London Arch is much like the Twelve Apostles, as it too was formed by erosion from the wind and surf from the Southern Ocean. The Arch once resembled a bridge but erosion finally collapsed the span in 1990. Now, all that remains in the...more
The Highlight of our trip on the Great Ocean Road was seeing the Twelve Apostles. The My wife had wanted to see this for many years so finally in November 2012 we decided to travel the Great Ocean Road to make her dream a reality.The Twelve Apostles are limestone stacks that jut out of the Southern Ocean. The stacks have been formed from many years...more
A short drive down on the Great Ocean Road past the 12 Apostles is Gibson's Steps. The steps are weathered cliffs that look like steps decending down to the beach below. My wife and I visited this area and took in the incredible views from this point. It was a windy day and the ocean made such an incredible roar as it crashed on the rocks.more
Worm Bay is a calm stretch of beach on the Great Ocean Road by the eastern side of the Bay of Martyrs. The reefs and headlands protect this beach from rough surf so it is ideal for swimming. This beach was a nice stretch of beige sand between some limestone cliffs. The water was very calm with few small waves in the blue/green waters. If the water...more
After enjoying lunch in the town of Port Cambell we were back on the Great Ocean Road to see some more sights. We came upon the Discovery Walk Lookout about ten minutes out of town. This area has a scenic look out of the town and ocean as well as walking trails. We decided to stop and take in some of the views.The views were very nice of the town,...more
Bay of Martyrs is another stop we made along the Great Ocean Road. The Bay has a cove beach with rocky cliffs and small rock formations in the ocean waters. This area as well was formed by erosion; quite windswept and with large waves. The beach area though is alot calmer than that of the Twelve Apostles since the cove breaks up the heavy surf....more
Erosion created the Thunder cave as well as many of the other Geological wonders of the Great Ocean Road. Before we even saw the cave, we hear the roar of the Ocean from the car park. The Ocean roars into this crevice of rock with such a force it almost sounds like a wild animal or something of myth. It is a spectacular sight as the ocean pours and...more
This section of the Great Ocean Road is the most photographed and visited. Here the unrelenting sea has battered the ancient limestone coast leaving a spectacular series of rock stacks, known as the Twelve Apostles. Currently, however, there are only six Apostles which is a testament to the process of erosion and undercutting that is ongoing and...more
Included as a part of the Twelve Apostles Marine Park and the Port Cambell National Park, this extraordinary gorge is named after the unfortunate three-masted square-rigged iron-hulled clipper Loch Ard which foundered off Mutton Bird Island in 1978. Captain Gibb was trying to enter the western entrance of Bass Strait during heavy fog which was...more
This is the beginning section of the Great Ocean Road from the west. This spectacular bay is dotted with island rock stacks that are constantly battered by huge waves even on calm days. There are four viewing platforms and 1.8kms of walking trails. Notice the water filled sink holes along the trails. They contribute to the engineering of future...more
This is a classic example of the erosional forces of sink holes. The Grotto was created when multiple pools wore away and dissolved the limestone below it until they met creating a natural arch. Easy access from the Great Ocean Road by paved areas and stairways.See video at The Great Ocean Roadmore
TORQUAY22km from Geelong (GL), both tours drove passed this seaside town without a stop. The beach here is popular with families. It is also a Fishermans Beach where you will find boating, sailing & windsurfing. Lifesavers patrol available during summer. BELLS BEACHThe 1st stop with Gowest Tours is Bells Beach, 30km from GL, for a 20 mins toilet...more
The Shipwreck Coast takes its name for the many ships wrecked on this treacherous stretch. Lord Ard Gorge is perhaps most famous for a shipwreck story which happened at this spot almost 120 yrs ago. (I even has the fortune of sitting through an Australian movie made on the topic while travelling with Greyhound tours) In summary: 52 people died...more
After travelling all day from Mt Gambier, we decided to stay the first night at Port Campbell. This...more
10 Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria, 3269, Australia
Good for: Business
314 Booringa Road, Port Campbell, Australia
Good for: Families
We stopped off in Port Campbell to explore the town and decided to grab some lunch as well. We walked along Lord Street and checked out the menus before we found this place. The menu looked good and so did the food on the tables, so we decided to eat here.This is a casual place with small tables outside, about 4 in total. The menu is on a large...more
Looking over the beach and the bay, floor to ceiling windows, decking at front and to the side, this place looked the ideal place to grab lunch. Didn't expect anything too fancy and wanted to keep it simple. Not in a rush but not looking for a long Sunday lunch.Steak sandwich served with fries, chicken schnitzel burger and for the kids, one wanted...more
This is the only Pub in Port and it has a good bar and lounge area. On a summers day you can sit outside and enjoy a beer or two.They are open 7 days a week for Lunch and Dinner.They also have a bottle shop for the take home grog. The Pub's menu is extensive and it's a matter of having what you like.They do have Grayfish when in season...The...more
My wife and I made arrangements to rent a car through Europcar for our drive on the Great Ocean Road. We arrived at the train station in Melbourne and headed off to the car rental office. Our car was at an off site location (weird) so we hopped into a car with the clerk to another Europcar location to pick up our car.Our car was a basic economy...more
SELF-DRIVEThe B100 is the Great Ocean Road.It is a 2-hour drive from the heart of Melbourne to the start of the Great Ocean Road at Torquay.Travel via the Princes Highway over the West Gate Bridge to the bayside city of Geelong. From here you can take the Surf Coast Highway to the famous surf town of Torquay. The Great Ocean Road covers a distance...more
Port Campbell is located a couple hours outside of Melbourne, Victoria. There are several options on getting here by plane, but no matter which option, you will have a drive ahead of you. There is also a regional airport in nearby Portland, Victoria.. but you would still look forward to an hour or two.International flights serve points throughout...more
My wife loves the water and the temps were heating up during our afternoon; so she decided to teat the water. Yeah, it was freezing cold, so no ocean dip for her that day. We asked a local fisherman if this was the norm for this time of year and he told us yes. The water tends to be a bit colder here in the South.more
Again I will say to visitors to any beach/lake/water hole in Australia, BE CAREFUL...swim between the flags on beaches, if you aren't sure if it's a good area to swim. DON'T.....When you go out in a boat make sure you have all the life saving equipment you need.Life Jackets , flares etc.Check the boating laws and follow those. One minute you can be...more
Luggage and bags:
Day trippers should carry a little pack for your camera, water, snacks and possibly a small jacket.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Most of the people visiting Port Campbell are day tripping it from the Melbourne area, so it would make alot of sense to bring a couple layers. The wind was not bad when we were there, although other reports have told us that we were there on almost a perfect day. A medium weight windbreaker or a fleece pullover would be good. I wore jeans and was not uncomfortable, but would have been a little chilly in shorts.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Readily available throughout the city and attractions.
Photo Equipment: Wide angle lens, and a nice zoom.
Tours don't make long stops so while everyone rushes around to soak up the magic of Lord Ard Gorge, the tight time meant abandoning some of the other attractions around the spot.I was fortunate to be given the chance to visit some of these spots: The Blowhole, Thunder Cave and Sherbrooke River.All situated on the right from Lord Ard Gorge, driving...more
I am not sure if any tours from the city will end up here - I reckon the chance to be low considering we only saw private cars in the carpark!The Otway Fly is a 600 m long 25 m high elevated tree top walk ascending at a gentle grade through a magnificent stand of cool temperate rainforest featuring Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Mountain Ash. A 45 m...more
Here, where the Great Ocean Road goes away from the Ocean, the Cap is the Otway Ntl Park.On the Cap is a nice lighthouse and also the jungle walk.My Travell Book said it would take 45 Minutes for the walk, but then you are really either very slowly walking or fotographing a lot of plants...I think it is a good counterpart after all the driving....more
I'm not quite sure where you'd surf at Port Campbell, but it's definitely not near the cliffs of the 12 Apostles, as there's no beach access from the Cliffs.
I also think that along this part of the coastline, you'd probably want to be an experienced surfer.
Equipment: There is a surf shop in most of the beach towns along the Great Ocean Road, including in the main street of Port Campbell.
The Great Ocean Road can be 'done' as a day trip from Melbourne to see the Twelve Apostles. However, it would be a shame to race through in one day and back and miss most of it.The spectacular coastline west of Cape Otway cannot be enjoyed from the car. The road is too far inland to offer any view of the cliffs. You have to stop at the viewpoints...more