The iconic Great Ocean Road is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, and only 3 hours away from cosmopolitan Melbourne.

Built as a memorial for fallen soldiers in WW1, the road was officially opened in 1932, connecting the coastal towns and beginning what would become Victoria’ s most popular holiday destination.

Today, the Great Ocean Road comprises three sections: the Surf Coast, the Green Coast and the Shipwreck Coast. The Surf Coast is coastal driving at its best. With endless vistas of turquoise waters, empty beaches and gorgeous mountain scenery, the road hugs the water for hours, linking the stunning coastal towns of Anglesea, Airey’s Inlet, Lorne and Apollo Bay. The Surf Coast is also home to Victoria’s best surf beaches, including the world-famous breaks at Bells Beach, the site of the oldest professional surfing event in the world.

The Green Coast is a departure from the ocean as the scenery dramatically changes into lush temperate rainforest and the largest mountains along the Great Ocean Road. There are some beautiful walks here at Maits Rest and Melba Gully, where it’s easy to forget that you were standing on a beach only moments ago.

Then, we have the Shipwreck Coast, home to the truly unforgettable 12 Apostles, a group of enormous limestone rock formations. Stay for sunset, then wait for the penguins to return to make the experience even more memorable. There is so much more to the Shipwreck Coast. Loch Ard Gorge will take your breath away, The Grotto is unlike anything else you will see and the Bay of Martyrs has two excellent swimming beaches that are never crowded.

The largest town on the Great Ocean Road, and the only city, with a modest population of 32,000 people, Warrnambool is ignored by the 1-day tours, despite having so much to offer. Tower Hill, a 30,000-year-old sunken volcano in a National Park, is now home to Australia’s famous furry friends. Wild koalas, kangaroos, emus and wallabies are in abundance, with plenty of walks for people of all ages to enjoy.

Winter time also brings Southern Right Whales to Logan’s Beach, where the mothers will rear their young, often only metres from the shoreline. At other times, it is an impressive surf beach. While it is possible to see the Great Ocean Road in one day, it is much more relaxing and enjoyable to take your time over two days.

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