If you’re going to visit the Great Ocean Road, don’t rush it. Rather than just setting aside one day to visit the Twelve Apostles and clicking pictures for your social media, spend some more time visiting the coastal regions on this road. The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s best road trips for many reasons. If you have the time, give yourself at least three days as the one-day trips can bypass many of the beautiful highlights in the area.

If you don’t own a car, you can hire one and explore the 243km road with flexibility. Along with the stunning beaches, waterfalls, and forests, there are these amazing towns that deserve your time:

  1. Torquay

The GOR officially starts in the town of Torquay. Start your drive from this direction so that you can make easier stops at the various viewpoints. The town is famous for its surfing culture and is home to one of Australia’s best beaches – Bells Beach. The views from the cliff-off are truly spectacular and worthy of your time. There are many other popular activities like fishing, nature walks, mountain bike riding, surfing, and sailboarding in this town.

  1. Lorne

This picturesque town is located right on the ocean and is charming, to say the least. There are many delicious cafes to satisfy your coffee and cake cravings. Shoppers will also love the town for its pretty boutiques, unique shops, and exciting galleries. Don’t forget to head to the beach for a lovely walk with your family or friends and head to Teddy’s Lookout for a mesmerizing view of the Great Ocean Road.

  1. Kennett River

This is a laid-back town between Lorne and Apollo Bay with a population of just 50 people! The town is best known to see koalas in the wild and you’ll notice crowds of people looking up to find koalas on the trees. You can also spot glow worms at night and feed wild king parrots and Rosellas. If you’d like to spend some more time with your furry friends here, you can also head to the Caravan Park in the town.

  1. Apollo Bay

Exactly mid-way on the Great Ocean Road lies Apollo Bay, the destination where the hills meet the sea. Head to the Mariners Lookout for a panoramic view and you’ll be spellbound at what you see! The town was initially a sleepy fishing village but now has lots of restaurants, cafes, markets and also hosts the Apollo Bay Music Festival. Take a walk down at Cape Otway and you’ll find lots of waterfalls, rainforests, lighthouses, and farmland, making it an exceptional walk in the country.

  1. Port Campbell

Its proximity to Port Campbell National Park, Twelve Apostles and other famous landmarks on the Great Ocean Road make it a wonderful place to spend some time. You can visit the Gibson’s steps, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Bay of Islands, The Grotto and other amazing spots from this town.


So next time you’re visiting the Great Ocean Road, don’t miss out on these gems along the journey!