MUST DO'S....THIS SUMMER
CATCH A WAVE!
The coastline from Torquay to the 12 Apostles has surf spots dotted along it.
The Great Ocean Road region has some of the world surfing professionals' favourite surf spots. Most famous of all is internationally renowned Bells Beach, home to the annual Rip Curl Pro event - a hallmark event for Victoria.
If you're an inexperienced or beginner surfer, the best way to learn is to take a surf lesson. These are usually held by qualified professionals on easier breaks.
FEAST ON OUR FESTIVALS!
The summer months are a superb time to be “on the road”..join us at one our many festivals. The iconic Port Fairy Folk Festival attracts first class musicians, playing for your enjoyment across a variety of venues.
Maybe the Lorne Pier to Pub is for you, the largest open water swim in the world. Imagine how exciting it will be to participate.
If Cycling is your thing, the Cadell Evans Great Ocean Road Race provides a weekend of the world’s best cycling, delivering high excitement and intense competition. You could also participate in Otway Odyssey, the ultimate mountain bike marathon in Australia.
Slow down the pace a little, take in the ambience and the delights that is the Apollo Bay Seafood and Local Produce Festival….An aquatic smorgasbord serving up deliciousness…yum!!
SUMMER, SAND & SWIMMING
Sounds just like the recipe for happiness….
From Torquay to Portland and beyond there are literally hundreds of bay and ocean beaches to choose from.
In summer they act as a cool retreat, the fun of building a sandcastle with a toddler, walking along the waters edge as the as the ocean laps at toes, and then a swim to cool off from the summer heat, it all adds up to summer on the Great Ocean Road.
It may be tempting to jump in anywhere along the coast, but we advise it's best to look for the yellow and red beach flags. They signify that there are lifesavers around looking after you and your family, at patrolled beaches.We look forward to seeing you this summer.
Play your way through the Region!
Some of the best places to play for kids and teens. Along with Nature's spectacular playground, the villages on and around the Great Ocean Road offer some great parks and outdoor play spaces
Fantastic wildlife experiences for all ages. Get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, spot a whale in winter or spring and if your lucky meet some of the rarer inhabitants of the region.
Festivals for Kids!
From the dedicated Fun4Kids in Warrnambool & Kids KAOS in Anglesea - find events suitable for families. The Casterton Kelpie Muster, the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival, Lornes FOPA and Port Fairy Folk Festival all cater for the young ones and the Great OCean Road Marathon and Amy's Gran Fondo offer kids the opportunity to participate in special family events.
Forage for the best of the region
Truffles, mushrooms, berry-picking and more! Picking it yourself is your freshness guarantee!
Beer, wine, cider & whisky! There's a tipple in the region for everyone!
Throughout the Great Ocean Road region you'll find many artisans and creators in shops and at markets
The region offers opportunities to learn about the first human inhabitants of this land
The treacherous seas and rugged coastline caused many devastating shipwrecks in the region
The Story of the Road
Discover more about the region and the construction of the road following The Great War