WALK OF LIFE - GREAT OCEAN WALK
The Great Ocean Walk is a 104km walk along some of the most scenic coastline in the world. The one way journey shadows the famous Great Ocean Road where the lush hinterland meets the ocean. The entire walk takes eight days but can be broken into shorter two, three and four day hikes.
The track takes walkers through landscapes teeming with life from the native Australian bush land home to kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and kookaburras, to the beaches and rock pools home to crabs, fish, sea urchins and soaring sea birds. Those who walk the trail will find themselves easily distracted by nature’s performers.
Memories from the walk will stay with you for life - a chance sighting of a whale breaching in the bay, sunset over the iconic 12 Apostles, kangaroos grazing in the crisp morning air, waves crashing onto rugged sandstone cliffs, a towering lighthouse against a stormy sky, the sun dancing on the water as it meets the ocean waves - simple yet spectacular experiences that are unique to each individual walker.
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MAKING WORLD CLASS WAVES
It’s no secret that some of the best surf breaks in the world are found along the Great Ocean Road - it has even been confirmed by Hollywood with the mention of the famous Bells Beach in the cult hit movie Point Break so it must be true right?
Professional and amateur surfers alike come from all over the world to ride a wave on the spectacular coast and while the water may be a little cool the waves certainly don’t disappoint.
If you have never taken to the water with a surfboard, never fear! There are numerous learn to surf schools dotted along the coast that will have you paddling out and standing up on your board riding a wave in no time (even if just for a few seconds).
The Great Ocean Road is very proud to be the home of the annual Rip Curl Pro held on the Easter long weekend each year at Bells Beach near Torquay. It is the longest running professional surf contest in the world, attracting surf enthusiasts since the 1960s’. The prize – The Bell, an iconic trophy whose featured bell is rung by the winner each year. It is competitively sought after by all pro surfers, a dream they have had since they were a little grommet (child surfer).
Even if you are not a surfer come and hang five (or ten) in Australia’s surfing mecca and visit the Australian National Surfing Museum dedicated to the culture and history of surfing in Australia. The interactive experience offers you an insight into all aspects of the sport from the characters and champions to the movies and memorabilia - you are guaranteed to walk out humming a Beach Boys surf tune for sure!
Australian National Surfing Museum
Address: 77 Beach Rd, Torquay, Victoria 3228
Phone: 03 5261 4606 | Mobile: 0417 386 430
Go Ride a Wave (Learn to surf)
Address: 143B Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria 3230
Phone: 03 5263 2111
Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
Address: 106 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay, Victoria 3228
Phone: 03 5261 3730 | Freecall: 1800 787 353
Rip Curl Pro
Dates: Australian Easter Long Weekend
Address: Bells Beach Foreshore, Bells Beach Rd, Bells Beach, Victoria 3228
Phone: 03 5261 2907
Adventure and nature go hand in hand and for mountain bikers the more rugged the better.
The Great Ocean Road region offers all levels of biking trails, from various Rail Trails perfectly suited to family rides to the purpose built Forrest Mountain Bike Precinct with eight separate trails covering over 50km that cater to thrill seeking experienced riders.
The Otway Odyssey, Forrest 6 hr Ride and Rainforest Ride are annual riding events building Forrest’s reputation among the growing Australian mountain bike community and are also being recognised internationally.
New riders can hire equipment and gather maps and advice from locals to begin the adventure. There is a purpose built park at Anglesea where you can hone your skills.
Explore the region from a whole new perspective on two wheels and remember safety first on or off road.