30 August 2018
SPRING ACTIVE ADVENTUREby GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Sunshine and Adventure go hand in hand. It’s time to shake off those winter blues and get outdoors and the Surf Coast is the perfect place to do it.
Torquay is Victoria’s surfing Mecca and for those with experience and a bit of brave Bells Beach is the place to test your mettle. (For those who aren’t quite ready to step into Mick Fanning’s shoes, we suggest try a beach break nearby like the Torquay Main Beach or Anglesea’s Point Roadknight.) If it’s hard to find a car park, you know there will be a great show and plenty of talented locals to watch in the water.
You’ll find it difficult to drive past the many beaches you’ll see from the Great Ocean Road along the surf coast. From Anglesea through to Lorne there seems to be sand and beach access to entice you around every bend. We love the Painkalac Creek mouth at Aireys Inlet – underneath the vigil of the Split Point Lighthouse, or the stretch of sand between Moggs Creek and Eastern View where you’ll see the iconic Pole House and if your lucky Patrick Dangerfield on his favourite surf break!
Some think the Great Ocean Road really begins as you pass under the Memorial Arch (this isn’t true, it begins in Torquay). The Arch is actually placed here out of convenience – the original arch was built at the site of the first Toll Gate site a little further on (Road tolls aren’t new here in Victoria!). Here’s where the search begins for the best beaches. The irresistible call of the sea just gets louder from here on! Some of the beaches aren’t suitable for swimming but feeling the sand between your toes, having a paddle or exploring the hidden treasure in rock pools is anyone’s game .
Lorne hits the spot for all your shopping and dining needs with Mountjoy Parade heaving with restaurants and cafes for any budget or taste and boutiques featuring a lovely balance of surf wear and designer pieces. The foreshore promenade stretching form the Swing Bridge (make sure you have enough change in your pocket for Lorne’s finest latte at the cute café located here) to the Pier, Loutit Bay is a lovely protected beach perfect for water sport adventures (take a lesson with Go Ride a Wave or hire equipment from HAH at the Pavillion).
Lorne boasts 10 waterfalls within 10kms. There’s more hidden in the bush here but you’ll find at least 10 accessible by trails within the Great Otway National Park. Erskine Falls is popular for it’s easy access and Sheoak Falls is a beauty that is just a 15 minute walk from the car park on the Great Ocean Road. Many of the waterfall trails connect so if you are into hiking it’s easy to make a day or two of it based in Lorne. If you’re looking for thrills, don’t miss LiveWire Park on Erskine Falls Road with it’s Roller Coaster Zipline, Ropes Course and canopy walk.
Want to pitch your camp in one of the most spectacular campgrounds on the coast? Try The Cumberland River Caravan Park where the river, sheer cliffs and a beauty of a beach will cover all your needs. You can have a campfire here (out of fire danger season) and for those not brave enough to pitch a tent, try Hire a Kombi for some nostalgia or Twilight Glamping to crank the comforts up a notch. There’s not great phone reception so make sure you’re prepared to switch off completely!