05 June 2018
13 MUST-SEE PLACES ALONG THE GREAT OCEAN ROADby MATT CHARLESWORTH
Humble Trail has uncovered 13 natural places to see on the Great Ocean Road to turn any itinerary into the ultimate road trip.
Hopetoun Falls is the most picturesque waterfall on the Great Ocean Road and arguably in Victoria too.
It’s worth the 500m walk down the stairs to see this beautiful place at eye-level; a symmetrical plunge before cascading right underneath the viewing platform. Follow these directions. *Roads not suitable for caravans or large vehicles.
Suitable for most fitness levels, there’s also pram and wheelchair access to the top lookout, before a steep descent down to the bottom. To see this beautiful place, park here and walk.
Loch Ard Gorge
Loch Ard Gorge is one of the most scenic places to see on the Great Ocean Road; a protected, sandy beach nestled amongst cliffs.
Waves thread their way through the gorge and up onto the beach when the swell is up. And when it’s calm, the inlet turns glassy and turquoise blue. Tour Groups frequent here during the day, time your visit for sunrise or sunset to avoid the crowds. Directions here.
The Redwoods are a magical plantation of Californian Redwood trees hidden in the midst of the Otway forest surrounding Apollo Bay. The Redwoods are not native to the Great Ocean Road but they definitely complement its appeal.
Follow your nose and get lost beneath these giants. Easily accessible on foot from the car park but the roads surrounding Beech Forest are not suitable for large vehicles or caravans. Follow this link for directions.
In the foothills of the seaside village of Apollo Bay sits Marriners Lookout; a panoramic viewing point offering an almost birds eye-view of the Great Ocean Road and its coastline.
Just a short drive out of town and then a short walk to the lookout, don’t miss this gem. Find directions and more information here.
Once much larger and connected to the mainland, the Razorback has been carved back to just a little slither of limestone off the coast.
Great for photography and an epic place to catch the sunset, make sure to put this on your list of places to see. The walk begins at the Loch Ard Gorge car park.
Lower Kalimna Falls
Lower Kalimna Falls is not the biggest waterfall on the Great Ocean Road but is certainly one of the most unique. A large alcove sits underneath a rock ledge where the water trickles, so you can enter the cave and actually watch the falls from behind.