05 June 2018

13 MUST-SEE PLACES ALONG THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

by 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

Hopetoun Falls is the most picturesque waterfall on the Great Ocean Road and arguably in Victoria too.

Beech Forrest Otways Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Photography by Max Roux: @maxroux__

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.

The Grotto

The wild wind and heavy seas have formed a number of picture-perfect rock formations on the Port Campbell coast and The Grotto is some of Mother Nature’s finest engineering.

The grotto great ocean road victoria australia

Photography by Charmille Grace: @charmvelarde

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.

Loch Ard Gorge great ocean road victoria australia

Photography by Claudia Tivendale: @claudiativendale

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

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.

The Redwoods Otways Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Photography by Max Roux: @maxroux__

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.

Marriners Lookout

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.

Marriners Lookout Apollo Bay Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Photography by Matt Charlesworth: @mattcharlesworth

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.

The Razorback

Once much larger and connected to the mainland, the Razorback has been carved back to just a little slither of limestone off the coast.

The Razorback Port Campbell Great Ocean Road Australia

Photography by Max Roux: @maxroux__

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.

Kalima Falls Lorne Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Caption: Photography by Rosie Bartle: @rosiebartle

To see this place, you’ll need to take an easy three-kilometre walk through the Otway bush. More detailed information on the walk and exact location can be found here.

Griffiths Island Lighthouse Walk

 The gorgeous fishing village of Port Fairy is a good excuse to head further down the Great Ocean Road. Griffiths Island is connected to the mainland via a causeway and It makes for an incredible walk.

Griffiths Island Lighthouse Walk Port Fairy Great Ocean Road Australia

Photography by Arianna Leggiero: @callme.harry

The photogenic lighthouse sits at the very tip of the island. You’re bound to spot wallabies and maybe even a Southern Right Whale out at sea from June to October. Find out more here.

 Beauchamp Falls

The three-kilometre return walk to see Beauchamp Falls is challenging but also very rewarding.

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Photography by Brody Webb: @brodyexplores

 Emerge from the rainforest to a mini canyon surrounded by lush ferns and shadowed by huge gum trees – it’s an adventure that really takes you back to nature. Directions here.

 Point Addis

Point Addis is a popular surf spot among Torquay locals for both the waves and the huge surrounding cliffs. Take the Koori Cultural Walkand you’ll get the first taste of the iconic Great Ocean Road seascape.

Point Addis great ocean road Victoria Australia

Photography by Kirk Richards: @kirkjrichards

 Just a two-kilometre walk uphill to a vantage point, it’s moderate in difficulty but sure worth it at the top. Discover more about this place here.

 Erskine Falls

Just minutes from the town of Lorne, Erskine Falls is a popular place to visit for many exploring the Great Ocean Road.

Erskine Falls Lorne Great Ocean Road Victoria

Photography by Claudia Tivendale: @claudiativendale

One of the largest waterfalls in the region, it’s a spectacle in itself. The easy walk to the lookout or the trek down the stairs is well worth it to feel the fresh mist hit your face from the 35-metre drop. Follow these directions.

Childers Cove

A little off-the-beaten-track, nearing the end of the official Great Ocean Road sits a relatively unknown beach, Childers Cove.

Childers Cove Warrnambool Great Ocean Road Victoria

Photography by Matt Charlesworth: @mattcharlesworth

If you’re lucky enough you might just have this place to yourself. Visit on low tide for a gorgeous sandy beach with impressive surrounding rock formations. Follow these directions.

12 Apostles

 Last but not least, the iconic 12 Apostles - these natural rock formations are rightly on everyone’s Great Ocean Road bucket list.

12 Apostles Great Ocean Road Victoria

Photography by Leyton Bowen: @leytonbowen

 The viewing platform does get very busy and the only thing that could possibly make the views even better, is to have them to yourself. Brave an early morning and get out there for sunrise. 

If you’re chasing more hidden spots for your Great Ocean Road trip or you need some more adventure inspiration for other regions in Victoria be sure to visit Humble Trail.

 

 

 

 

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MATT CHARLESWORTH

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Full time student, amateur writer/photographer & a passionate adventurer. You’ll find me out in the surf, discovering the outdoors or appreciating local music.

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