Paradise Lost

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road region. Walk among giants in the redwood forests and be dwarfed by giant tree ferns among the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges. Fly through the canopy on a zipline or stroll slowly along quiet trails toward breathtaking waterfalls and seek out shy glow worms in leafy gullies.  Paddle the serene lakes and rivers or take to the ocean for a ride on the waves and even meet the local seal colony.

Lose your shoes and skip along the soft beach sand or slip into flippers and snorkel in the shallows admiring reef structures millions of years in the making. 

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Eight of the Best Wildlife Experiences

Seeing animals in their native habitat is fascinating, the popularity of David Attenborough and his informative programs is a testament to this. 

When visiting the Great Ocean Road region you can become a naturalist seeking out close encounters with native wildlife. 

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A Whale of a Time

Each year in the depths of winter without fail there are some very important guests visiting the Great Ocean Road, migrating Southern Right Whales.

The most majestic marine mammals come to the warmer waters of the Southern Ocean to breed and raise their calves. 

All the way along the coast there are key observation points; at Lorne, Wye River, Onion Bay and Apollo Bay.  Dedicated whale-sighting flags are hoisted when a verified sighting of one or more of the massive creatures have been identified nearby, letting people know to cast their eyes to sea for a chance at seeing them too.  

Purpose built whale viewing platforms have been installed at Logan’s Beach in Warrnambool to help you see the whale families frolicking in the sheltered waters of Lady Bay.

Whale sightings generally take place between May – September but can occur outside of this time.

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