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Hugging the contours of Victoria’s rugged coast, this famous road snakes from the surf-capital of Torquay past cliffs, scenic lookouts, rainforests, wrecked ships, and laidback fishing villages on its way to Port Fairy.

Between Angelsea and Lorne the Otway Ranges forests are riven with waterfalls and bushwalks, with the Otway Fly walkway offering you a chance to explore the forest canopy.

Along the Great Ocean Road

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean RoadDrive along the coastline past the tiny hamlets of Wye River and Skenes Creek to Apollo Bay, and briefly head inland to Lavers Hill, the highest point in the Otway Ranges, where Melba Gully has one of the most impressive rainforest walks.

Princetown marks the boundaries of the Otway and Port Campbell National Parks, where the spectacular Shipwreck Coast starts. Picturesque Warrnambool, less than half an hour from Port Fairy, is a lovely maritime village where each June southern ‘right whales’ visit to calve offshore.

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Places to visit in the Great Ocean Road

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Great Ocean Road, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested Great Ocean Road itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Great Ocean Road, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Great Ocean Road

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    Places in and around the Great Ocean Road

    Photos of the Great Ocean Road

    Accommodation choices for the Great Ocean Road

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Great Ocean Road. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Captain's At The Bay, Apollo Bay, Victoria

      Captains at the Bay

      First Class

      Set on a quiet street just 150 metres from Apollo Bay’s vibrant town and sea shore, Captains at the Bay is an intimate boutique B&B with a charming nautical style.

    • Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel

      Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel

      First Class

      Oscars Boutique Hotel is in a prime location for exploring Port Fairy and the surrounding areas. The property is located right on the waterfront alongside a very pretty boardwalk.

    • Apollo Bay Guesthouse, Apollo Bay

      Apollo Bay Guesthouse

      First Class

      Nestled in the peaceful surrounds of the Barham River, at the point where it meets the southern ocean, lies the Apollo Bay Guesthouse. This is one of the very few properties along the Great Ocean Road that have the advantage of being located on the water's edge, with the famous road at their back.

    • 54 on Bank, Port Fairy

      Victoria-Hearns Cottage

      Medium

      54 on Bank comprises 15 suites and cottages situated on Bank Street, and have undoubtedly become one of Port Fairy's little gems.