One of the more attractive, waterside sections of the Great Ocean Road near Lorne in Victoria, south Australia. Photo by Diliff.
Decent beaches along the Great Ocean Road
And while you’re passing by might as well have a dip in the sea at Apollo Bay’s beach, or one of the other sandy stretches along the GOR. Photo by Alex Proimos.
The early section of GOR offers some spectacularly good surf beaches, including perhaps Australia’s best waves at Bell’s Beach, near Torquay.
Other beaches on the route include: Torquay’s lovely, protected Norfolk Beach; Anglesea Beach, a broad strand suited to both swimmers and surfers near the Anglesea River; Point Roadknight beach is a shallow, protected crescent of sand perfect for children; Lorne is another long and family-friendly stretch fringed with lawns, trees and picnic facilities; and Wye River is a fine sandy beach with a forest backdrop.
Another active, water-based option along the GOR is paddling, whether in a canoe (generally along rivers inland) or sea kayaking around coastal bays and through occasional choppy waters for more of an adrenalin rush.
Some of the better canoeing experiences can be found along the scenic Glenelg River near Nelson, where bush meets gorge and campsites are plentiful.
Lake Colac is a particularly good water sports centre in south-west Victoria offering a full range of boating, boarding options. Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk are both popular for tranquil, beautiful canoe trips.
Kayaks can be hired from operators in Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay, with options and advice to suit all levels of experience, including guided tours for the less knowledgeable but active thrill seekers.
Otway Fly Tree Top Walk
Less than 3 hours away from Melbourne via the Princes Highway, Otway Treetop Adventures offers two main experiences, the Treetop Walk is a 1 hour, 2 km long rainforest walk including a 600m long, treetop walkway that takes tourists through the trees.
The Zipline Eco-Tour is a 2. 5 hour, guided experience including training, with 8 cloud stations, 6 flights and 2 suspension bridges
Some other sports available along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road are rock climbing, skydiving, paintballing, horse riding, fishing, golf, as well as hiking and of course camping.