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Great Ocean Road - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Aireys Inlet
• Anglesea
• Apollo Bay
• Bellbrae
• Colac
• Geelong
• Jan Juc
• Johanna
• Lavers Hill
• Lorne
• Moonlight Head
• Mutton Bird Island
• Peterborough
• Port Campbell
• Princetown
• Queenscliff
• Torquay
• Warrnambool
• Yuulong
Regions:
• Great Ocean Walk
• Great Otway NP
• Otway Region
• Shipwreck Coast
Other towns, villages and localities in the Great Ocean Road include:
• Narrawong • Yambuk
The Great Ocean Road, that includes part of the Shipwreck Coast, follows one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. The drive winds some 243 km along the south-western coast of Victoria, around rugged cliffs, windswept beaches and tall bluffs, passing through towering eucalypts and lush rainforest, as well as some idyllic and interesting towns along the way.

Starting from Torquay, just south of Geelong, you can travel the entire route to Allansford, just east of Warrnambool, with breaks along the way to experience some of the great attractions and activities, whilst staying at any number of great accommodation.

The 12 ApostlesAn outstanding section of the drive is the Port Campbell National Park, featuring a collection of amazing limestone sculptures, including the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. Other highlights include the section through the forests of the Otways Ranges, between Apollo Bay and Lorne. The road officially starts at Torquay and ends at Warrnambool, but the road follows the coast to Portland. En-route you can visit the resort town of Lorne and the historic Port Fairy, west of Warrnambool.

Originally called ‘The Sow and Piglets’, with Mutton Bird Island (located at the mouth of Loch Ard Gorge) being the Sow and the ‘Twelve Apostles’ the piglets. Although it is not clear why the name ‘Twelve Apostles’ came about, the name was adopted in the 1960s as a more tourist friendly name. There were actually only 13 limestone stacks that qualify as the Apostles, although only eight of them are to be seen from the main viewing platforms. Number nine crumbled on its own in 2005.

Check out our listing of Great Ocean Road accommodation, Great Ocean Walk accommodation and Shipwreck Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre
Great Ocean Road
APOLLO BAY VIC 3233
Ph: 03 5237 6529
Ph: 1300 OTWAYS / Ph: 1300 689 297
Email
Web: www.greatoceanrd.org.au
 
Aerial view of the iconic Great Ocean Road coastal drive.
Aerial view of the iconic Great Ocean Road coastal drive.
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Great Ocean Road Attractions

Great Ocean Road Scenic Lookouts
• The scenic Great Ocean Road offers some spectacular lookouts, from where you can enjoy the stunning views along the coastline. Care should be taken by all, especially pedestrians. Some spots can get pretty congested during the summer and public holiday periods. Some spots are close the the main road, so you should always watch out for other drivers.

Torquay to Lorne

  • Cinema Point
    • The sign turnoff is about 8 kms west of Aireys Inlet. Here you can get spectacular views back towards Eastern View, Fairhaven and Aireys Inlet.
  • Teddy's Lookout
    • Stunning vistas from the lookout platform high above the coast where the St George River empties into a small cove. Access off the Great Ocean Road at the end of George Street, then take a short walk through the bush from the car park.

Lorne to Apollo Bay

  • Mount Defiance Lookout
    • Just 10 km south of Lorne, you can get panoramic ocean views from Mount Defiance Lookout, with views toward Artillery Rocks. Care should be taken by pedestrians, especially of other vehicles as the parking areas can get congested during the summer and holiday periods.
  • Cape Patton Lookout
    • Access from the Great Ocean Road, just east of Apollo Bay, this lookout provides some of the highest points along this coastline with spectacular views to Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek. Care should be taken by pedestrians, especially of other vehicles as the parking areas can get congested during the summer and holiday periods.

Apollo Bay to Warrnambool

  • Cape Otway Lightstation
    • Cape Otway is a popular detour off the Great Ocean Road. The lighthouse is 91 metres above the ocean, providing spectacular views of the rugged Otway coastline. Entry fees apply.
  • The Gable Lookout
    • From the Gables car park a short walk takes you to the Gable Lookout, with stunning coastal views around Moonlight Head.

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• Great Ocean Rd Pet-Friendly Destinations
• Great Ocean Rd Pet Friendly Accommodation
Pet Friendly Off Leash Areas
• Ph:  (for further information on council's Dog Off Leash Exercise Areas)
• The coastal parks and beaches are popular not only with visitors, but with those travelling with their pet dogs. With environmental concerns and concern about dogs interacting with crowds during peak holiday periods, guidelines are provided as to where and when owners can take their dogs.

Within the town boundary, in public areas, dogs are to be on leash at all times, unless otherwise specified. Most beaches close to the towns, usually do not allow dogs between 9 am and 7 pm, usually from December to February, sometimes as late as April. Most areas are signed posted as to when you can walk your dogs, and where and when you can walk them off leash. If you look further afield, off the Great Ocean Road, you may find a beach that will allow you to let your dog off leash.

Look out for signage, always keep your dogs under control, especially when others are around and pick up after your dog. Contact the local visitor centre for more information. With the many dog friendly accommodation in the region, ask the owner where you are staying, as they may also be able to give you advice.

Check out the Surf Coast Shire: Great Ocean Road Pet Friendly Guide (PDF) and
Dog Regulations on the Surf Coast (PDF).
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Great Ocean Road Events

• Victoria Events
• Apollo Bay Events
The Great Ocean Road International Marathon
• May
• The Great Ocean Road Marathon is held in Apollo Bay, Victoria Australia.
The Great Ocean Road provides the most spectacular and challenging course of any marathon in the world and the program of events will appeal to runners and walkers of all abilities. This is a great opportunity to participate in a unique event along some of the World's most spectacular coastline.
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• Lorne Events
The Falls Music and Arts Festival • The Falls Festival
• Erskine Falls Rd, LORNE VIC
• 30 Dec - 1 Jan - held over three days
• The Falls Festival is one of Australia's greatest music festivals with live music and entertainment, camping, markets, arts and film. It is held on a beautiful farm nestled in the Otway rainforest above Lorne and Victoria's Great Ocean Road. The main arena is formed from a spectacular natural amphitheatre that is big enough to hold the whole crowd. It has a perfect gentle slope so you can relax up the back and still hear and see everything. A dense rainforest surrounds the venue and helps to create this incredible aural arena.

The festival is held simultaneously in two stunning coastal locations, Lorne in Victoria and Marion Bay in Tasmania.
GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub
• Lorne Surf Life Saving Club
• January
• This annual event has been going for more than 31 years and the the largest open water swim in the world. Organised and run by volunteers from the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club, the course is 1.2 km from the Lorne Pier to the foreshore in front of the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club house.
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Great Ocean Road Distance

Distance along the Great Ocean Road
• Following are some approximate distances by road along the Great Ocean Road:
  Km
• Geelong to Torquay 21
• Torquay to Bellbrae 6
• Bellbrae to Anglesea 12
• Anglesea to Aireys Inlet 10
• Aireys Inlet to Fairhaven 2
• Fairhaven to Moggs Creek 2
• Moggs Creek to Eastern View 2
• Eastern View to Big Hill 5
• Big Hill to Lorne 7
• Lorne to Separation Creek 16
• Separation Creek to Wye River 1
  Km
• Wye River to Skenes Creek 23
• Skenes Creek to Apollo Bay 5
• Apollo Bay to Marengo 3
• Marengo to Glenaire 29
• Glenaire to  Lavers Hill 16
• Lavers Hill to Yuulong 13
• Yuulong to Princetown 17
• Princetown to Port Campbell 18
• Port Campbell to Peterborough 13
• Peterborough to Allansford 43
• Allansford to Warrnambool 10
Total Distance from Torquay to Allansford is approximately 243 km.
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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