Great Ocean Road is perhaps one of the top 10 driving routes on earth. This road, which I once passed through the vehicle and once through the vehicle, is simply extraordinary.
In my opinion, the 285 km long Great Ocean Road coastal road in Victoria, in the southeast of Australia, built in memory of the soldiers who died in the First World War between 1919-1932, is a reason for me to travel to Australia.
The Great Ocean Road starts from the city of Torquay, about an hour from Melbourne, and extends to the city of Warrnambool, also in the state of Victoria.
Although it is possible to complete this route very quickly in a day, it is my recommendation to stay 2 days or at least 1 day. I started the Great Ocean route by Melbourne on my Australia tour where I flew to Adelaide with Qatar Airways and returned from Melbourne.
It takes an hour to reach the town of Torquay, where Great Ocean Road begins in Melbourne, 100 km away. World famous brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver were born here. ANZAC monument is located on the beach of the town, which is the favorite of surfers. The views of Queenscliff Coastal Reserve from here are amazing. You can see surfers if you go early in the morning. Bells Beach, located after the town, is performing the Rip Curl Pro Surf competition every year on Easter Day. For fans, you can visit the Australian National Surfing Museum in the town. Imperial Rhino Cafe is the address for coffee and cookies.
10 minutes ahead of the town of Torquay, the small resort town of Anglesea is located. The rich geography is the favorite of nature lovers. The river flows right in front of the town. The Surf Coast Walk walking route, which runs along the coast, takes 1 hour with stunning views.
3-Split Point Lighthouse
Aireys Inlet arrives about 4 km after going from the town of Lore to Anglesea. The first place to see here is Guvvos Beach. There is a car parking lot, after a short look and a photo you can go to the main point of view, Split Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse, whose real name is the point of the Eagle’s Nest, was opened in 1891 and offers an extraordinarily beautiful view. The lighthouse leads to half an hour with guided tours every half hour. It must be nice to watch the view from the balcony. You have to linger here for at least half an hour. The spot seen from the viewing points is under protection as Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary.
4-Memorial Arch at Eastern View
Memorial Arch at Eastern View is one of the important places of the road built in memory of ANZAC soldiers. Pictures can be taken here, and the beach is also nearby.
5-Erskine Falls, Lorne
Erskine Falls is located on Erskine Falls Road, 10 km north-west of Lorne. It was a waterfall that I liked, easy to descend and return to the waterfall spilled below 30 meters. For those who do not want to go down, there is a viewing point from above.
A small and cozy town for both eating and staying. If you went to the town of Lorne with a full Mediterranean air in the season, enjoy the sea.
This is the best accommodation for the first day of a long, tiring and enjoyable Great Ocean Road tour. My stay at YHA Hostel Apollo Bay is the first choice accommodation without hesitation. Go to the beach edge, swim, photograph if the weather is cold. This is a small and cozy town. If you still have time before dark, visit the Kennett River.