Caravanning on the Great Ocean Road

Victoria's Great Ocean Road is one of Australia's most dramatic drives.

The road follows the state coast for 243km from near Warrnambool in the west, to the old town of Torquay in the east. The route offers spectacular views and scenery, including land and seascapes, surfing beaches and diverse wildlife. Most of the campgrounds and caravan parks are located in wonderful natural settings.

A number of the sites also have static caravans which are budget-friendly accommodation options for those who don’t want to tow a van. Close to the Melbourne end of the route, Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park is spread over a vast woodland area and has facilities that include a free-form swimming pool, a spa and a gym. It has 300-plus pitches.

Heading west along the coast, Aireys Inlet boasts a smaller campground with a range of cabins and some camp pitches. Onsite facilities are a TV lounge, kitchens, a heated spa and a solar-heated swimming pool. Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park is beside Loutit Bay and actually comprises five sites as well as cabin complexes. The site offers all the conveniences modern day campers have come to expect.

Skenes Creek is a family-friendly Great Ocean Road caravan & camping park six kilometres short of Apollo Bay. Facilities here include fireplaces and a kiosk selling campers’ necessities and gourmet coffee. The site also offers surfboard and other water sport equipment rentals. Apollo Bay Holiday Park and Pisces Holiday Park are two nearby sites that cater for campers and caravanners.

Bimbi Park is at Cape Otway and at the heart of the region’s finest beaches and forest hiking trails. It has shaded spots for tents and caravans as well as camping pods and cabins. An undercover BBQ zone, a laundry and a convenience store are among conveniences. Apostles Camping Park is a pastoral location near Princetown and just a few kilometres from the Twelve Apostles rock columns.

Remember to keep your camera charged as there are so many opportunities for fabulous photos and selfies. Here are some of the best places to stop along your way. For more information visit www.greatoceanroad-australia.com