The best places to stop on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is so packed with sights you’d have to stop every 10 minutes to see everything.

Beyond the obvious Twelve Apostles, there are plenty of fantastic spots on the Great Ocean Road to stop and enjoy the view. Here are a few of the must-see attractions and views.

Torquay and Bells Beach

The drive starts in the town of Torquay, famous for its surfing culture. International surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver were founded here. Learn more about surf history at Surf World, the local surfing museum.

Then check out the world-famous surf at Bells Beach, home to the annual Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition. Even if you don’t surf, it’s great fun to watch those that do.

Aireys Inlet

If you watched the Australian TV show Round the Twist, you’ll recognise Aireys Inlet, where much of the show was filmed.

The Split Point Lighthouse is an iconic stop on the Great Ocean Road, and provides fantastic ocean views over Eagle Rock. There are also guided tours to the top of the lighthouse.

Kennett River

Blink and you might miss Kennett River, a town of only 50. That would be a shame, however, as it’s the best place to see wild koalas.

Head to Grey River Road in the middle of town and look up. If you’re not having much luck, keep an eye out for crowds of people looking in the trees and follow their gaze.

You can also buy bird food from the local shop and feed wild Rosellas and King Parrots.

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay is a sweet seaside town, with plenty of restaurants and cafes. If you’re in town on a Saturday, there’s also a lovely farmers market.

It’s a great place to stop and stretch your legs with a walk in the foothills or a hike up to the Mariners Lookout with panoramic views over the sea.

Great Otway National Park

Covering 103,000 hectares of ancient rainforests and pristine beaches, the National Park is well worth a stop (or two).

Don’t miss the Cape Otway Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse still in operation in Australia. You can take a tour up to the top, standing 90m high, to enjoy views of Bass Strait.

London Arch

London Arch is a natural stone arch. It was previously known as London Bridge, as it used to be a double arch with the second arch connecting it to land.

Loch Ard Gorge

With as much wow factor as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge features sheer cliffs that collapse into the ocean. The rock formation is named after a ship that was wrecked in 1878.


Finish your road trip in Warrnambool, a place full of activities to get you out of the car. If you’re in town between June and October, there’s fabulous whale watching. Every year, Southern Right Whales flock to the waters to give birth.

Travel along the stunning Great Ocean Road as part of a 14-day Victorian Rover Tour from $4745pp twin share. For more information visit RACQ Travel or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.

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