Great Ocean Road

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The Great Ocean Road in southwest Victoria is one of the state’s biggest tourist attractions and if you visit this iconic stretch of coast, you’ll soon see why. Running 243 kilometres from Torquay, just west of Geelong and finishing up at Warrnambool, the road is renowned for its charming seaside towns and spectacular ocean views, and is one of the most famous drives in Australia.

It is this winning combination of dramatic scenery and delightful places to stop and stay that makes the Great Ocean Road such a perfect choice for romantic escapes. The road itself snakes along the rugged coastline, linking the different beachside communities whilst offering incredible views of the cliffs, rocks and offshore from spots like Teddy’s Lookout near Lorne and the fascinating Split Point Lighthouse at Airey’s Inlet. One of the best ways to see the area is to simply drive the length of the ‘Road and stop off wherever you wish to admire the vistas or take a walk on the soft sands.

If you’re planning to enjoy a weekend away or longer getaway, it is best to book your accommodation before you set off – especially if you’re visiting the region in the summer months or when the schools are on holidays. Given that this is such a popular tourist area, there is an enormous array of holiday accommodation to choose from with beach houses and holiday rentals of all shapes and sizes, cottages and cabins with ocean views or soothing country lane locations, hotels and bed & breakfast accommodation and even plenty of camping sites, if you’re feeling more adventurous.

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The towns along the Great Ocean Road each have their own unique qualities and attractions, which means that if you decide to travel the region at a leisurely pace you’ll get to sample a variety of communities and lifestyle. Lorne has a Mediterranean vibe and vibrant café culture, Port Fairy is a gorgeous National Trust listed fishing village with plenty of history, Torquay has a thriving surf scene thanks to Bells Beach and it’s link to the Quicksilver and Rip Curl brands, Apollo Bay hugs a wide curving bay and Anglesea has great river bank markets if you’re keen to shop. The list goes on and on.

Since the Great Ocean Road has so much to offer visitors it’s a place that many find themselves returning to again and again. Couples who enjoyed romantic getaways to pretty Warrnambool or the glorious Twelve Apostles limestone rocks in at Port Campbell find themselves returning in later years to holiday rentals in Lorne and Torquay.

The region’s proximity to Melbourne also makes it ideal for a quick weekend getaway with a special person. Just book a boutique hotel or luxury b&b, hop in the car and you’re a million metaphorical miles away from the distractions of work in less than 2 hours – how appealing is that?

Beautiful, awe-inspiring and packed with interesting places to go and natural wonders to see, the Great Ocean Road is just made for short breaks with your beloved.