Taking Detours Have Never Been So Fun At The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is home to an array of fun activities, right from basking in the sun to winding your way along the crashing Southern Ocean. The drive is popular due to its proximity to several famous beaches at Apollo Bay, Lorne and Anglesea, along with the iconic Twelve Apostles. One can, however, try something different by taking detours to see lush rainforests and historic country towns to find gastronomic delights, Aboriginal cultural experiences, and native wildlife. Here are a few suggestions that you can include in your travel itinerary. Don’t forget to charter a bus to make your travel experience both convenient and comfortable.
Surfing at Bells Beach
Take a look at surfers riding the waves at Bells Beach between Anglesea and Torquay. This beach paradise is home to the annual event of Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition. Situated in proximity to Bells Beach, you have a stunning secluded stretch of coastline known as Point Addis. If you want to learn more about the aboriginal Wathaurung people, consider participating in the Koorie Cultural Walk. The 2km bushwalk will take you on a wonderful ride, where you can expect to witness dramatic views and the spiky echidnas waddling through the bush.
Erskine Falls Near Lorne
Lorne is a popular seaside town tucked between Loutit Bay on one side, and tall gum trees on the other. Escape from the crowd and take a detour at the Erskine Falls. For some great views, you have a couple of options including a 5-minute walk to the lookout platform, or if you want to feel the mist on your face, you can walk 250 steps to the base of the waterfalls.
Explore the Iconic Birregurra
The historic town of Birregurra is hardly a 30-minute drive from Lorne and is worth taking the detour. You will be delighted to experience the 19th century streetscape and dine at one of the best restaurants down under. It is situated in a lovely cottage that’s spread across 30-acres of lush greenery with accommodation suites that come with bathtubs, record players and a cocktail bar. The chef creates a degustation menu that’s prepared with locally sourced produce.
Platypus Spotting and Mountain Biking at Forrest
The seaside town of Apollo Bay is both charming and attention-grabbing. There are, however, other great alternatives nearby, including the town of Forrest and the scenic lake Elizabeth. If you are an adventure lover, try mountain biking at the excellent trails around the town. If you are a beer enthusiast, you can sample some cold ales at the Forrest Brewing Company. Take a guided canoe trip on Lake Elizabeth to spot some platypuses in the wild as well!
Take A Treetop Walk at Otway National Park
Wander among ancient plant life and take a detour into the ferny gullies as you journey through the beautiful Otway ranges, which houses the popular tourist attraction, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Here you can challenge your fear of heights among the treetops on a raised walkway above the floor. From prehistoric path dotted with dinosaurs to zipline tours, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained.