6. The Great Ocean Walk
is a 100 km dedicated walking track that follows the coast line from
Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles. You can access plenty of sections and
do day trips to explore the beautiful coast line up close. Why not
start from the start? At Marengo Caravan Park you can sample the
start of the track by heading through the camp ground and enjoying
walking on several beaches as you head for the Otways. An easy out
and back option to give you a taste for more.
7. Crayfish Bay
Bay is a uniquely protected slice of beach heaven on the rugged,
exposed, battered shipwreck coast. Park at Cape Otway Lighthouse and
walk 1 km back towards Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Walk (the track
starts just behind the toilets). This slice of paradise is a great
place to spend the day so pack a picnic and a book.
8. Melanesia Beach
This isn’t for everyone, a 5 km steep walk down to a pristine untouched beach means there is a steep 5 km return to the car. I believe it is worth it. On low tide there are incredible rock pools that are protected from big dangerous surf. If the March flies are out in force, head 100 m up the creek and picnic on the lawn.
9. Aire River Campground
beautiful campground set on a stunning river filled with bird life
and easy access to the beach and walking tracks. This is not far from
the road but feels serenely isolated, especially in the quieter
months. The Great Ocean Walk track heads in both directions, with the
walk from here to Castle Cove being one of my all-time favourites.
10. Peterborough for Sunset
The official end of the Great Ocean Road. Unfortunately many tourists choose to turn around at Port Campbell, however just 8 km further down the coast will get you to Peterborough, the best kept secret on the Great Ocean Road. Make sure you enjoy an ocean sunset (rare in Victoria) at Worm Bay looking over the Bay of Islands Coastal Park.
I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I did! Great Ocean Road is definitely must visit in Australia and thank you Campbell for your favourite places!