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The Best Stops Along The Great Ocean Road.

We love a great scenic drive, and the Great Ocean Road has to be up there with some of the best. We’ve dedicated this blog to give you our full insider’s guide of the best stops along the Great Ocean Road to make your travel itinerary planning all the easier.

This is a great trip to do in a motorhome or campervan hire as you can take it at your own pace, stop off when and where you want along the way, and discover many more hidden gems for yourself. Hiring an Apollo Camper means you’ll be doing the trip in comfort and style, plus with an Apollo branch in Melbourne, it makes picking up and dropping off your camper easy. An added bonus is that you’ll get to enjoy all the things to do in Melbourne before picking up your camper hire in Melbourne then setting off on one of the best road trip from Melbourne.


Where is the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road winds along the stunning coastline of Victoria, Australia, stretching from the picturesque town of Torquay to the charming Allansford. This iconic road trip covers a sprawling 240 kilometres of breathtaking scenery, making it a must-visit destination for all those on a campervan or motorhome Australian road trip in this part of the country.

With its dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and lush rainforests, the Great Ocean Road offers a captivating journey that's best savoured over a few leisurely days. Whether you're chasing the perfect wave, exploring ancient rainforest trails, or gazing in awe at the Twelve Apostles, this coastal adventure promises an unforgettable experience. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and let the Great Ocean Road unveil its wonders, one kilometre at a time.


Why the Great Ocean Road is worth visiting

The Great Ocean Road is a winding coastal masterpiece that attracts travellers with its rich history and breathtaking vistas. This iconic road, built by World War I veterans as a tribute to their fallen comrades, weaves through a tapestry of stunning cliff views, picturesque countryside, and pristine beaches. From the iconic Twelve Apostles to the lush Otway Rainforest, there's something to marvel at in every season. Whether you're chasing summer waves or cosying up to the charm of winter, this scenic drive promises an unforgettable adventure.


The weather along the Great Ocean Road

The weather along the Great Ocean Road is wonderful in every season. In summer, the sun is warm and there is a gentle breeze cooling, making it the perfect time for beachcombing and road trips. Winter is fresh and it's wise to pack some wet weather gear as rain can surprise you. Venturing into the lush rainforest pockets, the air is more humid year round, so donning light layers is your best bet. And for those breathtaking, exposed coastal areas, a touch of windiness may greet you, so light layers again come to the rescue, keeping the chill at bay.

Image: Visit Victoria


The best 10 stops along the Great Ocean Road

1. Port Campbell National Park

The first stop we highly recommend is the Port Campbell National Park, which is a natural wonderland that never ceases to amaze. This coastal gem is renowned for its breathtaking limestone formations, including the iconic Twelve Apostles, standing like sentinels in the Southern Ocean. 

Visitors can explore the park's beauty through the Port Campbell Discovery Walk, a picturesque trail offering panoramic views of cliffs and pristine beaches. Don't miss the captivating Loch Ard Gorge, with its fascinating shipwreck history and tranquil beach cove. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or just seeking stunning vistas, Port Campbell National Park is a must-visit destination on your motorhome road trip.


2.       12 Apostles

Speaking of the 12 Apostles, we think this attraction deserves its own point. The 12 Apostles is a mesmerising natural wonder which is a collection of limestone stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. Despite the name, only eight of these grand formations remain today due to erosion, but they remain a must-see attraction. 

The best viewing point is undoubtedly the viewing platforms near the Visitor Centre, offering a breathtaking panorama of these towering monoliths against the backdrop of the deep blue sea. Here a little tip for you - the golden hour, just before sunset, bathes the Apostles in a warm, ethereal glow, making it the perfect time to capture their beauty.

3.       Childer’s Cove Beach

Nestled along the stunning Great Ocean Road is Childer's Cove Beach, a hidden gem that will leave you in awe with its pristine beauty. Tucked away from the tourist crowds, this secluded cove boasts powdery white sands, framed by rugged cliffs that create a picturesque backdrop.

The beach's serene ambiance and crystal-clear waters make it a haven for those seeking tranquility and natural beauty. Childer's Cove is also renowned for its vibrant marine life, making it a favourite spot for snorkelers and divers. Whether you're basking in the sun or exploring the underwater wonders, this beach offers a delightful escape from the ordinary on your road trip.

4.       Casterton

Along the drive you’ll come across Casterton, which is a charming town that boasts both natural beauty and cultural attractions. Its picturesque landscape is dominated by rolling hills, pristine rivers, and lush farmlands which add to its charm. 

While here, be sure to explore the iconic Kelpie Walking Trail, where you can witness the world's finest working dogs in action. For a deeper dive into the history and significance of these incredible canines, a visit to the Australian Kelpie Centre is a must. All in all, Casterton offers a delightful blend of rural tranquillity and canine culture that's sure to leave visitors with lasting memories.

Image: Visit Victoria


5.       Bells Beach

Next on our list is the world-famous Bells Beach, which is a surfer's paradise and a nature lover's dream. This iconic stretch of coastline boasts rugged cliffs, golden sands, and crystal-clear waters that create a picture-perfect backdrop for adrenaline-pumping wave riding.

What makes Bells Beach truly special is its legendary surf break, offering some of the world's most challenging waves. Every year, the Rip Curl Pro competition draws top surfers from across the globe to this hallowed beach, adding to its allure. Whether you're a seasoned surfer or just seeking breathtaking coastal beauty, Bells Beach promises an unforgettable Australian experience that we highly suggest stopping off at on your way along the Great Ocean Road.

6.       Apollo Bay

The Great Ocean Road is home to so many incredible coastal gems, and Apollo Bay is one of them. Plus you can probably guess why we have a soft spot for this fellow Apollo-named destination. Here, the lush Otway Ranges dramatically meet the Southern Ocean, creating a breathtaking landscape of pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and rugged cliffs. 

The town itself exudes a charming seaside vibe, offering a delightful local market where you can enjoy fresh produce and handmade crafts. Nature enthusiasts can explore nearby national parks, go horseback riding through the scenic trails, or cast a line for some excellent fishing. Apollo Bay truly is the perfect haven for those seeking relaxation and outdoor adventures in equal measure.

7.       Great Otway National Park

Up next on our list is the Great Otway National Park, a natural haven of breathtaking beauty. This sprawling park boasts a diverse landscape, from lush rainforests to rugged coastlines, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

While here, you can't miss the iconic Great Ocean Walk, a scenic trek that unveils stunning vistas of the Southern Ocean and its dramatic cliffs. Surfing enthusiasts can catch epic waves at Bells Beach, which we mentioned earlier in this blog. History buffs will be delighted by the historic Cape Otway Lighthouse, offering a glimpse into the region's maritime past.

Image: Visit Victoria


8.       Lorne 

Lorne is another must-stop spot along the Great Ocean Road as it beckons travellers with its natural beauty and vibrant charm. This picturesque seaside town boasts a captivating landscape, where lush greenery meets the pristine waters of Loutit Bay.

Visitors can indulge in a refreshing swim at the bay's tranquil shores or explore the enchanting Erskine Falls, a short drive away, to witness nature's cascading masterpiece. Don't miss the Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre, which unveils the area's rich history through interactive exhibits. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply just love the discovery that comes with van travel, Lorne offers a delightful blend of experiences for all.


9.       Erskine Falls

Erskine Falls, nestled in the lush Otway Ranges , is a natural wonder that never fails to leave us in awe on our travels along the Great Ocean Road. This enchanting attraction boasts a 30-metre waterfall that cascades dramatically into a fern-fringed gorge, creating a picturesque oasis of serenity. 

Located just a short drive from the coastal town of Lorne, it's easily accessible for day-trippers in an Apollo Camper seeking a dose of nature's beauty. What truly sets Erskine Falls apart is its serene ambiance and the lush, rainforest-like surroundings, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely hike or a peaceful picnic along your road trip.


10.     Cape Bridgewater

Last up on our list is Cape Bridgewater, a perfect addition to your drive along the Great Ocean Road for both nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. This picturesque destination boasts a captivating landscape featuring rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear waters.

One of its main draws is the Tarragal Limestone Caves, a mesmerising underground world waiting to be explored. Visitors can embark on guided tours to marvel at the intricate limestone formations within. Plus, don't miss the opportunity to witness the ethereal beauty of Bridgewater Lakes, a tranquil oasis where freshwater lakes meet the sea. Cape Bridgewater offers a delightful blend of natural wonders and outdoor activities, making it a must-visit for anyone travelling along the Great Ocean Road.

Image: Visit Victoria


Where to stay on Great Ocean Road

Big4 Apollo Bay Holiday Park

We know of a few little gems along the way to camp at, and the Big4 Apollo Bay Holiday Park is one of them. This family-friendly holiday park boasts a range of modern facilities to ensure a comfortable stay during your road trip. Plus, you can unwind in the heated pool and spa, have a BBQ picnic, or challenge your fellow travellers to a game of mini-golf.


Big4 Wye River Holiday Park

Another of the Big4’s that is worth checking out to stay at along the way is the Big4 Wye River Holiday Park.This charming park is perfect for your Apollo Camper and boasts a plethora of amenities, including spacious powered and unpowered camping sites, modern amenities. When it comes to things to do, you'll be spoiled for choice as they have a heated pool, playground for the kids as well as tennis and volleyball courts.


Lorne Foreshore Holiday Park

Last but certainly not least of our list is the Lorne Foreshore Holiday Park which is a delightful coastal retreat offering a plethora of amenities for an unforgettable getaway. This park boasts a range of facilities to keep you comfortable and entertained during your stay in your motorhome or campervan hire. You can relax by the beach, take a dip in the heated pool, or fire up a barbecue for a perfect outdoor meal. Kids can enjoy the playground, and everyone can explore the nearby hiking trails.


Ready to see all the Great Ocean Road has to offer?

So there you have it, our complete list of all the best stops along the Great Ocean Road that we think you should add to your road trip itinerary planner. Of course, the beauty of van travel means that you’ll discover many more gems along the way, but these are just a few of the iconic stops we think you’re going to want to check out.

So what are you waiting for? Book online or in an Apollo branch to hire a campervan with Apollo today, so you can see all of these incredible places for yourself.

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