Australia’s best landscapes series: The Great Ocean Road

One of the world’s most iconic drives, the Great Ocean Road winds its way from Torquay along the Surf Coast to Apollo Bay, then inland through the forested Otway region to the aptly named Shipwreck Coast and the famous Twelve Apostles.

Along the way you’ll encounter wild dramatic coastlines, hinterland waterfalls and lush forests, mixed with laid-back and cosmopolitan seaside villages offering superb wine, fine dining and relaxation.

Torquay is Australia’s surfing capital and home to the Surf World Museum. You can join one of the nearby surf schools and give surfing a try yourself or just watch the locals catch a wave at one of Australia’s best surf beaches, internationally renowned Bells Beach.

Climb to the top of Australia's oldest lighthouse, Cape Otway Light Station and see why so many shipwrecks occurred on this isolated and rugged coastline. Explore the Great Otway National Park and walk among the crowns of the giants of the forest on the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, the longest and tallest walk of its kind in the world or lace up your hiking boots and take the 104-km Great Ocean Walk.

Along this coastal drive, you’ll see nature’s drama unfold at every turn.

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