How to spend an unforgettable weekend driving the Great Ocean Road

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is teeming with wonderful things to do, see and eat - from iconic landmarks and jaw-dropping scenery to gourmet food and off-the tourist-trail beaches.

The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.
  • Jetstar
  • October 2019

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Despite being one of the most popular drives in Australia, the magnificent Great Ocean Road still holds many secrets. This year marks 100 years since construction commenced on one of the world’s most iconic self-drive routes.

Begin in Torquay, stopping for a coffee (and a pistachio croissant) at Sticks and Stones café then pop into the Australian National Surfing Museum, the world’s biggest surfing and beach culture museum. You’re guaranteed to see kangaroos grazing and lazing at the Anglesea Golf Club, but away from the crowds is the rugged Anglesea Heathland Cliff Walk where koalas, echidnas and wallabies are often found along the coastal, eucalyptus-lined trail.

Continue to Lorne for lunch at the charming Swing Bridge Café and Boathouse. Lovers of waterfalls are spoilt for choice in this region, so head to the popular Erskine Falls and Won Wondah Falls or the less busy cascades of Kalimna Falls. At the end of the day, settle into your uniquely Australian accommodation at The Boomerangs, and as evening falls, head to Melba Gully to see glow-worms twinkling in the lush rainforest.

Rise early to catch the first golden rays of light hit the Twelve Apostles. From the viewing platform you’ll also see fairy penguins waddling out from the cliffs to the ocean. The lesser known Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands with their striking rock formations and jagged coastline are quiet spots to take in the area’s raw majesty.

Gourmands can then head to Port Campbell for the 12 Apostles Gourmet Food Trail, taking in local producers of cheese, whisky, chocolate, ice-cream, beer and berries.

The Erskine Falls in Victoria, Australia.
The stunning Erskine Falls are just a short drive from Lorne.

It’s a little known fact that servicemen returning from WWI built this dramatic cliff-hugging road. From history to new sights and stops, a road trip along The Great Ocean Road continues to surprise.

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