The world-famous coastal drive begins in Torquay, under 90-minutes from Melbourne’s city centre, and spans 400-kilometres to Nelson, right on the South Australian border. No matter how many times you travel along here, it will continue to take your breath away. We discover something new and amazing every time, whether it be a walk, waterfall, eatery or secluded beach.
I couldn’t list all of my favourites in-depth below, but also wanted to highlight Aireys Inlet and Anglesea, both really cute little beachside towns. You can find some great walks at both that make a perfect pit stop for an active toddler (like our Fred!).
Lorne has a lot happening, and is a great place to stop off for a night or two, and is perfect for kids, with its amazing playground on the foreshore. Another highlight is Wye River, 20 minutes on from Lorne, which has a great pub and cafe, and is well worth a stop, even if it’s just a coffee break. From here to Skenes Creek is one of our favourite stretches of road, with breathtaking views looking out towards Apollo Bay.
Even if you can’t make it in the summertime for swimming, a host of markets, festivals and more, the area is also charming in cooler months. Many venues and accommodations have a wood fire, and there’s nothing quite like being toasty inside and looking out onto the rugged and beautiful ocean. The beaches are quiet and the walks and waterfalls are also spectacular this time of year, plus Apollo Bay holds Winter Wild (kind of a Great Ocean Road version of Dark Mofo) – no matter the season, there are always things to do and see!