Backpack Adventures

5 Best Places To Visit On The Great Ocean Road

Driving can be therapeutic. The idea of driving for hours can help ease stress and keeps a person calm. The things you see as you drive can also help relieve stress as well. Now, imagine yourself driving on the Great Ocean Road. Imagine the view of the sea, majestic beaches and clear blue sky as you drive along this infamous road. It’s the perfect experience for road trip enthusiasts.

Driving along the Great Ocean Road is not an easy task. Driving along Australia’s most scenic road will take you about 9 to 10 hours. This is if you’re not going to visit some of the road’s best tourist destinations. Australia’s scenic road offers not only the beauty of nature but also some of the most amazing stops for tourists.

In this article, I’m going to tell you some of the best places to check while you’re driving along Australia’s long and majestic road. Here are my 5 best places to explore while you’re driving across the country’s best coastal road.

Bells Beach

The Great Ocean Road is a 234-kilometre journey which starts at the beautiful Bells Beach in Torquay. The area is famous for its massive waves in which major surfing competitions are held. You can enjoy the majestic view of the ocean as you walk along the coast or you can do some of the activities the beach offers.

Bells Beach offers different activities for tourists such as surfing, snorkelling and even skydiving. You can also eat in some of the restaurants available in the area, which is a good idea as your journey would be a long one.

Hopetoun Falls

Located across the Aire River in the Oatways region of Victoria. You can walk down the 500-metre stairs until you see Australia’s most picturesque waterfall. It’s the kind of adventure perfect for nature lovers who wanted to witness the country’s majestic forests as they drive across the great ocean road.


Make sure to bring all your camping gears and supplies such as water and some grub as going to the Hopetoun falls won’t be as easy as you imagine.

The Grotto

Another tourist destination that goes right into my favourite spots on the Great Ocean Road. It’s also one of Australia’s best photo stops if you’re planning on documenting your journey. The Grotto’s main attraction is the delicate archway which gives accent to the blue and majestic sea.   

The view of the sea from the archway makes the Grotto a serene place to relax, unwind and appreciate the wonders of nature. It’s one of the best places to check once you’ve come to Australia.

Port Campbell

It’s not easy to drive across the long coastal road of Australia. The minimum of 9 to 10 hours of driving is for people who are only driving across the Great Ocean Road. This might take longer than expected, especially if you’re checking out the best stops in the area. In most cases, you’ll need to find a nice place to rest, relax and eat.

And for that, I recommend stopping by the Port Campbell. It’s a small town in Victoria, where tourists destinations such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the Port Cambell National Park are near. It’s a small town that offers several restaurants, motels, and a beach for you and your family.

The Chocolaterie And Ice Creamery

Also known as the Chocolate Factory. It’s one of the best places to see especially if you’re bringing kids with you. The Chocolaterie offers a spacious area for kids to run around and play after sitting for long hours in the car. The place offers a wide variety of flavours as well as grubs that are perfect for lunch.

It’s one of the best places for me as I get the chance to check some of the best chocolate flavours in the UK and the plus side? My kids love it! So you better have to check the Chocolaterie before continuing your journey.

Overview

The Great Ocean Road is one of the places in Australia that offers the best view of the country’s coast. Beaches and other natural wonders such as gigantic limestones forming an arch, forests and the majestic sea can be found in this long coastal road. It’s best to witness the beauty of this scenic road once you’ve reached Australia.

Make sure to bring all the stuff you’ll need. Driver’s license (preferably international) is a must, visa and passport must also be with you. Money is also a necessity but the most important thing you’ll need? A car. Well, it wouldn’t be a road trip if you don’t have one, right?