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Places to Stop Along a Great Ocean Road Trip

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by Catherine Wills (subscribe)
I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published February 11th 2016
Picturesque seaside views and winding ocean roads are yours to explore along the exceptional coastline of Victoria. The Great Ocean Road is a natural phenomenon and certainly deserves it place as one of Australia's top tourist destinations. This part of the world is something special and makes for a perfect day trip to explore the natural beauty of Victoria.

When you head out of Melbourne and make your way for the coast, it only makes sense that you will need a few rest stops along the way. Fortunately, the towns that line the way to the Great Ocean Road are all part of the journey being the destination. There are some wonderful hidden gems along the way that are well worth checking out.

If you're planning a trip down the coast, keep in mind some of these little delights to experience along the way.

You Yangs Regional Park, Lara

Once you're past Werribee but not quite at Geelong, there is a small town called Lara that is a great place to fill up with cheap petrol and soak up the country vibe. Lara has grown enormously in the past 20 years and even now has a McDonalds to fuel up on a food as well. If you're going well for time, take a pit stop at the You Yangs Regional Park and check out Big Rock for some stunning views of the paddocks of Lara and the wider Corio Bay area overlooking Geelong.

The view form Big Rock

Geelong Waterfront

The town of Geelong is actually a growing city and the Waterfront precinct is absolutely gorgeous. The best place for a coffee and cake stop on your way to the coast is certainly Panache, a Geelong owned crepe chain. With views overlooking the beautiful waterfront, you can't go wrong along here.

Panache Cafe and Creperie


The very beginning of the Great Ocean Road is a gorgeous coastal town called Torquay. This surfer seaside town is brimming with awesome vibes and happy days. The Torquay esplanade is absolutely perfect, with rolling green hills sloping down to the grainy white sand and wavy blue ocean. There are plenty of cafes overlooking the water or picnic tables on the grass. Torquay is a wonderful place to stop either on your way to the coast or on the way back.

The sundial on the Torquay esplanade

Airey's Inlet

This is a beautiful place to stop at, not only for the picturesque views and lovely picnic spots on the grass, but also for the lighthouse. The Split Point Lighthouse has awesome views overlooking the ocean, and is also the lighthouse that was used in the filming of 90s kids TV show, Round The Twist.

Split Point Lighthouse

Erskine Falls, Lorne

A very well known seaside town on the Great Ocean Road is Lorne. This place is great to stop for a coffee from the local bakery, but also to check out Erskine Falls, part of the Otway National Park. These falls feature a steep walk down and unbeatable views once you're at the bottom. Make sure you have your camera at the ready to snap this awesome natural landscape.

Erskine Falls

Teddy's Lookout, Lorne

Another stop in Lorne to experience some breathtaking views is Teddy's Lookout. Here you can see the Great Ocean Road for the incredibly phenomenal landscape that it is. Teddy's Lookout offers exceptional views of the unique way that the road meets the ocean. This is the perfect place to take a breath and appreciate this part of the world.

The view from Teddy's Lookout

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Your Comment
The sundial mosaic is wonderful.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 1642 days ago
What a lovely mosaic sundial at Torquay. I will have to look out for it next Great Ocean Road trip.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4159) 1642 days ago
There's no doubt the Great Ocean Road has much to offer. The lovely places you've mentioned are only a fedw.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 1641 days ago
The sundial reflects some true artistic calibre.
by Diana (score: 2|719) 1642 days ago
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