Rock formations, cliffs, empty beaches, dramatic sunsets, Australian wildlife and so much more await shutterbugs who travel along the road. Where are the best spots to take incredible images and make friends back in the UK jealous? Here’s our list.
It won’t take long on the Great Ocean Road before you feel the urge to pull over and take pictures. Bells Beach is one of Australia’s iconic surfing destinations and lies less than 10 minutes into your journey. Lofty cliffs rise over the water and offer a perfect aerial vantage point to capture this popular scenic spot. A specially-built overlook near the steps down to the beach offers a perfectly flat floor to place a tripod.
Just 26km into the Great Ocean Road is the stunning and accessible beach of Aireys Inlet. While the pristine sand and towering cliffs are best experienced at sea level, the best photographs are snapped during a tour of Split Point Lighthouse. The top of the lighthouse offers 360 degree views of Victoria!
Not every photo has to include the ocean. The spectacular Erskine Falls is a short detour from Lorne and offers waterfall views just a five-minute walk from the car park. Steps connect the upper lookout and lower lookout, allowing photographers to capture this natural wonder from several different angles.
One of the highest coastal vantage points on the Great Ocean Road, Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne is also one of the most accessible. A newly constructed walkway leads from the car park to an elevated platform, offering incredible views of the St George River meeting the ocean.
Nowhere does Australia’s diverse flora and fauna come to life more than it does in Great Otway National Park. While the Great Ocean Road runs directly through the park, the best photographs are taken on the park’s many hiking trails. The forested land also includes one of the densest population of koalas in the world. Scientists estimate 18 koalas inhabit each hectare of the park. Don’t overlook the Maits Rest Rainforest Walk, a self-guided journey through the shaded forest. For a secluded drive through the rainforest, take a left on Otway Lighthouse Road, which will lead you eventually to Australia’s oldest working lighthouse, Cape Otway Lightstation.
The second lighthouse on our list, Cape Otway Lightstation offers the southernmost ocean views west of Melbourne. Visit between May and October and you could capture a picture of whales, which migrate during winter months and play near the shores.
No Great Ocean Road trip is complete without a thorough visit to the famous 12 Apostles. These limestone structures are Mother Nature’s 10 million year old masterpiece and can be photographed from all angles. Multiple helicopter tours offer 360 degree aerial views. A trip down the Gibson Steps takes you to sea level. Trails from the car park lead to several elevated overlooks. Want your photos to be even more spectacular? Time your visit for the early evening and witness the most colourful of sunsets.
Just a few minutes down the road from the 12 Apostles is the infamous shipwreck site Loch Ard Gorge. The Gorge received its name from the ship, Loch Ard which sunk in the nearby waters while sailing from England to Melbourne (and there’s a little love story to go along with that tale. We’ll tell you when you’re here.) The gorge can be photographed from the above cliffs or at sea level by taking stairs down to the sand. Many helicopter tours of the 12 Apostles swing by this historic hotspot.
Photos of London Bridge looked quite different in the 1980s than they do now. The natural bridge collapsed during the 1990s, serving as a reminder that Victoria’s coastline is an ever-changing sculpture. Two overlooks are available from the car park, which is directly off of the Great Ocean Road.
The last overlook on the Great Ocean Road is one of the most spectacular. The Bay of Islands Coast Park has two viewing platforms that face the Southern Ocean, offering a colourful scene at sunset. The park also features several dirt walking trails and a seemingly endless stretch of beachfront.
Our UK Facebook page is a great place to see daily content on all things Victoria. Here are just things our followers have said about their journey on the Great Ocean Road!
Great Ocean Road is amazing. Loved the helicopter ride and Loch Ard Gorge was well worth the visit.
I was in Melbourne in 2012, and we did the Great Ocean Road on a 12 hour tour. It was an absolutely fantastic journey. Our tour guide explained the history behind this road which was an amazing story.
I did the Great Ocean Road Tour. It was really out of this world. Loved it…Such a wonderful experience to have under my hat! St. Kilda was a lovely spot to go and relax, eat and be merry!
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