Outstanding coastal views feature in the drive along the Great Ocean Road – a 243km stretch carved by returned World War 1 Australian servicemen into cliff face, mostly by hand.
Towns along the way include Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Wye River, Kennett River, Apollo Bay, Lavers Hill, Port Campbell and Peterborough.
A highlight is the majestic Twelve Apostles – massive limestone structures that tower from the Southern Ocean. Sadly, the number is down to eight now due to erosion. Take a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view and then take the 86 cliff-stairs to the beach where you will feel dwarfed by the structures.
Surfing, fishing, walking, and cycling are some of the activities on offer as well as Aboriginal cultural experiences.
Lorne Bush House Cottages and Eco Retreat combines bush and beach on private bushland.
The Cumberland Lorne offers a variety of hotel apartments plus gym, tennis courts and pool.
Stunning views and a championship golf course feature at the sprawling RACV Torquay Resort with a surf beach and rainforest nearby.
Port Fairy’s dreamy six suite boutique Drift House has had a colourful past – it was once the home of an undertaker, stonemason, architect, and publican.
There are lots of dining options along this scenic stretch.
Dining recommendations include the seaside Wye General at Wye River that is a bakery, general store and post office – serves great coffee and treats.
Movida Lorne is the place to go for great tapas and Spanish dishes.
Forage on the Foreshore at Port Campbell features locally sourced produce from the chef’s foraging expeditions. All day breakfast is served.
Anglesea’s’ Captain Moonlight located at the lifesaving club, has a great following.