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Introducing Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road (B100) is one of Australia’s most famous road-touring routes. It takes travellers past world-class surfing breaks, through pockets of rainforest, calm seaside towns and under koala-filled tree canopies. It shows off heathlands, dairy farms and sheer limestone cliffs, and gets you up close and personal with the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean.

Hunt out the isolated beaches and lighthouses in between the towns, and the thick eucalypt forests in the Otway hinterlands to really escape the crowds. Rather than he ading straight to the Great Ocean Road, a fork in the road in Geelong allows you to take the long, leisurely way there via the Bellarine Peninsula, which allows you to visit charming coastal towns and wineries en route.

Day-tripping tourists from Melbourne rush into and out of the area in fewer than 12 hours, but, in a perfect world, you’d spend a couple of weeks here.