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    The Great Ocean Road: Sights between Melbourne and Port Campbell

    May042011

    In her newest guest post, winner of our 'Hostelworld Connects' video competition Elizabeth Holbrook tells us what stops you should visit along Australia's famous Great Ocean Road. If you're planning on visiting this incredible coastal drive, check out our feature about hostels on the Great Ocean Road.

    It’s certain that you’ll want to see the Great Ocean Road while in Australia (Melbourne to be precise), but you may not be really sure what to expect outside of the magnificent coastal scenery. If so, here are some highlights featuring different towns and sights along the way to give you an idea of where to begin your planning...

    Torquay
    Start off at surf central. Hang around the town centre and pop into different factory outlets offering surf-clothing at slashed prices. Then head down to the coast and watch surfers tackle the waves at the world-famous Bells Beach. For a more hands on approach, take a lesson from one of the surf shops in town.

    Anglesea and Lorne
    Both small coastal towns are great for taking a rest and having a picnic, just beware of the friendly parakeets that might try to steal your lunch. In Lorne you can also take a drive on Erskine Falls Road, stopping at Teddy’s Lookout for great views. Continue on to the falls themselves for a short but scenic walk through the bush.
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    Apollo Bay
    This pretty little town is a great place to set up base for the evening. It’s also the starting place for the 104-kilometre ‘Great Ocean Walk’. Hike the whole route or take on as much as you’d please. More information about the walk can be found at www.greatoceanwalk.com.au
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    Cape Otway
    Make your way along the rugged coastline, park your car and climb the Cape Otway Lighthouse for spectacular views and bragging rights of having visited Australia’s oldest lighthouse. Popular day walks around the area include Erskine Falls Walk (15km return), Kalimna Falls Walk (9km circuit) and Sheoak Falls Walk (9km return).

    Port Campbell
    Best known for Port Campbell National Park which is where you’ll find the 12 Apostles, the coast of Port Campbell National Park will leave you breathless and reaching for your camera. Erosion may have reduced the number of the 12 Apostles in half, but it still remains a majestic display with Victoria’s most famous rock structures rising dramatically out of the sea. Brave the wind and check out the great rocks from atop the lookout, or head down to the coast for a stroll among the cliffs.
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    Of course there’s plenty more to see and explore along the Great Ocean Road outside of these options. Depending on your budget there’s also an array of activities like helicopter rides over the 12 Apostles or zip lining through the treetops in Cape Otway. For more information about things to do on your journey visit www.greatoceanrd.org.au

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