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Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road region hugs the contours of Victoria's rugged south west coast and offers one of Australia's greatest and most spectacular coastal drives with a glimpse of the famous 12 Apostles.

Start your journey in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula and discover beautiful beaches, great eateries, a fascinating heritage and an enormous range of recreational opportunities, from fishing and golfing to diving and surfing. Take in the colourful and lively ambience of bayside Geelong, Victoria's second largest city, or discover quaint Queenscliff's rich maritime history and heritage hotels.

Follow the coast to the seaside resort towns of Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay for stunning beaches and water sports as well as incredible rainforest scenery in the nearby Otway Ranges.

One of the most visited stretches of the Great Ocean Road is around Port Campbell. Buffeted by wild seas and fierce winds, Port Campbell's coastline has been sculpted over millions of years to form a series of striking rock stacks that rise majestically out of the Southern Ocean. Known as the 12 Apostles, they are one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Victoria. A helicopter ride to get a bird's eye view of these famous natural wonders is the ultimate Great Ocean Road experience.

The Great Ocean Road is characterised by its rich maritime past. The historic towns of Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland give you a taste of seafaring village life, with their fishing wharves, preserved colonial buildings and maritime museums recounting the stories of ships that have foundered off the rugged shipwreck coast.

The Great Ocean Road is a two-hour drive from the heart of Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road itself stretches for over 400 kilometres from Torquay to the South Australian border. Alternatively, take the inland route along the Princes Highway from Geelong to Warrnambool.


Great Ocean Road: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Massage Therapist Eija Tibbits


Remedial Massage Therapist Eija Tibbits has a clinic in Apollo Bay. She also has a mobile massage service available if you prefer massage in the comfort of your accommodation.

Relaxation massage has an important role in stress management. It can greatly improve sleep and reduce anxiety. It enhances blood and lymph circulation and helps to eliminate toxins from the body.

Remedial massage is used to address the muscular aches and pains and to recreate the balance within the body. This is done by using relaxation massage techniques and incorporating modalities such as trigger point therapy, myofascial massage techniques and muscle energy technique.

As everybody is an individual, so is each massage unique based on issues apparent at the time.

Relaxation massage can be given as a present in a form of a gift voucher.

Member of Australian Association of Massage Therapists. Private health fund rebates available.




29 Ocean Park Drive
Marengo, VIC, 3233

Located 2.0K from Great Ocean Road

Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary


Just past Apollo Bay, off the world famous Great Ocean Road, Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary protects 12ha of ocean waters. About 150m offshore, this sanctuary protects a reef system known as Little Henty Reef. Two sections of the reef, the inner and outer reef, are usually exposed and separated by a narrow channel known as 'The Gap'. Composed of sandstone they support wonderful intertidal and subtidal reefs which are packed with sea life.

Visitors exploring the intertidal reef may come across many invertebrates including sea snails, tubeworms and abalone. In slightly deeper waters there are beautiful seaweed gardens including towering Bull Kelp forests and beds of delicate green and red species. Between the two small islands, calmer waters support colourful soft corals, sponge gardens and sea urchins. The diverse range of habitats provides resources for a huge range of species including Australian Fur Seals, schools of Zebra Fish and many species of wrasse.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.





Great Ocean Rd
Marengo, VIC, 3233

Located 2.8K from Great Ocean Road

Seahorse Natural Therapies


Run by Lizzie, a qualified AAMT (Australian Association of Massage Therapists) certified and registered Remedial Massage practitioner with over 11 years experience in the health and wellness services. Seahorse Natural Therapies specialises in remedial and relaxation massage treatments, along with facials and ear candling.

Seahorse Natural Therapies is perfect for people of all ages visiting the greater Apollo Bay area, who are looking to add an extra activity to their health and relaxation routine on their break.

Seahorse Natural Therapies is located in a peaceful studio at Surf Avenue in Skenes Creek, within six kilometres from Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road. If you would rather relax in your accommodation, then a mobile service is an option with prior booking and availability. Please contact for further details.

Take some time out and treat yourself or friend to a soothing relaxation massage or facial. For those with muscular pain, Seahorse Natural Therapies provide a more comprehensive treatment specific to your needs, such as Bowen Therapy combined with massage. When you leave you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Gift Vouchers are available for all treatments. Health Insurance rebate is available for Remedial Massage. For any further information please contact Seahorse Natural Therapies or view the website.

Seahorse Natural Therapies is a Member of Australian Association of Massage Therapists.






1 Surf Ave
Skenes Creek, VIC, 3233

Located 5.8K from Great Ocean Road

Cape Otway Lightstation


Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia's most important lighthouse. The Light established in 1848 is perched on towering sea cliffs 90 metres above where Bass Straight and Southern Ocean collide.

Experience the thrill of stepping out onto the Lighthouse Balcony for awesome views, and hear the amazing history of tragic shipwrecks on this isolated and rugged coastline from the passionate Guides.

Explore the historic Telegraph Station from 1859 and discover Australia's extraordinary secret war history from WW2.

Appreciate and understand local Aboriginal Culture at the Aboriginal Cultural Site, with stories from local guides. Visitors can also enjoy bush tucker, spear throwing, painting and many other activities.

Watch whales at play and soak up the natural beauty and atmosphere for a few hours or stay overnight in the unique, historic Lightkeepers accommodation. Ideally suited to families, groups, couples or friends. B&B or longer stays.

Cape Otway Lightstation is an excellent location to base yourself, being a highlight of the Great Ocean Road and at the centre of the Great Ocean Walk. Fantastic fishing, swimming, waterfalls and walks are nearby.

The Lightkeeper's Kitchen offers coffee, homemade scones and local produce all made fresh on site. The Caf? is located in the original Assistant Lightkeeper's cottage, with a painting and photo gallery including fascinating historic audio stories of lightkeeper's wives and children. Free wi-fi and daily newspapers.

Discover the coast on the Lightkeeper's Coastal Discovery Tour, running daily. Walk in the footsteps of lightkeepers along the Great Ocean Walk with experienced and knowledgeable local guides.

Located a short drive off the Great Ocean Road, through serene forests where you are guaranteed to see koalas.




1140 Lightstation Road, via Great Ocean Road
Cape Otway, VIC, 3233

Located 15.3K from Great Ocean Road

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures


Otway Fly Treetop Adventures - One Location two adventures. Located in Victoria's magnificent Otways providing visitors with a unique opportunity to view the forest from a bird's eye view through its two unique eco-adventure experiences, the famous Tree Top walk and Zip Line Tour.

The Tree Top Walk - the longest and tallest elevated walk of its kind in the world. At 600 metres long and 30 metres above ground level. A 45 metre high lookout is ascended via a spiral stairway through the under story to emerge amongst the crowns of the giants of the forest, whilst the springboard cantilever bounces precariously high over picturesque Young's Creek.

The walk is a 1.9 kilometres round walk starting from the visitor centre and takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete. The walk is full of quality interpretive panels educating our visitor on the forest and surrounds on display.

For the thrill seeker zip lining is the perfect adrenaline fuelled activity where you can Zip across the treetops in this unique forest experience, gaining a bird's-eye view of Otway's beautiful forests.

The Zip Line Tour involves traversing from one platform to another connected by tree platforms called 'cloud stations' and attached to steel cable suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor.

This exciting adventure lasts three hours and is unlike any other experience. It is recommended pre-booking the Zip Line Tour via the Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures website.

The visitor centre is home to a licensed cafe which seats up to 100 people.

The car-park also provides for campervans, caravans and coaches. Group bookings can be made and need to be booked in advance, guided tours and catering are available for these bookings.




360 Phillips Track
Beech Forest, VIC, 3237

Located 18.7K from Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road: Events

Conserving koala habitats in the Great Otway National Park


In the Great Otway National Park, the koala population have been increasing and destroying the native tree species.

Earthwatch Australia is an environmental not for profit that unites individuals, like you, together with today's leading scientists to help resolve scientific questions through field research. By participating in Earthwatch's expeditions the data you collect, will be helping scientists unravel key environmental challenges and contributing to long-term conservation plans. Become a 'scientific research assistant' for the duration of the expedition and experience what it is like to observe, collect and analyse species and the environment like a pro!

On their upcoming expedition - Conserving Koala Country - you will be conducting tree measurements and habitat assessments. The data collected will contribute useful data to a longer-term consideration of climate change while also contributing to the conservation of koalas and their habitat.

The research will be taken near one of the world's most scenic drives - the Great Ocean Road. You will not only be contributing to this important research, but also making life-long friends and learning about the importance the iconic furry friends play in the Australian ecosystem.

The research will take place for nine days in September, November and February, in the Great Otways National Park. The exact location will be given once booked.



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90 Manna Gum Dr,
Cape Otway, VIC, 3233

Located 15.9K from Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road: Travel Tips

Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre


Located on the foreshore in Apollo Bay, The Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre offers detailed information on a wide range of Great Ocean Road and Otway's attractions, tours and accommodation options.

Additional visitor services include free visitor car parking, free Wi-Fi, public internet access, V/Line bookings, all terrain wheel chair bookings and a gift shop offering a large selection of locally crafted products such as, jewellery, food products, books, Australian made souvenirs, maps, and discounted tickets for Otway Fly and Cape Otway Light station.












100 Great Ocean Road
Apollo Bay, VIC, 3233

Located 0.3K from Great Ocean Road

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