30 JAN -
2 FEB 2020

Visit The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is home to the towering 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks, pristine rainforest, gourmet food trails and an abundance of native wildlife.

In this part of the world, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures – from cycling, bushwalking, surfing, mountain biking and much more. Or, you can take the cultural route through galleries, museums and heritage attractions.

Just, don’t forget to feast on the views and local produce along the way!

Just off the course of our UCI WorldTour Classics is the coastal town of Lorne, a popular base for bike riders, holidaymakers and families alike. Don’t miss MoVida Lorne – 2019 winner of Savour Australia’s Best New Restaurant title in Victoria and Tasmania.

 

 

Watch the races

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The inaugural Towards Zero Race Torquay on Thursday 30 January will touch on the start of the Great Ocean Road – giving riders and fans a taste of what’s to come across the weekend.

When the UCI WorldTour men’s and women’s classics hit town, look out for the Surf Coast Sprint along the Torquay Esplanade.

Riders will vie for intermediate sprint points before the peloton wraps onto the Great Ocean Road.

Places to ride

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If you’re up for a scenic challenge, start in Torquay and follow the Great Ocean Road down to Lorne – an out and back ride will see you clock around 90km.

For an additional 45km make it a circuit by turning right atLorne Road and follow the C151 up to Moriac, then take the C135 back into Torquay. See Great Ocean Rides for maps and details.

Plus, check out the Great Ocean Road Bite guide to pair your journey from Torquay as far as Apollo Bay with some of the best food and beverages in the state.

Things to do

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The 12 Apostles – magnificent rock stacks rising from the Southern Ocean – are an itinerary must. The Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay to the Apostles will keep your fitness levels up! For nature lovers, immerse yourself in the Otway Ranges, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve or track

down the stunning waterfalls in the region. Beach-goers relish the famed breaks at Bells Beach and Discovery Bay. And, when it comes to local produce, check out the Otway Harvest Trail and 12 Apostles Food Artisans dotted along

this Gourmet Trail. Dan Hunter’s inimitable Brae featured on the 2017 World’s Best Restaurants list, and Greek Australian a la grecque, the Forrest Brewing Company and Merrijig Kitchen are also hot spots on the coast.

Where to stay

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Some of our top picks:

Chris’s Beacon Point – Studio and Villa accommodation just steps from its sister restaurant in Apollo Bay.

Great Ocean Road Resort – A four-star boutique property, great for families and right in the heart of Anglesea.

Great Ocean Road Holidays – A listing of more than 800 holiday rental homes and apartments in Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Wye River, Apollo Bay and beyond.

Alkina Lodge – The closest luxury accommodation to the 12 Apostles, with hilltop views overlooking the Southern Ocean.

For simple transport tips, check out our Getting There page.

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