Top Things to See on The Great Ocean Road + Tips, Secrets and Video!

From stunning beaches, cool wildlife and beautiful forests. The Great Ocean Road is a drive you have to do! Here is a video from our road trip to show you why:

Thanks heaps Jelmer Meijer from @time_to_film for making this awesome video and cheers to Leyton Bowen awesome skate tricks!

Let’s start off with the highlight of the GOR:


The Twelve Apostles

This is a typical ‘’you have to see it with your own eyes to realize how impressive they are’’ case. I mean, they are massive! No photo does justice.

The apostles were formed by erosion and storm. The soft limestone formed caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed and transformed into rock stacks up to 50 metres high! There are only eight apostles left now, unfortunately. The most recent one collapsed in 2005.

After admiring them from the top, you can walk down Gibsons Steps to have a closer look from the beach.

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

Tip: Go there just before sunset and the golden light will make your photos even prettier!


The Loch Ard Gorge

Beautiful spot to sit down on the beach and have lunch! The waves were pretty high when I was there so I wouldn’t recommend going for a swim.

Tip: On the right side of the beach is a really cool cave to explore! Make sure you go there on flip flops, jandels, thongs or however you call them, so that the rocks don’t hurt your feet. Been there done that.



Surprise! Here are some secret spots for ya! I’m not gonna give you the exact coordinates or whatever but I challenge you to drive down the gravel roads close to the Twelve Apostles. Thanks to The World Is a Circus for the tip. Here is what we found:

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

Tip: The gravel roads aren’t marked with a sign or anything so keep your eyes open when you drive!


The Grotto

A pretty cool piece of art by the sea.

The Grotto, The Great Ocean Road

Tip: Don’t visit it around 3pm because that’s when all the buses from Melbourne arrive.


Cape Otway

This is where we camped and watched sunset. We spotted kangaroos but also koala’s! I never expected to see wild koalas myself and was pretty surprised when I heard about it. So I had to find one, of course! And I did, but I didn’t succeed with a good photo since he was pretty far away.

Sunset at Cape Otway and behind the scenes of ”The Great Ocean Road Trip”.

Tip: If you are camping here, bring earplugs. No, seriously, koala’s look so peaceful but are super noisy! And they make such a strange sound. Cute weirdo’s.


The London Arch

The London Arch is what remains of London Bridge after it collapsed. This was once a natural double arch, where visitors could walk out to the edge of the arch. But one day, while people were standing on the arch, it decided to show them a little trick and it collapsed. Not funny, mate! People had to be airlifted back up. Crazy, ey? People got injured but luckily nobody died.

Tip: Don’t stand on natural bridges because they can bloody collapse.


Great Otway National Park

There are some beautiful walks that you can do in the park and I still haven’t seen enough. Don’t forget to look up during night! Because it’s so far away from the city there isn’t much light pollution. A good spot for astro photography!

Tip: Be aware of when the moon rises. Although the light pollution isn’t a problem here, if the moon is full it can still make it harder to see and capture the stars.


Tom and Eva

Other awesome rock formations that you can find at the Loch Ard Gorge precinct.

Tip: Take your wide angle lens with you!


Tip: Drive a different route back to Melbourne. Cross the national park through the center and here you find the…

The Hopetoun Falls

The Hopetoun Falls

The Hopetoun Falls

Okay, are you ready for the last one?!


The Californian Redwoods

If you drive down further on the same road (Binns Road) after visiting the waterfall you find one of the most beautiful forests I’ve ever seen. We brought a hammock and relaxed for a bit.

Looking up the massive trees is so cool! It made me feel so small and I noticed that the trees are so high they actually move a lot in the wind. Sometimes the trees actually bump into each other! I definitely don’t wanna be there when it storms.

Tip: If you follow the river you find this beautiful spot:

That was it! My 10 favorite spots on the Great Ocean Road. Of course, there are so many other things to see and so much more to explore! So this will be the moment when you ask yourself:

How much time do I need to drive the Great Ocean Road?

I have no idea how people manage to do it in one day. We did it in three days and I find that reasonable. But to be honest, I could easily spent there two weeks!

Last tip: Don’t be as stupid as me. I’m actually getting hit by the water in the photo below. Let’s see if you can find me!

Have you driven the Great Ocean Road before? What are your favorite spots? Do you have any questions?

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  1. Michelle February 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    What a beautiful blog and video – thank you for these priceless tips!

  2. Ellen Grondijs February 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks so much for such a nice comment! Means a lot 🙂

  3. Bablofil March 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks, great article.

  4. Ellen Grondijs March 24, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Glad you like it! 🙂

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