Hotels Abound Along the Great Ocean Road

Travelers heading out for the Great Ocean Road Trip enjoy this heady experience which they wish to experience in their lifetime. This incredible road journey brings with it a sense of liberty and freedom, especially when you visit the various attractions, such as the Otway Lighthouse, Twelve Apostles and the Port Campbell National Park and stay at the wonderful hotels along the way.

Enjoy the scenic coastline when you travel 243 kilometers on the Great Ocean Road which can be covered in a day. Travelers may prefer to halt along the way to enjoy this national treasure. It is possible to drive down this road by oneself, or to take any one of the tour buses that head out from Melbourne.

The first 0 km mark of the Great Ocean Trip starts from the south of Torquay, in Melbourne. You start cruising your way westward as you head for Warrnambool along the coast. Travelers may prefer to stay for maybe an hour to a week, perhaps. Accommodation is plentiful and affordable in these friendly places where the following highlights are available.

You hit Bell’s Beach at 7 km. This beach is popular with the beach goers and surfers, especially as many remember that the final scene of the movie Point Break was shot here. The Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival are conducted here every Easter and Bells hosts numerous surf competitions, as well as events annually.

At the 90 km mark, you hit Apollo Bay. You have to travel through the quaint tourist town of Lorne, which is about 46 km away, where you can stop for lunch, or stay for the noon or night and look for last minute hotels. There are a few shops on the foreshore, where one can spend time or chat with the locals, who come to fish on the pier. The view from Marriners Lookout at 90.7 km should not be omitted from your itinerary. Some people walk on the last lap of the journey, if they feel energetic to Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles, which cover the last 104 km of the Great Ocean Walk.

The drive takes you through Otway National Park, at 114 km to Cape Otway, which is located at 147 km. The Cape Otway Lighthouse is the only surviving oldest lighthouse on this mainland. You are taken back to the days when the first European settlers arrived at this point and had their first glimpse of virgin Australian territory.

The Port Campbell National Park is at the 172 km mark where many penguins, kangaroos, koalas and Australian animals can be spotted. Half a km away is the Twelve Apostles that is breathtakingly beautiful. One can opt to stay on in Port Campbell, at 179 km, or move towards the final stretch.

You have reached home stretch when you reach the 246 km at Warrnambool and experience the spectacular view. Look for southern right whales that frolic in the waters of the sea and visit Loch Ard shipwreck in this town that is home to mariners.

Though this point marks the end of the Great Ocean Road officially, many travelers may regard this as just the start of their holidays. Port Fairy is at 305 km and Portland is at 378 km.

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