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Great Ocean Road

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Great Ocean Road

The iconic rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles have long reigned as one of the highlights of Australia’s jaw-dropping Great Ocean Road. The stunning rock stacks rise from the Southern Ocean with unique gravitas and grace. New research indicates that there are even more formations beneath the waves but the ones above the sea are impressive enough. While they may be the best-known highlight of the Great Ocean Road, they aren’t alone on what is one of the world’s top coastal drives—a trip which starts 90 minutes from Melbourne and stretches 150 miles, from Torquay to Allansford. A haven for Australian wildlife, the route takes travelers past lighthouses, seaside towns, through sections of rain forest, through meadowlands and more.

You can stop at hamlets with welcoming cafes and boutiques or head to some of Australia’s prime beaches for surfing. At the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve you may spot koalas and kangaroos, while you can also trade four wheels for two on mountain bike trails at other stops along the route. From picturesque waterfalls to various heritage sites and museums where you can learn about Australia’s history, you can chart your own personal journey.

Learn more about visiting one of Australia’s most popular scenic drives with Down Under Answers.