18 January 2018
The Great Ocean Road has the reputation to be one of the great scenic drives in Australia. It starts in Torquay, about 100 km west of Melbourne, and stretches about 150 miles along the southern coast to Allansford however many consider Port Fairy, 38 km further west, the end of the tourist route. The road is filled with beautiful ocean views, rock formations, and relaxed beach towns.
On the first day of our road trip, we left Melbourne and drove directly to Torquay. Torquay and nearby Bells Beach is best known for being a world famous surfing beach and home of the annual Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach competition. We stopped at the Australian National Surfing Museum. It is a small but fun museum about surfing and surf culture.
The route from Torquay to Apollo Bay follows the coastline and provides stunning views at each turn. We made stops in Eastern View, Aireys Inlet, Lorne, and Apollo Bay. Lorne was a good place for lunch.
Torquay and Bells Beach
Great Ocean Road Shoreline