Life in the city is fast. Why not take some time off your busy schedule, pack your bags and go on an epic road trip and visit the biggest war memorial in the world?

That’s right, we’re talking about taking a drive through the Great Ocean Road.

What is the Great Ocean Road?

It’s a 243-kilometre (151 mi) road that stretches through the south-eastern coast of Australia, and between the cities of Torquay and Allansford.

Soldiers returning from war built the road from 1919 to 1932, and have dedicated it to those who lost their lives in World War I.

It’s a very popular route for locals and foreign vacationers alike as it winds through varying terrain and gives easy access to several landmarks. The road and the scenery are perfect for those looking to learn more about Australia’s history or who just want to see a different side of the country.

Places to see

When you drive through The Great Ocean Road, one of the things you can expect is the lack of buildings along the way. The further on you go, the fresher the air gets, and the scenery slowly changes to coastlines, open spaces and stunning views city dwellers can only dream of! Here are a few places you can visit on your road trip:

Bells Beach

Your first stop on this long drive is at Bells Beach. Located just near Torquay, the beach is a well-known surfing spot. This is the perfect place to meet fellow travellers, locals and so much more. If you visit in just the right season, you can even witness some of the events held each year.


  •    Surfing. Whether you’re an experienced or novice surfer, Bells Beach is definitely for you. Practice catching waves, or learn how to ride a surfboard. Make memories you can tell all your friends back home.
  •    Cycling. Cycling is very popular in the area. You can rent out some bikes and ride them with friends to get some exercise in.

Bells Beach

Aireys Inlet

Aireys Inlet is home to the Split Point Lighthouse which was built in 1891. Aside from the historic lighthouse, there are other sights to see in Aireys Inlet.


  •    Guided Tours. You can always find a group tour with other travellers and have the guide explain to you some of the town’s history and more.
  •    Horseback rides. Like horses and want to see the town on horseback? A horse rental service is available with a choice of riding with or without a guide.

Great Otway National Park

If you’re a big nature buff, then you are going to love the Great Otway National Park. Some of the things you can see in this great national park include ancient rainforests, pristine beaches, coastlines, and waterfalls.


  •    Otway Fly. Ever wondered what it’s like to see the rainforest from a bird’s perspective? Try the Otway Fly Adventure and experience the rainforest through a zip line tour or a treetop walk. See nature like you’ve never seen before.
  •    Maits Rest. It’s an easy 20-30-minute walk which leads through the rainforest in Apollo Bay. Perfect for those looking for a relaxing walk in nature.

Great Otway National Park


With whale season just around the corner, it’s the best time to plan your road trip for a stop in Warrnambool. The town is best known for its fun-filled tourist activities and of course, their whale watching activities every year.


  •    Horse racing. Like horse racing? Warrnambool holds horse races regularly, a fun activity for you and the family.
  •    Whale Watching. Around June to October every year, whales come near the area to give birth. Witness these magnificent creatures up close and maybe even capture a photo for posterity.

The Great Ocean Road is long, and these are just some of the stops you can make along this long and winding road. Don’t have a car of you own? Then talk to us here at Alpha Car Hire, rent a car and plan your next great Australian road trip.

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