Great Ocean Road Tours | Grampians Tours
A journey from the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians is one that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. The vast expanse from Port Campbell’s limestone coasts to the rugged mountain ranges of the tail end of the Great Dividing Range provides an ultimate outback experience.
A two-day trip is good, however, a three day tour is better. The journey commences by traversing Melbourne’s 2.6-kilometre long Westgate Bridge toward the region’s most spectacular coastal drive, the Great Ocean Road.
The Great Ocean Road
The first stop is the Great Ocean Road. Well, we do not stop here. We rather explore the beautiful seaside towns, verdure rainforest teeming with wildlife, pristine beaches, and magnificent offshore limestone stacks.
Built between 1919 and 1932, the Great Ocean Road is a war memorial honouring the servicemen of the First World War. The 243-kilometre long coastal road not only provides access to Victoria’s countryside but also to the natural scenery of stunning shorelines and panoramic landscapes from Torquay to Warrnambool.
In this route, you can enjoy watching the surfers in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, and walk on the sandy beaches of small coastal towns including Anglesea, Lorne, Kennett River, and Apollo Bay.
You also get to have your photos taken at the historic Memorial Arch that was first erected in 1939. Along the way, you can explore the ancient Otways rainforest for the endemic flora and fauna. The best places to spot the koalas in the wild are Cape Otway and Kennett River. You can get up close to other native wild animals and birds, too.
But the main highlight should be Port Campbell’s limestone coast where the iconic 12 Apostles stand. The 12 Apostles are a collection of rock formations formed in the last 6,000 years. You can stroll down the beach with towering stone pillars of up to 50 metres high and rugged surf pounding the base’s surface at the backdrop. A visit to the quaint Loch Ard Gorge would be a bonus.
From Warrnambool to the Grampians
After an overnight stay in the coastal town of Warrnambool on the western end of the Great Ocean Road, we explore the region further. We take a walk on Warrnambool’s rocky coastline to see some seals on the rocks, to spot the migrating whales, and to feel the cool breeze of the salty Southern Ocean.
We then visit the 30,000-year old extinct volcano, Tower Hill, which was Victoria’s first national park and a wildlife wonderland on the other end of the Great Ocean Road.
From Tower Hill National Park, we proceed to Mount Rouse, another extinct volcano sitting on the western end of Victoria. Experience the breathtaking views of lava fields and volcanic plains and stunning landscapes stretching from the Grampians on the north to the ocean on the south.
Then we wind our way into the heart of the Grampians, to Halls Gap.
Exploring the Grampians National Park
Halls Gap houses the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre where you can learn more about the Grampians’ flora and fauna and rich Aboriginal heritage.
Take a 2-hour hike on a bushwalking trail to The Pinnacle and experience the stunning views of massive sandstone ridges of the Wonderland Range and the Wimmera Plains. The views are simply spectacular you can’t express in words.