Best Of The Surf Coast (Part II)
With so many destinations along the Surf Coast to discover, here is Part II of our ‘Best of the Surf Coast’ moving to the Otway’s and venturing through the Great Ocean Road. It’s now time to find out about the beautiful coastal towns along the Great Ocean Road, from Lorne to Torquay and everything in-between!
Missed out on Part I? Don’t worry, you can read all about it here.
Wildlife Adventures in Kennett River
As you take the scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road, make Kennett River your first stop. The Kennett River Koala Walk has signage along the way describing the native wildlife that can be found there. A short walk will bring you to some eucalyptus trees where you can usually find the koalas – best time to view them is at sunrise or sunset, where they are at their most active.
This is also a popular spot for colourful parrots and cockatoos. These animals are not shy as they’ll land on your hands, shoulders, or heads – but it does make for a great photo op!
From fishing, seals, stingrays and crystal-clear waters – Lorne Pier makes it a perfect stop-off point to stretch your legs. Take a stroll down the Lorne Pier and be on the lookout for gigantic stingrays in the blue waters where you will usually find them residing underneath the pier.
This pier is also a popular spot for fishing, including squid, salmon, snapper, gummy sharks, flathead and more. Be on the lookout for seals too, as you’ll find them hiding under the pier waiting for an easy meal stealing your catch!
If the weather is warm, you’re sure to find some kids jumping off at the end of the pier – the perfect way to cool down on a hot sunny day.
The Coastal Town of Lorne
With rows of cafes and shops, overlooking an action-packed beach, Lorne is one of the biggest and trendiest coastal towns along Great Ocean Road. The town is also known for its vibrant community of artists, where you can view changing exhibits and an outdoor sculpture park at Qdos Art Gallery. Discover the walking trails along the Cumberland River, or take a walk to Erskine Falls, set amid an ancient fern and eucalyptus forest.
A Game of Golf, while Kangaroo Spotting?
You can take a tour around Anglesea Golf Club to spot the 300 Eastern Grey Kangaroos that live on the 18-hole golf course. Nestled into native bushland, this picturesque course is one-of-a-kind surrounded by eucalyptus trees.
The kangaroos are particularly active in the early mornings and late afternoons, and the course is open to tourists. Special kangaroo tours are also available for non-golfers and is a perfect chance to get up-close and personal with these marsupials.
Surf at the World-Renowned Bells Beach
As you continue driving towards Torquay, you’ll pass Bells Beach. Whether you’re surfing the waves or lazing on the beach, Bells Beach is an amazing spot and lives up to its international reputation as one of Australia’s best surf beaches. The prestigious Rip Curl Pro event is held here every Easter and draws in the best surfers from around the world.
With so many things to tick-off on your Victorian bucket list, we think Torquay Holiday Park is the perfect base for your next trip to the Surf Coast. With plenty of different accommodation options available to suit couples, friends, families and larger groups, we have cabins and sites available.