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The Great Southern Touring Route

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 372.823 miles
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  Marvellous Melbourne, the cosmopolitan capital with its dramatic towers, art galleries, restaurants and charming river, is a natural... more »

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Marvellous Melbourne is home to a myriad of amazing attractions. Sitting on the broad expanse of Port Phillip Bay, this lively and cosmopolitan city combines a fanatical love for the creative arts and good living with state-wide sports addiction to make a city like no other. Food, art, music, wine and football- whatever a visitor's interests,... More

Located just 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Wyndham is home to the World Class Werribee Park Tourism Precinct. This unique precinct offers visitors diverse experiences at attractions that include Werribee Park Mansion, Werribee Open Range Zoo, the Victoria State Rose Garden, the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, Werribee Park Reception... More

Exciting attractions, fabulous restaurants and bars, landscaped gardens, wide walking paths, regular events and beautiful Corio Bay combine to make Waterfront Geelong a 'must do' destination. If its adventure you seek, there is plenty of that too. You can explore the waterfront by helicopter, cruise, seaplane, jet boat or even motorcycle.

Torquay is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road and birthplace of the global surf industry, home to the international Rip Curl and Quiksilver brands. Surf World Museum is a 'must do' attraction and recounts how Torquay became the spiritual and commercial home of surfing in Australia.

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Bells Beach is a long, generous, well known surf break in Victoria. It has a lot of history and a lot of character. There isn't much "beach" at Bells, it is mainly a beautiful rocky cliff, with rolling farmland to the north, and the nearby Torquay, home to Rip Curl and Quiksilver. There is a car park at the top of the cliff where you... More

6. Point Addis

Point Addis is a highlight not to be missed! From a well positioned boardwalk on top of the cliffs, there are fantastic views of the rugged coastline along the start of the Great Ocean Road. The area is well known for great surfing and with 360 degree views it's a must see.

Beach, bush and kangaroos all help shape Anglesea as a favorite holiday spot. Located 10 minutes west of Torquay on the Great Ocean Road, Anglesea is the perfect area for a natural adventure.

Set between the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay and beautiful forests of the Otway Ranges, Lorne has a special charm. Add mild weather, the cafe culture and fascinating shops, and it's no wonder Lorne is one of the region's most popular holiday destination.

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A breathtaking waterfall located at the top of Lorne in the Otways Forrest. Erskine Falls is a great place to unwind and relax in the cooler air and it really gives you a taste of the Otways and what you will be seeing down the road.

Kennet River is a small town just outside of Lorne. The main attraction here are wild Koala's and other wildlife found on Grey River Road, a "must see" for anyone travelling along the Great Ocean Road. It is also a well known sufring destination and a gateway point to some of the Otway Forrest bush walks.

Apollo Bay is a vibrant resort town with excellent accommodation and restaurants. Other attractions include a golf course right on the beach and a Fisherman's Co-op from which fresh seafood, including crayfish, can be purchased off the boat.

12. Cape Otway Lightstation

A string of disastrous shipwrecks along the Victorian coast near Cape Otway catapulted the colonial government into action in the 1840s. The result was a lighthouse - opened in 1848 - on the point of the cape. It guided ships bound for Port Phillip through the narrow entrance to Bass Strait. Today, visitors can climb the lighthouse for spectacular... More

13. The Otway Fly Tree Top Walk

The Otway Fly Treetop Adventures offers mutiple activities but the two core activities are The Otway Fly Treetop Walk and The Otway Fly Zip Line Tour.

The Otway Fly Treetop Walk is a 1 hour rainforest walk experience that is approx 2km in total and features a 600mt long and 30mt high steel structured treetop canopy walkway that takes you right... More

14. 12 Apostles National Park

The mighty Twelve Apostles are world-recognised icons of the Great Ocean Road. These giant rock stacks soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean and are a central feature of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park that extends from Princetown to Peterborough. The dramatic and imposing limestone cliffs that are the backdrop to the... More

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Port Campbell is the closest town to the 12 Apostles, making it a very popular overnight choice. It's a funky, modern, lively seaside village, home to restaurants, cafés, shops and galleries and a fantastic surf beach.

16. Logans Beach

Warrnambool is known as Victoria's Southern Right Whale nursery. Between June and September, female Southern Right Whales return to the waters of Logans Beach near Warrnambool to calve. The whales often swim within 100 metres of the shore and can be viewed from specially constructed platforms in the sand dunes or from the beach.

A major regional city, Warrnambool is the perfect place to enjoy the seaside. You can walk or go cycling along the promenade or take in the ocean views from a café. Warrnambool is also famous as a whale nursery with Southern Right Whales coming to Logans Beach each winter to give birth to their calves.

18. Tower Hill

Tower Hill State Game Reserve sits inside an extinct volcano and is a beautiful sanctuary for wildlife with koalas, emus, kangaroos and many species of waterbirds roaming freely. The reserve is located 15 kilometres west of Warrnambool, next to the historic township of Koroit on the Princes Highway.

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Uncover history in every corner of this charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Wide streets are lined by nineteenth century cottages, Norfolk pines, old stone churches and inns. Many fine examples of 1800s architecture remain intact, and more than 50 buildings are heritage listed.

20. The Grampians

The Grampians rise up majestically from the plains of the Western District. Waterfalls, wildflowers and an abundance of native animals are just some of the reasons to take the time to explore the national and state parks. The Grampians also has the largest collection of Aboriginal rock art in South Eastern Australia.

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Surrounded by fantastic scenary, Ararat is an attractive town with many cafes, resteraunts and old buildings. It is the only Chinese founded town in Australia, which can be explored at the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre (see video). Still bearing the legacy of the gold rush, there is plenty to see and do in Ararat.

22. Ballarat and Soverreign Hill

Ballarat is the gateway to the Goldfields region. This grand old city�s colonial architecture stretches out along broad, tree-lined streets and reflects the riches taken from the ground after the discovery of gold in the 19th Century. The uprising at the Eureka Stockade is regarded as a pivotal moment in the development of Australian democracy.

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Marvellous Melbourne is home to a myriad of amazing attractions. Sitting on the broad expanse of Port Phillip Bay, this lively and cosmopolitan city combines a fanatical love for the creative arts and good living with state-wide sports addiction to make a city like no other. Food, art, music, wine and football- whatever a visitor's interests,... More