Driving the Great Ocean Road is an adventure and the Otway Coast region has the most breathtaking coast of the entire road. Wind your way without plan. Drive where the whim takes you or follow one of these beautiful routes recommended below.
Take your time and see what makes our wonderful coast and inland regions so special. Here are a few driving tours you can enjoy at any time of the year.
Visitor Information Centres along the way can help with maps and information.
The Forests and Waterfalls drive – 109 km
Dozens of streams and rivers crisscross the dense Otway ranges and many have spectacular waterfalls in winter. Some of these routes take you through tall trees and giant ferns of the Otway State Forest including much breathtaking scenery along the way.
This route loops from Apollo Bay to Lavers Hill and back to the coast at Skenes Creek. You can take side trips to Kennett River and down to the rugged Cape Otway and it’s historic lighthouse.
The spectacular Otway Fly attraction with its tree top board walks is along the way.
The waterfalls included are – Marriners (near Apollo Bay), Triplet, Hopetoun and Beauchamp, between Lavers Hill and Beech Forrest. Sabine Falls are near Tanybryn, Stevensons Falls near Barramunga, while Carisbrooke Falls are between Skenes Creek and Kennett River.
You can get a spectacular view of the rainforest on short walks at Maits Rest and Melba Gully State Park, just past Lavers Hill.
Red Rock and Volcanic Plains and Lakes drive – 88 kmv
Turbulent volcanic activity shaped much of Western Victoria’s landscape and coast. See massive crater lakes, extinct volcanic cones and fascinating formations left in the wake of an era of immense upheavals.
Take a short trip around the outskirts of Colac and you will discover more about the volcanic history.
The loop of this route takes you along the Princes Highway, Colac-Ballarat Road, Corangamite Lake Road, Nalangil Road and the Princes Highway.
Country to coast loop – 119 km
This wide ranging tour combines the best of coast and countryside in a compact loop.
It includes the scenic Great Ocean Road coast between Anglesea and Lorne, rainforest and waterfalls through the Otway Ranges and the rich pasture and farming country of the western plains.
You can cool off at some of the Surf Coast’s famous beaches, enjoy great coffee at a sidewalk café at Lorne’s Mountjoy Parade, experience the crisp air of the Angahook-Lorne State Park and pick berries in the hidden Otways valleys.
Coast and forest walks, top class galleries and plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat round off the experience.