How to spend a long weekend on the Great Ocean Road

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The Great Ocean Road encompasses 243 kilometres of pristine coastline, waterfalls and forests. There’s so much on offer, but figuring out what to do on a short trip can be a struggle.

Here’s your guide on how to enjoy some of the most iconic and incredible sights along the Great Ocean Road over a long weekend. Photos are in order of mentions.

Day 1 – Sightseeing

Stop #1 – Gibson Steps

After making our way down the steps of the tremendous cliff face and walking along the beach, we got our first glimpse of the iconic 12 Apostles. Down on the beach next to the apostles and cliffs is the best way to start one’s appreciation for the coastline of the Great Ocean Road.

Stop #2 – 12 Apostles

The 12 Apostles are an icon of Victoria and a must-visit. It’s truly a beautiful experience to be able to witness with your own eyes the immense cliff faces and apostles standing on their own in the middles of the ocean.

Stop #3 – Loch Ard Gorge

Here two large cliffs meet but don’t touch, forming a secluded and special beach spot. This site was beautiful at so many angles and was definitely one of my favourite spots.

Stop #4 – The Arch

Nature works in beautiful ways and created this rock arch formation that sees the tide go in, out and around the arch.

Stop #5 – London Bridge

This rock formation resembling a bridge is truly an incredible site. The current two rock formations were previously joined together, however the middle section collapsed a couple of decades ago.

Stop #6 – The Grotto

Another interesting natural site along the Great Ocean Road is the Grotto, where we found a pool of pebbles next to a massive arch that looks out onto the water.

Stop #7 & 8 – Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands

This spot is a bit further out from the rest of the sites, however it is a must-see! Both sites have an incredible view of rock formations scattered across the ocean. At Bay of Martyrs we walked along the beach and among the beautiful rocks.

Rest and relax at Port Campbell


After a day of jam-packed sightseeing along the Great Ocean Road’s beautiful coastline, we settled down at Port Campbell and spent the rest of the afternoon napping on the beach (or in my case snoring so loudly that I woke myself up).




Day 2 – Exploring the walking tracks

Stop #1 - Wreck Beach

Lodged into the ocean floor at Wreck Beach is two anchors from a wrecked ship, hence the name. It was honestly so cool to walk right up to the 200 year old anchors stuck firmly in the ground and foolishly try to move it. I must warn you, the stairs to get down the beach are intense so you can imagine how hard it is to go back up! I was struggling big time.

Stop #2 - Triplet Falls

A walk through a section of the luscious forests that make up the Otways National Park brought us to Triplet Falls. It’s huge! The walk through the forest is long, so make sure to stop along the way and take pictures of the mammoth trees.

Stop #3 Hopetoun Falls

Hopetoun Falls is a truly gorgeous spot. Naturally placed logs surround the waterfall, which creates a beautiful serene spot.

Rest and relax at Apollo Bay

I would highly recommend going to dinner at La Bimba. They do delicious seafood paella.

Day 3 - Rest and relaxation

Stop #1 – Erskine Falls

Close to the popular Lorne beach is Erskine Falls. The waterfall has conveniently placed rocks and logs that I jumped through to find a comfortable spot to sit and watch the flow of the water. 

Rest and relax at Lorne

It’s one of my favourite beaches with great boutiques and restaurant across the road!

With autumn just starting and summer weather in it’s last weeks, now is your time to embrace what the Great Ocean Road has to offer during its best time!

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Day trip to Mount Martha

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Dress: Cos, Shoes: Schutz, Sunglasses: Karen Walker

According to the calendar year, summer has ended for Australia, but hopefully the sun stays around for a little while longer.

Since finishing uni and entering full time work, I have a newfound appreciation for weekends – I don’t have to study and I can just relax before going back to the 9-5 grind.

So during the summer, I was adamant to make the most out of my weekends. This meant exploring more beaches in Victoria.

I am not the greatest fan of city beaches here in Melbourne and after waking up a little late on a Saturday morning, Ivor and I were debating whether to go to somewhere easy and close, like Brighton Beach or make a long journey to the Mornington Peninsula. We weren’t keen for either. So we hopped in the car and decided to go somewhere “in between” and ended up at Mount Martha.

I had a preconception that Mount Martha would just be like a city beach – too many people, grainy sand and litter (apologies fellow Melburnians for the very cynical view of our local beaches).

I was totally surprised when we were driving into Mount Martha and saw orange (yes orange!) fine sand with beautiful blue green ocean water, large cliffs faces and gorgeous brightly coloured beach boxes.

We spent the day reading, swimming, eating and exploring. It was lovely.

Sadly, with the new fences on the cliffs, I didn’t make it to the pillars at Mount Martha. If anyone has any tips on how to get there safely, please let me know!




What’s your favourite local beach? I’d love to find out and hopefully explore some more beaches before all the sun disappears.

Photos by Ivor

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