How to spend a long weekend on the Great Ocean Road


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!

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx

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  1. Omg these places are amazing!

  2. It looks so pretty there!!

  3. Ohhhmmy this looks amazing.
    Something i look forward for a getaway

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  4. This place looks like Paradise!

  5. Loved the photos with the sea & rocks!

  6. such gorgeous views, looks so relaxing!


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  9. Amazing photos and great capture.
    I definitely love to be on the beach

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  10. Love these pictures. What a beautiful place! Sorry for being so absent. I am going through your blog after so long and it feels so nice. How you doin?

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  13. So glad to see this post as we are heading hopefully next week to GOR. Which among the huge rocks sceneries can you go down to the beach, is it the Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps and Grotto only?

    1. Oh you'll have so much fun! You can go down to the beach at Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps and Bay of Martyrs :) xx