Melbourne should consider holding a few days to explore Victoria’s own Costa Verde, the Great Ocean Road. This radiant coastal tour combines spectacular huge cliffs, towering rock stacks, lush temperate rainforests, clean uncrowded beaches, and extraordinary surf.
The Great Ocean Road winds its way along the stunning coastline of south-west Victoria, from Geelong in the east to Nelson in the west, with the area between Lorne and Apollo Bay being the most pleasant. It is without a doubt one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. It crosses an all-inclusive length of coastline that includes the world-famous Twelve Apostles tour rock formation, the Otways rainforest, and Bells Beach on the Surf Coast. The Great Ocean Road also regularly passes through coastal resort towns including Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay, historic villages including Queenscliffcoastal cities including Geelong and Warrnambool, and Port Campbell, Portland and Port Fairy.
There is ample opportunity to expand and extend the Great Ocean Road experience by detouring inland to the eminent Grampians National Park and the Goldfields, proceeding across Victoria’s western border to South Australia, or exploring Port Phillip island in the east including Mornington peninsulas and the Bellarine.
Portland (population 11,000) was established by the spearheading Henty siblings in 1834. Today, it flaunts in excess of 200 all around kept up legacy structures and private living arrangements. Visit the Maritime Discovery Centre for knowledge into Portland’s long seafaring history. Portland’s waterfront is as yet buzzing with business action today, and whales sometimes visit in the winter months. Portland is also an angler’s paradise, the range of fish in the area including King George whiting, flathead, tuna, snapper, and mulloway.