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*Time and distance based on the most popular visitor route

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12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland

One of the most well-known highlights of the Great Ocean Road is the majestic 12 Apostles. Situated in the Port Campbell National Park, these massive limestone structures tower 45 metres above the tempestuous Southern Ocean and leave visitors awe-struck by their size and beauty.

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Apollo Bay

A thriving coastal fishing village nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges. Apollo Bay makes the perfect place to base yourself on your Great Ocean Road adventure. Whether you enjoy fresh fish & chips at the harbour or enjoy fine dining or the local cafe culture you will find plenty of options here.

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Avalon

Located just outside of Geelong and only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road, being only a 35 minute drive from Torquay. It offers easy transport options to Geelong and Torquay as well as plenty of car hire options.

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Colac

Located on the banks of the Barwon River, Winchelsea is a rural town steeped in history and surrounded by the fertile farmland of Victoria’s Western District. Fishing is popular in this section of the Barwon River with brown trout, redfin and eels commonly caught nearby.

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Geelong

Where the river meets the ocean, the seaside town of Anglesea boasts towering coastal cliffs and sprawling white beaches.
Beach, bush and kangaroos are the ingredients used to make Anglesea a favourite holiday spot.

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Lorne

Lorne is where the bush meets the beach set, between the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay and the rising majesty of the Otway National Park. With more than 10 waterfalls within 10 kilometres of the township, there are plenty of amazing natural wonders to explore.

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Melbourne

The offical start of the Great Ocean Road is 103km from Melbourne CBD and will take approximately 1hr 20mins to drive. The freeway extension (M1) bypasses Geelong, making access to the Great Ocean Road much quicker.

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Portland

Delve into history and get back to nature in this thriving city by the sea. Wander streets dotted with beautifully maintained heritage buildings and dine on great pub fare while overlooking the busy harbour.

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Port Fairy

Take a dip in the bay or hang five on the local breaks, build castles of sand and explore the rock pools spying on urchins and crabs. Tap your toes and sway to the rhythm of jigs and reels, ballads and gin joint jazz tunes at the ‘folkie’ or choose nature’s soundtrack of birdcalls and crashing waves.

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Queenscliff

The Split Point Lighthouse dominates the landscape on the approach to Aireys Inlet, a coastal hamlet where the sweeping curves of the Great Ocean Road welcome you and the dramatic nature of the Great Otway National Park begins.

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Torquay

Escape to the ocean for a relaxing interlude or smash out an adrenaline pumping adventure in Torquay. Home to world famous Bells Beach and the birth place of iconic surf brands, Torquay is the surfing capital of Australia.

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Torquay

Explore ancient rainforest brimming with lush ferns and towering trees, feel the mist from the powerful waterfalls, and hike through the cool undergrowth as the fresh forest air fills your lungs.

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Warrnambool

Make your dream home in the sand with turrets adorned with seaweed and shells then take a well-earned refreshing dip in the cool waters of the bay. Grab your board and make for the break as you teeter on some of Australia’s best waves.

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Adelaide

Approaching the Great Ocean Road from the west, you will enter the region at Nelson if taking the coastal route, or Casterton if travelling via the Coonawarra. Both are just over 5 hours from Adelaide. Take your time and explore the coast and hinterland along your Great Ocean Road journey, we promise you it’s worth it.

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Dear Great VIC bike riders 🚴🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♀️ - Welcome to the Colac Otway Shire! We hope you had a fantastic journey so far. We have prepared a fun Scavenger Hunt for you in Apollo Bay for the 30th Nov and 1st Dec. Collect your worksheet at our info stand at the Recreation Reserve where you will be staying. 
Need guidance how to make the most out of your time in the bay? We are here at the Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre 7 days a week, from 9am - 5pm, to answer your questions and give you an idea of possible itineraries. See you soon! 
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Coming up: Fri, 2nd Dec, Light up Apollo Bay 2022!! "Come along to celebrate the turning on of the Christmas lights in the Norfolk Pine tree. There’ll be live Christmas music, a visit from the man in red, kids face painting and fireworks! BYO- Bring your own picnic or takeway and something to drink. This is a free event!"
Info: Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce 
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Meet the locals: They wander through our backyards and streets. Climb fences and, guess what, sunbath at the beach! However, keep your distance from these cute animals as they have sharp claws and get defensive if they feel threatened. Keep your dog on the leash and away from them. If you find an injured koala or a joey on its own, please call Wildlife Victoria (03) 8400 7300 or inform the Information Centre 1300 689 297; We will contact local wildlife rescue. Thank you. 
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Looking for some fresh seafood? 🐟🦐🐙 Fresh Fish on Pascoe is the place to go. To find out what's the catch of the day head to the Facebook page of the Fisherman's Coop. Keen to throw a line yourself? Come to the Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre, call on 1300 689 297 or visit our website www.apollobay.vic.gov.au for more information on fishing spots. 
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Tomorrow is the 3rd Sunday of November, can you believe it?! Grab some nutritious fresh produce and handmade delicacies to celebrate spring and support local farmers. Come by the Youth Club between 9am and 1pm and fill your bags. 🍎🍐🍊🍋🥭🥦🥕🧄🥔🌽🥚🧀
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Who doesn't like a beach walk? Let the colours of the sky at sunset hypnotise you into relaxation and renewal. 🌅 The info centre is located on the Apollo Bay Foreshore next to a beach access. Come in and find out where the best beaches are along the Great Ocean Road. 
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The Birregurra Art Show will run on the 12th and 13th Nov with the Opening Night event tomorrow, Friday 11th Nov (7 - 10pm) at the Birregurra Community Hall. Support local artists and take home a unique piece of art.
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