Great Ocean Road

One of the most famous road trips in the world is along the 243 km Great Ocean Road. A vibrant tapestry of Australian wildlife, massive rock formations jutting out of the surf, silken beaches, powerful waves, and emerald jungles. Start your engine in Torquay, Victoria and head to the local beach where you can watch local surfers rip through the waves. Further down the road is Anglesea and Erskine Falls where kangaroo sightings are common, and a waterfall cascading in the midst of a dense rainforest can be found.

Animal lovers searching for koalas, wallabies, and echidnas will likely luck out in Kennet River and Apollo Bay, and will be thrilled when they spot platypuses diving in the rivers of Maits Rest Rainforest. Next stop, the crème de la crème of this road, the Twelve Apostles. These limestone formations, carved by the wind and waves, rest in the sea with bright foliage sprouting out of their tops. Before you end your trip in Allansford, spend some time in Port Campbell National Park where you can check out the quirky London Bridge rock formation, or experience the Loch Ard wreck dive.

Getting there

After you fly in to Australia, renting a car is the name of the game with the Great Ocean Road. You can kill two birds with one stone in Melbourne where you can fly in and rent a car. Flights from North America leave from Los Angeles, New York City, Vancouver, Toronto, and Honolulu. European flights depart from London, Paris, Manchester, Frankfurt, and Dublin. If you would like to savor the drive, book a few hotels along the route.