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The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride

Contact: 03 8376 8888 or riderservices@bicyclenetwork.com.au
5,000 people will ride 610 kilometres from Mount Gambier to Geelong along the Great Ocean Road on the 2013 RACV Great Victorian Bike ride. The ride is a fully catered, tent-based holiday with extensive backup including bag transport, a licensed cafe, massage, medical team and bike repair facilities. The 2013 event also offers a shorter option, the 3-day RACV Great Vic Getaway from Gellibrand to Geelong. Read more

Apollo Bay
By Lisa Monk

  Apollo Bay lies on Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road and is less than three hours by car from Melbourne. Featuring stunning coastal scenery and nestled into rolling green hills, Apollo Bay is a treasure trove of things to see and do and features a wide range of accommodation options.  The Great Ocean Road stretches for 300km along the coast and is dotted with villages like Apollo Bay, which welcome the influx of visitors over the summer months and offer a range of experiences to enjoy, as well as glorious views around every bend of the road.   Featuring a variety of swimming and surf beaches, as well as a boat harbour, and with the marina home to a large fishing fleet, there is no shortage of attractions. Many visitors like to relax on the beaches, while... Read more

Review - BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park
By Hannah Kothe

Best Park accommodation BIG4 ANGLESEA HOLIDAY PARK, Victoria Your kids will be spoiled for choice at the BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park … there is so much to do in the way of children’s activities that they may complain of being too busy! This popular holiday park located in the charming town of Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is a most worthy recipient of TakeABreak’s 2008 national award for best Park Accommodation and a great stopping point on a Great Ocean Road road-trip. The seaside town of Anglesea is situated between Torquay and Lorne and is an easy 90 minutes drive from Melbourne and 50 minutes from Avalon Airport. The town features  glorious patrolled surf and swimming beaches and is surrounded by  serene forest. Attractive parks and gard... Read more

Touring Routes The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
By Tourism Australia

Expect more than ‘great ocean’ on this iconic touring route. Rightly regarded as one of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world, the Great Ocean Road loops like a rollercoaster along the southern sea-cliffs of Victoria. Carved out of the mountains, the road winds its way around some 300km of rugged, exposed coastline from Geelong to Warrnambool, past cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves and some of Australia’s best surf beaches. Along the way it links the deliciously quaint fishing villages and seaside holiday towns of Torquay, Lorne, Anglesea, Airey’s Inlet and Apollo Bay before heading inland through the Otway Ranges. Emerging from the forest, the road then reveals a vastly different landscape as it runs behind sandstone cliffs, which face the onslaught of... Read more

The Great Ocean Road
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Whenever you drive along The Great Ocean Road, you could be forgiven for having illusions of grandeur. You might picture yourself as James Bond zipping along in a shiny Aston Martin. Or perhaps you'll wonder if you're actually part of a luxury car advertisement. The scenery is so incredible; your mind will transport you into a world of extravagance - even if you are puttering along in a broken-down heap. The stretch of road between Torquay and Allansford in southwest Victoria was predominantly built by World War I returned soldiers. Commencing work with picks and shovels back in 1919, the men laboured hard, and few would have lived to see the whole expanse of road complete. Various sections opened over decades, with the first 75km between Anglesea and Apollo Bay completed in 1932. More t... Read more

Twelve Apostles Region
By Port Campbell Visitor Information Cent

The Twelve Apostles region features some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery. The 3 coastal townships of Port Campbell, Princetown and Peterborough are ideal bases for a thorough exploration of the Western Otway Ranges rainforest, Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck coast. On Foot Take advantage of a comprehensive system of boardwalks, paths and viewing platforms to witness the spectacle of the Southern Ocean’s “work in progress”. The combined Port Campbell National Park and Bay of Islands Coastal Park covers 65km of pristine coastline. Take time to explore more than the big 3 (Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge). The depth of diversity in this park is a major reason for its international acclaim. “The Great Ocean walk” expec... Read more

The New Great Otway National Park
By Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria invites you to visit Victoria's newest National Park – the Great Otway National Park. Just two hours to the southwest of Melbourne and stretching all the way from Anglesea to Princetown, it is a park of textured beauty. Proclaimed in November of 2005, this park is more than 100,000 hectares in size and has more than doubled the area previously protected through national and state parks in the Otways region. It is the sixth largest in the state and the largest National Park to border the coast. "It is," says Dale Antonysen, a Ranger-In-Charge of the Great Otway National Park, "a park of diverse landscapes, from cool temperate rainforest to low coastal heathlands, a fantastic rugged coastline and hinterland with many beautiful waterfalls and special place... Read more

 
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