We checked out most, if not all of the tourist attractions along the Great Ocean Road and these five things stood out the most and have found themselves in the Awesome Bucket.
Triplet Falls, Great Otway National Park
We got lost trying to find the Triplet Falls.
After taking a few wrong turns, we ended up in the middle of the Otways with no reception, no sense of direction and less than a quarter of a tank of petrol. While we didn’t end up finding the falls, there was a happy ending – we spotted a pair of deer, leaping and bounding into the forest.
Our second attempt was far more successful and after a brisk walk through lush green forest, the roar of the Triplet Falls was upon us.
Of all the towns along the Great Ocean Road, we think Lorne was the best. Relaxed and youthful atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and a foreshore park with playground and facilities.
Teddy’s Lookout, Lorne
Just outside of Lorne is a visual treasure – Teddy’s Lookout.
It’s a quick drive outside of town and there are two lookouts to choose from. The upper lookout is the first one you’ll arrive at and it provides spectacular views of the George River mouth and the Bass Strait. The lower lookout has a more southerly view and is a better viewpoint to the river and picturesque valley to the west.
Loch Ard Gorge
Loch Ard Gorge is named after the ship of the same name, which got caught by the strong winds and current along the coast in 1878. Knowing they were in trouble, the Captain ordered the sails to be lowered and the anchor to be dropped. Unfortunately, the anchor didn’t catch on anything along the seabed and ended up being dragged along the sand.
In a final attempt, they cut the anchor and raised the sails again but to no avail, and the Loch Ard became shipwrecked against the cliffs. There were only two survivors, Tom and Eva, who were swept to shore into the gorge.
This stunning geological formation was formed when sinkholes in the limestone met with the receding cliffs along the coast.