Hit the road on one of the world’s most scenic drives… The Great Ocean Road.
Cover the 586 kms from the Southern Ocean to the towering escarpment of the Grampians National Park over a few days, to ensure you can enjoy all the natural wonders of the Greater Bellarine region of Victoria to the South Australian border.
Head here for more information on Great Ocean Road Touring Routes.
With pristine rainforests, misty waterfalls and charming seaside villages such as Aireys Inlet and Lorne, the coastal towns located along the Great Ocean Road host an impressive array of cultural and natural attractions, including the world-famous 12 Apostles.
See below for a few ‘must do’s’ to include on your trip!
There seems to be every water based activity you could want around the region, from swimming, surfing and kayaking through to fishing and sailing. Not into water sports, no problems, with land based activities aplenty, wildlife spotting, walking trails, combined with an impressive culinary scene; with farm-fresh produce, local wineries, beer houses and markets dotted along the way.. whatever your into, you’ll find it!
But first things first, top level accessible accommodation!
Thanks to the incredible work of Christine from Great Oceans Stays (who not only owns the purpose built accommodation, but advocates for inclusion across the region), you can pick from six holiday houses designed specifically with access in mind. The homes, located within the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads areas, have a wide variety of facilities, catering for people with a range of accessible needs. You can also organise any mobility equipment direct through Great Ocean Stays too.
Recently, our friends at Accessible Adventures (a Melbourne based travel company specialising in assisted tours), headed out along the Great Ocean Road to explore… check out the highlights video below.
Jenny, Founder of Accessible Adventures says ‘wanderlust does not discriminate‘ and we absolutely to agree!
The lookout you see is located at Loch Ard Gorge, situated just East of Port Campbell. There are designated accessible parking spaces available at the main precinct, which allows for good access to the Geology and Loch Ard lookout trails. The Geology Walk consists of a level, crushed rock and bitumen surface, 900m return loop trail. The Loch Ard Lookout is a 400m return walk via an undulating bitumen path. You should allow approximately an hour for each walk and just note, there are no bathroom facilities available here.
For another perspective and a unique experience, the ‘Canopy Circuit’ at the Livewire Park in Lorne is 120 metres of treetop-suspended pathway! Elevated 10 metres above the ground amongst the native Blue Gums, this is the perfect way to enjoy Victoria’s rainforests. The canopy walk is accessible, it is however recommended that you have a companion with you (as featured in Accessible Adventures video) and do call ahead prior to your arrival.
There is a Changing places facility in the Geelong Library Heritage Centre and you’ll find accessible bathrooms in the main tourist areas.
Feature photo credit: Tourism Australia
Photo credit: Great Ocean Stays
Video: Accessible Adventures
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