Hippie’s Guide To The Great Ocean Road

If you love road trips, you would have definitely heard of The Great Ocean Road. It’s a perfect trip for a one-of-a-kind adventure with stunning views and interesting stops along the way. One of the best ways to enjoy The Great Ocean Road is through a road trip! With a comfortable, well-maintained and competitively priced campervan, the entirety of the Ocean Road is your oyster.

What is the Great Ocean Road?

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most popular road-touring routes in Australia. It’s perfect for surfers with the adrenaline-boosting wave breaks along the coastline. Hikers will enjoy exploring the lush rainforests that can be found along the way. For a cultural hit, check out the architecture you see on your drive – it’s truly something remarkable.

This road trip follows the coastline of the Southern Ocean, and offers an undeniably Australian holiday opportunity.

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What Can You Do There?

The Great Ocean Road is all about diversity and a wide range of experiences. There are almost an unlimited number of ways to amuse yourself while on your holiday.

Meet the friendly native animals
A must-do is to check out the local wildlife – the Great Ocean Road is basically one massive zoo. From calving whales off the coast of Logan’s Beach in Warrnambool to cute koalas at the Great Otway National Park, the wildlife will never disappoint.

Try and coordinate your trip with what kinds of animals you would like to see. For example, the best time to see the whales is between May and September. For something a little bit different, you can also book special animal excursions such as a canoeing troop on Lake Elizabeth to see the platypuses.

Immerse yourself in Aboriginal Culture
A main connector for the entirety of The Great Ocean Road is Aboriginal culture and folklore.

Hear traditional didgeridoo melodies at the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Center in Geelong, tour rock art sites from over 22,000 years ago in Grampians National Park, or visit Halls Gap to see the artifacts and art on show at the Brambuk Centre.

Enjoy Local Produce
The Great Ocean Road offers so many amazing options for tasting the local cuisine, so you wont have to pack much food in your campervan! For great seafood, check out the Lorne Fisheries Co-Op or the Apollo Bay Fisherman’s Co-Op. Sample savory cheeses in famous shops in Cooriemungle, Allansford, and Timboon. A fun and satisfying way to earn your snacks is by picking fresh blackberries and raspberries at the Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm.

Take in the Scenery
The Great Ocean Road is most famous for its stunning views.

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Take in amazing sites such as the 12 Apostles and London Bridge. Hear crashing waves at Belles Beach, and peek into a charming, old-timey fishing village in Port Fairy.

Where Can You Stay?

The Great Ocean Road has tons of options for campervans when it comes to places to park, areas to camp, and rest stops. Some popular and reasonably-priced campervan sites are:

Cumberland River Reserve
Stevensons Falls
Torquay Campgrounds
Anglesea Campgrounds
Lorne Paid Campgrounds

For more information on campgrounds, caravan parks and holiday parks while on your next road trip visit Campstay and use their easy search function.

With Hippie Camper you can do some of the Great Ocean Road with a round trip (pick up and return in Melbourne).  If you wanted to go one way, the Apollo Motorhome Holidays has a range of campers, Motorhomes and 4WD’s available.

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