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20 Must-Do Experiences Along the Great Ocean Road

There are so many wonderful experiences to be had along the Great Ocean Road, from the 12 Apostles and the rugged Victoria coastline, to fantastic food and wine trails.

Alkina Lodge offers luxury accommodation in a stunning setting, and is the ideal base from which to explore all that the Great Ocean Road region has to offer.

Add these must-do experiences to your Great Ocean Road itinerary:

12 Apostles

One of the most iconic highlights of the Great Ocean Road is the 12 Apostles – huge limestone structures along the rugged Southern Ocean coastline. Stop and visit the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre, before taking a stroll along the walking trails to the various viewing platforms.

12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
The Twelve Apostles. Photo credit: Paoli Smith Pty Ltd / Tourism Victoria

Loch Ard Gorge

Located 8km from Port Campbell is Loch Ard Gorge, one of the best loved stop off points along the Great Ocean Road, steeped in history. Featuring a picturesque bay of clear, blue water, vibrant vegetation, yellow washed cliff faces, and a colourful and interesting shipwreck history, it’s easy to see why.

London Bridge

London Bridge was originally a natural archway and tunnel, however since collapsing in 1990’s it is now a bridge without a middle. Plan your visit for the end of the day and you may see the small population of little penguins returning home for the night.

The Arch

This small rock formation close to the 12 Apostles and 6km west of Port Campbell has been formed through erosion. The Arch generally looks best during rough seas, when the waves crash in and around the arch.

The Grotto

Located 9km west of Port Campbell, The Grotto is a geological formation that was created when sinkholes in the limestone cliffs met with a receding cliffline. The eerily still, clear water of The Grotto, contrasts spectacularly with the Southern Ocean.

Port Campbell Jetty

Port Campbell’s weathered jetty defines the bay and is the perfect place to watch the world go by as you enjoy the local seafood. You’ll find the jetty located in Lord Street, Port Campbell.

Port Campbell Boat Charters

Port Campbell Boat Charters provide fishing trips, scenic tours, and diving and snorkelling tours along the coastline of the Great Ocean Road. For more information, click here or give them a call on 03 5598 6366.

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

Located in the magnificent Otways, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures provides visitors with a unique opportunity to view the forest from a bird’s eye view through its two unique eco-adventure experiences, the famous Tree Top Walk and Zip Line Tour.

Cape Otway Lightstation

Considered to be Australia’s most important lighthouse, the Cape Otway Lightstation is steeped in history being the oldest surviving and most important lighthouse in mainland Australia. Climb the observation deck to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy breathtaking views of the dramatic Southern Ocean, and experience the Roaring Forties weather.

Cape Otway Lightstation
Cape Otway Lightstation. Image from Tourism Victoria



Alkina Lodge provides astronomers and astro-photographers a beautiful location in which to dapple in their hobby and enhance their skills. Bring your own equipment and take advantage of the stunning and peaceful Alkina Lodge surroundings.

Stargazing on the Great Ocean Road
Stars Above Alkina Lodge


Robert Ulmann Studio

The Robert Ulmann Studio, located in Allansford, Victoria, features work by the noted wildlife artist and his daughter Justine, a botanical artist. The studio is open most days or by appointment, and includes a fine selection of original watercolours, ink, linocuts, acrylics and oils, as well as prints, cards and whale charts.

Qdos Arts

Qdos Arts is the epicentre of the vibrant arts scene in Lorne, Victoria, and boats a complete respite for creative souls with master classes and even Japanese-inspired treehouses to stay.

Otway Estate

Situated in the Otway Ranges and approximately one hour’s drive from Alkina Lodge, Otway Estate is home to Prickly Moses Handcrafted Beer and Forbidden Fruit Ciders, as well as the estate’s own range of wines. Visit the brewery outlet Friday through Sunday between 11am and 5pm, and enjoy tastings, takeaways and gift packs.

Cheese World & Museum

See what live was like for the early dairy farming families of Victoria at Cheese World and Museum in Allensford, Victoria. Open seven days and including free admission, Cheese World and Museum is a must visit as you explore the Great Ocean Road region.

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk is a one-way long-distance walk shadowing Australia’s Great Ocean Road in Victoria. There are hike itineraries of two, three, or four days, or take the whole walk hiking up to eight days covering approximately 100kms. End your journey at Alkina Lodge and relax and unwind in the beautiful setting.

Great Ocean Walk
Great Ocean Walk. Photo credit: Tourism Victoria / Mark Watson

Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

Located only 10mins from Alkina Lodge, the Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park allows guests to interact with a range of Australian wildlife in a natural setting. For more information, click here. 

Scenic Flights with 12 Apostles Helicopters

12 Apostles Helicopters on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road offers you the unique experience to see the 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast and Port Campbell National Park from the air. They are located at the 12 Apostles Visitor Facility.

Bells Beach

Regarded as one of the best surf beaches in the world, Bells Beach is amazing, both in and out of the water. Located just south of Torquay, Bells Beach is well worth the day trip from Alkina Lodge.

Glow Worms in the Otways

Walk among the ancient trees and giant ferns at Melba Gully in the Otways and experience the unique spectacle provided by the large colony of glow worms. During the day, this location makes for the perfect picnic spot, and then by night, watch the banks beside the walking tracks glitter from the twinkling of the tiny glow worms.

Melba Gully, The Otways
Melba Gully. Photo credit: Tourism Victoria / James Lauritz

Wreck Beach

Descending over 350 steps, it is a difficult but rewarding walk to Wreck Beach. The walk takes you to the anchors of Marie Gabrielle and the Fiji, reminders of the treacherous nature of the Southern Ocean. Be sure to make this walk at low tide for the best experience.

Too many experiences to narrow down? Extend your stay at Alkina Lodge and experience them all!