Australian Wildlife Reserve in Great Ocean Road is Aareally interesting diversion on the same road as the Ocean (and a change from both wild beach cliff) is the game reserve of Tower Hill. This is an unfenced protected area, a place where all those animals that come to mind when you think of Australia: Kangaroos, koalas, wallabies (like tiny kangaroos), emus (like ostriches), etc. The funny thing is that interacting with these animals is extremely easy. Perhaps the least interesting are the koalas because their metabolism is extremely low and they spend all day sleeping. Yes, the monekys are always entertaining. There are tables and picnic facilities within the park, and diverse routes provided for you to admire the surroundings and spot more animals. Besides, within the reserve there's an Aboriginal display area/shop displaying interesting products.
Port Campbell was the second town I stopped at along the Great Ocean Road, where the V bus line from Warrambool stopped. The bus ran every two days, so I had to spend two nights there. The village consists of 3 streets, and has a central beach famous for surfing and for being the closest town to the famous spot of the 12 apostles. There's a local shop and post office. The prices are exorbitant. It's a place to spend a night and a couple hours. You can go for a pleasant 40 minute walk along the beach on the right side.
Within the state of Victoria you can enjoy the Great Ocean Road. Here you can find highlights such as Port Campbell National Park which stretches many kilometers from the coast. There are incredible places, plus very famous 12 apostles, beaches, cliffs, and rock formations in the sea of tremendous beauty. It is a protected area due to its rich marine biodiversity.
My first intention was to get to the lighthouse to watch the sunset, but I was late and unfortunately I missed it as the lighthouse was closed (I think that you also have to pay for admission to view)From the outside it is impossible to get a good view of the coast. I was out of luck for my first goal, but this all changed as I caught sight of my first kangaroo hopping down the road and into the surrounding, koala infested forests.
Not everything along the [poi = 48645] Great Ocean Road [/ poi] are highways, cliffs and curves. In fact, much of the route between Melbourne and Adelaide is well away from the coast. It's not surprising to come across a tropical forest area like that of Maits Rest, which offers a really accessible walk through vegetation and the chance to see koalas in their natural environment, something that's always appreciated. Overall, this simple route is a good excuse to stretch your legs after trekking along the road.
Known for its breathtaking rocky landscape and declared a national park in 1984, this is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Victoria. The easiest thing to do is tour the park by the road which divides it in two. Besides that car ride, people can hike, have a picnic, try rock-climbing, mountain biking and fishing. Halls Gap is the town with the most service, located in the east of the park.
Located halfway between Hamilton and Portland, an old volcanic eruption led to the creation of this national park. The center crater of this park is the result of that explosion, and, over time, it has been filled with water, which eventually became Surprise Lake.
There are two main walking routes within the park: one around the lake, and another that runs along the top of the crater. In one morning you can walk both of the routes.