Photo Essay: The Beauty of the Great Ocean Road, Australia

When we first decided to travel around Australia in a camper van, one of the places that I wanted to see the most was the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Running 243km from Torquay to Warrnambool on the south coast, the Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions, and for very good reason. The road runs along some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery that I have ever seen.

We took two days to drive the road, stopping often along the way to enjoy the wonderful views and camping over night in the popular free camping site at Johanna Beach. This drive was one of the highlights of our trip for sure. I could go on and on about it, but really, my photos can say a lot more than I can, so I hope you enjoy this photo essay of the beauty of the Great Ocean Road.

Beach on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

View of a surfer walking on a sandy beach along the Great Ocean Road

Rugged coastal view on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

View of some rugged coastline

Beautiful coastal view on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Steep coastline with a view towards Lorne

Panorama of Castle Cove on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Castle Cove panorama

Johanna Beach on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

View of Johanna Beach from near our campsite

Sunset on Johanna Beach on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Sunset on Johanna Beach

Looking out to sea at Johanna Beach on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Looking out to sea at Johanna Beach

The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

More of the Twelve Apostles

View of Loch Ard Gorge on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Loch Ard Gorge

Panorama of Loch Ard Gorge on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Panorama inside Loch Ard Gorge

A cave in Loch Ard Gorge on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

A cave in Loch Ard Gorge

The Thunder Cave on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Thunder Cave

Panorama of Port Campball on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Port Campbell Panorama

London Bridge on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

London Bridge – In 1990 the second arch that connected this to the mainland collapsed, leaving two people stranded on the newly formed island.

Panorama of London Bridge on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

London Bridge Panorama

Bay of Martyrs on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Bay of Martyrs

Would you like to drive the Great Ocean Road?

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23 comments… add one
  • Cheryl Apr 28, 2013

    What an incredible drive! Gorgeous photos. 🙂

    • Dean Wickham Apr 30, 2013

      Hi Cheryl. This was one of those drives that you “must do” if in Australia. It was just beautiful.

  • Craig Makepeace May 2, 2013

    Excellent photos Dean. Hoping to hit this part of the country towards the end of the year / early next year for the first time. You’ve got me excited.

    • Dean Wickham May 7, 2013

      Thanks Craig! You guys will love it down there. The drive is just beautiful. Cheers

  • Escaping Abroad May 3, 2013

    Incredible! This is def. getting added to the never ending bucket list! The Twelve Apostles especially.. just having those sheer cliffs right next to the sandy beach.. so awesome!
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    • Dean Wickham May 7, 2013

      This is definitely something for the bucket list! It’s one of those must see places 🙂

  • Stef May 5, 2013

    Awesome photos! Your post made it to my weekly top posts in the category Photography/Video: http://foodandphotosrtw.com/2013/05/04/travel-inspiration-week-182013/
    Have a good weekend!
    Stef

    • Dean Wickham May 7, 2013

      Thanks for the mention, Stef. Glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂 I just gave it a share. Cheers!

  • Awesome photos! I spent some time in Australia but never made it down to the great ocean road. It’s been my excuse to get back someday :-p My wife and I did a road trip around the US for our honeymoon and had an awesome time. I feel like it’s hard to grasp how big Australia really is. Doing a round island trip in a camper van sounds like an epic journey! Thanks for sharing.

    • Dean Wickham May 13, 2013

      Hey Dan, glad you liked the photos! I definitely recommend driving the Great Ocean Road when you visit Australia again. It is amazing. A road trip is a great way to experience the country! Cheers

  • Dan Jul 4, 2013

    We loved the Great Ocean Road! Port Campbell was a great little town. Our car battery died not long after we arrived and two locals took us in, got some jumpers and saved the day!
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    • Dean Wickham Jul 16, 2013

      Wow thanks to helpful locals! 🙂 At least there are plenty of people around on the Great Ocean Road.

  • Bonny Dec 4, 2013

    These photos are spectacular! I’m hoping to do the Great Ocean Road next year, so thanks for the inspiration. Glad I found your blog.

    • Dean Wickham Dec 6, 2013

      Hi Bonny. I’m glad you liked the pics. The Great Ocean Road is very beautiful. You will love it!

  • Ross Dec 11, 2013

    Super photos. I did the same trip over two day with 3 others. The first night we had so little money I ended up sleeping in the boot. Its actually comfortable enough, plenty of space! The upside was that we were up very early in the morning and got to enjoy sunrise on the Ocean Road. Well worth it.

    • Dean Wickham Dec 29, 2013

      Hi Ross. Sounds like you had an interesting trip! I’m not sure I could manage to get to sleep in the boot 😉

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