Lorne to Apollo Bay

The 45 minute drive from Lorne to Apollo Bay covers some of the most spectacular sections of The Great Ocean Road. The rainforest hinterland comes down to meet the ocean in a mixture of beaches, cliffs and escarpments. There are numerous viewing points along the way.

Just on the outskirts of Lorne is Teddy’s Lookout. A walkway takes you to the viewing platform where you have breath taking coastal views of the surf breaking into the mouth of the Saint George River and rainforest covered gorge where the river winds its way through fern covered valleys.

A short drive with great ocean and forest outlooks brings you into a spectacular gorge and the Cumberland River meeting the sea. There are beach and river walks here, and the more adventurous can walk to Gebbs pool and enjoy the waterfall and swimming.

For the next 10 kilometres the road hugs the cliffs, occasionally sweeping down to a river crossing. The seascape is spectacular and there are good stopping points along the way. In May and September whales pass quite close inshore and the high viewing spots provide a bird’s eye view of the action. There is a good beach at Wye River and the pub has panoramic ocean views.

The lookout at Cape Patton is 10 kilometres from Wye River. Along the way you will cross the Grey River. There is access to a small cove with beach and rock pools. Shrapnel Gully just along from Grey River. It is home to a hungry band of koalas; identify the spot by the rather bare looking gum trees. They rest during the day and may be difficult to spot. By late afternoon they become more active, eating leaves, grooming or moving to new food trees. On to Cape Patton and a spectacular panorama of ocean, the crescent of the bay and the rolling green hills surrounding Apollo Bay.

It is 20 kilometres from here to Apollo Bay, a series of coves and beaches mixed with forest and pastures. You will usually see surfers at Wongarra and Skenes Creek, sometimes catching waves almost directly below the cliffs. And as you approach Apollo Bay you may see water cascading over Marriners Falls, then the long stretch of Apollo Bay’s magnificent beach.

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