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Hidden Secrets of the Great Ocean Road

Every city slicker knows the top spots to visit on the Great Ocean Road – the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Mait’s Rest Walk – but not everyone knows these hidden gems. Hit these spots and you’ll make all your mates jealous of your epic road trip.


Kalimna Falls

Early along the Great Ocean Road and just outside of Lorne lies Kalimna Falls. The Lower Kalimna Falls give you the opportunity to sit behind the falls and look out through the falling water, where the Upper Kalimna Falls are a series of cascades that you can view from a platform. They’re lengthy hikes, but totally worth it. Come on, do it for the Gram.

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California Redwoods

This spot is more well-known than everything else on the list, but pretty much every time you go there, you can guarantee that you’ll be the only one there. Think towering California Redwood trees that just let the sunshine peak through, a small creek and lush fern greenery all in the middle of Beech Forest.

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Melba Gully Walk

This short walk (only 35 minutes for those who are short on time) has everything you want from a rainforest walk – stunning, dense rainforest, tree ferns and a bubbling creek to walk alongside. Plus, if you visit at night, glow worms light up the rainforest. It’s a sight to behold.


Bay of Martyrs

Go west of the 12 Apostles – yes there’s still great things to see west of the 12 Apostles – and you’ll eventually hit the Bay of Martyrs. This little known bay provides stunning views out over the ocean and it’s almost always empty as everyone is too busy at all the other lookout points on the Great Ocean Road. 

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So what are you waiting for? Get in the car and go on an epic, magical road trip of a lifetime! 

    Apollo Bay Eco YHA
    Apollo Bay Eco YHA
    Midway along the famous Great Ocean Road, relax by the wood fire heater, and enjoy ocean views from the rooftop at Apollo Bay Eco YHA.
    Port Fairy YHA
    Port Fairy YHA
    Port Fairy YHA is a heritage listed cottage situated in charming and historic Port Fairy at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Relax by the open fireplace after a day of exploring a piece of Victoria's history.
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