Vanlife The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is my number one go to when it comes to a weekend away in the van. It’s a truly amazing spot of beautiful Australian coastline with an awesome vibe in all the little towns from Torquay to Warrnambool. A must do road-trip for explorers all over the world!

Along the way there is so much to see and do its definitely worth exploring over and over again! Here’s a few little must do’s that you may just pass by if you stick to the road and the main tourist towns.

World famous ‘Bells Beach’

BELLS BEACH – Take a quick detour from the start of The Great Ocean Road and be sure to head to Bell’s. If you’re any sort of surfer Bell’s will already be on your itinerary but even if you couldn’t catch a wave in a tsunami it is still well worth the trip. There are loads of look outs to view the surfers jumping in on picture perfect waves as the endless sets come rolling in. It’s a peaceful spot to sit back and enjoy the ocean for a while.

ERSKINE FALLS – Lorne will be a must stop on anyone’s road trip but be sure to take a little detour inland and check out Erskine Falls! From the car park take the steps down through the rain-forest until you get to the bottom of the roaring falls. Once at the bottom there is plenty to explore downstream and its an absolute must see on The Great Ocean Road. If you’ve got some extra time to spend around Lorne be sure to hike the trail between Kalimna and Phantom Falls.

TEDDY’S LOOKOUT – Before you head out of Lorne be sure to check the views from Teddy’s! Where the ocean breaks into the mouth of the Saint George River.

MARINERS LOOKOUT – Teddy’s is rivaled only by Mariners Lookout. Once you’ve headed past the scenic Wye and Kennett River’s and into Apollo Bay take a quick detour and you’ll find an easy uphill walk to Mariners. It’s a seriously impressive view of Apollo Bay!

BIMBI PARK – If you happen to be travelling with kids Bimbi Park is the place for you! Camping under Koalas in the middle of The Otways you’ll have a fantastic base to explore the Cape Otway Lighthouse and the Otway Fly. The park itself has plenty of wildlife and tons of things to keep the kids entertained.

PRINCETOWN CAMPING RESERVE – Port Campbell is probably my favourite town on The Great Ocean Road but The Twelve Apostles, Loch And Gorge, London Bridge, The Grotto and Gibson’s Steps all nearby means it gets a bit packed with tourists when staying right in town. If your vanlifing and you enjoy a bit of privacy there’s a great campsite about 10 minutes away that’s not just a great base for exploring all those amazing attractions but if you follow the sandy track you’ll find yourself on a secluded beach where the Gellibrand River meets the ocean.

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About the author: Brent Albuino
I love adventure. Recent trips have taken me to the nomadic Mongolian steppe and the wild coast of South Africa. I have hiked in the mountains of Ladakh and explored Sri-Lanka. I’m a competitive trail runner and part time van-lifer!

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