Once you reach the Surf Coast, the Great Ocean Road is right on your doorstep, offering some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery, with world famous beaches, stunning coastline, Marine National Parks and lush rainforests.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which this adventure takes place who have occupied and cared for this land and water for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.
- Visit (or surf!) the famous Bells Beach
- Drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road
- Discover the limestone cliffs and rugged coastline at Point Addis National Park
- Hike to Kalimna Waterfall (Lorne)
Torquay – The Surfing Capital of Australia
The Surf Coast is only a 1.5-hour drive from Melbourne and is the perfect spot for a weekend adventure. First town on the tour – Torquay.
What was once a small, quiet coastal town has become a world-famous name in the surfing world. Torquay is the birthplace of Australian surfing and international surf brand Rip Curl. It’s quickly become one of the most popular towns on Victoria’s Surf Coast.
Nearby Torquay, you’ll find the famous Bells Beach, which is home to the Rip Curl Pro, the longest running event in competitive surfing. For decades, thousands of groms and surfing fans have flocked to Bells Beach over the Easter long weekend to witness the best surfers in the world compete for the title to ring the famous ‘bell’.
Whilst it may sound tempting to surf at this world class beach, this is a wave only suited to experienced surfers. But, if you’re a beginner surfer, don’t worry – the Surf Coast lives up to its name, with plenty of ideal spots to learn to surf. The front beaches at the towns of Torquay and Lorne are great spots to try and stand up for the first time!
Stunning Coastline Along the Great Ocean Road
Simply driving along the Great Ocean Road feels like an adventure in itself, with the road winding through forest and woodland before emerging onto exposed bends above crashing waves.
Along the way, take advantage of the many lookouts which provide stunning views of the turquoise water. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as dolphins and whales which can frequently be seen from the shoreline.
One of the most beautiful, underrated spots along the Great Ocean Road is Point Addis Marine National Park, which is a short drive past Bells Beach.
Only a few hundred metres off the Great Ocean Road, the lookout at Point Addis provides panoramic views of rugged limestone and sandstone cliffs, exposed rocky platforms, and white sandy beaches. Be sure to watch the sunrise or sunset over this beautiful landscape or visit during the day to explore the vibrant rockpools which make up this marine sanctuary.
Read more: Staying Safe on Coastal Rock Platforms
Escape Into the Rainforest at Kalimna Falls
It’s difficult to imagine that Lorne, a coastal town with a stunning front beach and pier, could get any more beautiful. But, if you drive a few kilometres inland, you’ll be transported into a luscious, rainforest-like environment, with Blue Gum trees towering over the underlying forest floor of luscious ferns and native species
Whilst Erskine Falls is by far the most popular waterfall walk in this area, if you have more time, then a walk to Upper and Lower Kalimna falls is well worth the effort. The Kalimna Falls work is approx. 8.4km return, so allow 3-4 hours.
Begin at Sheoak Picnic Area and follow a path winding through the rainforest for approx. 4km to reach Lower Kalimna Falls. Once you reach the falls, you can even climb onto a rock ledge behind the waterfall!
From here, continue on the same track to reach Upper Kalimna Falls, where you’ll be greeted by an incredible 15m cascade. Return via the same route back to the Sheoak Picnic Area. Enjoy an afternoon exploring some of the other walks in this area or wash off the sweat with a well-deserved swim at the beautiful Lorne front beach!
Read more: Waterfalls of the Great Otway National Park
Base Camp – Hammonds Campground
Hammonds Campground opens onto a beautiful grassy area surrounded by native forest and woodland. Situated in the Great Otway National Park, this area is home to many species of wildlife, so be sure to keep an eye out for kangaroos and koalas! You can take advantage of the many surrounding walking and bike trails, or simply enjoy relaxing at camp after a long day exploring the coast.
The campground has 16 unpowered sites, including four sites with drive in access suitable for caravans. The remaining sites are walk in only, suitable for tents. At this campground you’ll also find drop toilets, picnic tables, and fireplaces.
Just remember to bring your own firewood and obey any fire restrictions that may be in place. Advance bookings are required as this campground fills up fast, especially on weekends!
- Sleeping gear
- Camp chairs
- Cooking equipment
- Drinking water
- Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
Read more: Remember to leave no trace!
How To Get There
If you’re coming from Melbourne, turn right off the Great Ocean Road, onto Beach Road for approx. 400m before turning right onto Bambra Road. Continue for approx. 11km before turning right onto Hammonds Road, which leads directly to the campsite.