The Best Places to Stop Off on Australia's Great Ocean Road
Monique La Terra

Opened in 1932 as a memorial to honour soldiers killed during WWI, the Great Ocean Road is a 234 kilometers stretch of asphalt between Torquay and Allansford. The southwestern highway winds along rugged cliffs, lush rainforests and sleepy seaside towns, making it the ultimate Australian road trip. Take a few days off and explore the Great Ocean Road.

1. Bells Beach

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The official starting point of The Great Ocean Road is Torquay, Australia’s premier surf destination. Since 1962, Bells Beach has hosted the world’s longest continuously running surfing competition – The Rip Curl Pro, while other beaches including Jan Juc are also popular. After you’ve hit the waves, visit Australia’s National Surfing Museum which celebrates the country’s surfing heritage through exhibitions and memorabilia.

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