Torquay at the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road is a well known surfing location. Torquay is home to the top label surf brands, Ripcurl and Quicksilver, and has a very popular outlet section in the middle of town that is always very busy. Bells Beach hosts the Rip Curl Pro Classic each Easter but is for advanced surfers, but also a great spot for spectators of the sport.
Lorne is located on the Erskine River and surrounded by sea and forest ranges. It is a very popular holiday resort and offers incredibly scenic views to it's visitors. Highlights of Lorne are the Esrkine Falls, Pennyroyal Valley and Lorne Angahook State Park. Lorne is also a popular place for upmarket retreats and holiday accommodation.
Apollo Bay at the base of the Otway Mountains and is one of the three major centres located on the Great Ocean Road. At Cape Otway National Park are the remains of the ancient rainforest. Other parks that can be accessed from Apollo Bay are Otway Ranges Forest Park and the Melba Gully State Park.
Lavers Hill is the highest point on the Ocean Road at 455 metres. This very small town with outlying rural areas is known for it's spectacular Tree Tops Walk
Port Campbell known for its fishing, and particularly for its crayfish and abalone. There is also a beach and there is surfing and, of course, there is no shortage of wrecked vessels for those who like diving. Port Campbell is known to be the heart of the Great Ocean Road due to it's spectacular coastline, where you can view the famous 12 Apostles, Lochard Gorge and the site of London Bridge which partially collapsed in 1990.
The Twelve Apostles are just east of Port Campbell are rock stacks demonstrating the power of the sea, for all of the surrounding cliffs have been worn away, leaving only these stacks composed of harder rock standing sentinel out at sea. There is a visitor's centre that explains how the rocks were formed.
Warrnambool is at the end of the Great Ocean Road and surrounded by lush hinterland. The beaches at Warrnambool are popular in the summer months and provide good surfing. Because of it's location, hugging the Southern Ocean coast line, it has taken on the tag of Windy Warrnambool, due to the gusty southerly winds encountered through this area.