Three of the best ways to the see the Surf Coast
There’s more to this world-renowned region than driving the Great Ocean Road.
Victoria's wild and woolly Surf Coast is one of the state's most visited attractions, with visitors travelling from far and wide to experience the Great Ocean Road and snap a photo with one of the eight still-standing Twelve Apostles.
But there is more to the Surf Coast region than its rugged coastline. Here are three other way to explore Victoria's south west.
Three ways to explore the Surf Coast
The 44-kilometre Surf Coast walk, from Point Impossible through Torquay to Anglesea, draws its share of tourists for good reason. It can be covered over a series of short daytrips, return hikes or epic adventures – just choose your section. We recommend the four-to-five-hour, 14-kilometre return journey from Bells Beach towards Point Addis. You’ll head into the eucalypt forests of the Ironbark Basin before discovering Addiscot Beach’s ochre cliffs and a bracing vista across to Bass Strait. Don’t be surprised if the buzz of an occasional photographer’s drone drowns out the birdsong – you can’t blame them for trying to capture such a majestic view.
You can, of course, don Lycra, lube up your road bike and wind your way along the Great Ocean Road, but that’s just for day one of your Surf Coast cycling adventure. After you’ve had your fill of towering cliffs and breathtaking ocean views, head to the hinterland around Anglesea for some off-road cycling action and get ever closer to nature. Begin your slightly dirtier adventure at the Hurst Road Trail Head carpark and wind your way through a network of challenging trails. Depending on your pace, you might find time to appreciate the array of indigenous flora and fauna – prehistoric-looking southern grass trees, the occasional proud kookaburra and, in spring, an abundance of native orchids.
Buckle up for a thrillseeker’s ride through the canopy of the Otway Ranges. At Otway Fly Treetop Adventures in Weeaproinah you’ll be safely suspended on a zipline 30 metres above the forest floor. Cheerful trained guides will show you the ropes, literally, before you embark on an adrenaline-packed adventure zipping from one cloud station to the next. The whole family can join in, but children aged under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Allow at least two-and-a-half hours for a full experience. If the zipline sounds too much, the 1.9-kilometre rainforest and treetop walk includes a 600-metre-long elevated walkway that will lift you to the same heights as your more adventurous companions.
While you're there...
After all that action, we suggest a pampering Hammam spa experience at RACV Torquay Resort’s One Spa. Steam your cares (and your tired muscles) away in the salted relaxation pool, recline in the vitality pool and finish up in the thermal stone room. racv.com.au/torquay
RACV members save 10 per cent at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Go to racv.com.au/discounts