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Seven incredible spots to go surfing in Australia

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Pro surfer Mick Fanning may be contemplating getting back into the ocean, but even his dramatic brush with a hungry Great White can’t put a stop to Australia’s 100-year love affair of combining the board with the breakwater. In a tribute to surfing, here are seven incredible suggestions on where to catch an epic wave around Oz.
1. Sheringa, SA
While only accessible by 4WD or foot, a short hike is well worth it to discover these hidden gems in South Australia. On the southern side of a rocky outcrop, the mellow point break at Sheringa Beach offers up a […]

Eight amazing wilderness camping spots in Victoria

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Victoria is home to some of the best camping areas in Australia. From the dramatic cliffs along the scenic Great Ocean Road to the impressive mountains in the northeast, we’ve identified eight of Victoria’s best wilderness camping spots.
The Grampians
Admire stunning forest landscapes, adventure out on day hikes and swim in cascading waterfalls. There are several camping spots in a peaceful forest setting beside a tranquil river throughout the Grampians National Park, including the Jimmy Creek Campground, Strachans Campground and Borough Huts Campground, to name a few.
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s most pristine stretches of coastline, with opportunities […]

Keep the faith with the Twelve Apostles in Victoria

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A stunning landscape, a fascinating history and one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. The Twelve Apostles is the number one must-see attraction for every person who travels along the Great Ocean Road.
The Twelve Apostles have survived for longer than the number of years that people have inhabited Australia. They were created by constant erosion of the mainland’s limestone cliffs by the Southern Ocean up to 20 million years ago.
Eight of these Apostles still remain, with the limestone columns rising up to 45 metres from the sea. Yet sadly, the erosion from wind and waves which helped form these magnificent […]

Five amazing sights on a Great Ocean Road drive

The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

DRIVE the Great Ocean Road, a stunning, dramatic stretch of coastline in south-west Victoria. With several natural and historical attractions, it’s without a doubt one of the most amazing trips you’ll take in Australia. After all, the Great Ocean Road Drive took out the title of Australia’s ‘Best Road Trip’ in the Australian Traveller’s 2014 People’s Choice Awards.
Here are five attractions and activities for your road trip along the Great Ocean Road. 
Surf at Torquay
This seaside town, just over an hour from Melbourne, is home to the famous Bells Beach, where the annual Rip Curl Pro event is held. […]

Six great whale watching spots in Australia

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AUSTRALIA’S whale watching season mostly runs during the second half of the year, but it’s always good to plan your whale watching trip in advance for next year. You can take a boat tour or spot whales from the mainland as they make their annual journey. It’s a spectacular sight of nature, one not to be missed.
Humpback and southern right whales are most commonly spotted migrating up and down Australia’s east and west coasts each year as they search for warmer waters and places to breed.
Here’s some of the best spots in Australia for whale watching.
Cape Byron, New South Wales
Australia’s most […]

99 experiences for road trippers that have the rest of the world jealous of Australia

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JEALOUS? you bet they are. But anyone who lives beyond Australia’s coastline is more than welcome to head down to the Southern Hemisphere and experience the places that make we Aussies spoilt for choice.
We live in a big, bold land, an entire continent in fact, and relish the fact we have different worlds of discovery around every corner, inland and along our vast coastline of Oz. To pick up a campervan or rental car in Australia and hit the road is magical, especially when you have no plans and open your eyes to real exploration and stop off at […]

Park in profile – BIG4 Beacon Resort, Victoria

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PARK IN PROFILE: BIG4 Beacon Resort, Queenscliff, Vic
Where: 78 Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff.
Website: http://www.beaconresort.com.au
10 words or less: Stylish modern cabins, marine parks, bike trails, kids heaven.
The lowdown:  Pick up your Victorian campervan rental and head south for the Bellarine Peninsula and you will discover the beautiful BIG4 Beacon Resort. Adventure is the name of the game for visitors to the Bellarine Peninsula, as BIG4 Beacon Resort in Queenscliff is the ideal spot for an action-filled family break. Cycle one of the scenic bike trails, test your surf skills at a local beach or stay at the park […]

Park in profile – Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces, Victoria

Apollo Bay Pisces

PARK IN PROFILE: Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces, Victoria
Where: 311 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, overlooking beautiful Bass Strait and close to great swimming and surf beaches.
Website: http://pisces-holiday-park.vic.big4.com.au
10 words or less: Super coastal drive, cliff-top ocean views, hit the waves.
The lowdown: After grabbing your Melbourne campervan rental head south past Geelong and onto the Great Ocean Road for one of the most scenic drives the state of Victoria has to offer. Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces is set at the foothills of the Otways on a beautiful hillside. The park offers a quiet and relaxing base for exploring […]

Shush don’t tell Destination Secrets – Victoria – Bellarine Peninsula to the Great Ocean Road

If you’re visiting Victoria or just looking for a great day or weekend away from Melbourne there’s plenty of places to visit just a stone’s throw from the city. Here’s our collection to tackle with your Melbourne Car Rental from the Bellarine Peninsula to the Great Ocean Road…..

Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale

How Far:
105km south-west of Melbourne (90 minutes)

Getting there:
Across the West Gate Bridge on the Geelong freeway and continue down the B110 Bellarine Peninsula Highway

 
 

Point Lonsdale sits at the head of […]

Campervan cruising down Great Ocean Road … with all the bells and whistles

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THE refreshing breeze off Bells Beach blew through the back door of my campervan and I couldn’t help but smile with a big appreciation of another beautiful view.
After picking up my Melbourne campervan rental, the drive to the majestic Great Ocean Road was only about 112km from Melbourne. As rewarding as the drive was, the real bonus was about settling in for some great surfing in a beautiful setting along the coastline.
It was so easy to look down to the beach and watch the surfers running to the waves to compete in the Rip Curl Surf Pro at […]

 
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