GREAT OCEAN ROAD
In winter, you can watch southern
right whales from a viewing platform on Logan's Beach, Warrnambool, as they
migrate there to give birth. Seal colonies and fairy penguin rookeries are also
located around the coast, while kangaroos, birds and smaller marsupials inhabit
the area's grasslands and forests.
The 120 kilometre coastline between Moonlight Head and Port Fairy is known as the Shipwreck Coast. More than 80 ships sank around here in 40 years spanning the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. Relics from one, the Loch Ard, are displayed at Warrnambool's Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum.
The most dramatic part of the Great Ocean Road is the coastal Port Campbell National Park. Here, the ocean foams against cliffs and dramatic rock sculptures, such as the Twelve Apostles rock pillars, the Grotto, the Blowhole, and London Bridge, which collapsed in 1990, stranding some surprised tourists on the far end.