Watch Fiona Phillips’s Great Ocean Road adventure and explore the variety of unique and lesser known experiences that make this region so special. Full of inspiring nature and wildlife, dramatic and diverse coastal scenery and comfortable eco-friendly accommodation, the iconic Great Ocean Road is so much more than just a driving route.
Highlights from Fiona Phillip’s trip include spotting the elusive duck-billed platypus, Australia’s 100 million year old egg laying mammal, in its natural habitat on a dawn kayak in the Otway National Park and sighting wild koalas and their little joeys at Kennett River Koala Walk between Lorne and Apollo Bay. There are even opportunities to nurse wallabies back to health and wake up to kangaroos grazing outside the bedroom window at the Cape Otway Ecolodge, an eco-wildlife retreat operated by the Cape Otway Centre for Conservation Ecology, which reinvests all of its profits into wildlife conservation.
Fiona then got to soak up breathtaking ocean views, deserted beaches and lush rainforests on a Great Ocean Walk tour with hiking specialists, bothfeet. The Great Ocean Walk trail which leads to the famous Twelve Apostles, takes you to parts of the Great Ocean Road previously inaccessible by road and has been designed so walkers of almost any ability can “step-on and step-off” the trail.
The long day of hiking was followed by a soothing massage and foot spa at bothfeet’s luxury four-star eco lodge located in the heart of the rainforest. The lodge is made entirely of wood and stone with water heated by solar panels and prides itself on its healthy local cuisine using ingredients from its own organic vegetable garden.
Watch Fiona Phillip’s full adventure here. For further inspiration and top tips on amazing experiences, take a look at the new insiders guide to the Great Ocean Road on responsibletravel.com.
Responsibletravel.com is offering a seven day Great Ocean Walk holiday along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria from £1,598 per person. This package includes a seven-day itinerary, which takes the group from Melbourne to Loch Ard Gorge via spectacular sights including Apollo Bay, Rainbow Falls, secret Milanesia Beach, Gables Lookout, Cape Otway, Johanna Beach and Castle Cove. Accommodation, most meals, transport from Melbourne, two guides and entry to the Cape Otway Lightstation are all included within this price. Responsibletravel.com packages can also be tailormade to suit requirements.
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