The Great Ocean Road is considered to be one of the most scenic drives in the world, and is certainly a jewel in the crown of Australian tourism. Its stunning coastal road hangs precariously on soaring sea cliffs and winds between pretty towns and beaches, all set against the backdrop of the Great Otaway National Park, the site of Australia’s few temperate rainforests.
Though for one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, most visitors to the area sadly see very little, and most of that through a coach window. But you won’t see the best sights from your car.
Much more than a scenic highway, this region is home to a myriad of coastal tracks, rainforest trails, and hikes which connect historic seaside villages, taking in ocean views and dramatic waterfalls. If there’s one thing for certain, the best way to discover the Great Ocean Road is to walk.
Book Review: Visitors Guide to the Best Walks of the Great Ocean Road
A Visitors Guide to the Best Walks of the Great Ocean Road is the most comprehensive walking guide for those wishing to hike off the beaten path and discover more.
Written by Julie Mundy and Neil Fahey, two big names in the Victorian hiking scene, and published by Woodslanes, who have a reputation for publishing hugely successful walking guides, this takes in the entire region, from Torquay to The Twelve Apostles, and is truly your one-stop shop for information on the best walks on the Great Ocean Road.
With stunning photography and a very visual layout, the guide offers 122 glossy pages of walks ranging from half an hour to multiple days, and includes a good selection that are suitable for all fitness levels, even children.
So whether you’re a hardcore outdoor enthusiast who plans to walk the length of the Great Ocean Road, or looking for an easy stroll to break up your road-trip, this is a guide you should have.
Book Content: What’s Inside
The first section of the guide is “Walks at a Glance”. Color coded based on location, this is a concise section that provides an overview of all hikes in the guide.
The table indicates time, distance, difficulty, and which page you’ll find it on, as well as it’s proximity to good coffee, whether dogs are allowed, if swimming is available, and highlights of the trail.
This is a very quick way to digest information, and a great way to identify the walks which suit you without having to pour through the whole book. The guide then dives into chapters which cover the region’s two multi day walks, followed by chapters with short and highly accessible walks based on location.
Each walk has multiple pages dedicated to its information. There are track illustrations which provide a simple overview of the entire walk, as well as step-by-step directions in plain English from an author who has actually walked it.
The sections include regional history, and information about the environment, as well as local attractions and activities, conditions of the track, and contact details for further information.
There are further sections which detail safety tips for the area (tides, swimming, bushfires, snakes etc), websites and phone numbers of useful contacts (visitors centers, public transportation and emergency organizations), and a color identification guide for the area’s most common birdlife and other animals, as you are likely to see a wide range of flora and fauna on these walks.
In a Nutshell
Spanning the full coastal stretch from Torquay to the Twelve Apostles, this is truly one of the greatest resources for information on the Great Ocean Road.
The guide is full of short and highly accessible walks which will give visitors a glimpse into the magnificent coastal, rainforest and bush scenery this remarkable region has to offer, as well as delving into the eight-day, 100 kilometre Great Ocean Walk, if that’s your cup of tea.
It has a user friendly layout, and is a well thought out guide book that meets the needs of a variety of walkers. If you’re planning to visit the Great Ocean Road, make sure you order your copy for $19.99 AUD today.
BACKPACKS WE RECOMMEND: CLICK FOR BAG INFO ↓
SPREAD THE WORD! PIN THIS TO YOUR TRAVEL PINTEREST BOARDS ↓