The Great Ocean Road in Australia, which winds its way along the south coast of Victoria from Torquay to Allansford, has long been known as a paradise for nature lovers and sportsmen. There's a wide range of offers and events available for all price ranges along the way.
There's a big emphasis on surfing here; Bells Beach and Johanna Beach are two highly popular surf spots. Every year at Bells Beach the Rip Curl Pro surfing competition is held, where the winner wins a bell as a trophy: "To be the one. To ring the bell. "
Of course there are also a lot of beaches to go for a nice swim, like at Apollo Bay, where you can relax during your holidays. Competitive swimming is possible in the Lorne Pier to Pub competition in January at the Torquay Front Beach, with 2.5km, 1km or 500m races. And scuba diving is also definitely worth a go. 20m-high kelp forests can be explored, as well as up to 80 shipwrecks that have sunk amidst the beautiful rock formations, including the SS Casino, the Fiji, and the Labella.
For hikers, there's the "Great Ocean Walk", a trail of just over 100km with seven campsites you can stay at along the way. For those of you after something even tougher, there's the Bells Bash Cliff Run in June, or the Great Ocean Road Marathon in May 2017.
Especially nice as well is the route along the coast for motorcyclists. However, the 80km/h speed limit is strictly enforced, and due to tourists the road can at times be too full for sports driving. But to make up for it, there are endless roads branching off from the Great Ocean Road up into the mountains in the country's interior. If you're not looking to race, but rather just want to enjoy the landscape, you'll find yourself well catered to on these roads.
And last but certainly not least, the Great Ocean Road Race and the People's Ride 2017 take place at the end of January. One a bicycle race open to professional racers, and the other a bicycle tour open to all, both follow the same 65km and 111km stretches.
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