How to do the Great Ocean Road with Kids

The Great Ocean Road is known for its truly epic scenery and picturesque drive along the coastline, but what if you’ve got a backseat full of rugrats asking “are we there yet?” Never fear, the Great Ocean Road is the perfect family destination, with plenty to do for everyone from the little kids to the big kids.

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The Great Ocean Road Chocolatery and Ice Creamery
You can’t go wrong with this one! Kids will love the free tastings and 15 acres of grounds to explore. You can take classes and workshops, or send the kids off on one and enjoy some interruption free time with your significant other and some sugar.
The Great Ocean Road Chocolatery and Ice Creamery

Take a Walk
The Great Ocean Road is home to some of the most picturesque walks in Australia and there are options for even the least fit amongst us. We recommend exploring some of the short walk options that are designed to showcase the highlights without giving little feet a chance to get sore. Try the Old Beechy trail or the Lake Elizabeth Loop Walk at dusk – keep your eyes peeled for a platypus! Check out our article on the best walks in the region.
Old Beechy Trail

Swim with Dolphins
This is a seriously bucket-list-worthy adventure. Sea All Dolphin Swims offers you the chance to swim with seals and dolphins at Chinaman’s Hat. You’ll learn all about these amazing sea creatures and come away with a memory that will last forever.
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Get a History Lesson
Not only is the Great Ocean Road rich with natural treasures but there's plenty of history to immerse yourself in. No, we're not talking stuffy museums but sites of shipwrecks, Aboriginal culture and more.

See if you can spot one of the 200 known shipwrecks along the Great Ocean Road as far as Port Fairy, including the Marie Gabrielle and Fiji, both of which are visible at low tide.

The Flagstaff Hill Memorial Village gives you the opportunity to experience just what life was like for the Shipwreck Coast's earliest European settlers, with scavenger hunts, animal feeding and plenty of old relics to marvel at. 

Go on an Eco Adventure
Yeodene Park is the perfect place to spend a day with the family. This eco adventure will see you ziplining through the trees on one of 8 different long course adventure trails. It’s also home to a seriously long flying fox that’s over 100m. If you like your adventures with an educational bent, it’s the perfect way to experience some of Australia’s unique landscape.
Trees Adventures

Play the Day Away
If you need to burn off some energy, the kids will be in heaven at the Colac Botanical Gardens Playspace. The Torquay Foreshore Play Park is another option for letting the kids run themselves ragged.
Colac Botanical Gardens Play Space

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