C’mon, you know there’s no way we could kick off a discussion about the Great Ocean Road’s many natural wonders and not begin with Port Campbell National Park. Home to the country’s most famous collection of limestone stacks – the 12 Apostles, of course – this rugged stretch of crumbling cliffs, wild beaches and windswept lookouts also includes Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Gibson Steps. For a complete change of scenery, follow the giant eucalyptus trees and towering Californian redwoods into the lush depths of the Great Otway National Park. The Gadubanud people are the traditional owners of this ancient land, and there are waterfalls, ferny gullies and dense bushland aplenty. And it would be remiss of us not to mention the Great South West Walk – arguably the state’s best-kept hiking secret. This 250-kilometre loop trail starts and finishes in Portland, and weaves through Cobboboonee National Park, along the fringes of Bridgewater Bay and past blowholes, seal colonies and the historic Cape Nelson lighthouse.