Discovering the Beauty of the Bay of Islands

Along the Great Ocean Road, there are plenty of places to stop off and enjoy the spectacular views. The Bay of Islands is one of these places. Stretching out across 32 kilometres along the coast of Victoria between Peterborough and Warrnambool, it offers astounding ocean views and a collection of fascinating geological features.

Here, you can soak up a landscape that is packed full of sheer cliffs and unusual rock stacks, as well as sprawling heathland that is peppered with colourful wildflower displays.

While the beaches are accessible at certain points along this stretch of coastline, the most popular thing to do is admire the stunning sea views. Keep your eyes peeled for the colony of rare black-faced cormorants. The Bay of Islands is home to the only marine cormorant nest in Victoria. You also have the chance to spot a variety of rare plant life, which includes the spectacular sun orchid and the delightfully scented spider orchid.

The area is traditionally Aboriginal, and the parkland is still owned by the Aboriginal people who have lived here for centuries. They still practice age-old traditions and maintain their strong connection to the land and water that occupies this part of the country.

Viewing Areas at Bay of Islands

There are two viewing platforms at the Bay of Islands, where you can marvel at the surrounding scenery.

The first one can be found around 120m from the designated car park and is accessed via a secondary path. Here, you’ll be greeted with a timber deck and amazing views out to sea.

The second viewing area, which is also the most popular, can be found about 140m from the car park and is accessed via the main path. Again, you’ll be greeted by a timber deck which is slightly larger than the first and offers even more uninterrupted views.

Things to See at the Bay of Islands:

Wild Dog Cove

Wild Dog Cove sits along the coast new Peterborough Golf Course. It boasts a secluded beach which is perfect for paddling and rock pooling.

Bay of Martyrs

This tourist hotspot provides visitors with a stunning swathe of beach and a number of viewing areas. There’s a guided walk along the top of the cliffs, and you can spot the Falls of Halladale shipwreck which dates back to 1908.

Massacre Point and Massacre Bay

Named after a rumour that said Europeans killed a group of local Aboriginals, this Bay surrounds some nearby wetlands and offers some great scenic views.

Visit the Bay of Islands on our 2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour.

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