If there's anything more impressive than a packed Bells Beach watching the world's top ranked surfers carve up the waves every Easter, it's the breathtaking ocean views to be had along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Make sure you allow for plenty of time to explore this unforgettable piece of Victoria in its autumnal splendour.

Stephanie Gilmore Bells Beach 2018 Stephanie Gilmore Bells Beach 2018 - WSL / Ed Sloane

All adventures lead to the 12 Apostles, and what adventures they're bound to be. Whether you want to get active, linger over a coffee in a beachside cafe, taste wines in acclaimed vineyards, or explore dramatic scenery, you can do it all along the Great Ocean Road. Stop in at towns like Lorne and Torquay, Apollo Bay and Anglesea, and get to know bustling Geelong. And when you've seen and done it all, make tracks to Melbourne and soak up the city's laneway lifestyle, green spaces, independent boutiques and packed events calendar.

Stephanie Gilmore Bells Beach 2018 Stephanie Gilmore Bells Beach 2018 - WSL / Kelly Cestari

With so much to do in and around Bells Beach during the Rip Curl Pro, you'll need to use your time wisely. Follow these sure-fire lists of recommendations and you'll soon be planning your return trip next year.

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