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Enjoy Coastal Drives in the Great Ocean Road Melbourne Victoria

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Once a passive driving experience for those wishing to follow the open road, Australia’s Great Ocean Road is today a hub for adventure sports of all types, including superb kayaking and scuba diving. Just an hour’s drive from downtown Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road offers diving enthusiasts an area richer in marine life than the Great Barrier Reef, with plenty of shipwrecks to dive along the coast, as well as numerous marine parks and sanctuaries, featuring abundant underwater creatures.

And as far as the Great Ocean Road stretches over 240 spectacular kilometers from Torquay to Warrnambool in Victoria, planning your route with the help of cheap campervan hire in Melbourne from My Drive Holiday to make the most of your adventure would be a truly great idea. Here are some dive sites you should not miss out along your way.

Port Philip Bay

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One of Australia’s greatest but least known sites along the Great Ocean Road, Port Philip Bay invites divers to explore more than sixty 19th-century shipwrecks and four sunken submarines of WWII. One wreck that must surely be explored is the 29-meters deep ex-HMAS Canberra, Victoria’s first artificial reef which was scuttled in the waters off Barwon Heads in late 2009.

Apollo Bay

Check out local rocky reefs at Marengo, Petticoat Creek, Browns Creek, Wongarra, Blanket Bay or Crayfish Bay. Explore the shipwreck of the SS Casino or the SS Fiji at Moonlight Head. See diverse marine life, coils of chain, anchors, gin bottles, ceramic toys and porcelain dolls.

The Ozone

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Off Intended Head, this is another popular spot with divers, which parts can be seen from land at low tide. It sunk some 90 years ago, and divers can today see its remains of the boilers and the paddle wheels, plus plenty of fish and seals occasionally.

Warrnambool

Outdoor adventures are truly plenty around Warrnambool. You can go caving, canoeing, mountain biking or horse riding. For divers there are numerous shore dive sites around. Middle and Penguin Islands are great sites for beginner divers with lots of swim and an incredible range of sea life from crayfish to sting rays to many species of fish, not to mention the many awesome reef formations. Pickering Point and Thunder Point are two great dive spots, easily accessible by shore, providing visitors with breathtaking scenery and underwater landscapes. The shipwreck of Labella, sunk in 1905 with the loss of seven crew members, also offers a great dive.



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