Nelson

Locality

End your journey along the Great Ocean Road at Nelson and begin a new adventure around Victoria’s Discovery Coast, Glenelg River and Princess Margaret Rose Cave.

The Glenelg River winds 400 kilometres from the ocean at Nelson up to the Grampians Ranges in the north. Its placid waters make it ideal for canoeing and fishing. You’ll find boat-launching ramps at several points along the river and canoe hire facilities are available in town.

Enjoy a cruise up the river and visit the spectacular gorge, where the waters have cut a swathe through soft limestone. Up to 50 metres deep in places, the gorge is one of the Glenelg River’s most stunning features. Continue on to Princess Margaret Rose Cave, a subterranean showcase of semi-translucent and backlit stalagmites and stalactites that form otherworldly sculptures and miniature landscapes.

Explore the ocean side of Nelson, dominated by the spectacular Discovery Bay. The massive sand dunes on the 50-kilometre long beach are some of the largest in Victoria. Surf the mighty waves or wander along a section of the Great South West Walk to see native flora and fauna.

Nelson is around 420 kilometres from Melbourne, or just over five hours by car on the Hamilton Highway. The drive is more than seven hours along the Great Ocean Road.