Nelson is the finishing point of a Great Ocean Road journey and the beginning of 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 and there are boat launching ramps at several points along the river. There are canoe hire facilities in town.
A river cruise into Lower Glenelg National Park will take you through a spectacular gorge, where the river has cut a swathe through soft limestone. It is around 15 metres long and up to 50 metres deep in places and is one of the river's most stunning features. Continue to Princess Margaret Rose Cave, a subterranean showcase of semi-translucent and backlit stalagmites and stalactites more than six metres long that form otherworldly sculptures and miniature landscapes.
The ocean side of Nelson is 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.