Great Ocean Road
It is time to hit the road and travel along one of Australia’s most well-known and scenic drives. The Great Ocean Road takes you through some of Victoria’s biggest tourist attractions. Wind your way along the coast and look out for the dramatic cliff faces, beaches, rainforest and of course delicious food and wine. We suggest taking around a week to do this journey so you can completely switch on your holiday mode, but this trip can be altered to fit your vacay dream!
Kicking off the road trip in Melbourne, the mecca of all things trendy and tasty. You will never be bored when visiting this city, whether it’s your first time or your thousandth. Find yourself in one of the many funky laneways filled with delicious food, famous barista coffees and rooftop bars with 360-degee views of the city and did we mention epic cocktails? A city home to numerous events we suggest keeping a day/night free to attend a sporting event at the MCG or Marvel Stadium to get a taste of the Melbourne atmosphere. Make sure you put a whole day aside to shop until you drop, whether markets are more your scene or the large shopping centres suit you more Melbourne has it all. Take in the big city before it’s time to move on to the coastal treasures this road trip explores.
Melbourne to Torquay - 1.5 hour drive
Only an hour and a half up the coast and you will reach the surfy town of Torquay, the official beginning of the Great Ocean Road. Be sure to take a snap in front of the sign to document the start of your journey! This modern regional town is known for its relaxed vibe and incredible beaches. Make the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park or Torquay Holiday Park your home away from home while you explore some of Australia’s best-known surf beaches. Relax and soak up the sun, indulge at the incredible eateries along the way, lace up those hiking boots and hit the Surf Coast Walk and of course surf the waves at Bells Beach. If you’re keen to learn more about the sport of surfing check out the Surfworld Museum, a must see! After a big day at the beach kick your feet up and enjoy a cold one in park and make use of the ample facilities both parks have to offer.
Torquay to Apollo Bay - 1.5 hour drive
Apollo Bay is your next stop and is your perfect slice of paradise by the sea. Base yourself at Apollo Bay Holiday Park which is located just 100 metres off the Great Ocean Road and is in prime position for all your outdoor adventures. Take part in any water sport under the sun, whether that be skiing, surfing or simply sitting on a boat and casting a line. If you’re unlucky with your fishing venture don’t stress as Apollo Bay has a reputation for the freshest seafood so you can taste the sea at one of the many incredible dining options. Pack your camera and make your way to Cape Otway, the greenery of the rainforest and famous lighthouse is nothing short of amazing so take a pic and make your friends at home jealous! The park is walking distance from all shops and restaurants so treat yourself for the night and head out for a dinner cooked by someone else.
Apollo Bay to Warrnambool - 2 hours
Two hours along the coastline you will find yourself in the vibrant arts town of Warrnambool. Street art tours will take your through the edgy town and open your eyes to the creative culture. Your tastebuds will be in overload as you try some of the best and freshest local produce in the towns renowned restaurants. However, more than anything Warrnambool is the perfect place to unwind and relax whilst you take a rest from travelling. Stroll along the pristine foreshore and breathe in the sea air. If you’re feeling adventurous try the horseback riding tour which will take you through the sand dunes and along the rugged coastline. Pull up stumps at Discovery Parks – Warrnambool or Central Warrnambool Holiday Park & Motel and cook your own meal in the camp kitchen and chat to some of the other park goers.
Warrnambool to Portland - 1.5 hours
An hour and a half up the road and you’ll hit the seaside town of Portland. A hidden gem along the Great Ocean Road, home to natural beauty, scenic walking trails, seal cage-diving and most importantly known for “the best pies”. But first, check into the Portland Tourist Park, set on 11 acres of natural bushland and no shortage of incredible wildlife. Make yourself at home and visit the parks Tour Desk to get the best ideas for your stay. Take in the cultural heritage this small town has to offer or peer out from the Port and you’ll often see blue whales coming in to feed on the local krill. Make sure you make a pit stop off at Heywood Bakery at least once and enjoy some of Australia’s ‘best pies’, apparently the pepper steak is the favourite!
Portland to Peterborough - 2 hours
Your next stop is Peterborough, situated right in the heart of the Great Ocean Road’s iconic attractions. Stay at the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park ideally located about 150 metres from the beach at Peterborough, take this is the time to lay low. Pop open that deck chair, find a spot on the beach with your favourite book and relax. After some R&R time get in the car and drive fifteen minutes down the road to Port Campbell National Park where loads of adventures await! The famous 12 Apostles are a must visit, the magnificent limestone rocks that point out of the Southern Ocean is quite a site and a hot spot for tourists. Three minutes on and you’ll arrive at Loch Ard George, another Aussie Tourist Attraction! If you’re feeling like moving those legs walk the Bay of Martyrs, an 8km mix trail taking you across the beaches and clifftops. On your way back to the park stop off at the Childers Cove Cheese Company to pick up some delish snacks and make a cheese platter back at the park and reflect on the trip you’ve had so far.
Peterborough to Lorne - 2 hours
Last but not least on your Great Ocean Road adventure is the laidback town of Lorne. Known for its buzzing arts and music culture you will feel a sense of groove when you arrive. Sit back and enjoy the natural wonders of the surrounding bush, beach, and waterfalls. In fact, there are ten waterfalls within ten kilometres of Lorne, all as beautiful as each other so check them out. Make yourself comfortable at the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park, located close to all cafes, restaurants and shops, as well as the Lorne town centre within easy walking distance. The beautiful beaches surrounding Lorne will make it hard to leave so we suggest putting a couple of days aside to chill by the beach and wine and dine in the many local wineries. Catch some fish at the Lorne Pier to impress the fellow campers back at the camp kitchen and share your tips and tricks of the holiday you’ve just had.
The Great Ocean Road is your quintessential Aussie road trip and it really is no wonder why! We have done all the planning for you so all you need to do is book away!