The Great Ocean Road is a truly spectacular Victorian landmark, showcasing the best Australia has to offer when it comes to sprawling coastlines. Spanning 400 kilometres, the Great Ocean Road rolls across the windswept Southern Ocean offering extensive views of the blue waves, weathered cliffs and adjoining greenery. The Great Ocean Road begins just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne’s centre from coastal town Torquay and going all the way to Nelson on the South Australian border.
The entirety of the drive takes around 9.5 hours passing through the famous 12 Apostles and ending at the historical fishing town of Port Fairy. The Great Ocean Road is the ideal road trip, with excellent accommodation and dining options throughout.
Driving offers the best views of the coast and is the most popular mode of transportation. If you’re just visiting Melbourne, hire a car and travel along the Princes Freeway until you reach Geelong. From there the Geelong Ring Road will direct you to Torquay where the beauties of the Great Ocean Road awaits.
If you want someone else to do the driving there are bus services that travel to and from surrounding hinterland and coastal towns on the Great Ocean Road.
To visit towns between Toquay and Apollo Bay including Anglesea and Lorne, there are various bus services that connect at Geelong, Marshall and Colac Train Stations. These run along the Melbourne-Warrnambool VLine service.
To visit coastal towns between Port Campell and Port Fairy there are buses that connect at Warrnambool Station.
Times and services may vary with season.
There are various shuttle bus/tours operating within the Great Ocean Road area. If you’re looking for a guided approach to really immerse yourself in the region then it may be worth considering a shuttle option.
http://www.greatoceanroadshuttle.com.au/ offer a range of travel, camping and walk options along the Great Ocean Road.
Once you’re there, the Great Ocean Road is host to a range of activities and sights to take in. Explore the Great Otway National Park to experience waterfalls and rainforests before settling in for the night at one of Lorne’s cosy accommodation options. Experience culinary excellence at Aireys Inlet’s premiere restaurant A La Grecque and make sure to sample the best seafood the region has to offer.
The Great Ocean Road is an incredibly special span of coast. The sheer extent of the it is something to behold and something that is best experienced over the course of a few days or week. Take your time in each coastal town before arriving at the craggy limestone wonders known as the 12 Apostles. Peak time is from November to February so be sure to book ahead.