"Great Ocean Road" Great Ocean Road Tip by cozmic_jen

Great Ocean Road, Melbourne: 116 reviews and 221 photos

The Great Ocean Road follows the coastline of Victoria and into South Australia.

Highlights are the 12 apostiles, rainforest walks and just driving the coastal road itself!
I did a round trip in 2 days although this was far too short and you should allow as much time as you can for this trip or you will spend most of it in the car driving.

The route that i took was heading West out of Melbourne to Geelong, then heading to the coast at Torquay. I then followed the great ocean road as far as Warrnambool where i stayed over night. I returned to Melbourne on the quicker inland route via Colac.

There is a good information centre in Geelong that can give you driving maps and accomodation info.

Just after Torquay you pass Bells Beach which is interesting if you want to see where the film Point Break was filmed.

Lorne is a lovely seaside town and makes a great stop for lunch if you are only passing through. From here there are some nice walks to suit all time frames from 30 mins upwards. I visited Erskine falls which is a short drive North of Lorne and you can walk down through rainforest to the bottom of a waterfall which makes for lovely photos.

Due to my short time frame for this trip i didn't really stop anywhere else until Melba Gully which was just past Lavers Hill. This again was great for isolated rainforest boardwalks off the tourist trail. The next stop was the reason most people make this trip ...the dramtic scenery of the 12 apostles ...which 12 large pilar rocks sticking out in a row from the sea due to costal errosion. Makes for great pictures and is some of the most awesome coast line in the world. There are other rock formations in the area such as Loch Ard Gorge of a similar theme. Visit during sun set/rise for dramatic views.I stayed over night in Warrnambool which in season you can see the Southern Right Whales on the beach from the lookout.
The route described above was done by car, although there are tour companies that run this trip too ... yha backpacker tours are very reasonably priced.

Address: 180 km Between Allansford VIC 3277 & Torquay VIC 3228
Directions: Head out of Melbourne on the Princes Freeway (M1) then head south from Geelong and follow the B100 - which is the Great Ocean Road. The A1 is the quickest route back to Melbourne.
Phone: 13 0068 9297
Website: http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Great-Ocean-Road.aspx

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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