Great Ocean Road

Melbourne to Port Fairy

Total Distance: 435km
6hr 30min

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Experience kilometre upon kilometre of breathtaking coastline along the Great Ocean Road touring route. The world-famous Great Ocean Road showcases the rugged beauty of Victoria’s coastline with beautiful beaches and dramatic sea cliffs. From major regional centres to quaint fishing villages, this touring route is home to some of Victoria’s favourite seaside locations.

Highlights

  • Unearth the historical Bellarine Peninsula 
  • Take a walk within Great Otway National Park 
  • Snap away at the magnificent Twelve Apostles
  • Take a lighthouse tour to unveil the greatest views
  • Visit Warrnambool’s Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village 
The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

Great Otway National Park

Great Otway National Park

Bells Beach, Torquay

Bells Beach, Torquay

Melbourne

Start

Nestled on the banks of the Yarra River and sitting on the edge of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne regularly earns the tag of ‘one of the world’s most liveable cities’.

The Victorian capital dazzles with first-class dining, shopping, arts, and events. Cultural goodies like leading galleries and museums combine with glorious outdoor adventures such as a stroll through the spacious Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Grand old buildings mix with funky modern architecture. Federation Square is a regular hive of activity, as is the Southbank precinct.

In fact, Melbourne constantly buzzes thanks to an astounding events calendar. World-class annual gigs include the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Australian Open tennis, the Australian Grand Prix, the Spring Racing Carnival, and the AFL Grand Final among so much more.

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Melbourne to Geelong

75km (1hr)

Once you’ve managed to pull yourself away from Melbourne, head out through the southwest suburbs and within an hour you can reach Geelong.

Located on the shores of Corio Bay, Geelong boomed as a major seaport during the 1850s gold rush. Today, it’s Victoria’s largest regional city with the greater area accounting for more than 220,000 residents.

Yet its history is easily visible – a whopping 100 National Trust-listed buildings are dotted around Geelong. The National Wool Museum and the Old Geelong Gaol are prized historical attractions.

Restaurants and cafés line the waterfront, and Buckley Falls Reserve and the Geelong Botanic Gardens provide scenic picnic spots.

In warmer months, Adventure Park will thrill families with its assortment of water rides and other amusements.

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Geelong to Queenscliff (Bellarine Peninsula)

30km (0hr 30min)

Before traversing the Great Ocean Road, uncover the gems spotted along the Bellarine Peninsula, which is reached with ease from Geelong.

The Bellarine Peninsula shines with its delectable food and wine, endless ocean views, myriad water activities, and historical seaside villages.

Queenscliff is one such village, bursting with reminders of its absorbing past. Walk the streets to view stately Victorian-era buildings and quaint fishermen's cottages.

Fort Queenscliff Museum is housed in a magnificent building and comprehensively reawakens the area’s military history.

Be sure to grab a copy of the Bellarine Taste Trail. It details a superb selection of wineries, restaurants, and cafés as well as a boutique brewery and produce outlets.

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Queenscliff (Bellarine Peninsula) to Anglesea

60km (0hr 55min)

Depart from the Bellarine Peninsula and travel along the Surf Coast Highway before you reach a destination that strongly deserves to be associated with this road – Torquay.

Torquay is a famous surf town; it features iconic Bells Beach, which hosts the Rip Curl Pro surfing event each Easter. Year round, Surf World Museum comprehensively details Australia’s surfing culture.

From here, it’s time to link up with the Great Ocean Road and soon the town of Anglesea beckons.  While Anglesea's permanent population is roughly 2500 residents, that figure increases tenfold during the summer holidays – and with good reason. Its main strip of sand is a strong allure for swimming and surfing and Anglesea Golf Club is well-known for the many kangaroos that roam the fairways.

Attractive parks line the coastal foreshore and the picturesque Anglesea River. Coogoorah Park is a highlight for families.

The cliffs of the Great Ocean Road rise out of the sea either side of the Anglesea River, making for spectacular walks and views.

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Anglesea to Wye River

55km (0hr 50min)

While this is only a short section of the Great Ocean Road touring route, prominent destinations are cemented along it.

Stop at charming Aireys Inlet and enjoy panoramic vistas of these glittering surrounds on a guided tour of Split Point Lighthouse.

Lorne is another holiday hotspot that marks the beginning of sensational Great Otway National Park, which extends all the way to Princetown. Following a walking trail among this cool-climate rainforest is highly rewarding. Several waterfalls are within close range of Lorne, including Erskine Falls.

Wye River might be sandwiched between some locations that earn more attention that it, but this small town overlooks a spectacular stretch of the Great Ocean Road. Head to a lookout to best appreciate the bewilderingly beautiful views.

Near Wye River is a famous wreck and monument that is worth checking out: the Lonely Grave of the WB Godfrey, which was shipwrecked in 1891. Also, be sure to have the camera handy to photograph the unusual Artillery Rocks.

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Wye River to Apollo Bay

30km (0hr 25min)

Enjoy more glittering views along the next short stint of this touring route before reaching the crowd-pulling destination of Apollo Bay.

Visitors gravitate here to take advantage of a sparkling stretch of surf and sand that suits a plethora of water leisure. Cafés and restaurants are plentiful and often come with ocean views, and the foreshore community market each Saturday morning is a lively affair.

Apollo Bay is another great base if you wish to plant your feet along a walking trail within Great Otway National Park.

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Apollo Bay to Warrnambool

160km (2hr 25min)

The camera battery requires full charge before commencing this stretch of the Great Ocean Road – more remarkable coastline and one of the most iconic sights await.

Consider a diversion to reach the Cape Otway Lightstation: guided tours of this historical structure are held daily.

Back on the main path, the road heads inland and Lavers Hill is a great place to stop for a bite to eat. The popular Treetop Walk – part of Otway Fly Treetop Adventures – is a breathtaking experience that can be accessed from here.

Once past Lavers Hill, the route again has a focus on the coast. Soon enough you’ll come across a creation that has adorned the cover of many a tourist brochure – the Twelve Apostles. This collection of rock stacks lives up to the hype and is an incredible sight. They are not the only stars within Port Campbell National Park – a series of weather-beaten formations will catch your gaze. Be sure to take the Gibsons Steps, which descend to the beach and allow for an awe-inspiring view of the towering cliffs.

When you’ve finished ogling the Twelve Apostles, hit the road – which passes through the cute village of Port Campbell – until you reach Bay of Islands Coastal Park. A couple of lookout spots deliver even more outstanding ocean vistas.

The end point of this leg is Warrnambool, the largest city on the Great Ocean Road. It oozes a relaxing holiday vibe yet offers all the services and attractions of a vibrant, modern city.

Warrnambool’s sheltered beaches are inviting – even for giants of the ocean. Logan's Beach has a great viewing platform for glimpsing whales, primarily from June to October.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is the biggest attraction in Warrnambool and among its appeal is a fascinating sound and laser show.

Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground will appeal to families, and Warrnambool Botanic Gardens is another great spot to enjoy the sunshine.

If the camera’s memory card isn’t already full, take the short drive to view Hopkins Falls. This is an ideal spot for a picnic or barbecue.

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Warrnambool to Port Fairy

25km (0hr 25min)

While negotiating the final section of Great Ocean Road touring route, another prized natural wonder presents itself: Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. Tower Hill is a gigantic volcanic crater and this area attracts abundant wildlife. See the sights on a pleasant walk.

Soon enough you’ll reach the charm-filled fishing village of Port Fairy, which exudes old-world character. It contains dozens of heritage buildings that can be admired on a stroll.

Or take a walk to the Port Fairy Lighthouse or around Griffiths Island, which is home to a large colony of shearwater seabirds.

Port Fairy has a beautifully sheltered harbour and spending time at its wharf allows further opportunity to embrace the relaxing holiday vibe.

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