If you are visiting Melbourne, a trip to Great Ocean Road is a must on your to-do-list. You can easily drive to Great Ocean Road as a day -trip from Melbourne, a leisurely 4 hour drive. Of course, if there are a few days to spare, you can enjoy a stay in one of the many small local towns like Torquay, Anglesea or Port Fairy to experience the local cuisine and culture
Not surprisingly, every visit to Melbourne always kick-starts with a visit to The Great Ocean Road & The Twelve Apostles (at the Port Campbell National Park) with family & friends and it still has always been a new experience every single time.
For this trip, I recommend carrying warm clothes, woolen caps (called ‘beanies’ in Aussie slang), and comfortable walking shoes. These really help once you reach The Twelve Apostles. As its always super windy and cold there & it gets difficult to stay out of your car for too long without them.
12 Apostles helicopter rides are quite famous, costing about AUD $290 for 2 for their 15 min/ 45 kms flight. Pre-booking is not essential as tickets are easily available over the counter.
Do take breaks during your journey and soak in the views from the multiple Scenic Lookout points throughout the drive. Details of these lookouts are well displayed on the road signs as you approach one.
Do stop by at the Loch Ard Gorge, which is at about 5 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles. It has a nice lookout as well. This Gorge is also a part of the Port Campbell National Park.
- Try and avoid Geelong. While driving down, from M1, take a left turn into C151 to Lorne (Actual Ocean Road starts from here). Also while returning to Melbourne take C164 via Cobden and Camperdown .
- Torquay is beautiful beach popular for surfing.
- If you plan to break journey and spend the night midway, do check out the Rain Forests at Oatway. To locate the rain forests at Oatway, look out for the signs at Apollo bay. There are a lot of adventure activities including zipline tours and treetop walks at Oatway Fly tree tops.