Some go through the world’s most famous coastal road in a one-day tour—which is fine—but if you have more time, why not take it slow and really enjoy the drive?
Here’s our 4-day Great Ocean Road Itinerary:
Day One: Geelong & Lorne
Although not yet officially the start of the Great Ocean Road, these coastal cities are a great start point for your adventure.
Just an hour’s drive away from Melbourne, Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria, and features the Corio Bay as its backdrop. Lorne is slightly further down the coastal road, another hour away. On your way there, you will pass by Aireys Inlet–if you’re tired from the flight, take a break from the road here.
Many love Geelong and Lorne for their hip cafes and Australian food, so be sure to stop by for brunch if you can!
The locals are also very big on pies, which you can get at almost every supermarket. We recommend the freshly baked ones, from Grandma Shields Bakery in Lorne.
After eating, walk the food off by taking a short stroll at Lorne Pier. Many locals enjoy fishing here, and if you’re lucky, you may witness a bite or two!
Behind Lorne is Teddy’s Lookout, a popular scenic spot. From the viewing platform, you’ll be able to catch the waves as they break into the mouth of St George’s River, as well as the surrounding mountain scenery. There is also the impressive Erskine Falls about 10km from Lorne.
Day Two: Torquay
Can’t get enough of the cafes? Grab a bite at Bottle of Milk before leaving the area.
Next up, the official gateway to the Great Ocean Road and surfer heaven, Torquay!
Here, you’ll find surfing shops with equipment and gear, so if you’re a fan of the sport, be sure to set aside time for retail therapy!
On the southern outskirts of the city is the famous Bells Beach. The world’s longest running surfing tournament Rip Curl Easter Pro is held at here. If you’re hoping to catch a wave, they’re particularly good from March to October.
A short drive away is the Great Ocean Road Chocolatier. A candyland ode to all things cocoa, you can find not just ice-cream, sweets, and confections, but flavoured soaps and other merchandise too! It’s perfect for the young ones (and those with a sweet tooth!).
Day Three: Apollo Bay
Now, we get to the most “happening” stretch of the coastal route: Apollo Bay! This town is the closest city to many famous landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles and Cape Otway Lightstation. We recommend spending two nights here, because there’s so much to see and do!
On the first day, go hiking or for some zip-lining at the Otway National Park! Keep an eye out while on your drive to the stunning rainforest region: You may be able to spot some koalas munching on eucalyptus leaves!
It’ll be a tiring day, so wind down in the evening. Seafood lovers will rejoice, as there are many dining options here for you.
For a light bite, try the award-winning Scallop Pie at Apollo Bay Bakery.
For a main meal, hop into one of the restaurants with fresh catches!
There’s also a private scenic spot called Marriner’s Lookout. It is privately owned, but the owner has opened it for the public to enjoy. From here, you can see the entire township, and the bay.
Day Four: Apollo Bay & Port Campbell
It’s time to explore further out from Apollo Bay!
Drive out to the iconic Cape Otway Lightstation, which is perched on a cliff 90m above the waters. Visitors may climb the stairs to access the Lightstation Balcony, where you can soak in the sea breeze and panoramic views of the rugged coast. There’s also a restaurant in the complex, and the historic Telegraph Station.
Next, drive down to the ultimate icon of the Great Ocean Road—the Twelve Apostles. Although there are only seven of the breathtaking formations left, it’s still a sight to behold. In the immediate area of this landmark is the Gibson Steps as well. Slightly further down is the Loch Ard Gorge.
Continue on another 14km and you will reach The Arch and The Grotto. Formerly known as the London Bridge, the Arch previously resembled a bridge until it eroded. The Grotto is unique sinkhole formation, and there are steps you can walk down to see the sea during low tides.
If you got this far… you’ve actually reached Port Campbell!
So if you’ve still got time, you may catch the other scenic landmarks Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands.
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