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Great Ocean Road

208KM FROM MELBOURNE LIFESTYLE APARTMENTS

Great Ocean Road

Welcome to the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia's most iconic coastal drives! Departing from Melbourne Lifestyle Apartments, you're in for a memorable journey filled with stunning coastal landscapes, charming towns, and breathtaking natural wonders.

Transport Options and Travel Time

There are several transport options available to you and the duration of your trip will vary depending on what transport option you choose. Make sure to check travel times before your trip and plan accordingly.

  • Self-Drive: Renting a car is a popular option, providing you with the freedom to explore the Great Ocean Road at your own pace. Several car rental companies operate in Melbourne, and you can pick up your vehicle conveniently near your apartment.The direct drive from Melbourne to the starting point of the Great Ocean Road in Torquay takes around 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Public Transport: If you prefer not to drive, you can take a train from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne CBD to Geelong, a nearby city. From Geelong, catch a regional bus that connects to various towns along the Great Ocean Road. Taking the train from Melbourne to Geelong typically takes about 1 hour. The regional bus ride from Geelong to Torquay may take an additional 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Guided Tours: Numerous tour operators offer day tours or multi-day excursions to the Great Ocean Road. Joining a guided tour allows you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery while someone else takes care of the driving.The duration of guided tours can vary, but most day tours will cover major highlights along the Great Ocean Road within a full day.

Where to Stop Along the Way

The Great Ocean Road is filled with numerous scenic spots, charming towns, and natural attractions. Here are some must-visit stops along the route:

Travel to Great Ocean Road
  • Torquay: The official starting point of the Great Ocean Road, known for its surf beaches and surf shops. It’s an ideal place for water sports enthusiasts.
  • Bells Beach: Famous for its world-class surf breaks and stunning coastal cliffs.
  • Aireys Inlet and Split Point Lighthouse: Enjoy a coastal walk, visit the historic lighthouse, and take in breathtaking ocean views.
  • Lorne: A picturesque seaside town offering beautiful beaches, boutique shops, and excellent dining options.
  • Kennett River: Stop here for the chance to spot koalas and colourful native birds in their natural habitat.
  • Apollo Bay: Another delightful coastal town with opportunities for water activities and great seafood.
  • The Twelve Apostles: One of the most iconic landmarks along the Great Ocean Road, these limestone rock formations are a must-see.
  • Gibson Steps: Take a short walk down to the beach to view the stunning cliff faces up close.
  • London Arch (formerly London Bridge): A natural arch formation in the ocean with an interesting history.
  • Port Campbell: A charming village with lovely cafes and a great base for exploring nearby attractions.

     

    Remember to plan your stops according to your schedule and interests, as there are many other hidden gems along the way!

Tips

  • Check the weather forecast before embarking on your journey, as coastal weather can be unpredictable.
  • Carry water, snacks, and sunscreen, as some stretches of the road might not have immediate facilities.
  • If driving, be cautious and follow road signs, as some sections of the road can be winding and narrow.

    Enjoy your trip along the Great Ocean Road, and take in the breathtaking beauty that this scenic drive has to offer!
Great Ocean Road
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