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Covering 243 kilometres of Victorian coast, the Great Ocean Road is one of the world's largest war memorials and arguably, the most picturesque. It was built by returned World War II veterans as a dedication to their fallen comrades and has since grown to become one of the most iconic road trips in the nation.resta
Stretching from Torquay to Allansford, the drive steers alongside sheer cliff faces and through charming coastal towns. Its more notable sights include the Twelve Apostles, which are limestone stacks that emerge strikingly from the ocean, and Cape Otway Lighthouse, which is the oldest working lighthouse in Australia.
The Great Ocean Road is popularly accessed from Melbourne and can be driven in a day, or over several for a more immersive experience.
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Flight deals and essential info on how to get from the airport to the Great Ocean Road.
The closest airports to Great Ocean Road are Melbourne's Tullamarine and Avalon airports. Avalon is closer to the start of the scenic drive, but Tullamarine does have more flight options.
Use the tool below to compare flights to both airports by selecting Melbourne (All) as the destination.
If you're looking for accommodation en route, consider searching for hotels in Lorne or Apollo Bay. They're both small, seaside towns that offer beaches and dining options. If you're travelling further west along the Victorian coast, Port Fairy is also a picturesque seaside option.
The Great Ocean Road is a scenic road stretching for 245 kilometres between the coastal towns of Torquay and Warrnambool. The unique natural formations, green meadows, turquoise sea and untouched beaches make it one of the most spectacular road trips in Australia.
The journey is best enjoyed in your own vehicle, but for those looking to drop driving duties bus tours are easily available. There are so many points of attraction near the coast, including the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Memorial Arch, that using public transport to get to and see each can be difficult.
Taxi: Taxis are available via phone or online for local rides, personalised tours and airport transfers.
Uber: The on-demand ridesharing service can be booked from Melbourne to Torquay.
Hiring a car or caravan gives you the freedom to visit spots not covered by taxis and coaches. Budget, Thrifty and Enterprise are some well-known companies offering cars for hire in Torquay.
$60 off tandem skydives with code
Available on weekday jumps until 29 October 2021. Destinations include Byron Bay and Great Ocean Road. T&Cs apply.
Get $60 off Great Ocean Road midweek skydives
Available until 29 October 2021 when you use the code. Includes $20 merchandise voucher. T&Cs apply.
Up to 50% off flying experiences
Available on select dates until 2022 on experiences like hot air balloon flights, scenic helicopter flights, skydives, flying lessons and more. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Hunter Valley, Great Ocean Road, Perth and more.
Great Ocean Road skydive experience from $387
Available on select dates from 2 September 2021 - 31 December 2022, including Father's Day, for a 15,000ft jump.
Get $5 off Victoria whale watching cruises
Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $250.
Falls Creek stays from $130/night
Available on select stay dates. Sample stay in at Mount Beauty, Victoria. T&Cs apply.
Australia hotels from $37 per night
Available on select travel dates to Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Darwin, Perth and more. Sample fare is for a stay in Sydney. T&Cs apply.
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