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Being only 243 kilometres long, the Great Ocean Road, which hugs the Victorian coastline from Torquay to Allansford, has all the makings of an unforgettable road trip.
It could last one day or you could stretch it out for a week if you choose to drive all the way to Adelaide. We've outlined itineraries to suit short and long Great Ocean Road road trips including highlights, accommodation and activities to get stuck into along the way.
By completing the trip in a day you'll still be able to take in all the highlights, but you may have to forgo some highlights and time-consuming experiences. This can include surfing in Torquay or touring Cape Otway Light Station.
Many who tackle this drive in a day finish at the Twelve Apostles, which isn't the official end of the Great Ocean Road. This is the trip we've outlined below.
Melbourne to Twelve Apostles, return
Over a weekend you can drive the Great Ocean Road while taking in some hikes around Lorne, Cape Otway and the Twelve Apostles. A good halfway point is Apollo Bay or Cape Otway National Park.
You can then start up bright and early the next day to see the Twelve Apostles at sunrise or just after when it's still relatively uncrowded.
Melbourne to Port Campbell
Apollo Bay to Port Campbell to Melbourne via Ballarat
The beauty of a three day trip is that you can really spend the time at those sleepy beach towns at the beginning of the trip.
They're often overlooked by tourists speeding to reach the landmark Twelve Apostles. But they offer stunning views, friendly locals and rainforest hikes that very much could rival those pillars.
Melbourne to Lorne
Lorne to Port Campbell
Port Campbell to Melbourne
Go above and beyond the Great Ocean Road and explore Greater Victoria.
Dedicate the first two days to that beautiful stretch of Victorian coastline and then play it differenty by heading inland to Mount Gambier in South Australia for more active adventure.
Melbourne to Lorne/Fairhaven
5-day option: Add a day in Anglesea to see the coast by mountain bike.
Lorne to Princetown
Princetown to Mount Gambier
Mount Gambier to Melbourne
5-day option: Spend the afternoon and 5th day in Coonawarra sipping this wine region's best tipples before heading back to Melbourne.
With a week at your fingertips, it's possible to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road. If you make this journey, it's easiest to fly back to Melbourne as the quickest drive will still take you 8 hours.
We've outlined a one-way trip from Melbourne to Adelaide below. This can be done in reverse if driving from Adelaide.
Melbourne to Apollo Bay
Apollo Bay to Port Campbell
Port Campbell to Mount Gambier
Mount Gambier to Coonawarra
Coonawarra to Victor Harbor
Victor Harbor to McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale to Adelaide
Camping grounds are abundant along the Great Ocean Road. This includes in and near Great Otway National Park, Otway Forest Park and Port Campbell National Park.
Many are hike-in camping spots that are stove-only. However, if you're driving you can check out the following powered caravan sites:
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