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Great Ocean Road two day itinerary from Melbourne

Yes, you really can see it all over one weekend.

The Great Ocean Road is an iconic drive that should be on every Australian travel itinerary. Stretching from Torquay to Allansford, it’s a picturesque journey that hugs the Victorian coastline and is the world’s largest war memorial.

Its most famous attraction is undoubtedly the Twelve Apostles. This is a collection of limestone stacks that rise up from the ocean and can be found off the shore of Port Campbell National Park. Naturally, it’s not the only attraction along this drive, with many memorial arches, pristine beaches, incredible lighthouses and charming small towns along the way.

Being only 243 kilometres long, the Great Ocean Road has all the makings of a weekend getaway. Here’s how to do it over just two days.


Great Ocean Road: Two-day itinerary from Melbourne

Hiring a car to drive the Great Ocean Road provides you with the flexibility and freedom to travel where you want, when you want. The road is straightforward, well signposted and starts about an hour from Melbourne.

There are a number of routes to suit different styles of travel, but if you’ve only got two days, we suggest following the classic tourist route so you’ll get to see it all.

Here is a sample itinerary for the weekend:

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Day 1
  • Start in Melbourne and drive to Torquay, the entrance to the Great Ocean Road.
  • Follow the coastline west stopping at Bells Beach, Lorne, Cape Otway Lightstation and Port Campbell.
  • Stay overnight in Port Campbell.
Day 2
  • Wake up early and head toward the Twelve Apostles for sunrise. If you're not an early riser, try to head here as early in the day as possible as tour groups arrive in the afternoons.
  • Continue following the coastline west toward the Bay of Islands and London Bridge before turning back to Melbourne.
  • If you’d prefer a change of scenery on your return, you can detour inland through Ballarat.

Great Ocean Road: Two-day guided tours

Overnight guided tours give you the time to see all that the Great Ocean Road has to offer without having to worry about driving yourself.

Some of the sites they often include are Lorne, Apollo Bay, Great Otway National Park, Beacon Point, Loch and Gorge, Torquay, Bells Beach, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven Beach, Memorial Arch, Castle Cove, The Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Island and Port Campbell.

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Top 10 things to do on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road offers so many different activities, you could spend a week trying to complete them. With only two days in your pocket, we’ve shortened the list to the top ten so you can pick the ones that suit you best.

  1. See the Twelve Apostles from above
  2. Soak up the sun at Bells Beach
  3. Learn to surf in Torquay
  4. Marvel at Cape Otway Lightstation - it’s the oldest lighthouse in Australia
  5. Stay in the Great Ocean Ecolodge near Great Otway National Park
  6. Have a wild encounter at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
  7. Tramp along Lorne’s tourist trail
  8. Spy glow worms in Melba Gully
  9. Attend the Shipwrecked sound and light show at Loch Ard

10.Get a bird’s eye view of the bush at the Otway Fly Treetop Adventure


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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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