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Great Ocean Road – A Great Drive from Melbourne to Adelaide

The Great Ocean Road is Australia’s best known road journey that includes the scenically beautiful Twelve Apostles. Should you wish to include it as part of your Australia vacation, plan at least three days to drive between Adelaide and Melbourne. A drive out to the Great Ocean Road is worthwhile for the views alone but if you’re keen for more adventure there’s plenty to do. Helicopter rides, rainforest trekking, beach-combing or even some historical trivia. You can visit the world’s largest war memorial, built in 1919 by returned soldiers after WW1.

If you are looking for an inclusive tour make sure you book directly with a smaller family run business such as Australia Luxury Escapes. The alternative is to hire a car and do it yourself. Driving in Australia is relatively easy once you get used to driving on the left side of the road!

Whenever Melbournians have visitors from overseas, the Great Ocean Road is always on the itinerary. Some parts may be commercialised but this scenic road takes its place among Australia’s must-see destinations for good reason.

Apologies in advance for this South Australian signpost but you have got to laugh at the Aussie sense of humour!

Great Ocean Road – An Iconic Drive

The road itself is 243 kilometres of pure, unadulterated views of the ocean. Lime stone stacks, crashing waves and brilliant surf are just some of the sights that will roll past your window. On the other side, feast your eyes on rolling hills, lush farmland and rapturous mountains rising up from the hinterland.

The ocean-side journey generally starts from Torquay and ends in Warrnambool with many towns and viewing points to stop at along the way. If you’re after beaches, the best parts to me are between Lorne and Apollo Bay because there are many spots where you can just drive up to and explore. (The other parts of the road are perched on sea cliffs so they’re nice to look out from but not much else.)

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Some Points Of Interest In Geographical Order

The secret to enjoying the Great Ocean Road is to take your time and stop wherever you feel like, be it a spectacular viewing point or a historical town.

Torquay – Surfer’s paradise, literally. Birth place of Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Sports Bell’s Beach is one of the most challenging surf sites in Australia.

Lorne Pretty – town with lots of cafes, playgrounds, branded shops and cinema.

Wye River – one of a few seaside communities you can stop at to get away from the big town bustle. Lovely beach on one side, lush camp grounds on the other.

Apollo Bay – good beach for summer swimming or just playing with sand. Smaller than Lorne but has its fair share of cafes, shops and supermarkets.

Twelve Apostles – signature destination for the typical sightseer. Built-up platforms and kiosk-cafe make it very accessible to all.

Port Fairy – charming fishing village with nineteenth century cottages.

Warrnambool – famous for whale-watching between June and October. You can spot them just a 100 kilometres out from Logan’s Beach.

A drive to remember

Even if you don’t feel like making it all the way from end to end, the Great Ocean Road will be one for the album. Few roads in the world offer such spectacular views of ocean and forest. It is best to make the trip over at least 3 days and 2 nights so you can take your time to soak up the sights, the scenery and everything in between. Our advice is to contact us so that we can run through all the best options.

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Just one of the many interesting things you will see along the Great Ocean Road