The Great Ocean Road is about a 240km stretch or approximately a five hour drive of long winding coastlines at the lowest tip of Australia facing the Southern Ocean. A destination popular for 1) road trips for its infinite views, 2) surfing for its ripping waves, 3) swim spots for its sandy beaches, 4) relaxing coastal towns and it’s numerous cafes, 5) inland activities and 6) home to the iconic limestone stack formation – The Twelve Apostles, just to name a few.
For our most recent trip we based ourselves in Port Campbell closest to the National Park. There are a lot of other stone formations to see in the area aside from the famous ‘twelve’, and we wanted to experience the views both at sunrise and at sunset.
Head off early.
Road trips are meant to be fun and exciting. Leaving early will allow lots of time for those spontaneous activities that comes up while you are on the road. And be flexible with your itinerary.
Take the long scenic route.
Master your GPS and check route preview. If you are starting from Melbourne, drive to Geelong then kick off your trip from Torquay via route B100.
Stop by the coastal towns.
Torquay – Bells Beach, Surf Museum and Surf City Plaza (shopping!)
Aireys Inlet – Split Point Lighthouse, Willows Tea House
Lorne – Teddy’s Lookout, chase waterfalls.
Kenneth River – spot a Koala at Kafe Koala!
Apollo Bay – Cape Otway Lighthouse, Great Otway National Park, Otway Fly Tree Adventures
Get sand in your toes.
Go for a swim.
Pack a ready bag for swimming as there are tons of sandy beaches you can spot along the way.
Stop whenever you can for photos.
Driving through B100 does not only guarantee seeing the Southern Coasts but also breathless views of farmlands and rolling hills along Johana to Lavers Hill.
Sunset at The Twelve Apostles.
What better reward can you get after a very long drive, than watching the sunset over the Southern Ocean with this view and a play of tequila sunset colours in the sky.
In hindsight, I suggest packing a basket, going down Gibson steps and spreading a picnic while watching the sunset from a different perspective.
Wake up early to catch the sunrise.
Catch the sunrise at The Twelve Apostles, then hop your way around the sights of Port Campbell National Park.
Loch Ard Gorge
Book a Scenic Flight.
Note: Photo not my own. Source www.adventureflightco.com.au
I was so close to ticking this off my list. We did not pre book and were told to come back a few hours later. I was not to sure then if it was more of regret that I was feeling or more of a feeling of relief!
To book a your biplane ride click here.
After some serious sight seeing, drive inland towards a hidden jem of a town called Timboon and follow their gourmet food trail map for an easy foodie adventure.
For those with excessive energy to spare, rent a bike and follow the trail up to the next town, Camperdown.
Read: Finding Timboon
Begin the journey going home.
Pack up and start the drive back home.
The shortest and quickest way from Port Campbell which is about a 3 hr drive via Colac and the Princes Highway.
Have enough time to spare?
The drive going back to Melbourne would be the perfect chance to sight see and do the activities you missed to do on the way to Port Campbell.