The Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic and scenic stretches of road in the whole world, the reason for the popularity of this road is the stunning scenery along the way. From cliff tops, surf beaches and right through to lush rainforests, making your way from Melbourne right to the end at Port Fairy is a magical experience that you won’t soon forget.
Day 1: Melbourne to Apollo Bay
Start in Melbourne with a leisurely drive from Melbourne to Torquay, which will take about an hour. All you need to do is fill up your car using your Motorpass fuel card or any other fuel cards you may have and get on the road. This is the home to some of the greatest surf beaches in Australia, for example Bell’s Beach, which has an international professional event, the Rip Curl Pro and Jan Juc. From here the real journey starts with twisting and turning roads and stunning forests that lead the way to Lorne, which is a perfect place to eat lunch and sit by the beach.
Kennet River is your next stop, located just twenty minutes down the road. This is a place to catch a glimpse of some of Australia’s most famous locals, the koala bear. You can follow the koala walk to see these beautiful creatures. After this you can make your way to Apollo bay and explore the beautifully lush Otway National Park, settle here for the night and get ready for day two.
Day 2: Apollo Bay to Port Fairy
Just an hour outside of Apollo bay is the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, which allows you to walk through the very top of the forest. It is thirty metres high and about six hundred metres long, making it the longest and tallest of its type in the world.
From here comes one of the most famous sights of the whole road, the 12 Apostles at Port Campbell. These are a magnificent stacks of rock that rise powerfully from the Southern Ocean. You should take time to view these from the various lookouts and also from the beach itself.
Make your way to Warrnambool and if visiting in the winter months there is the opportunity to see southern right and blue whales, a sight that you won’t soon forget. The end of the road comes just twenty minutes from here in Port Fairy.
Day 3: Port Fairy to Melbourne
Make sure that you take time to explore everything that Port Fairy has to offer and then it is up to you how you want to make your way back!
If you want to know more, you can visit the official tourism website of the Great Ocean Road,