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How to Make the Best of a Road Trip on the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road, The Twelve Apostles

As one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road ought to be a bucket record merchandise for anybody visiting the state of Victoria in Australia.

Due to its proximity to the metropolis of Melbourne, this adventurous and numerous street journey is just not solely accessible but in addition comparatively straightforward to plan.

This street begins on the east in Torquay and winds alongside the south-west coast of Victoria for 244 kilometers till it reaches Allansford on the west. As you drive, you’ll traverse dozens of seashores, rainforests, and beautiful limestone and sandstone cliffs – together with the well-known Twelve Apostles.

To deal with this lengthy, but visually hanging street, right here I’ll share with you ways to plan a street journey alongside the Great Ocean Road, and scorching to make the greatest of it.

1. Don’t Attempt To Do It In One Day

Whereas it’s potential to do it as a lengthy day journey, it isn’t beneficial doing the Great Ocean Road in at some point. With 244kms every method, and with dozens of potential stops alongside the method, that is one street journey that deserves at the very least a few days.

You don’t need to be caught in your automotive driving all day simply to see the Twelve Apostles after which again to Melbourne, proper? For that purpose, it is suggested to no less than break the journey in two, ideally three days or extra.

Take your time to admire the surroundings at every lookout, take pleasure in your time at every small city, stroll via nature and spot the native wildlife, and so on.

2. Analysis The place to go Earlier than and Throughout the Trip

As with each journey, do your analysis earlier than beginning the journey. Familiarize your self with all the stops you need to do and cut up your journey in as many days as you need, based mostly on how a lot you need to see. It will enable you to plan your lodging prematurely.

Two good web sites you’ll be able to examine are the official Go to Great Ocean Road and Go to Victoria. They’ve tons of details about the Great Ocean Road and all the sights and actions obtainable.

Whereas these websites are helpful, I personally acquired the greatest lookout and sightseeing spot ideas through the use of the Trover app whereas I used to be driving alongside the Great Ocean Road. Trover is a location-based app that exhibits you the nearest sightseeing spots, eating places, curious factors of views, and all the things in between, by way of a photographic grid.

Beach by Lorne, Australia

These crowdsourced, geo-located pictures are organized from nearest to farthest, and if you click on on every, you’ll get further details about them in addition to the location of the picture.

For me, Trover served as nice inspiration to replicate or mimic a few beautiful pictures of some of the most well-known sights, in addition to uncover a few different sights that I ignored throughout my analysis!

I’m together with the Trover Widget right here so you’ll be able to see how the grid appeared like once I was at the Twelve Apostles and the way it confirmed me what was round it too. So much of their photographs are fairly beautiful, aren’t they?

View photographs close to Twelve Apostles on Trover

Additionally, don’t overlook that some of the greatest journey experiences are these not present in guidebooks, so be open to taking detours to style that unnamed restaurant, loosen up at that abandoned seashore, and hike these different nature trails. Uncover and discover additional together with your adventurous spirit.

three. Don’t do a Tour. Lease a Automotive or Campervan

Until you’re in Melbourne and are solely inquisitive about seeing the Twelve Apostles on a day journey, I extremely advocate not doing a tour. As an alternative, lease a automotive, and even higher, a campervan, so you possibly can take your time and cease wherever you are feeling like spending some additional time.

Belief me, you want to cease at a lot of lookouts and small cities! It is strongly recommended to lease a automotive or campervan from Melbourne, as it’s the largest metropolis closest to the Great Ocean Road.

four. Drive it East to West

Likelihood is that you simply’ll be in Melbourne and begin the Great Ocean Road from there. Melbourne is situated east of the Great Ocean Road and it takes simply 90 minutes to attain the city of Torquay, one of the world’s surf capitals and the start line of this picturesque street.

Should you’re driving it between March and April, you’ll have the probability to see the well-known Rip Curl Professional browsing competitors at Bells Seashore.

Rip Curl Surfing Competition

And, in case you’re a browsing fanatic, you then’ll in all probability know already that Torquay is the residence of two of the most well-known surf manufacturers: Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Professional surfers love this seashore! So, why not take a while to surf or take some browsing classes when you’re there?

However, the main purpose to drive it east to west is that you simply’ll be driving on the left aspect of the street – closest to the ocean. It will permit you to pull over simply to cease in any respect the viewpoints.

Driving in Australia

You drive on the left aspect of the street!

5. Know When to Go

As lovely as this street might be, timing could make or break your journey. The most effective time to do the Great Ocean Road is throughout the summer time months and autumn (in the southern hemisphere) – from November to the starting of Might. If potential, keep away from the Christmas and Easter weeks, or some other vacation week/weekend as these have a tendency to be very busy.

Do you have to not have the opportunity to go throughout these months, June to October continues to be ok however could possibly be fairly chilly. Additionally think about the faculty winter holidays, that are from mid-September to the starting of October.

6. Ebook your Lodging in Advance

Your analysis and planning ought to offer you an concept of the place you’ll find yourself every day to ebook your lodging beforehand. Reserving prematurely is very beneficial particularly when you’re touring throughout the summer time months –which is the greatest time to go– as lodging can get very busy.

I extremely advocate utilizing HotelsCombined as I often discover the least expensive lodging choices on their website.

Bells Beach, Australia

7. Depart Some Wiggle Room in your Schedule

As talked about earlier than, you’ll uncover some further issues to see and do as you drive, so permit some additional time on your schedule to discover these new issues or to give your self the flexibility to spend some additional time in the locations you’re having fun with the most.

eight. Attempt Doing the Twelve Apostles for Dawn or Sundown

Whereas there are tons of issues to do alongside the method, the Twelve Apostles are the purpose why most individuals do that street journey.

These large limestone buildings, shaped over 20 million years in the past by way of erosion, tower up to 45 meters above the ocean and stand subsequent to a 70 meters excessive limestone cliff. It’s fairly a powerful view! Although it’s referred to as the Twelve Apostles, solely eight “apostles” are nonetheless standing.

To take pleasure in the apostles to its fullest potential, attempt arriving for dawn. Not solely you’ll see the spectacle of the solar rising and bathing the towers in a cool morning mild, however you’ll additionally beat the tour buses and have the place virtually to your self.

Great Ocean Road, The Twelve Apostles

Additionally really helpful is the sundown. Whereas extra crowded than the dawn, it’s fairly hanging seeing the solar setting over the ocean with the shaded silhouettes of the apostles in the foreground.

Stroll the boardwalks alongside the cliff tops to see numerous factors of views of the apostles.

9. Don’t Miss these Different Highlights

Whereas the Twelve Apostles are the stars of the present, there are different highlights value mentioning:

Port Campbell Nationwide Park

Spend a minimum of half a day right here. This nationwide park is residence to the Twelve Apostles in addition to the Gibson Steps, which can take you down to the seashore to have a close-up view of the Twelve Apostles. In the park, you’ll additionally discover the Loch Ard Gorge, which is taken into account one of the most lovely seashores on the Great Ocean Road; and The Grotto, which is principally a pool shaped on a sinkhole subsequent to the ocean that produces a lovely view throughout low tide.

Additionally value mentioning are the London Arch and The Arch. Each are naturally shaped limestone arches carved by the energy of nature.

The Grotto, Great Ocean Road

Kennett River

If you’d like to see koalas in the wild, then the Kennett River –alongside the Gray River Road– is the best choice. As a good various, there’s the Otway Lighthouse Road, the place you may also see the koalas sleeping on the timber by the aspect of the street or in the center of city.

A tip: In the event you’re on the town and see a bunch of individuals wanting up, they’re in all probability Koala-spotting too. Simply comply with their gaze.

Koala in Australia

Bay of Islands and Bay of Martyrs

One other set of rocks rising out of the ocean that sadly lives on the shadows of their hottest sister, the Twelve Apostles. When you have the time and are passing previous Peterborough, spend a while right here as they’re simply as lovely as the relaxation.

Triplet Falls

Change the surroundings a bit by heading inland to immerse your self into a forest full of tall timber, big tree ferns, and a few waterfalls. There’s a one-hour roundtrip hike to attain the platforms that will provide you with some of the greatest views of The Triplet Falls.


Lorne is one of the many picturesque cities located alongside the Great Ocean Road and a great place to spend your first or second night time since it’s about 140km from Melbourne. Additionally it is a in style spot to go to throughout Christmas, so have that in thoughts for those who’re round throughout these days.

From Lorne, you’ll begin one of the most picturesque parts of the Great Ocean Road which stretches up to Apollo Bay. Be prepared to cease a lot for photographs!

Teddy's Lookout, Australia

Teddy’s Lookout

That is one of my favourite lookouts in the whole Great Ocean Road. You’ll be able to drive up to the picnic space, and from there have a brief stroll to the lookout, from the place you’ll see the beautiful view of a golden sand seashore coming inland and mixing with the greenery round it.

This Google map under has the Great Ocean Road marked in addition to the highlights talked about right here.

10. Driving Roundtrip? Save Time on your Means Again

For those who’re doing a spherical journey from Melbourne, as advisable beforehand, drive alongside the coast from East to West after which drive again alongside the A1 freeway inland. It will prevent a few hours of driving.

11. Gasoline Up Your Automotive

Attempt to not go under one-quarter of a tank earlier than fueling up as there are parts of the street with giant distances between fuel/petrol stations.

12. Be careful for Wildlife when Driving

Wildlife recognizing is comparatively widespread in Australia, together with the echidnas, koalas, and kangaroos – particularly kangaroos. Whereas recognizing these is all the time a cool factor to do, remember that they often cross the street in entrance of you unexpectedly.

Kangaroos in Australia

It is suggested to drive with warning, alert, and a bit slower than the most velocity to offer you extra time to react ought to one of these animals determine to offer you an up-close expertise. In that case, decelerate and brake in a straight line – don’t do a sudden swerve as you would roll off the street.

13. Simply, Take pleasure in It!

Final however not least, take pleasure in every part about this ocean street. Take footage, however don’t overlook to additionally reside the second!

How to Make the best of a Road Trip on the Great Ocean Road in Australia

Picture three, 5, and seven from Flickr’s Artistic Commons. This publish was completed in collaboration with Trover, however as all the time, all the ideas and opinions expressed listed here are mine.

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