One of Australia's most iconic locations, the Great Ocean Road is popular with locals and travelers alike. It's easy to see why it's so popular, with a stunning coast line to explore, here's our advice on the best way to experience the Great Ocean Road.
1. Melbourne to Apollo Bay
2hrs 41mins (186kms)
Commencing your trip from one of the trendiest cities in Australia you might want to wait for the return leg before you go too crazy at the shops!
Take your time and enjoy the scenery with plenty of stops along to way to stretch your legs. You'll want to check out one of the most famous surf beaches in the world, Bells Beach – home to the Rip Curl Pro Surf Festival each year. After exploring Bells Beach, continue to Apollo Bay and stop off for a walk to Marriners Falls and explore the beautiful rainforest and Creeks.
Participate in a traditional Aussie feast and have fish and chips on the beach for dinner. Don't forget to watch the sunset from Cape Patton lookout.
2. Apollo Bay to Princetown
1hr 15mins (78kms)
Make an early start to get to the Cape Otway Lighthouse in time to watch the sunrise. An incredible experience you'll never forget.
After a hearty breakfast you can spend the day exploring the 12 Apostles and beaches along the way. Don't forget to add a visit to Loch Ard Gorge to your itinerary as well, steeped in history and natural beauty you can get up close and personal, exploring the area by foot along one of the stunning walking trails.
Detour: If you have a bit of extra time up your sleeve, we suggest visiting the Tower Hill (Worn Gundidi) Wildlife Reserve, located one hour west of the popular Twelve Apostles and just ten minutes from Warrnambool. The Reserve sits inside the crater of a dormant volcano and has a plethora of wildlife to encounter; this coupled with guided tours to learn about Aboriginal culture and history provides a truly unique eco-tourism experience on the Great Ocean Road. As a Britz customer you'll receive 25% off guided tours here.
3. Princetown to Halls Gap
3hrs 30mins (227kms)
After setting up camp at the Halls Gap Caravan Park, you can take a relaxing stroll through some of Australia's most beautiful bush-land in the Grampians National Park.
Don't forget to take your camera with you as you walk to Reed Lookout and enjoy exceptional views of the Victoria Range and valley and the Mount Difficult range. A truly magnificent location.
4. Spend the day exploring the Grampians
With so much to see and do in the Grampians you'll want to spend some extra time exploring it's beauty. For the more adventurous, you could take a rock climbing and abseiling tour, take one of the many incredible walks or visit the Mackenzie Falls.
The Brambuk Cultural Centre is a must for anyone wanting to learn about Australia's rich indigenous culture. Britz customers receive 25% off tours here, so make sure you let the staff know when booking your cultural experience.
Enjoy a relaxing BBQ dinner with your new friends from the camper van park and take in your surroundings.
5. The Grampians - Melbourne
3hrs 5mins (253kms)
On the way back to Melbourne, Ballarat is a great place to stop and explore, a Victorian era boomtown steeped in Australia's European gold-rush history with plenty to see and do. It is home to a range of other significant cultural and heritage legacies such as the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Australian Democracy and home of the Eureka flag.
Upon arriving back in Melbourne you'll enjoy a drink at one of the many trendy bars and restaurants and get back to what you really went to Melbourne for, shopping!
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