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Today, millions of international visitors and Australians alike, admire this outstanding scenic drive with its towering limestone structures and cliffs along the Southern Ocean.
There are several excellent lookouts to the 12 Apostles area with viewing platforms to London Arch and access to Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto and the Gibson Steps.
Seeing koalas in the wild is becoming harder as their habitat is reduced. However one of the best spots in the country to see these furry favourites is at Kennett River.
Cape Otway Lightstation, as well as at the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre near Torquay, are excellent places to learn more about the original aboriginal occupants of the region and their deep connection to the land.
You’ll get a taste of Australia’s long love of beach culture by viewing the break at Bells Beach or visiting the National Surfing Museum at Torquay.
The story of the creation of the road is a fascinating one and we’ll share the stories of the returning WW1 soldiers who provided the brute force labour to cut a path through rock and sea cliffs.
We’ll pay tribute to those thousands of Anzacs and their remarkable achievement at Memorial Arch.
One of the best surprises is the sheer variety of experiences and places to visit and we will make sure you know where all those places are as we drive – so you don’t miss a thing.
Melbourne side: Start in Torquay. Warrnambool side: Start at Allansford or Peterborough.
It is possible to drive the Great Ocean Road in a long day, but expect it to take 10-12 hours. To fully enjoy this classic road trip, it’s ideal to split the trip over 2 days – or more is even better.
243km or 4+ hours driving time without stops.
It is 240km (149 miles) between Torquay and Allansford, which are official start/end locations.
Allow around 10 hours if you starting and returning from Melbourne, which will give you time for the major viewpoints.
The Great Ocean Road officially starts in Torquay and finishes in Allansford.
If you are breaking the journey into 2 days or more, the classic beachside towns of Lorne or Apollo Bay make perfect halfway points, with shopping, cafes and restaurants and easy hikes through rainforest and bushwalks to stunning waterfalls.
If spending more than 2 day on the GOR, then a night in Port Campbell will allow you to easily access the viewpoints to see the fairy penguins return to the beach after sunset, or even to get up early and enjoy the sunrise at the 12 Apostles.
Although you can tour in either direction, we personally feel east to west is better as you’ll be on the left side of the road, on the same side as the ocean, with easy access to viewpoints.
Although there are many more than 12 limestone stacks stretched along the coastline, there are 8 visable from the viewing areas.
The 12 Apostles are 272 km/167 miles west of Melbourne, approximately a 4-5 hour drive along the scenic Great Ocean Road. Return back via the fasterM1, Princes Hwy which is 226km / 140 miles returning in around 3hrs.