Great Ocean Road

664 km/413 miles, about 9.5 hours

One of Australia's most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road is a magnificent three-day self-drive touring route from surf capital Torquay to the famous 12 Apostles, ending at historic fishing village Port Fairy.

Starting from Melbourne, it's an easy drive taking you along cliff tops and surf beaches and through lush rainforest. Along the way, spot koalas, kangaroos and even whales, zip-line your way through a treetop canopy, climb to the peak of a volcanic crater, and relax over regional dining atop a cliff or by the beach.

Most importantly, take the time to stop at the lookouts and watch out for wildlife. It'll be worth it.

Kangaroos on Anglesea Golf Course, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Day 1: Melbourne to Apollo Bay

187 km/116 miles, about 3 hours

Hang ten at surf beaches and keep an eye out for koalas and kangaroos as you wind along the magnificent coastal road to Australia's oldest lighthouse.

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12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Day 2: Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

189 km/117 miles, about 3 hours

Reach for the sky on the Otway Fly Treetop Walk or on a helicopter ride above the magnificent 12 Apostles. At sea level, watch for southern right whales.

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Port Fairy, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Day 3: Port Fairy to Melbourne

288 km/179 miles, about 3.5 hours

Explore the southwest's maritime heritage and work up an appetite for the gourmet-food and craft-beer detours on the drive back to Melbourne.

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Highlights

12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Nature and wildlife

Wonder at some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Australia, ancient rainforests and abundant local wildlife in the Great Ocean Road region.

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Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Scenic lookouts

View Victoria's stunning coastline from scenic lookouts of the Southern Ocean to rugged cliffs, picture-perfect beaches, islands and ancient forests.

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Great Ocean Walk, Victoria, Australia

Great Ocean Walk

Journey from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Walk, weaving through national parks, deserted beaches and rugged coastal scenery.

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Dining, Portland, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Food and wine

Taste your way around the Great Ocean Road region with a unique array of gourmet food and cool climate wines in the Geelong and Henty wine regions.

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Built by returned soldiers of World War I, the stunning Great Ocean Road stretches 151 miles along Victoria's south-east coastline.


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