Great Ocean Road Touring Route
Day 3: Port Fairy to Melbourne
Spend the morning exploring charming fishing village Port Fairy. Wander along the river, visit the beaches, or follow one of the historic walking trails to see old whalers' cottages and grand public buildings. For more wildlife, take a cruise out to the seal colony just offshore on Lady Julia Percy Island.
From here, choose your own adventure:
- Trace your trip back along the Great Ocean Road, stopping to spend more time at your favourite spots and photo opps.
- Extend your roadtrip by a couple of days and take Great Southern Touring Route north to Dunkeld and Halls Gap to visit the magnificent Grampians mountain range and the historic goldfields on your way back to Melbourne.
- Go on a culinary crusade via craft breweries and top regional restaurants on the short inland route back to Melbourne via Colac (below).
Inland route, via Colac
288 km/179 miles, about 3.5 hours
Make your way back through Warrnambool and along the easy inland route towards Colac (approximately 140 kilometres). Along the way (about an hour's drive) stop at Camperdown for a cup of tea and for 360-degree views from Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf, the highest points between the coastal ranges and the rolling western plains.
Continue on the road to nearby Colac, and prepare your appetite for the gourmet-food and craft-beer detours ahead.
Quench your thirst at craft breweries Otway Estate and the Forrest Brewing Company, nestled in the foothills and hinterland of the stunning Otways.
Wile away your afternoon with a gourmet meal at Brae, near Birregurra, just 20 minutes from Colac.
From Winchelsea, turn off and travel 20 kilometres north to tiny Inverleigh which is home to Gladioli, one of Victoria's best regional restaurants, hatted in The Age Good Food Guide. Appetite sated, make the easy one-hour drive from Inverleigh back to Melbourne.
Whether driving, cycling or hiking the Great Ocean Road, take time to pull up a stool at a local brewery and sample the delicious hand-crafter beers.