Great Southern Touring Route

842 km/523 miles, about 13 hours

See the star attractions of the south on this five-day round-trip. Wind your away along the spectacular coastline of the Great Ocean Road, climb a summit in the magnificent Grampians National Park and soak up the riches of the spa country's mineral springs.

Learn about Western Victoria's fascinating Aboriginal history and culture, and delve into its gold-rush and maritime history. Sleep like royalty in heritage hotels and indulge in the finest regional produce at award-winning restaurants.

Wildlife watchers, keep your binoculars poised for whales, wombats, koalas and kangaroos along the way. Adventure seekers, pack your climbing shoes.

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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Mount William, Grampians, Victoria, Australia

Day 3: Port Fairy to Halls Gap

158 km/98 miles, about 2.5 hours

Take the stunning scenic drive through the magnificent Grampians National Park to Halls Gap, stopping in Dunkeld at the award-winning Royal Mail Hotel.

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Aboriginal rock art, Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia

Day 4: Halls Gap to Ballarat

142 km/88 miles, about 2 hours

Delve into Victoria's fascinating Aboriginal history and culture and explore the Grampians' star lookouts and waterfalls. Live like a king in Ballarat.

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Ballarat, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

Day 5: Ballarat to Melbourne

166 km/103 miles, about 2.5 hours

Enrich your holiday: pan for gold at Sovereign Hill, linger over lunch at Daylesford's Lake House, and soak up the goodness at Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa.

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Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

Gold rush history

The legacy of the gold rush that shaped Victoria lives on in the boomtown architecture and rich history of the Goldfields region.

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Apollo Bay Harbour, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Apollo Bay

Base yourself in Apollo Bay at the foothills of the Otways to explore the Great Ocean Road region, 12 Apostles or stopover on the Great Ocean Walk.

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12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

12 Apostles

Witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline.

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Great Otway National Park, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

The Otways

Immerse yourself in some of Australia's best rainforest scenery in the Otway Ranges amongst tall trees, ancient plant life and lush ferns.

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