Great Ocean Road
Driving on the Great Ocean Road Australia or “B100” is one of the quintessential things to do in Melbourne Australia.
Driving on the Great Ocean Road Australia or “B100” is one of the quintessential things to do in Melbourne Australia. If you’re staying in Melbourne long enough, don’t think twice about doing this! The Great Ocean Road Trip epitomizes the saying, “It is not about the destination, but the journey.”
The Great Ocean Road itinerary traces the coast of Victoria from Torquay to Allansford. It passes some of Australia’s most notable sights including beach towns, national parks, and the “12 Apostles Australia” — iconic and enduring limestone stacks that jut out from the ocean.
Apart from being one of the big Victoria tourist attractions, the Great Ocean Road Melbourne is also a war memorial built by 3,000 Australian servicemen in honor of their fallen compatriots. Additionally, when it was opened in 1932, it connected for the first time many of the tiny communities dotting the coast of Victoria.
The beachside town of Lorne is one of the more popular stops, close enough to the city for a weekend getaway by the water. From Lorne, you can continue on to the Wye River and the Apollo Bay. The road then veers away from seaside views and cuts through the giant forest of Great Otway National Park, before rejoining the coast at the 12 Apostles Melbourne.
The Great Ocean Road itself ends at Allansford, but if you want to add a little more to your journey, then continue on to the historic town of Port Fairy.
Travelers should take their time savoring seaside views, paddling on surf beaches, and hiking through the forests. Even an entire week spent exploring the Great Ocean Road attractions would not be too long.
However, if you have but a day to spare, consider jumping on one of these tours:
- The Great Ocean Road Tour and Rainforest Walk – Full Day
- The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & 12 Apostles Tour – Full Day
An interactive Great Ocean Road map, including information on its various destinations and activities – such as camping Great Ocean Road – may be found here.
Great Ocean Road Walk
This multi day hike starts at Apollo Bay and runs all the way to the 12 Apostles. It’s possible to start at one point and arrange pick up at another. You don’t have to do the whole 104km trek over six days; shorter walks can be organized around public transport options. www.greatoceanwalk.com.au