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Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Itineraries

  • Great Ocean Road Self Drive Victoria Australia

Self Drive 2-3 Day Itinerary

2-3 DAY SELF DRIVE TOUR OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD Taking more than one day to tour Victoria's Great Ocean Road is definitely worth doing. [...]

  • Car & Campervan Rental Great Ocean Road - 12 Apostles Melbourne Australia

Car & Camper Van Rental

Car & Campervan Rental, Melbourne Renting a car or campervan to tour the Great Ocean Road or anywhere in the country is a good [...]

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Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a spectacular drive, taking in many stunning beaches and wonderful forest areas with sweet little towns offering superb accommodation options along the way. The 12 Apostles, rainforest walks, waterfalls, historic lighthouses and koalas in the wild all make this one of the best drives in Australia.

The return trip from Melbourne is more than 500 km’s and best explored over two days or more if time allows. It is possible to do the trip in one day of course and many visitors do it this way, either self-driving their own car, a rental vehicle or by tour bus. Cycling and motorbike touring are also popular options. Camping and caravan parks are easy to find all along the coast, some are free camping sites, most vary between resort style caravan parks to basic bush camping spots.

Most of the Great Ocean Road follows the coast and winds around cliffs, sometimes climbing high with distant views along the coast and out to the Bass Straight and Southern Ocean, other times dipping down to sea level where travellers can feel the thunder of the waves and explore the many beaches and rock pools.  A number of viewpoints along the way provide visitors with time to breathe in the salty air and read historical markers. The road then goes inland through rainforest and farmland before climbing over the top of the Otway Ranges and back down to the coast.

The Ocean Road is a memorial to those who fought and lost their lives in World War I. Built by returned servicemen, it was a huge engineering task that ended many years of isolation for the township of Lorne and surrounding communities.

Plans first began in the 1880s and became a reality towards the end of the First World War. The proposal was made that funds be provided for the employment of returned soldiers building roads in underpopulated regions. The plan was described as the ‘South Coast Road’ following the coast around Cape Otway and ending near Warrnambool.

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  • Great Ocean Road Drive - 6 Days

Great Ocean Road Drive – 6 Days

6 Day Great Ocean Road Drive The drive along the Ocean Road can easily take 6 days or more. Long golden beaches, waterfalls of the Otways, bushwalks [...]

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