The Great Ocean Road is known as one of the best road trips Australia has to offer. Starting at the southwest Victorian township of Torquay, it winds its way along the coast and hinterland for over 240 kilometres, right to the South Australian border. To help you plan the best road trips in Victoria check out our GrEAT Ocean Road Trip series.
The road not only hugs the coastline, including breath-taking views of the ocean and marine sanctuaries, but it also turns inland to forested areas where koalas, wallabies and unique birdlife can be admired. Being a natural paradise isn’t the only thing that makes the Great Ocean Road among the best road trips from Melbourne or indeed, the best road trips in Australia.
The Great Ocean Road is also a foodie’s paradise — eat & drink along the way at esteemed wineries, craft breweries, chocolatiers, farm stores, providores, pubs, restaurants and cosy cafes.
Whether you’re planning just a long weekend away or a longer holiday, there’s plenty to see & do along the Great Ocean Road. But be sure to take the time to explore each destination for its environmental beauty, lively hospitality areas and boutique shopping.
Travelling the Great Ocean Road and surrounding regions is one of the world’s most scenic coastal road trips. Learn more about the Great Southern Touring Route as it is regarded as one of the world’s best road trips. From Geelong to the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians to Ballarat, this road trip will inspire every traveller.
Follow our recommended itineraries below with local tips.
With so much to explore and experience along the Great Ocean Road, there are 52 Great Weekends you could have! These weekend itineraries can be for family, romantic getaways, girls’ or boys’ trips, or a solo holiday. Find your ultimate weekend road trip and plan several more.
Find your ideal road trip inspiration within our itineraries. Filter the suggestions based on the length of your holiday, including week-long adventures. You could even combine itineraries for a 2-week exploration of the region!
Wherever you choose to go along the Great Ocean Road and whatever you do in the region, while on your road trip, we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic time!
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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.