How Long to Drive the Great Ocean Road

How Long to Drive the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most scenic drives, attracting visitors locally and from all over the world. Just over 100 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD and taking a little over an hour and fifteen minutes to get to by car, this iconic route is visited by many Victorians as a day trip. 

The Great Ocean Road promises an unforgettable experience, rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage, so whether you’re planning a quick day trip exploring coastal townships close to Melbourne or an extended adventure, you’ll want to take in as much as possible on your drive.

How Long is the Great Ocean Road?

The road itself is 243 kilometres with the trip from Torquay (the start of the road, closest to Melbourne) to Warrnambool, closer to the South Australian border, taking about four hours and fifteen minutes by car. But that is just the time it takes to get from one part of the Great Ocean Road to another. There are dozens of destinations along the way to stop in at – with oodles of things to see and do. Make sure you allow time to enjoy all the region has to offer.

Factors such as your starting point, the number of stops you plan, and the time spent at each attraction can significantly affect your total travel time. Most travellers begin their journey from Melbourne, which adds about an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Torquay. Key stops like the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and Otway National Park can take up days to take in fully along with their surroundings.

You can use our handy Time and Distance calculator to input your start and end points and get an estimate of time and distance for your journey.

How Many Days on the Great Ocean Road?

Part of the beauty of the Great Ocean Road is that its proximity to Melbourne means it can scale from a day trip to weeks of fun depending on your available time. To cater to different travel preferences, our local experts have prepped digital guides for just about every length of time and destination on the Great Ocean Road. You can read these and check out some of the many great attractions, events, and places to stay, eat and drink on your trip to form the perfect itinerary for you.

One pro tip to make the most of your time on the Great Ocean Road is considering a visit in Winter. Off-peak times mean fewer crowds to sift through and less time wasted in lines, plus you get the chance to enjoy some of the world’s best scenery all to yourself and have a better chance of seeing whales.

Learn from the Locals

Don’t let the Great Ocean Road being one of the world’s most famous drives distract you from the exciting local events and activities, there’s something for everyone along our stretch of Victoria and you won’t regret taking a few extra hours to stop off at any of the many sights. Take advantage of our local experts by checking out more info for planning your trip here or talking to one of the Visitor Information Centres throughout the region.

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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.