Self-Driving Maps and Itineraries

Self-Driving Maps and Itineraries

Embark on a journey along the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s most iconic routes. With its breathtaking coastal views, lush rainforests, and charming towns, this drive promises an unforgettable adventure. Whether planning a quick day trip or a leisurely five-day exploration, our detailed self-drive Great Ocean Road map and itineraries highlight must-see attractions and offer tips to make the most of your journey.

Overview of the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a testament to Australia’s natural beauty and rich history. Stretching from Torquay to Warrnambool, this 243-kilometre coastal road offers breathtaking ocean views, lush rainforests, and an array of wildlife. Starting your journey from Melbourne, it’s just over an hour’s drive to reach Torquay, the gateway to the Great Ocean Road.

Our digital guides highlight the best attractions, scenic lookouts, and essential stops along the Great Ocean Road.

Or use our interactive online map to ensure you don’t miss any iconic spots or hidden gems.

Great Ocean Road Travel Planner 2023-2024

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Self-Drive Map and Itineraries

Planning your trip along the Great Ocean Road drive map is easy with our comprehensive resources. We offer various itineraries tailored to different types of holiday, lengths of time, and specific destinations.

Alternatively, you can use these as a starting off point, choosing any of the great stops on our Great Ocean Road touring map that interest you and planning a trip that’s uniquely tailored to you.

Here’s how you could build out a route with plenty of time for spontaneous activities that grows with the length of your trip:

1-Day Itinerary: Torquay to Apollo Bay

  • Torquay: Kick off your adventure in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital. Explore Surf City Plaza and the National Surfing Museum.
  • Bells Beach: Visit the renowned Bells Beach, famous for the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition.
  • Anglesea: Take a relaxing break in Anglesea, with its serene beaches and a golf club where kangaroos roam freely.
  • Lorne: Discover Erskine Falls, Teddy’s Lookout, and the picturesque Lorne beach.

3-Day Itinerary: Torquay to Port Campbell

Day 1: Follow the 1-Day Itinerary (above) for an exciting start.

Day 2: Journey from Apollo Bay to Cape Otway. Walk through Maits Rest Rainforest and head towards Cape Otway Lighthouse for a chance to see koalas in their natural habitat.

Day 3: Travel from Cape Otway to Port Campbell. Marvel at the Twelve Apostles, explore Loch Ard Gorge, and relax in Port Campbell.

5-Day Itinerary: Full Great Ocean Road Experience

Days 1 – 3: Follow the 3-Day Itinerary (above) to begin your adventure.

Day 4: Continue from Port Campbell to Warrnambool. Discover The Grotto, visit London Bridge, and enjoy the Bay of Islands.

Day 5: In Warrnambool, visit Logan’s Beach for whale watching and explore Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. If you have more time, consider travelling further west to the seaside city of Portland and visit Budj Bim Cultural Landscape.

Just like that you’ve built an action-packed itinerary that’s flexible on time and budget, with any of the amazing places to stay and eat being left up to you and most activities and sights not costing you anything more than the petrol to get there.

Driving Tips and Road Safety

Given the diverse landscape and amount of tourists that visit every year, no Great Ocean Road or Australian map would be complete without some road safety guidance:

  • Driving Tips: Drive on the left, watch for speed limits, and familiarise yourself with the road signs.
  • Take Breaks: With winding roads and scenic lookouts, it’s important to take regular breaks. Use designated rest areas to enjoy the views and avoid fatigue.
  • Wildlife Awareness: Be mindful of wildlife, particularly at dawn and dusk. Kangaroos and koalas often cross roads unexpectedly.
  • Weather Conditions: Check the weather forecast and be prepared for sudden changes, especially in winter months.

Accommodation Options

From budget-friendly campsites to luxury resorts, there are plenty of places to stay along the Great Ocean Road. Consider these recommendations for a snippet of some of our favourite stays:

Plan Your Trip Today

With our itineraries and Great Ocean Road drive map you should have no trouble planning an unforgettable road trip. Explore stunning landscapes, savour local flavours, and create lasting memories. 

Plan Your Trip today and embark on the ultimate self-driving adventure.

All Accommodation

La Perouse Lorne

Lorne

Peterborough Holiday House

Peterborough

Bay Vue

Apollo Bay

Cherry Plum Cottages

Port Fairy

All Things To Do

Yellow Rock

Portland

Coragulac House

Coragulac

Easterly Living

Torquay

Jumpz Anglesea

Anglesea

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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.