Frequently Asked Questions

Here are our answers to those burning questions.

Great Ocean Road

  • What is the distance of the Great Ocean Road? Or how long is the Great Ocean Road?

    The Great Ocean Road is 243km.

  • Where does the Great Ocean Road start and finish?

    The Great Ocean Road starts in Torquay and finishes in Allansford.

  • How many 12 Apostles are still standing?

    There are currently 7 Apostles above the waterline. Discover more info on the 12 Apostles.

  • How old is the Great Ocean Road?

    The Great Ocean Road is over 100 years old.

    19 September 2019 marked 100 years since construction began on the Great Ocean Road. It took 13 years to complete the first section.

    The Great Ocean Road is the largest War Memorial in the world.

Planning Your Visit

  • Can you drive to the 12 Apostles and back from Melbourne in a day?

    Technically you can, however, we don’t recommend it. You would just miss out on too many amazing natural attractions along the way, as well as the opportunity to explore and discover wonderful attractions, beaches, forests, places to eat and drink – there are just too many to mention. We recommend slowing down and taking your time to appreciate the other wonders along the way, whether that’s along the coast or through the hinterland. If you’d like some inspiration, you can check out our Itineraries.

  • What is the nearest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road?

    Located just outside of Geelong and only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road, being only a 35 minute drive from Torquay. It offers easy transport options to Geelong and Torquay as well as plenty of car hire options. Avalon Airport currently supports budget Jetstar flights to and from Sydney, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.

    Find out more information on flying to the Great Ocean Road.

  • What's the busiest time of year on the Great Ocean Road?

    The Great Ocean Road region is very busy during the summer holiday period – from late December through to the end of January. The Easter long weekend is also a very busy time, along with weekends during the warm months from December through to April.

    We recommend planning ahead for travel during these times or considering travel during off peak times, especially through autumn and winter. The cooler months are a stunning time of year in the Great Ocean Road region, offering flowing waterfalls and magical whale watching, not to mention getting some of the major natural attraction views all to yourself.

  • Can you get to the Great Ocean Road by public transport?

    By car, train, bus or ferry – there are plenty of ways to visit the incredible Great Ocean Road.

    Find out more information on getting to the Great Ocean Road by public transport.

  • What events are on in the Great Ocean Road region?

    View a full range of events along the Great Ocean Road on our Events Calendar.

     

  • Where are the Visitor Information Centres along the Great Ocean Road?

    Find a list of all of the region’s Visitor Information Centres here. The friendly staff are full of local knowledge, so they’re definitely worth a call or a visit!

  • Where can I find out more information about the Great Ocean Road? Accommodation, what to see and do, where to eat etc.

    This website is full of useful information and inspiration – but here are some quick links to get you started:

    Find out more about all types of accommodation in the Great Ocean Road region

    Find out what to see and do in the Great Ocean Road region

    Find places to eat and drink in the Great Ocean Road region

    Find out about tours in the Great Ocean Road region

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, 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.