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Best Way to Travel Great Ocean Road

One of the great things about the Great Ocean Road is that it truly has something for everyone. It really depends on what type of holiday you’re after but we know you’ll want to make the most of your time here, so of course, with so many options you’ll want to know the best way to do Great Ocean Road. Below is info on the best way to travel the Great Ocean Road along with some of the best ways to see Great Ocean Road.

Best Way To Travel Great Ocean Road

You have a choice of travel options when it comes to seeing the Great Ocean Road but the

best way to travel Great Ocean Road is to drive. The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. With over 240km to explore, you have plenty of stops along the way to stretch your legs and take in the breathtaking scenery – many of the best lookouts are accessible by car. If you don’t have a car, you can hire one in just about every major township along the Great Ocean Road as well as Melbourne and Geelong.

However, if you don’t have time to drive the Great Ocean Road or driving is not your thing – there are plenty of other ways to see this magnificent region:

  • Flying – Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road and is only a 35-minute drive from Torquay (and a 45min drive from Melbourne CBD). Car hire is available from the airport. Charter flights are also a great way to see the Great Ocean Road from a different perspective.
  • Train – Trains are available from Melbourne (Southern Cross Station) to Geelong or Warrnambool. To get to other destinations from here you can catch a bus or hire a car.
  • Bus – There is a bus service available to and from the surrounding hinterland and coastal towns in the Great Ocean Road region.
  • Ferry – There is a car and passenger ferry service sailing between Queenscliff and Sorrento connecting the Great Ocean Road to the Mornington Peninsula & Phillip Island.
  • Walking – Many of our active adventurers choose to walk their way along the road with walks that cater for every ability and experience level. The Great Ocean Walk is a popular way to immerse yourself in nature and see some of the best spots along the Great Ocean Road.

Best Way To See Great Ocean Road

When it comes to seeing all the wonderful things the Great Ocean Road has to offer, as mentioned above some of the best ways to see Great Ocean Road is by driving or walking. But here are some other ways to see the Great Ocean Road:


You are spoilt for choice when it comes to tours along the Great Ocean Road… get up close and personal with the local wildlife, learn to surf, indulge in a food & wine trail, catch a fish or take a beach trek on a horse, and more! Tours are a great way to see some of the Great Ocean Road’s highlights while you can sit back, relax and soak up the experience!

Best Time of Year to Visit

With plenty of outdoor activities and pristine beaches, the summer holiday period (Dec to Jan) is one of the busiest times on the Great Ocean Road, as well as the Easter long weekend and weekends during the warmer months (December to April). So if you want to avoid the crowds take this into consideration.

The Great Ocean Road is great to visit all year round. The cooler months are absolutely stunning around the Great Ocean Road, the waterfalls are glorious and of course – the whale watching! (you can spot whales between May and September). You might even get lucky and have views of famous attractions and lookouts all to yourself! There are also events all year round in the region – check out the events page to see what’s on.

Talk To The Experts About The Best Way To Do The Great Ocean Road

Contact one of our Visitor Information Centres to speak with local experts about the best way to travel Great Ocean Road. They can help plan your trip, provide advice on travel times & routes and the best way to see Great Ocean Road based on what you want to see & do on your trip.

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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.