Great Ocean Road Adventures

Where To Go For Short Road Trips From Melbourne?

Planning a Short Trip to the Great Ocean Road

Need some Melbourne road trip inspiration? You’re in the right place! The Great Ocean Road is considered one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world and being only 103 kilometres from the CBD, it is one of the most popular road trips from Melbourne. Getting here by car now takes around an hour and fifteen minutes (thanks to a freeway extension. With over 240km of world-class scenery & attractions,the Great Ocean Road is best experienced by car. It is perfect for road tripping!

A Melbourne road trip on the Great Ocean Road will take you past spectacular ocean views, quiet beach hamlets, rain-forested hinterland and the best places for food and wine. It’s one of the few road trips from Melbourne with great activities for people of all ages and from all walks of life.

If you’re looking for road trips around Melbourne that tick all the boxes – put the Great Ocean Road on the list. Here are our top picks for Melbourne road trip destinations along the Great Ocean Road that you must visit

Melbourne Road Trip Destinations

With its close proximity to the city, the Great Ocean Road is ideal for short road trips from Melbourne. There is something for everyone – whether you’re an adventure seeker, after a relaxing getaway to enjoy some luxurious pampering, wanting to immerse yourself in nature or hit the surf the Great Ocean Road has it all.

Where Should I Go For Short Trips?

If you’re limited on time or just planning a day trip, no problem

The Great Ocean Road is home to hundreds of stunning beaches that are perfect for short road trips from Melbourne. Spend a day frolicking in the surf, lazing on the beach and grabbing lunch from one of the cafes nearby (sandy feet welcome). There are many local eateries showcasing local and international cuisine or treat yourself to a locally made ice cream. Ideal for a day trip or to visit while here for a few days.

One of the most popular attractions on the Great Ocean Road, this is a must-see and is so spectacular that if you only have time for one stop – this has to be it.

If you’re planning a short road trip from Melbourne between May and September this is the time of year you’ll get to see these magnificent creatures. There are spots right along the coast where whales can be spotted. Contact one of the local Visitor Information Centres to find out the most recent whale sightings, Warrnambool and Portland are your whale hotspots.

Whether it’s a day trip or you have a few days to get away, you’ll be able to find a bushwalk to suit any length, duration and fitness/experience level. Discover local wildlife, waterfalls even volcanic plains in our region’s most stunning natural landscapes.

Where Should I Go For A 2 Day Trip?

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, check out our ‘52 Great Weekend ideas.

If you have a bit more time, there are some fantastic accommodation options, superb food and drink to enjoy and so many more things to see & do in this world-class destination.

Start Planning Your Road Trip From Melbourne Today

Contact one of our Visitor Information Centres to speak with local experts about road trips around Melbourne. They can help with advice on the best places to go for short road trips from Melbourne, must-see attractions and any other information that will help to make your visit to the Great Ocean Road a great one!

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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.