Start your engines and hit the road as you leave Melbourne behind. The iconic Kombi from Hire a Kombi will be your trusty companion for the next four days, offering not just transportation but a nostalgic journey through time.
Fuel up on a hearty breakfast and set off to pick up your Kombi from Hire a Kombi in Marcus Hill. Four different kombi options are available to hire, Harriet, Clancy, Buddy, and our friend in these pictures – Dawson. Be sure to check out the different features on their website to find a kombi that suits your needs.
Make your first stop at Torquay. Maybe check out the shops, have some lunch on the esplanade, or take a walk along the beach.
Be sure to stop by the iconic Bells Beach and capture the breathtaking views of this world-class surfing destination.
Point Addis Lookout is another great pit stop if you are looking for spectacular coastal views. Follow the easy short boardwalk (50 metre return) for ocean views along Addiscot Beach and back towards Jarosite Headland with Southside beyond.
If you are feeling that afternoon slump then head to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie for a sugar hit.
Pop the top and set up camp for the night at Anglesea Family Caravan Park. This park has got it all! Beach and riverside location, new facilities, a pool, and all within walking distance to the shops. After you are set up why not take a walk along the river into town for some dinner or choose to cook your own in the park.
Wake up from a cozy night in your kombi and hit the road towards Lorne.
Point Roadknight is a great beach stop if you want to dip your toes in the water this morning.
Next stop Aireys Inlet and Split Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse is not only a beautiful piece of the maritime history of the region but is also famous for being the location from the TV series ‘Round The Twist’.
Another beach stop? Yes, please! Fairhaven Beach, just outside of Aireys Inlet, has endless golden sand and sweeping views of the coastline in both directions.
The iconic Kodak moment is here. The Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. Steer your kombi to the car park and take a selfie from the designated photo platforms.
Set up camp for the night at Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park. Walk from the park along to the Swingbridge or the other direction into town.
After a scrumptious breakfast at one of the many cafes in Lorne, hit the road towards Apollo Bay.
Be sure to visit Teddy’s Lookout on the way out of Lorne – an iconic view of the Great Ocean Road.
You can’t travel through the Great Ocean Road region without checking out at least one waterfall. Sheoak Falls, located just minutes from Lorne, is a great little stop with a quick and easy walk directly off the Great Ocean Road. It is only 10 minutes from the car park to get the first glimpse of the falls.
For morning tea or a lunch stop consider visiting Wye River. Wye General Store is a beach cafe and general store offering all-day brunch and all your day-to-day needs.
On your way into Apollo Bay make sure to visit Marriner’s Lookout. An easy 10-minute walk from the car park is rewarded with a spectacular ocean, beach, hinterland, and town views. The car park can be quite busy during peak times so always follow signage.
If you have some time in the afternoon you could join a kayak tour with Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak and paddle out to the seal colony in the Marengo Marine Sanctuary.
Park up for the night at Marengo Family Caravan Park. Marengo is just a couple of minutes’ drive from Apollo Bay and home to the Marengo Reef Marine Sanctuary. It is also home to the beginning of the Great Ocean Walk.
Before you head back to drop off your kombi and bid goodbye to the Great Ocean Road there are still some great stops on the way!
Spend the morning exploring the rest of Apollo Bay. Perhaps visit Wildlife Wonders and get up close and personal with the nature of the Great Ocean Road region.
Enjoy a picnic by the bridge or just good old-fashioned beach fun with a stop at Skenes Creek.
As you park your Kombi and bid farewell to the coastal breeze, remember that your Kombi has been more than a mode of transport—it’s been a time machine, a cozy nest, and a companion in creating memories along the Great Ocean Road.
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