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Torquay

Spanning South West Victoria from Torquay to the South Australian border, The Great Ocean Road is rich in diversity. A place of contrasting natural beauty, its hinterland waterfall walks traverse lush forests and its lively salt-washed villages serve up tantalising gourmet fare. 

Home to one of the most incredible scenic coastal drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road itself hugs the winding coastline to reveal wild seascapes at every turn.

5 Days

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Torquay to Bells Beach

Start your journey from Melbourne via Torquay & Anglesea. There is nowhere better for getting your surf on- in the waves, from the sand, browsing the big name surf retailers or learning how it all begun at the Australian Surf Museum than Torquay.

Suggested Stops: Torquay Foreshore, Torquay Surf Outlets, Australian Surf World Museum, Point Addis Lookout 

Enjoy a light lunch in Torquay.

 Continue your Great Ocean Road Journey to Lorne. Lorne with its fresh sea air, white beaches and buzzing arts community, the nearby Otways and its relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere, Lorne has been attracting eager holiday makers for more than a century.

 Suggested Stops: Lorne Walks & Waterfalls, Lorne Foreshore 

Let the nostalgia of a seaside holiday take over. Let the salty air wash over you, kick back, soak it up and make some memories.

Enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Overnight Lorne.

Car Trip

46km | 50 minutes

Highlights

    • Visit the Australian Surf Museum
    • Discover the Lorne walks & waterfalls

     

Direction

  • Torquay - Anglesea - 18 minutes / 18 kilometres
  • Anglesea - Lorne - 32 minutes / 29 kilometres
  • Torquay - Lorne - 50 minutes / 46 kilometres
  • *Please note travel distance and time may vary, please plan ahead.

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Torquay to Bells Beach

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Torquay   Bells Beach

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Bells Beach

Travel from Lorne to the 12 Apostles via Deans Marsh, Forrest & Apollo Bay. Begin one of the most scenic stretches of coast along the Great Ocean Road Region.

Suggested Stops:

  • Forrest, cafes, Mountain bike trails & Lake Elizabeth
  • The Redwood Otway National Park
  • Triplet Falls Otway National Park

Otway Fly Zip Line Tour - this is a 2.5 hour, fully guided experience and including training and simulation, 8 cloud stations, 6 flights and 2 suspension bridges. The ticket price also includes the world famous Treetop Walk.  This Zipline Tour is the only Zipline Tour for Victoria!

Suggestions include:

  • Gellibrand River
  • 12 Apostles
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Bay of Islands
  • Port Campbell Township / Harbour

Enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Overnight Suggestion: Sleep under the stars, soak in the atmosphere...Pebble Point is an exclusive bush retreat nestled behind the cliff tops and rock formations of the world famous Twelve Apostles. 

Discover Port Campbell National Park at Sunset/Sunrise.

Car Trip

180km | 3 hours

Highlights

    • Forrest, cafes, Mountain bike trails & Lake Elizabeth
    • The Redwood Otway National Park
    • Triplet Falls Otway National Park
    • 12 Apostles

Direction

  • Lorne to the 12 Apostles (via Deans Marsh, Forrest & Apollo Bay) - 3 hours / 180 km
  • Lorne to Deans Marsh - 25 minutes / 25 km
  • Deans Marsh to Forrest - 25 minutes / 28 km
  • Forrest to Apollo Bay - 45 minutes / 40 km
  • Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles - 1 hour 30 minutes / 88 km
  • **Please note travel times and distances may vary, please plan ahead

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Bells Beach

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This morning enjoy a Helicopter Flight 12 Apostles Helicopters, offering you a unique opportunity to see the 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast and Port Campbell National Park from the air.

Head inland and discover the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail

Discover award winning, cheese, whisky and wine. Crowd pleasing chocolate, crayfish, ice cream, yoghurt, strawberries and beer

Lunch at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery

Continue on to Warrnambool

Enjoy Warrnambool's captivating position, nestled into the rising contour of Victoria's south-west coast amid green dairying country and overlooking the deep blue of the Southern Ocean

Suggested stops

  • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum
  • Warnnambool Foreshore Promenade

Enjoy Dinner, perhaps at  Pippies by the Bay  or have an early meal and spend the evening at Flagstaff Hill Sound and Light show “Shipwrecked!” an adventure you will always remember.

Overnight Warrnambool

Car Trip

82km | 1 hour 10 minutes

Highlights

    • Helicopter flight over 12 Apostles
    • Discover the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail
    • Enjoy lunch at the Timboon Railway Distillery
    • Visit Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum

Direction

  • 12 Apostles - Warrnambool (via Timboon) - 1 hour 10 minutes / 82km
  • 12 Apostles - Timboon - 25 minutes / 26km
  • Timboon - Warrnambool - 44 minutes / 54km
  • *Please note travel times and distances may vary. Please plan ahead.

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Enjoy an early breakfast, then travel from Warrnambool to Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Tower Hill, just to the west of Warrnambool, is one of the most fascinating geological formations in Victoria. It has an important place in local Aboriginal history and it teems with wildlife.

Tower Hill is an enormous volcanic crater rimmed by beds of volcanic ash. The inside of the crater, and the island-hills are now a wildlife reserve and there are substantial populations of native birds and wildlife. It's easy to see koalas, kangaroos, emus and much more.

Continue along the Princess Highway to the township of Port Fairy. Uncover history in every corner of this charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road.

Overnight Port Fairy 

Car Trip

30km | 30 minutes

Highlights

    • Experience Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
    • Discover the village of Port Fairy
    • Experience boutique shopping in Port Fairy

Direction

  • Warrnambool to Port Fairy (via Tower Hill) - 30 minutes / 28km
  • Warrnambool to Tower Hill - 16 minutes / 16km
  • Tower Hill to Port Fairy - 11 minutes / 14km

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Port Fairy boasts wide streets lined with nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines and old stone churches.

Spend your morning following  one of the historic walking trails and discover charming, fully restored white-washed cottages built by whalers and seamen beside Georgian-style merchants' homes and grand public buildings. With more than 50 buildings classified by the National Trust and many fine examples of 1800s architecture Port Fairy is the perfect holiday spot for history buffs.

Enjoy Lunch, soaking up the ambience of Port Fairy before heading home. 

Highlights

    • Discover the historic walking trails
    • Take your time to wander the boutique shopping
    • Wander the wharf and discover the old town charm

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