SEE THE ESSENTIALS

Torquay To Freshwater Creek

Limited time and looking to tick off a few Must Do's? The essentials itinerary will give you a taste of a little of what makes the Great Ocean Road special.

The coast, the rainforest, a crater and some seriously good food. Trying to squeeze a lot into such a short time will definitely leave you wanting to return. get the timing right and you could be front row at one of the great festivals or events.

3 Days

DAY 1

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Torquay to Freshwater Creek

Head along the Great Ocean Road to Lorne. Visit the spectacular Sheok Falls – Great Otway National Park (2.2 Kilometres return/1 Hour moderate walk. Follow the signs from town to the Sheoak Falls Car Park)

Visit Lorne Pier and Lorne's main shopping strip filled with boutique gift stores, cellars, eateries and galleries.

Lunch: Suggested - Swing Bridge Café

The Swing Bridge Café is a simple weatherboard building done with a beach-shack chic fit-out sitting right on the sandy beach of the Erskine River mouth at the foot of the iconic suspension ‘swing bridge’.

Drive from Lorne to Apollo Bay.

There are many opportunities to stop along the way - and you'll want to because this section of the road is spectacular.  You can grab a snack at Wye River or Kennett River (where you can also meet the local koalas and King Parrots).

Dinner & overnight - Apollo Bay

Car Trip

95km | 1 hour 50 minutes

Highlights

    • Visiting Sheok Falls, Great Otway National Park
    • Lorne Pier
    • Discovering Lorne boutique gift stores, cellars, eateries and galleries

     

Direction

Torquay to Apollo Bay - 95km/1 hour 50 minutes

DAY 1

SEE THE ESSENTIALS

Torquay to Freshwater Creek

Find Accommodation

Torquay   Freshwater Creek

Things to do

Torquay   Freshwater Creek

DAY 2

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Freshwater Creek

Breakfast at one of the many cafes in Apollo Bay then go for a swim or stroll on the 3km long stretch of beach.

Take an afternoon drive through the rain-forest along Turtons Track to Beech forest and take in Hopetoun Falls and the Redwoods before heading to the 12 Apostles coast and Port Campbell.  There are a number of great dinner options in Port Campbell.

Take in the spectacular 12 Apostles at sunset then return to Port Campbell where you can stay overnight.

Car Trip

120km | 2 hours 30 minutes

Highlights

    • Breakfast in Apollo Bay
    • Early morning stroll or swim in Apollo Bay
    • Discover Hopetoun Falls and the Redwoods
    • Visit the 12 Apostles at sunset

Direction

120km / 2 hours and 30 minutes
Please note travel times may vary, we also suggest planning ahead

DAY 2

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Freshwater Creek

Find Accommodation

Freshwater Creek  

Things to do

Freshwater Creek  

DAY 3

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Explore the Shipwreck coast and discover the lesser known limestone formations such as Loch Ard Gorge and the Bay of Islands - brimming with history.

In Warrnambool you can find out more about what you've just seen at Flagstaff Hill Maritime museum and then take the inland journey back along the Princes highway, stopping in at villages along the way. 

Car Trip

65km | 55 minutes

Highlights

    • Explore the Shipwreck Coast
    • Discover Loch Ard Gorge and the Bay of Islands
    • Visit Flagstaff Hill Maritime museum in Warrnambool

Direction

  • Port Campbell - Loch Ard Gorge and the Bay of Islands - 7km / 8 minutes drive
  • Port Campbell - Warrnambool - 62km / 55 minutes drive
  • Loch Ard Gorge - Warrnambool - 70km / 60 minutes drive
  • *Please note distances and driving time may vary, please plan ahead.

DAY 3

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