Here are our tips for the beautiful Great Ocean Road Drive.
Day 1 Melbourne – Port Campbell
Pick up your relocation vehicle from Melbourne and start the exciting drive along the Great Ocean Road. Don’t jump out of your socks just yet- you still have to wait a couple of hours before the views! You might want to stop on your way southward. Have a surf at the famous Bells Beach and a snack in Torquay or Anglesea, or press on to Apollo Bay for a good feed at Sandy Feet Café. Head onwards to Cape Otway, where you can wind your way through the forest off the Great Ocean Road towards the Lightstation. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas in the trees or on the road.
Then comes the really exciting stuff. Take your pick from the Gibson Steps, Twelve Apostles, Razorback, Loch Ard Gorge or Port Cambell National Park. Remember the peak time is around 3pm when the tourist buses arrive. If you want to avoid the photo queue, you could head to The Twelve Apostles at sunset. A picnic is always a nice idea- grab some takeaway from Port Campbell. Take your time getting that perfect trip photo (tripod and self timer are very handy).
Stay: Check out Port Campbell Holiday Park– it’s not bad value for what you’re getting. It’s close to all the scenery, and you can get yet another wonderful night view from the lookout. But if you’ve had your dose of ocean views for a while, head inland to Lakes and Craters Holiday Park.
Day 2 Port Campbell – Penola/Beachport
This day is probably going to be a busy one. The remainder of the famous Great Ocean Road landmarks await: The Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, Worm Bay and Bay of Islands. Sunrise is a perfect time to go, so set your alarms and take your pick (and pics).
Stop at Cape Nelson for that final goodbye to Victoria before you drive the last hour to the border. Celebrate arriving in South Australia by visiting the Piccaninnie Ponds- not just for the name but for the mesmerizing snorkeling and diving. I’ve never been, but something about this place looks just magical. If you didn’t pack your snorkeling gear, stop for lunch at Café Melzar in Mount Gambier and see the Sinkhole or the Blue Lake.
Stay: Head to either the famous Penola, Coonawarra wine district or the fishing towns (ie Beachport or Robe) where you’ll find some very fresh seafood and a quaint little place to park yourself for the night. Wine or lobster – you can’t really go wrong.
Day 3 Penola/Robe – Adelaide
Today is the longest leg of driving, but you can still squeeze in some experiences along the way. Make your way to the Fleurieu Peninsula, maybe stopping at charming old town Strathalbyn on your way in. Soak up the sun and have a swim at Port Elliot before dropping off in Adelaide, where all the coffee and wine is yours to drink.