Great Ocean Road travel guide

Your Great Ocean Road holiday starts here

Victoria has a plethora of diverse landscapes to explore, whether you're after snow-capped mountains, cool ferny forests, picturesque beaches, peaceful lakes or natural springs, the Victorian outdoors is an adventure playground like no other.
Victoria map. Illustration by Lisa Joanes
From wildlife watching and hiking to canoeing, surfing, aerial and white water thrills, there’s an exciting array of experiences on offer – and all within close proximity to the vibrant state capital Melbourne.

Then, soak up the diverse landscapes and beautiful vistas that provide the backdrop to Victorian living. Visit the stunning rainforests of Cape Otway and take to the trees on the elevated Otway Fly treetop walk. Loose yourself in the majesty of the dramatic rockscapes of the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Wind your way through eucalyptus forest and scramble across sandy rocks on the beach.

From a one-day trip to the wineries and wildlife sanctuaries, to a week-long journey discovering the dramatic scenery of the Great Ocean Road, there is truly something for everyone here and with so many accessible experiences so close to the city, it couldn’t be easier to explore Victoria for as little or as long as time allows.

Cockatoo and Otway, Victoria. Photo from Victoria Tourist Board
And there’s no need to rough it either. Before, during, and after your great outdoors experience, you can enjoy Victoria’s natural bounty without compromising on comfort. Settle down in a cosy corner with a glass of wine from a boutique winery, enjoy some of Australia’s best coffee on the sun-soaked terrace of a trendy café or sample the very best of fresh regional produce at a laidback gourmet restaurant by the sea. Finally, end the day by relaxing into your soft, comfortable bed or, if you prefer, bedding down beneath the stars and under canvas in one of the region’s wilderness campsites.

Discover Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road
with Fiona Phillips...
[6 mins 05 secs]

More Victoria See our Great Ocean Road photos

More Victoria Find out more about the Great Ocean Road's touring routes, starting from Torquayto Apollo Bay, through Princetown and Warrnambool and on to Portland.

More Victoria If you're interested in the Great Ocean walk, read about hiking along the Great Ocean Road, and take a look at the weather for your planned walk.
Written by Helen Ochyra
Great Ocean Walk holiday in Victoria, Australia
Walk the famous Great Ocean Walk in Australia, from AU $2595 - AU $2795 (7 days) ex flights
Great Ocean Walk self guided tour, Australia
An Inn-to-Inn accommodated walking holiday, from AU $1645 - AU $1895 (5 days) ex flights
Great Ocean Road and Grampians 3 day tour, Australia
Diverse coast and mountain journey. Great accommodation/food, from AU $597.50 - AU $1395 (3 days) ex flights
Melbourne to Adelaide 3 day tour, Australia
Experience the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide, from AU $597.50 - AU $1395 (3 days) ex flights
Great Ocean Road 2 day tour, Australia
Spectacular, diverse and thorough small group tour, from AU $375 - AU $850 (2 days) ex flights
Great Ocean Road wildlife tours, Australia
Discover the wildlife of Australia's Great Ocean Road, from AU $1250 (3 days) ex flights
Great Ocean Road Grampians & Goldfields tour, Australia
Coast, Mountains and Sovereign Hill Goldfields experience, from AU $597.50 - AU $2095 (4 days) ex flights
Melbourne wildlife day tours, Victoria, Australia
See wild koalas, kangaroos & other wildlife near Melbourne, from AU $210 per day (1 day)
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