Take a drive on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which winds alongside the picturesque and windswept Southern Ocean. Home to the world-class surf at Bells Beach and the rugged limestone spires of the 12 Apostles, this diverse and dramatic region is best explored over the course of a few days.
From Adelaide take the Freeway and travel directly to Murray Bridge and then onto Tailem Bend. Travel along the Coorong National Park skirting Lake Albert and Lake Alexandria. Travel on through Kingston and Robe and on to Mount Gambier. For overnight accommodation in Penola, travel directly from Robe.
Depart Mount Gambier this morning and travel through Heywood and Portland to reach Port Fairy. (From Robe make your way south to Mount Gambier first). Port Fairy is a quaint fishing village where many of the limestone and bluestone buildings in the town date back to the 1840’s and have been classified by the National Trust. From Port Fairy travel towards Warrnambool, a major industrial and commercial centre that was once a whaling centre. Continuing along the “Shipwreck Coast” you will come across “London Bridge” – the broken arch, before reaching Port Campbell, a quaint little seaside town. Travelling on past Port Campbell you will first come to Loch Ard Gorge and then a short distance on, the Twelve Apostles, which are huge stone pillars sticking out of the surf, carved over time by the crashing Southern Ocean waves. After Cape Otway rejoin the coastline and the unmatched scenery which is the Great Ocean Road.
From Apollo Bay to Lorne this stretch of road has been described as one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives in the world. After you pass through Lorne make sure you head to the beautiful Erskine Falls. You will then follow the coastal road through Anglesea to the picturesque town of Torquay, recognised as the surfing capital of Australia. After Torquay you will now be following the western edge of Port Phillip Bay which will bring you to Geelong, the largest provincial city in Victoria. Continue from Geelong along the freeway to cross the West Gate Bridge and arrive in the vibrant city of Melbourne. Return car.