9 days in Great Ocean Road Itinerary

9 days in Great Ocean Road Itinerary

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9 days in Great Ocean Road Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 15​min
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Warrnambool
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Princetown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Apollo Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Kennett River
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
On the 11th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from The Rip, then enjoy the sea views from Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, then stroll through Point Lonsdale Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Barwon Park. On the next day, stop by The Mill Markets and then enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve.

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Sydney to Torquay is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Torquay at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Warrnambool.

Things to do in Torquay

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale, Geelong, Barwon Park, The Rip
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Barwon Park ©
Barwon Park
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse ©
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

2
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, admire the striking features of Warrnambool Breakwater, get some jogging in at Foreshore Promenade, explore the galleries of Whale Bone Studio Arts, then take in the exciting artwork at Blarney Books and Art, and finally enjoy the sea views from Griffiths Island Lighthouse.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Warrnambool trip planner .

Getting from Torquay to Warrnambool by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Princetown.

Things to do in Warrnambool

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trips

Port Fairy, Basalt Wines, Childer's Cove
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Griffiths Island Lighthouse ©
Griffiths Island Lighthouse
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village ©
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

2
nights
Princetown

Princetown ©
On the 15th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps, enjoy the sand and surf at Port Campbell precinct and foreshore, and then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with The Arch, then make a trip to The Grotto, and then explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Princetown travel planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Warrnambool to Princetown takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Princetown

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Port Campbell, Bay of Martyrs
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Bay of Martyrs ©
Bay of Martyrs
The Arch ©
The Arch
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

2
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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 17th (Thu), make a trip to Cape Otway Lightstation, then contemplate the waterfront views at Carisbrook Creek, then stroll through Mait's Rest, and finally stop by Bay of Apostles. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Ocean Walk and then play a few rounds at Apollo Bay Golf Club.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Apollo Bay road trip website .

Getting from Princetown to Apollo Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Kennett River.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Cape Otway Lightstation
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Cape Otway Lightstation ©
Cape Otway Lightstation
Apollo Bay Golf Club ©
Apollo Bay Golf Club

1
night
Kennett River

Kennett River ©
Kennett River is a small seaside town in Victoria, Australia.Situated 174km west of Melbourne, on the Otway Coast part of the scenic Great Ocean Road, Kennett River is a popular tourist destination 27km from the resort town of Lorne, Victoria.HistoryThe river running through the town was named by surveyor George Smythe after the River Kennet in Berkshire, England.In 1882 Alex MacLennan was, with his cousins the MacReas, looking for an area suited to farming and fishing, and chose this site, west of the MacRea's chosen site, which he named The Kennet. On the 19th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Lorne Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kennett River trip itinerary builder tool .

Kennett River is just a short distance from Apollo Bay. In May, daytime highs in Kennett River are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kennett River

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Nature

Side Trip

Lorne Beach
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach

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