14 days in Great Ocean Road Itinerary

14 days in Great Ocean Road Itinerary

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14 days in Great Ocean Road Itinerary

Start: Canberra
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
1
Warrnambool
— 4 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Princetown
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Apollo Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Aireys Inlet
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Canberra

4
nights
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Warrnambool Breakwater and Foreshore Promenade. Go for a jaunt from Warrnambool to Port Fairy to see Griffiths Island Lighthouse about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, explore the activities along Bay of Islands, take in the exciting artwork at Blarney Books and Art, and take in nature's colorful creations at Warrnambool Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Warrnambool road trip site .

Canberra to Warrnambool is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Princetown.

Things to do in Warrnambool

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Port Fairy
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Thunder point Coastal Reserve ©
Thunder point Coastal Reserve
Griffiths Island Lighthouse ©
Griffiths Island Lighthouse
Warrnambool Botanic Gardens ©
Warrnambool Botanic Gardens

4
nights
Princetown

Princetown ©
Step off the beaten path and head to The Arch and Port Campbell precinct and foreshore. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Princetown travel route builder app .

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 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Apollo Bay.

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Port Campbell, Wreck Beach
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
The Arch ©
The Arch
Wreck Beach ©
Wreck Beach

3
nights
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colac Botanic Gardens and Cape Patton Lookout. Change things up with a short trip to Red Rock in Colac (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: stop by Bay of Apostles, play a few rounds at Apollo Bay Golf Club, admire the sheer force of Carisbrook Waterfall, and get great views at Mariners Lookout.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay trip maker .

Traveling by car from Princetown to Apollo Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aireys Inlet.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Colac, Cape Patton Lookout
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Colac Botanic Gardens ©
Colac Botanic Gardens
Red Rock ©
Red Rock
Cape Patton Lookout ©
Cape Patton Lookout

2
nights
Aireys Inlet

Aireys Inlet ©
Aireys Inlet is a small coastal inlet and town located on the Great Ocean Road, southwest of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. On the 25th (Fri), examine the collection at Australian National Surfing Museum, then kick back and relax at Fisherman's Beach, then make a trip to Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sheoak Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Qdos Arts Gallery and then make a splash at Lorne Sea Baths.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aireys Inlet trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Apollo Bay to Aireys Inlet in 1.5 hours. In January in Aireys Inlet, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aireys Inlet

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Lorne, Torquay
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Australian National Surfing Museum ©
Australian National Surfing Museum
Sheoak Falls ©
Sheoak Falls
Qdos Arts Gallery ©
Qdos Arts Gallery

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