Download our mobile-app and check out our range of Great Ocean Road Hostels. Stretching between Torquay and Warrnambool, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road at 400km is one of the most spectacular ocean drives. Best known for the ’12 Apostles’, a drive down this road is not to be missed. The starting point for the trip is Melbourne so you can hire a car or jump on the bus and stop off wherever takes your fancy along the way.
The first stages of the Great Ocean Road drive, bring you from Melbourne to Torquay home to the world famous Bells Beach. The world’s longest running surfing competition is held at Easter each year in Bells Beach. Bells Beach Surf Lodge in Torquay has been newly renovated and offers some delicious home cooked meals. Bells Beach Surf Lodge also has surf gear for hire so you can hit the waves.
Lorne is another 40km down the Great Ocean Road from Torquay. It’s a laid back down with a shopping strip full of gift stores, cafés and restaurants. Take time away from the coast and sparkling waters of Loutit Bay to explore the Otway Forest
Apollo Bay, 191km from Melbourne, is in the heart of the Great Ocean Road region. Nestled at the foothills of the magnificent, rainforest-shrouded Otway Ranges, Apollo Bay is a perfect place for a seaside escape. Who knows you may even spot some koalas in the Otway National Park.
Just east of the 12 Apostles lies the 13th Apostle Hostel in Princetown. Close enough for a sunset walk to the apostles you can also catch the little penguins returning to their burrows on the beach below. Princetown itself is bordered on two sides by national parks, with the Port Campbell National Park extending north-westerly and the Otway National Park to the south-east.
Further west of the 12 Apostles is the famous cray fishing coastal town of Port Campbell. It’s a perfect location to explore the beautiful Loch Ard Gorge or to take a walk to Thunder Cave. Port Campbell bay also boasts many places to eat & drink as well as soak up the spectacular scenery. Also known as the Shipwreck Coast, the more adventurous can dive to some of the 15 known wrecks known along this treacherous coast.
Enjoy the drive!