Drive along this stunning stretch of coast past world-class surfing beaches, charming beachside villages, staggering cliffs and dense rainforest.

This is the ultimate self-drive destination; stop to snap the breathtaking views and sample the local cuisine. Visit the towering 12 Apostles geological site; wander Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and learn why this stretch is called the ‘Shipwreck Coast of Victoria’; catch some amazing waves at Bells Beach; or take in the marvellous views at Loch Ard Gorge.

Wildlife lovers will also find plenty to enjoy on this drive:

  • koalas,
  • kangaroos,
  • seals and
  • whales

can all be spotted along the way.

The Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is set inside an inactive volcano and offers amazing views as well as the opportunity to glimpse an array of Australian wildlife, including wallabies, emus, echidnas and native birds.

The drive starts in Torquay, Victoria, and ends in Port Fairy; you can drive down from Melbourne (via Geelong), or travel by ferry from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula to Queenscliff. This amazing drive could also be part of a self-drive adventure between Melbourne and Adelaide.

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Melbourne to Adelaide Great Ocean Road plus Kangaroo Island
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Melbourne to Adelaide Great Ocean Road plus Kangaroo Island

Australia
South Australia
Kangaroo Island
+4 others
10 nights from £1,950 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Take in the dramatic landscapes of rolling hills and rugged coastline on one of Australia's most scenic drives
  • Discover this magical island with its unique scenery and abundance of wildlife including seals, kangaroos, koalas and echidnas
Captain's at the Bay
Hotel

Captain's at the Bay

Australia
Victoria
Great Ocean Road

The boutique 14-room Captains at the Bay is a peaceful and private retreat in the quaint seaside town of Apollo Bay, with restaurants, shops and unspoilt beaches just a 100-metre walk from the property. Captains at the Bay is a great base from which to explore the magnificent coastal scenery and national parks of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, including the Twelve Apostles and Otway National Park. ...

Mantra Lorne
Hotel

Mantra Lorne

Australia
Victoria
Great Ocean Road

This modern resort is built around Victoria’s oldest guesthouse, the heritage listed Erskine House, which is now part of Lorne’s rich history. There are 227 accommodations available at Mantra Lorne in four different styles; Resort Rooms and One and Two Bedroom Apartments are housed in three-storey modern buildings, while the Heritage Hotel Rooms are located within the original historic Erskine Ho...

Peppers the Sands Resort
Hotel

Peppers the Sands Resort

Australia
Victoria
Great Ocean Road

Perched on a headland at the eastern end of Victoria’s famed Great Ocean Road, Peppers the Sands Resort is the perfect place from which to start or finish your coastal adventure. Only two miles away, you’ll find the village of Torquay, full of local stores, restaurants, surf shops and the Torquay Central Farmers Market. This contemporary resort offers 112 beautifully designed rooms and suites, man...

Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel is set along the banks of the Moyne River, overlooking the marina and just 10 minutes’ walk from the historic centre of Port Fairy. There are seven spacious rooms, each with lounge areas where you can relax after a day of discovering the area’s many attractions. Start your day with a complimentary gourmet breakfast at Oscars, where you can enjoy a variety of dishe...

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