Great Ocean Road Grampians & Ballarat
Festivals and Events 2016 22-26 Jan
Geelong Festival of Sails
Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival
Port Fairy Folk Festival
Grampians Jazz Festival
Apollo Bay Seafood Festival
Great Ocean Road Marathon
Grampians Grape Escape
Get ready for wild nature, scenic resort towns, stunning beaches, art, culture, food, wine and numerous golf experiences.
Halls Gap 4
Grampians National Park
Wombat State Park
Brisbane Ranges National Park Melbourne Geelong
Lake Corangamite Adelaide 3
Anglesea Sorrento Great Otway 6 Bass Strait Port Campbell National Park Lorne
Port Phillip Bay Queenscliff
Pack your bags and get ready for one of the world’s most scenic road trips. The Great Southern Touring Route is an iconic Australian journey that links Melbourne, Geelong, Great Ocean Road and the majestic peaks of Grampians National Park to the rich goldfields history, arts and indulgence of Ballarat and Daylesford.
Visit Werribee Open Range Zoo, bayside Geelong and charismatic Queenscliff with its rich maritime history. Take the scenic drive to the resort towns of Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay for stunning beaches and the Otway Ranges for amazing rainforest scenery. Stop off at one of the most visited attractions, the iconic 12 Apostles, see the rugged splendour of these huge rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. Make sure you visit the equally beautiful Loch Ard Gorge, Bay of Islands and Bay of Martys before travelling through to Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Tower Hill with it’s abundance of koalas, kangaroos and emus roaming freely. Continue your journey north to the picturesque Halls Gap located in the Grampians. Nestled between two mountain ranges, this village features scenic walks, native animals, the Brambuk Cultural Centre and great Australian wines. The touring route is not complete without a visit to Ballarat. Be sure to visit Sovereign Hill, a period town set in the 1850s, featuring Australia’s gold rush history. Spend the day learning about the Eureka Stockade, Red Hill mine and even try your luck at gold-panning.