Victoria Self-Drives Take a tourist drive or a scenic road trip and explore Victoria at your own pace. See the star attractions of the south on the Great Southern Touring Route, taking in the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians and Goldfields. Explore the South East Triangle for wine, food and wildlife or make your way from Melbourne to Sydney via one of the nation’s most spectacular touring routes.
Great Ocean Road
Great Southern Touring Route
3 days/2 nights
5 days/4 nights
Drive one of the world’s most scenic coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road, spanning 243km along the coastline of Victoria. Take in the panoramic views as the road winds along cliff tops, up to breathtaking headlands, down onto the edge of beaches, across river estuaries and through lush rainforests.
The spectacular Great Ocean Road will take you through some charming towns, past the 12 Apostles and along the Shipwreck Coast. Waterfalls, wildflowers and native animals are just some of the reasons to take the time to explore the Grampians. Then there is Ballarat, the gateway to the Goldfields region.
Day 1: Melbourne – Great Ocean Road Make your way towards Torquay, Victoria’s surf capital and a busy holiday spot. Just out of Torquay stop at the famous surf break of Bells Beach, a great spot with amazing views. Carry along the coast through the cute towns of Anglesea and Lorne to Apollo Bay. The stretch between Lorne and Apollo Bay is really picturesque with the highway carved into cliffs that drop into the ocean.
Day 1: Melbourne – Apollo Bay Head towards Geelong, before heading to the Surf Coast towns of Torquay and Lorne. Drive the scenic stretch of road from Lorne to Apollo Bay.
Day 2: Great Ocean Road – Grampians Take the windy road through the Great Otway National Park with its beautiful rainforests, before returning to hug the coast for the length of the Port Campbell National Park. The most famous section of the Great Ocean Road where you’ll find the 12 Apostles. Head out of Port Campbell to Warrnambool, stop for a break in cute Port Fairy before heading through farming country to Halls Gap. Day 3: Grampians – Melbourne The Grampian National Park with rugged mountain scenery is renowned for unspoilt natural beauty and has great lookouts with stunning views, lovely waterfalls, ancient Aboriginal rock art, colourful wildflower displays and abundant native wildlife. On route back to Melbourne you’ll pass through Ballarat, with its rich gold mining history.
Day 2: Apollo Bay – Port Fairy Follow the Great Ocean Road through the Great Otway National Park to the 12 Apostles. Travel on to Warrnambool and then on to Port Fairy via Tower Hill. Day 3: Port Fairy – Halls Gap For the outdoorsy types, climb Mt Sturgeon or Mt Abrupt before experiencing the magic of the Grampians National Park. Take in the Aboriginal history of the region at Brambuk – the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap. Day 4: Halls Gap – Ballarat Drive through some of Australia’s finest winemaking country, detouring underground to see the vintages at Great Western. Day 5: Ballarat – Melbourne Spend the morning amid the colonial buildings of historic Ballarat or learn the amazing history from Ballarat’s gold rush days, and spend some time panning for gold at Sovereign Hill.
Highlights worth seeing along the way
Highlights worth seeing along the way
FLAGSTAFF HILL MARITIME VILLAGE: A great museum featuring a shipwreck collection and an 1870s village providing a glimpse into life at that time.
GIBSONS STEPS: Take the 86 steps down to the beach to be dwarfed by the 70m high vertical cliff line.
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION: The oldest, surviving lighthouse in Australia. Perched on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide.
BRAMBUK NATIONAL PARK AND CULTURAL CENTRE: A great place to find the very best information on the Grampians. This is a suggested self-drive itinerary and is to be used in conjunction with a road map.