The Great Ocean Road quickly rose to be one of my all time favorite road trips ever, which says a lot considering I’ve done many of the gorgeous ones in California over the years. It’s one of the worlds most iconic coastal road trips, and how a lot of people picture Australia. Joe and I traveled with a close friend of ours, and we had the absolute best time. I’m eager to share our favorite stops & recommendations along the way! This guide will walk you through a 2-3 day itinerary of where to stop along your drive!
We decided to do the trip over 3 days (flew in Friday night/out Sunday). You can easily do the trip in a day or two as well, it just depends how often you like to stop & how rushed you mind being. With 3 days, we were able to take our time at the stops and spend one day driving the inland track stopping by Halls Gap & The Grampians National Park on our third day. If you want to do it in 2, you can follow this itinerary & cut the Halls Gap part. I would recommend flying into Avalon Airport, which is south of Melbourne & close to the Great Ocean Road starting point in Torquay.
Before you spend too much time planning, it’s worth noting that I have created a custom map with routes, sights, and bar + restaurant recommendations along the way! It’s now available on my shop for just $5, which will save you tons of research time! You’re able to use it directly on your google maps app too, which is very convenient on a road trip - I actually used it the entire way too! Shop it here.
The trip starts in Torquay, a cute surf community, then continuing on the Bells Beach, which is famous for International Rip Curl Pro surf competition! The beaches and towns along the way are too cute. Teddy’s Lookout is definitely worth a stop, with a view to die for. You’ll continue on for miles and miles on the coast, and eventually cut inland through The Great Otway National Park which is full of eucalyptus trees (and if your lucky, koalas!) 🐨
My absolute highlight was seeing 2 koalas! We saw one up in a tree at Kennett River, and one actually just crossing the street, making us stop while he took his sweet time. I was beyond excited & got out to take some photos! He was too cute & I was able to get up so close — life complete! Following Kennett River, we drove through Apollo Bay, which is an awesome little town to stop in too with lots of fresh seafood and cool cool beachside restaurants!