Great Ocean Road FAQ

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Frequently asked questions about the Great Ocean Road

Certain questions are likely to come to mind when planning your Great Ocean Road trip. From how long you will need and where you start to the best time to visit and where to stay, read on to discover the answers to the Great Ocean Road FAQs that so many visitors have.

How long is the Great Ocean Road?

Australia’s scenic Great Ocean Road follows 664 kilometres (413 miles) of Victoria’s coastline. Of course you don’t have to travel the entire route – and equally, you may also wish to see what lies beyond either end.

Where does the Great Ocean Road start and end?

At the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road is Torquay on the Surf Coast, and while the other end is located at the delightfully-named Port Fairy to the west. The town of Allansford is the official end of the Great Ocean Road. Most visitors start in the east, but you could of course reverse the route if you prefer.

What is the best time to visit the Great Ocean Road?

The best time to visit really depends on what suits you. Summer is high season as it’s very popular with families, but in recent years bushfires have occurred during the warmest months. Winter is far quieter, and the best time to see whales, but the weather can of course be a little less predictable.

How long does it take to drive the Great Ocean Road?

Most people take at least 3 days to travel the Great Ocean Road. Some take much longer. It really depends on the time you have and what you really want to see.

How far is it from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road?

The distance between Melbourne and Torquay is 187 kilometres (116 miles). It’s a drive of around 90 minutes, but you may want to allow extra time for stops en-route.

Can you do the Great Ocean Road in one day?

As the Great Ocean Road is just over 650 kilometres long, it would theoretically be possible to drive it in one day. However you wouldn’t see very much, as there would only be time for very short stops. It’s recommended that you stay at least two nights.

What is the best way to see the Great Ocean Road?

As with all types of travel, it’s best to do things your own way. Kick back and relax on a guided tour, or create your own self-drive itinerary. Those who love to get moving could hike the Great Ocean Walk rather than taking the coach or car.

Is it dangerous to drive the Great Ocean Road?

The route of the Great Ocean Road is not a dangerous one, but as with any road trip there are common sense rules that apply. Familiarise yourself with the road rules, avoid driving too fast or too far without breaks, and avoid dusk. This is when kangaroos are active and could suddenly appear right in front of your vehicle.

Where should I stay on the Great Ocean Road?

Once again, where to stay depends on your preferences and budget. There is a great variety of accommodation options along the route, from campsites and BnBs to hotels and AirBnBs. You can also choose to base yourself in one particular town, or you might prefer to stay at several points along the coast as you travel.

What are the 12 apostles and how many are left in 2020?

There were originally 12 Apostles, but this number has now reduced to 8. The Apostles were formed by gradual coastal erosion; as the limestone was battered by the surf, the cliffs became caves, arches and latterly the pillars we see today. 8 of the Apostles currently remain.

Did we answer your questions on traveling the Great Ocean Road?

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Hopefully that covers your burning questions as you plan your journey along the Great Ocean Road. Whether you want to see this epic coastline over several weekends from Melbourne, plan to stay a week or more or are aiming for a series of day trips, we hope you love this part of Australia as much as we do.

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