Embark on a journey of wonder along the Great Ocean Road. A journey that's a road trip of epic proportions, spectacular scenery and bucket-list action. Take the time to feel sand between your toes and rainforest-mist settle on your skin.

Immerse yourself in truly Big Nature, from the wild and unpredictable Southern Ocean, the intriguing 12 Apostles, vast volcanic plains and national parks steeped in history. Explore villages and seaside towns, hinterland hospitality and fine foodie trails.

Explore the best of the Great Ocean Road on our three-day getaway road trip.

  • Your first stop along the winding Great Ocean Road is Lorne. Stroll along the pier and get to know the town's Mediterranean feel and charming scenery. Browse boutique gift stores, cellars, tempting eateries and eclectic galleries or seek adventure in the treetops at Live Wire Park. Set aside an hour or so for an easy walk to the spectacular Sheoak Falls and look for nesting birds in Swallow Cave, or hire a surfboard and wetsuit from the Lorne Surf Shop and try out the waves.

    Grab a seat right on the sandy beach of the Erskine River mouth and tuck into lunch at Swing Bridge Cafe, at the foot of the iconic suspension 'swing bridge'. Or if you're feeling a little fancier, reserve a table at Totti's Lorne for elevated Italian feasting.

    After lunch it's time to make your way from Lorne to Apollo Bay. The short drive will take longer than you think as you'll be powerless to resist the opportunities to take in the breathtaking views of this spectacular section of the road.

    You'll be ready for a delicious meal of locally caught seafood or fresh regional produce when you reach Apollo Bay, where you'll stay overnight.

  • Make sure you take the chance to explore Apollo Bay before you set off for the day. Choose one of the many cafes for breakfast, then go for a stroll along the three-kilometre stretch of beach. Take the plunge into the bracing waters if you're feeling daring. Lunch on fish and chips on the harbour from the Fishermen’s Co-op, or a famous scallop pie from the Apollo Bay Bakery.

    Spend the afternoon driving along Turtons Track through the magnificent mountain ash, myrtle beech, blackwood and thick ferns of the Great Otway National Park rainforest to Beech Forest. Descend through glades of tree ferns and soak up the spray of the Hopetoun Falls, which plummet 30 metres into the Aire River.

    Just west of Apollo Bay, the Wildlife Wonders ecotourism experience is a conservation area where visitors can see koalas doze in the treetops, potoroos and bandicoots forage on the ferny forest floors and kangaroos hop along the horizon against a spectacular ocean vista.

    And now the moment you've been waiting for. The 12 Apostles. These ancient limestone rock stacks rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean and are the star attractions of the Great Ocean Road. Grab a bite to eat from your overnight base in the colourful and lively seaside village of Port Campbell, then find a position to watch the spectacular sunset over the 12 Apostles. Bucket list, ticked.

  • The stretch of coastline around Port Campbell is known as Shipwreck Coast and is dotted with intriguing limestone formations in addition to the 12 Apostles. Discover the eerie beach at Loch Ard Gorge (check ahead as beach access steps are temporarily closed). Descend the 70-metre cliff face via the Gibson Steps, and look out over the serene Bay of Islands. Bring your camera to capture the unique rock formations at London Bridge, The Arch and The Grotto.

    Make Warrnambool your final destination. A visit to the award-winning Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village will bring to life the turbulent history of the Shipwreck Coast. Admire the historic lighthouses and see the infamous Loch Ard shipwreck of 1878 recreated with a fascinating sound and laser show.

    Even a journey as spectacular as this one must come to an end. Before you leave, soak in the award-winning Deep Blue Hot Springs for the ultimate in geothermal bathing. Hop in the car refreshed and take the inland route back along the Princes Highway and discover welcoming inland villages. You'll just have to return another time to get to know them better.