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Great Ocean Road Holidays

See the giant Twelve Apostles, go surfing or hiking, laze on a secluded beach and spot seals or penguins along Australia’s most famous coastal road.

Drive along the stunning Great Ocean Road to explore Australia’s dramatic southern coastline. Keep your camera ready, because craggy cliffs, charming villages, seal and penguin colonies and secluded beaches are possible sightings on every turn. The trip’s highlights are the impressive free-standing rocks called the Twelve Apostles, separated from the steep cliffs by the eroding effect of the ocean.

The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay, which is an just over an hour’s drive southwest from Melbourne, in the direction of Avalon Airport. The winding road connects Torquay with Allansford in the southern state of Victoria. If you can’t hire a car, take a coach from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station to Geelong, the departure point for coastal bus services.

Learn how to surf on Bell’s Beach in Torquay, where some of Australia’s famous surf-wear brands started out. Further south is Anglesea, a coastal town surrounded by rainforest. Kayak over the Anglesea River or visit the Sunday craft market .

Enjoy the many cultural delights in Airey’s Inlet or climb the historic Split Point Lighthouse. Explore the Great Otway National Park at Lorne and hike through heath and rainforest to the Erskine Falls. Drive inland from Apollo Bay to do the Otway Treetop Walk.

If you love hiking solo or with a guide, set out on the Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay. The 8-day coastal trail leads all the way to the Twelve Apostles viewing platform in Port Campbell National Park. Camp along the way if you can carry your gear or book hotels along the way.

As seen from Port Campbell National Park, the limestone towers that make up the Twelve Apostles are sure to impress. Don’t be surprised to find only eight rock formations; the name is merely symbolical. Return to the viewing deck at dusk to see little penguins waddle ashore.

Finish your road trip at the historic quarter of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnambool and treat yourself to fresh seafood with ocean views.


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Mantra Lorne Rs6,502
Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019
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Mantra Lorne

Mantra Lorne

Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC
     
    3.9 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    The staff were fantastic. Very accommodating, especially in the food and bar section. The room was very spacious and the bath came in very handy after riding Amy's Gran Fondo.

    Wyndham Resort Torquay Rs7,418
    Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019
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    Wyndham Resort Torquay

    Wyndham Resort Torquay

    100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Very tidy pleasant rooms large in size. Greeted by friendly staff. Will definitely stay again!

      Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs Rs5,673
      Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019
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      Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs

      Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs

      Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool, VIC
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        We love the view and the comfort of the room. Must go for the pools~ Relaxing~!!!

        Cumberland Lorne Resort Rs8,509
        Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019
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        Cumberland Lorne Resort

        Cumberland Lorne Resort

        150 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great location. Very spacious and well equipped rooms.

          Grand Pacific Hotel Rs4,320
          Reviewed on 8 Aug 2019
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          Grand Pacific Hotel

          Grand Pacific Hotel

          268 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC
             
            4.1 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Excellent location. Super helpful staff. Stairs could be a problem for the less able bodied

            Discovery Parks – Warrnambool Rs4,167
            Reviewed on 7 Jul 2019
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            Discovery Parks – Warrnambool

            Discovery Parks – Warrnambool

            25 Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool, VIC
               
              4.3 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              I really liked how quiet the property was and how easy it was to check in and check out. The shower head in our unit was broken but the rest of the property was well looked after.

              Peppers The Sands Resort Rs7,855
              Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019
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              Peppers The Sands Resort

              Peppers The Sands Resort

              2 Sands Boulevard, Torquay, VIC
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very easy all round. A short unplanned stay - v accommodating.

                Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park Rs4,800
                Reviewed on 1 Jun 2019
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                Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park

                Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park

                35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Easy check in, staff were fantastic !! Helped when cabin wasn’t what we booked, with a smile and was very accommodating would recommend this place to everyone

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