Your Self Drive Adventure
Day 1 - Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula (55 kms)
Pick up your Avis intermediate automatic sedan rental car at the Melbourne City Depot or Melbourne Airport Depot and commence your drive via the Citylink and Eastlink highways to Mornington Peninsula.
Mornington Peninsula is arguably Melbourne's best kept secret. Some of the highlights of the area include art and craft markets, antique stores, coastal and bush walks, koala and penguin reserves enabling viewing in a natural environment. There are a number of good vineyards to explore such as Dromana Estate and Main Ridge Estate.
Standard: Flinders Hotel
Deluxe: Woodman Estate
Day 2 - Mornington to Apollo Bay (185 kms)
Travel south through the Mornington Peninsula to Sorrento, for the 40 minute ferry ride across to Queenscliff. The ferry operates from 7am until 6pm, every hour, on the hour. From Queenscliff, travel to Torquay to join the Great Ocean Road passing through the town of Lorne to Apollo Bay.
Queenscliff is one of those delightful seaside resorts which is both a popular beachside destination and a sophisticated retreat characterised by elegant hotels, guesthouses, galleries, some substantial public buildings, chic restaurants, cafes, a fine golf course, ferries, wide streets faced by terraced houses and both bay and surf beaches.
Torquay - the village of Torquay beside the ocean is a surf city and with long stretches of golden sandy beaches and great waves, this is where the surfers “hang out” during summer. Bells Beach, the world-famous surf beach where national and international challenges are held is near Torquay.
Apollo Bay is a scenic little fishing port, boasting some magnificent beaches. The town is an excellent base for exploring the superb rainforest of the Otway Ranges and Otway National Park, with its waterfalls and fern gullies.
Standard: Comfort Inn The International
Deluxe: Captains at the Bay
Day 3 - Apollo Bay to Port Fairy (190 kms)
Depart Apollo Bay via Port Campbell, Peterborough and Warrnambool along the Great Ocean Road to arrive at Port Fairy. If you detour to visit the Otway National Park, and Cape Otway, you will need to add approximately 90 minutes to your driving time between Apollo Bay and Port Fairy.
Between late May and August each year, Southern Right Whales come from the Antarctic to the area known as Logans Beach Whale Nursery to give birth. This wonderful event can be witnessed from a viewing platform on the cliff top.
Port Campbell is situated near the major attractions of the Great Ocean Road and is a small cray fishing village. The Loch Ard Gorge is on the stretch of road from Princetown to Port Campbell, along with a number of other notable clusters of islands off the coastline such as the Blow Hole, Mutton Bird Island and Elephant Rock.
London Bridge is another formation which was once a double arch resembling London Bridge, but it collapsed in 1990, stranding sightseers, and is now a detached landmass. Without doubt the most spectacular landmark on the whole of the Victorian coastline and the most photographed is the Twelve Apostles, offshore stacks which have eroded over the years, with only eight now left standing above the water line.
Warrnambool Originally a sealing and whaling port, this city of 22,000 people now thrives on tourism and a variety of industries. There are good beaches and several historical attractions. A must for visitors is the Port Campbell National Park and the best known features - the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.
Port Fairy This delightful little fishing port and seaside resort at the mouth of the Moyne River is one of the oldest settlements in Victoria, having been home to sealers and whalers in the early years of the 19th century. There are 50 buildings classified as historic by the National Trust, so well worth a look around this town.
Standard: Comfort Inn Port Fairy
Deluxe: Oscars Waterfront
Day 4 - Port Fairy to Mt. Gambier (195 kms)
Depart Port Fairy and travel to Portland and onto Mount Gambier.
Portland founded a year earlier then Port Fairy, in 1834, this busy deep-water port is the oldest permanent settlement in Victoria. To the southwest are the spectacular seascapes of Cape Nelson and the blowholes and petrified forest of Cape Bridgewater.
Mt. Gambier is located southeast of Adelaide on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Mt. Gambier has two famous attractions, the Blue Lake and the Cave in the centre of the city. As a consequence the town is known as "Blue Lake City" or the "City around a Cave". The lake is famous for its change of colour from winter grey to intense blue in November each year. It remains blue until late March, and aside from its beauty, is the City's source of domestic water.
Standard: Quality Inn Presidential
Deluxe: The Barn Accommodation
Day 5 - Mt. Gambier to Robe (137 kms)
Depart Mt. Gambier towards the town of Millicent and onto Robe.
Millicent is 40 kms west of Mt. Gambier in the centre of the Southeast. The Tantanoola Caves are 19kms east of Millicent, in the Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park. They are unique in that there are no stairs in the caves, and a pathway allows wheelchair access.
Standard: Best Western Melaleuca Motel & Apartments
Deluxe: Robe House
Day 6 - Robe to Victor Harbour (350 kms)
Depart Robe and travel to Kingston where you join the Princes Highway to Murray Bridge and on to Victor Harbour for your overnight stop.
Kingston is a seaside resort and fishing town. Fishing is popular and there is safe swimming at nearby Wyomi and Pinks beaches. There are many fine old buildings in Kingston, including the Post Office, the Colonial Tea Rooms and Gallery, the Court House and the original Gaol.
Victor Harbour is a delightful coastal resort, and the largest of the resort towns on Horseshoe Bay. It was an old whaling base and much of its early history was preserved at Whalers Haven Colony Museum. An old horse tram runs out to Granite Island, which has colonies of wallabies and fairy penguins. One of the best known landmarks on the south coast is Rosetta Bluff, a natural rock formation, which dominates the skyline just west of the town.
Standard: Comfort Inn Victor Harbour
Deluxe: McCracken Country Club
Day 7 - Victor Harbour to Adelaide (80 kms)
Depart Victor Harbor via the wine producing regoin of McLaren Vale and the historic German settlement of Hahndorf. We also suggest you travel to Mt. Lofty, where you can enjoy spectacular views of Adelaide, before arriving into Adelaide. Return your vehicle to the Adelaide Airport depot or Adelaide city Avis Depot.
7 Day Self Drive - from £618
Our deluxe Great Ocean Road self drive includes all the benefits of our standard option and offers superior hotel accommodation.
- 7 day Great Ocean Road Self Drive Deluxe – from £792
All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room, and include pre-booked accommodation, air conditioned car and unlimited kilometres. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.