5 Ways to Do the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road captures the sheer diversity of Australia, incorporating a stunning coastline, headlands, unique rock formations, rainforests and beaches. It is this natural beauty that resulted in the Great Ocean Road was added to the Australian National Heritage List (2011), indicating its outstanding heritage significance.

The Great Ocean Road, built as a memorial to fallen World War I soldiers, is 243km long, running from Torquay, near Geelong, to Allansford. Completing the Great Ocean Road is a popular tourist activity, often done in conjunction with Melbourne tours.

The Great Ocean Road is regarded as one of the most scenic roads in the world. But who says you have to drive? Whilst that is a popular option, there are other ways to travel the Great Ocean Road. There 5 main ways to see the Great Ocean Road are:

-          Bus:

Many Great Ocean Road tours use coaches with an experienced driver and guide. These bus tours include stops at all the main tourist attractions. A bus tour is an economical option and these tours vary in length from 1 to 4 days.

-          Cycle:

Cycling the 243 kilometres is not for the faint hearted. Serious cyclists would enjoy this option for the fresh ocean air and views. However, this coastal air can be cool at times, so ensure you have the right clothing.

Cycling the Great Ocean Road is recommended to take 4-6 days, depending on how far you cycle each day. If you’re uncertain about cycling the whole distance, there are shorter ride options. These options vary in terms of distance and difficulty, allowing you to choose the best option for you.  

-          Run:

As with cycling, running the 243 kilometres is only for active long-distance runners. If you’re uncertain if you can make the whole way, you could attempt running the Great Ocean Walk.

The Great Ocean Walk is 104 kilometres, beginning at Apollo Bay and concludes near the Twelve Apostles. This walk goes through national parks and beaches. By running this path, you have the freedom to truly explore the area by stopping and starting where you like.

-          Motorbike:

The Great Ocean Road is a motorcyclist’s dream. Cruising the open road on your motorbike is a great option because of the sense of freedom it offers.  

-          Drive:

Driving the Great Ocean Road is the most popular travel option. It can be done in 1 day, but it is recommended to take at least 2 days. That way, you can truly experience the area by being able to stop and explore the beaches, rainforests and headlands without time constraints.

The landmarks spread out along the Great Ocean Road mean that there are significant benefits in being able to stop and explore when you want. The landmarks include the Twelve Apostles, the Grotto, The Gibson Steps and the Loch Ard Gorge. These landmarks, regardless of which method you choose, must be seen.  

Most importantly, no matter which transportation method you choose, don’t rush your journey. Take your time and embrace all that the Victorian coast has to offer.
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