Strap yourself in, it’s time for a whirlwind road trip along one of Australia’s most beautiful attractions, the Great Ocean Road. Over the next 48 hours, you are going to explore the ever stunning, never tiresome coast-line of Victoria. Spanning 243 kilometres, this National Heritage listed road offers breathtaking views at every turn.

DAY 1

Start your journey in the beautiful town of Torquay, the official starting point of the Great Ocean Road. Visit the famous Bells Beach and enjoy the gorgeous ocean views before setting out on what will be a jam-packed 48 hours.

Have you ever, ever felt like this? Strange things are happening because we are going ‘round the twist. Stop in at Aireys Inlet and feel nostalgic as you visit the lighthouse used in Round The Twist.  Who knows what strange things might happen whilst you explore Split Point Lighthouse’s picturesque surrounds…

Stop off in Lorne for lunch on the beach. This sweet seaside town is the perfect spot to refuel before you continue on the next stretch of your journey. After all, what is more Australian than fish and chips on the beach? After lunch, slowly make your way along the winding cliffs of the Great Ocean Road. Take in all the beautiful scenery that nature has to offer on your way to Apollo Bay.

Sick of stunning ocean view after stunning ocean view? Then you’re in luck, as the next section of this road trip takes you through the Great Otway National Park. Sit back and enjoy the drive through this scenic rainforest.

The Great Ocean Road continues to deviate away from the ocean as you head through country-side Victoria on your way to Port Fairy. As you drive through Port Campbell National Park, you’ll get a quick glimpse of what tomorrow has to offer.

Eat and Stay

Settle in for the night in the historic town of Port Fairy, the official end of the Great Ocean Road. You’ll feel like you are stepping back in time in this gorgeous town. Why not stay in an Airbnb and experience the picturesque 19th Century cottages first hand? Coffin Sally, Port Fairy’s stand out pizza joint/groovy bar, is not to be missed. Their delicious pizza (and the best gluten-free pizza base we’ve ever tried) and delightful cocktails make this the perfect spot to end your day.

DAY 2

Wake up bright and early to go and explore Griffith Island. After a hearty breakfast in the Port Fairy’s town centre, it is time to head back along the Great Ocean Road.

Today is all about making your way through the Port Campbell National Park. The first stop of the day is at the Bay of Islands. Next, be sure to stop at The Grotto. Follow the walking path down to find a beautiful open cave. The clear still water in the rock pools beautifully contrast the crashing ocean waves behind the cave.

London Bridge has fallen. Or, rather, it did fall in 1990 after the middle section of this ‘bridge’ collapsed, leaving a gorgeous formation stranded in the ocean. When standing on the lookout of this next stop, be glad you weren’t one of the two people who was stranded when London Bridge collapsed.

Walk the many trails at Loch Ard Gorge and admire the indescribable beauty of the inland arch, limestone formations, and offshore stacks as you explore. While you are here, be sure to learn about the infamous shipwreck that occurred at this site in the 19th century.

After a morning of exploring the beautiful coastline of Victoria, finally, arrive at the most famous point along the Great Ocean Road, The Twelve Apostles. The Twelve Apostles tower 45 meters above the shores of Bass Strait and provide a beautiful background for the perfect Instagram photo.

The last stop of the day is at Gibson’s Steps. Carefully make your way down the cliff-side steps as you head down to the beach. From here, you can get a glimpse of the twelve apostles and explore the lovely beach.

By now, you have seen all that the Great Ocean Road has to offer. Why not stop in at one of the many wineries along the way back to Melbourne?

Stuck thinking of what to do when in Melbourne? Take a look through our 48 Hour guide of Australia’s cultural capital.