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How to Spend 3 Days on the Great Ocean Road

How to Spend 3 Days on the Great Ocean Road

Three days on the Great Ocean Road allows you to take your time and explore beyond the highlights. For the best value, make the most of Super Saver and combo deals or choose a multi-day tour that includes little-known viewpoints and off-the-beaten-track attractions. Here are some ideas.

Day 1: Surfing and Sightseeing

The surf town of Torquay, the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, is popular with lovers of the outdoors. Learn to surf on one of Australia’s best beaches during a surf class or join a mountain bike excursion to see the Great Ocean Road from a different angle. For the ultimate thrill, opt for a skydive over the coast. 

Continue along the coast to Anglesea, where beachfront restaurants serve excellent seafood. Spend the afternoon stopping at sights along the road to Apollo Bay, such as the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet—book tickets to avoid lining up—and the Memorial Arch. Lorne boasts a lively beachfront and Teddy’s Lookout, while the bushwalking trails along Kennet River are a great place to spot wild koalas.

Time your arrival in Apollo Bay to watch the sunset from Marriners Lookout, then spend the evening hours relaxing at a bar overlooking the marina. 

Day 2: Hike the Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk, hailed as one of the Great Walks of Australia, runs for 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles but you don’t have to trek the whole route. Instead, enjoy a half-day hike along a section in the Great Otway National Park, and add on a detour to either Triplet Falls, the Redwoods, or the Red Rock Lookout. 

In the afternoon, visit Cape Otway, home to the historic Cape Otway Lightstation. Nearby, the Twelve Apostles—named for the dozen limestone towers that peek out from the ocean—is one of the most photographed viewpoints on the Great Ocean Road and a staple of most sightseeing tours. Make a final stop at Loch Ard Gorge for sunset.

Day 3: Discover the Shipwreck Coast

Most day-trippers only follow the Great Ocean Road as far as Port Campbell but with three days, you’ll have time to drive along the Shipwreck Coast all the way to Port Fairy. Jump out to visit coastal landmarks such as The Grotto and the London Arch, and relish a lack of crowds. 

Next up is the coastal town of Warrnambool, where winter visitors can spot Southern Right whales. Other highlights include the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, which offers an insight into the history of the notorious Shipwreck Coast—book your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line. 

End your Great Ocean Road adventure in Port Fairy, where you can follow the coastal trails down to the beachside and dive in for a final swim in the ocean. 

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Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

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Discover some of Australia’s most photographed landscapes on this full-day tour of the famous Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Stop for morning tea in Anglesea, spot wild koalas along the way, and tuck into lunch overlooking the dramatic Apollo Bay. After lunch, enjoy a hike through Great Otway National Park, learn how the notorious Shipwreck Coast earned its name, and marvel over natural landmarks like the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the Gibson Steps.
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  • 14 hours
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2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

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Venture beyond the tourist trail on this comprehensive 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Follow the iconic coastal route past windswept beaches, beautiful bays and dramatic natural landmarks. Visit the surf beach of Torquay; see the Erksine Falls; spot wild kangaroos, koalas and parrots on a bushwalk; and enjoy glorious views over Apollo Bay. After an overnight stop (own expense), continue along the Shipwreck Coast, and marvel over natural wonders like the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
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  • 2 days
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2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

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Discover some of Victoria’s most spectacular landscapes on this 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park. See world-famous surfing beaches, charming seaside towns and the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Twelve Apostles and Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast.’ Hike and bushwalk through the majestic Grampians for panoramic lookouts, wildlife sightings, and an exploration of indigenous culture. Accommodation, breakfast on day two, all park fees and guided transport from Melbourne are included.
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2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

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Tick off the highlights of Australia’s world-famous Great Ocean Road and learn to surf on this action-packed 2-day road trip from Melbourne. Hit the beach for a 2-hour surf class, spot wild koalas and kangaroos, and soak up the scenery of Apollo Bay, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Best of all: spend a night in a Native American-style teepee by the beach, where you’ll tuck into a hearty Aussie BBQ around the campfire. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people and includes accommodation, meals and round-trip transport.
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  • 2 days
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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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Experience the spectacular scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this full-day guided tour from Melbourne. Admire postcard-worthy vistas around every turn of the coastal road, and pass through charming port towns along the way. Learn the fascinating and tragic history of Australia’s jagged ‘Shipwreck Coast’ when you visit the Loch Ard Gorge, site of a famous wreck. Your journey comes to a dramatic climax when you arrive at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder just as the sun sets (seasonal and weather dependent).
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  • 10 to 13 hours
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Skydive Great Ocean Road From Up To 15000ft

Skydive Great Ocean Road From Up To 15000ft

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Leap into the sky and take flight on this tandem skydiving adventure. You’ll surf the air currents at 15,000 feet (4,600 meters), high above the other surfing mecca of Bells Beach.You’ll reach speeds of up to 220 kph (124 mph) before your instructor pulls the chute. As you glide back down to Earth, you’ll have the chance to steer the parachute.
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  • 2 hours
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Split Point Lighthouse Tours

Split Point Lighthouse Tours

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Visit the Split Point Lighthouse during this quick and worthwhile stop along the Great Ocean Road. Choose your preferred time—tours leave between 11 am and 2 pm—and enjoy a guided tour of “The White Queen,” a spectacular lighthouse built in 1891. Learn about the keepers who once operated its lanterns, catch panoramic views of Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary, and check out a collection of historic photos.
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Torquay Surfing Lessons on the Great Ocean Road

Torquay Surfing Lessons on the Great Ocean Road

Learn to surf at this scenic stop along the Great Ocean Road with a quick but worthwhile lesson. Arrive in Torquay a few minutes before your session’s scheduled start time, run through the lesson plan with an instructor, grab a wetsuit and a board—they’re included in the lesson price—and head for the water. Learn to paddle, stand up, and safely wipe out on your first day.
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Great Ocean Road - Surfcoast Mountain Bike Tour

Great Ocean Road - Surfcoast Mountain Bike Tour

The Surfcoast offers stunning locations for Mountain Bike Tours along the Great Ocean Road and the beautiful Great Otway National Park. The tours can run for two - three hours or up to a day. They includes all the equipment and instruction. You will learn basic skills to equip yourself for an unforgettable time.  All you need to do is supply appropriate riding clothing (weather in mind) and be ready for an adventure! A minimum of 4 participants are needed to run a session, we can also organise private sessions for 1-3 people.
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