Weekender Guide to the Great Ocean Road

Photo: Visions of Victoria

Embark on your own adventure to explore the Great Ocean Road and experience one of the world's most iconic coastal views. Best known for the 12 Apostles, native wildlife, pristine rainforests and stunning waterfalls, the activities are endless. Breathe in the fresh air while bushwalking, surfing, mountain biking or take a cultural journey through galleries, museums and heritage attractions.



Travel via the Princes Highway over the West Gate Bridge to the bayside city of Geelong. From here you can take the Surf Coast Highway to the famous surf town of Torquay. For over 400km, from Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border, the Great Ocean Road provides some of the most impressive coastal scenery in Australia.

Alternatively, take the inland route by following the Princes Highway from Geelong to Warrnambool past rich farmland and picturesque country towns.

Public Transport

V/Line runs frequent train services from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to Geelong and Warrnambool. V/Line coach services operate from Geelong via the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay and Warrnambool, and from Warrnambool to Port Fairy and Portland.

Penny Whitehead, Managing Director of Provincial Wisdom, shared her wisdom of the region with us on the region. Penny is a true expert as she’s lived in the area for over 25 years - she was born in this region, left for university then returned after having her own family and often holidayed in Lorne since she was born. (Interesting fact about Penny: she loves gardening and Pinot Noir but hates roller coaster rides and baby corn).



  • Gladioli in Inverleigh - favourite dish is the lamb shoulder cooked for 12 hours, with carrot puree, pain d'epice and pistachio
  • Ravens Creek Farm in Moriac - the menu changes constantly however I love the Ravens Board for lunch, grazing on house cured meats, dips and house-made picked veggies.
  • Ipsos in Lorne - favourite dish is fried local kalamari with beetroot tzatziki
  • Swing Bridge Café and Boathouse in Lorne - favourite spot for breakfast with great coffee – I love the Weeds option, which is slow poached eggs on Zeally Bay Sourdough, smashed avocado, goats cheese, kale and spinach
  • McGains in Anglesea- the best place for morning tea sitting amongst the plants in the nursery- amazing homemade cakes with Cartel Coffee





If you're in the area, check out our event for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2018:


  • Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne has to be the best view along the coast. I love going berry picking near Deans Marsh at Gentle Annies or collecting shells on Lorne’s secret ‘Shelley Beach’.
  • The Surf Coast walk from theSplit Point Lighthouse at Airleys Inlet back towards Anglesea is my favourite park of the coastal work and a great bit of exercise.
  • Enjoy an afternoon of berry picking at Ravens Creek Farm


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