Melbourne to Great Ocean Road
O/night: Apollo Bay
Distance: 179 kilometres
Route summary: From Melbourne take the Princes Freeway via Werribee to Geelong, gateway to the Great Ocean Road. Visit the Geelong Waterfront before heading to the Surf Coast towns of Torquay and Lorne. Drive the magical stretch of road from Lorne to Apollo Bay that clings to the coastline. Dine overlooking the ocean at Chris’s Restaurant.
Highlights: Werribee Open Range Zoo, Echidna Walkabout, Geelong Waterfront, Little Creatures Brewery, Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Australian National Surfing Museum, Teddy’s Lookout (Lorne), Marriners Falls (Apollo Bay), Great Ocean Road Brewhouse and Great Ocean Walk.
Great Ocean Road to Grampians
Depart: Apollo Bay
O/night: Halls Gap/Dunkeld
Distance: Approx 351 kilometres
Route summary: From Apollo Bay, follow the Great Ocean Road through the lush Otways to the Twelve Apostles, take a helicopter ride for a breathtaking view of the dramatic coastline. Travel on to Warrnambool, Port Fairy and then through the Western District farmlands to Halls Gap or Dunkeld.
Highlights: Cape Otway Lightstation, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Logans Beach, Tower Hill, Moyne River, Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt.
Grampians to Ballarat
Depart: Halls Gap/Dunkeld
Distance: Approx 152 kilometres
Route summary: Drive through the stunning scenery of the Grampians National Park to Halls Gap, head through Australian bush country towards Stawell, then Ararat before arriving in Ballarat, the city of gold. After enjoying dinner in one of our culturally diverse and cosmopolitan restaurants, discover the Eureka story at the Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show, where gold rush history meets modern technology. Following the show check into one of the city’s stunning historic hotels for a well deserved rest.
Highlights: Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural Centre, MacKenzie Falls, Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Sovereign Hill and Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show.
Ballarat to Melbourne
Distance: 113 kilometres
Route summary: Before enjoying your free iPod Tour at the Art Gallery of Ballarat take a walk along historic Lydiard Street to admire the Victorian inspired architecture of the gold rush. Then before heading back to Melbourne, take some time out to have your photo taken with a koala or feed a kangaroo at the open range Ballarat Wildlife Park.
Highlights: Art Gallery of Ballarat, Sovereign Hill, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Kryal Castle and Creswick Woollen Mills.