GSTR Family

Day 1

Melbourne to Great Ocean Road

Depart: Melbourne

O/night: Apollo Bay

Distance: 179 kilometres

Route summary: From Melbourne take the Princes Freeway via Werribee to visit the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Then onwards to Geelong, gateway to the Great Ocean Road. Visit The Carousal on 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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

Grampians to Ballarat

Depart: Halls Gap/Dunkeld

O/night: Ballarat

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 family friendly 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.

Day 4

Ballarat to Melbourne

Depart: Ballarat

O/night: Melbourne

Distance: 113 kilometres

Route summary: Before enjoying the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) 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.

Must do experiences

Werribee & Surrounds
• Werribee Open Range Zoo experience African wildlife

Geelong & The Bellarine
• National Wool Museum
• Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre Aboriginal culture and native wildlife
• Adventure Park Theme & water park

Great Ocean Road
• Australian National Surfing Museum
• Cape Otway Lightstation
• Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
• Flagstaff Hill Meet the Maremmas
• Fishing Catch a fish from a pier in Lorne, Apollo Bay or Port Campbell
• Lake Pertobe Warrnambool Adventure playground
• Surfing Learn to surf together
• Rock pools Explore low tide rock pools in Torquay, Lorne and Peterborough

Grampians
• Kangaroos at sunset On the Halls Gap Recreation Reserve
• Waterfalls and creeks
• Venus Baths Rock hop with the kids
• Camping Get back to nature with a camping experience in the Grampians

Ballarat
• Sovereign Hill pan for gold
• Ballarat Wildlife Park feed the free-roaming kangaroos
• Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) pursue the origins of democracy and the Eureka rebellion