GSTR 4 days - 3 nights

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 Geelong, gateway to the Great Ocean Road. Visit the Geelong Waterfront and explore the Bollard Walk before heading to the Surf Coast towns of Torquay and Lorne. Drive the magical stretch of road from Anglesea to Apollo Bay that clings to the coastline, ensure you stop at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch.

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 and rich aboriginal history 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.

Day 4

Ballarat to Melbourne

Depart: Ballarat

O/night: 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 discover the origins of Australian democracy and the Eureka rebellion at Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE).

Must do experiences

Geelong & The Bellarine
• National Wool Museum
• Bollard Walk each bollard represents a significant person in Geelong’s history
• The Heights and Barwon Grange National Trust historic homes
• Geelong Botanical Gardens
• Eastern Beach art deco bathing pools
• Fort Queenscliff
• Queenscliff Maritime Museum

Great Ocean Road
• Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch see ‘The Diggers’ sculpture and discover the men who built the road
• Merrijig Inn
• Australian National Surfing Museum
• Cape Otway Lightstation take in the views and discover stories of shipwreck and indigenous history
• Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
• Historic Port Fairy

Grampians
• Gum San Chinese gold history
• Grampians NP ancient aboriginal culture and rock art
• Hamilton discover the early European story of Western Victoria
• Volcano Discovery Centre, Penhurst

Ballarat
• Sovereign Hill discover what life was like on the goldfields
• Blood on the Southern Cross
• Art Gallery of Ballarat
• Lydiard Street
• Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) pursue the origins of democracy and the Eureka rebellion
• Creswick Woollen Mills