GSTR Romantic

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 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.

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 culturally diverse and cosmopolitan restaurants. Following dinner check out one of Ballarat’s wine bars before checking 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 returning to Melbourne consider a short detour to Daylesford or Hepburn Springs for some pampering before a romantic lunch date. You will be spoilt for pampering options, consider a massage and mineral spa at either Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa or Salus Spa. Followed by lunch at either the Lake House Restaurant or Sault Restaurant, one of life’s true pleasures..

Must do experiences

Geelong & The Bellarine
• Vue Apartments and Day Spa
• Restaurants enjoy a romantic dinner at a Geelong Waterfront restaurant
• Romantic, charming villages of the Bellarine Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads
• Leura Park great sparkling wine
• Beaches take a romantic walk or swim
• Jack Rabbit Vineyard dine with a dramatic Corio Bay backdrop

Great Ocean Road
• Put first footprints in the sand on a magnificent Great Ocean Road beach
• Chris’ Restaurant dinner with a view to remember
• Gourmet sunset picnic explore the fertile Twelve Apostles hinterland and gather artisan produce www.12apostlesfoodartisans.com
• Merrijig Kitchen dine overlooking Port Fairy’s historic wharf
• A crackling fire and a glass of red romantic accommodation at Merrijig Inn or 54 on Bank

Grampians
• Reeds Lookout take in the best sunset in Victoria in the Grampians NP
• Royal Mail Hotel decadent degustation menu and beautiful accommodation

Ballarat
• Craig’s Royal Hotel discover the romance of the goldfields by staying in one of Ballarat’s finest restored heritage buildings

Daylesford & Macedon Ranges
• Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa for serious pampering
• Lake House Restaurant a fine dining and special occasion institution