The Great Ocean Road: Australia's Most Beautiful Roadtrip

Sister Road Trip!

My sister, Rachel, came to visit us in Melbourne, Australia, from the USA, and we took a beautiful trip down the coast to the Great Ocean Road. I've taken down the play-by-play of our road trip.

I spent a considerable amount of time planning this trip, and I loved our three-day, two-night trip! This road trip is known for its breathtaking views, lush forests, and picturesque towns.

There are plenty of things to see along the way, from historical sites to national parks. I hope you enjoy my photos and tips! If you've been, please let me know what your favorite part of the road trip was, and remember to subscribe for more travels in and around Australia.

Day One: Melbourne to Apollo Bay

We started our journey from Docklands in central Melbourne and headed towards Torquay, beginning the Great Ocean Road. Torquay is known for some of the world’s best surf beaches, and Rip Curl hosts its annual surf competition on Bells Beach.

From Torquay, you’ll start down the coast. Your next stop is Lorne. Lorne is a darling little seaside town with cute shops and is known for its fish and chips. We stopped off at Captain Hook and enjoyed some of the best. We also ate our lunch surrounded by a group of curious cockatoos! And you best stop off at Gelato Gelato for a little treat before you hit the road again.

The vast coastal drive is overwhelming as you push on to Apollo Bay. I suggest taking it slow with some good tunes. We finished day one at the Coastal Motel right along the highway.

Day Two: Apollo Bay to Warnambool (Port Fairy)

We started a foggy day two at Little Crumb, a breakfast cafe in Apollo Bay. It was bustling with locals and had great coffee. We wanted to visit the Wildlife Wonders ecotourism experience, but we didn’t make a booking in time. Instead, we got some insight from a local woman and explored Shelly Beach on foot. It’s a hidden gem off of Elliot Road.

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk

We continued to Maits Rest Rainforest Walk and walked among the lush Otway National Park treetops. The rainforest in south Victoria is leafy and fresh and well worth the time for a mid-day leg stretch! Keep an eye out for Koalas in their natural habitat. We saw a mama koala bear walking with her young on this stretch of the trip!