Great Ocean Road is a 500km return drive from Mel- bourne to the wild windy coast and into the luscious hill coun- try of Victoria.
I took four days to do the trip, although it can be done more quickly, and one and two-day bus tours will give you the highlights in less time.
From Melbourne travel west to Geelong, a lovely sea- side retirement town with a long pier – evidence that it was once a bustling port before rail and road opened up easier transport options.
From Geelong the road goes southwest to Torquay and the various towns along to Port Campbell, where you swing north to Camperdown, a sleepy hollow of a place, before turning east and back along the plains to Geelong and Melbourne.
I took some friends’ advice and did the journey in reverse, heading first inland to avoid the holiday crush along the coast road – good advice as it turned out. Read PDF