Holiday at your own pace with a self-guided trip along the Great Ocean Road, stopping wherever you choose along the windswept Victorian coast read more...

Getting started in Geelong

If you're travelling from interstate or perhaps even internationally to take on the Great Ocean Road, consider setting up camp in Geelong for the night before embarking on your epic road trip. In the heart of the CBD you will find the Mercure – well-suited to both business and leisure stays – as well as a variety of serviced and self-contained apartments.

Take some time to get to know Victoria's second largest city, just an hour from Melbourne, before continuing on your Great Ocean Road-trip. Victorian-era villages by the seaside offer just a taste of what is to come on your journey.

Stay mid-way at Apollo Bay

Stretch your legs after a few hours of driving with a stopover in Apollo Bay. Make the most of this gateway to the Otway Ranges, where you can trek to the tune of waterfalls crashing through fern-filled rainforest or visit the southernmost point of Cape Otway.

Sleep easy at one of Apollo Bay's many 4-star accommodation options – waterfront motor inns, cottages on the cape and charming boutique bed and breakfasts by the sea are common around the Apollo Bay region. If you don't quite make it to Apollo Bay, you can always take a kip in Lorne.

Winding up in Warrnambool

As you come to the close of your journey along the Surf Coast, pull up in Warrnambool for a spot of whale-watching and a cuppa on Liebig Street. Stay overnight at the modern Quest serviced apartments, the homely Best Western Tudor Motor Inn or the cosy Comfort Inn.

Warrnambool hotels are strewn across the city, working their way down to the beach from Merri Street to Pertrobe Road, around the corner from the stunning Quality Suites Deep Blue. From Warrnambool you might choose to continue on to Adelaide, stopping at Port Fairy, Portland or Kingston SE along the southern coast of Australia.

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