The Great Ocean Road is regarded as one of Australia’s most scenic drives. Built by returned servicemen from WWI, it is also technically the longest war memorial in the world. The Great Ocean Road stretches along Victoria’s coast for 665 kilometres or 415 miles. A straight drive from end to end will take you around 9.5 hours, running from Torquay to Port Fairy. But the stops along the way make this drive a multi-day trip. If you are starting from Melbourne, the drive to Torquay will take just over an hour.
The Great Ocean Road is a must-drive experience if you have the chance, with locals, Australian’s and international travellers all enjoying the experience every year. Here we’re going to take you along the Great Ocean Road and highlight the best points to stop along the way.
The Great Ocean Road is drivable all year, but most regard late summer to be the best time to experience the journey when the weather is clear, but not too hot. One of the big questions is, how much time do you need to experience the Great Ocean Road? There is no simple answer but will depend on how much time you can set aside to explore. A minimum of two days is recommended, but you could spend well over a week if you stopped and took your time. There are a range of hotels, motels, and Airbnbs dotted within the coastal towns that are connected by the Great Ocean Road.