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Great Ocean Road Melbourne

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Great Ocean Road Melbourne


Can anyone suggest how to go abt seeing the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne?

We plan to stay in Hotel Victoria in Melbourne.

How much does it cost to reach the great ocean road?

How much is the travel duration?

Are there any economical ways to seeing this place?

Wht else is there to see in Melbourne



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1. Re: Great Ocean Road Melbourne

When people talk about the Great Ocean Road they're mostly thinking about the Shipwreck Coast stretch around Port Campbell where the 12 Apostles and other such formations are. This section is quite a long way from Melbourne (4-5 or so hours of driving).

The GOR starts just past Geelong (about 1 hour out of Melbourne) and winds quite impressively along the rugged coast. You'll find a tourist web site dedicated to the GOR if you search on google.

If you're into looooong day drives then the most economical way would be to rent a car for the day, set off early in the morning and drive as far as the Shipwreck Coast. Spend time looking around the Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles, etc etc. Very spectacular. It is usually incredibly windy around here so take warm clothing.

You don't need to come back via the GOR. You can cut up through the Grampians (rather pleasant range of large rocky hills) and back along the freeway into Melbourne.

This is a VERY long day trip. You could think about staying the night in Port Campbell or Warrnambool. If you do stay in Warrnambool then visit Flagstaff Hill - you'll find more on this on Warrnambool's tourist website.

The bus trips are about A$120/pp for the day, whilst a decent car can be rented for about $80. If you rent the car for 2 days and stay the night in a moderate hotel around the Shipwreck Coast then you'll still be ahead if there are two or more of you.

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Hi Msraut,

You would be best to take a bus tour with any of the tour operators - they will have colour brochures in your hotel.

Tour operators include AAT Kings, APT., Scenic Tours etc. They all depart from the same street where they all have their own offices right next to one another.

If there is not enough people on each of the tour operater buses then they have a system whereby all the tourists will be grouped together and go with the one operator - not sure if this is quite legal but they do it. The only disadvantage is that you are on a full bus. You may be best to go with one of the smaller operators who have seating arrangements for around 12 people.

With the bus tour you will get the full commentary and get to meet other travellers - morning tea is included but lunch is extra. The tour cost is roughly the same with all the operators but if you take 3 full day tours then you get a discount of something like A$100. Ok to pay with credit card over the phone or whatever.

We did the tour just a few months ago and thought it was great. If you hire a car then the driver will not be able to see as much as the passenger - also on a luxury bus you will be up higher. Expect to see dozens of Koala Bears in their natural habitat!

You will have a great time.

TonmTom Coffs Harbour Australia.