We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Great Ocean Road

Which Melbourne hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Minnesota
Level Contributor
19 posts
Save Topic
Great Ocean Road

Coming to Australia in August and would like to spend time enjoying the Great Ocean Road. Originally had planned to fly in and out of Melbourne and spend 3 1/2 days on the Great Ocean Road. Wondering if you think it would make more sense to drive only one way, for example fly into Melbourne and fly out of Adelaide, rather than round trip. Thoughts?

Sydney, Australia
Destination Expert
for Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Business Travel, New South Wales
Level Contributor
29,937 posts
1,361 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Great Ocean Road

If you can afford it - I would drive one way to GOR from Melbourne and fly back from Adelaide - IMO you need at least 3 days on the GOR.

GOR - Lorne / Port Campbell / Robe / Adelaide. - 3 days.

If you have any spare days - you could consider going to Kangaroo Island after the GOR - and flying back via Adelaide to Melbourne,

EM.

Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
29,592 posts
16 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Great Ocean Road

Should you rent a "Thrifty" car in Melbourne you can take it on the Kangaroo Island ferry. www.tourkangarooisland.com.au www.sealink.com.au

Gungahlin, Australia
Destination Expert
for Canberra
Level Contributor
14,450 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Great Ocean Road

Depends on the context, how much time do you have in total, what are you interested in, where else are you going. 3 1/2 days is fine for your original plan. IMO adding Adelaide and Kangaroo Island is a great idea if you can extend that time.

Edited: 25 January 2010, 02:35
TN
Level Contributor
498 posts
65 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Great Ocean Road

Britz has good one way rates as well and they will let you take the car to Kangaroo Island.

Minnesota
Level Contributor
19 posts
Save Reply
5. Re: Great Ocean Road

We have approximately 14-15 non- flying days. Our son will be studying in Cairns. Planning to have him join us for Melbourne or Melbourne/Adelaide trip (3+ days) for a long weekend. From there we will go to Cairns (3 days) to spend the weekdays with him before heading to Uluru (3 days) for a long weekend. Will wrap up our trip in Sydney/Blue Mountains (5 days).

East Gippsland
Level Contributor
3,967 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Great Ocean Road

You could also consider doing a round trip within Victoria.

From Warrnambool drive through to The Grampians and then on to Ballarat. Cross country to Woodend to Hanging Rock down to Mt Macedon for a good view of Melbourne and environs.

In August expect cold windy weather! Envigorating on the coast .

Minnesota
Level Contributor
19 posts
Save Reply
7. Re: Great Ocean Road

What temperature range and wind speeds should we expect? Is it sunny in August or generally gray/overcast?

Melbourne
Level Contributor
564 posts
103 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Great Ocean Road

Your other option is to drive one way from Melbourne to Adelaide and then jump on a cheap domestic flight from Adelaide back to Melbourne (may be cheaper than flying in and out of different destinations from OS). Melbourne in August is chilly, but not necessarily grey. Melbourne weather is notoriously crazy (four seasons in a day), so while it may be hailing in the morning, the sun might come out for a beautiful afternoon. Be prepared for anything - lots of layers - and I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time!

Melbourne, Australia
Destination Expert
for Melbourne, Victoria, Road Trips
Level Contributor
4,512 posts
12 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Great Ocean Road

Temperature will be around 50F, but we usually get sunny days. It is usually windier along the ocean. Make sure you have layers & warm jackets.

Doing a round trip back to Melbourne or driving to Adelaide are both good options. It really does depend on what you want to see. GB's suggestion of driving back through the Grampians or up to the Macedon region is good too. www.visitvictoria.com.au has more info on these areas if you are interested.

10. Re: Great Ocean Road

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 25 July 2010, 07:18