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GOR Trip: Where to stay overnight?

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GOR Trip: Where to stay overnight?

Hi we are a family of 5 visiting Melbourne between Sept 1 to Set 7. Arriving MEL around 6pm will hire a car & drive to Geelong to get an early start. But, am really confused on amount of time it takes to travel to 12 Apostles.

It's best to drive straight to Port Campbell (instead of stopping over in between) and next day on the return stop to see Otway Lighthouse and do the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk then drive to Melbourne via Colac (faster route?)

Any feedback as to where to stay overnight is greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: GOR Trip: Where to stay overnight?

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Driving the GOR from Geelong to Port Campbell takes about 4 hours straight driving. The reason it takes tourists longer to go from A to B is the amount of time people wish to stop for the scenery, side routes- Otway Light Station, Otway Fly - which adds minutes to the actual drive time. Some people like to watch the sunset over the 12 Apostles and take a helicopter ride over the coast. There is also a boat charter from Port Campbell to view the coast from the water.

Most visitors travel from east to west, as do the coaches. This gives the passenger the best view as they are closest to the edge.(Its dissapointing if you are on the same side as the driver as those passengers are away from the view and would need more than a rubber neck) The driver needs to keep eyes on the road - lol. Its a narrow road. As you are visiting in Sept. the road should not be too busy.

However you can travel along the Princes Hwy from Geelong to Camperdown and turn south to Timboon and Port Campbell. Drive time 2 1/2 hours approx. . If you departed the airport close to 6 pm you could drive safely to Camperdown and stay at any of the 3 motels, 2 B&B's , giving you an even earlier start to drop down to Port Campbell -3/4 hour. The 2 pubs(hotels) do have accom if you are on a low budget. Or stop o/n at Colac, a larger town,but IMO, not as pretty. Pick up something to eat at Colac as you may be too late to choose anything in Camperdown.

Travelling along the GOR from west to east will be travelling against most of the traffic and there will be a need to cross the road for some of the viewing, but not the 12 Apostles. Going that way you may as well stay on the GOR to Torquay and the freeway back to Melbourne.

Probably dark will be about 7.15 pm depending on the weather.

It would not be advisable to drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell straight after your arrival. No street lights on a dark winding road.

You can certainly shorten your trip by going to Colac after the Otway Fly, but many people enjoy the rest of the route from Lavers Hill to Torquay just as much as viewing the limestone stacks. It is a lovely drive.

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3. Re: GOR Trip: Where to stay overnight?

Thanks Nurioopta & Gardenboffin for your replies.

Gardenboffin, our flight actually arrives after 6pm!! I figure, by the time we collect luggages and pick up our rental car, it will be at least closes to 7:30pm (already dark). That's why we plan to stay in Geelong that night and get an early start next morning.

I have read sections of GOR are very winding roads and can be dangerous... is that true? So, factoring several sightseeing stops along the way, do you believe we would arrive at 12 Apostles closes to sunset time?

Thanks again.

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