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Great Ocean Road Backpackers
T
he Great Ocean Road & Grampians Trail is an ideal route to exploring Western Victoria or combine with travel between Melbourne/Adelaide or Adelaide/Melbourne.

Starting from Melbourne or Geelong (for arrivals via Avalon Airport) the trail passes through Torquay (Surf Capital ) the start of Great Ocean Road passing through Lorne to Apollo Bay (190 kilometres from Melbourne & halfway mark of GOR & ideal stopover to explore Otway National parks) A further 100 kilometres is Port Campbell great stopover for exploring 12 Apostles National Park. Warrnambool marks the western end of GOR (whale watching in season nearby & tower hill wildlife park with koalas, kangaroos & emus in the wild) is another good stopover.

Heading north from Warrnambool is the Grampians National park featuring excellent walking trails and wildlife. The town of Halls Gap is the place to stay. For those heading back to Melbourne the Historic Gold mining small city of Ballarat is a worthwhile stopover. (Sovereign Hill and historic buildings )

For those travelling onto or coming from Adelaide Mt Gambier (430 kilometres from Adelaide ) is another Ideal stopover . The sensational Blue Lake & the unique accommodation at the Old Mt Gambier Gaol should not be missed.


Some driving times not including stopovers or detours are:
Melbourne/ Apollo Bay           3hrs to 4hrs ( 200kilometres )
Apollo Bay/Port Campbell      90 mins (100kilometres )
Port Campbell/Warrnambool 60min ( 75kilometres )
Warrnambool/Halls Gap         2hrs (170kilometres)
Halls Gap/Ballarat                  90 mins ( 140kilometres )
Ballarat/Melbourne                 75mins (115kilometres )
Mt Gambier/Adelaide              5hrs ( 430kilometres )
Mt. Gambier/Warrnambool     2.15hrs ( 195kilometres )
Mt Gambier/Halls Gap             3hrs ( 250kilometres )
All Above destinations can be reached via public transport
(see transport & tours page )

We DO NOT RECOMMEND 1 DAY Great Ocean Road Tours
(approx. 600 kilometres & 12hrs of mostly sitting in a bus )
Check our deals page for Accommodation and 2 Day Tour deals

Also visit:
Apollo Bay Backpackers Lodge and Apollo Bay Backpackers