Victoria is an undeniably beautiful state in Australia, with many incredible things to see and do. If you are staying in Melbourne, then a road trip to the Grampians and along the Great Ocean Road should be near the top of your bucket list! It’s a trip that is absolutely packed with beauty and will get you back in touch with nature and in love with Australia. If you’re looking for a guide on how to fit both into one long weekend, then look no further. Have a read of my 2-3 Day Grampians and Great Ocean Road Itinerary.
Start your day off as early as you can and head straight to the north of the Grampians National Park, towards Halls Gap. Park up in the Wonderland Car Park and from there you can choose which hike to take. Personally, I think the Wonderland/Pinnacles loop is the best. It is quite lengthy (took us around 2hrs return in total) and at times physically challenging, but the views are immense and the scenery is worth it.
From here, you can then drive up towards Mackenzie Falls. This is a stunning waterfall and really worth a look, in my opinion. It’s a pretty easy walk down too, just a lot of steps. Then, if you really fancy it, there is another trail that will take you to a smaller waterfall called Fish Falls. It isn’t anything as impressive as the first, but it’s pretty and peaceful. There were no other people, when we were there. It would be an awesome spot to have a quiet picnic.
Around early afternoon, begin to head south towards the 12 Apostles. From Mackenzie Falls, the drive will take around 3 hours. You want to aim to get to the 12 Apostles car park with plenty of time to see the sunset. At the time of our visit, the sunset at 8pm. Since we arrived a few hours before this, we took a walk down to the beach itself and enjoyed the views from below, before heading back up to get a nice spot for the sunset. I’ll warn you… there will be a few tourists there! But it’s a beautiful way to finish off the first day of the itinerary. It’s a breath-taking sight!
Where to stay: As we were cost-conscious, we stayed in a nearby hostel. But the place was great, clean and provided a nice breakfast spread.
Head out early again and start your drive along the Great Ocean Road. We stopped first at Cape Otway, which is a cute lighthouse lookout atop a cliff. There’s also a small town to explore, but it will cost $19.50.
Next, we drove all the way along to Teddy’s lookout. But there are lots of lookout spots along the way, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled and pull over if you see a good one! They’re worth the five minute break in journey. Teddy’s lookout however is absolutely gorgeous. It’s in a bit of an odd location so it feels like you are going off track on your way there, but it’s beautiful to see when you get there.
We then stopped in Lorne for lunch and a chance to relax on the beach for the afternoon.
From this point, you can either drive back along the Great Ocean Road and end your trip, or you can find a place to stay in Lorne for the night. This will give you a little more recoup time and the chance to explore some more lookouts and beaches the following day.
Spend a few hours in the morning relaxing on Anglesea Beach and enjoying a few more lookouts. Then make your way through to Bells Beach. It’s a beautiful cliffside bay that is perfect for surf and would make a good picnic spot. Along the journey, including in Lorne, there are places to stop and buy food, or there are plenty of cafes and restaurants if you would prefer dining in.
In the afternoon, make a stop at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery – you won’t regret it!
From here, you can either continue on home, or make a final stop in Torquay.
I hope you enjoy your trip. Please get in touch if you have any further questions, I’d love to hear from you! Happy travels.