Great Ocean Road tips from UK visitors who have taken the journey

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With 243 kilometres of winding turns and spectacular coastal views, The Great Ocean Road is a must-do when visiting Australia.

Travellers from around the world hire a car (or take a small group tour) and drive the stunning route from Melbourne to Warrnambool.

We asked our UK visitors who have taken this famous road trip for their top suggestions on how to best enjoy the journey.

Rob Blackburn

Go slow so you don’t miss anything.

Jo Salisbury

Make sure you take time to stop. Do your research and try some of the amazing walks along the way – don’t just stay in your car!

Nicky Simpson

Mark Watson

Make it a two day trip. You can see the sun go down at the 12 Apostles and see the penguins coming out of the sea to rest in their boroughs for the night. A guided tour is best as the guides know the history of the area. Would love to do it all again.

Josephine O Halloran

Rob Blackburn

If you can ski you’ll love the rhythm of left’ and ‘right’ and ‘left’ and ‘right’ – you’ll know that bit when you get to it!! And be prepared to stop a lot to take pics unless you have a passenger.

Jen Clover

Rob Blackburn

Spent Christmas at Apollo Bay in a Camper. Koalas (in the) Otway (ranges), helicopter trip over The Apostles, great cake shop with wifi at Port Fairy. Then head to Halls Gap – the Grampians and various look out stops.

Carol Murray

Stop to see the koalas at Kennett River. One of the highlights of my holiday.

Nicky MacQueen

Rob Blackburn

I went with a company called Bunyip Tours (who I highly recommend), this way you can enjoy the fantastic scenery as well as getting an expert guide who knows where to stop and what to see. Our guide/driver arranged a helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles which was fantastic experience and not to be missed.

Maria Bartusiak

Apollo Bay for stargazing at night. Awesome Milky Way.

Dot Cretney

Rob Blackburn

Take at least twice as much time as you think you will need; there is just so much to see and experience.

Unity Slade Howard

Plenty of batteries in the camera, as you’ll want to capture every moment of your surroundings. But take time to take in the smell, the noise, the feelings you have because simply a very special place.

Suzanne Kaye

Stop and walk along the beautiful deserted beaches.

Christine Bryan

Take it over a few days – quite a few small townships along the way where you can stay overnight. And the helicopter trip – so worth it!

Jane Wood

Find out more about the Great Ocean Road and other spectacular self-driving and touring routes. Our website for UK travellers features itineraries and routes that take visitors to the unique regions of Victoria.

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