Located between Melbourne CBD and Geelong, Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road, at only a 35 minute drive from Torquay. It offers easy transport options to Geelong and Torquay as well as plenty of car hire options.
The airport itself is accessible and so easy to navigate. All on one level, the car park is directly out the front and all bus transfers and drop-offs are right on the doorstep of the terminal. Information, car hire and bus transfer booths are easily found in the centre of the terminal.
The offical start of the Great Ocean Road is 103km from Melbourne CBD and will take approximately 1hr:17mins to drive. In 2009 a Freeway Extension (M1) was built that bypasses Geelong, making access to the Great Ocean Road much quicker.
The step by step directions below should take you there:
- Travel from Melbourne city onto the Westgate Freeway
- Continue onto Princes Freeway
- Continue onto Geelong Ring Road
- Follow the signs for Torquay
You can choose to head to the coast or explore the hinterland by continuing on the Princes Highway (A1) or explore the quieter country roads.
Train services operated by V/Line are available from Melbourne to Geelong or Warrnambool, stopping along the way in many of the major hinterland towns including Winchelsea and Colac.
To reach coastal towns including Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay, see connecting bus information under 'By Bus'.
Train times vary and are not available 24/7. Coaches will replace trains on the evening Geelong service, depending on availability.
For train stops and timetables, please visit:
Phone: 1800 800 007
Take your car on Searoad Ferries connecting the Great Ocean Road region to Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island. The 40 minute crossing is a great way to cross the bay. Every day, every hour from 7am to 6pm.
V/Line provides bus services to and from surrounding hinterland and coastal towns in the Great Ocean Road region.
- To visit coastal towns between Torquay and Apollo Bay including Anglesea and Lorne, buses connect at Geelong, Marshell and Colac Stations serviced by the Melbourne - Warrnambool train line.
- To visit coastal towns between Port Campbell and Port Fairy, buses connect at Warrnambool Station serviced by the Melbourne - Warrnambool train line
- To visit hinterland towns including Forest, Tanybryn, Cobden, Mortlake and Timboon, buses connect at Colac, Camperdown and Warrnambool Station serviced by the Melbourne - Warrnambool train line.
- To visit Portland, travel to Warrnambool by train and bus from Warrnambool or Port Fairy to Portland
Bus times may vary and are not available 24/7.
For bus and coach information and timetables visit:
Phone: 1800 800 007
The Avalon Airport
Located just outside of Geelong and only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road, being only a 35 minute drive from Torquay. It offers easy transport options to Geelong and Torquay as well as plenty of car hire options. Avalon Airport currently supports budget Jetstar flights to and from Sydney, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Hobart.
Also known as Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne Airport it is the second busiest airport in Australia and is the major airport servicing the city with both domestic and international flights. Transport services and car hire are available onsite with connection to the city by public and private operators. Airport accommodation is available and basic convenience stores, cafes and restaurants are available most hours.
Phone: +61 3 9297 1600
Regional services are also available. Sharp Airlines fly into Warrnambool and Portland from Essendon Airport in Melbourne.
Our visitor information centre
The yellow and blue i sign is your passport to quality information and friendly service along the entire Great Ocean Road. Let our Visitor Information Centre staff help you make the most of your next visit! Follow the yellow and blue i signs to our Visitor Information Centre’s for tips, maps, brochures and advice on how to make the most of your stay.