Yes, technically you can do the Great Ocean Road in one day – especially if you’re self-driving. However, this isn’t recommended as you will miss so much along the way. Slowing down and taking more time ensures you can take in the stunning scenery, the beaches and forest and experience the local food. Read below for day-trip suggestions from Melbourne.
Torquay from Melbourne
Within an hour and fifteen minutes you can leave Melbourne behind and find yourself relaxing in the coastal pace of Torquay. Home to surf-famous Bell’s Beach, Torquay offers family-friendly and surf-friendly beaches as well as a regional township with plenty of cafes and eateries.
Anglesea from Melbourne
Located just 15 minutes further along the road from Torquay (and just under an hour and a half drive from Melbourne’s CBD) is the township of Anglesea. It’s a favourite holiday spot thanks to its abundant flora, parks, gardens and river.
Lorne from Melbourne
It will take a little more than two hours to drive between Melbourne and Lorne. Depending on the time of year it can be faster to approach Lorne via Winchelsea along the Princess Highway. This particular route is no less difficult to drive than the road itself, and offers its own scenic vistas of farms, fields and native bushland.
Is the Great Ocean Road Easy to Drive?
The charms of the road itself – narrow bends and turns that open to spectacular vistas – requires the full attention of drivers – especially beyond Anglesea where the road largely hugs the coast. There are many opportunities along the road to pull over, park the car and take in the stunning views.
Can You Drive the Great Ocean Road in One Day?
Driving between Torquay and Warrnambool takes around four hours and fifteen minutes. Technically you can drive the whole length in one day. However, by driving straight through the towns or failing to stop to take in the vistas you will certainly curb your enjoyment of the road. We recommend stopping overnight along the way to experience everything the region has to offer.
Get more expert advice from the locals by talking to the Visitor Information Centres along the road.