Beautiful maritime village

If you’re researching ‘where should I go on a road trip’, then look no further than the diverse region of the Great Ocean Road. With numerous experiences and activities to suit all interests, the Great Ocean Road region offers an epic road trip adventure.

Whether you’re searching for ‘where can I go for a day trip in Victoria’ or you’re looking for a longer holiday, we have a selection of road trip recommendations that you can filter by length of journey, locations (along the Great Ocean Road), and activities. Start planning your trip, or keep reading for more recommendations.

Towns & Villages to Go to on a Road Trip in Victoria

When planning what to see & do and where should I go on a road trip in Victoria, be sure to scout out the various towns & villages along the route.

Travelling from Melbourne or Geelong, 10 of the top landmarks and popular locations include:

  • Torquay - considered the surfing capital of Australia, with the world famous Bells Beach and the Australian National Surfing Museum 
  • Anglesea - recognised for the abundant flora, beach, bush & kangaroos, it’s beautiful coastal landscape is something to behold
  • Aireys Inlet - famous for the Split Point Lighthouse and Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary as well as being a gorgeous coastal hamlet
  • Lorne - the ideal stop to enjoy great food & wine, speciality retail stores & other natural attractions
  • Apollo Bay - called a paradise by the sea for it’s fresh local seafood and diverse natural landscapes
  • The Otways - where coastal rainforest meets the Southern Ocean, with ancient trees and wonderful waterfalls
  • 12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland - known for the massive 45m tall limestone structures and breathtaking coastline of the Southern Ocean
  • Warrnambool - combines a vibrant, modern city with a relaxed country town while also offering world class surfing
  • Port Fairy - a bluestone town perfect for history buffs, but also golfers with the Port Fairy Golf Course overlooking the rugged coastline
  • Portland - another town of rich history with heritage buildings and whale watching opportunities 


Surf Coast Trail Marathon Anglesea
apollo bay live music

Plan Ahead & Talk to a Local

Be sure to plan ahead and consider the time & distance between each destination, as well as the distance from your origin. For if you’re thinking where should I go on a road trip near Melbourne, it’s 2+ hours along the coast to Lorne.

If you want more expert advice from a team of locals, talk to the Visitor Information Centres located across the region.


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