Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Even when the Great Ocean Road isn’t bustling with summertime holiday makers and visitors, it is always an oasis of aquatic fun and fresh sea air. Take a journey down the stunning coastline and explore charming seaside towns and endless stretches of beach.

For those who love the surf, sand and sun, Anglesea is one destination not to be missed. Play in the sun on Anglesea's main beach or take the little ones to the protected waters of Point Road Knight, located only a short distance away.

Move a little further down the coast to Lorne and discover your inner surfer! Hire a surfboard and catch waves to your heart’s content or make an appointment for a lesson at a local surf school. The scenic Louttit Bay provides the perfect backdrop to learn and is sure to be one memory you won’t forget.

After you’ve finished playing in the waves, continue to Apollo Bay, an ideal spot for those looking for a quiet place to lay their beach towel or thrill seekers keen for more surfing action. No matter what the season, Apollo Bay is all about historic fishing village charm, with the town boasting mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse.

Scuba diving is a popular activity in Apollo Bay, where temperate waters play host to a diverse local ecosystem. Apollo Bay also has a man-made adventure waiting just below the surface, namely the wreckage of the SS Casino. The ship sank while trying to dock in unfavourable conditions and lies just off shore.

If you would like to stay above water, sea kayaking is a wonderful option. Hire a kayak and head out yourself, or take a tour with a local operator. Paddle to the Marengo Marine Sanctuary, where you can get up close and personal with Australian Fur Seals and take a tour complete with a short talk on the seal’s lifestyle. If sand between your toes and the smell of sea air makes your heart skip a beat, then your journey down the Great Ocean Road is one you’ll remember forever.

Apollo Bay, Victoria, 3233

Getting there

Explore the Great Ocean Road by coach

Catch V/Line's Great Ocean Road coach on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. The service includes breaks at the main sights of the Shipwreck Coast: the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and Twelve Apostles.

To Warrnambool                   To Melbourne
    Train                    Coach
Southern Cross Station   09.10               Warrnambool Station   8.30
Geelong Station arr 10:08               Bay of Islands arr  9.10
    Coach                Bay of Islands dep  9.20 
Geelong Station dep  10.25               Peterborough   9.25 
Anglesea (1)   11.21                London Bridge arr  9.30 
Lorne   12.01                London Bridge dep  9.40 
Apollo Bay (2) arr
13.09               Port Campbell   9.45 
Apollo Bay (2) dep  13.25               Loch Ard Gorge arr  9.50
Marengo   13.28                Loch Ard Gorge dep  10.05 
Lavers Hill   14.05                Twelve Apostles arr  10.10
Princetown Turn off   14.35                Twelve Apostles dep  10.40
Twelve Apostles arr
14.40                Princetown Turn off   10.45
Twelve Apostles dep
15.10                Lavers Hill   11.15 
Loch Ard Gorge arr  15.15               Marengo   11.57 
Loch Ard Gorge dep
15.30               Apollo Bay (2) arr
Port Campbell   15.35                Apollo Bay (2) dep  14.36
London Bridge arr  15.40               Lorne   15.26
London Bridge dep  15.50               Anglesea (1)   16.21 
Peterborough   15.55                Geelong Station arr  17.30
Bay of Islands arr  16.00              
Bay of Islands dep  16.10                Geelong Station dep
Warrnambool Station   16.55                Southern Cross Station   18.49