When you’re planning a getaway, you look for dramatic scenery, small towns and pubs filled with locals. You’re a wind-in-your-hair, freedom-of-the-open-road type of traveller, and you need to put Great Ocean Road on your travel to-do list.
Running along the southern coast of Victoria from Torquay in the east to Warrnambool in the west, this 240km stretch of towering cliffs and crashing waves was made for you. All you need to do is read on to discover the best places to stay on Great Ocean Road.
Plan Your Trip
Driving to either endpoint is a popular way to get here, but if you don’t live within easy reach, you can take to the air. International arrivals should fly into Melbourne International (MLB), 110km from Torquay, while domestic travellers can fly into Avalon Airport (AVV), which is only 40km away.
Wotif’s awesome Great Ocean Road hotel deals will leave you with plenty of cash to book one of our sweet car hire options and motor on.
If You’re Focused on Food
OK, you’re probably expecting Great Ocean Road hotels to be near great seafood. But where exactly should you stay? The surf town of Torquay has no shortage of beachy shacks serving up the fresh catch of the day—plus, it’s at the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road, making for a great starting point.
For true foodies, the Otway Harvest Trail is the place to be. Make accommodation on Great Ocean Road in Lorne your starting point and wander north to find everything from farm-to-fork restaurants to berry orchards, breweries and homemade jams. This is the place to restock your pantry and pick up souvenirs sure to make everyone happy. Even cynical cousin Tom!
If You’re Bringing the Family
If admiring nature and taking snaps at scenic viewpoints isn’t enough for your little ones, you’ll be glad to know there are plenty of family activities near hotels on Great Ocean Road. On the western end, book a room in Warrnambool and spend a day exploring the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village & Shipwrecked Sound, the biggest shipwreck collection in Victoria. It’s not just for kids, either. Who doesn’t love a good shipwreck?
Another great family option: Fly through the forest canopy like a tree kangaroo. Stay a night or two in one of our hotels near Great Otway National Park and defy gravity at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. With a three-hour, 30m-high zip-line tour and one of the world’s longest and tallest treetop walkways, there is no shortage of adventure here.
If You’re Feeling (More) Adventurous
Ever heard of Gog and Magog? They’re not the easiest friends to make, but they’re worth it. You’ll just need to descend a 70m limestone cliff via some stairs carved directly into the rock. The Gibson Steps lead you to the beach below, where you can snap some selfies with Gog and Magog, the two huge limestone stacks rising up from the sea.
If that’s not enough rugged beauty for you, one of the biggest attractions is only a kilometre away. Just about any Great Ocean Road travel guide is going to point you to the famous Twelve Apostles rock formations. The views at sunrise are definitely the best; book hotels near the Twelve Apostles to be sure you get there in time!
If You Came to Party
Nightlife on this road is all about live local bands, locally brewed beer and wine bars with ocean views. Just gotta get the dancing out of your system? You’ll probably find the liveliest crowds in one of the gateway towns, Torquay or Warrnambool.
Now about those breweries and wine bars. From Torquay, pick a deso and head south to Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay to sample local brews and vino. Don’t worry—you’ve booked a Great Ocean Road hotel around the halfway point, so take a rest and tomorrow, you get to partake! The second leg of your journey includes a distillery and ends at Cheese World in Warrnambool. Booze tour, complete!
Fun Festivals and More
If you’re coming from the west, start your holiday with a bang (or a drumroll) at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, a March celebration of all things blues, jazz and country; or kick it off with bagpipes instead at the Koroit Irish Festival in late April.
In the east, surf’s up at Great Ocean Road accommodation in Torquay, which hosts the Bells Beach Surf Film Festival in January and follows that up with the world-famous Rip Curl Pro Surf Competition in late March or early April. Cowabunga!
Road trips are all about laissez-faire days and options galore, and Wotif has a hotel selection for any itinerary. Plus, when you book your hotel and flights together with our Great Ocean Road holiday packages, you’ll save even more. Epic exploits, here you come!