WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT MELBOURNE & THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
- Spend a night in the pretty town of Port Fairy and discover more about local maritime history
- Spot southern right whales from May to October
- Explore the boutiques and galleries of Melbourne with a local – a great way to get your bearings
- Do some walking amidst the rugged mountain scenery of the Grampians
OUR SPECIALISTS 'MUST DO'
Take your time and spend a week driving the Great Ocean Road. Take in the mountain ranges of the Grampians, lush rainforest and pristine bushland, as well as secluded beaches. End your journey on a 40-minute ferry journey to the Mornington Peninsula. En route stay in some of the delightful boutique properties that dot this coastline and eat in some wonderful local restaurants.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT MELBOURNE & THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Victoria is home to one of the country’s most spectacular coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road. This beautiful route hugs the contours of the states rugged south coast passing the Twelve Apostles. Further inland some of the richest pastoral lands in Australia provides the setting for regal old homesteads giving the area a feel of the English countryside. On from here, the Grampian National Park offers fabulous bushwalking trails, great viewpoints and a multitude of wildlife and seasonal flowers.
Victoria is also home to Melbourne, Australia's sporting capital. This bustling city is becoming a close competitor to Sydney, with its amazing architectural structures and beautiful coastal beaches. The beaches of Philip Island are home to the world famous Penguin Parade, where Australia's little penguins emerge from the sea at sunset and waddle to their burrows nestled in the sand dunes. A visit to this state is well combined with Tasmania, New South Wales or South Australia.
WHEN TO GO TO MELBOURNE & THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
This region of Australia has a great climate for most of the year. The best time to visit is from October to March and even into April and May it should still be lovely although the nights will be cooler and it may be a little too chilly to swim for some. Between June and September, it can be cold and wet.