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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 07:06 AM
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Great Ocean Road In 1 Day

Hi all,

We will be in Melbourne this November and wanted some advice on how to drive along the Great Ocean Road in 1 day. I realize that the overwhelming consensus is that you need 2-3 days to drive along the GOR, but due to time limitations, we only have one day.

We need to roundtrip Melbourne-GOR-Melbourne in a single day - we can start early (7.30-8am) and dont mind returning late back to Melbourne, but 1 day is all we have. Add to this the fact that we are from the US, and dont have too much experience in driving on the left hand side of the road.

Any recommendations on what route to follow, where to stop, what the best spots are along the GOR for a day trip ? Further, at what point do we turn around and start our return trip and what route should we follow for the return trip ?

Sorry for the long question and will really appreciate any and all recommendations and advice !

Thanks in advance.

PS. Please do not recommend any guided tours, we are really keen on driving ourselves. Thanks !!
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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 07:56 AM
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we did the Great Ocean Drive in a day (wish we had more itme) but it is doable. We started very early in the AM (about 6-7AM, just as sun was coming up). We made a little stop in Geelong, then stopped whenever we wanted along the way. The whole drive is incredibly beautiful.
We went as far as the 12 Apostles, walked around a little then headed back through an inland road that runs parallel (can't remember the name). That drive was incredible too since there were no lights so the stars could be seen very clearly. We got back just before midnight.
The Great Ocean Road is basically one lane running in each direction. You just have to remember to stay on the right. Have fun!
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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 02:09 PM
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So would it be better to take a different route on the return ? And what route would this be ? Finally, is this because the alternate route would be faster\less crowded etc ?
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CarlPost5 - You should definitely take a different route to come back. It is much quicker to come back inland. Although the mileage is not a huge difference, because the inland route is not windy, your average mph will be much higher. I would suggest being on the road by 7am. If gives you a bit more time up your sleeve. Follow the highway straight down to Geelong, through to Torquay and Anglesea. You could then stop for a bite to eat (breakfast?) at Lorne overlooking the ocean. It will take you about 2 hours to get to Lorne. I would drive along the GOR as far as Peterborough which will allow you to see all the major sites and then backtrack a little bit to Port Campbell. At Port Campbell you will see road signs to Camperdown and Colac (the C164). If you drive to either of these towns you will end up on the Princes Highway. It will take you about 3 hours to get back to Melbourne.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 05:29 PM
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Great info Shandy. thanks a lot !

To recap, on the return trip.
--Follow the GOR till Port Campbell
--From Port Campbell take route C164 to Camperdown and Colac
--Take the Pricess Highway back to Melbourne

I am assuming the C164 is the name of a highway and there will be road signs for taking this route\highway ?

thanks again !
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Just one point, but an important one. CarlPost5 - don't keep to the right, whatever you do. We drive on the left hand side of the road downunder! You'll love the Great Ocean Road!
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Thanks, ishki. Sorry, I meant drive on the left (opposite of US).
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CarlPost5. Your summary is correct so I have no fear of your getting lost. The C164 is the route number of the road heading up to Camperdown and Colac. You will probably see names to these towns first rather than the route number. Just follow the signs. Port Campbell is a very small town so you won't have any trouble finding the right direction. Whether you go straight north up to Camperdown to join the Princes Highway (A1) or cut across country a bit to Colac will make little difference timewise.

You will of course need to be careful about driving on our side of the road. Do be careful when you pull out on to the road after having visited a site, this is where a lot of people get caught. At a number of the sites you will see signs reminding you to drive on the left as you pull out.

As you will likely be driving not particularly fast because you are unfamiliar with the road and you want to be able to enjoy the views, do make use of what they call the "turn out" spots for slow drivers. They are often no more than just a small area where you can pull over to the side of the road and let the cars banked up behind you get pass. Locals who are used to zipping up and down the road all the time get very frustrated being stuck for umpteen miles behind a slow car with no chance of passing it when the car makes no use of the "turn out" spots. You will also feel much better yourself if you haven't got a line of cars sitting on your tail.

If you have not had a chance to see any kangaroos on your travels you can try and see some at the Anglesea Golf Course. When you drive into Anglesea you will pass a group of shops, go through a roundabout, and then cross a small bridge. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn into the street on your right which is called Noble Street. If you drive up the street about 2kms you will get to Golf Links Road on your right. There is a big sign on the corner saying Golf Course. Park in Golf Links Road and walk over to the fairway. If you are unlucky you won't see any kangaroos, if you are very lucky you could easily see 20-30 of them and with a bit of luck there should be half a dozen around. These kangaroos are actually wild, they come and go as they please, but they are used to people being around and will not run away if they see you. You can generally walk up to within about 20 feet of them before they decide to put a bit more distance between you and them. When you have finished just simply drive back to the road you originally started on, that is, back to the brige and keep on going. It is only a 10-15 minute detour.
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