Melbourne >> Geelong (train) >> Torquay >> Great Ocean Rd >> Warnambool >> Melbourne (train)
Distance: 268KM (Geelong to Warrnambool)
The Ride: Scenic but challenging - many hills to contend with! This ride is not for beginners!
Victoria's most famous stretch of coastal road is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Most come via bus, van or their own rental car...but we recommend another way! If you have the time and you're willing to do the hard work, going by bike is one of the cheapest and most thrilling ways you can do the Great Ocean Road. Make overnight stops at a number of coastal hamlets along the way and do it at your own pace. Our multi-day rental packages are perfect for this with 7-day hire for road and mountain bikes only AU$110. You can take the bikes on the Vline train from Southern Cross Station (5mins from our shop) to Geelong - here you can start your journey down to the coast. Coming back, you can ride a train from Warrnambool in Victoria's west - go to https://www.vline.com.au/ for schedule and fare details.
The first stop is also the surfing capital of Victoria. Torquay is home to the famous Bells Beach, home to the Rip Curl Pro, one of world surfing's most famous and longest running events. As one of the bigger towns found on the coast, in Torquay you'll also find many accomodation options and great restaurants and cafes.
Perhaps the most picturesque of towns found along the Great Ocean Road, you should definitely consider Lorne as an overnight stop. The small township is surrounded by lush forests and is protected by it's own little bay making ocean swimming much safer here compared to other places along the coast. Walk to Erskine Falls and dine out at one of the many restaurants in town.
Perhaps the crown jewel of Victoria's tourist attractions, the 12 Apostles draw hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Our recommendation is to be here either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the busses! However, no matter the amount of people, these unique rock formations jutting out of the Southern Ocean are still a sight to behold.