Wanting to drive the iconic Great Ocean Road soon? Trying to plan your trip on limited time frame. Well listen up, as there is some key things you must know for when your planning your holiday along the Great Ocean Road.
Driving the GOR( Great Ocean Road) is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions and with the popularity being so high that means lots of people on the road and in the townships. Whilst you could do the drive in one day (Geelong to Warranambool or vise versa) we wouldn’t recommended it as there is so much to see! However if your a tourist and you base is in Melbourne, there is a number of companies that do day trips out to the key spots so you dont miss out.
We did our trip in 3 days, whilst it was rushed, we still were able see some of the ‘key’ attractions. However we took away 6 key tips that we want to share with you as we think are pretty important for anyone that is planning to drive the Great Ocean Road.
1) We always bang on about “preparation and planning for your trip” and this is even more crucial when you plan to drive the Great Ocean Road. If you don’t already know, but you are literally driving along Victoria’s coastline, which means constant twisting and turning of the road. When you come to the Otway National Park the twisting and turning roads continue however its through the beautiful rainforest. Its important to plan your time as you may only be driving between 30-50 kilometers per hour and there is limited overtaking bays.
2)This follows on from our 1st point, driving along the coast and in the rainforest can be windy, wet and foggy. The weather conditions can be pretty bad at times with limited visibility. Remember, drive with your headlights ON, take it slow and be cautious. There is always a constant traffic flow on the GOR and we suggest ALWAYS drive to the conditions of the road. We would highly encourage not to drive at night as well.
3) If your looking to beat the rush of the tourist buses and other tourists in general, our best tip is to get up early and beat them to it! The key spots around Port Campbell are all free which is fantastic, however if you don’t come early, be prepared for an influx of people. Trying to get photos can be frustrating as you either have to wait in line or fight to the front of the queue to get your snap.
4) We visited the Great Ocean Road during a long weekend and by pure luck we were able to get some accommodation in Apollo Bay and AngleSea a week prior to leaving for our trip. Our biggest tip is to book your accommodation well in advance. Not only will you hopefully get it at a discount price, but you wont be disappointed by not getting into your favorite motel/hotel or caravan park. The Great Ocean Road is a very popular place all year round we would hate to see you having to sleep on the side of the road.
5) Now when you come down the coast, our top tip is to pack clothes suited for four seasons. Our visit was in Winter and boy was it icy cold! No matter how many layers we had on it was still freezing. Even in Summer the coastal winds can be quite chilly.
6) Make sure you have your camera packed, there is some ripper places to pull up and take photos whilst driving along the Great Ocean Road. There is plenty of designated parking areas where you can pull up to capture your memorable shots.
Have you visited the Great Ocean Road? Tell us in the comments any other tips you have or what you most loved about the Great Ocean Road.
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