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Great Ocean Road holidays are ideal for families looking to get away and enjoy some quality time together. Australia’s southern coastline offers travellers a tranquil retreat filled with striking scenic views and peaceful driving routes.

During your Great Ocean Road family holiday, make sure you take in the views and explore some of the blissful coastal walks. Visit Australia’s oldest lighthouse, Cape Otway Lighthouse, near Bass Strait, and marvel at the structure, which was built over 170 years ago.

Spend time strolling through the picturesque Great Otway National Park, where you’ll find waterfalls, rainforests and local inhabitants of the area such as kangaroos, koalas and wallabies.

Blue Lake is accessible as you pass through Mount Gambier and is worth the detour. This large volcanic crater is filled with vibrant blue water and is the ideal spot for some photo opportunities or even a little swim.

Great Ocean Road holidays: a heavenly experience

Immerse yourself in Grampians National Park’s wonders and become at one with nature. The Grampians has endless beauty to behold, including Mackenzie Falls, which is one of the largest waterfalls in Victoria. You can also take in stunning views from The Pinnacle and Reeds Lookout. Travelling with your kids? Then why not take them to Halls Gap Zoo? It’s home to over 160 native and exotic mammals, including giraffes, red pandas, reptiles, crocodiles and koalas - there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Try combining this holiday with another must see location in Australia, with our multi-centre Great Ocean Road holiday packages. Your holidays should be just as unique as you are, so call our Destination Specialists to help you craft a bespoke travel itineraries that is designed with you in mind.

 

Destination Highlights

  • Venture into the impressive Port Campbell National Park, with the Twelve Apostles, London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge and the Gibson Steps
  • Wind your way along breath-taking coastlines, with 155 miles of sand through Bells Beach and Aireys Inlet
  • Visit Torquay, the surf capital, as you make your way through quaint coastal towns to Apollo Bay
  • Enjoy stunning walking spots, including Great Ocean Walk, Otway Fly Treetop Walk, Maits Rest Rainforest Trail, and Surf Coast Walk

Great sample itineraries


Great Ocean Road holidays prove journeys aren’t always about the destination, but the incredible sceneries you witness along the way. Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Great Ocean Road holidays.

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  • Guide Price £7,499 PP
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  • Guide Price £13,399 PP
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Pacific Coast Highway Tour

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Lucy, Destination Specialist

“The greatest piece of advice about exploring the Great Ocean Road area is to take your time when admiring the view. Be sure to stop off at the oldest lighthouse, visit the secluded bays and discover the famous wooden archway and memorials.”

Lucy
Destination Specialist
Charlie, Destination Manager

“It takes about nine and a half hours to do the whole Great Ocean Road, so take 2-3 days to see all the must-sees. We recommend staying in either Torquay, Lorne or Apollo Bay. Remember to stock up on food and blankets when you’re in the larger towns, as there are some remote and scenic areas along the road which are ideal for picnics.”

 

Charlie
Destination Manager

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Great Ocean Road holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

Nightjar Festival

Nightjar Festival brings together the community for truly magical live music performances, brilliant buskers, and exquisite food and drink throughout January. Every Thursday night for four weeks, travellers and locals alike can enjoy the ocean views and sip on some of the finest craft beers and wines while watching the sun go down and listening to great live music.

 

Great Ocean Road Running Festival

Cheer on the side lines or take part in the Great Ocean Road Running Festival. Held in May, this running event attracts athletes from all over the world and it’s easy to see why. You’ll get the chance to race as you take in the panoramic views of the Southern Ocean. This weekend-long event has a variety of different lengths of runs and a walk, so people of all fitness levels can get involved.

 

Rip Curl Pro Bell Beach

The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach is the longest-running world championship level contest for surfers to show off their skills. An exciting event to watch, it is held annually every April, and invites the world’s greatest surfers to compete for the Rip Curl Pro Bell. 

 

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