SUPPLEMENT: The state of Victoria is quite compact and you can cover much of its length and breath easily in a week. The two most popular driving routes are the Great Southern Touring Route and South East Touring Triangle

Great Southern Touring Route

THE Great Southern Touring Route connects some of Victoria’s most scenic locations featuring dramatic landscapes and native flora and fauna, with the history of white settlements and the Gold Rush. Take it all in a seven-day drive.

Day 1: Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Depart Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge and follow the Princess Highway towards Werribee. Visit the zoo where animals roam in open grasslands.

Continue to Geelong, Victoria’s second-largest city, and explore its historic waterfront. Call into the Bellarine Peninsula and visit Port Phillip Bay the habitat of dolphins, seals, whales, penguins and sea birds.

From here, it is just a short drive to Torquay – the official start of the spectacular coastal drive along the Great Ocean Road.

Along with Bells Beach, Torquay is among the world’s premier surf locations.

The stretch between Lorne and Apollo Bay is considered by many to be the most picturesque section of the Great Ocean Road.

This small fishing and farming village is also an excellent base for exploring the waterfalls and rainforests in the Otway National Park. Dine at award-wining restaurants overlooking Apollo Bay.

Overnight: Apollo Bay

Port Campbell National Park is famous for the Twelve Apostles.