Day 3: Melbourne to Apollo Bay
Driving Time: 3 hours
After two days around Melbourne, take it down a notch with a relaxed journey to Torquay. Just over an hour’s drive, the beautiful surfing capital of Australia marks the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. Torquay’s turquoise coastline is blessed with perfect waves that break at locations including the world-famous Bells Beach. Take in views from vantage points along the Surf Coast Walk.
For kangaroo spotting, stop at nearby Anglesea and venture to the local golf course where it’s not uncommon to see them hopping across the green or lounging under the shade of a tree. Next, pass by gorgeous coastal views all the way to the seaside town of Lorne.
Nearby the boutique shops and incredible scenery of Lorne is Kennett River and its koalas. Follow the ‘koala walk’ with your camera ready. Just don’t expect the koalas to wake up for you. They sleep up to 18 hours per day!
Finally, head to Apollo Bay. On your way you’ll travel up along cliff-tops offering incredible views alongside wild beaches. Make sure to stop at the lookouts for photos and spend some time exploring the beaches by foot.