Great Ocean Road
If you only do one road trip in your life, this should be it. Running 243 km along Australia‘s stunning south-eastern coast, the Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Here, road trippers are rewarded with mile after mile of epic surf breaks, jungle-fringed beaches and quaint seaside towns. Spend your days spotting sleepy koalas up high in the lush emerald canopy, sampling the fantastic fresh produce from local farms and wineries, peering down sheer limestone cliffs, and hunting down the 12 Apostles — 12, 150ft pillars rising ethereally out of the shimmering turquoise water. When you’re done exploring by land, take to the crystal-clear waters for world-class surfing, diving, and swimming.
The closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road is Avalon Airport, one of the busiest airports in the Melbourne region. This airport receives flights from Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisban, Newcastle, Dubbo, and the Gold Coast so a connecting international flight into a separate airport is a necessity before making it to Avalon. Once there, the arrivals lounge offers a huge variety of car hire options, private shuttles and public transportation to Geelong and Torquay.