I am planning a 3 day, 2 night trip on the great ocean road, starting and ending in Melbourne. Unfortunately my travel dates happen to coincide with the queen's long birthday weekend (June 10-12), so I'm guessing it'll be very crowded (and my accommodation options have been greatly limited). At someone's suggestion I looked at ridetours.com, but my husband and I prefer the independence of self-drive. I was originally thinking to go Melbourne to Lorne or Apollo Bay on the first day, then to Port Campbell for the second night, and then back to Melbourne on the 3rd day. However, something on the ride tours website made me wonder if I should reverse my route....
Ride tours says "Also, at Ride we don’t like to follow all the other buses if it can be helped. So whilst everyone else turns left out of Melbourne, we turn right and head to the end of the Great Ocean Road and work back. This means that we will have a lot more time at sights without loads of other tourists around. The trip also works a lot better in this direction because we get the long drive out of the way first and then the trip just builds and builds and gets better and better."
I am not sure exactly what the turn left/turn right out of Melbourne means and its hard for me to understand how reversing the route would avoid the crowds, but reading this made me wonder if we should do the inland road to Warrnambool on the first day and then work from there back to Melbourne along the GOR. Opinions?