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GOR and Grampians

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GOR and Grampians

We have booked a 2 night stay in Apollo Bay for January after arriving early morning on a flight from Singapore. Thought 2 nights at one stop would enable us to see the sights of the GOR and rest after flight, rather than moving on after first night. Plan to take it slowly and see sites on way to Apollo Bay and then on second day chill out and do a short walk close to Apollo Bay area. I was wondering what to do next as we have another 2 nights before Melbourne stay. What do you think about heading West on GOR to see 12 Apostles etc, then heading to Halls Gap for walks and wildlife. I am considering staying 2 nights at Halls Gap to give an opportunity to see the area and waterfalls etc. The alternative is a one night stay and then stay elsewhere closer to Melbourne on the second night. Any suggestions are most welcome.

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Hi Ringo

Good that you've got accommodation booked in Apollo Bay already, as January is the height of the holiday season and it can get busy. Having said that we booked into Lorne one January on about 2 days notice, going through Wotif. IMHO definitely go on from Apollo Bay to 12 Apostles and all the other scenery out that way. From western end of GOR to Halls Gap is only about 2 hours. Stop at Dunkeld for a coffee and check out the southern end of the Grampians. Halls Gap is as good a base as any for the Grampians. Bush walks and wildlife for sure. Also some wineries and olive groves not too far away. From Halls Gap to Melbourne is maybe not the most scenic drive in the world. About an hour or so out of Halls Gap you'll hit the freeway and from then on its downhill all the way. Maybe you want to consider Ballarat, which is 100km out of Melbourne. Old gold mining town and Sovereign Hill is a reconstructed gold mining site. I've taken lots of school groups there and we always have a good time.

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>>Thought 2 nights at one stop [Apollo Bay] would enable us to see the sights of the GOR and rest after flight, rather than moving on after first night.<<

I'm sorry but IMO driving any further than Geelong on your first day off an international flight is not a good idea, even less so in peak holiday season and even less so if you are going beyond the very winding scenic stretch past Lorne. Speaking of Lorne, we wouldn't want a repeat of the accident a few years ago where a car left the road and injured 12 pedestrians. *See the sights of the GOR* and *rest* are not really compatible.

Further, the GOR is a road so IMO if you are spending more than one night on it, it makes more sense to stay in different locations along it rather than base yourself in the same location on all nights and drive back and forth all the time. (The catch there might be minimum stays during peak season.)

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Another vote for staying at different destinations along the GOR than going back & forth to Apollo Bay. ie..

Lorne - approx. 2hrs from airport to Lorne. stay overnight

Lorne to Port Campbell - approx. 2.5hrs. (allow a day to explore) - stay overnight.

or drive Airport to Torquay - approx. 1+hrs. Stay Lorne / Port Campbell / Halls Gap / Ballarat

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Thanks for your input and advice. Will take a look at Ballarat as you suggest. Looking forward to the visit and hopefully some sunshine.

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You are correct on assumption of 2 night minimum stay in January, otherwise we would have stayed nearer airport. Thanks for your comments. Don't worry, we have 2 drivers, but we will not know how we feel until we land. If too tired will amend plans and get some sleep before the journey. Safety is the priority.

Edited: 5:02 am, December 06, 2013
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Just be careful on the GOR as it is narrow and windy in parts and requires a fair bit of intense concentration, it will be carrying a fair bit of traffic at that time of the year.

The first stage of the GOR upgrade has been announced and this section will be from Stony Creek to the Deans Marsh Road and Great ocean road roundabout near the Erskine river bridge at Lorne. At this stage no starting date has been advised but it is expected to be in the new year so be aware there could be road works in this section.

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