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Great Ocean Road

hi

CAn anyone suggest how to go abt seeing the Great Ocean Road.

We plan to stay in Hotel Victoria in Melbourne.

How much does it cost to reach the great ocean road?

How much is the travel duration?

Are there any economical ways to seeing this place?

Wht else is there to see in Melbourne

thanks

maulika

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1. Re: Great Ocean Road

Hi Maulika - you'd definitely need to hire a car if you want to see the Great Ocean Road, it's the only way to see it!

It would take about 45 miinutes or so from Melbourne to get to the start of it past Geelong, and you really should allow a full day for travelling - perhaps consider staying overnight at Apollo Bay.

The road is winding and single ladne in most places - you can travel at around 75 - 90 kph on average and there's no charges for using the road (yet ). Visit www.greatoceanrd.org.au for more info.

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Stur3128 is right. You can see the Great Ocean Road on a day bus tour out of Melbourne but the best way is by driving yourself. The road west out of Melbourne is a good wide multilane highway as far as Geelong. As you drive through Geelong you will see road signs showing the route to Great Ocean Road at Torquay.

It would be better to do this visit as a multi-day excursion stopping for a night around Port Campbell, just past the highlight of the GOR, the Twelve Apostles. I would recommend, if you have time, to extend your road trip west to complete the road into Adelaide. The roads into Adelaide are not as scenic as the first part of the GOR but the reward is in the destination. Adelaide is, in my estimation, the best laid out urban centre in the world. The centre of Adelaide is completely surrounded by parks. And a visit to Adelaide allows you to drive out to visit Australia's best known wine centre, Barrossa Valley. You should also visit the Adelaide Hills to the east of the city on the drive back to Melbourne. A good overnight stop on the drive back to Melbourne would be at Hall's Gap in an area known as The Grampians, a range of hills that seem to jump up out of the surrounding plains.

You should also stop into Ballarat on the drive back to Mel.

I will think about some must see sites in Melbourne for a furture posting.

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We've just got back to Wales from a trip to Australia and travelled from Adelaide to Melbourne by hire car. It took us 6 days and we didn't see half we would have like to and were only able to spend a few hours in places we would like to have stayed a couple of days. Please don't rush this journey as the scenery is superb and so diverse. The Great Ocean Road and the Ship Wreck Coast was magnificent and the view of the Rain Forest at the Otway Fly fantastic.

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Maulika, it is probably best for you to go to Melbourne posts and read through a lot of the suggestions for Melbourne and see what things appeal to you and we can tell you more about them. The Great Ocean Road starts about 2 hours from Melbourne and takes a few hours to drive if you drive straight through. But there are places to stop right along the road, swimming and surfing is available but you do need to know your beaches if you want to get into the water.

You could also drive up to Lorne or Apollo Bay and stay overnight. You can then head inland and back onto the coast and see the 12 Apostles, stay in beautiful Warnambool, or head inland to the beauty of the Grampians.

One other tip is to head out of Melbourne to the south rather than west to a place called Sorrento. When you get there, you can catch the ferry across to Queenscliff, this is a great ferry ride and very scenic. From Queenscliff you can head down the coast through Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Torquay and Anglesea.

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Hi Maulika,

I suggest trying to do a bus group tour of the area. The road - while spectacular - is very winding and even as a local it can be sometimes hard to focus on driving while taking in the sights.

I would reccomend at least two days to take in the Apostles, London Bridge, etc. Port Campbell is beautiful as is Warrnambool which is not far from the wastern end of the Ocean Rd (also great for whale watching from mid May) so are great places to visit and really experience Western Victoria.

Have fun!!!

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Here are some suggestions of things to do and see in Melbourne.

Melbourne is very well served by public transit (at least by North American standards). I would use the public transit to get around and would recommend using a car only to see the out of town sites. I made the mistake of bringing a car into the city centre on my last visit and recieved a $50.00 parking ticket as an unexpected souvenir. Using the local trams provided your "economical way" to see this place.

Your first ride on the transit system should be on the City tram that runs on loop around the centre of the city. It's a free tram ride. You can get off and get back on this tram at any stop. Walk over to Flinders Street and Swanston Street and get on the tram, it's a short walk from the hotel.

After you have taken the tram ride back to Filnders St. at Swanston you can visit Federation Square on the southeast corner of this intersection. This development celebrates the 100th anniversary of Australia's existence as an independent nation.

There are a few internet outlets on Flinders Street just west of Swanston, opposite Flinders Street Station.

On the City tram ride the driver may have mentioned Victoria Market. This is certainly worth a visit. The Market is a short walk up Elizabeth Street from the City tram stop at Elizabeth and LaTrobe Streets. The front part of the market is given over to food and produce markets. Walk through to the back part, given over to sales of almost every other commodity one could imagine. If you must buy souvenirs of the visit to Mel then Victoria Market should be to place to shop.

If your expectations for retail recreation are somewhat more expansive then head back to the tram stop at Elizabeth and LaTrobe. A few metres east of this intersection is the back entrance of a new indoor shooping mall - Melbourne Central Station. Just inside the LaTrobe entrance to this mall is an atruim where the new mall has been built around an old existing building. It's worth a look. Walk south through this four level shopping complex to connect on the gound level or through above ground walkways to the central Melbounre location of Myers department store. Keep walking south through the many Myers buildings and you will eventually reach Burke Street, the central pedestrian mall. You may also want to visit Myers adjacent competitor, David Jones. If your shopping needs have not been satisfied by this walk then get yourself one more block south to Collins Street. The up hill end of Collins Street, the so-called 'Paris End' of Collins Street, east of Swanston St. is home to the local outlets of the designer names of Europe (Chanel, Gucci, etc.,...).

Another walk from the corner of Swanston and Flinders will take you south across the Yarra River bridge to the new south bank development. Walk west along the south bank through the new centre of Melbourne's boulevard cafe society to the monstrous casino. This casino seems to go no forever. I'm not particularily attracted to gambling but it was worth the look.

If you want to see Melbourne's older street cafe society head for Lygon Street, just a few blocks north of downtown along Russell Street. This stretch of Lygon Street near the University of Melbourne is full of sidewalk cafe's and restaurants. The food outlets are primarily Italian (the area is also known as 'Little Italy') but there is a variey of other ethnic food offerings that should satisfy any palate.

Another good side trip would be a visit to St. Kilda's Beach. Catch a tram outside the Flinders Street Station (on Swanston St.) and take the ride to the beach. For a quieter beach walk you can catch a tram that heads to the Port of Melbourne. There you can see the ferry that leaves every evening for the overnight trip to Tasmania and take a stroll along the waterfront.

That should keep you busy for a few days.

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Hi,

We are driving the Great Ocean Road from Barossa Valley to Yarra Valley. We have my accomodations set west of Port Campbell. We want to spend our last night in Apollo Bay.

My travel agent recommended Chris' Beacon Point and Villas in Apollo Bay (we are two familes traveling with 4 children). She has stayed there and liked it very much. But I read a couple of articles that said the accomodations were not great and in desperate need of a renovation. Can anyone tell me if those renovations have been done to the villas? The websie has only pictures of the restaurant and I would like to get more infromation about the villas.

Thank You,

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Hello,

Just an update on my last question. I emailed Chris' and asked about how the renovations were coming along since the fire in 2003. I guess they were a little over sensitive to the question; they cancelled my reservation on the spot. Interesting.....

So we have decided to drive 30 minutes further up the road to Lorne. Lorne has a ton of wonderful places to stay. We need to just make up our minds about where! any suggestions? I like the look of Grand Pacific Hotel and Cumerland Lorne Resort. We will only be there one night but we want a place with some activites for the 4 children and a nice place to enjoy a glass of wine after driving all day.

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Hi martik

i dont know if this post is too late - but i would definitely stay at the cumberland.

we go to lorne at least twice a year and have been going for the past 10 years and have stayed there every time.

when i was younger my brother and i absolutely loved it. they have a pretty good games room and im sure they still organise daily activities for the kids staying at the resort. they have excellent facilities too! so if you have the energy after your driving you can still have a swim, sauna, spa, game of tennis or have a nice bbq and chill with a few glasses of wine because they have a beautiful garden area and bbq's, tables etc.

another place you might consider is erskine. i havent stayed there but family friends have and they said it was great - im not sure about activities etc for the kids but they do have a tennis court and i tend to see a lot of kids around.

i hope youhave a great time and enjoy the rest of your trip!

cheers.

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Maulika,

Not too late at all. I actually have reservations at The Grand Pacific Hotel (2 - 2 bedroom Ocean View Apartments) and at Cumberland Lorne Resort (the same kind of room). We are leaning towards the Grand Pacific because we like the older, more historic hotels. The family traveling with us is from Perth and the mum informs me that these old places are few and far between in Australia. We are more used to that here in the states.

Do you know anything about the Grand Pacific? Additional information would be helpful.

Also, do you know anything about Barossa Valley?

Thanks,

Marti

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