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1. Posted by Michaelwan (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hello everyone

I will go to Great Ocean Road in Mid April. I intend to stay there for two nights. Where is the best place to stay? Is Lavers Hill a nice place to stay?

Since Great Ocean Road has many worth to go and see. What is your choice if you have three days from Melbourne?
Thanks a lot:)

2. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 10y

Hi Michael

We stayed in a place called Apollo Bay, it's beautiful. Lots of fairly cheap places to stay right along the beach road.
There is also a place called Lorne not too far away which is also really nice and a little bit more lively, I suppose it depends on what you like.

You'll have a great time whatever you decide to do, it's absolutley stunning.


3. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y

Lorne would be the liveliest & upmarket, Apollo Bay is a nice town and a bit more quiet but the beach is nice. (take a Right before Apollo bay to Marriners Lookout). Lavers Hill is very quiet, and actually inland so not near the beach. It is just a food & fuel stop really but there is bunk accomodation at the servo on the LHS if needed. Actually, not far from Lavers Hill, there are glow worms too.

If you were only staying at one place, I would suggest Lorne.
If you are driving, the best would be one night @ Lorne, then one at Port Campbell via Apollo Bay, Lavers Hill to the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge etc. & back to Melbourne via the Princes Hwy.
Try the Air walk through the treetops in the Otway Ranges near Apollo Bay. Another stop worth the time (1/2 hour) is the interesting stroll through the forrest at Maite's Rest.
All these are either on the GOR or nearby.

4. Posted by Michaelwan (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Thank you,Kristie and Maba. I appreciate your points.


5. Posted by vicki80 (Full Member 42 posts) 10y

My mate and I camped in Apollo Bay and Port Fairy as we went along the road - although there are lots of places and small towns to stop in along the way!
Whatever you do I would definately recommend hanging around the 12 Apostles to watch sunset if it's a clear day! The view is undescribable - totally fantastic! And a friend told us that just after sunset loads of penguins come to shore (although we didn't see!) And don't forget to head into the Grampians after the GOR - brilliant place!!

6. Posted by Michaelwan (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hi vicki.Thanks for your point.I love to see sunset and will take your advice.