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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

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Hi Everyone

We are thinking of hiring a car and doing an overnight trip along Great Ocean Road in December probably around 27-28 Dec. Which town is the best to stay? And can anyone recommend a good B&B (as opposed to a hostel) - was looking at one called Sounds of Sea in Port Campbell. Anyone know if this any good?

We want somewhere at night where we can have a nice walk around and chill out over a great dinner - maybe with a sunset! Can you recommend a good restaurant too?

Perhaps a beach to lounge around for a while the next day!

Thanks

Heather

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 10y

Can't be really helpful here, I'm afraid, my experiences with Port Campbell generally having been bad (the YHA there is a dump). One warning which might be useful though: all the restaurants close really early, considering that it's the nearest place for food next to a destination where everyone wants to be for sunset (the twelve apostles). I discovered this firsthand as arriving in Port Campbell after sunset and looking for some place to eat at 21:00, there was absolutely nothing open anymore, and we had to make do with leftovers from lunch for dinner.
So, since you'll be travelling around the same time of year, with a similar late sunset, make certain to have dinner early in the evening if you want to watch the sunset at the twelve apostles (which I can highly recommend, crowds or no crowds; sunrise light is even better, but doesn't last nearly as long).

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 8, 2006 8:09 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by patience (Full Member 118 posts) 10y

Hi I went down the great ocean road. Its really nice. I cant remember all the names of the places I went. There were three or four nice areas that I stopped at. The one place I remeber staying that I would recommend was Apollo Bay. Thats next to the beach and has a few nice places to eat and drink. Maybe look into that. Hope that helps.

4. Posted by mista2kool (Budding Member 40 posts) 10y

I loved Apollo Bay as well. It was pretty rad with green mountains joining the ocean. Its a tourist town but not as busy as Lorne. It is also father along the road close to halfway which might be nice.

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

The GOR is a great trip any time the year. I just did a quick Google search and this link come up first.
http://www.greatoceanrd.org.au/

If it's sunset/rise at the 12 apostles and that area, you would need to stay at Port Campbell or Princeton. The latter is just a locality (a few houses at a cross road) but it does have at least 1 B&B and dinner can be provided.
The shoreline after Apollo Bay is accessable and some fantastic walks but not really good for swimming.

If sunset/rise are not mandatory, I'd consider Lorne as it would be quite liveley but probably my preferance would be Apollo Bay.
Lovely beach and plenty of places to have a nice meal. When you approach Apollo Bay, take the Right up the hill to Mariners Lookout it's a fantas view & I think there is a cafe' up there too.
Enjoy Victoria and the GOR.

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Thanks for your replies - looks as though we have the B&B in Apollo Bay sorted - now to reserve the car!

Any idea how long it would be to drive between Apollo Bay & 12 Apostles?

Also any recommendations on where to eat good restaurants lm assuming at the time of year we will most likely have to make reservations!

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 10y

Quoting Purdy

Any idea how long it would be to drive between Apollo Bay & 12 Apostles?

About an hour, I think? Maybe even an hour and a half? I remember the road being really windy and slow-going for most of that bit, so don't underestimate it. (If you have the time, you'd really want to go down the side road to Cape Otway as well; there's a very high chance to see Koalas there, and the lighthouse at the end is quite nice, too.)