I would love to do the Great Ocean Road all the way from Melbourne to Adelaide but wont have enough time as only in Melbourne for 4 nights and then going to Fiji.
What I plan to do is go on it for a day, stop somewhere and head back to Melbourne the next day. Are there any good places to stop off/see along the way?
Lorne is a fairly nice place to stay at overnight. On a very short trip like yours, it would probably be best to get an organised tour along the Great Ocean Road. I did it a couple of years back on a tour which left Melbourne early in the morning and got back to Melbourne in the evening time. It took me to places off the road which if I had of driven there I would not have even known about like where had a lot of koala's. It went a fair distance along the Great Ocean road, but obviously not all the way to Adelaide. It wasn't that expensive either when I booked it through the hostel I stayed at (it was a bit more pricey if booked in a travel agent in town). A number of nice places exist along the Great Ocean road for staying overnight, but Lorne would be about the most convenient if you want to get back to Melbourne as early as possible the next day.
Have a great trip.
I'd recommend renting a car and doing it yourself - the koalas aharrold mentioned can be found in every guide book (just turn south toward Cape Otway when you get to that point and keep your eyes on the trees by the side of the road), and that way you can actually stick around to enjoy the full sunset and/or sunrise at the twelve apostles, rather than being rushed out too early.
As for where to stop over for the night... that's a tough one. I chose Port Campbell, but wouldn't recommend it. Everything closes far too early. Might be worth checking out Peterborough or Princetown instead.
We did it on an over night - stopping in Apollo Bay which was a nice place where our jet lag hit us - so didnt do much there but the beds were soft! As for the Koalas along the road - we found 2 different places - they are obvious - look out for the row of cars parked along the road and people standing taking photos!! There are tours of the road but the drive in and out of Melbourne is simple (if you ignore the road works!) and its all really well sign posted too.
Its a beautiful road to drive along simply spectacular - even in the rain which it did when we did the drive!
Thanks for all the help guys.
Does anybody know how long it would actually take to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide?
You could drive Melbourne-Adelaide in 2 days. It is 728km in distance by car. On a rushed trip to Melbourne we did it in one day but it was a pretty long day.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 30, 2007, at 5:51 PM by aharrold45 ]