16 days in Great Ocean Road, Halls Gap & Ballarat Itinerary

16 days in Great Ocean Road, Halls Gap & Ballarat Itinerary

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16 days in Great Ocean Road, Halls Gap & Ballarat Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + bus + train:  9​h
1
Warrnambool
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Camperdown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Apollo Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Aireys Inlet
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Halls Gap
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Ballarat
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Grotto, contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Islands, then see the interesting displays at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, then admire the landmark architecture of Warrnambool Breakwater, then look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder point Coastal Reserve, and finally head off the coast to Griffiths Island.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Warrnambool trip planner .

Brisbane to Warrnambool is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Camperdown.

Things to do in Warrnambool

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

The Grotto, Griffiths Island
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village ©
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Bay of Islands ©
Bay of Islands

2
nights
Camperdown

Camperdown ©
Camperdown is a historically significant rural town in southwestern Victoria, Australia, west of the state capital, Melbourne. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Ard Gorge, then revel in the low prices at Apostle Whey Cheese, and finally get advice or help at Courthouse Camperdown.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Camperdown online trip planner .

Drive from Warrnambool to Camperdown in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Camperdown

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Port Campbell
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

1
night
Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. On the 25th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Mariners Lookout, take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest, then trek along Great Ocean Walk, and finally stop by High on Heels.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Apollo Bay trip maker app .

You can drive from Camperdown to Apollo Bay in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Mariners Lookout ©
Mariners Lookout

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get great views at Point Danger Lookout, and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach.

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Traveling by car from Apollo Bay to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Torquay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Aireys Inlet.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Spas
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach

3
nights
Aireys Inlet

Aireys Inlet ©
Aireys Inlet is a small coastal inlet and town located on the Great Ocean Road, southwest of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Lorne Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Bunyip Sculpture, visit a coastal fixture at Split Point Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, take in the views from Lorne Swing Bridge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls, and finally make a trip to Teddy's Lookout.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aireys Inlet online sightseeing planner .

Aireys Inlet is just a stone's throw from Torquay. In October, daily temperatures in Aireys Inlet can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Halls Gap.

Things to do in Aireys Inlet

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lorne
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls
Teddy's Lookout ©
Teddy's Lookout

3
nights
Halls Gap

Halls Gap ©
Halls Gap serves as a home base for visiting Grampians National Park.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Halls Gap Zoo, stroll through The Pinnacle, and then admire the sheer force of MacKenzie Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Halls Gap trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aireys Inlet to Halls Gap takes 3.5 hours. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ballarat.

Things to do in Halls Gap

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians National Park
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The Pinnacle ©
The Pinnacle
Halls Gap Zoo ©
Halls Gap Zoo
Grampians National Park ©
Grampians National Park

2
nights
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
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Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Wendouree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Sovereign Hill, take in the exciting artwork at Stony Creek Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ballarat trip planner .

Getting from Halls Gap to Ballarat by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Ballarat are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Daylesford
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Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Spas
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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