3 Day Escape

Torquay To Tower Hill

This 3 day roadtrip is perfect for long weekends or a quick escape during the school hollidays. From the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians and Ballarat goldfields, this itinerary has you seeing and experienceing all the sights. 

3 Days
789 Km

Day 1: Melbourne to Great Ocean Road

Your city escape starts with a drive west towards Werribee's open plains. The Echidna Walkabout nature tour is an excellent way to see koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitats and take a snap or two for the photo book. Continue to Geelong Waterfront's sparkling bayside precinct. 

Catch some brilliant views of the ocean as you road trip throughout the Surf Coast, visiting Torquay, Anglesea and onto Lorne for lunch and stretch the legs. The detour to the Cape Otway Lightstation is worth the drive, with mesmerising views sure to take your breath away. Catch the sunset over the Twelve Apostles before settling in for a night at one of Port Campbell's Southern Ocean Villas, Anchors Port Campbell or Best Western Great Ocean Road Motor Inn. 

Highlights

    • Werribe open plains
    • Echidna walkabout nature tour
    • Geelong Waterfront
    • Torquay
    • Anglesea
    • Lorne
    • Cape Otway Lightstation
    • Twelve Apostles
    • Sunset
    • Port Campbell

Direction

  • Melbourne - Werribee, 36 mins, 42 km
  • Weribee - Geelong Waterfront, 39 mins, 43 km
  • Geelong Waterfront - Lorne, 1 hour 14 mins, 66 km
  • Lorne - Cape Otway Lightstation, 1 hour 30 mins, 78 km
  • Cape Otway Lightstation - Port Campbell, 1 hour 20 mins, 88km

Day 1: Melbourne to Great Ocean Road

Day 2: Great Ocean Road to Grampians

Port Campbell to Warrnambool

Continue your road trip along the western reaches of the Great Ocean Road: see the incredible Bay of Islands, Warrnambool's Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village where you can wander amongst shipwreck relics in the museum and the 1870s style village, Tower Hill's fascinating volcanic landscape and cheeky emus and experience Port Fairy's picturesque fishing village vibe. 

Leaving the ocean behind, head north through farming country, detouring to Hamilton Gallery for an art fix and Pierrepoint Wines or Fallen Giants to taste local vintages. Smell the eucalyptus as you wind your way through the grampians, checking into your cabin at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, the perfect base for exploring the Grampians National Park. 

Highlights

    • Bay of Islands
    • The Grotto
    • Childers Cove
    • Warrnambool
    • Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
    • Tower Hill Reserve
    • Port Fairy
    • Hamilton
    • Grampians National Park
    • Halls Gap

Direction

  • Port Campbell - Bay of Islands, 17 mins, 19 km
  • Bay of Islands - Warrnambool, 40 mins, 48 km
  • Warrnambool - Port Fairy, 30 mins, 29 kms
  • Port Fairy - Hamilton, 53 mins, 86 km
  • Hamilton - Halls Gap, 1 hour 8 mins, 96 kms

Things to do

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village has just undergone a major redevelopment, that included interactive digital installations throughout the village, a full upgrade of the ‘Shipwrecked’ Sound and Light Show Experience: the...

Day 2: Great Ocean Road to Grampians

Port Campbell to Warrnambool

Find Accommodation

Port Campbell   Warrnambool

Things to do

Port Campbell   Warrnambool

Nearest Visitor Information Center

What to see & do

Day 3: Grampians to Melbourne

After waking to the sound of chirping birds in the bush, its time to joyride through more wine country to StawellArarat and onto Ballarat. Gold rush history comes alive at award-winning Sovereign Hill, where there is more than enough to fill the day. 

Alternatively, duck away early to ogle artworks at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and meet-up with a myriad of native animals at Ballarat Wildlife Park before a leisurely drive back to Melbourne via the Western Freeway. 

Highlights

    • Wine country
    • Dunkeld
    • Stawell
    • Ararat
    • Ballarat
    • Ballarat Gold Fields - Sovereign Hill
    • Ballarat Wildlife Park
    • Art Galleries

Direction

  • Halls Gap - Ballarat, 2 hours, 145 km
  • Ballarat - Melbourne, 1 hour 30 mins, 116 km

Day 3: Grampians to Melbourne

Nearest Visitor Information Center

Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre