Great Ocean Road
Take on the open road as it winds along Australia’s most famous coastal drive. Cruise alongside the Twelve Apostles, majestic limestone columns rising out of the deep blue-green waters, and stop off at wave-sculpted rock formations like Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch. In pretty towns like Lorne and Port Fairy, take a leisurely coffee break in a café on the beach or stop for great local seasonal food at home-run restaurants.
Rising dramatically from the surrounding plains, The Grampians are just a three-hour drive from Melbourne. This is quiet, traditional Australia, that’s rich in Aboriginal heritage. Hiking is big news here, and walking tracks through the park lead to cascading waterfalls and panoramic lookouts. Spring is particularly beautiful, when the wildflowers are in full bloom.
Experience the height of Australia’s gold rush in the perfectly preserved Victorian town, Ballarat. Walk among busts of each Australian prime minister in the botanical gardens, buy something delicious to eat at the monthly farmer’s market (held on the first Saturday of each month) and enjoy an interactive tour at Sovereign Hill, a recreational town where actors re-enact life in gold rush Ballarat. Nearby, spa town Daylesford has natural mineral springs and an impressive foodie scene worth a short detour or overnight stay – the family-owned Luxury Lodge of Australia Lake House is the definition of a destination hotel with its award-winning regional fine dining and sublime lake setting.
Motorhome This region is perfect for exploring in a motorhome – you'll have the freedom of having all you need with you while you experience some of Australia's most gorgeous scenery.