Europe on a Eurail Pass
October 31, 2019

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

What it’s all about

While being invited to attend a friend’s wedding in Hamilton, 3.5 hours west of Melbourne, we decided to rent a car and utilise it to see a bit more of the inland of Australia. A quick trip (4 days) we landed in Melbourne in the morning, picked up a rental car (a Holden of course – when in Rome …. :-), drove to the CBD, where we overnighted, while visiting the city and Eureka Tower, the Eureka SkyDeck being the highest public viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere and Southbank. The next morning we left Melbourne for Hamilton (via Geelong), and attended the late afternoon/evening wedding. Morning after that we drove via Port Fairy to Port Campbell, where we overnighted in an Apartment, before departing again next day, covering a portion of the famous Great Ocean Road, before arriving at Melbourne Airport, returning the rental car and departing back to Auckland on a late flight.

Unforgettable highlights

  • Melbourne / Southbank
  • Port Fairy / Great Ocean Road / 12 Apostles

Insider tips

  • Make sure you pack layers of clothing – the weather may surprise you, even in Australia
  • When hiring a car make sure you are clear about the insurance cover – policies differ in Australia / by company
  • Allow plenty of buffer time for roadworks/traffic/accidents
  • Don’t underestimate how much you can do in 4 days / long weekend getaway
  • Do pre-book your accommodation if you are travelling into smaller towns/regions, even in low season

Suits a traveller who

  • likes to be independent and is not scared of driving a rental car into the unknown
  • likes a bit of adventure and fast pace exploring

Travel essentials

  • be sure to pack layers of clothing – it was far colder inland than expected in November
  • a good map / GPS as there are many ways to travel and if you have time you want to go the scenic route – every time
  • a sense of humour and tolerance when you need to give someone driving directions – marriages get tested this way 🙂