By car, train, bus or ferry – there are plenty of ways to visit the incredible Great Ocean Road.
Also known as Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne Airport it is the second busiest airport in Australia and is the major airport servicing the city with both domestic and international flights. Transport services and car hire are available onsite with connection to the city by public and private operators. Airport accommodation is available and basic convenience stores, cafes and restaurants are available most hours.
Located just outside of Geelong and only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road, being only a 35 minute drive from Torquay. It offers easy transport options to Geelong and Torquay as well as plenty of car hire options. Avalon Airport currently supports budget Jetstar flights to and from Sydney, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.
The step by step directions below should take you there:
– Travel from Melbourne city onto the Westgate Freeway
– Continue onto Princes Freeway
– Continue onto Geelong Ring Road
– Follow the signs for Torquay
You can choose to head to the coast or explore the hinterland by continuing on the Princes Highway (A1) or explore the quieter country roads.
Train services operated by V/Line are available from Melbourne to Geelong or Warrnambool, stopping along the way in many of the major hinterland towns including Winchelsea and Colac.
To reach coastal towns including Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay, see connecting bus information under ‘By Bus’.
Train times vary and are not available 24/7. Coaches will replace trains on the evening Geelong service, depending on availability.
For train stops and timetables, please visit:
Get to or from the Great Ocean Road aboard Searoad Ferries, the car and passenger ferry service sailing between Queenscliff and Sorrento.
Connecting the Great Ocean Road to the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island, the 40 minute crossing is a great alternative to the 3 hour drive around the bay. Easy drive on/drive off. Ferries depart every hour on the hour from 7am to 6pm daily.
V/Line provides bus services to and from surrounding hinterland and coastal towns in the Great Ocean Road region.
To visit coastal towns between Torquay and Apollo Bay including Anglesea and Lorne, buses connect at Geelong, Marshell and Colac Stations serviced by the Melbourne – Warrnambool train line.
To visit coastal towns between Port Campbell and Port Fairy, buses connect at Warrnambool Station serviced by the Melbourne – Warrnambool train line
To visit hinterland towns including Forest, Tanybryn, Cobden, Mortlake and Timboon, buses connect at Colac, Camperdown and Warrnambool Station serviced by the Melbourne – Warrnambool train line.
To visit Portland, travel to Warrnambool by train and bus from Warrnambool or Port Fairy to Portland
Bus times may vary and are not available 24/7.
For bus and coach information and timetables visit:
Enjoy what the Great Ocean Road region has to offer, whilst keeping safe. Whether you're exploring the streets around a town, or our beaches, rivers, parks and waterways, there are some key things to remember.
Some of Victoria's roads have varying conditions and can be narrow and winding. While it may look close on a map, driving times may take longer than expected. Plan ahead. Map out your trip – make sure you allow extra time to get to your destination, including rest stops.
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.