The travel options are endless, as there is so much to do and so many places to see. We have added a few suggested itineraries for you to consider when travelling.
Whether you follow them through, or just use them as a guide, we hope they enlighten you on what each area has to offer.
Recommended route 1
Great Ocean RoadWhat you'll find - Historic shipwrecks, whales, penguins, seals, massive cliffs , tranquil coves, the twelve apostles, great surf and beautiful swimming beaches.
Geelong - Start journey with a sightseeing tour through Geelong and surrounds. Leave Geelong and head to Queenscliff. View the ferry transporting people and cargo from Queenscliff to Sorento. Continue on to Ocean Grove.
Ocean Grove - We head inland briefly we make our way to Torquay.
Torquay - Famous for the Bells Beach surfing classic. Factory outlets for popular clothing brands. This is the start of the Great Ocean Road. We pass through Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, and Lorne as we head for Apollo Bay.
Apollo Bay - Stay overnight at Apollo bay. -Evening trip past Lavers Hill to Melba Gully to visit Fireflies. The Fireflies are only seen at night. Return to Apollo Bay.
Apollo Bay - Leave Apollo Bay and travel through the Otway NP with its ranforests, before reaching Lavers Hill.
Lavers Hill - Start of shipwreck coast that goes all the way through to Port Fairy. Travel past Melba Gully (home of the Fire flies).
Princetown - Start of the world renown coastal features. Gibson steps, 12 Apostles, Loch Ard gorge where the famous Loch Ard sank. (Overnight Port Cambell)
Port Cambell - Visit Arch, London Bridge on the way to Peterborough
Allansford - Cheese factory. Home of Western Speedway.
Warrnambool - Visit Fletcher Jones gardens. Flagstaff Hill, Logans Beach
(whales in season)
, Lake Pertobe. Stay overnight.
Warrnambool - Tower Hill is well worth a drive before heading back to Geelong. The lake at Tower Hill was once a volcanic crater.
Return to Geelong via Warrnambool, Terang, Camperdown, and Colac.
Melbourne to Lakes Entrance (inland)
Suggested minimum 2 day trip.
Leave Melbourne heading south on the Princes Freeway
Travel through Pakenham and Warragul.
Heading East to Latrobe Valley. There is plenty to see around Morwell, Yallourn, Moe, Hazelwood and Traralgon. Loy Yang power station, open cut mine, cooling ponds,
Morwell's open-cut mine supplied brown coal to fuel the Yallourn power station which opened in 1924, and for a briquette factory which opened in the early 1920s. Morwell Power Station was built in the late 1950's. Hazelwood Power Station commenced operations in 1971
Power Works Visitor Centre
Hazelwood Power Station (Victoria's 2nd largest power generation plant)
Jeeralang Power Station
Energy Brix Cogeneration plant
Open cut mine
Travel on to Sale. Here the RAAF base was used to train bomber pilots in World War II, but now used by the Roulettes aerobatic flight squadron. This area is the start of the Gippsland Lakes.
Travel 69 kilometres further to Bairnsdale. This town is known for it's historic buildings and museum. 280km from Melbourne.
Lakes Entrance This picturesque town is 328km from Melbourne. Surrounded by the Gippsland Lakes, Lakes Entrance is the gateway to the Lakes from the sea. The Gippsland Lakes are the largest navigable inland waterway in Australia.
Lakes Entrance port has one of the largest fishing fleets in the Southern Hemiphere.
Abundant water sports are on offer for visitors including Skiing, sailing,
jetskiing, fishing, paddle boats, catamarans, swimming and diving.
Sea shell museum and Aquarium
Tours and Cruises available
Suggested return to Melbourne via coast visiting Wilsons Promontory and Phillip
Island or join the Great Alpine Road trip
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Great Alpine Road
This trip covers Bairnsdale to Wangaratta. A very popular road to the snow fields in winter and almost as popular for the massive displays of colour in autumn.
Scenery varies from coastal lakes to Alpine summits, with plenty of wineries and Gourmet food along the way. Plenty of fantastic bushwalking opportunities along the way.
Starting at Bairnsdale and the wonderful Gippsland Lakes, we head north to Bruthen, gateway to the Snowy Mountains. This the start of the Alpine country.
Travelling further through Swifts Creek to Omeo. Omeo is a historic goldmining town. Nearby Victoria Falls is the site of Victoria's first Hydo-electric scheme, built in 1908 to supply power to the Cassilis mines.
Leaving Omeo, we travel west to Dinner Plain (Alpine village) entering part of the huge Alpine National Park, then on to Hotham Heights (Alpine village) near the peak of Mount Hotham (1868 metres above sea level and very popular with skiers).
Harrietville was another goldmining town and is famous for the huge Tronoh Dredge used to extract gold deposits at a depth of 40 metres. A short distance away is Mount Feathertop, the second highest peak in Victoria at 1922 Metres above sea level.
We leave the Alpine National Park as we leave Harrietville heading for Bright.
Bright is the gateway to Mount Buffalo- a popular winter
ski resort and beautiful scenery in Spring and Autumn.
Bright was another gold mining town when gold was first found along the Buckland River.
The Mount Buffalo National Park extends from this area almost to Myrtleford.
Myrtleford is the northern gateway to Mount Buffalo National
Park. This area is Australia's biggest producer of hops and walnuts. Tobacco
was a major industry in days gone by and tobacco kilns still exist.
Several wineries, Deer, Emu and Ostrich farm, Quarter horse Dingo stud and the Phoenix Tree are significant interests while in this area.
Next stop is Wangaratta with a population of almost 18,000
people. This area is a popular wine growing region.
Bushranger Dan (Mad Dog) Morgan was known to commit robberies in the area.
This is the end of the Great Alpine Road trip. A two and a half hour drive south on the Hume Highway returns travellers back to Melbourne. A stop at Glenrowan is worthwhile to learn about another bushranger - Ned Kelly.
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