It looks like short jump on the map, but getting to Port Campbell and the 12 Apostles by public transport is a process that requires some advance planning. Different days, mean different ways! Let us guide you here and home again and perhaps even add another dimension to what is already shaping up to be a fantastic trip!
By train - Geelong - Bus along coast
It is time to take the most scenic route of all from Melbourne to Port Campbell. Pick up the early morning train from Southern Cross to Geelong to meet the Great Ocean Road V-Line coach service! Make sure you sit on the left hand side of the bus (when facing forward!) to get the best of the fantastic views as you curve round cliff face and beach front on the way to Apollo Bay.
Only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, does the bus continue past Port Campbell through to the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell on its way to Warrnambool. After a break in Apollo Bay, jump back on board and experience the rest of the Great Ocean Road with short stops at the 12 Apostles (12km east of Port Campbell, Loch Ard Gorge (8km east of Port Campbell) and London Bridge (7km east of Port Campbell incorporated into the journey.
By train - Camperdown - bus Timboon - taxi Port Campbell
In the morning
Volcanoes, lakes and bicycle trails and whiskey tasting... all before you even arrive! On a Thursday or a Saturday, take the early morning V-Line Train from Melbourne Southern Cross Station to the historic centre of Camperdown. You will know it is time to get up off your seat when you see the impressive forms of dormant volcanoes rising out of the rural landscapes.
You will get a great view of these volcanoes rising up above the town from the public bus that picks you up from the train station to take you. to Timboon, our gourmet food hub!
Alternatively, work up an appetite and hire a bike! Thewill take you on a journey dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and spellbinding scenery.
Take some time to enjoy the local produce in Timboon before meeting your taxi to bring you the last 17km of the way to Port Campbell later in the afternoon!
In the evening
Head down after work on Friday or set off after a jam packed city weekend on Sunday night with the evening trains from Southern Cross Station to Camperdown on the Warrnambool Line. Watch the volcanic mounts lit up in the moonlight as you pull in to the historic station building to join your connecting bus to Timboon. Spend the night in Timboon and rest up for exploring on the coast the next day or book a connecting taxi to bring you down to our coastline that night and be ready to go the next morning! Enjoy the journey!
Return to Melbourne
By bus along coast - Geelong - train to Melbourne
You can't get sick of the Great Ocean Road! Monday, Wednesday and Friday, head back on the V-line bus from Port Campbell to Melbourne Southern Cross Station via Geelong. With stops at 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Apollo Bay you get a taste of great things on the way! Or carrying on West? Pick up the bus the other direction and head through to Warrnambool!
By Taxi Timboon - bus to Camperdown - train to Melbourne
Morning or Evening
On a Thursday, Saturday or Sunday head back on the rural adventure through Timboon and Camperdown. Book a taxi to Timboon in order to either hire a bike or pick up the public bus to meet the train to Melbourne at Camperdown.
On Sunday book a taxi to Timboon and catch the connecting bus to the train station in Camperdown and the evening train back to Melbourne.
Got a group and need a charter?
Local knowledge is everything. For charter and total tour packages you can't go past
Only got a day or want to pass the planning on and enjoy the ride?
Hop on hop off small bus tours are available but remember, bookings are essential;, , are some of many that pass through our region!
Multi day tours mean you get to spend longer in our fantastic area; Port Campbell Touring Company or Timboon Taxi can assist with your plans! These companies can also help you organise those vital Great Ocean Walk connections!