Introduction to getting here

By car, train, bus or ferry – there are plenty of ways to visit the incredible Great Ocean Road.

12 Apostles | Port Campbell National Park

Public transport

Important information

Visitors need to be aware that Public Transport west of Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles, Port Campbell and Warrnambool only runs on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday (3 days a week.)

There is only one service in each direction on these days of operation. This limits visitation to Port Campbell National Park using public transport to a 30 minute stop at 12 Apostles (12km east of Port Campbell), a 15 minute stop at Loch Ard Gorge (8km east of Port Campbell) and if continuing beyond Port Campbell to Warrnambool, a 15 minute stop at London Bridge (7km west of Port Campbell).

As a Visitor Information Centre that receives weekly feedback from visitors using public transport, we know that (under current timetabling) these short stops, without supplementary transport, are likely to disappoint.

A limited taxi service and Great Ocean Walk Shuttle service are available but, this may be cost prohibitive for those who are travelling alone or as a couple.

By bus

 

TO/FROM GEELONG

The bus to and from Geelong operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and connects with trains departing and arriving at Geelong Train Station. This service stops at Apollo Bay for a short break.

TO/FROM WARRNAMBOOL

The V/Line bus to and from Warrnambool and Apollo Bay, via Port Campbell and the 12 Apostles, operates on a Monday, Wednesday & Friday only and connects with trains at the Warrnambool Train Station and the V/Line bus to Geelong in Apollo Bay.

The Transit South West service to and from Warrnambool and Timboon, via Port Campbell, operates on a Thursday and connects with trains at the Warrnambool Train Station and the 5.19pm bus service to Camperdown Train Station.

TO/FROM CAMPERDOWN

The bus to and from Camperdown operates from Timboon* on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and connects with departing and arriving trains at Camperdown Train Station.

*Timboon is located 17km inland from Port Campbell. You will need to arrange additional transport to/from Timboon. Either by private Taxi or Transit South West Thursday 2.40pm bus service from Port Campbell.

By train

 

Train services operated by V/Line are available from Melbourne to Camperdown, Terang and Warrnambool.
This line stops at the 12 Apostles Hinterland towns of Camperdown and Terang and continues west to Warrnambool.

Buses connect at Camperdown and Warrnambool Railway Stations, taking passengers to neighbouring towns. See By Bus for more information.

The Melbourne to Warrnambool train line departs from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne’s CBD.

Train times vary and are not available 24/7.

For those seeking adventure, the Camperdown – Timboon Rail Trail and Timboon – Port Campbell Trail offer the perfect opportunity to hike or ride (Mountain Bike) to the coast and back.

Although there is no trail leading to the 12 Apostles, there is a backways link from Port Campbell.

By car

 

COASTAL ROAD FROM MELBOURNE

With the sound of the ringing tram bells in the distance, head south-west towards Geelong on the M1 and continue to Torquay on the B100 for a total of 1 hour 20 minutes and let your Great Ocean Road Journey begin.
Allow 5 hours driving time if taking the 296km coastal route and please make sure to factor in additional time for sightseeing, shopping and visiting the local Visitor Information Centre for an enhanced Great Ocean Road Experience.

INLAND ROAD FROM MELBOURNE

Follow the M1 towards Geelong and continue on the A1 to Port Campbell via Colac.
You’ll save yourself time by driving the inland route, covering 240km in under 3 hours. Take in the sights of Australia’s largest Volcanic Plain and arrive in town in time for Sunset and dinner. Get up early and see the magnificent 12 Apostles upon Sunrise, who knows, you may be the only person there!

When embarking on a road trip please PAUSE STOP for a break every 2 hours to freshen up, avoid fatigue and ensure you arrive at your destination safely. Plan your journey and breaks ahead of time and don’t drink alcohol before your trip – even a small amount can significantly contribute to driver fatigue.

Getting to the Great Ocean Road

By Car

Travel time FROM MELBOURNE CBD

1hr 17min

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.

By Train

Travel time FROM SOUTHERN CROSS STATION

2hr 40min

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:

Website: ptv.vic.gov.au
Phone: 1800 800 007

By Ferry

Travel time FROM SORRENTO TO QUEENSCLIFF

40min

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.

Website: www.searoad.com.au
Phone: +61 3 52574500

By Bus

Travel time FROM MELBOURNE CBD

2hr 45min

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:

Website: ptv.vic.gov.au
Phone: 1800 800 007

Travelling to Victoria, Australia

Melbourne Airport

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.

Website: www.melbourneairport.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9297 1600

Avalon Airport

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.

Website: www.avalonairport.com.au
Phone: +61 3 5227 9100
Toll Free: 1800 AVALON (1800 282 566)

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, 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.