Mt Gambier to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road

Chat to fellow Rvers about general topics
Post Reply
MicheleandSteve
I'm new, be nice!
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:46 am

Mt Gambier to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road

Post by MicheleandSteve » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:36 pm

Hi,
We are taking a couple of weeks to do a Road Trip from Mt Gambier to Melbourne and I'm hoping people can tell me about things to see and do along the way.

Thanks

Steve

Motherhen
Cracked the big time
Posts: 2013
Joined: Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:34 pm
Location: Bridgetown in the South West of Western Australia
Contact:

Re: Mt Gambier to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road

Post by Motherhen » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:36 pm

We only took a fairly quick trip as it was a chosen way to go to Melbourne on our way to Tasmania. It is a great way to drive. We stopped at all the parking areas along the limestone area. Driving through the Otways was lovely, but we didn't have time to deviate to see things like the Otway Fly and some of the waterfalls. We also missed the Cape Otway Lighthouse which is a beauty.

Mount Gambier area and in particular the Blue Lake (best seen in summer) was lovely. That was one of my priorities.
This information was brought to you by Australia so Much to See. See this and more on an informative travel website

Motherhen

Red Desert Dreaming

PeterD
Cracked the big time
Posts: 2270
Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:38 pm
Location: Chain Valley Bay, near Newcastle

Re: Mt Gambier to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road

Post by PeterD » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:34 pm

The true Great Ocean Road is the bit constructed by the diggers as work relief after WW1. It runs from Eastern View to Apollo Bay.

When viewing that section I suggest you camp at or near Apollo Bay, drive to Aireys Inlet and return to the arch at the beginning to the diggers section. There is a car park there and some info on monuments there. Driving solo back to Apollo Bay gives you better parking to stop and view things. Definitely drive that section without the impediment of a trailing caravan.
When we did the GOR we stayed at the Marengo CP just south of Apollo Bay. It is nice, well protected from the westerly trade winds and one of the cheapest in the area.

If you are into cable communications there is a couple of places to visit. A visit to the Cape Otway lighthouse will take you through the terminal of the worlds first long distance undersea telegraph cable. Also the visitor info centre and museum is in the terminal of the first undersea telephone cable. Both are worth visiting for the historical interest. There is also the remnants of one of the early WW2 radar stations the Otway lighthouse tour.
PeterD
Retired radio & electronics technician -
Nissan Navara D40 diesel auto (pensioners pack) towing a Spaceland pop-top

MicheleandSteve
I'm new, be nice!
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:46 am

Re: Mt Gambier to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road

Post by MicheleandSteve » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:22 am

Thanks for the reply's, we will definitely be checking out those suggestions.

Hoping for more.

Thanks

Steve

User avatar
Neophema
Been here for a while
Posts: 151
Joined: Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:57 am
Location: Mornington Peninsula VIC.

Re: Mt Gambier to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road

Post by Neophema » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:39 am

A great drive, so much to see, it should be taken slowly.

Don't expect any free camping between Apollo Bay & Anglesea the shire is red hot.

If you want to see the famous coastal cliff formations between Peterborough & Princetown get there early before the bus loads of rude Asians arrive.

Princetown Recreation Reserve is a lovely low cost place to stay adjacent to that stretch of coast. From memory it may be closed in Winter?

Have a great time, your on the inside lane when you're traveling in that direction so no stress.
Our land abounds in Nature's gifts, of beauty rich & rare.

Peter Aawen
On a roll
Posts: 67
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:02 pm
Location: Adelaide Hills South Aust

Re: Mt Gambier to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road

Post by Peter Aawen » Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:31 pm

Neophema wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:39 am
......
Have a great time, your on the inside lane when you're traveling in that direction so no stress.
Well, you still hafta worry about all the drivers coming the other way on the narrow, winding road who are cringing away from the scary edge & basically driving straight at you on your side of the road!! :o

Slowly & carefully will see you thru tho, but it does pay to keep a close eye out for cars behind you, and let any who catch up go past at the first reasonable opportunity, not just waiting for the next passing lane etc. ;-) Let them past at every opportunity as soon as they catch up & then they'll be just ahead of you scaring all the oncoming traffic back onto their side of the road, so your drive will be less stressful from having them behind trying to pass PLUS less stressful from having to avoid the oncoming lane hogging drivers! :mrgreen:

User avatar
Neophema
Been here for a while
Posts: 151
Joined: Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:57 am
Location: Mornington Peninsula VIC.

Re: Mt Gambier to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road

Post by Neophema » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:56 pm

Peter Aawen wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:31 pm
Neophema wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:39 am
......
Have a great time, your on the inside lane when you're traveling in that direction so no stress.
Well, you still hafta worry about all the drivers coming the other way on the narrow, winding road who are cringing away from the scary edge & basically driving straight at you on your side of the road!! :o

Slowly & carefully will see you thru tho, but it does pay to keep a close eye out for cars behind you, and let any who catch up go past at the first reasonable opportunity, not just waiting for the next passing lane etc. ;-) Let them past at every opportunity as soon as they catch up & then they'll be just ahead of you scaring all the oncoming traffic back onto their side of the road, so your drive will be less stressful from having them behind trying to pass PLUS less stressful from having to avoid the oncoming lane hogging drivers! :mrgreen:
You forgot to mention the Asian tourists coming at you driving on the wrong side of the road. There are signs to remind them that we drive on the Left in this country. Obviously some can't read. :lol: :lol:
Our land abounds in Nature's gifts, of beauty rich & rare.

Post Reply

Return to “Travel Chat”