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An SUV Adventure on the Great Ocean Road

48 hours on the great ocean road

The Great Ocean Road - it’s an iconic Aussie road trip that attracts millions of enthusiastic tourists raring to check out this magical slice of paradise. Just a 2-hour drive from the culturally vibrant city of Melbourne is this world-recognised strip of coast. The spectacular views, unbeatable range of wildlife, sand, and sea, has to be why this location is world-class in nature. Rent an SUV in Melbourne and explore this epic location and see why this place really has it all.

Recommended car

For a road trip like this one, an SUV is a way to go. It’s up to you if you’re looking for a compact, full-sized or luxury vehicle. Are you travelling with your family? A full-sized SUV is a way to go. On a couples vaycay? Try a compact version or treat yourself to a luxury SUV to make your adventure that little bit more special. Take a look here to see why an SUV is perfect for your Great Ocean Road adventure.

Useful tips

Download Vroom Fuel Price Compare to find the closest petrol stations on your road trip. From the moment you pick up your rental car in Melbourne, to exploring the coast, you can find the closest petrol stations right here on the App. There’s no need to stress about running out of fuel anymore!

Nearby depots in Melbourne

  • Enterprise: Melbourne Downtown. 34 - 60 Little Collins St, Melbourne, 3000, Australia.
  • Europcar: Melbourne City. 89-91 Franklin Street, Melbourne, 3000, Australia.
  • Avis: Grand Hyatt Hotel. Car Park Level 4, 123 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000, Australia.
  • Hertz: Melbourne Flinders. 114 Flinders St, Melbourne, 3000, Australia.
  • Thrifty: Melbourne City. Shop 10, Southern Cross Station 99 Spencer Street Docklands, Melbourne, 3008, Australia.
  • Budget: Melbourne. Shop 2/8 Franklin St, Melbourne Vic, 3000, Australia.

Getting there: You can fly into Melbourne Airport. From there, you can pick up your car rental and start your road trip.

Top things to do on the Great Ocean Road in 48 hours

The juxtaposition between the hustle of Melbourne and natural wonder of the Great Ocean Road makes this holiday one of a kind. Take a look below at the must check out locations on the Great Ocean Road.



melbourne panorama at dawn

Arrive in Melbourne: After flying into Melbourne, you can pick your rental car up and have an amazing dinner in the city. The gorgeous alleyways around Melbourne are home to a plethora of cuisines and world-class restaurants to feast on. It’s up to you if you want to stay the night in the city or drive to Geelong and stay there before embarking on your road trip.



wood tracks in bells beach

Coffee in Geelong: Filled with cute cafes and strong coffee, fuel up your car and yourself with brekkie and get ready to hit the road!

Bells Beach: This world-renowned surf beach does not disappoint! The Rip Curl Pro is situated here every year and is a great place to check out and catch a wave.

Kennett River Koala Walk: Kennett River Koala Walk is the best place to spot koalas. As it names states, this place is where heaps of koalas live. As always, be respectful and simply observe the animals when you visit this location.


beautiful twelve apostles

The Twelve Apostles: Have you really road-tripped along the Great Ocean Road if you haven’t stopped by the star of the show? These limestone stacked towers are quite the spectacle and are up next on your road trip. Always have your camera ready, this place is stunning.

Gibbson Steps: Set on the cusp of the Port Campbell National Park, the Gibbson Steps are where you can access the beach from the top of the cliff face.

Loch Ard Gorge: See the vastness of these gorgeous cliffs and check out Razorback and Thunder Cave.


view towards port campbell

Stay in Port Campbell: Port Campbell is a town close by. Book an Airbnb and relax in this quaint town and rest up.


Morning to Midday

the grotto in victoria

The Arch: Explore the natural archway that is set in the water. It’s an amazing sight to see, especially to think that it isn’t man-made.  

The Grotto: Did you know that the Grotto is actually a sinkhole? Following the steps down, you will see that it is seriously impressive. The best way to describe it would be that it is partly a cave, with a gorgeous arch shape to it.


twelve apostles great ocean road

Bay of Islands: Next up is the Bay of Islands. Want to check out some more impressive limestone structures? This is the place to go. Some say they are just as impressive as the 12 Apostles and less crowded. Watch the sunset and have a picnic at this beautiful location.


aerial view of road going along mountain and sea

Back to Melbourne: Once you have finished up exploring the Bay of Islands, it’s time to head back to Melbourne. The drive will take you just over 3 hours if you don’t stop along the way.

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