5 Tips Before Driving the Great Ocean Road

Sights along the Great Ocean Road (Photo credit: jimmymytravels)
Driving the Great Ocean Road is an unforgettable experience. Ensure that you do it right and avoid making the most common mistakes by following these 5 tips.

The Great Ocean Road is one of those drives you must take in your lifetime. It is renowned as one of the most scenic drives in the world, and captures the diversity of Australia. On this drive, you’ll see the striking coastline, rich rainforests, pure beaches and unique rock formations.

Built following World War I by returned servicemen as a memorial to Australia’s fallen soldiers, the Great Ocean Road is a popular tourist activity. But before heading off on the drive, consider these tips to ensure you get the most out of your journey:
Lookout point along the drive
1. Consider the Great Ocean Road tours available

Great Ocean Road tours take the hassle out of organising the drive. These tours are offered by a variety of companies, range from 1 to 4 days, and cater for all budgets. By signing up, you can simply hop on the tour, sit back and enjoy the ride.

Great Ocean Road tours are a great option if you’re looking for something organised and easy. Not only will you be on a guided tour that stops at all the significant landmarks, you have the opportunity to meet and engage with other like-minded travelers from all over the globe. Most tours also include meals, accommodation and national park fees.

Great Ocean Road tours also often come as part of a package. For example, along with the Great Ocean Road tour, you can also do Phillip Island tours, Adelaide tours, or Melbourne tours. This means that you have the option to see more whilst in the area!
Hopetoun Falls, Otway National Park
2. Take your time

The drive is 243kms long, and can be driven in 3.5hours. However, do you want to rush the Great Ocean Road experience? Don’t you want to take in the scenic beauty that you’ll pass? Don’t you want to get out, stretch your legs and smell the fresh air?

Also, don’t forget that the road is not straight. There are a lot of inclines and windy, narrow sections. This means that you’ll need to be cautious if you decide to drive yourself.
Great Ocean Road
3. Make sure you’re prepared

If you’re driving, get your car serviced before starting out. The last thing you want is for your car to break down on one of the quiet sections of the drive. So make sure that your car is in good condition and is capable of doing the drive.

Next, make sure that your car has the adequate supplies. You should start out with a full tank of petrol, and pack non-perishable food, plenty of water (especially if travelling during the summer), blankets, first aid kit, torch, sunscreen etc.

4. Book accommodation early

As the Great Ocean Road drive is very popular, book your accommodation well in advance. The peak season is the summer school holidays of December & January, when a lot of families do the drive. As such, either book in advance, or hold off travelling til after the peak season.
Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
5. Do your research

Make sure that you know the history of the road, so that you can fully experience it. Read up on the construction of the road, its function as a memorial to fallen soldiers and the notable landmarks along the way. This way you’ll know what to look out for and won’t risk missing something important. Here's a hint: You don't want to miss out on seeing the Twelve Apostles.

Now go enjoy your Great Ocean Road adventure!

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