There’s a reason the epic Great Ocean Road drive along the southern coast of Australia is always included in any discussion of our greatest drives, and that’s because it’s actually one of the very best in the world. The scenery, from its starting point just after ballistic Bells Beach, outside Torquay, to Allansford, is diverse, distracting and delectable. The way that so much of the road’s 243km length runs right along the ocean, often with towering cliffs on the other side, makes it a visual feast, while the way it’s constructed, with one fabulous corner after another, means it’s a fantastic drive for the enthusiast.
You really need to try this road at least twice in your life, once to take in the view, and once to keep your eyes focused entirely on the black top. It’s a good idea to take a co-driver for this reason.
Sure, you have to access it via one of the most boring highways in the world, the Geelong freeway, but the pay-off makes it absolutely worth it, even more so if it’s the end point of your Sydney to Melbourne road trip.