Experience the Great Ocean Road Tours: Best Time to Visit

Great Ocean Road Tours

Great Ocean Road Tours

Those who live along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road will tell you there is no “best” time to visit the region. From the friendly free-for-all of summer holidays to the windswept majesty of winter by the sea, the Great Ocean Road presents an exciting new face during every season of the year.

Summer

If you’re not keen on crowds, then you probably wouldn’t want to visit in the summer school holiday period of December and January. This is when the people of Melbourne take their traditional break. Every motel, B&B, caravan park and camping ground is packed to the gills with holiday makers intent on some fun in the sun.

Seaside resort towns like Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay swell to as much as five times their normal populations. Favorite spots on the Surf Coast such as Bells Beach explode with record numbers of visitors.

There’s a great seaside holiday feel at these times, when kids explore rock pools, dads go fishing in tinnies and mums enjoy some well-earned R&R under beach umbrellas.

Autumn

In autumn, the Great Ocean Road is the place to be for festivals and fun. There are internationally renowned music festivals held every autumn in Port Fairy and Apollo Bay. There’s the Great Ocean and Otway Classic Ride, where cyclists pedal from Torquay to Lorne and then back again. There are also countless local produce and arts and crafts markets held regularly up and down the coast.

The weather is still relatively mild and the crowds have largely gone away, making autumn an ideal time to climb aboard a Great Ocean Road tour.

Winter

From May to August, the Great Ocean Road is a place of drama and raw beauty. Huge seas pound the cliffs along the Shipwreck Coast and the famous 12 Apostles stand like stark sentinels in a
washing machine of angry surf.

This is the time of year when southern right whales migrate along the coast to their breeding grounds near Warrnambool. The chance of spotting them along with penguins waddling up the beach is almost a sure thing.

Winter on the Great Ocean Road is a time for sightseeing, shopping and wine tasting by day and a roaring fire by night at a cosy B&B.

Spring

This is the time when new life emerges. Countless wildflowers spring up in the National Parks and thousands of mutton birds begin nesting at Loch Ard Gorge.

The warmer temperatures bring more wildlife into the open in places like the Otway Ranges including koalas and the elusive platypus. It’s the perfect time to visit the numerous waterfalls in the area, brought to life by spring rains.

Whether you hire a campervan or join one of the many Great Ocean Road tours, the 243 kilometers of winding bitumen from Torquay to Warrnambool is a journey that everyone should make at least once in their lives. It takes in a breathtaking mix of diverse climates and landscapes and has something for absolutely everyone -- no matter what the time of year.

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