Great Ocean Road, Australia
TEEPEE TOUR: Great Ocean Road Surf and Camping trip
9:00 AM Out the front of At Pauls Cathedral (opposite of Federation Aquare, corner of Flidners/Swanston Street)
8:30 AM St Kilda Base X17 Carlisle Street
*Pick ups are doable if the are quite far away these 2 spots, but it is hugely convenient if they can make it to these spots
Returns: coming back te following day
5:30 PM Melbroune CBD
6:00 PM St Kilda
$265.00 – 2 day Great Ocean Road Surf and Camping trip
Surfing, BYO Alcohol, Camping in a HUGE Teepee at a private camping spot on the GOR Adam n Andrew will take you on a non-toursity trip like no other in Australia.Stop whenever you want or when the moment feels right, learn to surf and talk smack all.
- All meals
- A bag of goon to share for the group
- Park entrance fees
- Surfing lesson
- Breakfast : All
- Lunch : All
WHAT TO BRING
- Water! Off grid camping
- Power banks/chargers *Power supply is limited
- DO NOT BRING ENTIRE BACKPACK – We don’t have a luggage trailer. ONLY SMALL BAGS.
- If you like
Warm clothes! Does get a little cold at night!
- Towel, swimmers,
- Sunscreen (things for beach)
- Any footwear is fine. no strenuous activities
In a nutshell, its the only chilled out drinking surfing tour that exists on the Great Ocean Road! We don’t want this to feel like a tour at all!
All Ages welcome!
We are Andrew and Adam, two 24 year old locals from Melbourne who practically grew up along this road. We know as young travellers ourselves that traditional sight seeing tours a boring! Noone really cares to much about the dull facts tour guides explain to us, we just wan to have fun, create memories and meet good people and see some beautiful things along the way. So that’s why we quit our jobs and University and made this sweet road trip tour: By Backpackers, For backpackers!
Every trip is different for us!
– The Great Ocean Road has some of the best surf in Australia- So we’re gonna surf!
– If you want to stop, you tell us and we will, We are your mates, not tour guides
– We will share everyones music around and we’ll give you some of Australias best new music.
– We want to share stories the hole time and drink the day away!
– We’ll do all the normal stuff that everyone does anyway like seeing wildlife, all the nice historic views and beaches, but we’ll get off the beaten track!
– Then we’ll do seomthing really cool- We’ll camp in a 22 ft NATIVE AMERICAN TEEPEE. This thing is the coolest shit ever. It’s got a fire in the middle, bean bags, pillows, blankets, beds, instruments, games, couches and anything else you can think of too make it the most zen place of all time.
-If we arn’t too hungover, we’ll try to head to the twelve apostles by 11am to tick that off the bucket list, see the most amazing beach before returning to Melbourne by 5pm!
This is for the people that want to actually experience and enjoy a road trip, not for people that merely want to be noring and do a one day trip and rush it with a bunch of oldies 😉
- Age Recommendation: 18-50 yrs. Age Restriction 50
- Fitness Requirement: None, No surfing experience needed.
- Group Size: 5-11
- Trip Length: 2 Days and 1 Night
We stop in Anglesea in the morning and Apollo Bay at night for any alcohol you’d like to get.
Things can be slightly more pricey on this coast so we reccomend bringing your own stuff on the day when we pick you up!
Other than that everything is included!
Mattresses,sleeping bags, pillows, surf equipment, food and water.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not have a luggage trailer and there is limited space in the van so only back light and please leave any big backpacks or suitacases in storage at your accomodation
Day 1 : THE FUN DAY
-Pick up Melbourne –
Spend first two hours getting to know the group and getting a spotify playlist started for everyone – Get to Torquay to surf for 2 hours (wetsuits provided) *if not wanting to surf you can just chill on the beach – Lunch afterwards and look at photos of surf (free photos) – Continue to drive along and stop for alcohol – Cruise through Anglesea, Lorne, Aireys inlet – Lighthouse if we have any Brits that are keen on ‘Round the twist’ – Stop at Kennet River for Koalas and bird feeding – Cape Patton for a beautiful view lookout . Chill here while we drink and leave when we feel like it – Enjoy more views to Apollo Bay – One last shop/stock up before camping. – Drive through the Otway rainforest until we arrive at our Teepee on the coastal hills of Lavers Hill – BBQ, Campfire and live music around the teepee – Games, great banter and all the camp shit you can think of! – Teepee is the HIGHLIGHT. Furnished with beanbags, 11 beds, fairy lights and a free in the middle, we can spend all night chatting shit.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 2 : SIGHTSEEING
– Breakfast –
Leave 9am – Straight to Gibsons Steps to take pics of 12 APOSTLES – Port Campbell national Park to view 12 apostles – Loch ard gorge – Lunch at Colac (fish and chips/vegan options) – Back in Melbourne by 4:30 pm – Optional chilled bar at 9pm if you feel like it at this awesome live music bar on brunswick street Fitzroy.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Lunch
One of the world’s great scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road is a major coastal highway in the South West Coast region of Victoria, Australia.
Other states of Australia do not have their coastal roads as well situated as this one – with either the views, the access, or the length and variety of environments. To travel from Melbourne along this route, even only in sections if restricted by time or budget, is an experience that has an impact on most travellers.
Melbourne to Torquay
While not part of the Great Ocean Road, the journey out of Melbourne is generally part of most people’s itinerary! From the 1 Melbourne city centre, it is necessary to cross the Yarra River via King St or Wurundjeri Way and enter the elevated West Gate Freeway heading westbound towards Geelong. Cross the West Gate Bridge, one of the infrastructural icons of Melbourne, and follow the freeway through Melbourne’s west, passing the 2 Wyndham region on the city’s urban fringe and the Werribee Open Range Zoo, a fun stopover for a couple of hours if you have a lot of time on your hands. Nearing 3 Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city, you will have the option to follow the brown Great Ocean Road signs and continue on the freeway, skipping Geelong’s city centre and taking the quick route to Torquay. If you have more time, you can take the turn off onto the Princes Highway and see some of Geelong’s attractions, including its waterfront, the Maritime Museum and the National Wool Museum, with the option of continuing on and seeing Queenscliff and the Bellarine Peninsula. From Geelong, follow the Torquay signs to leave the city to the south. If you took the freeway route, you will eventually encounter a roundabout, with the option to turn right and skip Torquay, or turn left and see the town.
Torquay to Lorne
4 Torquay is the official start point of the Great Ocean Road, and has built up a reputation as a surfing oasis. Nearly every surfing brand you could think of has set up shop in town, including Australian favourites such as Billabong, Quiksilver and Rip Curl. Head out of town to the west; from this point on, an anchor symbol on road signs will mark the route of the Great Ocean Road. On the left, you will find the turn-off to 5 Bells Beach , the famous surfing beach which regularly plays host to numerous international surfing competitions. If taking the turn-off, turn left at the junction and follow the road to the beach. Following the road the same direction will eventually intersect the main highway, allowing you to turn left to continue your journey.
After a few bends through the Australian coastal scrub, you’ll reach the seaside town of 6 Anglesea, the point where the Great Ocean Road finally meets the ocean! The local golf course is known for the abundance of kangaroos hopping across its green, while the beach is popular with families from Melbourne getting away for the weekend. Continuing along the road, the vegetation thins out, the landscape flattens, and a beautiful panorama of the ocean comes into view on the left.
Not far down the road is the tiny village of 7 Aireys Inlet, most famous for its 19th century lighthouse that is still in operation to this day. Heading out of town, the homes of multi-millionaires line the cliff-face on the right, overlooking the ocean on the left. Five minutes out of Aireys Inlet you will find the timber-log Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, built to commemorate the returned soldiers who constructed the road in the 1930s, many of whom lost their lives. If you are able to pull over, it’s a great photo opportunity. The road starts to become a lot windier, as it snakes its way in and out of the coast. Take care while driving, but also appreciate the native gum trees that tower over you around the bends. As the road straightens, you’ll arrive into Lorne.
Lorne to Apollo Bay
The town of 8 Lorne has shaken its old reputation as a sleepy seaside village, having transformed into a major summer destination. A long beach provides an interface between the town and the ocean, while forested hills provide a scenic backdrop. There are more eateries and fish n’ chips shops than you could wish for, and a variety of accommodation at different price points if you decide to stay the night. The pier is well worth a walk; check out the catch of the local fishermen, or organise a fun fishing activity for yourself through the visitor centre.
Continuing on the road towards Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Road becomes the breathtaking journey that you’ve heard so much about. The road curls around the cliffs, with a breathtaking view of the ocean. A number of viewpoints allow you to pull over and take some shots for the collection. The small village of 9 Kennett River is a popular place to stop, where you are guaranteed to see koalas up in the gum trees. Take the turn-off on the right, just after the bridge, parking near the café; then walk up Grey River Rd on the left and keep your eyes peeled!
Continue along the Great Ocean Road and you will reach the town of Apollo Bay.
Apollo Bay to Port Campbell
10 Apollo Bay is one of the Great Ocean Road’s larger towns, and a popular mid-point stopover for the route’s thousands of travellers. The town hosts a large number of restaurants, cafés and bars in addition to dozens of accommodation options. Seafood is king in the town, with a bustling Seafood Festival held each February. Continuing on the route, the road curves inland for the next 80 km or so. About 20 minutes out of Apollo Bay, there’s a turn-off to the left for 1 Cape Otway Lighthouse. If you didn’t check out the one in Aireys Inlet, then this is an alternative, being the oldest working lighthouse in Australia. From the turn-off, it’s about 25 minutes one-way to the lighthouse, although you may wish to stop to gander at the dozens of koalas you are certain to see in the trees on the side of the road!
As the Great Ocean Road heads more inland, the gum trees begin to be interspersed with ferns, fungi and other floral biodiversity. The area is known as the 1 Great Otway National Park, or simply, The Otways. You’ll soon leave the cover of the native forest and travel through the 2 Aire Valley complete with wetlands, 2 waterfalls and an abundance of birdlife. 3 Johanna is the next rural location on the itinerary. It is one of the most beautiful valleys along the Great Ocean Road. In the small town of 11 Lavers Hill, there’s an opportunity to take another turn-off on the right and head deeper into the Otways and surrounding hills. 12 Otway Fly is a popular tourist attraction that allows visitors to walk (or zipline) high up in the treetops of the rainforest. It’s 20 minutes off the Great Ocean Road from Lavers Hill, though it can also be reached by a very scenic but narrow road from just before Apollo Bay if you’d prefer to take the full inland route. Continuing westward, the road finally rejoins the coastline and the Great Ocean Road’s most famous landmark: 4 The Twelve Apostles. This collection of limestone stacks is the result of thousands of years of erosion of the coastline, and represents where the coast once extended. Controversially, there were never twelve apostles; only nine were ever recorded, with one collapsing in 2005 to leave a grand total of eight remaining. A small visitor centre provides more information and a gravel walkway leads down to the official lookout where you can snap that perfect holiday shot! A set of steps down to the beach are located about a kilometre back from the visitor centre, although have been closed until further notice due to serious safety issues.
When you’re down admiring the region’s greatest attraction, five minutes along the road you’ll encounter 5 Loch Ard Gorge on your left. Here, you can descend the steps to the beach, where you’ll find a cosy little beach amongst fascinating rock formations and caves. Another five minutes on the road and you’ll reach Port Campbell, where you’ll need to turn right at two roundabouts to stay on the Great Ocean Road.
Port Campbell to Warrnambool
With only a short drive to the Twelve Apostles and other rock formations, 13 Port Campbell is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding region. The town is home to a small little beach, which interrupts the long rocky coastline of cliffs. Heading out of town, take a left at the intersection to stay on the Great Ocean Road towards Warrnambool.
The next stretch of road until Peterborough is dotted with several turn-offs where one can witness other lesser-known, but still spectacular rock formations. About 5 minutes out of Port Campbell is The Arch, a natural rock formation best seen during rough seas when the waves crash against its foundations. Just another minute down the road is another more famous arch, now known as 6London Arch, but previously London Bridge. Originally it was connected to the mainland as two arches, allowing tourists to walk along the length of the “bridge”, but collapsed in 1990, highlighting the coastline’s unpredictability. Another minute up the road is The Grotto, an eerily quiet inlet where a sinkhole has created rockpools teeming with sealife.
The small town of 14 Peterborough is next on the road, with a large, peaceful inlet that becomes separated from the ocean at low tide. Just after the town, you’ll find the Bay of Martyrs and then the 7 Bay of Islands . In this area is a number of separated rock formations much larger than the Twelve Apostles, seemingly forming a number of islands that are breathtaking to view, particularly at sunset.
Continuing on, the road heads inland, and you’ll need to take a left. Follow the road around the bends, until reaching the official end of the Great Ocean Road at a major T intersection with the Princes Highway. If you’re heading straight back to Melbourne, here it’s possible to take the direct route on the right via Colac. However, most visitors will continue onwards to Warrnambool and Port Fairy. Turning left, you’ll enter the small town of 15 Allansford. There’s a pub, a post office and a popular cheese factory, where visitors can taste local cheeses for free and learn about the area’s history. Another 5 minutes on the road and you’ll hit the major town of Warrnambool.