An undoubted world wonder awaits on Melbourne’s doorstep – the Great Ocean Road.
A journey around Victoria could see you driving south-west, away from the metropolis, and out to the state’s rough, jagged shoreline: through the surf towns of Torquay and Apollo Bay, and past the thick rainforest of Great Otway National Park .
Then comes the key stretch: the maritime graveyard of the Shipwreck Coast and the true splendour of the Twelve Apostles – the iconic limestone stacks that stand in the surf here.
There is more as you continue in a loop back to Melbourne: Warrnambool, a hotspot for whale sightings; the majestic mountains, waterfalls and rock art of the Grampians National Park ; historic towns such as Ararat and Ballarat that boomed in the 1850s Victoria Gold Rush.
These 430 miles add up to one of the planet’s most incredible road trips. Cameras ready...