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The best time to visit the Great Ocean Road

aerial shot of the twelve apostles along the coast of the great ocean road

Many people are curious to know how Melbourne’s unpredictable, cold winters, affect our tours throughout the year. The truth is winter brings another element across many of our iconic tour destinations, as each destination takes on another life during the colder months.

In particular the Great Ocean Road – undoubtedly one of the most iconic stretches of coastline in the world, transforms from the peak tourism season across the summer months to the gentle, less congested winter holiday destination, which we believe to be the best time of the year to travel.

Here are 5 reasons we believe traveling the Great Ocean Road during winter is a must. 

Whale watching: during June, July, August whale sightings are common throughout the coastline along the Great Ocean Road.

During this time sightseeing flags are places at points on the coastline where there has been regular sightings, letting people know to take a look out to sea for a chance to spot the whale migration.


Sunsets: Time your arrival to the 12 apostles to watch one of the most magical sunsets, full of rich colours that are more intense during the winter months.This is a truly magnificent sight to behold and one that only gets better during winter.

Less congestion: During the summer period there’s a high volume of visitors travelling along the Great Ocean Road, and popular tourist spots can become quite chaotic. Winter sees less people travelling, giving you more of a chance to experience the beauty of the region.

Prices: along the Great Ocean Road throughout winter we find there are always great price deals during the winter months, which is perfect for those who always seek to get the most bang for their buck.

Accommodation: accommodation is more readily available during the winter months that can be snapped up for a bargain.

No matter when you choose to travel, the Great Ocean Road is an experience that will stay with you for life. The picturesque scenery around every bend truly has to be seen to believe.

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