Getting there & away
Interstate visitors coming from Adelaide, Brisbane or Sydney can fly into Avalon Airport, 22km from Geelong, with Jetstar (13 15 38; www.jetstar.com.au) and take the door-to-door Avalon Airport Shuttle (03-5278 8788; www.avalonairportshuttle.com.au) along the Great Ocean Rd as far as Lorne. Jetstar flights also depart from Avalon for international destinations in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
V/Line (13 61 96) trains from Melbourne’s Southern Cross station travel to Geelong and then connect with V/Line buses that cruise along the Great Ocean Rd as far as Apollo Bay ($34), via Torquay ($14), Anglesea ($19) and Lorne ($28), four times daily Monday to Friday, and twice daily Saturday and Sunday. On Friday (and Monday during Christmas holidays), a V/Line bus continues around the coast from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell and Warrnambool.