The Great Ocean Road is one of the best destinations in Australia if not the world so if you are going to make the trip you need to know where it goes. A little over an hour from Melbourne (where most visitors will begin the journey) Geelong is a vibrant city overlooking Corio Bay with the Moorabool River running through its centre.
Is Geelong part of the Great Ocean Road? No. In fact a definite no. It has been known as the Gateway to the Great Ocean Road as it is only 20 minutes from Torquay and is a popular seaside destination. I would see at as close cousin to the GOR. Before heading off on your GOR adventure consider spending a day or two in Geelong as this rural city has a lot to offer.
Geelong has a population approaching 220,000 (almost as big as Hobart). The city is sophisticated with very good dining with views of the bay (you can even dine over the water at the end of Cunninghan Pier). There are clubs, hotels, bars and theatres to keep you entertained as well as several movie theatres. Accommodation is abundant with plenty of choice in quality and price.
So now you know Geelong is not part of the Great Ocean Road but is the key that unlocks your coastal adventure so don’t give it a miss on your way through.