We rented a little motorhome, the perfect alternative to cheap digs, we could go where ever we wanted whenever we wanted to and we had a lot of fun into the bargain.
Here's a picture of Steff taking in the scenery on the approach to Warrnambool.
Warrnambool presented an opportunity to see some beautiful coastline, as well as a great view of whales, surfing, and the wonderful landscape and rock formations of the Great Ocean Road. One of the disadvantages of driving yourself during these tours is that the driver does not get the opportunity to really view this wonderful trip!
Save yourself from one tired driver, and hope on a one-day tour using a bus line. There are disadvantages like not controlling your schedule, but you will be able to see more... and not have to drive!
Gray Line tours seemed to stop at all of the key attractions that we saw on our trip.
This is a more general, less detailed map of the Great Ocean Road, this time from its starting point at Torquay (perhaps a better map to see as you can get an idea here of its location in relation to Melbourne). Still the final stage stretch of the Road is missing, even on this map (it's just so long, it's impossible to fit on one VT map)
Continuing to drive West, beginning at a close point to where Map 1 ended, here is the next stage of the driving route, to Warrnambool itself and the smaller beach town of Port Fairy, where there is also quite a lot to see.
There's a coach service to get you to the Great Ocean Road, or you can take a bus tour that goes a bit off the beaten track, like Oz Experience, for instance, but if you want to do your own thing and explore, really you're best having your own transport, particularly since the attractions are many and spaced out along the 300 km route.
Here's one useful map to help you orient yourself: From Apollo Bay heading West. (This could be considered a map of the 2nd stage of the Road, since it begins further east, near Torquay)