The Otways region is around 3 hours from Melbourne, but varies depending on what part of the region you are visiting. The Otways Hinterland is closer to Melbourne with Colac being 2 hours away, whereas areas at the western edge of the region can be up to 3.5 hours away.

By Car

The centre of the Great Otway National Park is 3 hours or 210km from Melbourne's CBD. Depending on your end destination within the Otway region, distances and directions differ.

To get to the Otway Region from Melbourne:

  • Travel from Melbourne city onto the Westgate Freeway
  • Continue onto the Princes Hwy
  • Continue on the Princes Hwy Geelong & Torquay exit
  • Turn left at Birregurra Forrest Rd (continue straight for Colac)
  • Continue on Forrest - Apollo Bay Rd
  • Turn right on the Great Ocean Rd at Skenes Creek

Alternatively, exit the Princes Hwy at the Torquay exit to travel the scenic Great Ocean Road coastal route.

By Train

Train services operated by V/Line are available from Melbourne to Geelong or Warrnambool, stopping along the way in major Otway hinterland towns including Colac and Birregurra.

To reach coastal Otway towns including Skenes Creek and Apollo Bay, see connecting bus information under 'By Bus'.

Train times vary and are not available 24/7. Coaches will replace trains on the evening Geelong service, depending on availability.

For train stops and timetables, please visit:

Phone:   1800 800 007

By Bus

V/Line provides bus services to and from surrounding hinterland and coastal towns within the Otways region.

  • To visit hinterland towns including Forrest, busses connect at Colac Station once a week (Wednesday), serviced by the Melbourne - Warrnambool train line.
  • To visit coastal towns including Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek, busses connect daily at Geelong Station and once a week (Wednesday) at Colac Station, serviced by the Melbourne - Warrnambool train line

Bus times may vary and are not available 24/7.

For bus and coach information and timetables visit:

Phone:    1800 800 007

By Plane

Avalon Airport

Located just outside of Geelong and only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road, being only a 35 minute drive from Torquay. It offers easy transport options to Geelong and Torquay as well as plenty of car hire options.

Avalon Airport currently supports budget Jetstar flights to and from Sydney, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Hobart. 

Phone:      +61 3 5227 9100
Toll Free:  1800 AVALON (1800 282 566)


Melbourne Airport

Also known as Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne Airport is the second busiest airport in Australia and is the major airport servicing the city with both domestic and international flights. Transport services and car hire are available onsite with connection to the city by public and private operators.  Airport accommodation is available and basic convenience stores, cafes and restaurants are available most hours.

Phone:     +61 3 9297 1600

Regional services are also available. Sharp Airlines fly into Warrnambool and Port Fairy from Essendon Airport in Melbourne.

Our visitor information centre

The yellow and blue 'i' sign is your passport to quality information and friendly service around the Otway region. Let our Visitor Information Centre staff help you make the most of your next visit! Follow the yellow and blue 'i' signs to our Visitor Information Centres for tips, maps, brochures and advice on how to make the most of your stay.

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