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OVERVIEW

The Great Ocean Road Running Festival is held in a beautiful and unique area of Victoria, Australia on the Southern Ocean.

Each year that this event has been conducted, it has attracted many athletes from around the world, all eager to participate in this challenging and pristine environment.

The Great Ocean Road is an icon in Australia and is renowned throughout the world for its beauty and panoramic views of the Southern Ocean. It has a colourful history surrounding its construction and ultimate destinations along the coastline.

Anyone travelling along this road by car would not be able to experience the absolute serenity and at times the wilderness experience that you as a runner can. As you run along this course, with no traffic at all, you can almost hear the waves calling your name. The only sound you will hear is the soft thud of footsteps from your fellow competitors.

If you are driving down to Apollo Bay via the Great Ocean Road, you can see kangaroos usually lounging on the Golf Course at Anglesea – worth a brief stopover on route. Koalas are often found ‘snoozing’ during the day high up in certain gum trees along the Great Ocean Road.

ARRIVING IN MELBOURNE

Upon arrival at Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne there are several ways to get to Apollo Bay and Lorne:

  • The airport has shuttle buses to the city, as well as a taxi service.
  • Hire car rental from the airport via Europcar or Budget is available at Tullamarine (Melbourne) Airport. Please be aware that there will be road closures in affect.
  • Melbourne central has a variety of transport options to the next largest city Geelong, situated on Corio Bay. Geelong is the ’gateway’ to the Otway region of Victoria and coastline.
  • Southern Cross Railway Station in Melbourne runs regular services daily to Geelong. Plan your journey here.

WHATS ON IN VICTORIA

The state of Victoria, Australia is located in the southern regions of the country enjoying a diversity of lifestyles, scenery, and weather variations.

Apollo Bay is situated on the Southern Ocean, and is a picturesque seaside town boasting mountainous ranges rolling right down to the glorious,  bountiful bay and seashores.

It is a vibrant town with lots of lovely restaurants serving all the abundant seafood that the region is so famous for, especially its crayfish!

For more information, please call the Great Ocean Road Visitors Centre in Apollo bay on 1300 OTWAYS (689 297) or you can visit their website on www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au.

For all of the best attractions that Victoria has to experience, including galleries, cafes, art and culture, sport and more, click here.

To learn and explore other unique Australian experiences worth seeing while you are here for the Great Ocean Road Marathon, click here.

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