SCHOOL holidays are the perfect time to plan a little getaway and what better way to explore the regions than exploring the magnificent Great Ocean Road.
Uncover the picturesque scenery on your way along the coastline, stopping in to small coastal towns along the way.
When it comes to road trips, there are a number of options available if you're planning on enjoying a delightful mix of history, nature, freshly brewed beverages and homemade ice cream.
The Great Ocean Road springs to life and the vibrant symphony of the rainforest adds to the powerful drama of the ocean-meets-cliff theatrics, while whales arrive to bask in the warmer waters of the Southern Ocean.
If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot a whale or two as the giants of the deep journey from the Antarctic.
For those looking for something a little more romantic, why not plan to follow the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail. This delightful and delicious trip will take you through the beautiful hinterland and stop in to some local producers around Timboon and surrounding townships.
Drive north through the district of 'lakes and craters', stopping to enjoy the 360 degree views of the coastal ranges and western plains from the top of Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf. Volcanic activity has shaped much of the surrounding landscape, leaving a legacy of cones, lakes and craters to traverse.
The perfect place for weary travellers.
Take some time to explore more of the famous shipwreck coast, just south of Timboon, at the The Arch or Loch Ard Gorge.
Nearby, you will find the colourful seaside village of Port Campbell. The perfect place for weary travellers, the area epitomises the Great Ocean Road.
You can explore local history, wander the beaches, enjoy boutique accommodation and dine on regional food.
Don't forget to visit to the Twelve Apostles and the many other famous landmarks along with way.
From there, head west to Port Fairy and discover the charming, fully restored white-washed cottages built by whalers beside other grand public buildings - an architectural delight.
Learn about the local maritime history on the Port Fairy Maritime and Shipwreck Heritage Walk or stretch your legs by following one of the historic walking trails.
For more information about Timboon and surrounds, or to plan your own road trip, head along to: visitgreatoceanroad.org.au.