The Great Ocean Road, Reinvented as a Stunning Destination Run

Beyond the Big 6 or the World Marathon Majors–Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York and Tokyo–destination races have also grown in popularity over the past decade as runners travel for marathons and make the most of their overseas trips by extending them for sightseeing.

Whether the race is a side trip or the main event for you, the Great Ocean Road Running Festival (GORRF) allows you to either enjoy the splendour of a world-famous location with 5km and 10km walks, or push you with challenging terrain and running events ranging from 6km to a 60km ultramarathon.

A section of the road from the town of Lorne will be closed to traffic for GORRF weekend. Vehicles will be diverted to an inland detour route, freeing up the road for runners until the final stretch ending in Apollo Bay. This means it’s just you, the road and the Southern Ocean in full view.


One of the most scenic coastal drives on Earth, the Great Ocean Road offers spectacular sightseeing at numerous spots including the 12 Apostles, Apollo Bay, Great Otway National Park, Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch. Along the way, various attractions and food choices dot the region, ensuring that your time is well spent and your tummy is always happy. And of course, opportunities to spot kangaroos and koalas abound, completing the Australian experience.



Travel360 has partnered with Visit Victoria for an exciting GORRF 2018 contest. One winner will bring a companion on a free trip including flights via Melbourne, accommodation and entry to GORRF in May.

Want to know more about the contest or interested in following our runner Ben’s GORRF training with marathoner Edan Syah? Visit our dedicated microsite at for full details.

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