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Great Ocean Road Trip

This scenic drive along the coastal on Great Ocean Road tour offers an expert-led journey through Australia’s most breathtaking coastal landscape, featuring stunning ocean vistas and ancient rainforests. Our intimate group day trip involves visiting the renowned rock structures of the 12 Apostles. Discover the magnificent Loch Ard Gorge and be awed by the panoramas from the finest vantage points within Port Campbell National Park. Meander through coastal villages like Apollo Bay and allocate time to delve into other charming beaches and trails.

$150 Adults / $120 Children (0 – 12yo)

 

Highlights  Great Ocean Road Tours

  • The historic Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
  • Beaches along the Surf Coast, charming seaside communities, and extraordinary coastal scenery
  • Observing Koalas perched in trees along the Great Ocean Road
  • Relishing lunch in the coastal town of Apollo Bay
  • A guided walk through the ancient rainforest in the Great Otway National Park
  • Exploring Loch Ard Gorge and the Shipwreck Coast in Port Campbell National Park
  • Viewing the globally acclaimed Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park
  • Discovering unique formations such as Razorback, Island Archway, and the Salt & Pepper Shakers in Port Campbell National Park

Trip Inclusions

  • The entry fees for all National Parks.
  • Australian wildlife viewing
  • The driver/guide is experienced and maintains a friendly demeanour.
  • Local informative tour commentary
  • Choose pickup and drop-off locations within the city.

Itinerary

The renowned Great Ocean Road in Victoria stands as an essential excursion to experience. A day will come when we guide you along this magnificent coastal route, showcasing its splendour. We’ll navigate through untouched beaches, vibrant rainforests, and imposing limestone cliffs. Prepare to be amazed by the 12 Apostles – these famous rocky structures are just offshore of Port Campbell National Park in Victoria. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscape and listen as our guides share tales and the rich history that defines this magnificent coastline.

Our journey begins as we depart from Melbourne, steering towards the Surf Coast. We’ll traverse charming coastal communities such as Anglesea, Lorne, and Airey’s Inlet. Pauses are made en route for a morning refreshment and to savour the clean ocean breeze while observing surfers riding the waves. You’ll discover why this region offers exceptional surfing conditions and the necessity of wetsuits, given its closeness to Antarctica!

Visitors can stop at the Great Ocean Road monument, which denotes the original starting point of the Great Ocean Road. After taking pictures at the well-known Memorial Arch and learning about the history of the soldiers who constructed this road to honour their fallen comrades, there will be opportunities to capture more breathtaking views along the way.

During the journey, there will be stops along the Great Ocean Road where we can look for Koalas in their natural habitat. Although they are wild animals and their locations cannot be guaranteed, our experienced guides know the best spots in the bush where they can be spotted resting.

A lunch break is taken in Apollo Bay (approximately 45 minutes – at your own expense). After exploring Apollo Bay, purchasing souvenirs or enjoying ice cream, it’s time to continue the journey to the Great Otway National Park inland.

Continuing on the Great Ocean Road, we drive into the Great Otway National Park. The scenery changes as we pass towering Eucalyptus trees and enter a Cool, Temperate Rainforest patch. Walking through the tree ferns, we can marvel at the ‘ancient relics’ of Myrtle Beach trees. These trees provide canopy shade and originated from when Australia was part of Gondwanaland. After breathing the fresh air, we drive to the dramatic Shipwreck Coast for a relaxing journey.

After leaving the trees and reaching the Southern Ocean, we reach Port Campbell National Park, famous for the 12 Apostles. We will spend around 40 minutes at the Apostles, allowing you to take in the views, walk along the boardwalks, and capture perfect pictures of this untamed coastline.

Additionally, within the National Park, we will visit Loch Ard Gorge, the location of one of Australia’s most famous shipwrecks. We will hear the intriguing story of Tom and Eva and then explore the beach in search of caves. Furthermore, notable rock formations in this area include Island Archway, Razorback, and the ‘Salt and Pepper Shakers’.

After completing a full day of exploration, we bid farewell to the Great Ocean Road and retrace our steps to Melbourne via country roads. Along the way, we travelled through farmlands and eventually reached the country town of Colac. If desired, guests can grab a quick dinner at their own expense. Our anticipated arrival time back in Melbourne is approximately 8:30 pm.

Details​​​

Our central meeting point for this tour will be the Immigration Museum (east-side), 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne @ 7:35 am.

  • 6:55 – Pegasus Apartments Hotel – 206 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
  • 7:00 – Melbourne Marriott Hotel – Cnr Exhibition St Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • 7:05 – Space Hotel – 380 Russell St, Melbourne
  • 7:10 – Grand Hyatt Melbourne – Russell St entrance, Melbourne
  • 7:20 – Adina Apartment Hotel – 189 Queen St, Melbourne
  • 7:25 -The Savoy Hotel – 630 Little Collins St, Melbourne
  • 7:35 – Immigration Museum (east-side), 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne
  • 7:40 – Crown Towers – 8 Whiteman St Queens Bridge St, Southbank

*You should arrive at your pickup location at least 10 minutes before departure. Please be patient and do not panic if your bus is running a few minutes late. If your bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes of your departure time, then contact our office on 03 9393 1300

Great Ocean Road and Rainforest 1 Day Tour: $150 Adult (13+), $120 Child (0 to 12)

If you’re keen on travelling to the Great Ocean Road on a private tour with your friends or family, we can help take you there. You can create your own tailor-made Melbourne trip or follow our itinerary. Contact our charters team for more information at 

 

  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm and cool clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure

Booking​

FAQs

Plan for two to three days to savour the sights and experiences fully.
Yes, cycling is popular but be ready for challenging sections.

Yes, various guided tours provide immersive experiences and handle your planning.

Expect to see koalas, kangaroos, and numerous bird species.
Yes, ample eateries are along the route, from quick bites to gourmet meals.
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