3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:  2 days (approx.)
Discover the beauty, history and wildlife of the Great Ocean Road on a 2-day tour from Melbourne. See all the region's main attractions, from the famous surf beaches and Great Otway National Park rainforest to the Twelve Apostles rock formations. Choose your style of accommodation, either budget dorm or beachside resort, and enjoy plenty of free time to explore the main seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. With tour numbers limited to 24 passengers, you’ll have personalized attention on this small-group tour.

Highlights

  • Great Ocean Road 2-day tour from Melbourne
  • Plenty of free time to enjoy the picturesque towns of Lorne or Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road
  • Take a guided rainforest walk at Maits Rest in the Great Otway National Park
  • Spot koalas and feed native birds in their natural habitat
  • See the beautiful limestone stacks that form the Twelve Apostles
  • Take an optional helicopter flight for the best views of the Twelve Apostles and Great Ocean Road (at own expense)
  • Choice of accommodation to suit your budget
  • Small-group tour limited to 24 people ensures a personalized experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There is so much to see along the Great Ocean Road. This overnight tour includes free time to enjoy the beautiful seaside towns of Apollo Bay or Lorne as well as sightseeing at the major attractions, including the mighty Twelve Apostles, over a 2-day period.

What You Can Expect

2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

The Twelve Apostles

Day 1: Melbourne -- Lorne or Apollo Bay
Your Great Ocean Road 2-day tour begins with pickup from your Melbourne hotel or the city center. Sit back and relax on the scenic trip to Victoria's Surf Coast, traveling in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan. Once you reach the Great Ocean Road, stop for morning tea at a surf beach and watch the big waves roll onto the shore. Continue along the Great Ocean Road to Aireys Inlet, where you can take a picture of the memorial arch commemorating the scenic road's construction in 1922. Along your coastal route of beaches and seaside villages, you’ll get out to stroll along the water and feel the sand between your toes. From there, continue to the seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Depending on your choice of accommodation, you'll be dropped at a historic beachfront resort in Lorne for luxury accommodation in a private heritage room, or in Apollo Bay for a shared dorm room at the YHA. Enjoy the entire afternoon and evening at your leisure: explore the shops, enjoy walks along the beach, rent a kayak or even learn to surf.

Overnight: a private room at Mantra Resort in Lorne or shared dorm room at YHA Apollo Bay

Day 2: Lorne or Apollo Bay -- Twelve Apostles -- Melbourne (L)
Your Great Ocean Road trip continues to the small settlement of Kennett River. Keep an eye out for koalas resting in the gum trees, and feed the local parrots, lorikeets, laughing kookaburras, among other native birds. Stop in Apollo Bay to choose from a range of options for lunch, from cafes and pubs to fish and chips on the beach. In the afternoon, take a guided bushwalk through ancient temperate rainforest in the Great Otways National Park. Some of the world's tallest trees dwarf you on a walk in the shaded forest en route to the Maits Rest boardwalk. Enjoy another coastal drive as you head to the Great Ocean Road's most famous sight – the limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles. If weather and time permit, spoil yourself with an optional helicopter flight for the best views of the Twelve Apostles and Great Ocean Road. Continue to Loch Ard Gorge to learn the tragic history behind this region, known as the Shipwreck Coast for the number of ships that crashed here during the 19th century. Take a walk along the beach to admire the soaring sandstone cliffs and rock formations including the Archway, Razorback, Dumpling Pots and the now-broken arch that is still called London Bridge. In the late afternoon, relax on the return drive to Melbourne, where you'll be dropped at your hotel or in the city center.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

I did the two day tour and was especially impressed with the second day. Our tour guide was Marty and he has so much knowledge about the area. Had a great time at the Apostles where you have the option of doing the helicopter ride - this is awesome! Thanks so much!!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

You should rename this tour the hop on and off tour. You are on your own for one full day. It should be part of the billeted highlights.

Hotel in Lorne was good but difficult to get around to the Erskine falls without a car.

Tour was great.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

It was a great trip, we had loads of fun. Our driver was lovely and knew tons of info. So we were booked onto the 2day tour and when i booked and confirmed this i was told your driver will drop you off @ your hotel and pick you up again next morning. However, our driver was not aware of this fact and by the time we realised he was not aware it was too late for us to be dropped off at the hotel and we had to continue on the 1day tour. To be fair he was very apologetic and we got refunded the extra money for 2day trip, but we were so disapointed we had been looking forward to the trip and staying in the hotel. The sights were all great, some fab photo opportunites. We did feel a bit rushed though, it would have been nice to spend a bit longer @ some of the sights but i guess that is one of the disadvantages of an organised tour. Great ocean road is an amazing place, it is defintely worth a visit. we had a lot of fun, great day out overall.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Don't do the 2day tour, day trip's itinerary almost the same. charged much more to stay a night in a quiet town with no public transport to see surrounding. Back seats in bus uncomfortable, bt drivers friendliness and enthusiasm made up for it. Most staff very accomodating. Rushed, bt most tours are

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2014

This tour was amazing!

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

I booked this trip for my parents visiting from Ireland, I presumed with this trip being a lot more expensive than other tours along the great ocean road that the quality of service would be better, unfortunately not. The company were very unorganised, my parents were due to get off at Lorne on the first day but the bus driver did not realise that and he drove an hour past Lorne and had to drive back which was unfortunate for the other passengers. When they got to the hotel in Lorne the hotel had no record of the them being booked in for that night, which caused major panic for my parents and an nearly 45 minutes of me on the phone to some over seas call centre to try get it sorted. I paid the extra money as my parents are elderly and I thought mishaps like that would not happen on a tour like this.
However, overlooking those mishaps and the unnecessary stress, they did thoroughly enjoy the tour, they loved Lorne and thought the hotel was fabulous, they said the driver was very informative and they learned so much, they got to hold beautiful birds and see the some amazing scenery.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2015

unfortunately weather wasn't good. Too many 3rd party arrangements and very inflexible. Ended up losing money for not wanting to stay out in appolo bay for 5 hours when weather wasn't great as YHA in Apollo reception doesn't open til 5pm. Decided to do your 1 day. Don't got for this

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