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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 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.

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