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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
Discover the best of Victoria’s southern coast and highlands on this three-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park from Melbourne. From natural wonders and native flora and fauna to ancient indigenous rock art, this tour has it all, combining the history of the region with the great outdoors.

Highlights

  • 3-day Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park tour from Melbourne
  • See the infamous surf spot of Bells Beach
  • Visit the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay
  • Drive along the coastal Great Ocean Road and see the 12 Apostles
  • Bird and wildlife spotting
  • See the dramatic landscape of Grampians National Park on a guided scenic walk
  • Overnight stays at 13th Apostle and Asses Ears Wilderness Retreat

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

The Grampians - MacKenzie Falls

Witness the majestic beauty of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park, famed for its natural wonders. History buffs will enjoy hearing stories of the Shipwreck Coast and discovering the traditions and culture of the indigenous people, while nature lovers will revel in the great outdoors, with opportunities to see native plants and wildlife up-close in their local habitats.

Day 1: Melbourne to Cape Otway (L,D)
Depart from Melbourne and travel along the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway. Visit the famed Bells Beach, a landmark on the international pro-surfing tour, and watch the surfers carve up the waves. Stop at the lovely coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay before arriving at Australia’s oldest lighthouse on the southernmost point of Cape Otway.
Accommodation:13th Apostle Hostel

Day 2: Cape Otway to the Grampians (B,L,D)
Today, continue along the Great Ocean Road and see the Shipwreck Coast, where more than 50 ships met their peril against the rugged coastline in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The most famous was the wreck of Loch Ard, when only two out of 54 people survived and for which the Loch Ard Gorge is named. See the majestic 12 Apostles, a group of limestone rocks formed by the natural elements that jut straight up out of the water. Then discover the sleeping volcano of Tower Hill, now a wildlife sanctuary, before arriving at the foothills of the Grampians.
Accommodation: Asses Ears Wilderness Retreat

Day 3: The Grampians to Melbourne (B,L)
Explore the Grampians on a guided scenic nature walk; cool off at MacKenzie Falls and see panoramic views of the park from Reeds Lookout and the Balconies. See birdlife and native animals roam free and discover the history and culture of the indigenous people and admire their rock art that dates back thousands of years. Pass through the historic gold mining town of Ballarat as your tour returns to Melbourne.

Itinerary

What to bring
  • Good shoes/boots for walking
  • Appropriate clothing for warm and cold conditions
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Swimsuit and towel

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

What an amazing three days with Bunyip Tours! Our small group became very tight-knit and our guide, Matt, was FANTASTIC. I had done a few larger tours in Melbourne alone with other tour companies (e.g. kayak tour of Melbourne, chocolate tour, Yarra Valley Wine Tour, Phillip Island, etc.) and had an okay experience; however, it was very difficult to make friends on the day tours I went on and very little individual attention was given to me and my fellow travelers by our guides on those trips. The Great Ocean Road Bunyip Tour was the last tour I did in Melbourne before heading to Sydney and I feared that once again it would be a very isolating experience. I was so wrong! I sat in the front seat with our guide (and new friend) Matt and learned that he had studied ecology in university and worked for many years as a park ranger. I study environmental studies at an American college and was excited to learn everything from an expert. Not only did Matt make the tour enjoyable with his humor and kindness, but also a wonderful learning experience. Matt carried mammal and bird guides for his passengers to read up on Aussie wildlife. He also shared information on Australian politics, history, and culture. I had spent a semester on an exchange program with James Cook University in Cairns, and feel like I learned more about Australia in those three days than my semester at uni! Additionally, Matt gave personalized attention to every passenger on the trip. I was impressed that he memorized everyone's name so quickly, and got along so well with everyone!

Regarding the trip itself, the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians are BEAUTIFUL! We also saw koalas, emus, kangaroos, and other animals in the wild. The hostels we stayed at the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians were fantastic. They were in great locations and were super clean! I actually couldn't believe they were hostels, because of how nice the facilities were. What a wonderful trip! Highly recommend doing it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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