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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)
Soak up the sights of Australia's most scenic drive on a Great Ocean Road day trip from Melbourne. Follow the winding coastal road from Torquay to Port Campbell, stopping off for lunch in Apollo Bay. Bring your camera to photograph the wild coastal scenery and pristine beaches bordering the Great Ocean Road, and see the rugged splendour of the Twelve Apostles. Hear the tragic story of Loch Ard Gorge and other poignant sites on the Shipwreck Coast, and listen to the insightful commentary provided by your experienced driver guide on this relaxing Great Ocean Road day trip by comfortable air-conditioned coach.

Highlights

  • Great Ocean Road day tour by coach
  • Photograph the scenery on the drive from Melbourne to Geelong and along Victoria’s rugged coast
  • The option to include lunch at the Apollo Bay Hotel with magnificent ocean views
  • Hear tragic tales at Loch Ard Gorge on the Shipwreck Coast
  • Visit the Twelve Apostles and the seaside town of Port Campbell
  • Listen to a commentary provided by your friendly, expert tour guide
  • Don’t miss one of the world's great coastal road trips!

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What You Can Expect

Great Ocean Road Day Trip Adventure from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road

Your Great Ocean Road tour begins with panoramic views as you leave Melbourne and cross the West Gate Bridge. You’re soon on the coast, passing world-famous Bells Beach, host of the World Surfing Championships.

Relax on the drive as the winding Great Ocean Road hugs the coast, running beside a string of surf beaches to reach the seaside holiday resort of Apollo Bay. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a meal at the Apollo Bay Hotel, known for its country-style warm hospitality, local seafood menu and fabulous ocean views.

After lunch, continue your journey along the legendary Great Ocean Road to the limestone rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles. Once joined to the coast, see how the rocks have been eroded over millions of years into the craggy pillars you see today. Go for a stroll along the cliff top or follow winding beach trails at this beautiful wild and windy spot.

At Loch Ard Gorge, hear how this dramatic landscape has a tragic side, as you listen to the tale of the British ship Loch Ard that ran aground near Muttonbird Island in 1878. The two sole survivors came ashore at sheltered Loch Ard Gorge, where you can read the plaques describing why this stretch of shoreline is known as the Shipwreck Coast.

Your last stop on the Great Ocean Road is the seaside village of Port Campbell, sheltered by the surrounding cliffs and Norfolk pines. Browse the boutiques and galleries, or stop for afternoon tea (own expense) at one of the town's many cafes.

Relax on the return trip to Melbourne, returning to the city at around 7:30pm.

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Itinerary

Hotel Pickups:
7:25am Adina Grand Apartments
7:10am Atlantis Hotel
6:50am Bayside Eden
6:50am Bayview on the Park
7:00am Charsfield Hotel
7:15am Clarian Gateway Suites
7:10am Comfort Inn & Suites Flagstaff City(Dudley St)
6:45am Cosmopolitan
7:20am Crowne Metropol
7:05am Crowne Plaza
7:15am Crowne Promenade
7:20am Crowne Towers
7:05am Downtowner on Lygon
7:10am Eastern Townhouse
7:15am Hilton on the Park
7:00am Hilton Southwharf
7:20am Holiday Inn Flinders
7:10am Hotel Discovery
7:25am Hotel Sofia
7:25am Ibis Styles Kingsgate
7:30am Ibis Therry St
7:15am Intercontinental (Flinders Lane Entrance)
7:25am Kings St Backpackers
7:10am Langham Hotel
7:10am Magnolia Court
7:05am Mantra on Jolimont
7:35am Mantra on Russell
7:20am Mantra on the Park
7:30am Marriott Hotel
7:30am Mercure Grand Swanston
7:15am Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:10am Miami Motor Inn
7:05am Novotel Collins
6:40am Novotel Bayside
7:20am Oaks on Market
7:25am Park Hyatt
6:55am Parkview
7:25am Quest On William
7:15am Radisson Flagstaff
7:40am Rendezvous
7:20am Rydges Melbourne
7:00am Rydges on Swanston, Carlton
7:00am Seasons Botanical
7:15am Sofitel Hotel
7:25am Stamford Plaza
7:05am Travelodge Docklands
7:15am Vibe Savoy
7:10am Westin
7:15am Windsor Hotel
7:00am YHA Metro (Queensberry)

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

amazing sights. Our tour guide was very good. Informative. The DVDs he showed were interesting. We were lucky and got to see whales! It was a great day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Absolutely fantastic, Richard our guide was excellent, beautiful sceneries all along

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