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Take in breathtaking sights of long sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs on this guided, full-day tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. See some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and the Gibson's Steps, site of a historic clifflines. Bushwalk in Great Otway National Park, and try out your koala-spotting skills at Kennett River. Travel in a deluxe minicoach with a small group for a relaxing, personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, from Melbourne
  • Take a walk at Kennett River, one of the best places to spot koalas in the wild
  • Visit Great Otway National Park to see the rain forest and look for resident animals like grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies
  • Admire rock formations including the Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park
  • Get amazing aerial views of Gibsons Steps and more on a helicopter ride (if option selected)
  • Small-group tour allows access to areas that larger coaches cannot go and provides a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a long but comfortable journey and you get to walk in a rainforest and see koalas! I recommend taking the helicopter flight for unbeatable views of the stunning coastline.

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What You Can Expect

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne

Spend a full day exploring the natural wonders of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Your guide will pick you up at your Melbourne hotel in a comfortable, high-tech minicoach, where you’ll join just a handful of other passengers for personalized, small-group experience. Onboard narration is available in 13 different languages through specially equipped iPods.
The Great Ocean Road officially begins at Torquay, a famous surf town of gorgeous, sandy beaches. Stop at a beachside location before continuing through several charming port towns before stopping at Kennett River. This lovely eco-park is one of the best spots in Victoria to observe wild koalas.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the scenic town of Apollo Bay, and have a swim along its crescent- shaped beach. Next up, wander among the greenery of Great Otway National Park, which boasts ancient trees among a semitropical forest.

The coastal landscape comes to a dramatic climax at Port Campbell National Park, where you can gawk at the Twelve Apostles — a grouping of massive limestone pillars that rise up out of the ocean. With an optional upgrade, you can take a 15-minute helicopter ride for unforgettable aerial views of this jaw-dropping coastline.

The rugged cliffs along the Great Ocean Road once made for perilous navigation for vessels sailing into the port of Melbourne. Hear the tragic tales of Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast’ and visit Loch Ard Gorge, the postcard-worthy site of a notorious 1878 shipwreck.

Finally, view the Gibson's Steps for a dramatic example of the power of erosion. Take in the incredible cliff line and offshore stacks before continuing on your drive back to Melbourne.

Stop for dinner (own expense) on the approximately 3-hour return drive to Melbourne. Relax on the ride back to your hotel, or share snapshots of the day with family and friends using the coach’s free onboard Wi-Fi.

Customer Reviews

Randall H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was our first trip to Australia and first trip outside cities of Sydney and Melbourne. Seeing the Twelve Apostles and climbing Gibson and #39;s Steps were the highlight. Our guide, Leo, was a perfect Aussie host! Would highly recommend this trip. It and #39;s a superb value for the dollar.

Mavis H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Thanks Lizzy, we had a really great tour down the Great Ocean Road.

Areeya Thailand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This trip is truly amazing! Peter, our guide and chauffeur, is just wonderful! You really really need to take this tour!

Maciej G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Perfectly organised tour with great guide - Stephen! Great amount of information and time to enjoy the spectacular views! I totally recommend it to anyone who's coming to Great Ocean Road! It was also worth picking the helicopter flight over Twelve Apostles - different perspective and you can see all of them!

Meghan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was by and large the highlight of our 10 day trip to Australia, all thanks to our guide Nicky. A 15 hour long tour, much of it spent on a bus with strangers, has the potential for disaster. Nicky however was friendly, professional, knowledgeable and an overall joy to spend the day with. I feel like without her we would not have had such a great day exploring the Great Ocean Road and genuinely could not thank her enough for our fantastic experience. My parents are going to Australia in a months time and I will be recommending this tour to them, specifically recommending that they ask for Nicky as a tour guide, in the hopes that their day was as fantastic as ours was.

Polina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had truly amazing guide! Daniel.
Good jokes and good mood is guaranteed :
And your is amazing!

Julian V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Stuart was great,we had a lot of fun with him.
The Great Ocean Road is a must do, when you travel to Melbourne.
A lot of gorgeous views

judy b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The small group tour is the only way to experience the beauty of the great ocean road. Leo, our guide and driver, was personable and made the trip even more enjoyable for us. Thank you

Amanda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

it was a great day. The tour leader/driver was excellent and she kept us entertained. The places that we had visited were amazingly beautiful. I would definitely recommend it.

Diana P H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was an excellent opportunity to see key sites on a limited schedule. Leo was a fantastic tour guide with a great sense of humor! I would highly recommend this tour. It was very exciting to see both kangaroos and koalas while on my trip. Thanks for an experience of a lifetime at a bargain price!

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