5 star rating: Highly Recommended 787 Reviews

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  • Location:Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne

Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road on a full-day tour from Melbourne. Travel by comfortable minicoach on this majestic stretch of Victoria’s coastline, taking in Kennett River, Apollo Bay, Great Otway National Park, Port Campbell National Park, Loch Ard Gorge, the Twelve Apostles and more. Enjoy frequent stops for views of stunning white-sand beaches and towering cliffs, plus leisurely walks to see koalas and other native wildlife. You even have the option to take a scenic helicopter ride. Small-group tour ensures a customized experience with your expert guide.


  • 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)
  • Drive along the Shipwreck Coast to reach Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch (aka London Bridge)
  • 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

After morning pickup at your hotel, get comfortable on your deluxe minicoach and head southwest along the scenic coast. Your knowledgeable guide shares informative commentary about the sights as you travel.

About one hour into your journey, travel through Torquay, a beach town known for its surf culture and as the start of the Great Ocean Road. Next, visit the famous Bells beach and enjoy other scenic coastal stops, continue another hour to Kennett River where you take a short walk in eucalyptus forest to look for koalas and colorful parrots.

Further along, at the foot of the Otway Ranges, have lunch in the beautiful town of Apollo Bay. Then enjoy free time to explore the shops and marina or take a dip in the water.

Your next stop takes you into Great Otway National Park for a leisurely stroll at Maits Rest. A wooden boardwalk leads through lovely fern gardens and rain forest, with giant trees up to 300 years old.

Hop back on the bus to visit Port Campbell National Park, known for offshore rock formations such as the Twelve Apostles. Here you have the option to upgrade and take a 10-minute helicopter ride along the magnificent coastline. From the air, you get an amazing perspective on Gibsons Steps, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.

Next, drive along the Shipwreck Coast to Loch Ard Gorge, named after an infamous 1878 shipwreck. Hear the story of the wreck and its two survivors as you take in scenic views. Then drive to your final destination, London Arch, a naturally formed rock archway that was known as London Bridge until its middle portion collapsed in 1990.

Your return journey includes a stop for dinner (at own expense) and stunning views of the lights of Melbourne as you cross the West Gate Bridge.

Translation of key tour information in 13 languages is provided on specially configured iPods. Enjoy free WiFi onboard your minicoach, making the return drive a perfect time to upload photos or email friends about your fantastic day on the Great Ocean Road.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What an amazing trip! We had the funniest tour guide who was knowledgeable and entertaining. The trip is long but enjoyable and relaxing. The helicopter ride was by far the best experience I have ever had, I would highly recommend the flight, you definitely will not regret nor forget it! Such a wonderful tour, would definitely go again!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Friendly guide! The view was spectacular!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Went with 'Go West' in a small group, driver/guide Chris is a very nice guy. He drove carefully along GOR and gave appropriate stops for photos taking. A very good job by Chris.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

There are so many reasons I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the Great Ocean Road! Stuart of Go West was a fun and knowledgeable guide who also provided super-yummy baked goods for our morning tea/coffee we stopped at many locations for photos and short walks the time allowed at each location was long enough for photos, but short enough that we could see the highlights from Melbourne to Port Campbell during daylight and the noodle place option for supper on our way back was fast, yummy and relatively cheap there were other options, we went for stir fry. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Highly recommend this tour!

Having a knowledgeable tour guide like Jon who drove the group everywhere made for a wonderful experience! As I'm from the US, I for one would not be comfortable driving on the other side of the road, and who can enjoy the scenic views when doing so, along narrow, windy roads?

The cheesy soundtrack on the bus just added to the lightheartedness of the tour. Tell me that it's not perfect that Sheryl Crow's Every Day Is A Winding Road is playing as you're doing just that - driving along a winding road. And as we ventured through the surf section of the trip, the Beach Boys were blasting tunes like Surfin' USA.

Logistically, this tour organization nailed it! The Thai lunch included in the ticket price was hot and satisfying, and there are a handful of dinner options on the drive back to Melbourne. We even had morning tea with coffee/tea options from a thermos and poundcake during a break in the drive. Pit stops are planned out every couple hours, which was just right.

Thank you for such a well-planned out day trip to the 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road! I've never experienced anything like it before. Breathtaking sights! This tour is worth every penny!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The best tour guide that I ever had!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great and personable tour guide. Very interesting and great stopping locations chosen.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Damon our guide was enthusiastic and informative.
Scenary was stunning.....I was mesmerised by the waves crashing on the cliffs. Loved seeing the Koalas... So cute!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour! Paul was our guide! He is a very funny guy! Bus/van was clean and comfortable. The tour itself allows you to explore the surrounding area with plenty of time. Loved it

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