5 star rating: Highly Recommended 763 Reviews

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

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)
  • 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 September 2015

I had a wonderful trip along the Great Ocean Road, enjoying hearing about the history and wildlife and looking at stunning scenery. We saw plenty of birds and koalas in the wild and there were opportunities to take photos at various stops along the way. There was enough time to explore different stops.

John, our tour guide was informative and good humoured. For me the balance of giving information and time to look and think was perfect. I liked the quirky music that linked to the section of the tour we were on- although some of the tracks were very cheesy so be warned if that's not your thing!

The lunch options included in tour were fine but not amazing and the evening stop to buy dinner at own expense had fairly limited choices. For me that was a price worth paying for the rest of the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

i absolutely loved this tour even as a solo traveler. Daniel, our guide, was awesome. He had great historical and informative stories to share with a touch of humor. I enjoyed having the first class seat upfront and being Daniel's 'co-pilot' for half the tour, it was an amazing view! The places we visited were amazing in their own right, but I must say that the 12 Apostles were the highlight of this tour. I am glad to have chosen this small group tour and the places of visit are well worth the long hours. I would highly recommend this tour for new visitors to Melbourne.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A long day trip that was well worth it - great commentary from a knowledgeable tour guide - Allan - made the day fun.Awesome playlist all day.The scenery was breathtaking - 12 Apostles so majestic and the Rain Forest walk was so peaceful.Would not hesitate recommending this trip to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A great tour! Informative tour guide. A long day but well worth it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour guide was funny, informative, and personable. I loved the music. She put extra thought into making a sound track of the trip that just added an extra element to a lovely and memorable experience. Thank you so much for making the trip wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our Guide Mr. Dave was friendly, informative and fun to be with. The place was awe inspiring and lives up to the hype. Everything starting from pickup to drop off was perfectly timed. we never went hungry or needed emergency bathroom stops.. Money well spent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Another fantastic tour by Go West. Having already enjoyed Phillip Island penguins I thought it was going to be hard to beat. Superb day out and would recommend to anyone. Once again our driver Travis was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great views with a very happy, social tour guide. I highly recommend the helicopter ride the views are awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

As the only other Australian on the tour, besides the tour guide, I found everyone's reaction to my home country just really satisfying. The Great Ocean Road has been on my bucket list for a long time, so to finally tick that off almost brought tears to my eyes. The service provided by the local tour company was amazing, and Daniel, our tour guide, had such a lovely personality... I couldn't have asked for anything better. The price is literally a bargain, it's so worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Good communication as soon as booked trip including letting us know of adjustment in pickup time due to hotel route extra sleep!. Stewie was a fantastically fun guide and very knowledgeable about the city as well as sites along the route to the Great Ocean Road. He kept the group engaged and excited with the history and other facts, as well as his great sense of humor. The vehicle was comfortable and even had wi-fi if you were so inclined...wouldn't suggest taking your eyes of the scenery though! All in all, a great day and I would recommend to anyone looking for a fun and easy way to see the Great Ocean Road.

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