5 star rating: Highly Recommended 883 Reviews

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

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne

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 Loch Ard Gorge, site of a historic shipwreck. 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)
  • Drive along the Shipwreck Coast to reach Loch Ard Gorge
  • 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. Visit the home of the renowned Rip Curl Pro Surf competition at nearby Bells Beach, and then continue 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 10-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 London Arch for a dramatic example of the power of erosion. This limestone formation was called the London Bridge until 1990, when the upper crest crumbled into the ocean.
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

Green

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We were here right after fires so part of the Road was closed. The detour around was on a very windy road - not my favorite. The lunch break sandwiches- simple but tastyand had a pleasant walk through forest gully - but more seating would have been appreciated. The Great Ocean Road was fabulous. Had a good variety of view points and view options for all fitness levels.Really enjoyed it.

LEON M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour was excellent. Allan our driver and guide had an extensive knowledge of the area we visited and was very friendly and helpful to everyone on the tour. I have been on many day trips and this was one of the best organised and gave us a snapshot of many of the scenic areas along the Great Ocean Road. The morning tea and lunch was very good. It was a long drive but I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I hope that I can do more tours like this in the future.

Jerry F United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

One of the best tours I have ever taken. Lee our driver/guide was great, funny and knew all of the best spots to stop at for pictures. Will tell any and all friends and family who travel to Melbourne to take your tour of the Great Ocean Road.

kathi.vogi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent and well organized tour with an awesome guide!

Keisha United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Tour guide was awesome and full of energy. A must see. Long ride but worth the trip.

Kenny Yeo Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Its a Great Experience trip with Go West Tour especially the Tour Guide Bec which bringing us around.

Great Trip but the lunch Thai food doesn't really suite us because its too salty... Overall i am highly recommended the trip.

Judith M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A tour of The Great Ocean Road is a must!! The ocean is amazing, and each photo op was more beautiful than the last. We saw koalas and beautiful parrots also. It's very long day - 13-14 hours, but so worth the time. The views are beautiful beyond words.

dorismatthews34

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Wonderful day. Travis, our guide, was great. Very informative and cheerful.
Can recommend Go West tours to anyone who wants to see more of Australia.

suellis31

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I like the small group atmosphere. It is quick to get off and on the bus at the various stops.However, the row of seats second from the back are bad - little leg room due to the wheel well and you had to sit behind the high seat over the wheel well impairing vision. Those seats should be left vacant.
The scenery was magnificent!

RUTH Colombia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Amazing Tour!

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