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Tour code: 3181GOWEST1
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

GUODONG C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

the tour was great

Sarah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Phil was a great tour guide! Very passionate and entertaining. A great day!!

Diana L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We did not have the best weather rain, hail, winds and even snow but our tour guide Peter still made every effort to give us a great day out. He made sure we still saw all the Great attractions. Loved that it was a small group so much easier when pulling up to view the sights. Would highly recommend this trip, a must to do when visiting Melbourne.

Shi Ming Jayne N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was really enjoyable. Though the ride to 12 apostles was rather long, but the guide made the trip so much more enjoyable and fun for all of us. He was engaging and uses all sorts of ways to keep us interested. For example, he plays interesting music that was synced to his introduction of certain scenic places and he tells great stories too. Most importantly, he ensures that our safety is not compromised at all times.

tokeefe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Outstanding tour with a great driver and tour guide
One of the best ever taken

Christine N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent Tour Guide - Nicky is fantastic.

Kalpana J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide was fantastic and everything was beautiful. Definitely a must see in Melbourne.

Audrey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

THE Best! Our guide Lee was very knowledgeablle and kept us laughing with his humour. The pace was perfect not rushed yet we arrived back in Melbourne at the time he predicted. I would certainly recommend The Great Ocean Road tour and especially Lee as a guide. I was so impressed I'm taking another tour on Thursday with him.

yewonn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Susan Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was great. Daniel, our driver/guide was absolutely amazing. This is the kind of tour best done in a small bus. I've done a good number of tours in my life, but have never had a guide of Daniel's caliber.

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