Enjoy spectacular views of coastlines, rainforests and quaint towns on this Great Ocean Road day trip from Melbourne. This scenic tour takes you along one of the world's most renowned coastal roads, with several stops along the way for photos and nature walks. Spot native wildlife, enjoy views of typical Victorian landscapes, and learn about the history of the area from your guide. Highlights include Apollo Bay and The 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge in Port Campbell National Park.
- Day trip from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road
- Travel along one of the world's most renowned coastal roads!
- Spend time in the quaint coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay
- See the amazing 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge rock formations in Port Campbell National Park
- Enjoy several guided nature walks to spot wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas
- Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
What You Can Expect
After pickup from your Melbourne hotel, you’ll be taken by comfortable minivan on a day trip along the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most amazing coastal roads.
Head southwest along the spectacular Victorian coast to Geelong -- the second-largest city in Victoria – and through several delightful towns. In Lorne, enjoy morning coffee or a walk along the beach and then stop for lunch (own expense) in the coastal town of Apollo Bay.
Continue driving and then stop to stretch your legs and be enchanted by a magical temperate-climate rainforest, whose mammoth eucalyptus and beech trees reach heights of up to 328 feet (100 meters). Your guide will lead you on a rainforest walk and point out native animals and birds such as koalas, parrots and cockatoos.
Next, continue driving along a winding road through eucalyptus forest landscapes to Port Campbell National Park, home to The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and many other lesser-known but equally impressive limestone rock formations. On your visit here, your guide will tell you about the geological history of the area, which dates back to the Miocene period, as well as the tragic story of Loch Ard, a ship that sank off this so-called ‘shipwreck coast’ on a voyage from England to Melbourne in 1878.
Your return ride takes you through rural towns such as Colac, where you’ll enjoy typical farmland sights such as herds of cows marching to milking sheds.
Throughout your trip, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of changing Victorian landscapes and spot wildlife such as koalas, whales, dolphins, kangaroos, echidnas and bandicoots. You’ll make several stops along the way for photo opportunities, and will arrive back in Melbourne in the early evening.