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Great Ocean Road

One of the world’s most famous driving routes, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is a sensual banquet that offers scenic surprises at every fork in the road. In signature Australian style, endless stretches of white sandy beaches are flanked by dense pockets of rain forest, charming coastal towns, and canopies populated by koalas. Read on to learn how to make the most of your Great Ocean Road tour.

Best Outdoor Experiences Along the Route
The crashing waves of the Southern Ocean are a paradise for surfers, who flock here from Melbourne in the thousands during the summer months. Seaside towns such as Geelong, Lorne, and Torquay (the undisputed capital of Australia’s surfing scene) offer whale watching and maritime history, while the monolithic rock columns of the Twelve Apostles are an iconic site known around the world.

For nature lovers, the rugged coastlines of Port Campbell National Park and the waterfalls and ancient forests of Great Otway National Park offer opportunities to see kangaroos, wallabies, fairy penguins, dolphins, and tiger snakes. Snorkelers and scuba divers can also experience the underwater wonderland of marine life at Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, an excellent place to swim beneath the rocks that rise majestically above corals and kelp forests.

How to Visit with Viator
The best way to take in this spectacular stretch of highway is by car or coach, with the majority of driving tours departing from Melbourne and including a tour guide, roundtrip transportation, and a visit to the Twelve Apostles. Activities along the way may include wine tastings in Apollo Bay; spotting wild koalas in Kennett River; hiking along the shipwreck coast to witness the natural splendor of the Loch Ard Gorge; or pulling over at sunset to witness the Great Ocean Road at its most majestic. Day trips on the route tend to run upwards of 12 hours due to all of the driving and can be combined with a trip to Phillip Island for the famous penguin parade.

Insider Tip
In December and January, the road’s small coastal towns are especially popular among Australians from New South Wales and South Australia cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Crowds can often dampen the tranquil atmosphere of the route; an off-season visit can help you avoid both traffic and the scorching summer sun.

How to Get There

The Great Ocean Road is set 150 miles (240 km) southwest of Melbourne and 100 miles (165 km) from Geelong. It takes about three hours to arrive from Melbourne by road. Buses from these cities service major Great Ocean Road towns such as Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay; however, a car is essential to take a road trip on the full 150-mile (243-km) route.

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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne, Melbourne, null
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne

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Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road on a full-day tour from Melbourne. Travel by comfortable minicoach on this majestic stretch of Victoria’s ...  Read more

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

From USD $101.87
Great Ocean Road Day Trip Adventure from Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Trips
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Great Ocean Road Day Trip Adventure from Melbourne

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Soak up the sights of Australia's most scenic drive on a Great Ocean Road day trip from Melbourne. Follow the winding coastal road from Torquay to Port ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.30
Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Experience from Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Trips
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Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Experience from Melbourne

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Maximise your time in Melbourne by traveling on this late departure Great Ocean Road Tour and enjoy the delights of free chocolate samples and beautiful sunset ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.12
Small-Group Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour from Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Trips
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour from Melbourne

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Explore the Great Ocean Road on a small-group full day tour where stunning views, rainforests and beaches that will take your breath away. We pride ourselves ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $105.79
Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour, Melbourne, Day Trips
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

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Enjoy excellent value for money by purchasing two of Melbourne's most popular tours in one combo. On a Great Ocean Road day trip, see the Twelve Apostles rock ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $208.14
Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy and Melbourne ... 
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy and Melbourne Attraction Pass

Take in the best bits of Melbourne and Victoria with this great-value super saver deal, combining three best selling tours into one money-saving package. ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $226.48
Half-Day Private Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Express Tour from Melbourne, Melbourne, Super ... 
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Half-Day Private Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Express Tour from Melbourne

Fast tracked so you get more time to spend in the lively city of Melbourne. Take this express tour for between 1 and 6 people of the Great Ocean Road visiting ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $544.64
Great Ocean Road and Heritage Sheep Farm Experience from Melbourne, Melbourne, Custom Private Tours
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Great Ocean Road and Heritage Sheep Farm Experience from Melbourne

Experience the Great Ocean Road a little differently on this small-group tour from Melbourne limited to 11 people. You'll visit the region's first sheep ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $231.18
Customized Private Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Trips
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Customized Private Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne

You will have an amazing day out along the Great Ocean Road with a passionate tour guide who will gladly host you. Your tour is completely flexible and can be ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $782.87
Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road plus Wilsons Promontory and Melbourne Attraction Pass, ... 
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Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road plus Wilsons Promontory and Melbourne Attraction Pass

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Combine Melbourne's top day tours on this super saver package. Admire the Twelve Apostles on a Great Ocean Road classic tour, enjoy a walk on the white sands ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $195.91

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