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Great Ocean Road
One of the world's most famous driving routes, Victoria's Great Ocean Road 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.

The Basics
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, round-trip 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.

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.

When to Get There
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.

Best Outdoor Experiences Along the Route
The Southern Ocean waves are a paradise for surfers, who flock here from Melbourne in summer. 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, and tiger snakes. Snorkelers and scuba divers can also experience the underwater world at Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, an excellent place to swim beneath the rocks that rise above corals and kelp forests.

Address: Torquay to Warrnambool, Victoria 3228, Australia
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Private Great Ocean Rd Tour - Avoid The Crowds!

Discover one of the world’s most famously scenic coastal drives. It is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Australia.We have toured the road thousands of times and it continues to amaze and surprise us, yet the crowds are growing each year. Therefore, we have established a route that avoids the crowds and allows for the best lighting conditions for photography.Explore spectacular beaches, tranquil and charming coastal towns, an abundance of Australian wildlife, a vibrant surf culture, secret rainforests and not to mention- the famous 12 Apostles. We guarantee you will see wild Kangaroos and Koalas in their natural habitat.You'll have a wonderful lunch in Apollo Bay whilst meeting some of the locals.It truly is a day to remember and investing in a PRIVATE TOUR WITHOUT THE CROWDS will be a decision you will never regret.This tour is @ 11-12 hours in length.
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  • 9 to 13 hours
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  • 9 to 13 hours

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour 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 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.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Day Trips

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

Experience the Great Ocean Road’s top attractions on this guided excursion. Embark on your journey and beat the crowds while learning about the region’s scenic landscapes and pretty coastal towns from an informative guide. Visit sites like Colac, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, London Bridge, and Great Otway National Park Rainforest.
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours

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Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

Discover the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne on this full-day tour by coach that allows you to soak up the beauty of one of Australia’s most stunning stretches of coastline. Be wowed by the Twelve Apostles, learn about the tragic history of Loch Ard Gorge, stop in Port Campbell, and enjoy photo ops of the rugged scenery throughout the day.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Super Savers

Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

Enjoy savings on two of Melbourne's most popular tours — the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island penguin parade — when booking this combination package. Spend one full day taking in the highlights and spectacular scenery of the Great Ocean Road, including the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. On another day of your choice, head to Phillip Island to watch the nightly parade of little penguins, in addition to stops at Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Farm.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

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Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne

Spend a full day exploring the landmarks of the Great Ocean Road. Watch the sunset at the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation, pass the Otway Ranges, spot koalas at Kennet River, explore landmarks in Port Campbell National Park and more. Known as one of Australia's most beautiful drives and one of Victoria's most popular destinations, the Great Ocean Road offers great photo ops of coastal scenery, picturesque seaside towns and pristine wilderness — a must-do excursion from Melbourne.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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  • 10 to 12 hours

Day Trips

Full-Day Boutique 12 Apostles Great Ocean Road with Gourmet Lunch

Let a guide showcase the Great Ocean Road during this day trip from Melbourne. Take postcard-worthy snaps of iconic spots such as Teddy’s Lookout, Mt Defiance and the Twelve Apostles. Your itinerary includes morning tea plus a luncheon of locally sourced seafood at La Bimba Restaurant at Apollo Bay. Upgrade your tour by reserving one of the best seats in the minibus, positioned in the front for added comfort and optimal viewing of Australia’s incredible coastline. Numbers are limited to 11 people, allowing for a small-group experience.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Bus & Minivan Tours

Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

Take in the scenery of the Great Ocean Road without the hassle of driving and navigation on this small-group tour from Melbourne. With just 11 travelers in the group, you'll be treated to extra attention from the guide and an intimate group atmosphere. Your small tour bus can stop at some of the off-the-beaten-path spots that mega tour buses can't access, giving you more views and experiences. Stops include the Gibson Steps, the Twelve Apostles, Teddys Lookout, a guided rainforest walk, and others, all accompanied by insightful guided commentary.
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours

Private Day Trips

Private Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne

See the Twelve Apostles, The Otways and other highlights of the Great Ocean Road on a private full-day tour from Melbourne. Travel the renowned scenic route with your own private guide, stopping for photo ops at Bells Beach, Split Point Lighthouse and other locations. Have lunch in Apollo Bay, take a rainforest walk, and top off your day with a visit to the Twelve Apostles. You may also see koalas in the wild and hand-feed parrots.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Multi-day Tours

3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Trip from Melbourne to Adelaide

The Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide ranks among the world’s most beautiful driving routes, but it’s easy to miss the countryside scenery inland. During this tour, hit Great Ocean Road attractions including Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles, and head inland to the Otway National Park and the Grampians National Park. With accommodation, park fees, and meals included, see the best of wild south Australia with ease.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Day Trips

Great Ocean Road Day Trip: Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Apollo Bay

Marvel over some of Australia’s most magnificent coastal views on this full-day road trip along the famous Great Ocean Road. Travel by air-conditioned coach from Melbourne and hop off to admire natural landmarks like the Twelve Apostles, Apollo Bay and Loch Ard Gorge. Along the way, indulge in typical Aussie snacks on-board, tuck into traditional fish and chips in Apollo Bay (own expense) and stroll the seafront promenade of lively Port Campbell.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Customized Private Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne

Driving the Great Ocean Road is a quintessential Aussie experience, but visiting on a group tour often means missing out on the road trip experience. This private full-day tour from Melbourne is the perfect alternative, allowing you to customize your trip, check off landmarks like the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, and venture off the beaten track to spot wild kangaroos and koalas.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours

Day Trips

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great ocean road 12 apostles reverse tour

After we provide your free pick up from most places in Melbourne city area we head to the straight to 12 apostles via the inland route that takes us through the historical town of Colac where we allow you to have a morning tea break at your own expense, then we head to the 12 apostles for about 1 hour missing most of the crowds, then after we go the historical loch ard gorge, then we drive along the great ocean road stop at maits rest rainforest walk this is about 20 mins, then we head to the seaside town of Apollo bay for lunch (at own expense) around 30 shops to choose from covers all religions and dietary requirements. After lunch we drive about 25 mins for the kenneth river wild Koalas after we head to great ocean road to the famous memorial arch then we head to our last stop looking for wild kangaroos near the Bells beach area then back to Melbourne CBD area.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Multi-day Tours

3-Day Ocean to Mountains: Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

Visit top wilderness destinations and picturesque towns on this epic 3-day tour from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians. Visit surf beaches, seaside towns, and national parks; and see rain forest, wild koalas, and towering waterfalls. Stop at landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and Mackenzie Falls, and stay overnight in Warrnambool and Halls Gap, with the option to end your tour in Melbourne or Adelaide.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Overnight Tours

2-Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour: Great Ocean Road and Grampians

Take in the sights as you travel from Melbourne to Adelaide on a 2-day tour that features the highlights of the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians. Visit destinations such as Apollo Bay, the Twelve Apostles, and Loch Ard Gorge; look for koalas in the wild and explore the natural beauty and Aboriginal culture of Grampians National Park. Your tour includes overnight accommodation in the Grampians, two meals, and transportation.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Overnight Tours

2-Day Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade

Explore Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road on this 2-day tour from Melbourne. See the famous 12 Apostles and view the penguin parade on Phillip Island. Overnight accommodation, meals per itinerary, and round-trip transportation from Melbourne included.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Multi-day Tours

4-Day Melbourne Tour: City Sightseeing, Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island

Discover Australia’s cultural capital, take a thrilling road trip along the Great Ocean Road and spot wildlife on Phillip Island with this action-pack 4-day tour, including accommodation. Explore Melbourne on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour; see koalas, kangaroos and Tasmanian Devils at Maru Animal Park; and watch the evening Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Then, set out along the Great Ocean Road, stopping to snap photos of the Twelve Apostles and Apollo Bay, and learn the legends of the Shipwreck Coast.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Private Sightseeing Tours

Half-Day or Full-Day Tour with Private Guide from Melbourne

Make the most of your time in Melbourne with a private customizable tour designed to suit your group of up to eleven people. With your guide, plan your half-day or full-day tour, choosing from options such as a city tour with St Kilda and Fitzroy; seeing native Australian animals at the Healesville Sanctuary or Phillip Island penguin parade; tasting wines in the Yarra Valley; or exploring the Great Ocean Road. Your private guide provides an informative tour for your group of family, friends or business colleagues.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Helicopter Tours

Private Full-Day Great Ocean Road Tour with Helicopter Ride

Explore the beautiful Great Ocean Road on a private full-day tour. Take a luxury vehicle from Melbourne’s CBD and drive down one of Australia’s most beautiful roads. Stop along the way at Bells Beach, Great Otway National Park, and the Twelve Apostles rock formation. After enjoying a delicious gourmet lunch, hop inside your private helicopter for a 75-minute scenic ride along the rugged coastline back to Melbourne.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return

Travel one of the world’s greatest routes—the Great Ocean Road—on this full-day trip from Melbourne. Traveling by chauffeured air-conditioned minivan and with an early start to beat other tour groups, this trip lets you focus on the scenery alone. See beaches, lighthouses, and ocean viewpoints; watch for dolphins, whales, and other wildlife; and visit Torquay, Lorne, the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and more. Includes snack breakfast, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours

Day Trips

Full-Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

Check off all the highlights of the Great Ocean Road on this full-day tour from Melbourne. Soak up glorious views along Australia’s most famous coastal drive as you visit Apollo Bay, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. That’s not all: see the Memorial Arch at Fairhaven; spot wild koalas and parrots along the Kennett River and enjoy a short hike through the Otway forest. For the ultimate views, upgrade to include a thrilling helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Multi-day Tours

3-Day Grampians and Great Ocean Road Trip from Adelaide to Melbourne

Grampians National Park and the Great Ocean Road offer travelers unreal mountain landscapes, towering waterfalls, quirky beachside villages, and aboriginal art. It can be a challenge to pack both areas in one trip, but this 3-day tour—stopping at Grampians, Brambuk Cultural Centre, Great Otway National Park, and more–-allows you to explore both areas at a relatively relaxing pace. Plus, you can opt for a helicopter ride over rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Multi-day Tours

3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

Discover some of Victoria’s most spectacular landscapes on this three-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park. See world-famous surfing beaches, charming seaside towns and the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Twelve Apostles and Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast.’ Hike and bushwalk through the majestic Grampians for panoramic lookouts, wildlife sightings and an exploration of indigenous culture. Overnight accommodation, many meals, all park fees and guided transport from Melbourne are included.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Custom Private Tours

Private Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Express Tour from Melbourne

Even if you have just one day to spare, fit in a visit to one of Australia's most famous natural attractions with this private express tour to the 12 Apostles, and be back in Melbourne in time for dinner. Drive along the scenic Great Ocean Road, heading straight for the stunning, sheer limestone cliffs and rock formations that jut dramatically out of the water. Capture photos from the best viewing spots, and visit other highlights of Port Campbell National Park like the gorgeous ‘shipwreck cove’ of Loch Ard Gorge.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours


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