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Loch Ard Gorge Tours

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Loch Ard Gorge
The Great Ocean Road is one Victoria’s most naturally stunning sights, and Loch Ard Gorge is a dramatic highlight of an already dramatic journey. It was at this spot in 1878 where a ship carrying settlers from England to Melbourne was tragically wrecked on the rocks. Of the 54 passengers aboard the ship only two of the passengers survived—a teenage boy who heroically rescued a fellow teenage girl. After spending the night in a coastal sea cave, the duo found help with local settlers after scaling the rugged cliffs. Today those cliffs have a set of stairs that lead to the golden sands, where a protected beach is tucked beneath the towering, time-sculpted bluffs. Though the weather can be spectacularly stormy in winter, summer days are an invitation for picnicking, swimming, and sunbathing, and the striated cliffs form a natural amphitheater of coastal beauty around you. The gorge is located just a ten minute drive from the famous Twelve Apostles, which are arguably the most popular and visited site on Australia’s Great Ocean Road. At the top of the cliffs above the gorge, a modest cemetery has a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Loch Ard shipwreck—just one of an estimated 700 ships that have sank off this southern coast.

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Loch Ard Gorge is located three hours from Melbourne and ten minutes from Port Campbell. Early morning hours are often calmest, and the waves in winter can sneak through the gorge entrance to create rough, dangerous waters.
Address: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Australia
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Great Ocean Road Day Trip: Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Apollo BayDay Trips

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

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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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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from MelbourneDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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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 Gibson's Steps, site of historic cliff lines. Bushwalk in Great Otway National Park and try out your koala-spotting skills. Travel in a deluxe mini-coach with a small group for a relaxing, personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
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Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from MelbourneDay Trips

Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

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Discover some of Australia’s most photographed landscapes on this full-day tour of the famous Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Stop for morning tea in Anglesea, spot wild koalas along the way, and tuck into lunch overlooking the dramatic Apollo Bay. After lunch, enjoy a hike through Great Otway National Park, learn how the notorious Shipwreck Coast earned its name, and marvel over natural landmarks like the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the Gibson Steps.
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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from MelbourneDay Trips

Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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Experience the spectacular scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this full-day guided tour from Melbourne. Admire postcard-worthy vistas around every turn of the coastal road, and pass through charming port towns along the way. Learn the fascinating and tragic history of Australia’s jagged ‘Shipwreck Coast’ when you visit the Loch Ard Gorge, site of a famous wreck. Your journey comes to a dramatic climax when you arrive at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder just as the sun sets (seasonal and weather dependent).
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from MelbourneDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne

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Discover Australia’s postcard paradise as you travel along one of the world’s most iconic coastal roads. Dodge the crowds by driving the famous Great Ocean Road in reverse, starting with morning tea in Colac, then stopping to view landmarks like the Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, and the 12 Apostles. After tucking into a delicious picnic lunch, take a hike through the Otway rain forest, spot koalas along the Kennet River, and enjoy dramatic views over Apollo Bay. This full-day tour from Melbourne includes lunch and hotel pick-up.
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  • 14 hours
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary TourDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

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Experience the Great Ocean Road’s top attractions on this guided excursion that follows the iconic road in reverse. 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 including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, London Bridge, and Great Otway National Park Rainforest.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from MelbourneDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

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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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Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from MelbourneDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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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 and spot koalas, 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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Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction PassNature and Wildlife

Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction Pass

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Experience majestic coastal scenery, native wildlife encounters, amazing marine creatures and panoramic urban views with this Super Saver combo pass. Take two full-day tours along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road and to Phillip Island. Make the most of your time in the city with complimentary admission to one of three attractions, including the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck 88, or the Melbourne Star observation wheel, and save more than 25 percent compared to booking all the tours individually.
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2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from MelbourneHiking

2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

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Discover some of Victoria’s most spectacular landscapes on this 2-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. Accommodation, breakfast on day two, all park fees and guided transport from Melbourne are included.
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12 Apostles Eco-Friendly Great Ocean Road Adventure Tour from Melbourne ReverseDay Trips

12 Apostles Eco-Friendly Great Ocean Road Adventure Tour from Melbourne Reverse

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Avoid the crowds along the Great Ocean Road by traveling in the reverse direction from typical day trips. Depart early from Melbourne and head first to the Twelve Apostles to view the attraction in the morning light, before other tour groups arrive. Continue to landmarks such as Loch Ard Gorge and Melba Gully National Park, and look for wild koalas in the eucalyptus forest. Lunch and morning tea are provided.
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  • 13 hours
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3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Trip from Melbourne to AdelaideHiking

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

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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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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM TourDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour

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Travelers short on time in the Melbourne area don't need to miss out on one of Australia's greatest coastal road trips. This Great Ocean Road day tour includes many of the route's highlights, including the Twelve Apostles, Apollo Bay, and London Bridge. And, because this itinerary is the reverse of what many travelers take, you'll be skipping the worst of the crowds.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Express Tour from MelbourneDay Trips

Private Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Express Tour from Melbourne

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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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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from MelbourneDay Trips

Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne

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Embark on a thrilling journey along Australia’s most famous coastal drive—the Great Ocean Road. Set out from Melbourne for a full-day tour by air-conditioned minivan, stopping along the way at the coastal town of Apollo Bay and Split Point Lighthouse. Keep your camera on hand as you spot kangaroos and koalas on a rainforest stroll and admire the dreamy landscapes of Port Campbell National Park, including the iconic 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. This small-group tour is limited to 11 people for a personalized experience and includes hotel pick-up.
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  • 11 hours
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Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour from MelbourneNature and Wildlife

Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

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Venture beyond the tourist trail on this comprehensive 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Follow the iconic coastal route past windswept beaches, beautiful bays and dramatic natural landmarks. Visit the surf beach of Torquay; see the Erksine Falls; spot wild kangaroos, koalas and parrots on a bushwalk; and enjoy glorious views over Apollo Bay. After an overnight stop (own expense), continue along the Shipwreck Coast, and marvel over natural wonders like the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
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Small Group Great Ocean Road Day Tour and 12 Apostles with Wildlife SpottingDay Trips

Small Group Great Ocean Road Day Tour and 12 Apostles with Wildlife Spotting

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Experience the Great Ocean Road on a full-day tour from Melbourne with a small-group tour that explores this top destination in Australia. Learn from your guide about the sights and history of this famously scenic stretch of coastline as you visit Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Kennett River, Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles, and Loch Ard Gorge. Small-group tour limited to 11 participants ensures a more personalized tour.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road Tour with Instagram Sunset views at 12 Apostles from MelbourneDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Tour with Instagram Sunset views at 12 Apostles from Melbourne

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Experience the Great Ocean Road without the crowds on a full-day tour from Melbourne that starts later than most day trips. This means that you will arrive at the 12 Apostles at sunset when most day visitors have already departed. Along the way, look for wild koalas, and stop at top destinations including Apollo Bay, Gibsons Beach, Port Campbell National Park, and Loch Ard Gorge.
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  • 12 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Classic Day Tour from MelbourneDay Trips

Small-Group Great Ocean Road Classic Day Tour from Melbourne

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Discover Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this day trip from Melbourne. Admire the natural beauty of Victoria’s coastline, from surfing beaches to the Twelve Apostles rock formations. You’ll make stops at seaside villages, watch for wildlife like parrots and koalas, and travel through the Otway Ranges as you make your way to Cape Otway to climb the country’s oldest mainland lighthouse.
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  • 13 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Tour Experience with Eureka Skydeck AdmissionDay Trips

Small-Group Great Ocean Road Tour Experience with Eureka Skydeck Admission

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Take a full-day tour that includes all the highlights of the Great Ocean Road with the addition of the Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience. See gorgeous Southern Australian beaches, koalas in Kennett River, the Southern Ocean, Great Otway National Park and Port Campbell National Park. Stop at the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Gibson Steps and other landmarks on the Shipwreck Coast. Return to Melbourne and use your Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience pass to take in views from the highest vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere.
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3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians South East Coast Adventure from MelbourneHiking

3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians South East Coast Adventure from Melbourne

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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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12 Apostles and Shipwreck Coast Express Private TourDay Trips

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12 Apostles and Shipwreck Coast Express Private Tour

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**CovidSafe Tour - the world will never be the same again, and traveling on a private group is definitely the best option from now on. To make you feel safe and enjoy this unique experience the most, implemented a Covid Clean series of practices. More details below at the Additional Information session** HIGHLIGHTS: This Express tour is a great alternative to visit the Twelve Apostles and all major attractions of the Shipwreck Coast without having to spend the whole day. You will visit the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge and the Razorback, and still get back to Melbourne on a decent time (around 4 pm) to make something in the afternoon. It's also an excellent option if you have a flight or a ship to catch at the end of the day and don't want to miss the opportunity to see the Apostles while you're in Melbourne. Travel on a comfortable spacious luxury minivan and have an amazing and relaxed experience with your family and/or friends. The Shipwreck Coast is not to be missed!
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  • 9 hours
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12 Apostles and Otway Fly Zipline Day Trip from MelbourneDay Trips

12 Apostles and Otway Fly Zipline Day Trip from Melbourne

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Combine a drive along the iconic Great Ocean Road with a high-energy zip-line adventure on this full-day tour Melbourne. Fast track your tour to take in the most photographed landmarks and make a beeline for the Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles. Take in the views from the Razorback lookout or opt for a memorable helicopter flight (extra cost) along the coast. After lunch, take to the treetops at the Otway Fly Adventure to navigate a thrilling course of zip-lines, suspension bridges and canopy walkways through the rainforest.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
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Private Luxury 12 Apostles Tour Direct TourDay Trips

Private Luxury 12 Apostles Tour Direct Tour

The famous 12 Apostles Tour is a must for any visitor to Melbourne. This tour is purely private and bespoke meaning we do not take other groups but yourselves up to 7 passengers. The Mercedes vehicle is spacious and air conditioned with seats designed for long distance driving. Unlike other tours, you get to choose which particular places and how much time you would like to spend there and we help that happen. Some places will be interesting than others and you may want to spend more time there and this is why we are flexible. Many trips are spoiled by the wrong crowd and we believe if you are going to enjoy this, make it private. This tour is great if you have children as well as we can accommodate child seats. This is a direct inland route for those interested in the 12 apostles and Lord Ard Gorge the main attractions.
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  • 8 hours
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