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.
Great Ocean Road day tour by coach
Photograph the scenery on the drive from Melbourne to Geelong and along Victoria’s rugged coast
Hear the history behind Loch Ard Gorge on the Shipwreck Coast
Visit the Twelve Apostles and the seaside town of Port Campbell
Listen to commentary provided by a guide
Don’t miss one of the world's great coastal road trips
Why Travellers Choose This Tour
This day trip visits all the most popular viewpoints for maximum photo opportunities.
As you depart Melbourne, your tour on the Great Ocean Road begins with a drive out of the city to the Twelve Apostles, the major natural landmark of the Great Ocean Road. These craggy limestone pillars that jut up from the water were formed from over millions of years of erosion. Hop off your coach for a little walk along the top of the bluffs, or you can walk down the beach trails for more views of this wild and windy spot.
Next, head to Loch Ard Gorge, where you’ll stop to hear the history of this location known as the Shipwreck Coast. Listen to the story of the Loch Ard, a British ship that wrecked in 1878 with only two survivors, who managed to make their way to shore.
Make a stop in the seaside village of Port Campbell for lunch (own expense) before continuing on to Apollo Bay for another stop for afternoon tea (own expense).
Afterward, travel on for a photo stop at one of the most popular attractions on the Great Ocean Road, London Bridge.
Your tour ends with the return drive to Melbourne. On the way back to the city, catch sight of the night lights of Melbourne as you cross the West Gate Bridge.
See the amazing Twelve Apostles – limestone stacks rising dramatically from the Southern Ocean. Call in at the Visitor Information Centre
• Walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery from various viewing platforms
See Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the schooner, Loch Ard
• Witness a fabulous spectacle of massive natural erosion. Contrasts abound between rugged coast and verdant rainforest living side by side
we booked the tour with AAT Kings. The Tour guide was excellent. The pickup and start times were prompt. There was also a mini City tour while getting out of the city which was informative. Our Itinerary had us visiting the 12 Apostles first, followed by Loch Ard Gorge. Stopped at port campbell for lunch. we took the ocean road on the way back. Overall, very comfortable trip.
Incredible views, with enough time to enjoy them.
Bus is comfortable which is non negligeable given the length of the trip. Do not underestimate how long it will be. The trip back can give sickness because of the many turns.
I should admit I was not super thrilled about the idea of spending such a long day on a bus with strangers the day after my arrival in Australia but talked myself into it. The bus is comfy, you get USB charging spots on top of your seat. Seats recline a bit too much. We took a reverse route, which helped beat crowds. A road trip could not be more beautiful and if you are not used to driving on the "other" side of the road or simply do not want to drive on your holiday, this is a decent alternative.
A few improvement suggestions: Our tour was on Christmas. While I appreciate the operator for operating on a holiday, I would have expected them to have done their homework and called some places the day before to ensure they'd be open or come up with alternatives. Our only breakfast option was McDonalds. My bigger issue was with the hour stop at Port Campbell Beach where everything except a horrible overpriced Fish & Chips joint was open. Only public restrooms were without soap. I'd suggest the tour company to consider doing packaged lunches and offering a bottle of cold water to the passengers on holidays and charging extra. I'd have paid an extra $30 gladly to not have spent time at that lunch spot. Or bring a container of snacks and sell them to us either before getting on the bus or during the trip so people have options. Also, maybe offer us hand sanitizer and/or wipes; it'd keep your bus cleaner and passengers happier.
Driver was good. A few times, we almost left passengers behind, which scared me because we were encouraged to leave our belongings in the bus then what if you couldn't find the bus on time, and it leaves without you and your wallet may be in the bus still. What a nightmare? Perhaps give passengers solid instructions that you'll be left behind and what to do if you are before they board so people understand. I paid attention and had difficulty finding the bus more than one time. I wish we spent more time at the sites versus the hour at PC Beach. I liked the stop at Apollo Beach on the way back; most restaurants on the promenade were open on Christmas and the food was awesome. It was kind of the driver to drop us off at Chinatown so we could grab dinner; practically the only place with options open on Christmas for dinner.
To conclude, this road trip is a must; if not driving for whatever reason, this company is good but bring lots of SPF, a hat, hand sanitizer, USB cable, wipes, comfy shoes, water and don't be late at the stops.
Peter was an awesome driver/tour guide and we made it through strange weather .... rain then sun then freezing wind chill and got to see it all. Loved this tour and I only had one free day in Melbourne..... so glad I did tho.
Loved it great bus driver and guide Adrian. Surpassed all my expectations. Was professional, well organised. Beautiful luxurious coach which was a huge advantage. Was taken to all the best places to take great photos. Recommend AATKINGS simply the best.
There needs to be a notice given to customers regarding the high probability of motion sickness during the long bus ride along the coast. Personally, I ended up very ill and could not enjoy the last half of the tour. In addition, our bus drive, Liam, TALKED and played videos for the ENTIRE 12-14 hour tour. Enough already! Every little detail...cows in a field to a the shape of the clouds. It was impossible to just sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery in SILENCE! I'm NOT exaggerating either. If Liam was our bus driver for another tour, I would get off the bus!