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Great Ocean Road Tours

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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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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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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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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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Great Ocean Road Small Group TourDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

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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 are 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 rain forest walk, and others, all accompanied by insightful guided commentary.
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great ocean road 12 apostles reverse tourDay Trips

great ocean road 12 apostles reverse tour

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Beat the crowds and see the best of the Great Ocean Road on this reverse tour. Most tours travel along the coast first and then head back to Melbourne via the inland route, but this tour does the opposite. Start off admiring great rock formations including the 12 Apostles before making your way along the coast to Torquay, stopping along the way to see koalas, kangaroos, and the Memorial Arch.
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour from MelbourneDay Trips

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

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Head out of Melbourne for a full-day small-group tour of the Great Ocean Road. See some of Southern Australia’s most beautiful beaches as you travel to Kennett River, where you can spot wild koalas. Stop in Apollo Bay for lunch, then take a dip in the Southern Ocean. Stroll in the rainforest at Great Otway National Park and travel to Port Campbell National Park and the Twelve Apostles where you cruise down the Shipwreck Coast to Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.
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Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Experience from MelbourneDay Trips

Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Experience from Melbourne

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Take a full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road that leaves Melbourne in the late morning, thus avoiding daytime crowds and catching the sunset at the beach. Travel this spectacular stretch of Victoria’s coast, passing though seaside towns like Torquay, Anglesea, Wye River and Lorne, and stopping to see koalas at Kennett River. Walk in the rainforest of Great Otway National Park and hear the history of the Shipwreck Coast. Swim at Loch Ard Gorge and watch the sunset at the Twelve Apostles before returning to Melbourne in the evening.
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3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Trip from Melbourne to AdelaideHiking & Camping

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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3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians South East Coast Adventure from MelbourneHiking & Camping

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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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 Tour Business Class with lunch & Morning Tea- HEALTHY DAY AHEADDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Tour Business Class with lunch & Morning Tea- HEALTHY DAY AHEAD

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The Great Ocean Road is one of the most popular day trips from Melbourne but, rather that joining a crowded group tour, you can enjoy a more personal experience with this small-group VIP tour. Settle in to the nine-seater minibus and soak up the views around every bend as you journey along the coast, making stops to see landmarks along the way.
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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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Ride Tours - 1 Day Great Ocean Road Tour, with Lunch Day Trips

Ride Tours - 1 Day Great Ocean Road Tour, with Lunch

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We are a small independent company, with a passion for showing off our backyard. We love our jobs and wish to show you a great time with lots of laughs alone the way.
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2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from MelbourneSports Lessons

2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

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Tick off the highlights of Australia’s world-famous Great Ocean Road and learn to surf on this action-packed 2-day road trip from Melbourne. Hit the beach for a 2-hour surf class, spot wild koalas and kangaroos, and soak up the scenery of Apollo Bay, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Best of all: spend a night in a Native American-style teepee by the beach, where you’ll tuck into a hearty Aussie BBQ around the campfire. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people and includes accommodation, meals and round-trip transport.
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Boutique Journey of the 12 Apostles Great Ocean Road in stylish Mercedes-BenzDay Trips

Boutique Journey of the 12 Apostles Great Ocean Road in stylish Mercedes-Benz

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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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Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire VehicleDay Trips

Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle

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The famous Great Ocean Road 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 custom 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. The road is windy and best taken in a smaller vehicle with several stops to enjoy the views and take memorable photos 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, please advise after you book.
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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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Great Ocean Road Learn to Surf Day Trip from MelbourneSports Lessons

Great Ocean Road Learn to Surf Day Trip from Melbourne

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Experience the Aussie surf lifestyle and breathtaking beauty of the Great Ocean Road on a full-day tour that includes a 2-hour surf lesson. Travel along the the Victoria coast to beaches with some of Australia's top surfing destinations. Learn to surf during a morning lesson in Torquay, then explore the region further, visiting Bells Beach, the town of Lorne, surf shops and waterfalls where you can swim. See native Australian wildlife in their natural habitat, including kangaroos and perhaps some koalas, before returning to Melbourne in the evening.
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4-Day Melbourne Tour: City Sightseeing, Great Ocean Road and Phillip IslandNature & Wildlife

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

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Discover Australia’s cultural capital, take a thrilling road trip along the Great Ocean Road, and spot wildlife on Phillip Island with this action-packed, 4-day tour, including accommodation. Explore Melbourne during a sightseeing tour and see key spots such as the Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Then watch the evening Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, and set out along the Great Ocean Road toward the Twelve Apostles.
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 Great Ocean Road Family Day Tour- Private ( up to 9 People)Day Trips

Great Ocean Road Family Day Tour- Private ( up to 9 People)

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A truly unique experience in Australia. We took the Great Ocean Road tour to the next level. Our Great Ocean Road Private Tour is a full day chartered trip spent exploring this truly mesmerising stretch of diverse coastline, taking in its amazing array of spectacular attractions. The scenic journey on the luxurious seats of our modified 9-seater VIP bus along the Great Ocean Road is a highlight in itself, as we absorb some truly amazing coastal scenery, with new views being revealed around every bend.
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Ride Tours, 2 Day Great Ocean Road ExperienceOvernight Tours

Ride Tours, 2 Day Great Ocean Road Experience

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This is an ideal choice for travelers interested in seeing the best of the Great Ocean Road without rushing. Take the stress out of being stuck in large crowds by opting for a tour that travels in the opposite direction to most other tours. You’ll also save hours researching where to eat and stay by having breakfast, dinner, and accommodation included.
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3 Day Group Camping Tour - Visit Grampians, Great Ocean Road and 12 ApostlesMulti-day Tours

3 Day Group Camping Tour - Visit Grampians, Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles

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See the Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park & the 12 Apostles on a small group camping trip with a maximum of 15 likeminded travellers. Our trip is done nicely, we stay in private campgrounds with showers and toilets, eat good food and drive around in an A/C Mercedes minibus. We also encourage you participate in many fun, adventurous activities so you aren't just going around in a bus and seeing sites (you will get to do that too though!) Unlike a lot of tour operators, which have a corporate office and then use contractors as guides, Hop To It Tours is a small, local tour operator, meaning a much more personalised service. We only run tours from Melbourne so we make sure we show you all the best spots. Our tours are professionally run and will get you to see many of the major highlights around Victoria. It is also timed so that you get to the major spots when other tour companies aren't there, giving us the best chance to enjoy the site rather than fight the masses!
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Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from MelbournePrivate Day Trips

Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

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Experience the majestic scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this private, customizable tour. Follow the coast-hugging road through landscapes of dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and verdant rain forests, stopping wherever strikes your fancy. Take a stroll around some of the picturesque seaside towns along the way, and be on the lookout for koalas and other native wildlife. Visit the site of a famous shipwreck, and marvel at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder for a dramatic climax to your full-day tour.
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Great Ocean Road Adventure - Private Tour - ReverseDay Trips

Great Ocean Road Adventure - Private Tour - Reverse

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Our unique itinerary ensures you avoid the crowds by travelling in a reverse 'direction' missing the bus crowds and enjoying the softer morning light. We head straight to the 12 Apostles for a mid morning spectacle before exploring the coastline. On the way we drop in at a local 'Chocolate Farm' for Australian farm experience and some coffee or sweets. Your expert guide will take you down to the beach along the Loch Ard Gorge and explain the dramatic shipwreck story. Then we wind our way through Otway Ranges taking in a Rainforest walk before settling into our seaside cafe and enjoying a fresh, locally inspired gourmet lunch. After lunch we take you to one of the best ice-creameries in Australia. Afterwards traverse the Surfcoast Shire along the coastal road that meanders through beach towns and cliff edges, stopping at significant photo sights. along the way. You will discover our unique wildlife of wild Koala's in Kennet River and Kangaroo's at the Anglesea golf course.
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