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. Read on to learn how to make the most of your Great Ocean Road tour.

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, 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.

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 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.

Location
Address: Torquay to Warrnambool, Victoria 3228, Australia
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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.
  • Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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 will come to a dramatic climax when you arrive at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder just as the sun sets (seasonal and weather dependent).
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

Discover the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne on this 12-hour 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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

Are you the kind of person that enjoys losing your breath sometimes? Are you ready for the beauty of this storm carved coastline? If you said yes, you're ready to join us on this awesome Great Ocean Road Small Groups Tour (max 11)!  Things you will see and do: Travel inland in the morning straight to the Twelve ApostlesAt least 4 attractions at the 12 Apostles Coast: London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge, The Razorback and the Twelve ApostlesCoastal towns: Apollo Bay, Lorne and lots of other stops for picturesReverse itinerary to avoid the crowds: we mean it! We get there earlierGood music, Good vibe, More attractions, More stops, More fun!
  • Duration: 13 hours
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2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

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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Great Ocean Road Day Trip Including 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. 
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne with Optional Helicopter Flight

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. Upgrade your trip to include a 15-minute helicopter flight and experience incredible aerial views of the 12 Apostles.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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3-Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour Including the Great Ocean Road

Drive along the rugged Australian coastline from Melbourne to Adelaide on a 3-day adventure. Stop along the Great Ocean Road in places like Apollo Bay and Lorne and take in the beautiful views of the Southern Ocean. Observe local wildlife at such as kangaroos and koalas at Great Otways National Park and sample local wines in Adelaide, where the tour ends.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road Scenic Helicopter Tour from Moorabbin

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives, but its popularity means it can get busy during peak season. This private 5-hour tour allows you to skip the road trip and soar overhead on a thrilling helicopter ride, before touching down to admire the famous 12 Apostles.
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour from Melbourne

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. You’ll also cruise down the Shipwreck Coast to Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the fishing village of Port Campbell.
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Great Ocean Road Learn to Surf Day Trip from Melbourne

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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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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Boutique 12 Apostles Great Ocean Road Walk with Gourmet Lunch a Full-Day Guided Touring Experience

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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Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Experience from Melbourne

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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne

Embark on a thrilling journey along Australia’s most famous coastal drive – the Great Ocean Road. Set out from Melbourne for an 11-hour tour by air-conditioned minivan, stopping along the way at the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Keep your camera to 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 12 people for a personalized experience and includes hotel pick-up.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy and Melbourne Attraction Pass

Get acquainted with Melbourne's top attractions with this super saver combo. Take a full-day road trip on Australia's famous Great Ocean Road, then spend a full day exploring Healesville Sanctuary, Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy. With your Melbourne Attractions Pass, get entrance to two of four Melbourne's premier attractions - Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel OR  Eureka Skydeck 88 and the Melbourne Aquarium. Take your day tours within a 7-day period; the attractions pass is to be used at your leisure. 
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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.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Private Tour: Great Ocean Road Helicopter Tour from Melbourne

See one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines from an unbeatable perspective with a private helicopter tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Experience a day of VIP treatment with pickup at your Melbourne hotel in a limousine or luxury SUV, and then enjoy a thrilling helicopter ride above and around the remote beaches, dramatic cliffs and massive limestone stacks of this majestic coastal landscape. A gourmet picnic lunch near the famous Twelve Apostles is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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