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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 will come to a dramatic climax when you arrive at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder just as the sun sets (seasonal and weather dependent).

Highlights

  • Great Ocean Road day tour from Melbourne with special sunset viewing

  • Enjoy the stunning coastal views and long golden beaches
  • Visit an historical lighthouse
  • Enjoy stunning coastal views while passing through the towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell
  • Step down to the beach at Gibsons Steps, the gateway to the Twelve Apostles
  • Round-trip transportation from Melbourne

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It leaves later than other Great Ocean Road tours and culminates in a spectacular coastal sunset. See plenty of beaches, Australia's oldest surviving lighthouse and the dramatic rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles.

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What You Can Expect

Full-Day Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. See it all in a new light on this rewarding full-day tour. Your informative guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned coach at your Melbourne hotel. From there, make your way out of the city, passing through the bustling port town of Geelong and the famous surf spot of Torquay.
Once out on the coast-hugging Great Ocean Road, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views and constantly changing scenery, from expansive sandy beaches to rugged cliffs dropping straight down into the sea. You’ll pass the scenic towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell and visit the historic Split-Point Lighthouse. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife along the way. You’re likely to spot koalas in their native habitat at the lovely Kennett River, where you’ll also enjoy lunch at a local café.
Admire the greenery of the Otway Ranges as you approach the notorious Loch Ard Gorge. Climb down a steep staircase to stand on the beach where the sole survivors of a shipwreck washed up in 1878. 
The grand finale of your tour awaits at the Twelve Apostles — a natural geologic wonder created by the erosion of cliffs over millennia, leaving a cluster of limestone pillars jutting majestically out of the ocean. You’ll arrive in time to witness this jaw-dropping sight bathed in the fiery hues of the setting sun. Once the light has faded, hop back in your comfortable coach and relax on the approximately 3-hour return drive to Melbourne.

Customer Reviews

Fariha A Pakistan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

If you have time for only one thing to do in Australia, select this tour! Heaven on Earth!.Absolutely spectacular! We got some great photos of the sunset. The tour is timed in such a way that we reach the twelve apostles at sunset. The weather is unpredictable but we were lucky and it was sunny that day. The hotel pickup was just a block from our hotel. After that we were transferred to another bus. Everything started on time. Found the tour stops a bit rushed, but since there was so much to cover its understandable. Our guide 'Ollie' was friendly and cooperative throughout. Lunch was a choice of burgers and sandwiches. They were pre-ordered about half an hour earlier so as to save time. Well organised trip and a bit tiring but well worth it. There was a stop for tea and biscuits early on which was a nice touch.Tip: Keep some soap with you, some of the public toilets where we stopped did not have soap. Also its very windy and cold so don't forget your woollies. They give you time to get a take away dinner afterwards which you can eat on the bus.

Colyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide Rob is a EXCELLENT tour guide, he kept us entertained and we could see his passion for his job and making sure that we really enjoy ourselves. Great Ocean Road is a definite must go place and the scenery is really beautiful. Glad that I took the Sunset view as the weather was great even though there were far too much clouds but the breeze and view was stunning. Lunch was pizza which were too salty, but it was a big portion though. Love the ice cream that Rob recommended, with different flavours.

Emilia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Donna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A lot to fit into the day but well worth it!
Great views, lovely tour guide and lots of stops to get those selfies!
If you have a limited time to explore, this tour is perfect. My partner and I had a fantastic day and would highly recommend this trip.

david b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This trip was fantastic! Watching the waves crash in from the southern ocean, and seeing the sunset over the 12 apostles was truly amazing. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We saw koalas and kangaroos int the wild. If you are traveling to Australia, you should look into visiting Melbourne, and booking this trip!

Liezl F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was an amazing experience. The sunset over the beach and the 12 Apostles was truly a bucket list item that everyone should endeavour to tick off! Seeing the Koalas in their natural habitat and the parrots eating from your hand was amazing.

Susan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour, although it's a very long day, it was well worth it. Our driver/guide was Greg, very friendly, funny and provided lots of information along the way. Would def recommend this trip, just be prepared for a 3 hour journey back after sunset!

Marilyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The day was long but fantastic. Our guide, Tim, was knowledgeable and personable and was a wizard at keeping things on schedule. The lunch stop was a beautiful surprise and we all had a fun time. Pity about the sunset, but we can't be lucky every time.

pauljames1978

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour, well worth doing. Fantastic scenery and the sunset at the twelve apostles was amazing.

My tour guide, Shane, was great. He gave his all throughout the day making it as interactive and enjoyable as possible. From a personal perspective he added a huge amount to the day as I was travelling alone on the day trip so was very much my travel buddy for the day.

Laura D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Beautiful tour, well organized, we got picked up on time at our hotel and our guide Mary was really nice and funny!
In spite of the horrible weather in the morning we got to see the stunning sunset at the 12 apostoles.
The stops on the way were beautiful too, saw wild koalas, parrots and the rain forest was amazing.
Lunch was included and it was good, easy sandwich with choice of meat or veggie burger.
Highly recommended!

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