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Discover the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne on this day trip 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. A guide provides narration as you drive from site to site.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Great Ocean Road Day Trip Adventure from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road

As you depart Melbourne, your day trip to the Great Ocean Road begins with the drive out of the city and to the coast, passing by sights like Bells Beach, where the World Surfing Championships have been held. Continue along Victoria’s southern coastline to Apollo Bay, a seaside resort destination.

Stop here to buy lunch (own expense), and then continue your tour 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 over millions of years of erosion. Hop off your coach for a little time to walk along the top of the bluffs or 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 at this sheltered spot.

Then continue to your last stop of the day, the seaside village of Port Campbell. Admire its picturesque setting surrounded by Norfolk pine trees and cliffs, and explore the local shops and galleries, if you wish. Or, perhaps visit a cafe for afternoon tea (own expense). Your day trip then ends with the return drive to Melbourne.

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Customer Reviews

Louise M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Richard was an amazing guide who kept us entertained on the long bus trip. He gave plenty of historical and local insight into the towns and stops we were visiting, and made helpful suggestions so we could make the best use of our time during the stops. Without Richard's tips we might not have made it down into the Loc Ard Gorge itself! Richard made sure everyone was comfortable, he pointed out the location of sick bags before a very hilly stretch of the trip and made an additional restroom stop for our group. It was a very long day but we had an amazing time and it was a highlight of our visit to Melbourne! A must do!

Nancy O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This is a great tour. Our driver was very interesting. He kept us entertained with a movie and very interesting facts about the animals/people/places in the Melbourne area. There is a lot of 'waiting' on a bus tour. The breaks are very long.

Ann H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I was very impressed with the Driver who shared his knolledge and made the trip interesting. Thanks Peter

Frank P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A convenient way to experience the Great Ocean Road without worrying about watching the road


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent driver. Beautiful landscape on the way.

Heather R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great trip. A must!

Jim S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We spent a wonderful, although tiring, day with a very knowledgeable and professional driver.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The best trip of all that we did in our three and a half weeks in Australia not only down to the lovely scenery but also down to the fantastic driver, Colin. He certainly made the day for us.

Scott K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was a fantastic trip and well worth it. Our driver and guide, Richard, did a great job of explaining the sites and the history of the Great Ocean Road, and made the trip seem shorter than it was. I originally thought riding in a motor coach for about 11 hours was going to be tough, but the time seemed like it went by quickly. The motor coach was clean and comfortable, and had a bathroom. The motor coach ride provided high views. I do not think the views and experience would have been the same if I was riding in a car or van. The highlight was seeing the 12 Apostles and the other sites of Port Campbell National Park, but the scenery of the Great Ocean Road made the first half of the trip go by quickly. Overall, a great experience even though it was a long day.

Noel K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great trip with Beautiful scenery

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