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Discover the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne on this day trip by coach that allows you to soak up the natural 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 endless photo ops of the rugged scenery throughout the day. A knowledgeable guide provides insightful narration as you drive from site to site.

Highlights

  • Great Ocean Road day tour by coach
  • Photograph the scenery on the drive from Melbourne to Geelong and along Victoria’s rugged coast
  • Hear tragic tales at Loch Ard Gorge on the Shipwreck Coast
  • Visit the Twelve Apostles and the seaside town of Port Campbell
  • Listen to a commentary provided by your friendly, expert tour 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. One of Australia’s most iconic coastal sights, these craggy limestone pillars that jut up from the water were formed over millions of years of erosion and make for excellent photo ops. Hop off your coach for a little time to walk along the top of the bluffs or walk down the beach trails for more perspectives 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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Itinerary

Hotel pickups:
7:10am Adara East Apartments
7:25am Adina Grand Apartments
7:10am Atlantis Hotel
6:50am Bayside Eden
6:50am Bayview on the Park
6:50am Como Hotel
7:20am Crown Metropol
7:15am Crown Promenade
7:20am Crown Towers
7:25am Crowne Plaza
7:05am Downtowner on Lygon
7:00am Hilton Southwharf
7:20am Holiday Inn Flinders
7:25am Hotel Sofia
7:30am Ibis Hotel Therry Street
7:25am Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
7:35am Intercontinental Hotel The Rialto
7:25am Kings Street Backpackers
7:10am Langham Hotel
7:10am Magnolia Court
7:05am Mantra on Jolimont
7:35am Mantra on Russell
7:20am Mantra on the Park
7:30am Marriott Hotel
7:15am Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
7:30am Mercure Grand on Swanston
6:55am Mercure Pullman Albert Park
7:15am Mercure Treasury Gardens
7:30am Mercure Welcome Hotel
7:10am Miami Hotel
6:40am Novotel Bayside
7:30am Novotel Collins
7:20am Oaks on Market
7:25am Park Hyatt
7:15am Pullman on the Park
7:15am Radisson Flagstaff
7:40am Rendezvous Hotel
7:00am Rydges Carlton
7:20am Rydges Melbourne
7:00am Seasons Botanical
7:15am Sofitel Hotel
7:25am Stamford Plaza
7:05am Travelodge Docklands
7:05am Travel Inn Carlton
7:15am Vibe Savoy
7:10am Westin Hotel
7:15am Windsor Hotel

Customer Reviews

Julio C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome! Tour guide handled everything really well!

Sandra.moser

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful tour with spectacular views of the Great Ocean Road, especially the Twelve Apostels and London Bridge. Our tour guide and driver Marc was absolutely amazing and did an awesome job. WE can definetely recommend this tour! :)

Ken C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very informative and entertaining your guide. Great value for money. Would do again.

Byron S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic trip - the area was beautiful. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

Lynn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great trip and very informative guide. We were lucky not to be there at peak tourist time and our trip moved along well with few delays.

Julie l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Briiiant day out. Weather a bit overcast to start with but brighten up during the day. Coastline is amazing. Roger our driver was fantastic knew a lot about the area and nothing was too much trouble for him.

Jeannie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Although the weather was not that great, windy was terrible, the bus had a flat tire and therefore delayed everything! We had to have junk food for dinner because the restaurants were all closed. AATKing knew about the problem very early in the morning, I think they should have arranged something. Despite everything, we still had a great tour. The scenes were absolutely gorgeous! Out driver/guide was Steve. He was amazing, knowledgeable and articulate. Everything he said was very interesting, 5 myths, misunderstanding about Australia. He really captured my attention. Even his choice of music was very good, I had to put away my ear bug! Great day! Will do it again in a heart beat!

In-Sook C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I liked the fact that we did not include a visit at the Wildlife Park , so we had more time to enjoy the time at the shores. Some longer stops providing just enough time to get some food were helping to see more of the scenic road was helpful, too.
The guide was great - friendly, very informative, on time.

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the day tour! The guide was very nice and courteous. The bus was very comfortable. The sights were breathtaking! I would highly recommend this tour!

Ruby E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Long but very interesting and entertaining day. Dave out driver and courier was very knowledgeable and made our day perfect. Thankyou for a lovely experience.

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