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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.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, from Melbourne
  • Take a walk at Kennett River, one of the best places to spot koalas in the wild
  • Visit Great Otway National Park to see the rain forest and look for resident animals like grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies
  • Admire rock formations including the Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park
  • Get amazing aerial views of Gibsons Steps and more on a helicopter ride (if option selected)
  • Small-group tour allows access to areas that larger coaches cannot go and provides a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a long but comfortable journey and you get to walk in a rainforest and see koalas! I recommend taking the helicopter flight for unbeatable views of the stunning coastline.

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What You Can Expect

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne

Spend a full day exploring the natural wonders of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Your guide will pick you up at your Melbourne hotel in a comfortable, high-tech minicoach, where you’ll join just a handful of other passengers for personalized, small-group experience. Onboard narration is available in 13 different languages through specially equipped iPods.
The Great Ocean Road officially begins at Torquay, a famous surf town of gorgeous, sandy beaches. Stop at a beachside location before continuing through several charming port towns before stopping at Kennett River. This lovely eco-park is one of the best spots in Victoria to observe wild koalas.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the scenic town of Apollo Bay, and have a swim along its crescent- shaped beach. Next up, wander among the greenery of Great Otway National Park, which boasts ancient trees among a semitropical forest.

The coastal landscape comes to a dramatic climax at Port Campbell National Park, where you can gawk at the Twelve Apostles — a grouping of massive limestone pillars that rise up out of the ocean. With an optional upgrade, you can take a 15-minute helicopter ride for unforgettable aerial views of this jaw-dropping coastline.

The rugged cliffs along the Great Ocean Road once made for perilous navigation for vessels sailing into the port of Melbourne. Hear the tragic tales of Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast’ and visit Loch Ard Gorge, the postcard-worthy site of a notorious 1878 shipwreck.

Finally, view the Gibson's Steps for a dramatic example of the power of erosion. Take in the incredible cliff line and offshore stacks before continuing on your drive back to Melbourne.

Stop for dinner (own expense) on the approximately 3-hour return drive to Melbourne. Relax on the ride back to your hotel, or share snapshots of the day with family and friends using the coach’s free onboard Wi-Fi.

Customer Reviews

Valerie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a fabulous all-day trip. I didn't feel like we were rushed through the various locations nor did I feel like we stayed too long. Our Go-West tour guide, Damon, was knowledgeable and took great care of the group of 24. Highly recommend this to everyone.

Stephanie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Hands down the best excursion I've ever done. Spectacular views, amazing company, a perfect group size and Lizzie was fantastic! I liked this tour so much that I booked a secondary tour with the same company for the Yarra Valley. This company are so knowledgeable and so enthusiastic. I can't recommend them enough

Sharon L C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour. The 13 hours flew by. The scenery was beautiful and Lee was always upbeat, informative, and fun.

Enthea C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Was so impressed by the friendliness patience and happy pleasant manner of our tour guide Stuart and his assistant Alex during ourOcean Road experience. He was most knowledgeable of the history of the sights . Would highly recommend Go West tours. Job well done Stuart and Alex.

Tuan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Bronty O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Phil was incredible! Best tour guide ever :) -Bronty from Thailand

amy_french

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was great! Our tour guide Leo was the best I have ever had.
I would have liked a little more time at the twelve apostles only because there was a long queue for the helicopter ride during our visit, which meant we rode the helicopter and then left straight after, but apart from that the timing everywhere was perfect. This is a really well organised tour and I would highly recommend it!

Simon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour. If you want to see the Great Ocean Road in a day I would recommend this tour. The tour guide (Phil) was full of information on all aspects of the trip and generally created a relaxed and comfortable experience for everyone.

Andrew M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Unreal scenes and very friendly tour guide. I would highly recommend Allen as he is both knowledgeable and friendly.

Christopher P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip. Was able to see so much more than if I had just rented a car. Allan was a great guide.

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