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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 rain forest and see koalas. Opt for 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

pietro damiano v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Stunning tour, beautiful places, amazing people!
I spent one of the best days of my life on the great ocean road surrounded by terrific views.
The rain forest and the 12 Apostoles were two of my favourite spots.
The tour was highly well organised and everything was perfect. In addition, our driver Alex was the best guide one can expect.
I Wish I could go back there!

bilybala

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very friendly tour guide!! Well done and thank you Rebecca!! We love the tour very much!!

Martin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Some incredible scenery. Our guide, Raphael, was a lot of fun and knowledgeable about what we were visiting and he was able to maximize our time at the various stops lots of unplanned stops for photos - Raphael was helpful in taking pics of couples. Often it is the guide that determines the overall quality of the tour and he was one of the best we had come across. I would recommend this tour to anyone. I also appreciated the 'small group' atmosphere as we were able to connect with some of the other passengers on the tour. If you have not driven the Great Ocean Road or seen the 12 Apostles, I would say this is one of the top tours to take out of the city. We simply had a terrific day and this was one of the highlights of our visit to Australia.

Doug E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Amazing scenery!

Jeff L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The tour was great, and the guide was informative, helpful, and nice. We enjoyed everything but the lunch, which was bad Thai food. My tip is skip the lunch, even though you have paid for it, and go eat at one of the places on the main street. You will get a much better meal!

Teresa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our tour guide Alex was super friendly and entertaining, the sights were spectacular and overall made for a very worthwhile trip!

Jennifer B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful tour guide Rafael! Super knowledgeable and very amusing. The tour was very well organized and took us to the most beautiful places one can imagine. One gorgeous beach after another and fabulous scenery and wildlife. If you are hesitating because of the early starting hour, don't. There is a very good reason - you avoid the crowds wither the large tour buses that way.

jannorobo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Brilliant day trip, our tour guide Raph was very informative, friendly, funny and professional. Really pleased we booked this tour, we saw stunning scenery well worth getting up early for! Thanks for a great day out.

jannorobo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Brilliant day trip, our tour guide Raph was very informative, friendly, funny and professional. Really pleased we booked this tour, we saw stunning scenery well worth getting up early for! Thanks for a great day out.

MaryGreg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Long day but well worth it. Our tour guide, Beck was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We really got to appreciate the magnificence of the Great Ocean Road.

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