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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

Dan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved the Eco-Tour on the GOR. Our driver/guide Phil was great - very knowledgeable, helpful, and had a great selection of songs that he played along the way. Even though a portion of the GOR was blocked off because of landslips from the recent rains, he adapted the tour to the changed route and he was able to find some koalas and kangaroos along the way - a real highlight. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Alice Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is the best tour I have ever had! It's really a nice getaway and Go West Tours did a great job! Kath, the tour guide, was friendly, organized and caring. Everyone in the tour loved her! We saw 7 koalas, 2 kangaroos, many birds, great ocean scenes, interesting homes and of course the 12 Apostles. Not all tours are the same unfortunately. My coworker actually signed up with some tour company from Chinatown to see the Great Ocean Road on the same day. She started her tour 2 hours later and couldn't see any koalas, kangaroos or Apostles because it was too dark and rainy. She came back to our hotel an hour later completely exhausted and disappointed.

Jason W. F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The views will certainly stay with you forever! Phil did a very nice job guiding us along this tour.

sweethoneybee85

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was hands-down one of the BEST days of my life! I can't say enough about how amazing this tour was! Our guide, Steve, was so awesome! He was very personable, charismatic, and knowledgeable and had such entertaining commentary and music throughout the tour. We couldn't stop smiling! Each stop was breathtaking despite some less-than-ideal weather and memorable, from holding and feeding wild birds and seeing a wild sleeping koala, to hiking through the rainforest, to visiting famous surfing and shipwreck beaches, to soaring over the 12 Apostles in a helicopter it is 100 worth the extra cost!!! Trust me, you won't regret it!!!. This tour was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I would do again in a heartbeat, especially if Steve were the guide! As a side note, we took along our 21-month-old toddler yes, it IS doable! who also had a blast and loved every minute of it, including the helicopter ride! This was one of the most memorable experiences my family had during our time in Australia and we absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone. Now go book this tour! :D

Rachel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Strongly recommend this tour! Our guide Phil was amazing too!

Grigori d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

That tour was really great and Dave, our guide, was fantastic !

Winki C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide, Daniel is awesome! He is knowledgeable and funny, and make the tour really fun. Thanks Daniel!

Riccardo B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour. Several stops help break down the long drive and they are all very scenic. Most important: the tour guide, Paul originally from New Zealand was really great: extremely knowledgeable, witty, enthusiastic. I also took the helicopter ride and I highly recommend it.

HECTOR P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour is well planned and covers quite a range of beautiful sites. Our tour guide Leo was always friendly, keen to help us take pictures and happy to answer any extra questions. Although the drive through the coast is long, the programme makes it easier to go by. Free WiFii on the bus is extremely convenient. I will happily recommend this to anyone.

C M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Callum was awesome! He gets a 5. It was all good - beautiful and diverse landscape with an attentive and thoughtful guide.

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