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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

Herm K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Websites, procures and locals from Melbourne will all recommend the Great Ocean Road Tour - and everything they tell you about it is spot on. It is a must-see excursion for anyone visiting the area. Our tour guide Adina did a fantastic job getting us to all important destinations on the tour and explaining the little details about the cities, sites and history of the area.

Gail P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a wonderful time on this tour. Great to get out of the city and see the southern coastline. Several stops along the way. Got some great pictures in Torquay and at the 12 Apostles. Stick your toes in the Southern Ocean at some point - a must do!

Jacqueline V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I had an amazing time on this tour. Our driver/guide was funny, energetic, and really great with keeping our group on track.

cweinzettl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour guide Gary super friendly and helpful!! Nice stops on the way! Lunch location could be much better....

astaorthman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We loved it! Our tour guide was fun, nice and knowledgeable. I absolutely recommend it.

Peggy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing!

Dibakar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A bit hectic but that's because the amount of places that they try to cover in a day. But I will suggest skipping couple of places like the one at Torquay and putting that extra time into Apollo bay 12 apostles or Loch de Gorge.
However the best part of the trip is the guide. Ours was Paul. A very lively fellow with a substantial knowledge about the places i guess that's part of his job. But he is friendly with a great taste in music and made sure everyone on the tour was comfy. I will recommend the tour.

Dibakar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A bit hectic but that's because the amount of places that they try to cover in a day. But I will suggest skipping couple of places like the one at Torquay and putting that extra time into Apollo bay 12 apostles or Loch de Gorge.
However the best part of the trip is the guide. Ours was Paul. A very lively fellow with a substantial knowledge about the places i guess that's part of his job. But he is friendly with a great taste in music and made sure everyone on the tour was comfy. I will recommend the tour.

jack c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Though this was a long day 14 hour day tour our driver/tour guide did an outstanding job in keeping us interested and excited for each stop along the way. This is one tour not to be missed.

Marina K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It could not be better. A well organised trip. Our guide Cath was a friendly, cheerful, and knowledgeable person sharing the information about the places we were passing by. Time just flew. Highly recommended!

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