1. Australia
  2. Victoria, Australia
  3. Melbourne
  4. Great Ocean Road

Melbourne: Full-Day The Great Ocean Road Experience

Product ID: 91734
Experience the world-famous Great Ocean Road with tales of shipwrecks and years past, panoramic vistas around every corner and of course the best views of the majestic and iconic 12 Apostles.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Booklets
Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a 50% refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • View the magnificent 12 Apostles
  • Take a stroll through an ancient rainforest
  • See koalas in their natural habitat amongst the eucalyptus trees
  • Drive along one of the world's most spectacular coastal roads
  • Walk along the famous Surf Coast beaches and sands
Full description
Begin the day with an early start leaving the Melbourne CBD where you will drive over the Westgate Bridge towards the Great Ocean Road - one of the few places where the destination and the journey are the same thing. Once you arrive on the Great Ocean Road, enjoy morning tea along the Surf Coast at your first stop, a perfect way to meet your fellow travelers and your guide for the day.

As you wind along this iconic road, each twist and turn reveals new spectacular views of the rugged coastline and into the Otway Ranges that lie inland. Hear the history of the road and its workers as you make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as the Great Ocean Road sign. Pass through quaint yet popular holiday resort towns before your guide takes you on a wild koala spotting adventure amongst their natural habitat of the eucaluptus trees. Make your way to the historical town of Apollo Bay for a bite of lunch. Stroll the streets, meander the main beach or try some unique and award-winning ice cream.

After lunch, the road ventures away from the coastline and into the heart of the Otways National Park. Embark on a guided walk through the crisp fresh air of an ancient rainforest. A truly magical part of the day as you're emersed amongst ferns and the world's second tallest species of tree. The journey continues through the rainforest before reaching the Shipwreck Coast where you will find some of the biggest attractions for the day. Hear about the coastline's most famous shipwreck before stepping down into the gorge at the center of the story of the Loch Ard ill-fated journey. Be towered by the sheer limestone cliffs that form the gorge as you stand on the beach or step into the cold waters of the Southern Ocean at the bottom before reaching the major attraction - the 12 Apostles. View these ginormous limestone monoliths formed by hundreds of years of erosion as they stand high and strong against the forces of nature. A true sight to behold and a perfect way to cap off the day before making your way back to Melbourne for the night. 
Includes
  • Morning tea
  • Wi-Fi
  • Water refill station
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • Hand sanitizer
  • National Park fees
  • Friendly informative guide
  • Inner city pick-up and drop-off service

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne at 7:15 AM. Alternatively, if you wish to change your pickup location please contact the reservations team on +6139393 1333.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Great day trip. You see so much of the coast and it is breathtaking. Highly recommend this full day adventure. It’s funny how I read that some people complained that you are “in the bus a lot” but it’s because it’s a ROAD trip and if you did the Ocean walk, you wouldn’t see anything so this tour allows you to see SO much but you also get a bit of a hike every stop which I loved. I’d recommend bringing layers of clothing just in case.

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February 27, 2020

Glad we went to see

It took a day, but the Great Ocean Road is long, so it was nice to take a tour and see everything. When you go to see the wild koala, you can only find one at a high place and it is difficult to take a picture with your mobile camera. I was so happy to stop the car and see the Koala nearby. The long road was not painful, as there were places to visit and breaks in between. I thought I needed a jacket in mid-October, and also needed some rain measures. I didn't get any Japanese pamphlets or morning tea. I couldn't understand the guide because I couldn't speak English, but I was told he was trying to entertain him. The morning gathering was uneasy because I didn't come by bus for about 20 minutes. I could see it. It is good to go only where you want to see by rental car, but it is a long distance, so we recommend a tour.

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October 18, 2019

This tour of the great ocean road was spectacular. It is hard to put into words what the scenery was like breathtaking is all I can say.

February 29, 2020

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Autopia Tours

Product ID: 91734