Great Ocean Road

Spot rugged cliffs and the Twelve Apostles along Victoria’s coastline, from surf-tastic Torquay to charming Allansford.

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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

1. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

Enjoy morning views of Melbourne city and Port Phillip Bay as you cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest bridge, at just under 1.5 miles (2.6 kilometers). You are embarking on one of the world’s greatest drives to tour the Great Ocean Road! The scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road takes in some truly amazing coastal scenery, with new views being revealed around every bend. You will make plenty of scenic stops, including a photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View and a stop at Kennet River, home to a large population of cute and cuddly wild Koalas. A sighting is almost guaranteed as they munch away on Eucalyptus leaves. Then it is on to Apollo Bay for a chance to walk around the famous coastal town. Afterwards, follow the Great Ocean Road away from the water and into the mountains. Proceed through the spectacular Otway Ranges and stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool, temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. Continue to Port Campbell National Park, with its iconic array of rock formations. Be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the 12 Apostles. A dinner stop is made on the journey back to Melbourne at the beautiful township of Colac, before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as you cross Westgate Bridge on the way home.

From Melbourne: Coastal Highlights, Forest, Wildlife Tour

2. From Melbourne: Coastal Highlights, Forest, Wildlife Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Melbourne CBD, you will explore the world-famous Great Ocean Road on this full-day tour. Spend the day exploring the coast, but also see koalas and birds in their natural habitat as well as going on a guided forest walk to see some of the tallest trees in the world. All of this on top of the iconic coastal favorites such as the Torquay Surf Beach, Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles, and Gibson Steps, with plenty of photo opportunities provided along the way. With the exception of lunch and dinner, all of the below is included in the price of the tour. Torquay Surf Beach Stop here to get your first taste of the stunning coastal scenery. You will be able to view the world-famous Bells Surfing Beach. Take some great coastal photos and smell the fresh seaside air. Morning tea Included with the tour. Great Ocean Road sign Snap a selfie at this iconic location to send to your friends and family. Koalas and Parrots Witness koalas and colorful parrots in their natural environment. Your experienced guide knows just where to go. Apollo Bay lunch stop Here, you'll stop at the coastal town of Apollo Bay where you can purchase your lunch from one of the many restaurants and cafes on offer. You can also walk around the coastal town or even take a swim on the beach if the weather suits. Guided Forest Walk Your guide will take you on a forest walk where you will see some of the tallest trees in the world. You will also take in the wonderful fresh natural smells the trees have to offer. The Gibson Steps Here (tide and wind permitting), you will be able to see some of the 12 Apostles from sea level on the beach. Seeing these amazing rock formations is a truly incredible experience. 12 Apostles Take your time to view the world-famous 12 Apostles, an awesome sight with fantastic photo opportunities. Find out firsthand why these limestone beauties are known all around the world. Loch Ard Gorge The final stop, and perhaps the best, is Loch Ard Gorge, a magnificent formation of rocks by the sea. Ground-level viewing will provide you with an optimal viewing angle. Dinner Stop Stop at Colac on the way home, where you can purchase dinner from one of the many restaurants and cafes. After dinner, you will return you to your CBD hotel.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Guided Trip

3. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Guided Trip

The spectacular Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most acclaimed destinations. This meandering road twists and turns to expose uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines, and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges. Enjoy this full-day road trip traveling by medium sized mini-bus. In small groups of no more than 24 people, this nature loving day trip is a brilliant way to discover the impressive coastline and rainforest of Victoria. Travel west to the start of the Great Ocean Road and pass the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Pass through the scenic towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. There are plenty of opportunities to see the native wildlife, get a glimpse of cute koalas and a variety of birds. Discover the Shipwreck Coast, stroll along the historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Arrive at the 12 Apostles where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks. Snap a memorable photo before you begin your journey back to Melbourne.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Tour

4. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Tour

Start your day with a convenient pickup from selected hotels in Melbourne. From here, board your comfortable tour vehicle and begin your journey as you depart from Melbourne. On your tour you will get the opportunity to spot some famous Australian animals, stop at a lighthouse and take in the wild scenery as you breathe in the fresh air. There will also be plenty of stops along the way. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and stop for a little rainforest walk to appreciate the cool climate and heavy rain that this region enjoys. Later in the day, head towards the limestone rock formations otherwise known as the 12 Apostles. Nearby you will discover another ancient natural attraction; Loch Ard Gorge where you will hear the story of the shipwreck and its survivors. Dip your feet in the water at the Gorge’s quaint beach and you will never want to leave.

Melbourne: 12 Apostles, Great Otways and Great Ocean Road

5. Melbourne: 12 Apostles, Great Otways and Great Ocean Road

Discover the iconic 12 Apostles, see picturesque beaches, and make your way through the trees in Great Otways National Park and Redwood Forest on a minivan guided tour. Snack on local fruit and spot native koalas, as you explore this stunning part of Australia. Departing Melbourne early with your knowledgeable guide, head straight to the famous 12 Apostles before the masses of people arrive. Take a short stroll along the boardwalk and appreciate the stunning views. Continue to another spectacular scene, Gibson Steps, and walk down the 70-meter cliff-side pathway to the beach, where there will be plenty of time to take some incredible photos. Next, it’s back in the van to start a drive through the magical Great Otways National Park. Pull over and take a 3.5-kilometer (just over 2 miles) return hike through ancient rainforests to the dreamy Beauchamp Falls. With your energy restored, continue your tour along the iconic Great Ocean Road. Pass by Apollo Bay before reaching Kennett's River, where you'll get the chance to spot native koalas going about their daily routines. Stop at the beautiful town of Lorne for 30 minutes to shop and explore at your leisure, or take a swim in the ocean. Finally, visit the historical Memorial Lookout and the surfer hotspot, Bells Beach, before concluding your tour back at the original meeting point.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

6. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

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. 

Great Ocean Road: Guided Wildlife Walk that Supports Nature

7. Great Ocean Road: Guided Wildlife Walk that Supports Nature

Discover the wild side of the Great Ocean Road as you explore a spectacular Australian bushland environment, where the forest meets the sea. Meet your conservationist guide at the Visitor Center. As you walk with them through the magical setting, learn the secrets of the bush and the plants and animals who call the Otways home. During your tour, pause at the Conservation Ecology Centre Research Hub to learn about the conservation projects that are being undertaken onsite to support the environment. You will also have the chance to see research techniques in action. The tour winds along a gentle, 1.4km path suitable to all ages and abilities. Before or after your tour, enjoy refreshments or a light lunch at the café, and browse the gift shop for a memento of your visit.

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Sunset Tour

8. Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Sunset Tour

Depart Melbourne a little later than most Great Ocean Road tours to experience the dramatic landscapes without the crowds. Travel in a small group for a more personalized experience and get panoramic views of the coast in comfort. Drive past the famous sands of the Surf Coast then continue through the Great Otway National Park and gaze in awe at the massive eucalyptus trees. Hear tales of shipwrecks at Loch Ard Gorge and encounter koalas in their natural habitat along the way. Take souvenir photos of the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch and get countless other photo opportunities during the day. Listen to the expert commentary and avail of the free Wi-Fi to share your experience on your favorite social media platform as it happens. End by watching a magnificent sunset at the famous Twelve Apostles rock formations before making your way back to Melbourne.

3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Small-Group Tour

9. 3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Small-Group Tour

Explore some of Australia's most stunning scenery on a 3-day trip from Melbourne, and enjoy a breathtaking trip along the Great Ocean Road and to Grampians National Park. Travel in a small and intimate group for the ideal touring experience, and stay in top-notch accommodation to ensure a unique and relaxing journey. Day 1: After pick-up from your city hotel in Melbourne’s Central Business District or Federation Square, head out of Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge. Travel through the vast volcanic plains on route to Geelong, where you’ll have time to stroll along the beautiful waterfront. Then start your journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay, stopping at various spots along the coast including Bells Beach, the Memorial arch, and the seaside resort of Lorne for lunch and shopping. After lunch, cruise further along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, stopping at more scenic spots including Kennett River on the way to the Great Otway National Park, where you’ll enjoy a guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest to see the world's tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns and unique features such as 'Yabbie Chimneys'. Visit Apollo Bay before checking into the Beacon Point Ocean View Villas, where your private self-contained villa is set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean – the perfect place to relax and unwind for a couple of hours before a great dinner. Day 2: Today starts with breakfast at a favorite local spot, the Bay Leaf Cafe. Then, travel through the Otway ranges and onto the Shipwreck Coast, stopping at Castle Cove for views over the Aire river valley. Learn about the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage and the many tribes that have lived prosperously along the coastline for thousands of years. From there, visit the famous limestone stacks known as the 12 Apostles, true icons of Australia's natural beauty. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the boardwalks or even take a helicopter flight along the coastline (not included). Then visit 'Loch Ard Gorge', the site of the most famous 19th-century Australian shipwreck, before heading to the charming fishing village of Port Campbell for a lunch break. After lunch, pass along more impressive limestone formations on the way to the Tower Hill Game Reserve for the chance to see koalas, kangaroos, and emus living in this extinct volcanic crater. From there, head north towards Grampians National Park, where you’ll check into your accommodation at the foot of Mt. Sturgeon, the renowned Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. 3 Day: The third day starts with an amazingly scenic drive along the Wonderland and Mt. William Ranges, through to Halls Gap in the heart of the Grampians National Park. Enjoy a few short walks at Baroka Lookout, Reid's Lookout, and McKenzie Falls, as well as visits to the Brambuk Aboriginal cultural center and a local rock art site. Your journey back to Melbourne takes you through the gold mining township of Ballarat, once one of the richest towns in the world, before arriving back in the city at around 06:00 PM.

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road and Otway Overnight Tour

10. Melbourne: Great Ocean Road and Otway Overnight Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell (D) You'll begin your tour with a drive through the ancient lava fields of Western Victoria on your way to the country seaside town of Warrnambool. You'll take a detour to Tower Hill on the way, to explore Australia's most recently extinct volcano which is bursting with wildlife. Following that, take a guided walk with Worn Gundidj, learning about the traditional lifestyle of Australia's indigenous people, bush tucker, medicine, and the skills of the boomerang. You'll then drive the Great Ocean Road "backwards", starting with Shipwreck Coast and its icons such as the Bay of Islands, The Grotto, and London Bridge, with time to explore the village of Port Campbell. Try some locally made beers from the Sow & Piglets Brewery with dinner, before finishing off your day at the 12 Apostles for sunset. Day 2: Great Ocean Road to Melbourne (B) The second day starts off with a climb down the stairs onto the beach at Loch Ard Gorge, well before the crowds arrive, for a unique take on this ever-so-popular attraction. It's then off for a stroll along a section of the Great Ocean Walk and down to the beach level at the Apostles at Gibson Steps before retreating into the Otway rainforest. Hidden in a place most don't venture, the Redwoods of the Otways will simply amaze as you admire the tallest and second-tallest species of trees in the world side by side. It's then back on the road to continue the breathtaking coastal drive with quality stops in the townships of Apollo Bay and Lorne to soak in the Aussie beach town lifestyle. You'll have time to check out the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery for some delicious treats, as well as one of the most popular surf beaches in Australia, before heading back to Melbourne at around 7:30PM.

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What people are saying about Great Ocean Road

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,608 reviews

The tour was fabulous and our guide Chris was amazing, always have a joke, his explanations on the bus were very interesting and his smile and happiness were contagious ! The scenic views and the great ocean road are a must see !

It was an awesome day tour to experience a Great Ocean Road, local cuisine and the natural wildlife. The guide went out of his way To ensure we seen the best that Australia had to offer nothing was rushed

Kjempeflott tur med mye innhold om steder og natur og ikke minst historie! Flott guide Tim, morsom og kunne mye om mangt. Veldig fornøyd en må gjøre tur dersom du er i Melbourne!!!

Amazing experience, 10/10 would recommend. Our guide Bert made the experience so great. The beautiful scenery is a memory we’ll never forget!

a relaxed way to view all the delightful sights on the Great Ocean Road. Well informed and kind guide Pierre made it a memorable journey