Experience Melbourne’s famous Great Ocean Road in style on this small-group tour! Enjoy the pounding waves of the Surf Coast, the tranquility of the Green Coast's ancient rainforest, and the iconic rock formations of the Shipwreck Coast.
• Each tour group is limited to a maximum of 24 guests • No prams or strollers are permitted • We can provide an infant seat (0-3 years) or a child booster seat (4-8 years) free of charge with prior reservation. Please leave a request at check-out with the age of your child
On this action-packed 13-hour tour, you’ll travel the Great Ocean Road, a scenic coastal drive hugging the rugged seaside cliffs of Australia’s south-eastern coast. Departing Melbourne at around 08:00, enjoy panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay as you cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest at just under 2.6 kilometers in length. Learn a little about Victoria’s second-largest city, Geelong, which you’ll pass by as you make your way down towards the Surf Coast, with its enchanting beach side towns and powerful swells. Just outside the town of Torquay, you’ll stop for your first opportunity to visit the beach and to enjoy a complimentary morning tea. Departing Torquay you’ll set out along the Great Ocean Road itself, as your experienced driver-guide provides an informative commentary about the road’s history and its place in Australian folklore. The scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road is a highlight in itself, featuring some truly amazing coastal scenery with new views being revealed around every bend. You’ll make plenty of scenic stops, including of course a photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View. At the township of Kennet River, you’ll make a brief side trip into the sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest to locate some of the local koalas in the native habitat. The koala population here is particularly strong and numerous sightings are guaranteed! You’ll also havean opportunity here to feed the colorful local bird life, with Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots always keen for a handful of sunflower seeds. You’ll then continue on towards your lunch stop in Apollo Bay with another photo stop at Cape Patten on the way. After lunch you’ll follow the Great Ocean Road away from the ocean and into the mountains. The tour proceeds through the spectacular Otway Ranges, with a stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. Here, your guide accompanies the group through the forest, where you’ll stop to learn a little about the world’s tallest flowering trees and the ancient rainforest species. And then it’s onward to the world famous Port Campbell National Park and its iconic array of rock formations. You’ll be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the Twelve Apostles. Here you also have the opportunity to take to the air with an optional helicopter flight (extra fee applicable).If you decide to skip the helicopter tour, a further stop is possible at Gibsons Steps. Here you can descend the steps to Gibsons Beach below for beach level views of two of the Twelve Apostles. Just down the road is the heart of the Shipwreck Coast, the Loch Ard Gorge where 52 lives were lost and only 2 souls survived the wreck of the Loch Ard in 1878. Your guide will recount the legend of the Loch Ard, bringing the gorge to life in a way you never imagined. Take time to explore here, with more rock formations to see, including the Razorback, the Dumpling Pots and the delightful Island Archway. A dinner stop is made on the journey back to Melbourne before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as you cross the Westgate Bridge again on the way home. With drop-off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.