Our most recommended things to do in Beech Forest

Torquay: 2-Hour Surf Lesson on the Great Ocean Road

1. Torquay: 2-Hour Surf Lesson on the Great Ocean Road

Start your tour by heading to the meeting point to pick up your equipment. Your instructor will select the correct size wetsuit for you to change into, and will help you to find just the right size surfboard.  Once you are ready, walk to the beach with the rest of the group. Your lesson will begin on the beach with a safety briefing and some basic instructions before you head into the water, waist deep, to catch some waves.  Once you have had your fill of the surf, you will return to the beach for some more detailed instruction about how to stand up on your surfboard. The remainder of the lesson will be spent on the water with the instructor helping everyone to stand up. At the end of the lesson, return to the shop with your equipment to have a hot shower and change. Make sure you arrange to take some photos.

From Melbourne: Reverse Great Ocean Road Day Trip with Lunch

2. From Melbourne: Reverse Great Ocean Road Day Trip with Lunch

Start the day early from the Melbourne CBD and settle in. Go inland for the morning, which is going to bring you out on the Shipwreck Coast before the rest of the tour buses. Here is where you will find the infamous 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and Gibson Steps. Take in these world-renowned sites without being caught in the hustle and bustle of the masses. Getting to the 12 Apostles in the morning provides additional colors in the large limestone stacks not seen in the afternoon. Hear the story of Loch Ard and step down into the gorge that has been carved away by the Southern Ocean over hundreds of years, arguably more stunning than the Apostles themselves. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of these breathtaking spots. After taking in this spectacular coastline, drive back along the Great Ocean Road. Wave at all the other buses as they all pass by in the opposite direction as the road begins to run away from the coastline through the Otway ranges. It is now time to stretch your legs on a magical guided rainforest walk amongst some of the tallest tree species in the world. Next, a short drive sees the road and ocean meet once again in the seaside town of Apollo Bay. For the rest of the journey, the road will twist along the coast, offering spectacular ocean, beach, and cliff views. Along this beautiful section of the Great Ocean Road, you’ll stop at the small town of Kennett River where your guide will help you spot wild koalas in their natural habitat amongst the eucalyptus trees. Pass through small seaside towns as you continue and make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as The Great Ocean Road sign, commemorating the workers that built the road. From here, we sit back, relax and enjoy the drive back into the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne

Anglesea: 2-Hour Surf Lesson on the Great Ocean Road

3. Anglesea: 2-Hour Surf Lesson on the Great Ocean Road

You will meet at the tour supplier's shop 15 minutes before your lesson starts. Then your instructor with find you a wet suit that is the correct size, and the right surfboard for your height. After you have changed into your wet suit, you will walk down to the beach with the rest of the group. The lesson will begin on the beach with a safety briefing and some basic instruction. Then you will enter the water up to your waist, to catch your first few gentle waves. Once everyone has caught some waves and you are feeling more comfortable in the water, you will return to the beach for more detailed instruction about how to stand up on the board. The remainder of the lesson will be spent back in the water with the instructor helping everyone to stand up on their surfboard. On completion of the lesson everyone will return to the shop with their equipment to have a rest and a hot shower. Make sure you get some photos of your first experience of surfing.

From Melbourne: Small Group Great Ocean Road Tour

4. From Melbourne: Small Group Great Ocean Road Tour

Drive along one of the most spectacular roads in the world on this 11-hour tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Hugging the coast of Victoria, it is listed as one of Australia’s National Heritage attractions. Depart from Melbourne in small groups, to get a more personalized experience, and enjoy the sound of the ocean breaking on the waves. Enjoy spectacular views of the Southern Ocean, and see surfers riding waves. Stop for a coffee or a walk on the beach in the seaside town of Lorne on Louttit Bay. A popular beach town, full of aquatic activities, it also has a large number of boutique clothing stores and charming cafés. Continue back on the road, looking out for wildlife, such as whales and dolphins splashing around in the ocean, and kangaroos, echidnas, and bandicoots on the land. Look up too for the many different bird species. You might even see koalas up close in their natural habitat. Stop for lunch in the town of Apollo Bay, a more relaxed seaside town. Continue your tour and enjoy a walk in the scenic Otway Ranges. Close by lie the sculptural 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. The place is both beautiful and interesting, and you will learn the story of a shipwreck that, like so many stories, is a combination of love, tragedy, and hope.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Adventure Tour

5. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Adventure Tour

The Great Ocean Road is undoubtedly a photographer’s delight with its impressive coastline to drive along, and unmatched scenery that simply take your breath away. Consistently rating highly as one of the world’s greatest picturesque coastal drives, this is a day tour that will impress! Get ready for an exciting day of visual wonderment and one of the best coastal drives you will ever experience! Your day tour with Gray Line Melbourne along iconic Great Ocean Road takes in spectacular coastal views of long sandy beaches, rolling surf, precipitous coastal cliffs and river inlets. Travel through popular resort towns Anglesea, Lorne, Wye River and Apollo Bay. Our stops include Anglesea, Twelve Apostles boardwalk and Loch Ard Gorge (including Tom & Eva Lookout and Razorback). Head inland back to Melbourne.

Apollo Bay: Dusk Discovery Great Ocean Road Wildlife Tour

6. Apollo Bay: Dusk Discovery Great Ocean Road Wildlife Tour

As the sun sets over the Great Ocean Road, the day-active wildlife starts to head for home and the night-time animals emerge. Visit a wildlife sanctuary at dusk to spot these otherwise elusive and shy animals. Your conservationist guide will share the secrets of the Otways bush, and the plants and animals that call it home. The Dusk Discovery Tour runs for around 90 minutes, and offers unparalleled photography and wildlife spotting opportunities. Before your tour, enjoy a mezze plate of local produce accompanied by a beer or wine. Your visit gives back to nature, with 100% of profits supporting local conservation and research projects.

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.

Great Ocean Road: Skydive over the Twelve Apostles

8. Great Ocean Road: Skydive over the Twelve Apostles

We are the only skydive actually on the Great Ocean Road! Come and meet the team at the Great Ocean Road Airport, just metres from the sea cliffs! Let our expert instructors get you ready and outfit you with the latest and best skydiving equipment, then, off into the sky! We climb above Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto, Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs and all the most beautiful unspoilt nature the Great Ocean Rd and the Shipwreck coast has to offer. Experience up to 60 seconds of life affirming, sweet glorious freefall! Catch your breath and soak up views forever in every direction! Once the parachute opens, it is time to relax and enjoy the gentle 5 minute ride back to earth. Help your instructor fly the parachute (if you are brave enough!). Soar over the beaches and the cliffs before landing back at the Great Ocean Road airport. Skydiving at the 12 Apostles is the coolest thing in the most beautiful place. Video and/or photos available to purchase on the day. Max 105kgs weight for all participants - anyone over 95kgs is subject to assessment by Skydive 12 Apostles staff on the day of the experience.

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.

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The instructors were really friendly and approachable. Both me and my partner were first time surfers and really enjoyed the experience. Halfway through the session the instructors noticed the waves were too powerful and moved us to another section of beach was really appreciated so we could get the most out of the experience as novices. Would recommend to other first timers.

We had a great day, Brit was amazing, so knowledgeable & entertaining, probably the best tour I've been on, would live to do another tour with her

Excellent experience for a quick 3 day tour! Get a good snapshot of the different places - the great ocean road, 12 apostles and the Grampians

Seeing koalas in the wild then an unexpected sight of kangaroos