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Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Trip

4.6 / 5

63 reviews

Activity provider: Wildlife Tours Australia
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Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Trip

Activity provider: Wildlife Tours Australia
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From US$ 101.32 per person

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Travel the Great Ocean Road, over 200 kilometers of spectacular coastline with jaw-dropping ocean views and ancient rainforests. Visit the iconic 12 apostles, explore beaches, and spot wild koalas.

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Duration 13 hours
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  • Discover the historic story of the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
  • Enjoy a beach walk, stunning coastal views and seaside townships
  • Take a guided walk through the heart of the Otway National Park and rain-forest
  • See the iconic Twelve Apostles and hidden beach at Loch Ard Gorge
Full description
Leave the city heading over the Westgate Bridge bright and early to maximize your time on the Great Ocean Road. After just over an hour’s drive, stop on a popular surf beach near the town of Anglesea for a rest break. Take a short drive before stopping at Memorial Arch, which commemorates the returned soldiers who worked on the construction of the 151–mile stretch of road following World War I. Continue along the Great Ocean Road taking in the spectacular ocean, beach and cliff views. Your guide will help you spot koalas among the eucalyptus trees, as you journey along this famous coastline. After stopping for lunch at Apollo Bay, the road and the ocean part ways for the next few hours as you head into the Otway Rainforest. (lunch is at the guest's own expense) Take a short 30-minute guided walk right into the heart of the rainforest. Feel dwarfed by some of the largest tree species in the world. Wind further through the forest and return to the ocean, making a stop at the mighty Shipwreck Coast. Here, spend a large portion of the day exploring the 12 Apostles, and Loch Ard Gorge, all a short drive from one another. Your guide will share the tales of disaster, destruction, and survival. After a long day, relax on the drive back to Melbourne and reflect on a great day spent on the Great Ocean Road.
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • Expert driver-guide
  • National Park fees
  • Koala spotting in the wild
  • Food and beverages
  • Transfer to and from the departure location
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet outside the Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St (on the corner of Market St) at 7:35 AM.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Baby strollers
  • Mobility scooters
  • Backpacks
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Electric wheelchairs

Know before you go

  • Child seats can be provided free of charge upon request for infants aged 0-3 years
  • Travelers will need to provide a contact number to assist during morning pickups.
  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your departure time and location so you do not miss the bus.
  • Customers are not required to print out booking vouchers prior to travel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 63 reviews

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Great trip and Craig was an excellent tour guide. My only complaint was that certain spots like the 12 Apostles towards the end could have had more time to explore other hikes without being rushed, and perhaps cut the coffee/chocolate stop shorter. Otherwise I highly recommend taking this tour, reminded me of my times in the south coast of Portugal.

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January 14, 2023

The 13 hour day trip took us from one highlight to the next. The bus ride was never boring, because you could observe constantly changing landscapes. The driver u. Guide was very nice u. competently. He showed us koalas u. Cockatoos in eucalyptus trees, as well as the most spectacular viewpoints on the Great Ocean Road. Another highlight was the walk through the rainforest. I can fully recommend this day tour. The only downside was the space available in the minibus, which was compensated for because the bus was not fully occupied.

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November 11, 2019

The coach that we traveled in was very comfortable plenty of room even though we were full with 23 passengers. I recommend sitting on the left side as the ride down the coast is amazing. I would’ve enjoyed a little more time at the gorge for anyone who likes wants to walk down into the gorge and stick your feet in the water in the sand that was a nice experience. Overall the trip was very pleasant I didn’t feel overly rushed and I was able to see everything and take every walk to see all the sites. Our guide Duane was very good, informative entertaining and played music during the ride. Kept everyone on time so that we had the opportunity to enjoy everything.

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October 24, 2019

Product ID: 66634