Our most recommended things to do in Torquay, Victoria

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

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

Discover the beauty of Port Campbell National Park on this day trip from Melbourne. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned coach and enjoy a refreshing morning tea. Stop for pictures viewpoints, take a stroll at Apollo Bay and admire the 12 Apostles limestone stacks. 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). Embark on one of the world’s greatest drives to tour the Great Ocean Road. Take in a scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road. Stop for photos opportunity the Memorial Arch at Eastern View as well as at Kennett River, home to a large population of cute and cuddly wild koalas. A sighting is almost guaranteed as they munch away on Eucalyptus leaves. Marvel at Apollo Bay and walk around the famous coastal town. Afterward, 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. Visit Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps, and be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the 12 Apostles. Take advantage of a dinner stop on the journey back to Melbourne at the township of Colac. Enjoy a scenic view of the illuminated city as you cross Westgate Bridge on the way home.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Guided Trip

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

Enjoy this guided, nature-filled road trip and discover Victoria's stunning coastline and rainforest. Drive the Great Ocean Road, a winding road that reveals uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines, and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges. 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 and 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.

ULTIMATE Great Ocean Rd scenery +gourmet, 12Apostles daytrip

3. ULTIMATE Great Ocean Rd scenery +gourmet, 12Apostles daytrip

Our “burger with the lot” epic scenery tour - a fun-filled daytrip from Melbourne with elevated seat viewing along the world-renowned Great Ocean Road with real wildlife viewing, stunning beaches & an ancient rainforest on the way to explore the majestic coastline of 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps or Thunder Cave, Razorback & the Loch Ard Gorge. Awaken with barista coffee or delights from a huge gourmet Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, plus our Anzac biscuits to learn Aussie history before the Memorial Arch. Dine at a gem seaside town for lunch & take a dip in the sea if you wish. We really do make the Great Ocean Road AMAZING! Our thoughtful details along the way add-up to a big difference to all the others, we ONLY tour this incredible region so let us make your once-in-a-lifetime day here the best it can be with our medium size bus that can access real highlights the large coaches can't get to! Be collected from Melbourne, Southbank & St Kilda hotels to journey to: + rise 'n shine at a Chocolaterie for free tastings & purchase cafe delights if you wish, or just enjoy the morning juice & Anzac biscuits on us in the lovely gardens + drive by a kangaroo hang-out to see who's up + Memorial Arch album-cover-worthy pic before the jaw-dropping scenery unfolds + refresh under the gum trees enveloping Lorne bay + fabulous lunch options at Apollo Bay town, plus take a quick dip in the sea if you bring bathers! + step inside Maits Rest rainforest for a moment to feel like you're in another world - showcasing the diversity of the Great Ocean Road Now you've arrived at the Shipwreck Coast grand finale; + Gibson Steps view from the top or conquer the grand sea cliff steps to the rugged shoreline (if conditions permit) or the Thunder Cave - on a rough day the waves crash with a loud boom! On a calm day the serenity will take your breath away + Loch Ard Gorge jewel in the crown + Island Archway & the Razorback a beast when raging seas swell + 12 Apostles be mesmerised by the alluring stacks, optional helicopter ride if you'd like us to pre-arrange, after walking the coastal sites freshen-up with a drink & snack (card only) maybe try the local made Timboon Ice-Cream > journey back via farming countryside with whole hearts & wide smiles, forever grateful :) share your lifelong memory photos & now relax as we arrive to Melbourne around 7:30-8pm depending on variables in the day, to commence the hotel drops & for your dinner plans How does all that sound? One big, unforgettable day of bucket-list memories made

2 Day Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

4. 2 Day Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

Day 1 Guests on this small group tour are picked up from their city hotel or Federation Square and quickly depart Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge. Travel through the vast volcanic plains en route to Geelon, where you have time to stroll along the beautifully transformed waterfront. Start your journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay, stopping at various places along the coast including Bells Beach and the scenic morning tea location. Your focus then turns to Australian native wildlife as you observe Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the wild. This is one of many opportunities to see and hear about Australia's unique and unusual animals in their native habitat. Your journey then begins along the very scenic, cliff-hugging section of the Great Ocean Road. While winding your way along you stop to view sites such as the 'Memorial Arch' and hear about the intriguing story of this incredible road. Lorne is the largest of the seaside resorts. With its abundance of cafes and restaurants, it is the perfect place for a lunch break. You may even find time to have a swim or do some shopping. After lunch you cruise along the spectacular road, stopping at many scenic spots, including Kennett River where you can see koalas and many colorful native birds in the wild. Visit Apollo Bay before checking in to Chris's Beacon Point or Beacon Point Ocean View Villas. Your private self-contained villa is set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean. This amazing setting is a great place to relax and unwind for a couple of hours. You'll have dinner tonight at the the award-winning Chris's Restaurant, next door to your accommodation, where the only thing that matches the food are the views. After breakfast in Apollo Bay, you go into the Great Otway National Park. Enjoy a 1-km guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully to see the world's tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns, and unique features such as 'yabbie chimneys'. We traveling through the Otway ranges and onto the so-called 'Shipwreck Coast'. Your first stop is at Castle Cove overlooking the Aire river valley. Your guide will introduce you to the strong Aboriginal heritage of the region, where many tribes prospered around the coastline for thousands of years. In the same area, millions of years ago, when Australia was part of the great southern land, Gondwana, dinosaurs roamed the land. A unique find along the coast in 1987 uncovered important clues into the world's prehistoric past. The 12 Apostles are icons of Australia's natural beauty. You'll arrive as the stacks are lit with the morning sun, making them perfect for photos and crowd-free. This is a bonus for taking a 2-day trip as the stacks are silhouettes in the afternoon and overcrowded. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline at your own expense. You'll then visit 'Loch Ard Gorge', the site of the most famous 19th-century Australian shipwreck. You'll hear the entire story, from the calm voyage, to the tragic wreck, to the courageous survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts, photos, and documents from the 'Loch Ard' contained in treasure chests. Port Campbell is your lunch stop for today. This small fishing village of just 350 is set in a beautiful natural port and has some wonderful cafes and restaurants for food and views. After lunch you'll travel to a lesser-known but highly impressive area of the Great Ocean Road west of Port Campbell. This section includes London Bridge, the Bay of Islands, the Bay of Martyrs, and Boat Bay before your journey turns inland and travels through open farmland towards Melbourne, arriving there around 18:00.

From Melbourne: 4-Day Great Ocean Road Tour to Adelaide

5. From Melbourne: 4-Day Great Ocean Road Tour to Adelaide

This 4-day tour takes you on an awe-inspiring journey through some of Australia’s most amazing sights and scenic cliff-hugging adventures. Delight in wonderful local food and wine, native Australian wildlife, tour caves, and see historical attractions Enjoy a relaxed pace allowing ample time for all the ‘must-sees’ during your journey, and each night arrive at your evening accommodation with ample time to relax and explore the regional towns. Travel on an air-conditioned coach with large viewing windows and reclining seats. Your tour can be as active as you want it to be. Join in on opportunities for nature walks, swimming, and spotting some of Australia’s unique animals in the wild, or simply explore destinations at your own pace. DAY 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell Depart Melbourne and travel over the West Gate Bridge through the vast volcanic plains en route to Geelong. Travel through Torquay for the first of countless photo opportunities of stunning coastal views and lookouts. Stop for a quick visit to the famous Bells Beach. Continue along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, visiting scenic spots including Kennett River where you can see koalas and colorful native birds in the wild. There are plenty of chances to see native Australian wildlife including Eastern Grey Kangaroos as they graze in the wild. Travel through Apollo Bay and into the Great Otway National Park. Take a guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully to see the world’s tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns, and many other unique features. Arriving at the Twelve Apostles in the afternoon after the crowds have left, explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline (at your own expense). Visit Loch Ard Gorge and hear the story of the famous 19th-century Australian shipwreck. DAY 2: Port Campbell to Port Fairy Pop back to the apostles in the morning to check out these unique rock formations in the morning light without the crowds. Spend time visiting the unique formations of Loch Ard Gorge and hear the harrowing story of the wreck of the Lock Ard. Next up travel to Warrnambool for lunch followed by a visit to Tower Hill Wildlife Park. Discover aboriginal history and culture, local wildlife, and plants on an interactive tour of the park. Spend the evening in the quaint fishing village of Port Fairy. DAY 3: Port Fairy to Naracoorte Today you're bound for South Australia. Stop in Portland to enjoy panoramic coastal views from the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, before a scenic drive through dense pine plantations to your lunch venue in the pretty riverside village of Nelson. After lunch, cross the border to arrive in Mount Gambier to see the famous Blue Lake and Umpherston Sinkhole. Arrive in the evening to spend the night at Naracoorte. DAY 4: Naracoorte to Adelaide Your day begins with a guided visit to the world heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves, one of the world’s most important fossil sites. Continue with a drive through the Coonawarra vineyards where Australia’s most illustrious cabernet sauvignon vines thrive on the famed rich red soils. Lunch is served at Bremerton Winery Langhorne Creek, where you can also indulge in some wine-tasting. Your tour continues to Mount Lofty for sweeping views of the city, before ending at your accommodation in Adelaide's CBD.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Tour

6. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Tour

Experience the natural beauty of Australia's southern coastline with Melbourne Limolink's Great Ocean Road Tour. This full-day tour will take you on a scenic journey along one of the world's most iconic coastal drives, featuring stunning views of the ocean, rock formations, and lush rainforests. Begin your adventure by departing Melbourne early in the morning, and head out to the Great Ocean Road. As you travel, your expert guide will share fascinating insights about the history and culture of the region, as well as interesting facts about the wildlife and plants you'll encounter along the way. The first stop on the tour is at the iconic surf beach of Torquay, the birthplace of surfing in Australia. Here, you'll have an opportunity to stroll along the beach, watch the surfers, and grab a coffee or breakfast at one of the local cafes. From Torquay, continue along the Great Ocean Road, soaking up the breathtaking coastal scenery as you go. You'll see rugged cliffs, stunning rock formations, and tranquil beaches nestled in hidden coves. Keep an eye out for wildlife, as you may spot kangaroos, wallabies, and even koalas in the eucalyptus trees. One of the highlights of the tour is a stop at the iconic Twelve Apostles, towering limestone stacks rising out of the ocean. You'll have plenty of time to take in the awe-inspiring views from multiple vantage points. Next, explore the rugged coastline further with a visit to the Loch Ard Gorge, where the shipwreck of the Loch Ard lies. The natural rock formations are truly unique, with towering cliffs and arches carved out by the powerful ocean waves. After a delicious lunch at one of the local cafes or restaurants, you'll visit the Otway Rainforest, a lush oasis of tall trees and exotic plants. Take a leisurely walk along the boardwalks and immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings. Before heading back to Melbourne, you'll also have the opportunity to visit the quaint seaside town of Apollo Bay. Take a stroll along the beach or explore the shops and galleries before returning to the city. Melbourne Limolink's Great Ocean Road Tour is an unforgettable experience that takes you on a journey of discovery through one of Australia's most stunning landscapes. With comfortable transportation, expert guides, and plenty of time to explore, this tour is perfect for families, couples, and solo travelers alike. Book your tour today and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

Great Ocean Road Torquay to Lorne beaches Melbourne DayTrip

7. Great Ocean Road Torquay to Lorne beaches Melbourne DayTrip

Savour a 'taste' of Aussie beach life along the Great Ocean Road with coast-hugging, jaw-dropping scenery plus optional activities on the day - do as much, or as little as YOU like... + feel like a local at Torquay - our surfing mecca; home to the National Surfing Museum & surf mega-brand outlet shops to grab a bargain, you can surfer-watch on a morning coast wander, plus awaken with juice & Anzac biscuits on us to learn this famous road’s heartfelt history + indulge at the Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery with temptations of epic proportions (free tastings) + drop into the Memorial Arch historic site for an album-cover-worthy photo under the road sign + drive by a kangaroo hang-out in Anglesea to see who's up today + immerse into Lorne's beauty where the forest meets the sea; snap an elevated photo at Teddy's Lookout before driving tree-lined glory to relax at pretty Erskine waterfall, or you can opt to get the heart racing instead - ziplining through the forest at Live Wire adventure park! maybe enjoy a more leisurely restaurant or foreshore picnic lunch, wine tasting, boutique shopping, walk up to the pier over the beach rock pools or go for a glorious swim in the ocean bay - how can you resist? (remember to bring the bathers!) > after an amazing day exploring this beautiful region, return to Melbourne city around 5:30pm to start the hotel drops as we return you to the same hotel we picked you up from Grab friends, a loved one or the family (kids 4yrs+), plan the corporate bonding day or sports group wind-up (max 24) or just treat yourself to these aquatic playgrounds for a day while we drive you around to the highlights :) You don't need to go all the way to the end of the Great Ocean Road to appreciate it, plus you get time to really enjoy 2 fabulous beach towns along it instead of driving past them on a day trip from Melbourne - perfect!

Stunning Great Ocean Road Day Tour | Pick Up From Melbourne

8. Stunning Great Ocean Road Day Tour | Pick Up From Melbourne

-Tour Information- Meeting Time: Between 8:00-8:30 AM, please arrive 15 minutes early .*The meeting time will be communicated to you via email or text the night before departure. Please check your inbox and message inbox, and consider the latest information received the night before as accurate. Meeting Point: No.108 Little Bourke Street. Duration: 10-11 hours (subject to traffic conditions on the day). Return Time: Approximately between 7:30-8:30 PM in the city center (actual time may vary depending on the day's traffic conditions). We recommend not scheduling any other activities immediately afterward to ensure a timely return to the city. Vehicle type: Cars will be allocated based on the number of passengers. - Tour Introduction - This Great Ocean Road journey begins by passing through Melbourne's bustling major transportation hub, the West Gate Bridge, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Port Phillip Bay. As you travel through the surfing paradise of Torquay and Anglesea, the scenery transitions from magnificent ocean views to lush green countryside. You'll also pass through the charming European-style town of Lorne and the crescent-shaped Apollo Bay. During lunchtime, the guide will assist in arranging lunch (at your own expense) or provide recommendations for dining areas. At this time, we will be stopping along the Great Ocean Road, where you can appreciate and learn about the fascinating history of this grand highway. We'll arrive at the most famous attraction of the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles. These majestic rock formations rising from the sea showcase nature's awe-inspiring craftsmanship and ignite one's imagination. If time permits, you can opt for a helicopter ride at your own expense to witness the breathtaking beauty of the Twelve Apostles from above. After admiring the grand and awe-inspiring landscapes, we'll continue to Loch Ard Gorge, also known as the "Shipwreck Coast," for a brief rest before returning to Melbourne and concluding the day's journey.

From Adelaide: 3-Day Trip to Melbourne with Wine Tasting

9. From Adelaide: 3-Day Trip to Melbourne with Wine Tasting

We start by traveling in to the Adelaide Hills. Here we explore Hahndorf, a traditional German town in the Adelaide Hills and Mt Lofty Summit with sweeping views of Adelaide. Our journey then takes us through grain and stock lands towards the town of Keith for lunch. Next we visit the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves to learn of the fossil discoveries of Mega Fauna. The Coonawarra wine region is close by, recognized as the premium Cabernet Sauvignon region of the world, where we stop for wine tasting. Tonight we are accommodated in luxurious rooms at ‘The Barn’ which also houses an award winning restaurant for dinner and breakfast. We start the second day with a visit to the ‘blue’ crater lake in Mt Gambier. Then drive on to Port Fairy before visiting Tower Hill Reserve where we are likely to see Emus, Koalas, Kangaroos and Echidnas. We then start the Great Ocean Road with the impressive limestone stacks of the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. London Bridge is next before ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. We retell the entire story from the calm voyage, the tragic wreck, the courageous survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts, photos and documents from the ‘Loch Ard’ contained in our treasure chests. Twelve Apostles is close by, here we explain the creation of these limestone stacks and the constant wearing away of this coastline. Our journey then takes us into the Otway National Park and through to Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek where we arrive at your 4 star accommodation set high on a hill with great views overlooking the Southern Ocean. These private villas set within native forest offer the perfect environment to relax and unwind. Tonight’s dinner is at the award winning ‘Chris’ at Beacon Point’. This modern, Greek-Australian restaurant is a famous attraction in the area as well as being a superb restaurant with incredible views. The third day sees us leave our tranquil overnight setting to have breakfast in Apollo Bay. Our first stop is within the Otway National Park at ‘Maits Rest’. This is a 1km walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully discovering trees and ferns. We then turn towards Melbourne and travel along a very scenic section of the Great Ocean Road en route to Kennett River for a fantastic viewing of wild Koalas in their native setting. We also visit many scenic spots for photos and tell numerous stories behind the making of the road. We stop for lunch at the largest of the seaside villages, Lorne. After lunch we drive along the surf coast and take in the surf culture of the region with a visit to Torquay and Bells Beach. Our journey then takes us through the historic gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Geelong before we travel from the west over the ‘West Gate Bridge’ and escort you to your hotel and welcome you to Melbourne.

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I would like to thank Go West for organising an exciting trip to the twelve apostles. It was perfectly planned out,..the whole trip was broken down into mini journeys to bring out the best experience of the great ocean road, this also provided multiple rest and stretch for everyone on board. Our tour guide Lauren was super kind and approachable,..made everyone feel comfortable throughout the trip and provided so many interesting stories and historical fact on the area we visited during our journey. Those historical facts were very interesting to me made the trip organic helping everyone live through the timeline of the great ocean road. I believe to understand Australia and grasp a glimpse of its amazing history, the great ocean road, is a must and a great start. Lauren thank you so much. I also wanna thank our group on that day everyone very respectful and polite. Cheers Thank you

What can I say …. Awesome !!! It took me a while to decide whether todo this as ‘I don’t really do tours ‘ but I’m so glad I did !!! The tour itself pretty much did everything . Accommodation was fab . Lovely stops for lunch and good breakfasts ( all included in price ) which exceeded what I was expecting. Mick our tour leader was just brilliant !!! Friendly , funny and flexible !!! The tour wasn’t rigid and we went with the flow which I really liked . We had 10 in our group and it was a fab group of people I must say . For those wandering about ages …. I’m 54 … the youngest on our tour was 35 and the oldest , a very young 72 !!!! I feel we saw everything and stuff I wouldn’t know about seeing too. Would I recommend ?? Yes , yes and yes !!! X

The whole 2 day experience was wonderful! Pierre, our guide was easy going, friendly, accommodating and a wealth of knowledge. The tour was exactly as described and all advertised locations were visited with the history or a story forthcoming. There was a small group of 6 in our case. The overnight accommodation at Beacon Point Ocean View villas was unique with amazing views. The dinner at Chris's was superb! Breakfast (also included) was a good variety and plentiful servings in a very pleasant little cafe. Definitely recommend Australian Natural Treasures(ANT) touring company! Magic and moments rather than names and numbers!

Lots of wonderful views of the great ocean road. The guide took us to all the best viewpoints with an interesting and informative description of each.

Go west tours !!! Luke tour guide. Very helpful, funny, and the tour is a MUST!