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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.

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Trip with Rainforest Visit

2. Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Trip with Rainforest Visit

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, Razorback, Island Archway & 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 coast-hugging 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) + 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

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Guided Trip

3. 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.

From Melbourne: Reverse Great Ocean Road Day Trip with Lunch

4. 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

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Full-Day Trip

5. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Full-Day Trip

Begin the day with an early start leaving Melbourne city 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 things. Once you arrive at 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. To 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. Keep your eyes peeled for Australian Native Wildlife as we pass through quaint yet popular holiday resort towns. 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 Otway 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 immersed among 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. 

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Wildlife Tour for Backpackers

6. Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Wildlife Tour for Backpackers

Check out the Twelve Apostles' limestone stacks, visit Loch Ard Gorge and learn about its tragic history. Experience Apollo Bay, the rainforest and see some koalas, kangaroos and birds along the way. The only goal is to have an amazing day full of spectacular sights and some laughs, too on this guided group tour for 18-35 year olds. Begin your tour with a convenient pickup run from selected Melbourne accommodation, before you head out of the city to the furthest part of the Great Ocean Road. Your first scenic stop will be at the Twelve Apostles, where you'll get to experience the boardwalk and viewing platforms and get your first glimpse of the natural limestone rock stacks and cliffs. Next, head onto the beach in front of the first Apostles at Gibson Steps, where you can spend some time taking in their size and beauty. Then, it’s a short drive from the Twelve Apostles to the beautiful Loch Ard Gorge, where you will walk on the famous 'shipwreck beach.' While here, check out more magnificent limestone formations, like the Razorback, Three Sisters and the Salt and Pepper Shaker. Afterwards, it's off to the Great Otway National Park, which stretches or over 1000sq km. Here, find adorable koalas in their natural habitat and grab some photos, before arriving in Apollo Bay for some free time and lunch. While in Apollo Bay, feel free to grab some food at any of the different cafés, restaurants and bakeries, or even head to the Gin distillery or pub for a well-earned drink. Spend the afternoon driving and stopping along the scenic drive between Apollo Bay and Anglesea at places like Cape Pattern Lookout, Kennet River, Lorne and The Memorial Arch. And then onward to spot some kangaroos grazing in the fields.

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Trip

7. Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Trip

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.

From Melbourne: Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

8. From Melbourne: Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

After pickup at your hotel in Melbourne, depart early in the morning directly toward Torquay. Savor morning tea, then see some of the local surfers in action. Stock up on some chocolates for the day at the local Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery before continuing your journey through small local villages on the way to Split Point Lighthouse. Next, learn some of the history of the Great Ocean Road at the Memorial Arch before taking the steps down to the base of the Erskine Falls. Admire the magnificent falls, then grab lunch and take a stroll at Lorne. Enjoy some time for a quick swim off Lorne Beach, though be aware the water might be slightly cold. From Lorne, move on for another stroll to the Sheoak Falls. Soak up the spectacular views as you wind your way along the Great Ocean Road and stop to see some of the amazing wildlife. Then it’s time to enjoy the wonderful view from the Mariner's Lookout over the quiet village of Apollo Bay, your home for the night. Visit a lovely restaurant or cook for yourself in the hostel's large kitchen. Get another early start on Day 2 and walk through the temperate rainforest in the section of the Great Ocean Road known as the Green Coast. Continue your journey along the Green Coast, stopping at lookouts on the way, until you reach the highest point along the road, Lavers Hill. Tuck into your morning tea at Lavers Hill then visit the Shipwreck Coast to view all 9 lookouts along this section of the road, including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and London Bridge. After exploring all these stops, head inland and travel back to Melbourne.

Oceans to Mountains Explorer: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

9. Oceans to Mountains Explorer: 3-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to Warrnambool Start your 3-Day adventure by exploring the world famous Great Ocean Road with its stunning ocean views and surf beaches. Spot wild koalas and take a guided rainforest walk before visiting the limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles and other wonders of the Shipwreck Coast. Overnight in Warrnambool. Day 2: Warrnambool - Halls Gap On the second day, visit the Tower Hill Conservation Reserve, an extinct volcano, rich in Aboriginal history and an abundance of wildlife. Later hike up to the iconic Pinnacle lookout with an amazing view over the Grampians. Finish the day with a traditional Aussie BBQ and overnight stay in Halls Gap. Breakfast and dinner are included. Day 3: Halls Gap - Melbourne or Adelaide On the last day of the journey, hike to the base of Mackenzie Falls, then check out some other famed sights such as Boroka Lookout and The Balconies. After an incredible few days exploring the coastline and mountain ranges, we make our way back to Melbourne arriving around 5:30 PM. Alternatively if your traveling through to Adelaide you will arrive at 7:30 PM. Breakfast is included.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Eco Tour

10. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Eco Tour

Embark on a guided tour along the Great Ocean Road of Australia's southern coast, departing from Melbourne. See the stunning rock formations along the coast, enjoy a picnic lunch, explore a section of the Great Otway National Park, and search for koalas at Kennett River. Depart the Melbourne CBD (Central Business District) early in the morning, and travel inland to arrive at the "Shipwreck Coast" before the rest of the tour buses arrive. See the beautiful limestone rocks of the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and Gibson Steps without the crowds. Hear the story of Loch Ard as you step down into a gorge carved by the Southern Ocean over hundreds of years. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of these breathtaking spots. Then, drive back along the Great Ocean Road, waving at the other tour buses as they pass in the opposite direction. Stretch your legs in the Otway Ranges on a guided rainforest walk amongst some of the tallest tree species in the world. Drive back to the coastal road and visit the seaside town of Apollo Bay. Continue along the coast, traveling a twisting route with spectacular ocean, beach, and cliff views. Stop in Kennett River to look for koalas in their natural habitat amongst the eucalyptus trees. Pass through small seaside towns as you continue your journey and stop at Memorial Arch, where a sign honors the workers that built the road. Return to Melbourne for the end of your perfect Great Ocean Road experience.

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4.7
(487 reviews)

It was excellent…everything was, until we had to stop, wait and finally go back because there was a big accident towards the end of the trip: we missed The Shipwreck and the highlight of the tour which is the Twelve Apostles. This company is very considerate. I emailed them regarding an adjusted refund since we did not finish the trip and they were quick with their response. They are processing my partial refund. Kudos to Bunyip Tours and Get Your Guide.

Misty was a great tour guide and she went above and beyond to make sure all the passengers had a brilliant time and had chance to see all of the brilliant landmarks on the trip.

Very nice day trip! Good guide/driver, who had a lot to tell. Not much time for various parts, but you see a lot.

Misty did a fantastic job. We had a great time during the tour. I would definitely do it again!

We had a great trip. Red was the best guide. Highly recommend this tour.