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From Melbourne: Coastal Highlights, Forest, Wildlife Tour

1. From Melbourne: Coastal Highlights, Forest, Wildlife Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Melbourne CBD, you will explore the world-famous Great Ocean Road on this full-day tour. Spend the day exploring the coast, but also see koalas and birds in their natural habitat as well as going on a guided forest walk to see some of the tallest trees in the world. All of this on top of the iconic coastal favorites such as the Torquay Surf Beach, Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles, and Gibson Steps, with plenty of photo opportunities provided along the way. With the exception of lunch and dinner, all of the below is included in the price of the tour. Torquay Surf Beach Stop here to get your first taste of the stunning coastal scenery. You will be able to view the world-famous Bells Surfing Beach. Take some great coastal photos and smell the fresh seaside air. Morning tea Included with the tour. Great Ocean Road sign Snap a selfie at this iconic location to send to your friends and family. Koalas and Parrots Witness koalas and colorful parrots in their natural environment. Your experienced guide knows just where to go. Apollo Bay lunch stop Here, you'll stop at the coastal town of Apollo Bay where you can purchase your lunch from one of the many restaurants and cafes on offer. You can also walk around the coastal town or even take a swim on the beach if the weather suits. Guided Forest Walk Your guide will take you on a forest walk where you will see some of the tallest trees in the world. You will also take in the wonderful fresh natural smells the trees have to offer. The Gibson Steps Here (tide and wind permitting), you will be able to see some of the 12 Apostles from sea level on the beach. Seeing these amazing rock formations is a truly incredible experience. 12 Apostles Take your time to view the world-famous 12 Apostles, an awesome sight with fantastic photo opportunities. Find out firsthand why these limestone beauties are known all around the world. Loch Ard Gorge The final stop, and perhaps the best, is Loch Ard Gorge, a magnificent formation of rocks by the sea. Ground-level viewing will provide you with an optimal viewing angle. Dinner Stop Stop at Colac on the way home, where you can purchase dinner from one of the many restaurants and cafes. After dinner, you will return you to your CBD hotel.

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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

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

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). You are embarking on one of the world’s greatest drives to tour the Great Ocean Road! The scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road takes in some truly amazing coastal scenery, with new views being revealed around every bend. You will make plenty of scenic stops, including a photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View and a stop at Kennet River, home to a large population of cute and cuddly wild Koalas. A sighting is almost guaranteed as they munch away on Eucalyptus leaves. Then it is on to Apollo Bay for a chance to walk around the famous coastal town. Afterwards, 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. Be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the 12 Apostles. A dinner stop is made on the journey back to Melbourne at the beautiful township of Colac, before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as you cross Westgate Bridge on the way home.

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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience

3. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience

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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Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Trip

4. 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 morning coffee. 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 lunch, the road and the ocean part ways for the next few hours as you head into the Otway Rainforest. 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, Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps, 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.

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From Melbourne: Ultimate 2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Loch Ard Gorge

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 966 reviews

The driving was great by the driver and he was very nice to me and very helpful considering I had a blister on my left foot. The whole day was great except the weather wasn't and I did what was expected

Great trip, our host Gary was extremely knowledgable and friendly would definitely recommend

Corey was a perfect guide, very kind and funny! We need more guides like him!!!

You need a really good camera because the view is extraordinary.

Enjoyable day. Fantastic tour and friendly tour guided.