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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 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. 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. 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: Coastal Highlights, Forest, Wildlife Tour

2. 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.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Tour

3. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Day Tour

Start your day with a convenient pickup from selected hotels in Melbourne. From here, board your comfortable tour vehicle and begin your journey as you depart from Melbourne. On your tour you will get the opportunity to spot some famous Australian animals, stop at a lighthouse and take in the wild scenery as you breathe in the fresh air. There will also be plenty of stops along the way. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and stop for a little rainforest walk to appreciate the cool climate and heavy rain that this region enjoys. Later in the day, head towards the limestone rock formations otherwise known as the 12 Apostles. Nearby you will discover another ancient natural attraction; Loch Ard Gorge where you will hear the story of the shipwreck and its survivors. Dip your feet in the water at the Gorge’s quaint beach and you will never want to leave.

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Sunset Tour

4. Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Sunset Tour

Take a scenic drive along Great Ocean Road and watch the sunset over the Twelve Apostles on a tour from Melbourne. Depart Melbourne a little later than most Great Ocean Road tours to experience the dramatic landscapes without the crowds. Get panoramic views of the coast in comfort. Drive past the famous sands of the Surf Coast then continue through the Great Otway National Park and gaze in awe at the massive eucalyptus trees. Hear tales of shipwrecks at Loch Ard Gorge and encounter koalas in their natural habitat along the way. Take souvenir photos of the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch and get countless other photo opportunities during the day. Listen to the expert commentary and avail of the free Wi-Fi to share your experience on your favorite social media platform as it happens. End by watching a magnificent sunset at the famous Twelve Apostles rock formations before making your way back to Melbourne.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Private Guided Tour by Car

5. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Private Guided Tour by Car

After being picked up from anywhere in Melbourne in your private vehicle, explore the world-famous Great Ocean Road in this full-day tour. Follow the tour with commentary in a wide variety of languages via the local partner's website app. Start your tour at Torquay Surf Beach, to get your first breath of fresh sea air and look at the iconic beaches and coastal views. You will also be in clear viewing distance of Bells Surfing Beach. Enjoy morning tea on site. Then, move on to the next stop to take captivating photos at the iconic Great Ocean Road sign. Take another guided wildlife tour to see koalas and colourful parrots in their natural environment. Stop at the coastal town of Apollo Bay where you can purchase your lunch from the many restaurants and cafes. You can also walk around the coastal town or even take a swim in the beach if the weather suits. Next, go on a guided forest walk where you will see some of the tallest trees in the world. Take in the fresh smell of the trees. Then, tide and wind permitting, take your time viewing the 12 Apostles from sea level on the beach. Feel as if you could reach out and touch these renowned limestone rock formations from your proximity. Witness Loch Ard Gorge, the grande finale of the tour. Observe this magnificent formation of rocks and rolling sea from ground level to appreciate the power of nature. On the way home, stop at Colac where you can purchase dinner from many restaurants or cafes. After dinner, your driver will return you to your centrally located hotel.

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What people are saying about Loch Ard Gorge

Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 4 reviews

The tour was well planned and executed! Chris (our guide) was enthusiastic, friendly, and considerate. He had good time management, leaving us sufficient time at each photo point/checkpoint. Chris was very knowledgeable throughout the entire tour as well! Overall, would highly recommend this tour :-) My mom and I enjoyed ourselves very much!

An excellent day tour travelling The Great Ocean Road. Tim the tour guide was informative and entertaining and he made the tour even more enjoyable. The views were spectacular and seeing 3 koalas was very special. There are plenty of stops along the way to gain a full experience of travelling The Great Ocean Road.

Excellent trip, lots of cool photo opportunities. The guide Sherif was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained throughout. I highly recommend this, good value for money.

Fred was amazing . Absolutely sensational .. the trip was so enjoyable . We all loved the stories . Just perfect . We will tour again with Fred. A big thank you

Very professional and well organised driver/guide.