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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

west of Port Campbell on Great Ocean Road, Torquay to Warrnambool, Victoria, 3228

The Basics

The best way to take in this spectacular stretch of highway is by car or coach, with most driving tours departing from Melbourne and including a tour guide, round-trip transportation, and a visit to the Twelve Apostles.

Activities along the way may include wine tastings in Apollo Bay; wild koala-spotting in Kennett River; hiking along the shipwreck coast to witness the natural splendor of the Loch Ard Gorge; or pulling over at sunset to witness the Great Ocean Road at its most majestic. Day trips on the route can be combined with a stop at Phillip Island for the famous penguin parade.

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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
$79.31 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Do this tour!
Fabulous day trip, spectacular scenery, saw 3 koalas (wild)& Matthew, our guide was a delight. He even took us to an extra spot not on itinerary....a choc & ice cream place! Great end to a magic day
kim_s, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

star-5
A very interesting tour with many spectacular views
PETER_T, Dec 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour
Very spectacular views all along the Great Ocean Road. The mini van was clean, comfortable and aircondiined. The host and guide Orlando was charming and very informative.
star-5
Very nice trip and views!
Sathish_R, Jan 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour Plus Koalas, Forest Walk And Morning Tea.
Nice guide and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the trip and really good places to have nice photographs
star-5
Mathew was commendable in...
Ramanpreet_K, Jan 2022
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
Mathew was commendable in his job and we visited some extra spots as well. The tour was awesome and I wish to plan again
star-5
Spectacular Great Ocean Road tour
Claudia_D, Jan 2022
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
This was an excellent tour. There’s enough time at each of the spots. The scenery is spectacular and the tour guide, Brendo was very knowledgeable and nice.
star-5
All good. The tourist...
Eve_P, Dec 2021
Great Ocean Road Tour Plus Koalas, Forest Walk And Morning Tea.
All good. The tourist guide is helpful & attentive. He also has a good sense of humour. So I would recommend this tour to my friends and family if they have a chance to visit Melbourne.
star-5
Great tour
Oranee_R, Dec 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
It was a wonderful experience for us. Views along the Great Ocean Road is magnificent. Reverse tour helps us avoiding the crowd. Our tour guide Leanne is so informative, well-organised and awesome! Thank you for making this trip so memorable. Highly recommended!!
star-5
Best trip of my life!!
Joanne_N, Dec 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour
Our guide GUI is the best tourist guide I have ever met. He is attentive to all the needs of everyone, young & old. You can get to see amazing sight of nature, in addition to learning some history about these places from our knowledgable guide GUI. Although it’s a one day trip, it doesn’t feel rush and we get to relax and enjoy the scenery in all the sites. And oh, we got an extra bonus stop to view the 12 apostles too!!
star-5
The best guided tour we have experienced.
Sebastian_P, Dec 2021
Cruise Ship Shore Excursion - Private Great Ocean Road Full Day Tour (12 Hour)
We were guided by James during our tour to the Great Ocean Road. James is really good at what he does, he is nothing short of amazing. During our guided trip, he helped us take superb photos and made our tour so enjoyable. He is punctual and also very knowledgeable. We would have missed a great deal if we have chosen to drive up on our own. We are glad that we have signed the tour with him and through that we have made a friend. We will recommend others to take up his tour if you are on the fence about it. The experience will make the difference to your holidays in Melbourne. We will be back during our next holiday visit to Melbourne! Thanks James. Enjoy the photos! :D
star-5
Great trip and friendly guide
ChunKai_C, May 2021
Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure & Early Return (11 Hours)
Great trip to explore the great ocean road. Our tour guide is super friendly and love to explain the history and story about the sites and towns we have been. Lovely way to spend the day.
star-5
Great trip
ChouYin_C, Dec 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
The tour guide is friendly and informative. I’ve learned a lot through this journey. The views are magnificent and remarkable. You won’t regret if you join this tour:)
star-5
Awesome
Emil_S, Mar 2020
Great Ocean Road Sunset Private Experience
We had a wonderful day at the Great Ocean Road. The vehicle was very comfortable and Rob is a great guide!
star-5
Great Tour!
gerdko2000, Feb 2020
Small Group Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Tour
The tour gave an excellent impression of nature and wildlife at the Great Ocean Road. The tour guide did a great job by explaining every detail of anything you saw. Great tour, great tour guide! Highly recommendable for everyone!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours along the Great Ocean Road tend to run upwards of 12 hours due to all of the driving.

  • Renting a car and driving the Great Ocean Road is a great way to get to know the area independently.

  • Many attractions along the Great Ocean Road are accessible to wheelchair users, including the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge.

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How to Get There

The Great Ocean Road is set 150 miles (240 kilometers) southwest of Melbourne and 100 miles (165 kilometers) from Geelong. It takes about three hours to arrive from Melbourne by road. Buses from these cities service major Great Ocean Road towns such as Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay; however, a car is essential to take a road trip on the full 150-mile (243-kilometer) route.

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When to Get There

In December and January, the road’s small coastal towns are especially popular among Australians from New South Wales and South Australia cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Crowds can often dampen the tranquil atmosphere of the route; an off-season visit can help you avoid both traffic and the scorching summer sun.

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Best Outdoor Experiences Along the Route

The waves off the Great Ocean Road are a paradise for surfers, who flock here from Melbourne, while seaside towns such as Geelong, Lorne, and Torquay offer whale-watching and maritime history. The Port Campbell National Park is another must, as is the Great Otway National Park—home to kangaroos, wallabies, and fairy penguins—and the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park.

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Great Ocean Road