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How to Choose a Great Ocean Road Tour

How to Choose a Great Ocean Road Tour

Admire some of the world’s most dramatic coastal scenery on a tour of the Great Ocean Road, located in the state of Victoria. Australia’s famous stretch of coastline includes the sea stacks known as the Twelve Apostles, situated in Port Campbell National Park. Here are a few things to consider when selecting the right tour for you.

For the First-Timer

Travelers making their first foray to this popular destination should opt for a full-day tour with multiple stops en route. Possibilities include the seaside towns of Apollo Bay and Port Campbell, Loch Ard Gorge on the Shipwreck Coast, and wildlife viewing in Great Otway National Park. While it makes for a long day from Melbourne, you’ll have more time to linger.

For the Independent Traveler

Those traveling with friends or family or simply wanting a less “touristy” experience can enjoy a more intimate excursion on a small-group tour. These include the added benefits of better window views and personalized commentary without the crowds, plus the comfort of transport by minivan or minibus along each bend in the road.

For the Photographer

Australia’s Great Ocean Road is equally stunning from the sky, and you can view the Twelve Apostles from an entirely different perspective on a helicopter tour. Alternatively, book your coastal sightseeing to be timed with sunset to make the most of the majestic scenery with postcard-worthy pics.

 

For Those with More Time

If you’ve got more than a day to spend in Melbourne, consider extending a full-day trip by combining your sightseeing with other nearby attractions. Guides often include highlights such as the penguin parade at Phillip Island and a visit to Seal Rocks or the Koala Conservation Centre.

For the Natural-History Buff

Aside from glorious photo ops, nature lovers can learn more on an ecotour while exploring the rugged cliffs or visiting koalas and kangaroos. Ask questions catered to your personal interests during a private tour, and benefit from individualized attention while you discover the ecological processes that erode the famous limestone pillars.

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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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Take in breathtaking sights of long sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs on this guided, full-day tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. See some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and Gibson's Steps, site of historic cliff lines. Bushwalk in Great Otway National Park and try out your koala-spotting skills. Travel in a deluxe mini-coach with a small group for a relaxing, personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Classic Day Tour from Melbourne
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Classic Day Tour from Melbourne

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Discover Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this day trip from Melbourne. Admire the natural beauty of Victoria’s coastline, from surfing beaches to the Twelve Apostles rock formations. You’ll make stops at seaside villages, watch for wildlife like parrots and koalas, and travel through the Otway Ranges as you make your way to Cape Otway to climb the country’s oldest mainland lighthouse.
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road Day Trip and Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne

Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road Day Trip and Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne

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Combine the Great Ocean Road tour and a tour to Phillip Island in one package that offers great savings on these two popular full-day excursions from Melbourne. See beautiful beaches, native Australian wildlife, and landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles during the Great Ocean Road tour. Your Phillip Island day trip features the famous penguin parade along with time to explore Churchill Island, the Koala Conservation Centre, the Nobbies, and the coastal town of Apollo Bay.
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Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours)

Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours)

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Travel one of the world’s greatest routes—the Great Ocean Road—on this full-day trip from Melbourne. Traveling by chauffeured air-conditioned luxury vehicle and with an early start to beat other tour groups, this trip lets you focus on the scenery alone. See beaches, lighthouses, and ocean viewpoints; watch for dolphins, whales, and other wildlife; and visit Torquay, Lorne, the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and more. Includes snack breakfast, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

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Discover the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne on this full-day tour by coach that allows you to soak up the beauty of one of Australia’s most stunning stretches of coastline. Be wowed by the Twelve Apostles, learn about the tragic history of Loch Ard Gorge, stop in Port Campbell, and enjoy photo ops of the rugged scenery throughout the day.
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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne
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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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Experience the spectacular scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this full-day guided tour from Melbourne. Admire postcard-worthy vistas around every turn of the coastal road, and pass through charming port towns along the way. Learn the fascinating and tragic history of Australia’s jagged ‘Shipwreck Coast’ when you visit the Loch Ard Gorge, site of a famous wreck. Your journey comes to a dramatic climax when you arrive at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder just as the sun sets (seasonal and weather dependent).
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12 Apostles and Otway Fly Zipline Day Trip from Melbourne
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12 Apostles and Otway Fly Zipline Day Trip from Melbourne

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Combine a drive along the iconic Great Ocean Road with a high-energy zip-line adventure on this full-day tour Melbourne. Fast track your tour to take in the most photographed landmarks and make a beeline for the Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles. Take in the views from the Razorback lookout or opt for a memorable helicopter flight (extra cost) along the coast. After lunch, take to the treetops at the Otway Fly Adventure to navigate a thrilling course of zip-lines, suspension bridges and canopy walkways through the rainforest.
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12 Apostles Eco-Friendly Great Ocean Road Iconic Adventure from Melbourne
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12 Apostles Eco-Friendly Great Ocean Road Iconic Adventure from Melbourne

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Avoid the crowds along the Great Ocean Road by traveling in the reverse direction from typical day trips. Depart early from Melbourne and head first to the Twelve Apostles to view the attraction in the morning light, before other tour groups arrive. Continue to landmarks such as Loch Ard Gorge and Melba Gully National Park, and look for wild koalas in the eucalyptus forest. Lunch and morning tea are provided.
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Private Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne

Private Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne

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See the Twelve Apostles, The Otways and other highlights of the Great Ocean Road on a private full-day tour from Melbourne. Travel the renowned scenic route with your own private guide, stopping for photo ops at Bells Beach, Split Point Lighthouse and other locations. Have lunch in Apollo Bay, take a rainforest walk, and top off your day with a visit to the Twelve Apostles. You may also see koalas in the wild and hand-feed parrots.
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Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie Tour from Melbourne

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Take a full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road that leaves Melbourne in the late morning, thus avoiding daytime crowds and catching the sunset at the beach. Travel this spectacular stretch of Victoria’s coast, passing though seaside towns like Torquay, Anglesea, Wye River and Lorne, and stopping to see koalas at Kennett River. Walk in the rainforest of Great Otway National Park and hear the history of the Shipwreck Coast. Swim at Loch Ard Gorge and watch the sunset at the Twelve Apostles before returning to Melbourne in the evening.
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  • 12 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Experience and Surf Coast Tour

Small-Group Great Ocean Road Experience and Surf Coast Tour

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Take a full-day tour that includes all the highlights of the Great Ocean Road with the addition of the Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience. See gorgeous Southern Australian beaches, koalas in Kennett River, the Southern Ocean, Great Otway National Park and Port Campbell National Park. Stop at the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Gibson Steps and other landmarks on the Shipwreck Coast. Return to Melbourne and use your Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience pass to take in views from the highest vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Great Ocean Road Tour with Instagram Sunset views at 12 Apostles from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Tour with Instagram Sunset views at 12 Apostles from Melbourne

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Experience the Great Ocean Road without the crowds on a full-day tour from Melbourne that starts later than most day trips. This means that you will arrive at the 12 Apostles at sunset when most day visitors have already departed. Along the way, look for wild koalas, and stop at top destinations including Apollo Bay, Gibsons Beach, Port Campbell National Park, and Loch Ard Gorge.
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  • 12 hours
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