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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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icon12 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 11 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, from Melbourne
  • Keep your eye out for wild koalas along the way
  • Visit Great Otway National Park to see the rain forest and look for resident animals like grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies
  • Admire rock formations including the Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Traveling by minivan means you can access areas off limits to larger buses.
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Friendly & Informative Guide
Pickup from Selected Hotels
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WiFi on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Meals other than as stated
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7:00 AM
Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 7am-8am depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 8pm-9pm.
Spend a full day exploring the natural wonders of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Your guide picks you up at centrally located Melbourne hotels in a comfortable, high-tech mini coach, where you join just a handful of other passengers for a personalized, small-group experience. Onboard narration is available in many different languages through the Go West Tours app.

The Great Ocean Road officially begins at Torquay, a famous surf town of gorgeous, sandy beaches. Stop at a beachside location before continuing through several charming port towns before stopping at Great Otway National Park, which boasts ancient trees among a semitropical forest.

The coastal landscape comes to a dramatic climax at Port Campbell National Park, where you can gawk at the Twelve Apostles—a grouping of massive limestone pillars that rise up out of the ocean.

The rugged cliffs along the Great Ocean Road once made for perilous navigation for vessels sailing into the port of Melbourne. Hear the tragic tales of Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast’ and visit Loch Ard Gorge, the postcard-worthy site of a notorious 1878 shipwreck.

Finally, view the Gibson's Steps for a dramatic example of the power of erosion. Take in the incredible cliff line and offshore stacks before continuing on your drive back to Melbourne.

Stop for dinner (own expense) on the return drive to Melbourne. Relax on the ride back to your hotel, or share snapshots of the day with family and friends using the coach’s free onboard Wi-Fi.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Torquay
Enjoy an included morning tea at the famous seaside town of Torquay.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
Take a moment to snap a photo of the official start/end point of the Great Ocean Road at the Memorial Arch.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kennett River
Spot some of the furry locals amongst the treetops! Your guide will help you spot the resident Koala Colony.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Apollo Bay
Explore one of the Great Ocean Road's most famous towns while grabbing a bite to eat for lunch.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Twelve Apostles
The most famous location on the Great Ocean Road, you'll marvel at these amazing limestone formations. Your guide will even take you to Gibson Steps for a chance to view them with sand between your toes!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Loch Ard Gorge
Explore the historic gorge and hear the story of the Loch Ard, which was wrecked here in 1854 with the loss of 52 lives.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Go West Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you need more time though I suggest renting a car and staying on the Great Ocean Road a few days." See review
  • "Highly recommend this tour, it’s a long day but worth it." See review

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star-5
Brilliant!!
Ian_G
, Aug 2022
A really enjoyable, full day trip. There was a lot to see and the guide was great - really funny, informative and friendly!!
star-5
Great Ocean Road
Kali_T
, Aug 2022
Racquel was the best guide. She was so knowledgeable energetic and fun. She did everything. She could to make sure everyone was comfortable and having a good day. Had a great day.
star-5
Great Ocean Road tour is a must!
Rita_H
, Aug 2022
The great ocean road is a once in a lifetime experience. I think people needs to go on tour for this since the drive is quite long. Our tour guide Hilda is very nice and polite. She showed us around to see everything along the Great Ocean Road. The bus is quite small, I'm only 5 foot 3 and the seat is very tight. For taller people, I think bigger bus is better (larger than 25 people capacity)
star-5
The koalas were adorable,...
Katherine_J
, Aug 2022
The koalas were adorable, and the guide, Graeme, was outstanding. The helicopter add-on was well worth it as well.
star-5
The tour was well...
Desiree_L
, Aug 2022
The tour was well organised and there was a good mix of sights. Hilda was a wonderful guide with great anecdotes and food recommendations!
star-5
Wonderful Time
Andrew_T
, Aug 2022
Operated by Go West tour, our tour guide Lucy did a very good job, she looking after us from the beginning to the end of the tour. Always telling us some new knowledge with wildlife, bring use to see the most amazing views. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great Ocean rd
DonnaL_G
, Aug 2022
Razorback, Loch Ard gorge rainforest. Everything was so amazing and beautiful. Views like these need to be experienced
star-5
One Amazing day!
Takahashi_J
, Aug 2022
The tour is perfect,Our tour guide Bert is so nice and informative.it was lovely because is sunny day!the Gibsons step the twelve Apostles is amazing.thankyou!
star-5
Awesome tour
Kayleen_S
, Aug 2022
This tour was well worth it. We saw such beautiful landscapes and our guide Matt was the best. He was so helpful and accommodating to ensure we had the best day.
star-5
Beautiful and awesome experience
Ruth_A
, Aug 2022
Margaret the tour guide was awesome 👏 meeting people from different parts of the world made experience more memorable.
star-5
Highly recommend it
Edmeia_K
, Jul 2022
Very nice tour, highly recommend it. A long day but really worth it, guide was very good and the weather was pretty good too.
star-5
Great for a family holiday
Thu_L
, Jul 2022
The scenery was beautiful, definitely worth your time. We were lucky because it was sunny that day, and we even saw a rainbow. The seats were comfortable and clean. Our guide Yazmin was absolutely amazing. She was funny, knowledgeable and radiated energy. She was patient, especially with kids.
star-5
Fantastic
bingquan_t
, Jul 2022
This tour is one of the best tour i have ever been. Our tour guide, Chris H, is one of the best guide that I have met. The way he engaged with us with his energetic self makes the whole session fun and enjoyable. He explained clearly on the history of each and every places and even walk the ground together with us. And kudos to Ruth for replying me on the confirmation on my booking which i have booked just half and hour before the start of the tour. Overall, it was worth coming and paying for.
star-5
Must do!
bhavin_s
, Jul 2022
Fabulous experience! And our tour guide Dave was just awesome! Thank you Dave! Cheers. It was a comfortable trip, enjoyed ourself even if it was drizzling a bit!
star-5
Great trip. Worth the money.
Laxman_K
, Jul 2022
Great trip. Our guide Bert was very professional and punctual. The morning complimentary tea was a nice addition during our stop at Torquay with an amazing view. The guide stopped at good locations for lunch and dinner. The itinerary was well planned we covered all places except Gibson steps which was closed to high tide.
star-5
Great Day Trip
Aileen_P
, Jul 2022
A long day tour with lots of variety. Plenty of stops to stretch your legs. Would recommend. Only negative from me - would have preferred to come straight back to CBD rather than Colac meal stop.
star-5
100% recommended!
Rika_T
, Jul 2022
First, thank you for organizing all the great experiences on this tour, Tim. I love this tour! I joined this tour from Japan as a solo trip! During his driving, I talked with him and thought it was fun. Never felt lonely haha. We visited not only Great Ocean Road, but also the cold rainforest, and other nature points. There were many features to see which was beyond my expectation. I could even see a wild koala on a tree at the parking spot! It was also so much fun that I became friends with some other tourists and had fun with them. It was my first time in Australia, and it became a memorable experience with this tour. Finally, I recommend this tour for people who are considering whether they join there or not! まず、このツアーで素晴らしい体験の数々を企画してくれたティムさんありがとうございました!私はこのツアーが大好きです ティムさんの運転中、彼は私に話しかけてくれて、日本から一人旅でこのツアーに参加していたのですが、寂しさも感じることなく、とても楽しいドライブの時間となりました。 このツアーでは、グレートオーシャンロードだけでなく、冷たい熱帯雨林などの自然ポイントも訪れます。予想以上に見所が多く、休憩時間には、野生のコアラも見ることができました! また、他のツアー客の方たちともと仲良くなり、一緒に楽しむことができたのも、とても楽しかったです。 初めてのオーストラリアでしたが、このツアーで思い出に残る体験になりました。 最後に、参加するかどうか検討している人には、このツアーを絶対お勧めします!
star-5
First of all,we would...
Manwinder_S
, Jul 2022
First of all,we would like to thank you to our driver for taking us on this tour. We had the best driver of the day,his name is Red as know by Alex. He was an amazing guy & we are highly recommended him for any tour around Melbourne. Red is know by Alex,keep it up your great work you are a number one tour driver,thank you so much for everything you have done for everyone & us on our tour. We also thank you GO WEST TOUR for getting us to here and there to see the other side of Melbourne. We had a ball & we enjoyed every bit of it.
star-5
Had a fabulous day was a...
Tracey_K
, Jul 2022
Had a fabulous day was a great experience. Great group and a great tour guide Lucy..... We would recommend
star-5
Tourguide and impressive place
An_P
, Jul 2022
Margaret is a great tourguide and impressive drivimg skill with full of energy. The 12 apostles place is really beautiful.

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