Duration: 3 days/2 nights

4.5 stars

Editor's summary

On this lively, all-inclusive 3 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians, you’ll explore the magnificent landscapes of southern Australia on the road-trip of a lifetime. Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of the world-famous Great Ocean Road, and experience the wild, rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park. Continue on past majestic Mt Arapiles and over the border into South Australia, where the cosmopolitan city of Adelaide awaits.


☆ Visit famous Bells Beach outside Torquay

☆ Explore the coastal towns of the Great Ocean Road

☆ Walk through the rainforest in the Great Otway National Park

☆ See the iconic 12 Apostles and London Bridge

☆ Experience the magnificent scenery, Indigenous culture and wildlife of the Grampians National Park

☆ Stay at the foot of the Grampians in rustic wood cabins

☆ Hike to the Pinnacle for breathtaking views

☆ Maximum group size: 21.


☆ Guided group tour with commentary

☆ Comfortable air-conditioned transport

☆ Selected CBD hotel/hostel pick-up

☆ Friendly and knowledgeable guide

☆ Clean and comfortable dorm-style accommodation with shared facilities

☆ All meals (as listed in the itinerary)

☆ All activities

☆ National park entry fees.

What you can expect

For those travelling through southern Australia and looking for fun and adventure, this 3 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians is a chance to travel with a lively crew and explore the magnificent natural attractions of this part of the country. The tour is all-inclusive, with accommodation, meals, activities and national park entry fees covered.

The itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 (L,D)

The tour departs early from Melbourne’s CDB and sets off towards the southwest, passing Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula on the way to the spectacular stretch of coastline known as the Great Ocean Road.

The first stop is the surf town of Torquay, where you’ll be able to explore the surf shops and visit the Rip Curl factory. You’ll also make a stop at the world-renowned Bells Beach, before heading along the coast to the seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay.

As well as taking in the magnificent coastal scenery, you’ll go koala spotting at Kennett River and take a walk through the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges at Maits Rest. You’ll also get to climb the historic Cape Otway Lightstation for the amazing views.

Your final stops for the day are the iconic 12 Apostles sea stacks, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge, where you’ll enjoy sunset over these monolithic rock formations. You’ll spend the night in comfortable accommodation nearby.

Day 2 (B,L,D)

Day two of this 3 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians, begins with a drive along the Shipwreck Coast to the captivating town of Warrnambool. This bustling centre is full of history and surrounded by lush dairy country. You’ll also visit a wildlife park for some close encounters with the furry and feathered locals.

From there, the tour heads north towards the incomparable Grampians National Park, known as ‘Gariwerd’ to the traditional owners. You’ll learn more about their culture and heritage at the Brambuk Cultural Centre.

The Grampians is a renowned destination for walkers and in the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a guided bush walk through the ancient terrain. Bring your camera for the amazing views. You’ll spend the night in cosy wood cabin accommodation at the foot of the range.

Day 3 (B ,L)

Day three begins with morning photo opportunities with the local kangaroo population, before you undertake a challenging two-hour hike to the Pinnacle. It’s worth the effort for the awe-inspiring views, and you can cool off later with a dip at MacKenzie Falls.

Back on the road, and you’ll marvel at the passing majesty of Mt Arapiles as you hightail it towards the South Australian border. You’ll cross the mighty Murray River at Murray Bridge, before arriving in Adelaide at around 7pm.

This all-inclusive 3 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians, offers a once-in-a-lifetime road-trip adventure through one of the most beautiful parts of Australia. Enjoy!

Pricing, dates and bookings


Runs: Tuesdays and Fridays (and Sundays from December to February)
Departs at: 7:15-7.30am
Departs from: Selected CBD and St Kilda hotels, and 570 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Please check your booking confirmation document for your hotel pick-up time.


Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

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Important information

Once your booking is completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including meeting point/pick-up details and operator contact information. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Your booking may initially show as ‘on request’ if minimum numbers have not been met. We should be able to confirm the booking within 48 hours. If the tour does not proceed, you will be offered an alternative or given a full refund.

This tour departs Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (summer only) at 7.15am from 570 Flinders St, Melbourne. Pick-up can be arranged from selected CBD hotels and hostels from 6.30am. The tour arrives in Adelaide on day three at 7pm (approx.).

The minimum age for participants on this tour is 4 years. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

This tour caters specifically to the adventure travel and backpacker markets, and requires a reasonable level of fitness.

Please advise us of any specific dietary requirements when you book.

Participants should bring swimwear, walking shoes, a towel and appropriate clothing for the season.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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