On this fun and relaxed three-day tour, you'll explore some of the magnificent natural landscapes that lie between Melbourne and Adelaide. Drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road and experience the rugged splendour of the Grampians National Park.

AUD $429pp

3 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Tour via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians
Departs: Tuesday and Friday (and Sunday from December to February) at 7:15am
Departs from: Selected CBD and St Kilda hotels, and 570 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Duration: 3 days/2 nights

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Featured guest review:

‘I’m so glad I did this tour because it was really amazing. The places we visited were beautiful, we got to see a lot of kangaroos and emus and we went also koala spotting. The tour included lots of stops and walks and nobody felt rushed at anytime. The accommodation for both nights was really good. I enjoyed the Wilderness Lodge where we woke up with kangaroos jumping few metres away from us. For all these reasons and many more (I won’t tell you so as not to ruin the surprise), I really recommend this tour!’ Lara

Tour highlights

  • 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: 24.

What's included

  • 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.

Pricing

Shared dorm-style accommodation:
May to September: AUD $429pp
October to April: AUD $449pp
Double room with ensuite (based on two people sharing): AUD $510pp
Single room with ensuite (single occupant only): AUD $570

Standard prices apply to adults and children. This tour is not suitable for children under the age of four. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.

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 includes accommodation, meals, activities and national park entry fees.

The itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 (L,D)

Your 3 day Melbourne to Adelaide 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. [More]

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 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!

Guest reviews

  • Yvonne (20/8/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    Originally I booked a tour with a different company. When the other company cancelled their trip, they booked me on this one. I am really happy about the outcome! We were a group of seven and our lovely tour guide Cameron made me feel very welcome and comfortable the whole time. We shared some good laughs along the way. Everything was just fine. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody who wants to see the Great Ocean Road and do some hikes in the Grampians.

  • ReeSue (4/7/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    Two friends and I did this small group tour in May 2018. We are in our early 70s (the oldest in the group). We really enjoyed the trip. Cam was a terrific driver and guide. Perfect amount of commentary, music and quiet time on the bus. He organised all meals which were delicious. We could never have seen so much of the Great Ocean Road on our own. We were disappointed with one overnight stop but it was a unique place and not all bad. The focus of this trip is not high class accomodation, so anyone needing a fancy room and private bath should look elsewhere. We were in Australia traveling independently for 3 weeks. This was a highlight for us.

  • LaraC (6/5/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    I'm so glad I did this tour because it was really amazing. The places we visited were beautiful, we got to see a lot of kangaroos and emus and we went also koala spotting. I had a blast! The guide (Cameron) did a great job in explaining everything we saw and in making us laugh. He was also a really good chef so we never went hungry. The tour included lots of stops and walks and nobody felt rushed at anytime. There was plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take pictures and simply appreciate the place we saw. The accommodation for both nights was really good. I enjoyed the Wilderness Lodge where we woke up with kangaroos jumping few metres away from us. For all these reasons and many more (I won't tell you so as not to ruin the surprise), I really recommend this tour!

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.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

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Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

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.).

Please note that a $30AUD cash supplement per person is payable on the coach for your final transfer from Horsham to Adelaide.

The minimum age for participants on this tour is 4 years. Participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. A parental consent form is required for a 17 year old to travel unaccompanied on the tour.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of booking.

Participants should bring swimwear, a towel and walking shoes.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.