Experience one of the world's most iconic coastal drives on this great value Great Ocean Road tour. The itinerary features a guided rainforest stroll and a delicious bistro-style lunch. Travel in air-conditioned comfort taking in all the must-see sights — including the famous 12 Apostles.


Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne with Lunch
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 8am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and St Paul’s Cathedral
Duration: 13.5 hours (approx.)

5 stars

Editor's summary:

‘This experience consistently comes top of the list for most visitors to Melbourne, and with good reason! Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of the coastline along the Great Ocean Road, which culminates with views of the incomparable 12 Apostles limestone sea-stacks in Port Campbell National Park. This tour is a must!’

Tour highlights

  • Soak up the incredible scenery along the Great Ocean Road, including the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge
  • Take a stroll through the coastal town of Kennett River to spot koalas, parrots, lorikeets and kookaburras.
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Great Otway National Park on a guided rainforest walk
  • Tuck into a classic Aussie-style lunch
  • Maximum group size: 34.

What's included

  • Guided tour with commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Selected CBD hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Morning tea and coffee
  • Entry to all national parks
  • Bistro-style lunch.


Adults: AUD $119pp
Children (0 to 12 years): AUD $85pp

What you can expect

This popular Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne packs a lot into a truly amazing day out, and offers exceptional value. You’ll see everything the region is renowned for. If you only have time to take one day tour from Melbourne — make it this one!

CBD hotel pick-ups completed, the tour heads west past the city of Geelong and on towards the Great Ocean Road. The first stop of the day is for morning tea — served up with sensational coastal views. From there, it’s on to the famous Memorial Arch, which commemorates the building of the Great Ocean Road by returned WWl service personnel. The arch offers a fabulous photo opportunity. [More]

There’s time for a short nature walk around the town of Kennett River for some wildlife spotting (including koalas!), before the tour heads to the seaside town of Apollo Bay – where you’ll enjoy a delicious bistro lunch.

Next up on this Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne is a chance to experience the majesty of the Great Otway National Park on a short rainforest walk. You may even get to see kangaroos here, and they’re generally happy to pose for photos!

Then it’s time to take in the most iconic sights of the Great Ocean Road — the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge. The day ends with a short walk to spectacular London Bridge (or Gibson Steps depending on time). Capture as many memorable moments with your camera as possible — this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

The tour takes the faster inland route back to Melbourne, and guests are dropped off at their hotels at around 9pm.

This quintessential Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne offers a comfortable and friendly way to see a truly stunning part of Australia.

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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Once your booking is 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.

Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

This tour offers guest pick-up from selected CBD hotels and St Paul’s Cathedral (opposite Federation Square), which is easily accessible by public transport from outside the CBD. Guests will be dropped off at their CBD accommodation at the end of the tour.

Hotel pick-ups are generally between 7 and 8am.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.