Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

5 stars

Editor's summary:

Experience one of the world’s most iconic coastal drives on this popular small group Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne. This tour offers a slightly later departure from the city to avoid the mid-afternoon crowds at the 12 Apostles. Travel along the coast in air-conditioned comfort taking in all the must-see sights, and finish with a pub dinner on the inland route home.

Pricing & Dates

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☆ Soak up the incredible scenery along the Great Ocean Road, including the 12 Apostles

☆ Enjoy morning tea at beautiful Anglesea

☆ Visit Teddy’s Lookout at Lorne – a spot the big buses don’t go to

☆ Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Great Otway National Park on a rainforest walk

☆ Tuck into a classic Aussie pub dinner

☆ Maximum group size: 10.


☆ Guided small group tour with commentary

☆ Comfortable air-conditioned transport

☆ Friendly and knowledgeable local guide

☆ Guaranteed small group size

☆ Entry to all national parks

☆ Morning tea and a pub-style dinner

☆ Drop-off at CBD and Docklands hotels.

What you can expect

This wonderfully personal, small group Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne packs a lot into one amazing day – and you get to experience the renowned natural splendour of the Great Ocean Road while avoiding at least some of the daily crowds. The tour intentionally departs Melbourne slightly later than the larger operators, in order to arrive at all the sights behind the big tour buses. Remember, this is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, so any opportunity to avoid the crowds should definitely be taken!

The tour departs from the Melbourne CBD. First stop is the beautiful coastal town of Anglesea, where you’ll enjoy coffee/tea and cake by the beach. From here the scenery just gets better and better. You’ll stop at Memorial Arch, which commemorates the building of the Great Ocean Road by returned WWl service personnel, and Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne – a place the larger tour buses don’t go.

There’s time for a short nature walk around the Kennett River before your break for lunch in Apollo Bay. While lunch is not included in the tour, there are plenty of places in town to purchase food (including the iconic Apollo Bay Bakery!), or bring your own for a picnic.

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 (although it can’t be guaranteed!). Then it’s onto the most iconic sights of the Great Ocean Road – the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge. Make sure you bring your camera fully charged!

The tour takes the faster inland route home, stopping along the way for a classic Aussie pub dinner (included in the cost of the tour). Drop-off time in Melbourne is around 10.30pm.

This Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne offers a comfortable and friendly way to see a truly stunning part of Australia, while avoiding at least some of the crowds.

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Important information

Once your booking is completed, a confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address, including meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.

This tour has one central CBD departure point: Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne, which is within easy walking distance of most city hotels. Guests will be dropped off at their city or Docklands accommodation at the end of the tour.

Lunch is not included on this tour. There’s ample time in Apollo Bay to purchase lunch or you may like to bring your own. Dinner is included.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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