Classic Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne with Rainforest Walk

Overview

Experience one of the world’s most iconic coastal drives on this popular Great Ocean Road tour. The itinerary features a guided rainforest stroll and the opportunity to try and spot koalas in the wild! Travel in air-conditioned comfort taking in all the must-see sights — including the famous 12 Apostles.




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5 stars

Aparna

‘This was one of my best experiences in Australia. It started early in the morning and covered so many places along the coastline. Leon, our tour guide, was super friendly and informative, and gave us all the details and stories behind every place we went. This tour is a great way to see the 12 Apostles when you visit the land down under!’

  • Duration:

    13.5 hours (approx.)

  • Runs:

    Daily

  • Departs at:

    7.45am

  • Departs from:

    Selected CBD hotels

Featured guest review

'This was one of my best experiences in Australia. It started early in the morning and covered so many places along the coastline. Leon, our tour guide, was super friendly and informative, and gave us all the details and stories behind every place we went. This tour is a great way to see the 12 Apostles when you visit the land down under!' - Aparna

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  • Soak up the incredible scenery along the Great Ocean Road, and see the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge
  • Stop for a photo at the famous Memorial Arch
  • Take a stroll through the coastal retreat 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
  • Maximum group size: 24.
  • 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.

  • Gessika

    We had an excellent time on this one day tour. Our tour guide was friendly and very informative. I would recommend this tour if you are short on time and want to see some of Australia's best beaches. The bus was comfortable and morning tea was as expected. Stop times were good. Our lunch break was really nice, and the recommendation from our driver to the ice-cream shop was greatly appreicated. However, I would suggest maybe more time at the 12 Apostles. Definitely bring a jacket as it can get cold. Thank-you for a good tour! Would book again :)

  • Stefanie

    I was just interested in going to the 12 apostles. But our tour guide/driver Alan is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable so I got excited on what was in store for us. I have learned a lot my tour and seen different places other than the 12 apostles. I definitely recommend this tour. And the bus ride was very comfortable.

  • Satish

    I have a great time with this tour and it was quite well managed as per schedule, I think our family has enjoyed this one day trip and driver/guide was quite explanatory, He was quite friendly, easy to approach and always responded with great respect/well manner.

  • Siddharth

    An amazing experience. A must on the to do list for anyone traveling to Melbourne. Our guide Gareth was very informative and guided us very well throughout the tour. The seats were very comfortable on the bus. Very punctual. Timelines were exactly what were promised. Complementary tea/coffee biscuits for the journey were a nice addition to the trip.

  • Alen

    The tour was great. We started in pretty cold weather, but our guide Craig’s warm welcome lifted our spirits. Loved the 12 apostles. We had enough time to feel the high energy of the place. We made several stops along the GOR, always at high-energy spots which filled us with awe and respect. The care was taken also for the shoppers at the surfer’s beach, and souvenir collectors. Kenneth river awarded us with cute semi domestic parrots and Kakadoos, the highlight was koala feeding, bellowing and jumping. Our informative and optimistic guide Craig took us to the rain forest, and he made an extra stop when he spotted a group of kangaroos. All in all a day to remember. Thanks:)

  • Aparna

    This was one of my best experiences in Australia. It started early in the morning and covered so many places along the coastline. Leon, our tour guide, was super friendly and informative, and gave us all the details and stories behind every place we went. He was also very accommodating and dropped us/picked us up at our respective spots. This tour is a great way to see the 12 Apostles when you visit the land down under!

  • Peggy – Via TripAdvisor

    Despite the early start the day flew by. A 12 hour round trip means it is important to keep you interested and our tour guide Alan was brilliant. He told some really interesting stories and brought the history of this amazing coastline alive. The pace was just right and even though we were unfortunate in not spotting any koalas the views on the drive were spectacular. Definitely recommended if your time is limited in Melbourne.

  • Karolina

    The tour was amazing, definitely worth alk the money! The views are unforgettable, you get a one in a lifetime chance to marvel at the world’s . Our guide and driver was extremely friendly and always made sure we were all happy and satisfied every step of the way.

  • Paisley – Via TripAdvisor

    This tour was a decent amount cheaper than other similar tours and we were unsure if it would measure up. However we had no concerns and would thoroughly recommend the company and the tour - excellent value. Our driver and tour guide Lewis really helped make the experience a positive and cherised memory. Lewis has a first class personality and managed the group in a supportive and professional manner. He highlighted points of interest, explained about the local wildlife and took us to some special places which really made the difference. Thank you Lewis.

  • Rebecca – Via TripAdvisor

    This trip was absolutely incredible. Our driver named Kelly was exceptional! He was engaging throughout the trip and had great enthusiasm. The day involved driving the whole of the Great Ocean Road. Absolutely incredible trip! My tip: It was a very long day so make sure you don’t over plan for the following day.

  • Sam – Via TripAdvisor

    Fantastic tour of the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles! Our tour guide Patrick was entertaining as well as informative. It was a day of breathtaking scenery and fun. We really enjoyed this tour more than any of the others we went on while in Melbourne. Tip for future travellers: sit in the front seat next to the driver so that you're on the left side of the bus for the best photo or video opps on the way to the Great Ocean Road.

  • Kim

    Wonderful way to see the Great Ocean Road and surrounding sights. John was a wonderful guide giving great insight and stories. Loooved stopping in at the Chocolate shop....

  • Edward

    Good tour and and coach, we enjoy so much and will recommend it.

  • Tour Highlights
    • Soak up the incredible scenery along the Great Ocean Road, and see the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge
    • Stop for a photo at the famous Memorial Arch
    • Take a stroll through the coastal retreat 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
    • Maximum group size: 24.
  • 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.
  • Guest Reviews

    • Gessika

      We had an excellent time on this one day tour. Our tour guide was friendly and very informative. I would recommend this tour if you are short on time and want to see some of Australia's best beaches. The bus was comfortable and morning tea was as expected. Stop times were good. Our lunch break was really nice, and the recommendation from our driver to the ice-cream shop was greatly appreicated. However, I would suggest maybe more time at the 12 Apostles. Definitely bring a jacket as it can get cold. Thank-you for a good tour! Would book again :)

    • Stefanie

      I was just interested in going to the 12 apostles. But our tour guide/driver Alan is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable so I got excited on what was in store for us. I have learned a lot my tour and seen different places other than the 12 apostles. I definitely recommend this tour. And the bus ride was very comfortable.

    • Satish

      I have a great time with this tour and it was quite well managed as per schedule, I think our family has enjoyed this one day trip and driver/guide was quite explanatory, He was quite friendly, easy to approach and always responded with great respect/well manner.

    • Siddharth

      An amazing experience. A must on the to do list for anyone traveling to Melbourne. Our guide Gareth was very informative and guided us very well throughout the tour. The seats were very comfortable on the bus. Very punctual. Timelines were exactly what were promised. Complementary tea/coffee biscuits for the journey were a nice addition to the trip.

    • Alen

      The tour was great. We started in pretty cold weather, but our guide Craig’s warm welcome lifted our spirits. Loved the 12 apostles. We had enough time to feel the high energy of the place. We made several stops along the GOR, always at high-energy spots which filled us with awe and respect. The care was taken also for the shoppers at the surfer’s beach, and souvenir collectors. Kenneth river awarded us with cute semi domestic parrots and Kakadoos, the highlight was koala feeding, bellowing and jumping. Our informative and optimistic guide Craig took us to the rain forest, and he made an extra stop when he spotted a group of kangaroos. All in all a day to remember. Thanks:)

    • Aparna

      This was one of my best experiences in Australia. It started early in the morning and covered so many places along the coastline. Leon, our tour guide, was super friendly and informative, and gave us all the details and stories behind every place we went. He was also very accommodating and dropped us/picked us up at our respective spots. This tour is a great way to see the 12 Apostles when you visit the land down under!

    • Peggy – Via TripAdvisor

      Despite the early start the day flew by. A 12 hour round trip means it is important to keep you interested and our tour guide Alan was brilliant. He told some really interesting stories and brought the history of this amazing coastline alive. The pace was just right and even though we were unfortunate in not spotting any koalas the views on the drive were spectacular. Definitely recommended if your time is limited in Melbourne.

    • Karolina

      The tour was amazing, definitely worth alk the money! The views are unforgettable, you get a one in a lifetime chance to marvel at the world’s . Our guide and driver was extremely friendly and always made sure we were all happy and satisfied every step of the way.

    • Paisley – Via TripAdvisor

      This tour was a decent amount cheaper than other similar tours and we were unsure if it would measure up. However we had no concerns and would thoroughly recommend the company and the tour - excellent value. Our driver and tour guide Lewis really helped make the experience a positive and cherised memory. Lewis has a first class personality and managed the group in a supportive and professional manner. He highlighted points of interest, explained about the local wildlife and took us to some special places which really made the difference. Thank you Lewis.

    • Rebecca – Via TripAdvisor

      This trip was absolutely incredible. Our driver named Kelly was exceptional! He was engaging throughout the trip and had great enthusiasm. The day involved driving the whole of the Great Ocean Road. Absolutely incredible trip! My tip: It was a very long day so make sure you don’t over plan for the following day.

    • Sam – Via TripAdvisor

      Fantastic tour of the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles! Our tour guide Patrick was entertaining as well as informative. It was a day of breathtaking scenery and fun. We really enjoyed this tour more than any of the others we went on while in Melbourne. Tip for future travellers: sit in the front seat next to the driver so that you're on the left side of the bus for the best photo or video opps on the way to the Great Ocean Road.

    • Kim

      Wonderful way to see the Great Ocean Road and surrounding sights. John was a wonderful guide giving great insight and stories. Loooved stopping in at the Chocolate shop....

    • Edward

      Good tour and and coach, we enjoy so much and will recommend it.

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.

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 have ample time to purchase lunch from one of the many cafes in town.

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.

 

Important notes

  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear.
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