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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

west of Port Campbell on Great Ocean Road, Torquay to Warrnambool, Victoria, 3228

The Basics

The best way to take in this spectacular stretch of highway is by car or coach, with most driving tours departing from Melbourne and including a tour guide, round-trip transportation, and a visit to the Twelve Apostles.

Activities along the way may include wine tastings in Apollo Bay; wild koala-spotting in Kennett River; hiking along the shipwreck coast to witness the natural splendor of the Loch Ard Gorge; or pulling over at sunset to witness the Great Ocean Road at its most majestic. Day trips on the route can be combined with a stop at Phillip Island for the famous penguin parade.

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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
$78.53 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Experiencing a piece of Heaven
It was the greatest trip that I ever had. Perfect planning and scheduling, knowledgeable, polite patient and professional tour leader, Mr Orlando , safe driving and friendly tour environment, enriching us with many historical and geographic info, comprehensive visit plan and places, unique and breathtaking views! Excellent! I strongly recommend it to everyone who like to experience a piece of heaven!
Sonia_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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Beautiful Ride!
Rocio_R, Nov 2021
Great Ocean Road Tour Plus Koalas, Forest Walk And Morning Tea.
Beautiful views, very good and complete itinerary. The staff was very helpful, always thinking in our comfort and making the experience fun.
star-5
A great day out
Margaret_H, Nov 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Thoroughly recommend this trip the weather was quite treacherous at times but our guide Gui was a great driver. He had interesting commentary and provided sufficient time for comfort stops. I thought we might just be sitting however I clocked up 9,000 steps effortlessly. We all had a great day out 😊
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12 Apostles
David_B, Jul 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
No crowds as it was in the reserve direction. But seeing the 12 Apostles was the highlight. Loved it. Plus small numbers
star-5
Awesome
Emil_S, Mar 2020
Great Ocean Road Sunset Private Experience
We had a wonderful day at the Great Ocean Road. The vehicle was very comfortable and Rob is a great guide!
star-5
Excellent way to visit the Great Ocean Road
Luis_A, Dec 2019
Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 11 people - Entire Vehicle
Had a wonderful time visiting the Great Ocean Road. Melvin was excellent, he showed us great locations at our own pace and avoiding the crowds as much as possible. Vehicle was very comfortable, fully stocked with water and great music selection, which made the long trip very pleasant. This is the way to do it
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Amazing Great Ocean Road Tour!
Ephraim_G, Sep 2019
Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 11 people - Entire Vehicle
This was my first time to book an activity through Viator, and i am so glad i did. The "Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour" was an amazing experience. Melvin was a wonderful tour guide. He is friendly, professional, and knowledgable. His itinerary was well-planned yet flexible. Highly recommended!
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Amazing tour
Jean_D, Mar 2020
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour
Great experience with an excellent guide (Brendan). The van was clean and comfortable. Pick-up on time at two minutes from our location and same for drop-off. Excellent value for the money. We saw everything that was expected and more. The ride was a bit long but we knew it before departure. Brendan stopped a few times when needed however we were right on schedule. What we saw was just amazing, thank you Brendan.
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Had a lovely day
TANJINA_S, May 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour
I liked our guide Gui. He is awesome. I felt like he was a friend. Also liked the fact that the trip was organised and the guide was very punctual
star-5
A time to paradise
Zayar_W, Apr 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Jack is a good tourist guide and his service is very good. That’s a amazing trip to Great Ocean Road.
star-5
Great experience.
Debra_D, Apr 2021
2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour and Platypus paddle
It was all great, tour guide, Walter from Around and About, the content and the accomodation. Highly recommend.
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Well work it
Joe_s, Apr 2020
Great Ocean Road Tour with Lunch
Jeremy was a great guide and the trip was superb! Small group, lively and relaxed at the same time. Would reccomend
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Amazing tour
Aroa_G, Mar 2020
2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne
Amazing! Andrew is cool and the tour is worth and authentic. We had a lot of fun together and I learnt surfing. What else I could ask?

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours along the Great Ocean Road tend to run upwards of 12 hours due to all of the driving.

  • Renting a car and driving the Great Ocean Road is a great way to get to know the area independently.

  • Many attractions along the Great Ocean Road are accessible to wheelchair users, including the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge.

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How to Get There

The Great Ocean Road is set 150 miles (240 kilometers) southwest of Melbourne and 100 miles (165 kilometers) from Geelong. It takes about three hours to arrive from Melbourne by road. Buses from these cities service major Great Ocean Road towns such as Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay; however, a car is essential to take a road trip on the full 150-mile (243-kilometer) route.

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When to Get There

In December and January, the road’s small coastal towns are especially popular among Australians from New South Wales and South Australia cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Crowds can often dampen the tranquil atmosphere of the route; an off-season visit can help you avoid both traffic and the scorching summer sun.

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Best Outdoor Experiences Along the Route

The waves off the Great Ocean Road are a paradise for surfers, who flock here from Melbourne, while seaside towns such as Geelong, Lorne, and Torquay offer whale-watching and maritime history. The Port Campbell National Park is another must, as is the Great Otway National Park—home to kangaroos, wallabies, and fairy penguins—and the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park.

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Great Ocean Road