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Loch Ard Gorge Tours and Activities

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Loch Ard Gorge
The Great Ocean Road is one Victoria’s most naturally stunning sights, and Loch Ard Gorge is a dramatic highlight of an already dramatic journey. It was at this spot in 1878 where a ship carrying settlers from England to Melbourne was tragically wrecked on the rocks. Of the 54 passengers aboard the ship only two of the passengers survived—a teenage boy who heroically rescued a fellow teenage girl. After spending the night in a coastal sea cave, the duo found help with local settlers after scaling the rugged cliffs. Today those cliffs have a set of stairs that lead to the golden sands, where a protected beach is tucked beneath the towering, time-sculpted bluffs. Though the weather can be spectacularly stormy in winter, summer days are an invitation for picnicking, swimming, and sunbathing, and the striated cliffs form a natural amphitheater of coastal beauty around you. The gorge is located just a ten minute drive from the famous Twelve Apostles, which are arguably the most popular and visited site on Australia’s Great Ocean Road. At the top of the cliffs above the gorge, a modest cemetery has a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Loch Ard shipwreck—just one of an estimated 700 ships that have sank off this southern coast.

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Loch Ard Gorge is located three hours from Melbourne and ten minutes from Port Campbell. Early morning hours are often calmest, and the waves in winter can sneak through the gorge entrance to create rough, dangerous waters.
Address: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Australia
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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Take in breathtaking sights of long sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs on this guided, full-day tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. See some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and Gibson's Steps, site of historic cliff lines. Bushwalk in Great Otway National Park and try out your koala-spotting skills. Travel in a deluxe mini-coach with a small group for a relaxing, personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

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Experience the Great Ocean Road’s top attractions on this guided excursion that follows the iconic road in reverse. Embark on your journey and beat the crowds while learning about the region’s scenic landscapes and pretty coastal towns from an informative guide. Visit sites including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, London Bridge, and Great Otway National Park Rainforest.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

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Discover some of Australia’s most photographed landscapes on this full-day tour of the famous Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Stop for morning tea in Anglesea, spot wild koalas along the way, and tuck into lunch overlooking the dramatic Apollo Bay. After lunch, enjoy a hike through Great Otway National Park, learn how the notorious Shipwreck Coast earned its name, and marvel over natural landmarks like the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the Gibson Steps.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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Spend a full day exploring the landmarks of the Great Ocean Road. Watch the sunset at the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation, pass the Otway Ranges and spot koalas, explore landmarks in Port Campbell National Park and more. Known as one of Australia's most beautiful drives and one of Victoria's most popular destinations, the Great Ocean Road offers great photo ops of coastal scenery, picturesque seaside towns and pristine wilderness—a must-do excursion from Melbourne.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne

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Discover Australia’s postcard paradise as you travel along one of the world’s most iconic coastal roads. Dodge the crowds by driving the famous Great Ocean Road in reverse, starting with morning tea in Colac, then stopping to view landmarks like the Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, and the 12 Apostles. After tucking into a delicious picnic lunch, take a hike through the Otway rain forest, spot koalas along the Kennet River, and enjoy dramatic views over Apollo Bay. This full-day tour from Melbourne includes lunch and hotel pick-up.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

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Discover the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne on this full-day tour by coach that allows you to soak up the beauty of one of Australia’s most stunning stretches of coastline. Be wowed by the Twelve Apostles, learn about the tragic history of Loch Ard Gorge, stop in Port Campbell, and enjoy photo ops of the rugged scenery throughout the day.
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  • 11 hours
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12 Apostles Eco-Friendly Great Ocean Road Iconic Adventure from Melbourne

12 Apostles Eco-Friendly Great Ocean Road Iconic Adventure from Melbourne

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Avoid the crowds along the Great Ocean Road by traveling in the reverse direction from typical day trips. Depart early from Melbourne and head first to the Twelve Apostles to view the attraction in the morning light, before other tour groups arrive. Continue to landmarks such as Loch Ard Gorge and Melba Gully National Park, and look for wild koalas in the eucalyptus forest. Lunch and morning tea are provided.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

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Take in the scenery of the Great Ocean Road without the hassle of driving and navigation on this small-group tour from Melbourne. With just 11 travelers in the group, you are treated to extra attention from the guide and an intimate group atmosphere. Your small tour bus can stop at some of the off-the-beaten-path spots that mega tour buses can't access, giving you more views and experiences. Stops include the Gibson Steps, the Twelve Apostles, Teddys Lookout, a guided rain forest walk, and others, all accompanied by insightful guided commentary.
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Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction Pass

Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction Pass

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Experience majestic coastal scenery, native wildlife encounters, amazing marine creatures and panoramic urban views with this Super Saver combo pass. Take two full-day tours along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road and to Phillip Island. Make the most of your time in the city with complimentary admission to one of three attractions, including the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck 88, or the Melbourne Star observation wheel, and save more than 25 percent compared to booking all the tours individually.
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  • 2 days
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour

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Travelers short on time in the Melbourne area don't need to miss out on one of Australia's greatest coastal road trips. This Great Ocean Road day tour includes many of the route's highlights, including the Twelve Apostles, Apollo Bay, and London Bridge. And, because this itinerary is the reverse of what many travelers take, you'll be skipping the worst of the crowds.
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  • 12 hours
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2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

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Venture beyond the tourist trail on this comprehensive 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Follow the iconic coastal route past windswept beaches, beautiful bays and dramatic natural landmarks. Visit the surf beach of Torquay; see the Erksine Falls; spot wild kangaroos, koalas and parrots on a bushwalk; and enjoy glorious views over Apollo Bay. After an overnight stop (own expense), continue along the Shipwreck Coast, and marvel over natural wonders like the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
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  • 2 days
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Melbourne to Adelaide South East Coast 3 Day Overland Tour

Melbourne to Adelaide South East Coast 3 Day Overland Tour

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Visit top wilderness destinations and picturesque towns on this epic 3-day tour from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians. Visit surf beaches, seaside towns, and national parks; and see rain forest, wild koalas, and towering waterfalls. Stop at landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and Mackenzie Falls, and stay overnight in Warrnambool and Halls Gap, with the option to end your tour in Melbourne or Adelaide.
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  • 3 days
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2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

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Discover some of Victoria’s most spectacular landscapes on this 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park. See world-famous surfing beaches, charming seaside towns and the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Twelve Apostles and Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast.’ Hike and bushwalk through the majestic Grampians for panoramic lookouts, wildlife sightings, and an exploration of indigenous culture. Accommodation, breakfast on day two, all park fees and guided transport from Melbourne are included.
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  • 2 days
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Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie Tour from Melbourne

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Take a full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road that leaves Melbourne in the late morning, thus avoiding daytime crowds and catching the sunset at the beach. Travel this spectacular stretch of Victoria’s coast, passing though seaside towns like Torquay, Anglesea, Wye River and Lorne, and stopping to see koalas at Kennett River. Walk in the rainforest of Great Otway National Park and hear the history of the Shipwreck Coast. Swim at Loch Ard Gorge and watch the sunset at the Twelve Apostles before returning to Melbourne in the evening.
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  • 12 hours
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2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

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Tick off the highlights of Australia’s world-famous Great Ocean Road and learn to surf on this action-packed 2-day road trip from Melbourne. Hit the beach for a 2-hour surf class, spot wild koalas and kangaroos, and soak up the scenery of Apollo Bay, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Best of all: spend a night in a Native American-style teepee by the beach, where you’ll tuck into a hearty Aussie BBQ around the campfire. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people and includes accommodation, meals and round-trip transport.
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  • 2 days
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3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Trip from Melbourne to Adelaide

3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Trip from Melbourne to Adelaide

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The Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide ranks among the world’s most beautiful driving routes, but it’s easy to miss the countryside scenery inland. During this tour, hit Great Ocean Road attractions including Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles, and head inland to the Otway National Park and the Grampians National Park. With accommodation, park fees, and meals included, see the best of wild south Australia with ease.
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Private Luxury 12 Apostles Direct Tour

Private Luxury 12 Apostles Direct Tour

The famous 12 Apostles Tour is a must for any visitor to Melbourne. This tour is purely private and bespoke meaning we do not take other groups but yourselves up to 7 passengers. The Mercedes vehicle is spacious and air conditioned with seats designed for long distance driving. Unlike other tours, you get to choose which particular places and how much time you would like to spend there and we help that happen. Some places will be interesting than others and you may want to spend more time there and this is why we are flexible. Many trips are spoiled by the wrong crowd and we believe if you are going to enjoy this, make it private. This tour is great if you have children as well as we can accommodate child seats. This is a direct inland route for those interested in the 12 apostles and Lord Ard Gorge the main attractions.
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  • 8 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Classic Day Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Great Ocean Road Classic Day Tour from Melbourne

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Discover Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this day trip from Melbourne. Admire the natural beauty of Victoria’s coastline, from surfing beaches to the Twelve Apostles rock formations. You’ll make stops at seaside villages, watch for wildlife like parrots and koalas, and travel through the Otway Ranges as you make your way to Cape Otway to climb the country’s oldest mainland lighthouse.
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  • 13 hours
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Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

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Experience the majestic scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this private, customizable tour. Follow the coast-hugging road through landscapes of dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and verdant rain forests, stopping wherever strikes your fancy. Take a stroll around some of the picturesque seaside towns along the way, and be on the lookout for koalas and other native wildlife. Visit the site of a famous shipwreck, and marvel at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder for a dramatic climax to your full-day tour.
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  • 11 hours
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$469.03
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2-Day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tour

2-Day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tour

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Experience the best of coastal Victoria with this packed, 2-day tour that takes you to three favorite destinations around Melbourne. See the spectacular beaches and limestone cliffs of the Great Ocean Road, watch the famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, and visit the charming seaside villages and colorful bathing boxes of the Mornington Peninsula. The tour package includes overnight accommodation, two meals, all park fees, and guided transport.
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  • 2 days
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Express Helicopter Fly & Drive Great Ocean Road - Gourmet Luxury Tour

Express Helicopter Fly & Drive Great Ocean Road - Gourmet Luxury Tour

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- 45 Minute flight saves you time and shortens the journey - Mercedes Benz Luxury vehicle - Avoid the crowds by travelling in a 'reverse' direction - Express 9.5hrs. Leave Melbourne later, return earlier. - *Fine dining seafood restaurant lunch with wine overlooking the ocean This is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy this epic coastal journey is to combine the flight with the luxury vehicle to shorten the journey and get the most out of your day. By air and by road you will be enthralled by the scenery and dramatic coastline and learn from our expert guides how the road was built by returning soldiers. You will hear shipwreck stories and heroic rescues as you wind your way along the magnificent road. Get up close to our wildlife as we stop for wild Koala's and view Kangaroos on a Golf Course. Stopping for photographs along the meandering road you will appreciate the rugged beauty and breathtaking scenery. Return to your hotel after a long day enthralled and relaxed.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return

Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return

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Travel one of the world’s greatest routes—the Great Ocean Road—on this full-day trip from Melbourne. Traveling by chauffeured air-conditioned minivan and with an early start to beat other tour groups, this trip lets you focus on the scenery alone. See beaches, lighthouses, and ocean viewpoints; watch for dolphins, whales, and other wildlife; and visit Torquay, Lorne, the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and more. Includes snack breakfast, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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12 Apostles and Otway Fly Zipline Day Trip from Melbourne

12 Apostles and Otway Fly Zipline Day Trip from Melbourne

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Combine a drive along the iconic Great Ocean Road with a high-energy zip-line adventure on this full-day tour Melbourne. Fast track your tour to take in the most photographed landmarks and make a beeline for the Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles. Take in the views from the Razorback lookout or opt for a memorable helicopter flight (extra cost) along the coast. After lunch, take to the treetops at the Otway Fly Adventure to navigate a thrilling course of zip-lines, suspension bridges and canopy walkways through the rainforest.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle

Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle

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The famous Great Ocean Road is a must for any visitor to Melbourne. This tour is purely private and bespoke meaning we do not take other groups but yourselves up to 7 passengers. The Mercedes vehicle is spacious and air conditioned with seats custom designed for long distance driving. Unlike other tours, you get to choose which particular places and how much time you would like to spend there and we help that happen. Some places will be interesting than others and you may want to spend more time there and this is why we are flexible. The road is windy and best taken in a smaller vehicle with several stops to enjoy the views and take memorable photos Many trips are spoiled by the wrong crowd and we believe if you are going to enjoy this, make it private. This tour is great if you have children as well as we can accommodate child seats, please advise after you book.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$939.62
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