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Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a thrilling coastal drive, unveiling one postcard-worthy viewpoint after another. There are a number of ways to explore this 150-mile (243-km) route on a single- or multi-day trip—to help you choose, here are your options.

For the Time-Crunched Visitor

Day-trippers can see the best bits in one day on a Great Ocean Road day trip from Melbourne. Choose a private or group tour, and stop along the way to visit the famous Apollo Bay, explore the Shipwreck Coast, and admire the Twelve Apostles. Many tours include hotel pickup, entrance fees, and lunch.

For the Budget Traveler

If you have a tight budget, opt for a Super Saver or combo tour to pair your Great Ocean Road adventure with other best-selling activities such as a Melbourne city tour, a Yarra River cruise, or a visit to Phillip Island.

For the Bucket-Lister

If time is no issue, multi-day tours provide an opportunity to visit sites often overlooked by day-trippers. A two- or three-day tour from Melbourne offers ample time to check everything off your list—you can enjoy the seaside towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay, hike through the Great Otway National Park rain forest, and spot unique rock formations such as the Razorback and Dumpling Pots.

For the Active Adventurer

You don't have to drive the Great Ocean Road—those looking for a challenge can also hike along the coast. Tackle one of the Great Walks of Australia on a guided multi-day Twelve Apostles walk and hike along the coastal trails, stay overnight in a luxury eco-lodge, and cap it off with an unforgettable helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles.

For the Nature Lover

For a back-to-nature adventure, opt for an eco-tour or choose an itinerary that goes off the beaten track. Prime wildlife-spotting locations include the Kennett River, the Grampians National Park, and Great Otway National Park, where you'll have the chance to see koalas, grey kangaroos, and swamp wallabies in the wild.

For the VIP Globetrotter

Those who want to travel in style can opt for the ultimate adventure—a private tour of the Great Ocean Road by helicopter from Melbourne. You'll enjoy VIP treatment and hotel pickup by limousine, but the real highlight will be the spectacular bird's-eye views as you soar along the coast.

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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 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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  • 14 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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  • 14 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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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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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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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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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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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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Experience the spectacular scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this full-day guided tour from Melbourne. Admire postcard-worthy vistas around every turn of the coastal road, and pass through charming port towns along the way. Learn the fascinating and tragic history of Australia’s jagged ‘Shipwreck Coast’ when you visit the Loch Ard Gorge, site of a famous wreck. Your journey comes to a dramatic climax when you arrive at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder just as the sun sets (seasonal and weather dependent).
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  • 10 to 13 hours
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