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Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

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Melbourne, Australia

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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.
  • Great Ocean Road day tour by coach
  • Photograph the scenery on the drive from Melbourne to Geelong and along Victoria’s rugged coast
  • Hear the history behind Loch Ard Gorge on the Shipwreck Coast
  • Visit the Twelve Apostles and the seaside town of Port Campbell
  • Listen to commentary provided by a guide
  • Don’t miss one of the world's great coastal road trips

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This day trip visits all the most popular viewpoints for maximum photo opportunities.
Professional expert Local Guide
Your local guide will bring you to the best lookouts and photo stops along the Great Ocean Road
Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in-seat USB, air conditioning and restroom
Pickup from select Melbourne hotels. Pick up locations appear in a drop down box at time of booking
Beat the crowds and arrive at the Twelve Apostles before other tour groups!
No staring at bushes and missing out on spectacular views on high set luxury vehicles
Japanese and Mandarin Audio commentary available- must be requested at time of booking
Your expert guide will bring you where you may see koalas in the wild
Food and drinks- stop for lunch (own expense) throughout the day

Departure Point

AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours, Federation Square, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list during the booking process. Your hotel pick-up time will be displayed on your voucher. If you wish to change your pick-up location from the one selected, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the drop down list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
As you depart Melbourne, your tour on the Great Ocean Road begins with a drive out of the city to the Twelve Apostles, the major natural landmark of the Great Ocean Road. These craggy limestone pillars that jut up from the water were formed from over millions of years of erosion. Hop off your coach for a little walk along the top of the bluffs, or you can walk down the beach trails for more views of this wild and windy spot.

Next, head to Loch Ard Gorge, where you stop to hear the history of this location known as the Shipwreck Coast. Listen to the story of the Loch Ard, a British ship that wrecked in 1878 with only two survivors, who managed to make their way to shore.

Make a stop in the seaside village of Port Campbell for lunch (own expense) before continuing on to Apollo Bay for another stop for afternoon tea (own expense).

Afterward, travel on for a photo stop at one of the most popular attractions on the Great Ocean Road, London Bridge.

Your tour ends with the return drive to Melbourne. On the way back to the city, catch sight of the night lights of Melbourne as you cross the West Gate Bridge.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Twelve Apostles
See the amazing Twelve Apostles – limestone stacks rising dramatically from the Southern Ocean. Call in at the Visitor Information Centre. Walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery from various viewing platforms
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Loch Ard Gorge
See Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the schooner, Loch Ard • Witness a fabulous spectacle of massive natural erosion. Contrasts abound between rugged coast and verdant rainforest living side by side
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Port Campbell National Park
Stop for a lunch break in Port Campbell (own expense)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
View the popular coastal township of Lorne, and stop in Apollo Bay for afternoon tea (own expense)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
London Bridge
Quick photo stop at London Bridge, one of the most popular attractions on the Great Ocean Road.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Melbourne Central
See the spectacular night lights of Melbourne as you cross the West Gate Bridge on your way back to Melbourne. Itinerary subject to run in reverse, at the discretion of AAT Kings.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children 17 yrs and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • During the booking process you will be required to choose your hotel pick-up details. If your hotel does not appear in the drop down list the supplier does not pick-up from your hotel and you will be required to contact the supplier to arrange a suitable alternative
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Japanese and Mandarin language devices must be requested at time of booking. Please call the supplier to confirm. Availability not guaranteed
  • Weather on the Great Ocean Road is unpredictable, please come prepared for all weather
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. Note: There is limited access at Loch Ard Gorge due to the staircase, however there are other lookouts available.
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY AAT Kings

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne.

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Traveler Tips


  • "To conclude, this road trip is a must; if not driving for whatever reason, this company is good but bring lots of SPF, a hat, hand sanitizer, USB cable, wipes, comfy shoes, water and don't be late at the stops." See review
  • "Sturdy shoes are essential for the optional descent to a sandy cove towards the end of the trip." See review

Reviews

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I highly recomend trip Great ocean road with tourguide Roger
Katarzyna
, Mar 2020
Fantastic trip, beautiful animals, excellent guide Roger with wide knowledge of country,beautiful language,friendly,very helpful
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star-5
On the Road
Natalie
, Feb 2020
It was even more than expected! Beautiful way to experience the coast, rainforest, and even wildlife.
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star-5
Wonderful experience
Leah_T
, Feb 2020
I’ve done Great Ocean Road tour many times with families and friends from overseas and used different companies every time. Since i would be bringing my parents who are in their late 70’s, I am thinking of their comfort since it is a long hour tour. AAT did not disappoint me and I thank them for making my parents see God’s amazing creations enjoy the experience and make it memorable.
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star-5
The spectacular views,
georocker
, Feb 2020
The trip was very nice with spectacular views. The only thing I was not really prepared for were the swarming flies. They did not bite but they were all around you. I recommend that you bring along a bug repellent as there was none available at some of the stops.
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star-5
A must do
esidds03
, Jan 2020
Convenient pick up from hotel. Tour started on time. Tour guide was fantastic- very entertaining and gave lots of great information the entire trip. Stops were lovely. This is certainly a must do when visiting Melbourne.
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star-4
nice trip
akinevent
, Jan 2020
very long trip but nice. Guide driver was very halpful and gave a lot of useful information. also it was nice to see on way kualas in wildlife
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star-5
Excellent Tour
preethamkottary
, Jan 2020
we booked the tour with AAT Kings. The Tour guide was excellent. The pickup and start times were prompt. There was also a mini City tour while getting out of the city which was informative. Our Itinerary had us visiting the 12 Apostles first, followed by Loch Ard Gorge. Stopped at port campbell for lunch. we took the ocean road on the way back. Overall, very comfortable trip.
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star-4
Up to the reputation.
Wanderer57898154909
, Dec 2019
Incredible views, with enough time to enjoy them. Bus is comfortable which is non negligeable given the length of the trip. Do not underestimate how long it will be. The trip back can give sickness because of the many turns.
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Great Ocean Road Is Not to Be Missed
carmela_kc
, Dec 2019
I should admit I was not super thrilled about the idea of spending such a long day on a bus with strangers the day after my arrival in Australia but talked myself into it. The bus is comfy, you get USB charging spots on top of your seat. Seats recline a bit too much. We took a reverse route, which helped beat crowds. A road trip could not be more beautiful and if you are not used to driving on the "other" side of the road or simply do not want to drive on your holiday, this is a decent alternative. A few improvement suggestions: Our tour was on Christmas. While I appreciate the operator for operating on a holiday, I would have expected them to have done their homework and called some places the day before to ensure they'd be open or come up with alternatives. Our only breakfast option was McDonalds. My bigger issue was with the hour stop at Port Campbell Beach where everything except a horrible overpriced Fish & Chips joint was open. Only public restrooms were without soap. I'd suggest the tour company to consider doing packaged lunches and offering a bottle of cold water to the passengers on holidays and charging extra. I'd have paid an extra $30 gladly to not have spent time at that lunch spot. Or bring a container of snacks and sell them to us either before getting on the bus or during the trip so people have options. Also, maybe offer us hand sanitizer and/or wipes; it'd keep your bus cleaner and passengers happier. Driver was good. A few times, we almost left passengers behind, which scared me because we were encouraged to leave our belongings in the bus then what if you couldn't find the bus on time, and it leaves without you and your wallet may be in the bus still. What a nightmare? Perhaps give passengers solid instructions that you'll be left behind and what to do if you are before they board so people understand. I paid attention and had difficulty finding the bus more than one time. I wish we spent more time at the sites versus the hour at PC Beach. I liked the stop at Apollo Beach on the way back; most restaurants on the promenade were open on Christmas and the food was awesome. It was kind of the driver to drop us off at Chinatown so we could grab dinner; practically the only place with options open on Christmas for dinner. To conclude, this road trip is a must; if not driving for whatever reason, this company is good but bring lots of SPF, a hat, hand sanitizer, USB cable, wipes, comfy shoes, water and don't be late at the stops.
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star-5
Long Day but well worth it!!!
lowcountrylady2016
, Nov 2019
Peter was an awesome driver/tour guide and we made it through strange weather .... rain then sun then freezing wind chill and got to see it all. Loved this tour and I only had one free day in Melbourne..... so glad I did tho.
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