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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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icon12 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 11 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, from Melbourne
  • Keep your eye out for wild koalas along the way
  • Visit Great Otway National Park to see the rain forest and look for resident animals like grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies
  • Admire rock formations including the Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Traveling by minivan means you can access areas off limits to larger buses.
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Coffee and/or Tea
Friendly & Informative Guide
Pickup from Selected Hotels
National Park fees
WiFi on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Meals other than as stated
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7:00 AM
Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 7am-8am depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 8pm-9pm.
Spend a full day exploring the natural wonders of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Your guide picks you up at centrally located Melbourne hotels in a comfortable, high-tech mini coach, where you join just a handful of other passengers for a personalized, small-group experience. Onboard narration is available in many different languages through the Go West Tours app.

The Great Ocean Road officially begins at Torquay, a famous surf town of gorgeous, sandy beaches. Stop at a beachside location before continuing through several charming port towns before stopping at Great Otway National Park, which boasts ancient trees among a semitropical forest.

The coastal landscape comes to a dramatic climax at Port Campbell National Park, where you can gawk at the Twelve Apostles—a grouping of massive limestone pillars that rise up out of the ocean.

The rugged cliffs along the Great Ocean Road once made for perilous navigation for vessels sailing into the port of Melbourne. Hear the tragic tales of Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast’ and visit Loch Ard Gorge, the postcard-worthy site of a notorious 1878 shipwreck.

Finally, view the Gibson's Steps for a dramatic example of the power of erosion. Take in the incredible cliff line and offshore stacks before continuing on your drive back to Melbourne.

Stop for dinner (own expense) on the return drive to Melbourne. Relax on the ride back to your hotel, or share snapshots of the day with family and friends using the coach’s free onboard Wi-Fi.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Torquay
Enjoy an included morning tea at the famous seaside town of Torquay.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
Take a moment to snap a photo of the official start/end point of the Great Ocean Road at the Memorial Arch.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kennett River
Spot some of the furry locals amongst the treetops! Your guide will help you spot the resident Koala Colony.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Apollo Bay
Explore one of the Great Ocean Road's most famous towns while grabbing a bite to eat for lunch.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Twelve Apostles
The most famous location on the Great Ocean Road, you'll marvel at these amazing limestone formations. Your guide will even take you to Gibson Steps for a chance to view them with sand between your toes!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Loch Ard Gorge
Explore the historic gorge and hear the story of the Loch Ard, which was wrecked here in 1854 with the loss of 52 lives.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Go West Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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 face masks and attendee health during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour 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 Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you need more time though I suggest renting a car and staying on the Great Ocean Road a few days." See review
  • "Highly recommend this tour, it’s a long day but worth it." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Great Road Trip
Will_S
, Jun 2022
Great tour guide and wonderful sites. Order the scallop pie at lunch. Shipwreck section was the best.
star-5
Travelling the Great Ocean Road
LanceCarrothers
, Jun 2022
Great views throughout the trip with many photo opportunities. Ben was a great guide with a good sense of humour and lots of energy. Some wildlife viewing.
star-5
Had a great experience!
JoYing_T
, Jun 2022
I had Tim as my tour guide, he was great - Shared a lot of information during the trip and was very helpful with photo taking. Would recommend this tour!
star-5
A great day tour for the great ocean road
Min_Q
, Jun 2022
The tour covers in a long day the highlights of the natural wonders of the great ocean road. The tour guide was great.
star-5
Amazing
Tam_L
, Jun 2022
It was excellent day with Raquel. It was well organized & We got enough time at every stop. Raquel was kind & helpful. Book the tour, you won’t regret it.
star-5
Twelve Apostles:bucket list done!
Marjorie_G
, Jun 2022
Twelve Apostles has always been a dream of my sister.Worth the travel! Chris H and Red were very patient and knowledgeable about the area not to mention good humour and the playlist on the bus was great! Thumbs up for this tour!
star-5
Thank you for the amazing...
Liezel_S
, Jun 2022
Thank you for the amazing experience, visited many places in just one day. My family had a great time.
star-4
Great Ocean Road
Karen_X
, Jun 2022
THE guide Sheri is good and cheerful , the schedule is nice, it is better to enjoy in good weather. Recommend the lunch for the Greenhouse.
star-5
Fun and beautiful spots
Belvina_L
, Jun 2022
Trip was fun, driver was nice and insightful about the places we visited. Bus just a bit uncomfortable and tight, not much space to put bags. Other than that, would recommend 100%. Thanks for the trip Aaron
star-5
Great Tour
Magui_S
, Jun 2022
If you’re in Melbourne this is definitely a must do tour. I had such a great day at the Great Ocean Toad tour. I highly recommend Go west company.
star-5
Most memorable one day trip
Fiona_C
, Jun 2022
Had a great day out on this tour. John the driver cum guide was really friendly and cheerful. Amazed we managed to cover so many spots in one day and all on schedule👍. Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Only drawback for me is that it is a small coach and ours was completely full, so it can get kinda squeezy in the coach
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Fiona! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Great Ocean Road tour experience with us so much and that Jon helped make your day a truly memorable one. Having experienced the Great Ocean Road day tour with us, we hope you might come back one day to try out one of our other Melbourne day trips such as our Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour, or perhaps our Yarra Valley tour! Don't forget we also operate memorable day trips from Melbourne to the Grampians National Park! Thanks again for your kind words & very best wishes for your onward journey.
star-5
Visually Delightful Tour
Somnath_P
, Jun 2022
Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Tour was a lifetime experience with Go West Tours on 13th June 2022. The 300 kilometers drive along the majestic Great Ocean Road was as grand as it's destination 12 Apostles. The history of Australia & Great Ocean Road is fascinating which was depicted very well by Yazmin, our Tour Guide. The clean blue Pacific on one side and the steep rocky mountains on the other, the journey provides breathtaking views. It's an almost 13 hours day trip from Melbourne & back. Co passengers were from Korea, Singapore, China, Ireland and Australia. A multicultural group. Go West got decent 21 seater coaches. Our Tour Guide & Driver Yazmin was knowledgeable, spoke well, punctual, efficient, humorous, patient, helpful and friendly. She sings well herself and played an appropriate song readily for all circumstances. She played a song on rainbow on sighting rainbow on Pacific. All credit & recommendation for Yazmin & Go West Tours. First time travelers to Melbourne should do this trip. Recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Somnath_P! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Great Ocean Road tour experience with us so much and that Yazmin helped make your day a truly memorable one. Having experienced the Great Ocean Road day tour with us, we hope you might come back one day to try out one of our other Melbourne day trips such as our Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour, or perhaps our Yarra Valley tour! Don't forget we also operate memorable day trips from Melbourne to the Grampians National Park! Thanks again for your kind words & very best wishes for your onward journey.
star-5
Stunning views on the Great Ocean road
Jason_P
, Jun 2022
A must do experience if in Victoria with an amazing selection of stops from beautiful coastlines to gorges and tropical rainforests too. Chris was a brilliant guide making sure we got the most out of our time at these amazing stops and helping out with photos too. Note it is a long day with a compact and rugged ride at the back! However it’s a trip you will not forget. Cannot wait to explore further…
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Jason! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Great Ocean Road tour experience with us so much and that Chris helped make your day a truly memorable one. Having experienced the Great Ocean Road day tour with us, we hope you might come back one day to try out one of our other Melbourne day trips such as our Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour, or perhaps our Yarra Valley tour! Don't forget we also operate memorable day trips from Melbourne to the Grampians National Park! Thanks again for your kind words & very best wishes for your onward journey.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Beautiful views,...
Celso_P
, Jun 2022
Beautiful views, unfortunately the spots are fairly spread out and had a lot of down time on the minibus.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Celso! It's true that there is quite a bit of driving involved in any visit to the Great Ocean Road and (like you) we wish the sights were a little closer together, but there doesn't seem to be any chance of changing their locations! We're sorry that this impacted a little on your experience, as we would have loved to have scored that last star! Thanks again for joining us on tour & best wishes for your onward adventures!
star-5
Firstly, the bus is on...
KIATOON_C
, Jun 2022
Firstly, the bus is on time and meeting location is very convenient and easily located. The tour is very intersting and meaningful. Our tour guide/bus driver Mr Eric was awesome, helpful and explain clearly on every destination.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your review, KIATOON_C! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Great Ocean Road tour experience with us so much and that Eric helped make your day a truly memorable one. Having experienced the Great Ocean Road day tour with us, we hope you might come back one day to try out one of our other Melbourne day trips such as our Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour, or perhaps our Yarra Valley tour! Don't forget we also operate memorable day trips from Melbourne to the Grampians National Park! Thanks again for your kind words & very best wishes for your onward journey.
star-5
Don't leave Melbourne or Victoria with this tour
Llew_G
, May 2022
It was a spectacular tour. Aaron and the guide trainee Raquel made the day great. Everything was well timed and ran efficiently. For me, the highlight was seeing Gibson's Steps at twilight. I had asked about the Southern Cross earlier in the day, and Aaron remember and pointed it out. It was a day of spectacular scenery and interesting tidbits of information. I wish we had time to see and do more, for example a photo stop at one of the two lighthouses that we passed by.
star-5
Super tour guide Aaron.
Gus_T
, May 2022
Aaron our tour guide is great. He was very informative and patient. Making our experience super pleasant.
star-5
Aaron went out of his way...
Valerie_S
, May 2022
Aaron went out of his way to explain and show us different sightseeing points. We definitely had a very enjoyable time with him and will strongly recommend him as a tour guide to anyone wishing to visit melbourne
star-5
Great Ocean Road tour
Alfred_P
, May 2022
Aaron was a great guide. knowledgeable and entertaining. He went extra mile to bring us take a walk in the park, look for koala and beach. We have enjoyed ourselves. Kudos to Aaron.
star-5
Great ocean day trip
Indira_O
, May 2022
The rainforest walk and twelve Apostles was a great experience. Chris our tour guide was fabulous. A very long day, if the tour could be be made shorter by at least an hour it would make a difference. Well worth the trip.

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