11 - 12 hour(s)
13 - 14.5 hour(s)
Arguably the best day trip activity from Melbourne offering travelers not only great scenery but also a fantastic driving experience along winding cliffs. Running for 243 kilometers (151 miles) and representing most of Victoria's coastal region, the Great Ocean Road would be more accurately described to be a journey and not just a destination passing several cities and coastal towns (Torquay, Bells Beach, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Wye River, Kennett River Apollo Bay, Port Campbell, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland), great surf beaches, and major national parks (Port Campbell National Park, Otway National Park). Take a Great Ocean Road tour and discover "One of the World's Best Coastal Drives" and the "Longest War Memorial."
Surrounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Australia's coastlines
features first-class waves making it a true surfer's paradise. Soak up the sun and surf culture on the beaches of Torquay, surf capital of Victoria, and Bells Beach nearby - two of Australia's best surfing spots right along the the Great Ocean Road.
The coast between Cape Otway and Port Fairy is dominated by towering rock formations like Port Campbell National Park's famous 12 Apostles, the London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto and the limestone stacks around the Bay of Islands Coastal Park.
Much of the spectacular seascape are partly owed to the same crashing waves and rough seas that caused hundreds of historic shipwrecks giving the area the nickname Shipwreck Coast.
Spanning Victoria's south western coast starting from Torquay going all the way to Allansford, a drive along the Great Ocean Road promises to be one of the most scenic trips you can experience. Travel along cliff tops and through lush rainforest, pass by the surf beaches and seaside towns, stop at the various scenic lookouts and fly in a helicopter over the 12 Apostles to make the most out of the trip.
The Great Ocean Road is also home to "Australia's Most Stunning Marathon" which runs along the stretch of coast between Lorne and Apollo Bay providing the most visually spectacular backdrop to any marathon in the world.
From Kennet River's eucalyptus forest to the Otway Ranges, the Great Ocean Road is home to iconic Aussie animals. See koalas, king parrots, rosellas and kookaburras or spot some kangaroos or even the elusive platypus. The coastline also offers a spectacular vantage point to watch for dolphins, seals and whales.
The Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch stands as tribute to the returned servicemen who built the road. Along with a plaque showing the quote below, a bronze statue was erected to commemorate the soldiers' sacrifice and tell the history of this famous road.
"Three thousand Australian returned soldiers and sailors of the First World War (1914-1918) built the Great Ocean Road.”
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We completed the tour as a couple during our trip to Melbourne. Our tour guide was Patrick who was fun and entertaining as well as experienced, he had everyone’s interests at heart. Some of our highlights of the trips included feeding the friendly birds at one of the stops, stop at the historic ice cream parlour and of course the breath taking views of the twelve apostles. In terms of advice we brought seeds for the birds which meant they came to feed from us and we got to see these birds up close. Whilst the trip is long there are plenty of scenic stops and Patrick (the tour guide) ensured this was an entertaining journey with plenty of quizzes & games and overall cheer. Overall the trip was a great day and we got to see one of the things on our bucket list. Cannot say enough for the tour guide who was extremely helpful and friendly, even providing advise for our upcoming trip to Sydney. Definitely recommend this trip
This is the first time for me to experience the great ocean road . And this is also my first time to use the travel agency in Melbourne .The one-day tour is amazing . Not only because I saw too may beautiful scenic view but also I met a so cute and generous driver . His name is Rob. He is so kind . I think he is not only a good driver but also a good tour guide .
I apologized for being late too many times. Besides ,I really want to thank the receptionist . I am new here and my English is limited.when I am anxious about the check-in place she is so kind to comfort me and explain the place with enough patience.
Thanks for giving me a good chance to enjoy this trip .