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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I joined this tour at the beginning of February. As I was a solo traveler, I was told to sit next to the driver. I was surprised but the view from the front seat was amazing. 1.5 hours after we departed from Melbourne, we stopped at Torquay Beach for cake and coffee. It was yummy. The beach was very beautiful with sunshine. After that, the driver stopped for short breaks here and there, which was very nice. Around 11:30am, we had lunch at Kafe Koala, then looked around for koala bears. We chose our lunch on our way there in the car (you check the menu you want to order on the sheet they give you in the car) I had a bit of accident when we had ice cream at Apolo Bay but it now is a good memory. We then went to Great Otway to enjoy the nature, followed by Port Campbell National Park, which was my main purpose of coming to Melbourne. I have wanted to come here for many years, and finally made it! The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge were fantastic. The view on the way to Port Campbell was amazing too but the sights of The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge were just spectacular. I had some noodle for dinner. We got to choose our own dinner and went to purchase on our own. Arrived back to Melbourne right before 21:00. It was a fun packed and great tour. Big thanks to our driver Kel. <Translated by VELTRA.com>
We decided on this tour for Great Ocean Road, because it would take many more hours and lots of efforts on our own. Pickup was scheduled at 11am, so quite a late start. We had nice lie-ins and relaxing breakfast. The voucher said the pickup would be at St Paul's Cathedral unless you are staying at the specific hotels but they arranged ours at one of the designated hotels near us so it saved our time. The pickup car did not come on time due to the the traffic. The bus already had 15ppl before us and seats were not assigned, so we picked the left side seats, based on the reviews. In the end, we had 25ppl on board. We had a lunch break for 30mins on the beach, with a choice of ham, eggs or chicken sandwiches. First come, first served! Then went to a chocolate factory for sampling some chocolate and rest. Next was a photo time at the memorial arch of Great Ocean Road, followed by a stop at a resort town by the sea. You can buy some snacks there. We saw wild koala bears, birds and kangaroos, then went to the Loch Ard Gorge. The beach surrounded by the massive rocks was spectacular. Next the climax of the tour, The Twelve Apostles! Arrived 40-50mins before the sunset to capture the best view. It was cold so you should take your jacket. All of us took photos at the sunset and 10mins later we got on the bus. Each break was about 10-30mins, but at the main spots, we had about 1 hour, so it was not a rush. Our guide talked about the tour spots on the bus. When off the bus, free time till the meeting times. On the way back, stopped at McDonald's around 11pm for 20mins, so we bought burgers and ate on the bus. Arrived back just after 12 midnight. The driver played some tunes on the bus so we never had a dull moment. The ride can be often shaky, so best to take your medicine for car sickness if you are worried. Not only we got to to enjoy Great Ocean Road, but also we saw some animals and tasted chocolate. It was truly one efficient tour! <Translated by VELTRA.com>
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 .
We enjoyed the scenery and tourist attractions visited - especially the Melk Abbey!