This is a full day tour departing from Melbourne taking in all of the highlights of the glorious Great Ocean Road coastal drive. Visit famous Bells Beach, spot koalas in the wild, enjoy a guided tour of the Otways rainforest and marvel at the amazing rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park, including of course the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch (formerly known as London Bridge).
The Great Ocean Road tour allows you to experience a special day along the world's most scenic coastal route, where you can enjoy the pristine beaches and rugged rocky outcrops of the Great Ocean Road.
You will depart Melbourne early to beat the crowds, accompanied by our experienced tour guide. Travelling in one of our smaller air-conditioned buses, you will be enjoy the personal touch and benefits of a small group environment.
Experience the amazing diversity of Victoria's coastline, taking in roaring surf, white sand beaches, rocky outcrops and towering cliffs. We make stops at numerous beaches, lookouts and other scenic spots to allow you an opportunity to take plenty of happy snaps, as well as to simply relax while enjoying the amazing views.
We also visit an area where the local koalas are particularly abundant, ensuring excellent koala viewing while enjoying a stroll amongst the sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest.
Our lunch stop is at the foot of the Otway Ranges in the beautiful town of Apollo Bay. Apollo Bay has numerous eateries providing a wide array of choices across a range of budgets. Here we have time to explore the shops and the marina or to have a dip in the bay itself.
After lunch we follow the Great Ocean Road into the mountains where we take a stroll in the Great Otway National Park. Wonder at the intricate beauty of ancient rainforest and marvel at the region's towering native hardwoods, some of the tallest trees anywhere in the world.
Then of course it's onwards to the Port Campbell National Park, where you'll be awestruck by the park's world famous rock formations including of course the 12 Apostles, the sensational (but much underestimated) Loch Ard Gorge, and the collapsed London Bridge; now known as London Arch.
You will return to Melbourne between 9:00-9:30pm and enjoy the convenience of our free inner city pick-up and drop off service.
Morning Tea is included. (Lunch and Dinner at your own expense).
Language Translation is available through our specially-configured iPods.
NOTE: The 2012 - 2013 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2012 to the 31st March 2013. The 2013 - 2014 season rates commence on the 1st April 2013.
This tour visits the Great Ocean Road.
Departs between 7:00-8:00am and returns between 9:00-9:30pm.
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM NUMBERS
Maximum 24 Passengers
A reasonable level of physical mobility is required. A number of the destinations are not fully accessible. No long walks or trekking are involved, but some paths are a little steep.
Children under 4 years of age are carried free of charge, provided their parents or guardians are prepared to carry them on their lap in the event that all other seats are occupied.
DRESSCODE / WHAT TO BRING
Please wear comfortable clothing for the duration of the tour. Remember your cameras, sunscreen and a hat.
Free WiFi is available on board this tour. This tour is conducted in English. Our iPod translation service (available in 13 languages) provides a way for international visitors to see the sights and hear the stories.
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