This is a full day tour departing from Melbourne taking in all of the highlights of the glorious Great Ocean Road coastal drive. Visit the famous beaches of the Great Ocean Road’s Surf Coast, wonder at the famous rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park and view the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles. A must-do day tour from Melbourne for anyone wanting to see the Great Ocean Road the right way!
Departing Melbourne at around 8.00am, we enjoy panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay as we cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest at just under 2.6 kilometres in length.
We pass through and learn a little about Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong, as we make our way down towards the Surf Coast, with its enchanting beach side towns and powerful swells. As we set out along the Great Ocean Road, as your experienced driver-guide provides an informative commentary about the road’s history and its place in Australian folklore.
The scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road is a highlight in itself, as we absorb some truly amazing coastal scenery, with new views being revealed around every bend. We make plenty of scenic stops, including of course a photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View.
At the Township of Kennett River we make a brief side trip into the sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest to locate some of the local koalas in the native habitat. The koala population here is particularly strong and numerous sightings are guaranteed! We also have an opportunity here to see Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots. We then continue on towards our lunch stop in Apollo Bay with another photo stop at Cape Patten on the way.
After lunch we follow the Great Ocean Road away from the ocean and into the mountains. The tour proceeds through the spectacular Otway Ranges, where we stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. Here our guide accompanies the group through the forest, where we stop to learn a little about the world’s tallest flowering trees and the ancient rainforest species.
And then it’s onwards to the world famous Port Campbell National Park and its iconic array of rock formations. You’ll be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the Twelve Apostles. Here we also have the opportunity to take to the air with an optional helicopter flight.
Just down the road is the heart of the Shipwreck Coast, the Loch Ard Gorge where 52 lives were lost and only 2 souls survived the wreck of the Loch Ard in 1878. Your guide will recount the legend of the Loch Ard, bringing the gorge to life in a way you never imagined. We take time to explore here, with more rock formations to see, including the Razorback, the Dumpling Pots and the delightful Island Archway.
Our final sightseeing destination is the Gibson Steps, where you will have a chance to explore this area.
The journey back is a great chance to upload photo’s, send E-Postcards, and research your next destination as Go West Tours is the proud operator to offer the first in free Wi Fi on board all our Melbourne day tours. A dinner stop is made before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as we cross the Westgate Bridge again on the way home.
With drop off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.
A truly scenic journey along Australia’s most spectacular coastal route
The famous beaches of the Great Ocean Road’s Surf Coast
Visit the delightful coastal township of Apollo Bay
A guided eco tour in the Great Otway National Park’s cool temperate rainforest
Experience the tranquil beauty of the rainforest gullies
Towering eucalyptus trees
Wonder at the famous rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park
The awe-inspiring 12 Apostles
An opportunity to view two of the Apostles from beach level at Gibson’s Steps
Loch Ard Gorge – hear the story of our most famous shipwreck
Morning tea (coffee/tea/hot chocolate & cake)
Fresh café lunch (vegetarians catered for)
FREE Wi-Fi service onboard
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2016 - 2017 season. The 2016 - 2017 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2016 to the 31st March 2017. The 2017 - 2018 season rates commence on the 1st April 2017.