The full-day Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Tour begins when you are picked up in a comfortable coach from your hotel or from St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.
You will set out along the Great Ocean Road, an important piece of Australian National Heritage and famous as one of the world’s most scenic drives. The road was built by World War I veteran soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and is dedicated to the casualties of the Great War.
The road winds past stunning coastal scenery, magnificent beaches and dramatic rock formations. Highlights of the tour include the following:
Morning tea: Stop for complimentary morning tea at one of the Great Ocean Road’s iconic surf beaches.
Memorial Arch (Eastern View): Take some pictures at the historic Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch – a tribute to the soldiers from the World War I who constructed the Great Ocean Road.
Lorne & Anglesea: Pass through the popular seaside resort towns of Lorne and Anglesea, and view some spectacular beaches and lookouts.
Spot wild koalas and hang out with wildlife: Go for a pleasant walk through the coastal town of Kennett River and see how many koalas you can find! Get up close and personal with the friendly birds such as parrots and lorikeets and look out for the famous kookaburra.
Delicious Lunch: Enjoy a range of lunch options (included in your package) in a café in the famous seaside village of Apollo Bay.
Otway's Rainforest (Mait's Rest): Take a guided bushwalk through this very rare, ancient, cool temperate rainforest. You'll feel dwarfed as you stroll past some of the tallest trees in the world.
Twelve Apostles: View the beautiful limestone stacks that form the mighty Twelve Apostles, near Port Campbell. (Although the rocks are called the Twelve Apostles, there are actually only nine stacks!)
Loch Ard Gorge: take a walk along the beach, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. View the various rock sculptures formed by erosion. Hear the history, romance and heartbreak of Australia's most famous shipwreck the Loch Ard. See the two pillars, formerly part of an archway, that have been officially named Tom and Eva after the two teenage survivors of the Loch Ard disaster.
London Bridge:The remnants of a collapsed arch which make a stunning photo-opportunity. Before the collapse this famous arch looked very like the UK capital’s London Bridge.
At the end of the full-day tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Melbourne or at St Paul’s Cathedral. The approximate time of arrival back in Melbourne will be 2100h (9:00pm).