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Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Tour - From Melbourne

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Highlights

  • Experience the best of the Great Ocean Road in just one day
  • Stunning coastal scenery and photo-opportunities
  • Meet wild koalas and bright-colored native birds
  • Walk under giant trees in an ancient rainforest
  • See the magnificent Twelve Apostles rock formation
  • Morning tea and café lunch included

Overview

Wind around the south-east coast of Australia on one of the world’s most scenic drives – the Great Ocean Road.

See how wind and wave have sculpted the coastline into a stunning array of arches, caves and pillars. Photograph famous rock formations like the Twelve Apostles and London Bridge.

Walk the glorious beaches and get sand between your toes. Listen to the thundering surf and gaze up at towering limestone cliffs.

Learn more about the Road from your expert guide including the incredible story of its construction. Visit Loch Ard gorge and hear a dramatic tale of shipwreck and rescue.

Meet wild koalas and colorful native birds at a wildlife sanctuary. Walk through a pristine ancient rainforest under some of the tallest trees on the planet.

Complimentary morning tea and a delicious lunch are included in the tour.

Itinerary

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).

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Reviews

Very good driver and tour. The only thing that lets this company down is the quality of the transport. The bus was very old and uncomfortable for a long all day tour.... Julian Jacobs

Our driver Paul was an excellent driver / guide (watch out for flying Penguins if you are late back!) It was a long day, but it is needed if you want to see the Great Ocean Road... John H Connah

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

14 hours

Start time

Start time: 0700h (07:00am). Hotel pick-up time to be confirmed with local activity operator.
Duration: 14 hours

Meeting point

Pick up from your Melbourne inner city hotel.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Alternative pick-up location: St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

Ending point

You will be dropped off at your Melbourne hotel or at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (on request)
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Professional English-speaking driver/guide
  • National Park fees
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch

Do/Dont's

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring sunscreen and a hat. Don’t forget to take the camera

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Please note

Please reconfirm the tour with the activity operator by 1600h (4:00pm) on the day prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in cancellation. Also reconfirm pick-up details
Check in 20 minutes prior to the departure time
Please carry a copy of your voucher with you.
Please advise if you require hotel pick-up and drop-off when making your booking.
In special circumstances the itinerary may be altered. A suitable alternative will be provided. Customers will not be refunded in this case.
This tour is not recommended for children under 4 years of age

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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Cancellation policy

See the Cancellation policy for this product

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