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The Best of the Great Ocean Road – Tour from Melbourne

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Duration: 13 hours
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  • This action-packed tour allows you to experience the very best of the Great Ocean Road in one day
  • In the morning you will visit Bells Beach, the Great Ocean Road Arch and the Great Otway National park
  • The day ends with visits to the Great Ocean Road’s most famous landmarks – the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge
  • The tour is led by an expert guide
  • Travel in style from your hotel in Melbourne in a luxury coach with free onboard Wi-Fi
  • Tour is operated by Go West Tours – voted the number one sightseeing operator in Melbourne by users of Trip Advisor!

This Great Ocean Road tour is ideal for ideal for those who want to enjoy the stunning scenery of what is arguably the most beautiful coast road in the world – but have limited time.

Enjoy a scenic drive, see the majestic 12 Apostles and learn about the somber history of the collapsed London Bridge. Spend some time in the charming villages of the Great Ocean Road, visit Loch Ard Gorge and take a rainforest walk.

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This was a fun experience. Since I didn't have my own car, this was a great idea. The tour guide was interesting, knowledgable and willing to answer questions. We had a busy...

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Great tour! It is a long day and tourists do need to know that....

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You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus and taken for a Great Ocean Road tour from Melbourne. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

The following is a tentative itinerary break-up:

0915h (09:15am): Arrive at the famous Bells Beach. There will be an approx. 20 minutes’ halt here. Visit Australia’s most famous surfing beach and view some of the local surfing action.

1000h (10:00am): Arrive at Eastern View or the Great Ocean Road Arch. There will be an approx. 10 minutes photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. You can also take a short walk on the beach.

1045h (10:45am): Arrive at Lorne for an approx. 25 minutes morning tea break (included) overlooking the picturesque Loutit Bay.

1145h (11:45am): Arrive at the Great Otway National Park (behind Kennet River). Spend approx. 20 minutes here, enjoying the opportunity to spot the abundant local koalas during a pleasant walk through a sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest.

1230h (12:30noon): Arrive Apollo Bay for an included restaurant lunch and opportunity to explore this seaside village.

1330h (1:30pm): Arrive at the Maits Rest Rainforest Walk. You will enjoy an approx. 35 minutes’ guided tour of the cool temperate rainforest, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash trees.

1500h (3:00pm): Arrive at the Twelve Apostles. Spend the next approx. 45 minutes taking in the breathtaking rock formation which has become a natural icon.

1600h (4:00pm): Arrive at Loch Ard Gorge for an approx. 40 minutes’ halt. Loch Ard Gorge is one of the more dramatic attractions on the Great Ocean Road in Australia, most famous for the Twelve Apostles.

1700h (5:00pm): Arrive at London Bridge for a brief approx. 15 minutes’ stop. View the remains of London Bridge and hear the tale of its collapse.

1815h (6:15pm): Arrive at Colac and enjoy a 30-minute dinner break (payable direct).

2045h (8:45pm) – 2100h (9:00pm): Arrive in Melbourne where you will be dropped off at the starting point.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus
  • English-speaking guide
  • Recorded tour information provided in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Malaysian, Portuguese on individual iPods
  • All Entrance fees
  • free onboard Wi-Fi
  • Lunch
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
13 hours
Start time
Pick-up is between 0700h (07:00am) and 0800h (08:00am)
Meeting point
Your City Hotels in Melbourne.
(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).
If your hotel is not a pick-up point, please assemble at the central pick-up point: Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne at 0750h (07:50am)
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
The tour ends at the starting points.
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Additional information
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

The tour operates in English. However, recorded tour information is provided in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Malaysian, and Portuguese on iPods

Meal stops are made in towns where there are numerous food options across a range of tastes and budgets.
Dos & Don'ts
Carry a camera. Wear comfortable shoes

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