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The Best of the Great Ocean Road – Tour from Melbourne

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Key Highlights

  • This action-packed tour allows you to experience the very best of the Great Ocean Road in one day
  • Travel in style from your hotel in Melbourne in a luxury coach with free onboard Wi-Fi
  • The day ends with visits to the Great Ocean Road’s most famous landmarks – the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson's Steps
  • The tour is led by an expert guide
  • In the morning you will visit Geelong, the Great Ocean Road Arch and the Great Otway National Park
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    13 hours

    Start time

    Pick-up is between 7:00am and 8:00am

    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.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    This Great Ocean Road tour is 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 walk down the famous and dramatic Gibson Steps. Spend some time in the charming villages of the Great Ocean Road, visit Loch Ard Gorge and take a rainforest walk.


    You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus and taken for a Great Ocean Road tour from Melbourne. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay as you cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest bridge. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

    Drive by Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong and make our way towards the Surf Coast. 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.

    At the township of Kennet River, you may take a brief side trip into the sweetly scented eucalyptus forest to locate some of the local koalas in the native habitat! The Koala population is strong and numerous sightings are guaranteed!

    Next you will arrive at Apollo Bay for an included restaurant lunch and opportunity to explore this seaside village. You will take another photo stop at Cape Patten on the way to the spectacular Otway Ranges.

    At Otway Ranges, stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool temperate rainforest at Maits Rest Rainforest. You will enjoy an approx. 35 minutes’ guided tour of the cool temperate rainforest, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash trees.

    Moving forward, your next stop will be the Port Campbell National Park and its iconic array of rock formations. You will see the majestic monoliths of the Twelve Apostles, the breathtaking rock formation which has become a natural icon. Here, you may take an optional helicopter flight (direct payable). Step down to the beach at the Gibson Steps and be dwarfed by these enormous rock stacks.

    Next, you will see the Loch Ard Gorge, one of the more dramatic attractions on the Great Ocean Road. Climb the dramatic staircase that leads down to the beach which is the heart of the Shipwreck Coast, where 52 lives were lost and only 2 souls survived the wreck of the Loch Ard in 1878.

    Take time to explore more at the gorge and see the famous rock formations of Razorback, the Dumpling Pots and the delightful Island Archway.

    On your way back to your hotel in Melbourne, a dinner stop is made before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as we cross the Westgate Bridge again.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 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
    • Morning Tea & Restaurant Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    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.

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    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

    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.

  • reviews
    • experience with Isango was incredible ,you people are very friendly and cooperative in all as aspects...

      Paras Gupta, India, 22/Jan/2017
    • Awesome tour!

      Our tour guide, Jon, made the 13 hour trip enjoyable from pick up to drop off. From the background stories, to the cheesy tunes, to the tips for making the most of the tour, the...

      Anna Intia, Australia, 29/Oct/2017
    • Amazing day spent

      I loved each and every moment spent on this day and this is worth every penny. Please do cover this as a part of your trip If you are visiting Melbourne....

      Mahesh Wani, United Arab Emirates, 10/Sep/2016
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