GREAT OCEAN ROAD TOUR
“The Great Ocean Road was the highlight of our trip. We are so well taken care of. We got to see Koala In the wild and parrots, It so happened we see the full rainbow. We were given enough time to see and take pictures at all the places. We had so much fun chatting along the tour.” – Vicky
Great Ocean Road is ranked as one of the top 10 ocean drives in the world. A trip to Great Ocean Road is a must-do for an unique Australian experience. The coastline boasts of picturesque nature views and varied sceneries.
Experience the purest natural beauty Victoria has to offer with spectacular ocean views.
- Picturesque Fairhaven Beach & Split Point Lighthouse
- Great Ocean Road Coastal Route
- Seaside towns Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay
- Memorial Arch at Eastern View
- Kennett River – lovely koalas and feeding parrots.
- Twelve Apostles
- Loch Ard Gorge
- Island Archway & Razorback
- The Gibson Steps
Transport Hotel Transfers
Friendly Guide National Park Entry Fee
Bottled Water Child Safety Child (if required)
Heaps of Fun Bird Feeding Food
On the day of your tour, we would pick up from your hotel. On the way back, we can drop you either to your hotel or your chosen restaurant
For a group booking of more than 11 people, please contact us for a quote.
Great Ocean Road two day tour itinerary is also available.
Have more questions? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Great Ocean Road, Get Excited!
Early morning, our friendly tour guide will pick you up from your hotel.
Travel southwest from Melbourne and bypass the city of Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria.
The 243-kilometer Great Ocean Road begins at the surfing town of Torquay, ending in Allansford, a peaceful town in western Victoria.
Fasten your seat belt and be ready for a fun-packed Great Ocean Road tour.
The mirror look-like FairHaven is the longest stretch of beach near Airey Inlet along Great Ocean Road, The wide soft-sand beach and slender coastline provide you with unrivalled natural scenery . Feel free to walk barefoot and leave your footprints behind on the sand. You will often catch a glimpse of local surfers and fishing enthusiasts here.
Memorial Arch at Eastern View – Great Ocean Road Sign
How to prove that you have been to Great Ocean Road? Take your Great Ocean Road photo at Eastern View Memorial Arch! The plan to build the Great Ocean Road traced back to 1880s, but it was not until the end of World War I that the Great Ocean Road Foundation was founded, headed by then Geelong Mayor Alderman Hitchcock, the foundation started fund-raising to build the Great Ocean Road in August 1918. The returning veterans from the First World War were deployed to build Great Ocean Road, hence Great Ocean Road is an eternal memorial to all the sacrifices Australian soldiers made during the First World War. The sheer size of construction was not completed until November 1932. With the absence of modern machinery, the workers relied heavily on manual labour during the enduring construction process, thus Great Ocean Road’s allure lies both in its historic significance and natural beauty.
Kennett River – Koala in the Wild
Want to sight koalas? No need to visit a zoo. You can spot native koalas on Great Ocean Road, Kennett River has commonly been known as the easiest place to find koalas in Australia. Watch koalas nesting on eucalyptus trees and if you are lucky, watch them dining eucalyptus leaves. Compared to koalas in northern Australia, Victoria’s koalas are larger and have thicker hair. They are terrific tree climbers and stay on the trees most of the time. Adult koalas can eat up to 400 grams of leaves a day. They intake water and fibre from the leaves of eucalyptus trees. However, those leaves have very little nutritional value, coupled with koala’s low body fat, hence they need to nibble continuously. Adult koalas are 60-80 cm in height and weigh 4-16 kg. As eucalyptus tree leaves contain toxin, koalas have no other food competing opponents in nature, they sleep between 16-20 hours a day which is a good way for them to preserve the energy in their body.
Apollo Bay – Lunch
Apollo Bay is the largest town along Great Ocean Road to Twelve Apostles, it is the most popular stopover for Great Ocean Road day trippers, the locals have made Apollo Bay a great place to relax and stay. The town offers many restaurants to choose from, such as: fish and chips, pizzas, to Eastern culinary, Chinese or Japanese. you can also choose to stay overnight at Apollo Bay and extend to two-day Great Ocean Road tour. In summer, the town becomes really lively and has an amusement park running from dinner time till late. For the grown-ups, the local pub is a good night spot to hang out.
Twelve Apostles is the most famous attraction on Great Ocean Road. Although the name suggests 12 huge limestone stacks, there are not exactly 12 pieces, we will keep this little secret until you reach here. These magnificent limestone stacks vary in size and height, formed over millions of years of strong wind and seawater erosion. Be amazed by these natural sculptures! The “Twelve Apostles” attraction was historically named “Sow and Piglets,” and her name was later changed to “Twelve Apostles” because of the evolving landscape which also reflected locals’ belief in Christianity at the time. The spectacular scenery at Twelve Apostle is truely memorable and it boasts the most beautiful sunset in Victoria and is popular with photography enthusiasts. Under the sea surface, there is a robust marine ecosystem, with creatures, such as: sea fish and seahorses.
Lord Ard Gorge
Walk down the wooden stairway that leads down to Loch Ard Gorge. Admire the beautiful sandy beach and limestone caves. However a tragic historic event unfolded here in June 1878, a sailing ship named “Loch Ard” departed England to Melbourne. Unfortunately the ship crashed into the nearby Muttonbird Island, the ill-fated Loch Ard had already traveled for 3 months and soon about to reach its planned destination. Of the 54 passengers and crews on board at the time, there were only two survivors from the ship wreck. 15-year-old sailboat apprentice, Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael who immigrated to Melbourne with her family from Ireland. Tom managed to rescue Eva from the water and climbed out of the gorge before getting assistance from locals. Shortly after their recovery, the Irish girl had decided to return back home. Whereas Tom had stayed in Australia and deemed by the locals as a hero. Hence the locals had named the site “Lord Ard Gorge” to commemorate this unforgettable historical event.
Anecdote: When Eva Carmichael and Tom Pearce were rescued from the ship wreck, they stayed in the cottage of Hugh Gibson who later built the Gibson Steps.
The Island Archway is made of two towering limestone stacks, the two limestone pieces used to be connected over the top and formed the shape of an archway. However, due to the extreme weather conditions and rain erosion, in June 2009, the “archway” linking the two huge limestone rock formations collapsed, leaving two separate limestone stacks of approximately 25 meters in height , Slow down your steps and enjoy the beautiful views off the cliffs, at sunset its grace comes to light. The unique natural environment at Great Ocean Road is also changing its landscape gradually.
Past Island Archway, another 250 meters walk, you will reach The Razorback. This huge limestone block has been washed away by sea for thousands of years into a slender, towering standalone natural giant sculpture, it looks like a razor’s back from the sky. The repetitive process of sea erosion and ocean waves had gradually chipped away the right side of The Razorback. In addition, the unique weather has made various unique shapes on top of The Razorback, like caved out by an skilful artist. The walk trail along the attractions allows you to admire the beautiful scenery from different angles.
Stand at the Gibson Steps lookout, overlook the beautiful coastline. The Gibson Steps were originally made of wood and built by local settler Hugh Gibson, mainly for the then indigenous Australians, Kirrae Whurrong to have access down to the beach. a total of 86 stone staircase will take you down to the beach where two majestic limestones of up to 70 meters in height stood firmly in the sea, named Magog and Gog. Be astonished by the combination of magnificent waves, wide open ocean and steep limestone cliffs. Enjoy a whiff of fresh sea breeze and be pampered by the soft fine sand, emerge yourself in the true coastal nature!
Home, Sweet Home!
Bye Bye, Great Ocean Road
After a exciting day of natural scenery and delicious lunch
Finally lay back and take a good rest.
We will travel inland back to Melbourne city via Colac, the return journey is approximately 3 hours.
Additional Tour Options:
Take a helicopter ride, rejoice in stunning aerial views of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge from the sky. Be mesmerised by the spectacular coastline.
Price: $ 145 AUD per person
Duration: 15 minutes
No need to book in advance
Experience Otway Treetop Adventure, you not only can walk on the 600 meter long, 25 meter-high elevated walkway in the middle of the rainforest, but also try out the only Ziplining tour in Victoria, 30 meters above the ground.
For more information, please see http://www.otwayfly.com/
Suggested activity time:
Treetop walk: 1 hour
Zipline Tour: 2.5 hours
Teddy’s Lookout, located on the back mountain of seaside town Lorne, the lookout overlooks the winding coastal road at the foot of hills along Great Ocean Road. A blend of dark blue and turquoise ocean waters makes it a fantastic photo spot at all times. A stone’s throw away, at the side of the viewing platform, you will sight the surrounding mountains densely covered by lush Victorian rainforest.
Recommended Time: 5-10 minutes
Picturesque Bells Beach – Watch surfers riding waves from a close distance. Bells Beach is the hottest surfing spot on Great Ocean Road with surfing contests being held every year in summer and fall.
Recommended Time: 15-20 minutes
London Bridge, also known as the London Arch, was originally a two-arched, naturally formed limestone bridge connecting the current London Bridge to the mainland. Initially tourists were allowed to walk freely between today’s London Bridge and mainland via the arching bridge. However, on January 15 1990, the arch bridge connecting the mainland unexpectedly collapsed. There were two tourists Kelly Harrison and David Darrington stranded on the separated limestone block at the time. Luckily they were later rescued by police helicopters.
This is a strong wind area with wide and sweeping beach at the base of the cliff. It is also known for catching a glimpse of little penguins after sunset.
We recommend our guests to visit London Bridge on our two-day Great Ocean Road trip, as there may not be enough time for Great Ocean Road day tour.
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Great Ocean Road is located in the south westerly direction from Melbourne. It is ranked as one of the best ocean drives both in Australia and in the world. Built by returned World War I veterans in early 1900s. Great Ocean Road is one of the must-sees in Australia. It offers a diverse scenery along the journey, from magnificent coastal ocean views, lush Victorian rainforest to peaceful seaside towns, i.e. both Lorne and Apollo Bay provide local residents and tourists with communal beach and many amenities, they also hold various festivals throughout the year, e.g. Great Ocean Road marathon.
Towards the end of the Great Ocean Road, come to admire the splendid “natural sculptures” – Twelves Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge limestone stack formations. Indulge in the breathtaking views and refreshing breeze, merge yourself in the gorgeous Australian nature.