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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 11 more
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Take in breathtaking sights of long sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs on this guided, full-day tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. See some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and Gibson's Steps, site of historic cliff lines. Bushwalk in Great Otway National Park and try out your koala-spotting skills. Travel in a deluxe mini-coach with a small group for a relaxing, personalized experience.
  • Full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, from Melbourne
  • Keep your eye out for wild koalas along the way
  • Visit Great Otway National Park to see the rain forest and look for resident animals like grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies
  • Admire rock formations including the Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Traveling by minivan means you can access areas off limits to larger buses.
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Coffee and/or Tea
Friendly & Informative Guide
Pickup from Selected Hotels
National Park fees
WiFi on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Meals other than as stated

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout.

Your pickup will be between 7am-8am depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed.

This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 8pm-9pm.

Departure Time

7:00 AM
Spend a full day exploring the natural wonders of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Your guide picks you up at centrally located Melbourne hotels in a comfortable, high-tech mini coach, where you join just a handful of other passengers for a personalized, small-group experience. Onboard narration is available in many different languages through the Go West Tours app.

The Great Ocean Road officially begins at Torquay, a famous surf town of gorgeous, sandy beaches. Stop at a beachside location before continuing through several charming port towns before stopping at Great Otway National Park, which boasts ancient trees among a semitropical forest.

The coastal landscape comes to a dramatic climax at Port Campbell National Park, where you can gawk at the Twelve Apostles—a grouping of massive limestone pillars that rise up out of the ocean.

The rugged cliffs along the Great Ocean Road once made for perilous navigation for vessels sailing into the port of Melbourne. Hear the tragic tales of Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast’ and visit Loch Ard Gorge, the postcard-worthy site of a notorious 1878 shipwreck.

Finally, view the Gibson's Steps for a dramatic example of the power of erosion. Take in the incredible cliff line and offshore stacks before continuing on your drive back to Melbourne.

Stop for dinner (own expense) on the return drive to Melbourne. Relax on the ride back to your hotel, or share snapshots of the day with family and friends using the coach’s free onboard Wi-Fi.
Stop At:  
Enjoy an included morning tea at the famous seaside town of Torquay.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
Take a moment to snap a photo of the official start/end point of the Great Ocean Road at the Memorial Arch.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kennett River
Spot some of the furry locals amongst the treetops! Your guide will help you spot the resident Koala Colony.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Apollo Bay
Explore one of the Great Ocean Road's most famous towns while grabbing a bite to eat for lunch.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Twelve Apostles
The most famous location on the Great Ocean Road, you'll marvel at these amazing limestone formations. Your guide will even take you to Gibson Steps for a chance to view them with sand between your toes!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Loch Ard Gorge
Explore the historic gorge and hear the story of the Loch Ard, which was wrecked here in 1854 with the loss of 52 lives.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Go West Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
What is the policy on sanitization during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
What is the social distancing policy during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.

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Traveler Tips

  • "If you need more time though I suggest renting a car and staying on the Great Ocean Road a few days." See review
  • "Highly recommend this tour, it’s a long day but worth it." See review


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An amazing day absolutely filled to the brim with unforgettable experiences. Choose this tour!
, Dec 2020
Cannot stress enough how amazing this tour was! I'll just list all the things below, as I'm too lazy to write everything as complete sentences - there's just so many things I loved about this tour. - So many locations wrapped up in a single tour, you're going to get to see SO MUCH - Enough time to explore all the stops so we didn't feel rushed (this is not the case with every tour) - All the animals! We saw an actual baby koala on a tree with his mama and stopped to take photos! - Our tour guide was the best, such a fun lad! Gave us a lot of information too, but not so much that it would've become annoying on the long trip - Honestly, you're going to spend a lot of time just sitting in a car, but the views are so great it's not even all that bad - Comfortable van with air con Go do this tour! It's worth it!
A long day but an excellent tour!
, Mar 2020
Michael, our tour guide/driver, was very informative, helpful, and kind. Not only was he knowledgeable about the areas to which he took us but also led us through the rain forest, the Twelve Apostles site, and the Loch Ard Gorge. He was constantly helping us by taking our cameras/phones and having us pose while he took the pictures. He even used his own mobile phone to take pictures of me when my camera ran out of memory! He then e-mailed those photos to me. My only regret is that we didn't have a longer time at each of our stops... but that would have made the tour much, much longer.
Our guide was really sympathic and entertaining
, Mar 2020
Mel is a really nice guide and we had a lot of fun listening to her jokes. She also gave us a lot of information about the places we visited. The music made it to a more intense experience. The forest walk wasn't that interesting and we would have liked instead a little more time at the Gibson Steps. Everything else was really nice and we enjoyed the day with cool and relaxed people and we didn't have to worry that much about the whole virus-thing back home, eventhough there was santisizer for everyone. :)
Amazing day at the Apostles
, Mar 2020
Absolutely brilliant. We had am amazing day. It was so full on, and well timed. Our tour guide, Corey, was just brilliant. What a lovely young man. He should get a job in New Zealand. 😊. The weather was cold and wet, but it did not dampen our sprits.
, Mar 2020
I loved the tour, the guide - Graeme, his explanations, sense of humor, friendliness and great music in the bus. Thank you! Will definitely come back for one more tour in future.
Great scenery, surprising wildlife sightings and a great tour guide, Mike C.
, Mar 2020
It is a long day ride, but the scenery is worth it! Driving down the Ocean road to the Apostles had many beautiful views of the coast line, rain forest and and mountain valleys. Just a hint, if you can, the left side windows have he best views of the ocean. I only wish we could have spent more time on more outlooks and beaches. Mike our tour guide/driver tried to make our day full of highlights and he succeeded! The Great Ocean Road, the Apostles, the Gorge, The bonus was the sightings of koalas, and wallabies in the wild.
Great trip!
, Mar 2020
Tour was long but awesome. Paul was our guide and made the trip interesting. My only recommendation for the company that was used is that the buses are small and there is very little legroom and no space for bags.
Great service
, Mar 2020
Great trip Leonie was a great tour guide. If you go, ask for her. She made our trip fun. We are all seniors and they all do not have emails but asked me to make sure everyone knows we enjoyed the ride and tour guide. We took other tours and there is no comparison. We had a clean van, coffee; tea and fun. Thanks
Everything you need for a day tour of the GOR
, Mar 2020
Mike C was an incredible guide! Always smiling and making sure we were having the best time possible. The tour itself was perfect for a day, you can't really ask for more. We were lucky enough to see a low-hanging koala on the side of the road--Mike stopped the bus immediately to let us enjoy its presence!
The Great Ocean Road, Otway Ranges National Park and the 12 Apostles'
, Feb 2020
The Great Ocean Road, Otway Ranges National Park and the 12 Apostles'. It is a long day but most enjoyable, our host and guide 'Sophie' was brilliant, informative knowledgeable and funny. A journey of approximately 600kms [approx. 383 miles] in 12 packed hours, of sights to see, things to learn and memories never to be forgotten
1 traveler found this review helpful

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