Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

13 hours Melbourne, Australia

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Travel along the Great Ocean Road on a day trip from Melbourne. This iconic stretch of coastal road is famous for its surf beaches, koalas, rainforest, the Shipwreck Coast and of course the spectacular 12 Apostles. Explore the stunning Loch Ard Gorge and marvel at the views from all the best lookouts within the Port Campbell National Park. Wander through seaside towns such as Apollo Bay as well as have time to explore other beautiful beaches and walks.
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Stop At: Anglesea Visitor Information Centre, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria 3230 Australia

Once we have left Melbourne, we head down to the Surf Coast, passing through gorgeous seaside townships such as Anglesea, Lorne and Airey’s Inlet, we stop along the way for some morning tea and to breath in the fresh sea air whilst spotting surfers out on the water, with the proximity to Antarctica you will learn why this is great surf but also why wet suits are a necessity!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, Great Ocean Rd 689/721 Great Ocean Rd, Lorne, Victoria Australia

A monument to mark the original starting point of the Great Ocean Road.

After some photos at the iconic Memorial Arch and a lesson on the history of the soldiers who built this road and dedicated it to their fallen comrades, we will wind through more stunning views (of course stopping for pictures!)

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre, 100 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay VIC 3233, Australia

A welcome lunch break is taken in Apollo Bay at the end of the surf coast, you'll have plenty of time to explore this seaside community and eat from one of the many local cafe or pubs (at own expense).

Once you have explored Apollo Bay, grabbed any souvenirs you wish to buy, or tasted some delicious ice cream then it is back on the bus to head inland to the Green Coast.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Great Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia

till on the Great ocean Road but now continuing up into the lush green Otway’s we drive through towering Eucalyptus trees until we arrive at a patch of Cool Temperate Rainforest. You will be amazed at the difference in scenery as we take a walk through the tree ferns and, marvel at the ‘ancient relics’ – the Myrtle Beach trees that provide perfect canopy shade and originate from when Australia was part of a super continent known as Gondwanaland. Breath in the fresh air before we take a relaxing drive out to the dramatic Shipwreck Coast!

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria 3269 Australia

Once out of the trees and back by the Southern Ocean we arrive in Port Campbell National Park, home to the iconic 12 Apostles. We will spend about 40mins at the Apostles where you will enjoy free time to take in the views from every angle, walk along the boardwalks, and get the perfect pictures of this wild and rugged coastline.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road Port Campbell National Park, Port Campbell, Victoria Australia

Also in the National Park we head down to Loch Ard Gorge, site of one of Australia’s most well know shipwrecks, hear the dramatic tale of Tom and Eva and then head down to the beach to look for the caves. This is also where you will find rock formations such as Island Archway, Razorback and the ‘Salt and Pepper Shakers’ too.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: WWI Memorial, 117 Murray St, Colac VIC 3250, Australia

After a full day of exploring we say goodbye to the Great Ocean Road and turn back inland to drive back to Melbourne via country roads. We pass through farmlands en route to the country town of Colac, here you can grab a quick bite for dinner (at own expense) if you wish as we will arrive back home in Melbourne at approximately 7:00pm.

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Admission to Great Ocean Road National Park
  • Australian wildlife sightings, in the wild.
  • Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
  • Expert driver guided tour experience
  • Live tour commentary spoken in English
  • Free audio translation app is available in 10 different languages
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Melbourne


  • All Meals
  • Personal expenses

Departure Point

1: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
2: Apollo Bay VIC 3233, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant and child seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair, prams or stroller accessible please do not bring on tour.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • For your safety, we have implemented comprehensive hygiene measures and increased regular sanitation. Guests will be asked to check-in by scanning the QR code during the on-boarding stage for contact tracing purposes.


91 Reviews

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Louise K April 2020

Great day trip, it was the highlight of our trip to Melbourne. The whole day was excellently organised, long but well worth it, I even saw Koala bears in the wild! Our guide Kurt, was knowledgeable, entertaining and what more can I say it was a great day!!

Tracy F March 2020

Stunning views! This was a great tour. We were able to see so many places in a short amount of time (maximizing our trip). Admittedly, it felt a bit rushed (including bathroom stops), but our driver, Sylvain was very accommodating.

lynda k March 2020

Fabulous day trip stopping off at some very interesting and pretty locations. Made all the better by knowledge and patience of guide Alan. The 12/9 Apostles amazing. One more item ticked off my bucket list!

MARCEL S February 2020

Great itinerary. Friendly driver. Great experience. If you are limited for time recommend this trip.

Robert M February 2020

We chose this tour provider because of a review stating that it had more sights/stops to help break up a long but eventful day. That was great insight into the nature of the experience. I’m 100% sure we had experiences that were missed by other tour groups. Well done.

Raymond P February 2020

It was an early pick up at 7.15 and whilst it was a 12 hour trip the time flew in. Our tour guide and driver Maj was very good giving a running commentary all about the Great Ocean Road and at all interesting places and stops. We had around 6 stops from memory from morning tea/coffee to comfort breaks and 30/45 minute stops at interesting places and for lunch. The highlight of the day was the 12 Apostles which were stunning and the pictures taken with my phone and camera will ensure this memory will last forever. If you are in Melbourne this is a must tour. We were dropped off back in Melbourne around 7.15pm in time for dinner in Chinatown.

Briana G February 2020

This tour was a great way to experience the beautiful sights along Great Ocean Road in just one day. The group size is small enough to be able to quickly and easily get on and off the bus; making it possible to experience 8+ different stops along the journey. The town we stopped at for lunch had many different restaurant options to choose from and good shops as well to be able to pick up a souvenir. Great value overall.

Stanley H January 2020

The trip was as expected. The driver was excellent and gave out information where necessary. We visited the Great Ocean Road. Viewed the sights and we’re returned back to Melbourne at around 8pm. The trip gives an insight into the area but if you want more detail then a few days would be required

Kang L January 2020

I would recommend this trip to everyone. The tour guide Leon is fanastic. Knowledgeable and make comments on almost every tour spots when we just headed off. Professional and a really comfortable trip. He attended to everyone's needs. Have visited quite a few spots in just a day.

Roberta N December 2019

You think you go to see the 12 Apostoles.... but that"s only the end.... of a great day in the South Australia coast!!!

Hilary V October 2019

This was a great trip. Jim was out driver for the day and he was really friendly and funny. All told we were on the bus for 12+ hours but it was worth it. The small town we stopped in for lunch was very cute and the Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge were showstoppers. If you are taking the regular route (not reverse) sit on the left side of the bus for the best views of the ocean.

Lenka D October 2019

It is good choice for people who do not have more time to spend on Great Ocean Road. It is short but you will see the best places from the Great Ocean Road. But if you eant to spend more time at 12 Apostoles or any other place, choose longer journey or hire a car and go there. It is long distance for 1 day, therefore the timing is set only for short stops.

Danny October 2019

Long trip but worth every minute of it. our Guide and driver Louis from Wildlife tours Australia was very knowledgeable and informative, he shared a lot of information with the group. allowed us plenty of time for photos, comfy breaks and good locations for Lunch. Highly recommended

Emilien L July 2019

Really good Day but the bus is à bit unconfortable. Allan was so intersting. Thank you we Will send you some friends

Noel P July 2019

We traveled the ocean drive to the 12 apostles in a bus. We met around 7 am and returned at 7 pm. Drive during the day was very nice. You need to bring food to eat or if you are early you can buy food at the 12 apostles around 5pm. The driver Jack was informative about the area. We had a great time.

Donna C April 2018

Loved the tour and the tour guide. Mattey was the best!

Fatemeh K April 2018

An expert and very friendly tour leader and a great day. Highly recommended.

Oleg G March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Nick G March 2018

Fantastic tour and well worth the effort. Our guide, Brett, was friendly, informative, helpful, and got to know everyone on the trip. Pick up was on time and easy from central locations across Melbourne's CBD. Our tour got hit with detours thanks to massive brush fires in the area but we were able to see everything and it never felt rushed. Highlights: 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Loch Ard Gorge, rain forest walk, wild kangaroos, wild koalas, and Torquay beach at night.

doina.cara February 2018

An fantastic day trip from Melbourne...a bit too short since there are so many spectacular places to see..the 12 Apostles lookout is magnificent. Also we stopped to othe 2 lookouts on Great Ocean Road: Gibson steps and Loch Ard Gorge. The 30 min Rainforest walk
Was also great and the stop to Kennett River was a big surprise to see the King parrots and koala . The guide was very knowledgeable and a good entertainer...highly recommended to anyone traveling in that area.

Sesha N January 2018

Guide was very knowledgable and friendly.

krhenry January 2018

Although our day experienced some raindrops and wind, the coastline is magnificent and stunning. Seeing the 12 Apostles was even better than the pictures. Our guide, Grant, gave us plenty of time at each spot along the way and provided us with terrific information. I would highly recommend everyone visiting the area do this tour.

Glenn T K December 2017

All though a long day, it was worth seeing.

Ange December 2017

Amazing tour up great ocean road. Definitely a must do when in Melbourne long day but worth it.

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