Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne - Adults (age 13-99)

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, Victoria 3269 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 24 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • 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.


155 Reviews

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ManilleJoy_G February 2021

The driver was great during our trip and my father and I were able to have an amazing trip with the rest of the bus! Organised trip with enough time in each location. Thank you for helping my Dad and I have a great time full of amazing memories!

Rahul_R January 2021

Got to learn a lot from the tour guide (Alan), Had an amazing time! well calculated stops and just the right places.

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!!

muyrese March 2020

I enjoyed this day so much. Even though there is a lot of driving, all the activities really broke it up great. Sylvain was a great guide and really made the most of the day for us after we discovered the 12 apostles lookout was closed. We had the opportunity to do the helicopter tour instead and were able to spend extra time at the other stops. Everything was beautiful, even when it was raining. Highly recommend.

Iris_G March 2020

Had a short snafu on the pickup but everything was great. Kurt was a great guide and the trip was well worth while.

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.

Sinad_C March 2020

Really engaging and interactive driver. Learnt a lot about the history of Melbourne. Driver answered all questions. Left at 7.15am and returned at 10pm.

944ErnestoR March 2020

Very nice puntual and the driver very kind and useful, I met very nice people the trip is very enjoyable !!

Stephen_H March 2020

Very good trip well organised and knowledgeable driver guide comfortable mini buses and covered everything you wanted to know

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.

lizziehammers February 2020

A must had such a good day and Mike was brilliant and was so good. His knowledge was so good and he made the trip extra special

Lila_K February 2020

It was very nice to go to all the places but the time management was off. There wasn’t much time at the main places people wanted to see and too much time at the smaller less eventful stops

bobmanka5 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.

jayaarpee 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.

Anthony_M February 2020

Overall enjoyable.Duration of trip very long - some of the stops not very interesting - these could be cut to shorten the day.

DEECE-UK February 2020

There were never 12 apostles and a couple have fallen into the sea.Notwithstanding that we saw beautiful scenery on our journey along with a koala spotting stop. The driver and coach were good but on reflection perhaps we should have visited museums in Melbourne

William B February 2020

Alan was a great guide, informative and pleasant. Sites and attractions were worth seeing, with sufficient time at each location. Crowds were a little thick and flies were plentiful.

Companion660572 January 2020

The great ocean road expereince was awesome. Simon C was our tour guide and had a lot of knowledge regarding the area. We started out at 7:15 am on a comfortable 39 passenger bus. We stopped at several places along the Ocean road. One little town we stopped in for lunch was Apollo Bay at a fish and chips establishment. The food was good but it took a while for us to get out food. We only had an hour time for lunch and the restaurant we went to took 35 min. We were able to see Koalas in the wild which was amazing. The once we got to the 12 Apotles other than the flies it was a beautiful memrable trip. We returned going through colac and hearing about the farmning and logging industry. Over all a great trip and is well worth doing. The bus was compforatable for the 12 hour excursion.

378lizh January 2020

We did the Ocean Road trip in reverse, and a picnic lunch was included. We were fortunate to have LEON Dark as our driver and guide. He was fantastic, knowledgable and willing to go the extra mile to give his passengers a great day. This is a must do tour, to experience the Great Ocean Road, and if you are lucky like us, you might see kangaroos and koalas, parrots and cockatiels in the wild. A truly memorable day.

stanh11 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

peteo88 January 2020

It was a long day that was a bit whistle stop. Our driver lacked personality and friendly interaction. Despite that the scenery was lovely.

Sarah_W January 2020

It's a very long day but they do try to break it up so you don't go stir crazy and there was no WC on the bus. The scenery is absolutely stunning. I'm happy with the tour over renting a car so we were both able to relax. The place where you stop for lunch was ok with a lot of options but it might be worth a quick walk around since I got the feeling there were better restaurants in the area. Overall happy with the day & glad we chose the tour over a very long day in the car.
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