Small Group - 12 Apostles, Otways & Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne

Small Group - 12 Apostles, Otways & Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne

12 hours Southbank, Australia

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Our small group (8 guests max) will depart Melbourne and head straight to the famous 12 Apostles before the masses of people arrive. Here we will take a 1km stroll along the boardwalk while appreciating the stunning views of the limestone stacks before continuing onto another spectacular scene, Gibson Steps. We walk down the 70m cliffside pathway to the beach where there is plenty of time to take some incredible photos.

Next it’s time for a delicious lunch at our favourite local cafe before we’ll drive through the magical Great Otway National Park and take a 3km hike through ancient rainforests to the dreamy Beauchamp Falls (where the big bus companies can’t go).

Our next stop we will take a stroll amongst the giants of the forest at the Californian Redwoods before continuing along the iconic Great Ocean Road stopping at Apollo Bay for an optional ice cream. Kennett River is next where you’ll get the chance to spot native koalas, king parrots & kangaroos going about their routines.
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Stop At: Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria 3269 Australia

Here we will take a 1km stroll along the boardwalk while appreciating the stunning views

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gibsons Steps, Great Ocean Road Port Campbell National Park, Port Campbell, Victoria 3269 Australia

We walk down the 70m cliffside pathway to the beach where there is plenty of time to take some incredible photos.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Beauchamp Falls, Beech Forest, Victoria 3237 Australia

We take a 3km hike through ancient rainforests to the dreamy Beauchamp Falls.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Blanket Bay Road, Cape Otway, Great Otway National Park, Victoria 3221 Australia

We visit the giants of the forest at the Californian Redwoods

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Apollo Bay, Apollo Bay, Victoria

We stop at the beautiful seaside town of Apollo Bay for ice cream and a stroll along the pristine beaches.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lorne Beach, Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, Victoria 3232 Australia

Lorne or Apollo Bay for an optional ice cream

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kennett River, Victoria Australia

Kennett River is next where you’ll get the chance to spot native koalas, king parrots & kangaroos going about their routines.

Duration: 1 hour


  • The breathtaking 12 Apostles & Gibson Steps
  • A 3 km return hike to Beauchamp Falls
  • The towering Californian Redwoods
  • The Great Ocean Road with stops at the coastal townships of Apollo Bay & Lorne
  • A visit to Kennett River to see native Australian Koalas
  • Snacks - Organic Fruit & Healthy Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea - Freshly Brewed Coffee Supreme & Organic Tea
  • Entrance to Port Campbell, 12 Apostles & Great Otway National Park
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Rain Ponchos & First Aid
  • Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide
  • Unforgettable memories
  • Entry/Admission - Twelve Apostles
  • Entry/Admission - Gibsons Steps
  • Entry/Admission - Beauchamp Falls


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure Point

Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank VIC 3004, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortable trainers or hiking boots
  • Water bottle (1L)
  • Cash or credit card for lunch (around $20)
  • Warm layers just in case
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses & a hat
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Swimsuit & a towel for a swim in the ocean (optional on summer months)
  • Good vibes
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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


50 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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belinda28757 June 2021

My boyfriend and I did the 12 Apostles, Otways and Great Ocean Road Day Tour on the 20th of June and had the most incredible day!! It was straight after the latest Covid lockdown here in Melbourne and so it ended up just being the 2 of us on the tour with James as our super knowledgeable, fun and friendly guide! We had the best day and saw so many amazing sights from the 12 Apostles (James knew so many interesting facts here as well as at all of the places we visited!) the Otways, a beautiful waterfall and the incredible Californian Redwoods! We had lunch at a cute cafe along the way and plenty of time to stop and take it all in at every single destination. We packed so much into the day & got to see Koalas in the wild for the first time too! Wrapping up the day with a quick trip to beautiful Lorne with time to stop for a coffee was a perfect way to end the day. I highly recommend booking and having this experience for yourself :). This was our second trip with Hike & Seek and we'll definitely be back for more! Thanks James & Hike & Seek for these incredible adventures we have been having with you!

Travel56262804083 May 2021

Great day out on the Ocean Road. We had stunning weather and Mick was an excellent guide. The small tour group of 6 people and the small tour bus was good and we saw much more than the 12 Apostles. Due to COVID there were no crowds and the side trips to the waterfall and redwood stands added to the trip plus the koala sighting at Kennet Beach. this is one of the few tours still running in Victoria ad deserve to succeed. the lunch and coffee stoops were at small independent stores and both were very good.

Inge_S May 2021

Excellent friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great day . Beautiful area to explore. Highly recommended

F3462MXivana March 2021

Terrific day from start to end. Our tour guide Michael was extremely friendly & accommodating, he shared a wealth of knowledge and insight on the incredible history at each landmark. The day went incredibly smoothly visiting the twelve apostles and several other magical landscapes down the great ocean road. Highly recommend and look forward to booking the next one! Thank you James & Michael for fulfilling our requirements and leaving us with what was a very memorable day!

crockery February 2021

Lots of stops to get out and explore. Really stunning landscapes. All the benefits of traveling in a small group. Knowledgeable, nice and hospitable guide. It’s a long day (12 hours) and I was tired at the end of it. Happy tired. Very happy tired.

LDD2021 January 2021

As a Victorian, I decided to be a tourist in my own state for the Summer break – but I wanted somebody else to take care of it all. I chose Hide and Seek because they offered small group day hikes to some of my favourite places in Victoria. I did the Wilson’s Prom and 12 Apostles/Great Otways/Great Ocean Road day trips. Both trips were totally different, but both had a variety of walks and wildlife sightings in many beautiful environments. Our guide/driver, Shane, was knowledgeable and easy-going, and checked-in with us throughout the trip. I recommend Hike and Seek whether you’re an international or domestic tourist, travelling solo or with a friend. It was great to let someone else do the planning and driving! An uplifting experience with a cool group of people.

LEEYC00 December 2020

Michael was on time, helpful and really friendly! I had a great time today on this tour, highly recommended!!

Journey33311147766 December 2020

It was an amazing experience. Our tour guide was so friendly and kind with us.We learned so many things from him about all the places that we went to. And at the end of the trip, He took us to an ice cream shop, it was the best ice cream ever. Thanks Michael!!

Thatsmitcray March 2020

MUST BOOK! This was the highlight of our week in Melbourne. Not just a 12 Apostles sightseeing tour! This was MUCH more than that. First We we're picked up in a brand new van, which was super comfortable and roomy. James provided us coffee and fruit before we departed which was a lovely touch. We then headed straight for the 12 Apostles, which happened to be the most beautiful landscape I had ever seen. After that we drove to the Otways, where we proceeded to hike down to an incredible and secluded waterfall. From there we took a stroll amongst some massive sequoia trees, spotted some koalas, and took a dip in the Southern Ocean. All the while getting some local knowledge from James and some tasty food from some kind folks along the way. James was super professional and courteous. He went out of his way to make sure his guests had an impeccable time. He really takes pride in his work and it really shows! Would recommend to anyone and would absolutely book with Hikeandseek again when we return to Melbourne. Top notch service, experience, and value! I wish i could give it 6 stars!

devinamurao February 2020

One of the best tours I’ve ever been on in almost 50 countries. Not only because of where it takes you but the experience that the company gives takes it to the next level.

Mobile621033 February 2020

A long day full of wonderful experiences! Michael, our host and driver, was friendly, enthusiastic, genuine, and knowledgeable. The weather was not cooperative, unfortunately, with rain on-and-off throughout the day (Michael had rain ponchos ready when we needed them). We still managed to enjoy ourselves thoroughly and to get a real sense of the landscape and fauna west of Melbourne.

SaBre1383 February 2020

My husband and I went on this tour and had a fantastic day. Our tour guide was James N. and he was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. He was always making sure everyone was comfortable and having a good time. The snacks, tea and coffee (in reusable cups) was a lovely gesture. The bus was clean and comfortable and even though it was a long day it didn't feel like it dragged on at all. The group we were with (9 of us in total including James) were so nice and they were a really fun group to spend the day with. The 12 Apostles looked like a postcard and the Giant Redwoods in the Otways were spectacular. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit these amazing sites and more as it a really laid back tour with plenty of time to take photos and really soak it all in. What are you waiting it!

milamiaaa February 2020

We’re glad to made a correct decision. This activity made us good impression. We really enjoyed the trip. We visited some beautiful places. We never thought that we could go hiking in Melbourne. This really is an amazing experience.

fegharry February 2020

We had a fabulous day with our tour guide, Michael. He was extremely engaging and knowledgeable. The tour has a max of 8 people which means you get a very bespoke experience. Couldn’t recommend this more highly

801khanl February 2020

Shane was a great guide. We have seen the 12 apostles, Lorne beach, a magical waterfall and trees. Kangaroos, Koalas and a variety of birds were also part of the experience. The group was small, the car in perfect condition and clean. I can recommend this tour.

kjsierranevada January 2020

We had an incredible time on our tour and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to see this section of Australia. Our guide, James, was wonderful and really took care of us!

E2507ZNryanr January 2020

Guy was a great person as my tour leader and I really enjoyed the day with him, a beautiful soul and true OZ ! Very friendly and welcoming as well. Well managed for the places they took me and great spots which I never could find if traveling by myself!

chloethuillard January 2020

Great adventure off the beaten track to a breathtaking waterfall and forest ! In addition to the 12 apostles and some lizards spotted on the way,this journey was epic ! We especially loved the fact that it's a tiny group, which makes a friendly atmosphere perfect for meeting new people ;) Thank you for the tour ! Would definitely recommend going with this team !

Schweddybees887 January 2020

This was a great day trip where you get to see a bunch of sites! Shane was a great tour guide and gave my group ample opportunities to take pictures and check the sites out. Shane also went out of his way to get us away from the big crowds and see the sites. Highly recommended!!

I1789NEgaryw January 2020

James, Matte & Team provides a great experience to go view the 12 apostles. The weather that day was great and the route and group size we took was not crowded.

Udita P January 2020

I'm really glad I did this trip. We were 8 people in total. Phil was awesome and he made sure to connect with each one of us and made us all feel welcome and comfortable. The van was comfy, the coffee and fruits was a nice touch. We saw the Twelve Apostles from a viewing point and then went down to Loch Ard Gorge. We saw some huge California Redwood trees and hiked to a lovely waterfall. The drive on the Great Ocean Road was amazing and I couldn't have hoped for any better! I only wish we could have had some time to get in the water either at the waterfall or beach, but I guess the time constraints didn't allow that. Overall, a well-planned experience and a big thank you to the team :)

arntrip January 2020

We very much enjoyed our tour with Shane. We met at Hamer Hall. He brought water and snacks. Introduced everyone. We waited briefly for a mindless young couple. Shane gave us a nice chat driving to the Apostles. It was Very windy and exciting for all that. The hike through the rain forest to the Falls was all down hill and all uphill coming back. Shane talked it up and kept us together. We had a lunch at a neat off the beaten track place. And we saw a mob of kangaroos on a golf course (apparently they like golf and the golfers ignore them) Shane obliged the mindless couple by dropping them at a second lunch spot while the rest of us saw a beach, then we went back and waited to pick them up. They ate their greasy fries on the way back to town smelling up the van. But we met others who were interesting and fun. One a biologist studying forest fires, another a sociologist studying people's views of climate change. I very highly recommend this tour with Hike and Seek and with Shane. He was a consummate and delightful host, managing every occasion.

avizdebrancharre December 2019

The weather can be your only variable in this. Although the drive itself can be a bit lengthy it is worth every minute. James, our guide, was amazing and we can't thank him enough for his patience, good vibes, awesome music and for showing us all the beautiful stuff this tour can offer.

jackcB6128OT November 2019

Had a wonderful time on this tour. Our guide, Shane, is super friendly and have extensive knowledge of each attraction spots. Highly recommend this tour.
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