Great Ocean Road Small Group Eco Tour
A must-do day tour from Melbourne for anyone wanting to see the Great Ocean Road the right way
When you’re planning your trip to Melbourne or the greater Victoria region there is one thing that must be included on your itinerary – the Great Ocean Road tour.
Regarded by many as a tourist highlight of Victoria, book your place on one of our Great Ocean Road bus tour & day tour from Melbourne and experience this magical part of Australia the Go West way! Learn more: Discover 7 Fun Facts To Visit The Great Ocean Road.
Your Great Ocean Road Day Tour includes:
- A truly scenic journey along Australia’s most spectacular coastal route
- The famous beaches of the Great Ocean Road’s Surf Coast
- Visit the delightful coastal township of Apollo Bay
- A guided eco tour in the Great Otway National Park’s cool temperate rainforest
- Experience the tranquil beauty of the rainforest gullies
- Towering eucalyptus trees
- Wonder at the famous rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park
- The awe-inspiring 12 Apostles
- An opportunity to view two of the Apostles from beach level at Gibson’s Steps
- Loch Ard Gorge – hear the story of our most famous shipwreck
- Morning tea (coffee/tea/hot chocolate & cake)
- Friendly and informative driver / guide
- Return transfers in air-conditioned comfort
- Complimentary onboard wifi throughout your journey
- Flexible fare – no cancellation fees apply for changes up to 48 hours before your tour departure time
What’s The Itinerary For My Great Ocean Road Day Tour Look Like?
Departing Melbourne at around 8.00am, we enjoy panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay as we cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest at just under 2.6 kilometres in length. We pass by and learn a little about Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong, as we make our way down towards the Surf Coast, with its enchanting beach side towns and powerful swells.
Just outside the town of Torquay we stop for our first opportunity to visit the beach and to enjoy a complimentary morning tea. Departing Torquay we set out along the Great Ocean Road itself, as your experienced driver-guide provides an informative commentary about the road’s history and its place in Australian folklore.
The scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road is a highlight in itself, as we absorb some truly amazing coastal scenery, with new views being revealed around every bend. We make plenty of scenic stops, including of course a photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View.
At the township of Kennet River we make a brief side trip into the sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest to locate some of the local koalas in the native habitat. The koala population here is particularly strong and numerous sightings are guaranteed! We also have an opportunity here to feed the colourful local bird life, with Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots always keen for a handful of sunflower seeds.
We then continue on towards our lunch stop in Apollo Bay with another photo stop at Cape Patten on the way. After lunch we follow the Great Ocean Road away from the ocean and into the mountains. The tour proceeds through the spectacular Otway Ranges, where we stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. Here our guide accompanies the group through the forest, where we stop to learn a little about the world’s tallest flowering trees and the ancient rainforest species.
And then it’s onwards to the world famous Port Campbell National Park and its iconic array of rock formations. You’ll be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the Twelve Apostles. Here we also have the opportunity to take to the air with an optional helicopter flight.
For those guests who don’t take to the air, a further stop is possible at Gibsons Steps. Here guests can descend the steps to Gibsons Beach below for beach level views of two of the Twelve Apostles.
Just down the road is the heart of the Shipwreck Coast, the Loch Ard Gorge where 52 lives were lost and only 2 souls survived the wreck of the Loch Ard in 1878. Your guide will recount the legend of the Loch Ard, bringing the gorge to life in a way you never imagined. We take time to explore here, with more rock formations to see, including the Razorback, the Dumpling Pots and the delightful Island Archway.
A dinner stop is made on the journey back to Melbourne before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as we cross the Westgate Bridge again on the way home. With drop off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.
Book your Place on one of our Great Ocean Road Day Tours From Melbourne Today!
Our smaller air-conditioned buses allow us to access areas the larger coaches can’t. They also allow for a more personal tour experience with the benefits of a small group environment. So come along and let our Great Ocean Road tour guides give you a value-packed day of outstanding sights, information and entertainment, with plenty of fun and a few little surprises along the way. Whether you’re looking to experience the 12 Apostles on your tour or get close to nature, there’s something for everyone on a Go West Great Ocean Road trip.
Call (03) 9485 5290 or book your place online with Go West now.
I am not a review writer but feel compelled to do so this time. The previous day, we had less than a good experience to see the Penguin Walk with the competing service, AAT Kings,… We will avoid them in the future. I was dreading starting a 12 hour plus tour again after a late return the previous night. REGARDLESS, DANIEL was a breath of fresh air and made the long day a complete joy. His Interaction with the troops was excellent as well as his demeanor and knowledge … we also enjoyed the facilitating the Helicopter tour for us over the Apostles. … I would, will use Go West again. I loved Melbourne and plan to be there again soon. Thanks for a terrific day.Andrew, January 2017,
I did the Great Ocean Road trip last week, and it was amazing! Not only were the sights breathtaking, but our driver – Ben – was very informative. He knew so much about the area, and was a fantastic guide to have for the day. I highly recommend this day trip to anyone visiting MelbourneJenny, December 2016
We took the Great Ocean Road day tour with fantastic tour guide, Adam. The tour was very entertaining and informative with spectacular views throughout the journey. Thanks Adam for a wonderful day & great memories!David & Chrissi, April 2017
Did the great ocean road tour and had a fantastic time. It was very engaging and the sights were beautiful. Thanks for a great day Cath!Siew Lee & Yan, February 2017
An unforgettable day with the amazing tour guide, Dave. Lots of laughs and interesting anecdotes throughout the day. Five star service and some awesome scenery too. Thanks for everything!John & Lisa, March 2017
We had a fabulous day on the Great Ocean Road tour with Daniel! It is clear that Daniel loves what he does and the Melbourne Great Ocean Road region! One couldn’t help but get caught up in his enthusiasm. The Great Ocean Road trip is spectacular! We enjoyed all the sites. We stopped often, making the 12 hour trip zip past! A great way to see the GOR. Oh, and we got to see koalas, cockatoos, and parrots in their natural environment, too. We enjoyed the walk at Mait’s rainforest trail! Overall, a great day!Visited June 2016
Absolutely the best way to see the Great Ocean Road. No worries, comfortable traveling with an outstanding Tour Guide/ Bus driver. (Peter) Morning tea and lunch included. Great stops with a variety of walks and things to see.Visited June 2016
Since my wife and I take tours all over the world, we’ve come to realize that your guide is as important as the exploration itself. Again, we were blessed to have another humorous, informative tour guide who really was just as much a highlight as the views. Normally, a 14 hour bus ride might be a tiring experience but Alex brought great fun…we couldn’t get enough on the Great Ocean Drive Tour!!! Each site and view was spaced out appropriately and we never felt rushedVisited May 2017