Tour ID: 10024941
Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road at your leisure. Treasure your holiday memories as you journey with the group along this unique stretch of Victorian coastline. You are free to hop off and stop along this wonderful scenic tour and then rejoin the tour the next day (you must arrange and pay for the accommodation yourself).
The tour begins when you are picked up at your Melbourne accommodation in the early morning. The tour will first make a stop at a popular surfing beach for morning tea. Soak in the atmosphere and unwind with the peaceful sounds of the waves. Discover the history behind the making of the longest war memorial in the world at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. There will be another gorgeous beach visited, where you can feel the wonderful soft Australian sand on your bare feet as you walk along. Then go back to the vehicle and sit back to relax, as the tour follows the roads through the pleasant resort towns of Anglesea and Lorne. You can then freely admire the spectacular views from the iconic Great Ocean Road from the comfort of the vehicle.
If you're keen to see koalas, kookaburras and other Australian wildlife, then you'll have the chance as the tour proceeds slowly on foot through the area of the Kennett River. After all that fresh seaside air, you'll be ravenous and can have a filling lunch at the Iluka Restaurant in the gorgeous Apollo Bay, the midway point of the Great Ocean Road. After lunch, the tour resumes with a guided tour through the giant rainforest trees of Mait's Rest Trail, in the rare Otway Rainforest. Many beautiful birds can be heard as you take the wooden boardwalk through this peaceful place. Then you'll travel to see the limestone stacks that have formed the 12 Apostles, with the option of going on an exciting helicopter ride over this stunning natural wonder (additional cost).
You'll feel tiny and awe-inspired as you wander with the group around the base of the immense limestone cliffs. Step on to soft sand again at the beach as you listen to the heart-wrenching historical story about the Loch Ard Shipwreck. Gaze upon the Archway, the Razorback and the Dumpling Pots. London Bridge has fallen down, but you can still see it; or you can choose to see the Gibson Steps. Both places have beautiful rock formations to capture with your camera.
The tour concludes and you'll be transported back to your Melbourne accommodation by about 9pm.
Possible destinations to spend the overnight before continuing with the Great Ocean Road Tour the next day are:
Lorne - pick up at 10am the next day
Apollo Bay - pick up at 12:30pm the next day
Port Campbell - pick up at 16:30pm the next day
One restaurant lunch
One morning tea
Park entry fees
and free pick up from most inner city accommodation suppliers in Melbourne.
**Please note that the accommodation for the overnight stay is NOT included and needs to be booked in by yourself.**
Helicopter ride at the twelve apostles (~ $145 per person extra)
7:00 AM Daily
This tour returns Melbourne at approx. 9:00 pm on the second day.
Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Lorne and Angelsea
This tour departs daily and courtesy pick up is available from most inner city accommodation providers.
Approximate pick up times and locations:
Melbourne Metro YHA (78 Howard St, North Melbourne) - 6:50 am
The Nunnery (116 Nicholson St) - 6:50 am
Space Hotel (380 Russel Street) - 6:55 am
Discovery Melbourne (167 Franklin St) - 7:05 am
Nomads Industry (196 A'Beckett St) - 7:10 am
St Pauls Cathedral (Corner of Swanston and Flinders St.) - 7:15 am
King Street Backpackers (197 King Street, Melbourne) - 7:30 am
Holiday Inn (575 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) -7:35 am
Urban Central (334 City Road, Southbank) - 7:30 am
Coffee Palace (Corner of Grey and Jackson St, St Kilda) - 7:20 am
Habitat HQ (333 St Kilda Road, St. Kilda) - 7:15 am
Base Backpackers (17 Carlisle St, St Kilda) - 7:10 am
It is recommended you arrive at your pick up location at least 5 minutes before you scheduled departure time. If the bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes please phone our office using the number on your booking confirmation.
Warm clothes, sunscreen, camera and of course a BIG SMILE!!!
If available, child rates apply to Children between 0 – 12 years of age.
Please inform us about your exact overnight stay/stays during the tour and make sure to phone 03 9393 1300 to reconfirm your tour 24 hours before departure.
Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Angelsea
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