Tour ID: 10061761
The day starts with great views of Melbourne and Geelong before hitting the Surf Coast with all the enchanting beach towns. Next is the drive along the Great Ocean Road where around each bend is another surprise! Of course the finale is sunset at the 12 Apostles!
Departing Melbourne at around 10.00am [11am from November to March] 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 towards the Surf Coast, with its enchanting beach-side towns and powerful swells.
We make a brief stop at the town of Anglesea, for a chance to walk alongside the beautiful Anglesea River, before continuing the scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road.
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 break for lunch* (own expense) with an opportunity to stroll among the sweetly-scented eucalypts to locate some of the local koalas in their native habitat. The koala population here is particularly strong and numerous sightings are guaranteed. [*During the warmer months of November to March, lunch will be taken in the township of Lorne, before arriving at Kennet River]
From here we travel onwards through the Otway Ranges to the Shipwreck Coast and the iconic rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park.
Our first stop here is the stunning 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.
[If you are lucky enough to be travelling between November and March, the extended daylight hours allow us to visit Gibson Steps, where we have the opportunity to descend the steps to Gibson’s Beach below. This beach is renowned for its powerful swells and offers visitors an unforgettable view of the two enormous limestones stacks known as “Gog & Magog”. At this time of year, the sun sets late in the day, so we visit the township of Princetown for an opportunity to purchase dinner *(own expense).]
As the sun approaches the horizon we make our way to our final sightseeing destination. You will be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the Twelve Apostles. Enjoy a genuine spectacle watching the colours of the sky & the land transform in the evening light.
We break up the homeward journey with a dinner* stop (own expense) in the regional town of Colac. We then continue on, enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as we again cross the Westgate Bridge on the approach to Melbourne.
With drop off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.
*Valid until 31st March 2017
All deluxe coach transfers and commentary,
National Parks entry fees,
Free on-board Wi-Fi,
Arrive at the 12 Apostles in time for a memorable sunset.
Meals are at the customer's expense - opportunities are provided to purchase lunch and dinner on tour.
11 - 12 hours (depending on time of year)
10:00 AM Tue, Thu, Sat
9.30pm to Midnight depending on time of year.
Please contact us using the details provided on your booking confirmation to specify a pick-up point that suits you. If not staying in a CBD hotel, we recommend that Rendezvous Hotel on Flinders Street as a convenient pick-up location.
Pick-ups are between 9.00am and 10.00am most of the year, and between 10.00am and 11.00am from November to March. The tour departs after the last pick up.
A sense of fun and adventure, camera, swimming gear in summer, warm clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen.
Children fare applies to all children from 0 to 15 years inclusive.
Maximum 24 passengers per vehicle.
Personal audio translation service is available on request for selected languages.
Great Ocean Road, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Angelsea
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