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.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Anglesea Visitor Information Centre, Anglesea, VictoriaOnce 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 minutesStop At: Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, Lorne, VictoriaA 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 minutesStop At: Apollo Bay Information CentreA welcome lunch break is taken in Apollo Bay at the end of the surf coast, with your choice from a large menu at a local cafe being freshly prepared for you. The cafe we visit can cater for a wide range of diet requirements, so if you are Veggie, Vegan, Gluten free, Jain, Dairy free, Lactose Intolerant, or even just a little fussy we have you covered but please do advise any requirements at the time of booking so we are prepared!*Note for tours departing from 1st April 2019 and beyond lunch will not be included in your tour price. We will offer you the opportunity to pre-purchase your lunch at a special price with our partner cafe or you may wish to find your own lunch at the many food outlets available in Apollo Bay – (45mins Lunch Break)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 minutesStop At: Great Otway National Parktill 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 minutesStop At: Twelve Apostles, Princetown, VictoriaOnce 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 minutesStop At: Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, VictoriaAlso 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 minutesStop At: WWI MemorialAfter 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