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The Gadubanud people are the traditional custodians of Apollo Bay and the Otways region.


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$97.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

After morning pickup at a centrally located hotel, get comfortable on your deluxe minicoach and head southwest along the scenic coast. Your knowledgeable guide shares informative commentary about the sights as you travel. About one hour into your journey, travel through Torquay, a beach town known for its surf culture and as the start of the Great Ocean Road. Next, enjoy a morning tea break at a beachside location before continue another hour to Kennett River where you take a short walk in eucalyptus forest to look for koalas and colorful parrots. Further along, at the foot of the Otway Ranges, have lunch in the beautiful town of Apollo Bay. Then enjoy free time to explore the shops and marina or take a dip in the water. Your next stop takes you into Great Otway National Park for a leisurely stroll at Maits Rest. A wooden boardwalk leads through lovely fern gardens and rain forest, with giant trees up to 300 years old. Hop back on the bus to visit Port Campbell National Park, known for offshore rock formations such as the Twelve Apostles. Next, drive to your final destination, Gibson Steps. An area of cliffs on the south coast of Australia. Your return journey includes a stop for dinner (at own expense) and stunning views of the lights of Melbourne as you cross the West Gate Bridge. Translation of key tour information in 13 languages is provided on specially configured iPods. Enjoy free WiFi onboard your minicoach, making the return drive a perfect time to upload photos or email friends about your fantastic day on the Great Ocean Road.

$91.54 Day Trips & Excursions

Melbourne to Great Ocean Road Trip with National Park Entry

Your Great Ocean Road tour begins with panoramic views as you leave Melbourne and cross the West Gate Bridge. You’re soon on the coast, passing world-famous Bells Beach, host of the World Surfing Championships.Relax on the drive as the winding Great Ocean Road hugs the coast, running beside a string of surf beaches to reach the seaside holiday resort of Apollo Bay. After lunch (own expense), continue your journey along the legendary Great Ocean Road to the limestone rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles. Once joined to the coast, see how the rocks have been eroded over millions of years into the craggy pillars you see today. Go for a stroll along the cliff top or follow winding beach trails at this beautiful wild and windy spot.At Loch Ard Gorge, hear how this dramatic landscape has a tragic side, as you listen to the tale of the British ship Loch Ard that ran aground near Muttonbird Island in 1878. The two sole survivors came ashore at sheltered Loch Ard Gorge, where you can read the plaques describing why this stretch of shoreline is known as the Shipwreck Coast.Your last stop on the Great Ocean Road is the seaside village of Port Campbell, sheltered by the surrounding cliffs and Norfolk pines. Browse the boutiques and galleries, or stop for afternoon tea (own expense) at one of the town's many cafes.Relax on the return trip to Melbourne, returning to the city at around 7:30pm.

$97.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Immigration Museum, Melbourne, VictoriaThe default pickup location for this tour is Immigration Museum (east-side), corner of Market St & Flinders St, Melbourne @ 7:45am.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: WWI MemorialWe stop to stretch our legs and enjoy morning teaDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Twelve Apostles, Princetown, VictoriaWe take time to admire the amazing Limestone stack formations with minimal other tourists around, also if you are keen to take to the skies and add a helicopter ride over the Apostles on to your experience then this is the tour for you!Taking your time to walk along the boardwalks and capture perfect photos of the Twelve Apostles in the morning sun is just breathtaking.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. Take time to walk down on to the beach and get the sand in-between your toes, or walk out over the top of the Gorge and find the Island Archway and Razorback rock formations.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Maits Rest Rainforest WalkWe then depart just as other tour buses start to arrive, we head Eastward along the Great Ocean Road, coming inland 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: Kennet River, VictoriaAlong the journey we will be making stops to look for Koalas hanging out in the wild, as they are exactly that, wild, we cannot guarantee where they will show up, but our knowledgeable guides know all the best spots to search for them.Duration: 20 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 minutes

$85.95 Day Trips & Excursions

Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Immigration Museum, Melbourne, VictoriaWe depart Melbourne from the Immigration Museum (east side) – Cnr Flinders & Market St, Melbourne @ 7:45am. If you wish to arrange an alternative pickup point, please call +61393931300.Duration: 5 minutesStop 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

$166.11 Day Trips & Excursions

Great Ocean Road Full-Day Tour with 12 Apostles, Gourmet Lunch

Your tour host will pick you up at your accommodation to begin your small group adventure along the Great Ocean Road. Travelling towards your first stop keep your eyes out for wild kangaroos before arriving at the gateway to the great ocean road, Anglesea where we will enjoy a gourmet morning tea on the beach (weather permitting).Journey through Aireys Inlet past the Split Point Lighthouse before arriving at the Memorial Archway built in 1939, marking the gateway to this famous drive that winds and hugs the coastline and cliff faces.  Take the opportunity to get a postcard shot of the Great Ocean Road sign hung from the Memorial Arch. Make your way down to the beach for your first coastal walk, keeping your eyes out for wild koalas and learn how to spot them in their natural habitat.Continue towards Cape Patton the highest elevation of this morning’s drive, the last section of the Great Ocean Road was complete in 1940. At the time, it was considered an engineering feat of the modern world supported by thousands of tonnes of boulders. Stop for an incredible photo opportunity before making our way to Apollo Bay.On arrival to the seaside town of Apollo Bay we will escort you to our reserved table at a local restaurant to enjoy our freshly prepared lunch. All dietary requirements will be catered for and after lunch you will have the option to explore Apollo Bay with its gift shops and cafes with time to buy an ice cream or wander to the beach.After lunch in Apollo Bay we make our way across the Great Otway National Park heading towards your next stop a beautiful bush walk through a temperate rainforest showcasing an ancient world once known as Gondwana.  Here you will see one of the best living examples of what dinosaurs would have seen 180 million years ago. We will also discover the amazing Mountain Ash the 2nd largest species of tree in the world reaching heights of over 300 feet. Be amazed by the wild Shipwreck Coast and world famous 12 Apostles Lookouts are next where  you will see the row of limestone stacks lined up one behind the other.  A thrilling way to see the 12 Apostles formations is from a scenic helicopter flight!  (conditions permitting.Loch Ard Gorge is next. Dripping with maritime history you'll hear stories of bravery & historic tall ships bringing to life these dramatic coastlines. As you descend into the gorge be mesmerised by the scenes of one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. You'll then round out an exceptional day with time to explore Island Archway, Salt and Pepper Shakers, The Razorback and Mutton Bird Island.

$191.83 Day Trips & Excursions

Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tours Combo

This combo experience from Melbourne allows you to save money by booking two bestselling tours at one price. The Great Ocean Road and Penguin Parade tours can be done on consecutive days or not—it's up to you. Penguin Parade tour:Depart Melbourne in the afternoon by coach, heading to Phillip Island. Visit Warrook Homestead for afternoon tea and get up close to kangaroos. Continue to the Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island, and walk along an elevated boardwalk where koalas are looked after in their natural habitat, sleeping in and munching on eucalyptus trees. After about 20 minutes here, it’s time to head to the Penguin Parade, where every evening at sunset, the island’s wild fairy penguins, aka little penguins, make their way up from the sea to their burrows on Summerland Beach. Watch as they waddle across the sand, a sight best seen from the Penguins Plus Premium Viewing Area. The time you spend here varies depending on the season and when the penguins emerge from the water. Your tour ends with return to Melbourne. Great Ocean Road tour:After meeting your driver-guide in the morning, depart Melbourne on the roughly 2-hour drive to your first stop, the Twelve Apostles. Stop at the boardwalk lookout for another vast perspective of the rocks. (Weather permitting, you also have the opportunity to take a helicopter ride over the coastline, if you wish, at your own expense.) After about 45 minutes, continue your day trip for more views of the Great Ocean Road’s golden sandy beaches and stark cliffs at Loch Ard Gorge, the site of the Loch Ard shipwreck. During this 45-minute stop, you also have time to visit Island Arch and Razorback, formed by the rough seas. A quick morning tea stop (own expense) at Anglesea and then an extended stop at the seaside resort town of Apollo Bay, where you can purchase lunch—perhaps some fish and chips—and enjoy it on the beach (own expense). Before the journey back to the city, make a 20-minute stop for afternoon tea in the seaside town of Port Campbell (own expense). Your day trip ends with drop-off in Melbourne.