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Great Ocean Road

west of Port Campbell on Great Ocean Road, Torquay to Warrnambool, Victoria, 3228

The Basics

The best way to take in this spectacular stretch of highway is by car or coach, with most driving tours departing from Melbourne and including a tour guide, round-trip transportation, and a visit to the Twelve Apostles.

Activities along the way may include wine tastings in Apollo Bay; wild koala-spotting in Kennett River; hiking along the shipwreck coast to witness the natural splendor of the Loch Ard Gorge; or pulling over at sunset to witness the Great Ocean Road at its most majestic. Day trips on the route can be combined with a stop at Phillip Island for the famous penguin parade.

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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
USD83.38 per adult
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Awesome tour
An amazing day! Tour guide was funny informative and friendly.Great rest stops Would recommend this tour, great value for money
Wendy_M, Jun. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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We had a wonderful time...
NancyYY_L, Apr. 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour Plus Koalas, Forest Walk And Morning Tea.
We had a wonderful time on the Great Ocean Road trip. Our driver Terry was very helpful giving us background information about our stops. He was caring about our safety when we got of the bus.
star-5
A very interesting tour with many spectacular views
PETER_T, Dec. 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour
Very spectacular views all along the Great Ocean Road. The mini van was clean, comfortable and aircondiined. The host and guide Orlando was charming and very informative.
star-5
Amazing tour
Anonymous, Apr. 2022
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour
Amazing tour Great Ocean Road is stunning With the reverse tour it wasn't as crowded We stopped at great spots for views plus meals Very organised & very informative Would highly recommend this tour
star-4
Plenty amazing stops within efficient hours
Abdul_K, Jun. 2022
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
It was pretty much everything that we expected to be. The tour guide was nice and attentive, she drove so fast and confident, informative and patient. All the stops were amazing, we got all photos and memories within efficient hours trip.
star-5
Brilliant day out. Great value.
Barry, Jun. 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour Plus Koalas, Forest Walk And Morning Tea.
This was a fantastic day, all from pickup to drop off. Very friendly and informative commentary. We did not realise that we would cover so much ground in a day excursion. When the company owner is the driver and commentator you know you are getting quality service. Would highly recommend this group to anyone visiting the Melbourne region.
star-5
Two thumbs up
Shauna_C, Jun. 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour for Backpackers, Students and Young travellers
5 star tour guide. Cam really likes what he does and you can tell. Great, short, easy to understand explanations with all the happy chilled vibes you need. Thank you Cam for the experience. Worth more than the money you pay.
star-5
Cam was friendly and...
Nisha_S, Jun. 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour for Backpackers, Students and Young travellers
Cam was friendly and knowledgeable. We made new friends on the trip and had sufficient time to explore the different places! Thank you Cam!
star-4
Scenic Tour
ChaiYim_Y, Jun. 2022
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
Nature's wonders, very scenic and enjoyable trip. Our driver cum guide, Matthew, is pleasant, friendly and jovial.
star-5
Unreal
jack_i, May 2022
Great Ocean Road Tour for Backpackers, Students and Young travellers
Cam was amazing , full of energy , very knowledgeable and made the day exciting even of it was all squeezed Into one day ! Was a perfect way to see the great ocean road on a budget !!
star-5
The Pictures Online Don't Do the Actual Views Justice!
Dwayne_M, Jun. 2022
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour
My family and my parents were visiting from the States (Colorado). We were dreading the 3+ hour one-way trip. However, once we got there, the views were amazing. Our tour guide (Brendon) was knowledgeable and fun. We highly recommend the tour.
star-5
Amazing experience
Neharika_P, Jun. 2022
Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle
Had a Great day. Drive was amazing. The private tour made the travel with my little kids very easy. They have even provided baby car seats. The tour guide was very friendly and patient.
star-5
Fantastic Great Ocean Road trip!
Yan_T, May 2022
Great Ocean Road Adventure - Private Tour - Reverse
Our experience guide cum driver is Brendan picked us timely at 7:30am. Refreshments at "The Lighthouse tea room" and lunch were provided. Lunch were really good at "Birdhouse". Tasted the award winning Dooleys ice cream . It was forecasted 90% to rain but we had a fantastic weather with very blue sky through out. We were lucky to see Koala and Kangaroo too. Was an enjoyable trip for the whole family. Reached hotel around 8pm. Strongly recommend!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours along the Great Ocean Road tend to run upwards of 12 hours due to all of the driving.

  • Renting a car and driving the Great Ocean Road is a great way to get to know the area independently.

  • Many attractions along the Great Ocean Road are accessible to wheelchair users, including the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge.

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How to Get There

The Great Ocean Road is set 150 miles (240 kilometers) southwest of Melbourne and 100 miles (165 kilometers) from Geelong. It takes about three hours to arrive from Melbourne by road. Buses from these cities service major Great Ocean Road towns such as Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay; however, a car is essential to take a road trip on the full 150-mile (243-kilometer) route.

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Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Ways to See the Great Ocean Road


When to Get There

In December and January, the road’s small coastal towns are especially popular among Australians from New South Wales and South Australia cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Crowds can often dampen the tranquil atmosphere of the route; an off-season visit can help you avoid both traffic and the scorching summer sun.

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Best Outdoor Experiences Along the Route

The waves off the Great Ocean Road are a paradise for surfers, who flock here from Melbourne, while seaside towns such as Geelong, Lorne, and Torquay offer whale-watching and maritime history. The Port Campbell National Park is another must, as is the Great Otway National Park—home to kangaroos, wallabies, and fairy penguins—and the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park.

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Great Ocean Road
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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