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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne
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icon10 to 13 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

Experience the spectacular scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this full-day guided tour from Melbourne. Admire postcard-worthy vistas around every turn of the coastal road, and pass through charming port towns along the way. Learn the fascinating and tragic history of Australia’s jagged ‘Shipwreck Coast’ when you visit the Loch Ard Gorge, site of a famous wreck. Your journey comes to a dramatic climax when you arrive at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder just as the sun sets (seasonal and weather dependent).
  • Great Ocean Road day tour from Melbourne with special sunset viewing
  • Enjoy the stunning coastal views and long golden beaches
  • Enjoy stunning coastal views while passing through the towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell
  • Step down to the beach at Gibsons Steps, the gateway to the Twelve Apostles

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Leaving later than other Great Ocean Road tours means this tour culminates in a spectacular coastal sunset.
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Friendly & informative tour guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pickup from selected hotels
All Fees and Taxes
WiFi on board
Meals & drinks
Gratuities

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Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 9am-10am (Apr-Oct) or 10am-11am (Nov-Mar) depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 10pm-midnight depending on the season.
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. See it all in a new light on this rewarding full-day tour. Your informative guide picks you up in an air-conditioned coach at your Melbourne hotel. From there, make your way out of the city, passing through the bustling port town of Geelong and the famous surf spot of Torquay.

Once out on the coast-hugging Great Ocean Road, you are treated to breathtaking views and constantly changing scenery, from expansive sandy beaches to rugged cliffs dropping straight down into the sea. Pass the scenic towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell. Keep a sharp eye out for wildlife along the way. You’re likely to spot koalas in their native habitat at the lovely Kennett River.

Admire the greenery of the Otway Ranges as you approach the notorious Loch Ard Gorge. Climb down a steep staircase to stand on the beach where the sole survivors of a shipwreck washed up in 1878. 

The grand finale of your tour awaits at the Twelve Apostles—a natural geologic wonder created by the erosion of cliffs over millennia, leaving a cluster of limestone pillars jutting majestically out of the ocean. Arrive in time to witness this jaw-dropping sight bathed in the fiery hues of the setting sun. Once the light has faded, hop back in your comfortable coach and relax on the return drive to Melbourne.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Anglesea
Take a quick break to stretch your legs and take a walk along the Anglesea River or beautiful beach. A favourite holidaying destination for locals, Anglesea is a classic Australian beach-side town.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
Photo opportunity. Hear memorable stories at Memorial Arch about the engineering feat that ended decades of isolation for the regions coastal communities.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kennett River
Look for Koalas & native brids in the wild! Have an extended stay here during the Winter months for a chance to grab some lunch.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Loch Ard Gorge
The history of the infamous Shipwreck Coast is revealed on the beach at Loch Ard Gorge!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Twelve Apostles
The world-famous 12 Apostles see these enormous limestone stacks from the viewing platform. Even more stunning at Sunset, your guide will arrive at the perfect time to watch the sun disappear over the sea.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please limit luggage to a small backpack weighing no more than 11lbs ( 5 kg)
  • If travelling with an infant, please contact Tour Operator directly and request infant seat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Bunyip Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne.

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Traveller Tips


  • "It's definitely worth the drive along the ocean road because the scenery is beautiful, but renting a car and doing it yourself seems like a better way to go." See review
  • "Lunch is at 11:00 am, and dinner is after we come back which is 10 pm." See review
  • "This is my second time to the 12 Apostles and the sunset view is definitely much better than going in the afternoon (IMO)." See review

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star-3
Rush throughout the day
Alice_Y
, Dec. 2019
Since it was the Boxing Day, I understand that the schedule got a bit late and rush. The supplemental dinner was not good enough, especially when we had to pay and had dinner in the bus/streetside. The bus had very small seats, it’s suffered to sit in for 3hrs.
star-5
Excellent
Janet_T
, Nov. 2019
Amazing day! Out of this world! Thank you! Jake our tour guide and driver was wonderful! Thank you too!
star-5
Great location, top service.
Discover49305353170
, Oct. 2019
We absolutely enjoyed our Full Day Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Sunset tour. The driver was brilliant & very informative, we stopped at several places along the way to take time for photo opportunities. I would recommend & love to go back & do this tour again.
star-5
Bell's Beach
jhring46
, Aug. 2019
Beautiful scenery along the Coast, but The Apostle's at sunset was over-the-top! Driver was thoughtful but clever.
star-5
Excellent service
Alexies_G
, Jul. 2019
The staff especially the tourist guide was friendly, professional, entertaining! She look after us and make sure everyone is ok! I recommend it 100 percent I’ll definitely book again from this company! Alex
star-5
Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour
micaelap352
, Apr. 2019
Great trip, excellent guide. The weather wasn't very good (low temp and high wind) but in the end that made the scenery more spectacular. Jake was knowledgeable, funny and took good care of us. Well done.
star-5
Worth it
Daniel_M
, Mar. 2019
Amazing trip, staff super friendly and well informed ( Nuddy & Terry(not sure about spelling)), all the time with information and the enough time to take pics. I will repeat with my family next time.
star-5
Great Ocean Road 12 Apostles Sunset Tour
Graham_D
, Jan. 2019
Great customer experience, chiefly down to a great bunch of folk, but importantly, our tour guide BEAR !!! He was excellent and kept the whole show on the road for 13 hours !!! Plenty comfort breaks and refreshment stops. Highly recommended, Graham (Scotland)
star-5
Worth the distance
Sheryl P
, Dec. 2018
We wanted to see the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles however wondered about our ability to survive the 12 hr day. The view is worth the trip. June was our guide and driver—he is just delightful! Friendly, knowledgeable of the sights and their history, and full of joy. June perfectly timed our sunset arrival at the 12 Apostles and as a bonus we were able to see many other beautiful places along the way. Lunch provided was good and refreshing. June provided ‘after sunset’ tea, coffee and cookies which hit the spot.Highly recommend this tour. Very long day however we’ll worth it. You can sleep the next day!
star-5
Fab trip!
Compass68971
, Dec. 2018
13 hour long day flew by getting off and on bus at great stops! Stroked kangaroos, saw wild koalas and brilliant sunset over 12 apostles. Ian was great chatting along with his co pilot 👨‍✈️ literally, my partner struggled with leg room on minibus luckily spare seat next to him.
star-5
Sunset Tour of the 12 Apostles
PeggyL637
, Dec. 2018
Ian was such a great driver and guide. Made tons of dad jokes which I enjoyed hahha! He also shared a lot about australian aborigines which made this tour very insightful as well. This is my second time to the 12 Apostles and the sunset view is definitely much better than going in the afternoon (IMO). Highly recommended!
star-5
Steve is the man! I'd definitely recommend this tour to everyone!
Andrew_R
, Dec. 2018
This was one of the highlights of my trip to Melbourne. The van they provided was spacious and our tour guide Steve was amazing! I went with two friends and we all would recommend this tour! A must if you are in the area!
star-5
Awesome
eleazarsamonte
, Sep. 2018
It's a good experience, it's a long long day trip but it's worth it. Wonderful experience. Bunyip with tour guide Jun.
star-5
A good way to explore!
Eva C
, Aug. 2018
You can enjoy everything along the Great Ocean Road by joining the Bunyip tour. Our tour guide Jun is very informative and helpful. It is a very long day which takes you almost 13 hours of ride. The experience is great with wonderful arrangement.
star-1
Go see 12 Apostles, which is...
Taylor_N
, Aug. 2018
Go see 12 Apostles, which is amazing, just make sure to avoid Duff Man who is not a good tour guide. He skipped stops in the listing, until the customers in the group corrected him. He also rushed the group through sunset at 12 Apostles and actually left before sunset. Given that this tour is emphasizing both the 12 Apostles and seeing that particular site at sunset to rush the group at that point was particularly irritating. Great scenery, bad guide.
star-3
Perfect sceneries, knowledgeable and hospitable driver, poor timing and uncomfortable vehicle.
VictoriaNguyen2018
, Aug. 2018
Our driver, Brett, is extremely knowledgeable. He went out of his way to serve us, and explained everything to us. He showed us many beautiful sceneries. The vehicle is however very old and looks like a 1950s model. The vehicle is so crowded and small for a 16 hours trip. Timing is poor. Lunch is at 11:00 am, and dinner is after we come back which is 10 pm. Our kids were so hungry. Each stops were just a few minutes long, so it wasn't relaxing at all. We would have liked more time to take a short walk at the rainforest or at Kenneth river.
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star-3
The Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles...
Laurie Y
, Jul. 2018
The Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles are absolutely stunning, but the tour itself was just okay. Our driver, Brett, seems to spend a great deal of time biking and swimming in the various villages along the way and was extremely knowledgeable about the area. We made some stops at view points for pictures, but often we would only have five minutes to hop out of the van, snap the picture, and then climb back in, and after awhile this became too tedious to bother with. Also, we stopped for lunch at a cultural center that basically involved a guy playing three different animal sounds on a didgeridoo and then showing us some hand-fed kangaroo. Lunch was served at 10:30am and we didn't arrive back at our hotels until after 8pm, so this was not a well-planned event. Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles were amazing! It had rained all day, but cleared up an hour or so before sunset, so we were able to get some brilliant colors and even a complete double rainbow, so the day wasn't a total loss. It's definitely worth the drive along the ocean road because the scenery is beautiful, but renting a car and doing it yourself seems like a better way to go.
star-3
The scenery is breathtaking - truly...
Lubomir I
, Jul. 2018
The scenery is breathtaking - truly a stunning place. The tour was fairly well organized with rest-and-activity stops every 1-2 hours. The first stop at a aboriginal wildlife park was a waste of time. I've been to a number of these parks in Australia, and this one was pathetic. They had exactly 1 kangaroo very cute and friendly, though, two anti-social wallabies, and two emus - that's it. So everyone crowds the poor kangaroo, trying to feed it. The company should find a better wildlife park, or skip this altogether and spend more time at the other stops, like the rainforest or the wild koalas and birds. It's a long drive, and the driver was anxious to keep us on schedule, but eventually it started to feel stressful. The driver was knowledgeable and polite, but I wouldn't exactly call him approachable and friendly. The bus was old, with a rough ride, and the worst part was that the windows were constantly fogging, obscuring the incredible views. Overall, though, this was definitely one of the best trips I've done here in Australia. By the way, it turned out that the prices people paid for this trip varied wildly. So it's worth to shop around.
star-5
Amazing! I highly recommend this tour...
Inah V
, Jun. 2018
Amazing! I highly recommend this tour especially if you're travelling solo!
star-5
Our tour guide , Chris did a good...
LaiYing_Y
, May 2018
Our tour guide , Chris did a good job on the trip . He was passionate with his job . Highly appreciated ! And we were so lucky to see the pretty sunset which was the magnificent backdrop for the amazing stones! Good timing !

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