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Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The basics

There’s no charge to visit Loch Ard Gorge. Most travelers come for a quick photo stop or to walk one of three short, easy walking routes: the Shipwreck Walk, the Geology Walk, or the Living on the Edge bird walk. Mutton Island, near the beach, houses a colony of short-tailed shearwater seabirds in spring and summer, when it’s possible to watch thousands of them flying home at dusk to feed their hungry chicks.

Many Great Ocean Road tours and Melbourne–Adelaide overland journeys stop at Loch Ard Gorge. For a less busy experience, consider joining a reverse itinerary Great Ocean Road day tour, which visits the area in the morning rather than the afternoon; a sunset tour; or a multi-day tour with a stopover in Port Campbell.

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Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
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USD74.59 per adult
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I highly recommend this tour
Mick(driver)was amazing.He has a really nice hospitality.We really enjoyed this tour ,but he is more than the tour:)
Nozomi_N, Jun. 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

I highly recommend this tour
star-5
I highly recommend this tour
Nozomi_N, Jun. 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
Mick(driver)was amazing.He has a really nice hospitality.We really enjoyed this tour ,but he is more than the tour:)
Amazing place!
star-5
Amazing place!
Pamela_S, May 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
It was amazing experience in our 1day tour in 12 apostle. I love the place!! I want to go back there again! ❤️❤️❤️
Great!
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Great!
She_Q, May 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
Friendly and informative guide, provided us with lots of information throughout the trip, bus ride was comfortable as well.
Lovely tour and our guide...
star-5
Lovely tour and our guide...
Sikarin_R, Apr. 2023
Premium Great Ocean Road Day Tour: Surf Coast route 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge
Lovely tour and our guide is very nice. He is kind and can explain things clearly and fun. He recommended the good restaurants. He is very helpful taking care of us.
Michael our driver was...
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Michael our driver was...
Axana_A, May 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
Michael our driver was amazing, The journey was worth it, and you made it even better with your sense of humor. Thank you so much mick :)
Impressive scenery
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Impressive scenery
Mandy_M, Apr. 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
It was a beautiful day full of wonderful scenery. Mick the driver did a great job of pointing out the highlights and making sure we had plenty of time to see everything. It is a long day but we’ll worth it.
Amazing!
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Amazing!
Ellen_V, Apr. 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
The tour value is amazing! Mick is great! He is funny and very helpful and imformafive! He even bought us chocolate! Thanks Mick!
Awesome day & awesome tour
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Awesome day & awesome tour
Tracey_D, Apr. 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
This tour was wonderful . The driver/tour guide was very helpful and informative. It was a big day and we got to see the most amazing scenery and sights. The coach was very comfortable and Mick (our tour guide /driver) was an excellent driver and gave us a very informative commentary along the way. Had a fabulous day. Fantastic tour. Would definitely recommend.
Must visit
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Must visit
Baiansuluu_P, Apr. 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
Comfortable couch, short stops during the trip, Mick is a fantastic tour guide with a good sense of humor, really enjoyed it. Beautiful nature of Australia, must visit
Absolutely incredible experience
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Absolutely incredible experience
Shelisia_G, Apr. 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
Tour operator was very knowledgeable and easy to understand and also very funny. I left falling inlove with this side of Australia
HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND
MICHELLE_D, Apr. 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
Really great! We stopped in a few really good spots along the way, our guide knew everything and had some realy great and fun facts! Highly recomiendes and worth the hours to see the wonderful little penguins 😍
A must do trip for all the visitors to Melbourne
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A must do trip for all the visitors to Melbourne
Monali_J, Apr. 2023
Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge) 1-Day Tour
I and my mom took this one day trip to great ocean road and I was completely satisfied with the trip. Operator and co passengers were all punctual and so there were no delays and everything went as per given Itenary which was big plus for me
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Things to know before you go

  • Avoid standing too close to the cliffs if walking on the beach: Rock falls can be an issue here.
  • There is no wheelchair access to the beach, but both the Shipwreck Walk and the Geology Walk routes are designed to be accessible for travelers who use wheelchairs.
  • There are no bathrooms at Loch Ard Gorge. Plan a rest stop in the small town of Port Campbell or at the Twelve Apostles, which has accessible restrooms and a kiosk.
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How to get there

Loch Ard Gorge sits within Port Campbell National Park just off the Great Ocean Road, about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from the Twelve Apostles. It’s about a 4.5-hour drive along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne, but it sits just 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Port Campbell, which is a great place to spend the night. There’s no public transit so you’ll want to rent a vehicle or join a tour.

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When to get there

Loch Ard Gorge is open all year round, but is popular with day trippers from Melbourne on summer afternoons, especially during the weekends. Stay in Port Campbell and visit at dusk between October and April to watch Mutton Island’s flocks of birds flying home to roost—or swing by in the morning for a quieter experience.

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The Loch Ard Shipwreck

The stretch of coast between Victoria’s Cape Otway and Port Fairy is known as the Shipwreck Coast because over 700 ships met their end on its savage cliffs. The Loch Ard wreck in 1878 captured 19th-century imaginations when just two seafarers survived after the ship hit Mutton Island—Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael. The English-speaking world hoped the teenage pair would marry. They did not.

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