Great Ocean Road Tour Plus Koalas, Forest Walk And Morning Tea.

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From USD 90.54

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 13 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the beauty of the Great Ocean Road on this full-day adventure tour from Melbourne. As you cruise along the coast in search of the best lookout spots—like the 12 Apostles—keep your eyes peeled for koalas in the wild. You’ll also go on a guided walk through a forest with some of the tallest trees in the world, stop for a swim at Apollo Bay, and visit Loch Ard Gorge.
  • Cruise along the Great Ocean Road
  • See the 12 Apostles from different angles including Gibsons Steps
  • Swing by Kennett River to see wild koalas and parrots
  • Treat yourself to lunch in Apollo Bay and dinner in Colac (at own cost)

What's Included

  • Everything included in the price including morning tea with the exception of lunch and dinner.
  • Lunch And Dinner

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • The Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
    44 Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

    Pick up from city centre hotel are agreed city centre pick up point.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Pick up from your choice of Melbourne CBD approximately 7am, location and times to be confirmed once booking completed 24 hrs prior to tour. NOTE: If you are a solo traveler or book the day before you may be referred to a convenient central location.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 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.

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A day at great ocean road
Eileen_G, Mar 2023
I am very lucky to have gone to the twelve apostles when the weather is nice and visibility is high. This particular viewpoint is highly weather dependent. The guide is very nice and explains the history and story behind every viewpoint.
A great tour!
Peter_S, Mar 2023
We had a great day and Adrian was a great, informative host! The landscape was amazing 🤩, the Apostles and Mountain Ash gorgeous. Lunch at Apollo Bay was very good, we had plenty of choices there. Would highly recommend this tour.
Great day with a great host Steve
Jessica_M, Mar 2023
Had the best day with Steve our tour guide, he was really lovely and had a lot of interesting facts to fill our time on the bus, you could really tell he loved his home and he wanted to ensure we all had the best time in his home area, which we did thanks to him! The day would not have been the same if we didn’t have all the history to go with it so thank you Steve! We also had Paul along with us who also was lovely and helpful answering all the questions we had. Thanks
Joe was a fantastic...
Steen_R, Mar 2023
Joe was a fantastic driver and guide. The lookout’s phenomenal and we saw a koala - I will do the trip again. Steen
Shirley_B, Mar 2023
The views were beautiful, was not disappointed with anything on the trip. Plenty of breaks on the way at different places.
Must do while in Melbourne!
Lene_S, Mar 2023
Hightlight was probably seeing a koala in the wild, and also the 12 apostles were amazing! You feel like you get to see so much in just one day. And our guide Adrian was such a good guide with great knowledge and insights.
Beautiful cost line
Leonora_B, Mar 2023
What an adventure this was. The guide was fantastic! We saw so much and we learned go much. We definitely would like to come back and explore some more.
Amazing vistas with an...
WilliamJ_S, Mar 2023
Amazing vistas with an amazing tour guide Warren of Wine Hop and Coastal Tours. He went above and beyond to see all the beautiful sites along the way and see koalas and kangaroos in their natural environment. Exceptional. Cathy and Bill
Unsafe , uncaring company
Karen_B, Mar 2023
Last stop to be picked up on on bus so ended up sitting in the left back one person lower seat without a neck rest. I was the only one with a chair like this. In case there was an accident I would have suffered whiplash or death from a brain injury. I asked at our first stop 1.5 hrs in to be moved to one of the other 2 buses travelling today but told they were full and the bus was safe. I cried saying you wouldn't buy a car without a neck support as you know it is unsafe so I want you to suppy me with a taxi back to melbourne and driver said he didn't know if company would pay. He said he could ask another person to switch I said no you can't put another person at risk, he said he'd say I was sick and ask for a switch. It was a too small bus no leg room and we were squat for 13.5 hrs. He asked to switch and One woman refused when she saw the seat but a young girl agreed and the switch was made. The company should value human lives and stop putting us at risk to sell a unsafe seat. I do not recommend this companty.The bus had no shocks in their springs and we literally in the back row on the right side of the bys that II moved to, flew up off the seat every bump and my husband is just recovering from a bad back. All of this ruined a very expensive and what should have beem an amazing day. All day I was scared for the young girl he had made sit in my unsafe seat I could see she was unhappy and kept switching back and forth with her friend in a safer seat.
Day well spent!
Christina_K, Mar 2023
One of the best ways to get to see the Great Ocean Road! Filled with amazing views that’s pictures don’t do it justice. With only 48 hours in Melbourne, I am so happy I took this tour. My tour guide Joe made sure everyone was accommodated and shared great stories along the way! Would definitely recommend this tour to friends and family!
Wonderful sites
Allison_H, Mar 2023
Matt is a great tour guide—funny and well-informed. He showed us the best photo stops and kept us on schedule so we could spend more time on the last and best stops. Highly recommend this tour company.
The Great Ocean Rd tour is a day you won’t forget
john_f, Mar 2023
Great day…the tour and guide were terrific. Gorge visit was the highlight. The Great Ocean Road is definitely worth seeing
Beautiful Sites; Terrible Tour
Spencer_A, Mar 2023
My rating is for the tour and not the sites. The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge are spectacular. They are truly breathtaking so see them even if you don't take this tour. Now, to my wife's and my experience on the tour: This was a 13-hour trip – starting at 6:30 in the morning and ending at 7:30 at night. This was primarily a trip to see the 12 Apostles rock formation and the Great Ocean Road. We did visit several sites on a very tight schedule. This being said, the tour schedule was so tight, sometimes only a few minutes were spent at each site. Also, even though the trip was advertised to start at 7:00 in the morning, the day before the trip, we received a text telling us to show up 30 minutes earlier than advertised, at 6:30 in the morning. Since we were tourists to Melbourne, and no restaurants or coffee shops were found that were open at 6 a.m., it meant that we had no coffee/tea/food/water supplies available to us by the time we boarded at 6:30 a.m. It's only fair to note that around 3 to 3-1/2 hours (approximate) into the trip, the driver stopped at a public rest area and we were allowed to make a quick walk to look at the water. At that stop, the driver handed out a commercial packet of a slice of banana bread and a small box of apple juice (6 oz?). Unfortunately, my wife is allergic to bananas and couldn’t have the piece of bread. The small box of juice did not quench the thirst, and coffee in the morning is important to us. Food/Water/Bathroom Accommodations: We had no stops for procuring food or water until 4 or 5 hours into the trip. Even then, when we stopped, the tour guide told us that the café close by to where we were stopping had terrible coffee and that they were very slow and told us not to get any. My wife stopped anyway and missed out on the 10-minute walk to see Koalas. (The café proved to have great coffee and quick service. My wife was so thirsty, and so glad that she made the decision to get coffee and a cup of water. The rest of the day was the same. We were allowed to stop for 40 minutes for lunch and had to compete with a lot of tourist buses to get our food, eat it, and get back on the bus. To say the least, the opportunity to have food and water was minimum. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the opportunity to eat lunch by the time the tour bus was ready to leave. We did manage to buy two small bottles of water though. While ww were very thirsty all day, we didn’t get really upset about the lack of food or water until late afternoon. The trip had been advertised as having a dinner stop. But the driver told us we only had one option for dinner because of the lack of available restaurants: either we could stop at a McDonalds or just drive straight back to be dropped off in Melbourne. He even let us vote on it. No one wanted to stop at McDonalds (surprise). Let me just say, we passed by many, many open restaurants. McDonalds was NOT the only restaurant available. The real clincher for us getting upset about the lack of water was when the tour guide promised that even though we wouldn’t stop for dinner, we would stop at a public bathroom and we would also be able to get water. Thirst was our primary concern and had been assured that this issue would be seen to. However, when we got to the public bathroom, we were informed that the only water available was from the sink in the lavatory. To say that we felt lied to and disappointed is a terrible understatement. OK, maybe we're picky, but we can promise you that the public bathroom was not clean, and we did not feel comfortable getting drinking water from the dirty sink in that dirty room. Also, the sink was so small, one couldn’t a water bottle to fit into the sink and get any substantial amounts of water into it. we were terribly thirsty at this point and were only able to get about ½ cup of water into a water bottle. The driver told us not to worry about the lack of water (11 hours into the trip). One-half cup of water should last us until we got back to Melbourne, which, we were informed, was only another hour away. Within a few minutes, we passed by a very nice and open convenience store where we could have procured water, and, of course, we were way more than the promised hour away. Even though the 12 Apostles site was well-worth seeing, comfort-wise, this was the trip from hell. Our suggestions for Improvement: Due to the time involved, only three stops were worthwhile during the trip, Maits Rainforest Walk, the Twelve Apostles, and Loch Ard Gorge. After picking up all the passengers, there should be an immediate explanation of the day’s itinerary, indicating the length of the drive involved before arriving at the destinations. An initial stop should be made to allow passengers to acquire food and beverages for the drive. Bypass the stops for the view of the beach, the short walk up a gravel road to look under gum trees for a koala, the sign introducing the Great Ocean Road, and the Apollo Bay 40-minute lunch. (These could be included and expanded into a separate tour for a surf and sand outing.) Take a more direct route to the three primary sites. Provide a picnic lunch box, and allow individuals to actually enjoy the three sites instead of having to engage in a foot race to quickly observe them.
David_K, Feb 2023
I have a very mixed opinion of this tour. I rate the driver and itinerary as 5 star. We were the last hotel to be picked up, so we had to sit in the rear right side of the bus. You had to be on the left or front to get good vistas of the ocean. This, we could barely see anything and this was a prime motivation for the trip. Extremely disappointing.
Breathtaking and calming
Emma_W, Feb 2023
Meeting new friends, visit places you will only see once! The different places was breathtaking!! Also the road we were driving on along the coast was sooo beautiful and really calming. We had great weather, think that’s a big plus when you’re doing this trip
Excellent tripp. My most...
Elisabeth_N, Feb 2023
Excellent tripp. My most memorable sight was when I met a poisonous snake on the way to take photos at Port Cambell national Park.
Great experience!
Sarah_H, Feb 2023
Great tour to see the great Ocean road from Adelaide. Our guide Joe was very friendly, funny and knowledgeable. Especially the last two stops offer amazing views and short walks!
Great tour guide with excellent knowledge of the historty of the places and beautiful stopping places
caroline_s, Feb 2023
Steve, our tour guide was excellent. He gave us a lot of information on the historty of the places we visited. Our stop off points were of beautiful scenery and villages.
Great day!
Kimberly_B, Feb 2023
Saw this koala! Loved the forest walk, which was unexpectedly awesome.Joe was a great guide, and we had a lovely day.
Excellent Day Trip!
Linda_G, Feb 2023
Well worth the money spent to take this tour. Each stop was well planned and interesting. Our driver JOE was amazing. He was very patient, informative and friendly. One of the best days of our trip so far!