Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Trip from Melbourne

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From USD 102.32

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


Head out of Melbourne for a full-day small-group tour of the Great Ocean Road. See some of Southern Australia’s most beautiful beaches as you travel to Kennett River, where you can spot wild koalas. Stop in Apollo Bay for lunch, then take a dip in the Southern Ocean. Stroll in the rainforest at Great Otway National Park and travel to Port Campbell National Park and the Twelve Apostles where you cruise down the Shipwreck Coast to Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.
  • Full-day small-group tour of the Great Ocean Road, from Melbourne
  • Stroll around Great Otway National Park to check out the rainforest and native wildlife
  • Stop at famous rock formations including the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and London Bridge
  • Enjoy a more personalized experience with a small-group tour

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • National Park fees
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Personal expenses
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Immigration Museum
    400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

    Our main meeting point for this will be the Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne @ 7:35am. If you wish to arrange an alternative pickup location, please contact our reservations team on +61393931333.

Start time

07:35 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child fare prices apply from 0 to 12 years old. Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely restrained within a child protective seat. Infant protective seats are free of charge and must be requested at time of booking.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Our vehicles are not wheelchair, prams or child stroller accessible please refrain from bring on tour.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Only a small day pack per person with no more than 5 kg is permitted
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 39 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.

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106 reviews
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Great experience albeit cramped seating in back of bus
Sandra_R, Mar 2023
Seeing kangaroos & 12 Apostles. Coach was very cramped for 24 passengers. Couldn't see much from back seat in the corner. Guide was excellent.
Great Day on the Ocean Road!
Rebecca_T, Mar 2023
I was a little hesitant to book a full long day trip as a solo traveler, but I’m so glad I did!! It was a great day well spent! Lots of information detailing this amazing stretch of road. Plenty of scenic overlooks, gorgeous beaches and occasional surfers or jet skiers to fascinate. The stop at the chocolatier is a great place to fuel up with your favorite chocolate sweet, coffee, or ice cream- a treat for your eyes and tastebuds. Next on to the Ocean road for a full day exploring the 3 different sections and small towns along the way. Lunch in friendly Apollo Bay - neat place and the scallop pie was delicious! Our tour guide and driver Maj was wonderful-friendly, easy to talk to , ask questions and truly present for the trip, not preoccupied with other things or her phone. She did a phenomenal job herding our group of at least 4 different nationalities and a variety of ages and ability from place to place, always keeping safety of us all top of mind but insuring we had fun and saw everything. A great day well spent- I highly recommend any tour with Maj and a day on the Ocean Road!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Rebecca, Glad to hear you had an amazing adventure on the Ocean Road with our local legend Maj! I'm sure this review will make her day :) Thanks for sharing your experience, and happy travels! Kind regards, Luis - Autopia Tours
Great Ocean Road
Jenny_S, Jan 2023
The beautiful rock formations and the chocolate factory. It would have been nice for overseas visitors to see some Australian wildlife
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Jenny, Thank you for your feedback! We have a different tour that is more focused on wildlife, the Phillip Island Day Tour, where guests can see wild penguins and koalas :) Hope to see you again on one of our tours! Kind regards, Luis
Does the job
Vidhi_J, Jan 2023
Hectic but covers a lot. The stop at the national park for the waterfall hike was unexpectedly amazing. Would've liked it more if could've covered Gibson's Steps too.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Vidhi, Thanks a lot for your feedback. There is indeed a lot to cover on the Great Ocean Road, and we try to take our guests to the best spots so it can be a pretty long day. Glad to know you enjoyed it and hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, Luis
Erin_S, Jan 2023
Incredible tour! Steve was the best driver. We saw a Koala walk right in front of our bus! Helicopter tour was incredible
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Erin, You were really lucky to see a koala walking on the road! Glad to know you enjoyed the tour, Steve will be thrilled to hear that :) Kind regards, Luis
Enjoyable full day trip.
jennypennini, Jan 2023
A very enjoyable day from start to finish. Would highly recommend seeing this part of Australia, stunning!
Day long scenic trip
Marilyn_M, Dec 2022
This was a very long, but awesome trip. Wes, our driver/guide, was fantastic. He imparted a lot of history and information along the way and made sure he did lots of rest stops. The scenery was out of this world!!
It was a nice tour but...
Reeli_L, Dec 2022
It was a nice tour but too big group together. Too much time to enter and leave the bus at the stops. It was said it will be a small group tour but we had 40 people in a big bus. The guide was also a driver. Would be better to have a driver and a guide separate people. Air conditioner didnt work properly. Stops were nice. We also saw a coala!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Reeli thanks a lot for sharing your feedback with us. We apologize if the tour didn't fully meet your expectations. We do our best to keep the experience as personal as possible, and in a few cases due to operational reasons we might need to change / reassign the type of bus and the size of the group. I understand your preference for having a guide and a driver, but please rest assured our drivers are fully accredited tour guides by the state of Victoria and have a deep knowledge of the area, so I hope you still had a very informative day :) We will look into the air conditioning system as you mention it wasn't functioning properly. Hope you had a great day with us nevertheless, and glad you enjoyed the koalas :) Hope to see you again on one of our tours! Kind regards, Luis
Outstanding Great Ocean Road adventure
Donna_A, Nov 2022
The tour was outstanding and full Of surprises! It exceeded my expectations and visually was stunning, but the thing that made the trip extra special for me was the tour guide ‘ Brit’. She was amazing, full of energy but paced everything just right, she was full of fun but also incredibly knowledgeable and her music playlist for the journey was fantastic! She made the trip extra special! Great day
A good checklist your
Emily_W, Nov 2022
Amazing trip! Very good if you’re looking to see the main sites, tour guide was funny & full of information! Would say there was more than 15 people on my bus so not exactly a small tour but it didn’t effect anything. Could of done with having a bit longer at each site but understandably it’s a long day out and you want to get back at a reasonable hour.
EPIC experience ~ exceeding expectations!!!
Jenelle_G, Nov 2022
I brought a book, iPad, music and plenty of snacks expecting to be bored and stuck in a dark, cramped bus for 12 hours. This was absolutely not the case. Our guide was Wes and he made this tour a phenomenal, memorable experience from beginning to end! The big windows on the bus allowed for beautiful, scenic views and Wes’s commentary kept the group engaged and well informed of local happenings, insights and history. His music playlist filled the gaps between stories, I couldn’t have chosen a better mix of bangers that appealed to all and had everyone singing along! We made several stops for snacks, restrooms and remarkable sites; Wes guiding us to the best spots and offering to take pictures and answer questions. Completely unexpected was seeing wild koalas, Australian king parrots, Rosellas, Sulphur-crested cockatoos and we even got to see a mob of about 50 kangaroos jumping along in a field! #blessed Wes had a timetable to keep however he never made anyone to feel rushed or uncomfortable. At the end of the 13 hour day, exhausted from the EPIC experience, I didn’t want it to end!
A tour that is a must do for visitors.
Petra_S, Oct 2022
It was as supposed to rain and thunder all day, but ended up being a lovely day. Seeing the Koalas, birds and beautiful rainforest and then being able to walk down into the Gorge, was just awesome. The visit to the chocolate factory was a welcome bonus. Madge was a phenomenal guide sharing the wonderful stories about the construction of the road and other history associated with it. We had an absolute blast.
Great Day Out
Peter_A, Oct 2022
Enjoyable way to see the iconic Great Ocean Road by not having to drive and the advantage of an experienced and fun guide(Peter) to look after us. Meeting people from other countries was a bonus. The weather was perfect so a great day out for us.
Twelve apostles
Lori_C, Mar 2020
Beautiful scenery, nice pace, great guide and really enjoyable day. We had 7 stops in total and each one was worthy of our time. Our only regret was that we didn’t take the two or three day journey from Melbourne to Adelaide.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Hi Lori, and thank you for your review! Great to hear you enjoyed the day and we hope to see you again, perhaps in Sydney or Perth? :)
We can’t identify; we were quite uncomfortable during this trip!
suzymarquez, Feb 2020
It was a very hot summer’s day on our trip. We felt that our transport was outdated with the air-conditioning barely coping and neither was the “promised” wifi working adequately.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Hi Suzy, and thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We appreciate your feedback and will take it on board to develop our tours! We wish you enjoyable travels in down under!
Not to be missed
tallelaine, Feb 2020
Wonderful trip. Our guide Kurt was very experienced. He totally outlined our day so we knew what was coming up. The stops were all worthwhile and enjoyable. My husband is a tall man and found the seats rather confining.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Hi there, Thank you for the the feedback and choosing us. we hopefully see you again on one of our tours in the future!
Great tour. Bus could be more roomy
Daniel_H, Dec 2019
Our bus driver was very good. Very informative and interesting. It's a tough ask to get this much driving done on a one day tour so I was pretty happy with it. Of course, being a bus tour, you spend alot of time on the bus. My only issue was with the seating. Unless you are lucky enough to have a set of chairs to yourself, prepare to be a little cosy with the person next to you. Not a whole lot of leg room. Not a small group tour! To me, a small group tour is 10 or so. This was not Other then that I was pretty chuffed. The Otaway Forrest stop was very good and the views a long the great ocean road where consistently amazing.
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to write this feedback and for mentioning you positive and negative impressions. We are very happy that you generally enjoyed the tour and sad to hear that you were unhappy with our vehicle. In the end we always have the bus size mentioned, so our guests know what to expect. We apologize for any inconvenience cause and hope you had a nice seating partner to socialize with regardless!
Fun Day Trip Made Simple
Brittany R, Aug 2019
I enjoyed my day trip with Autopia Tours led by Tim. I was staying in Melbourne and wanted to get out to the countryside to see some of Australia's beautiful landscapes but didn't feel confident to drive myself. This tour checked all my boxes to see the ocean, rainforests, and wildlife while making it convenient to be picked up and dropped off near my CBD hotel. Our guide Tim made everyone feel welcomed and curated a full day of sights for our group. I will say that I definitely wish we had more time at each stop since each location is uniquely beautiful, but it was a longgg day so in order to squeeze in everything, it is necessary to stick to a schedule.
Response from Host, Sept 2019
Thank you for your review and feedback, Brittany! We are happy to hear the tour checked all your boxes and will take on board your wish to get some more time on the stops! Hope to see you again!
great experience
CaterinaC555, Aug 2019
We had a great day. Both the guide & the driver are nice and kind persons!! I will definitely recommend this trip!
Response from Host, Sept 2019
Amazing! Thank you so much and please come tour with us again! :)
Unfortunately we wont forget this...
Colin_V, Sept 2017
Unfortunately we wont forget this trip in a hurry. This small group tour was in a full 24 seater coach. Very cramped, no leg room and nowhere to put anybags so i sat with it on my lap the whole time. Our driver and guide ' Phil ' was very rude to a couple of passengers and also drove at a great speed. didnt feel very safe at all. A very uncomfortable day.We were prepared for a long day, but a total of 8 and 3/4 hours on the coach and only a total of 3 hours and 40 minutes visiting sites was not quite what we expected. A very disapointing trip. On the plus side, the places we visited we lovely and would love to go back and do it all again properly to see more.