1-Day Great Ocean Road Tour
$125

Itinerary

This tour shows you the best of the spectacular Great Ocean Road, letting you enjoy the scenery without the crowds. The amazing Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and Loch Ard Gorge with its tragic history are just some of the sights.

  • Pick-ups begin at 7.00 am, so it is a long day and we ask everyone to be prepared 10 minutes before pick-up
  • Once everyone is on board, we head out of the city and over the West Gate bridge, taking the A1 highway past Geelong and on to the township of Colac
  • Then we turn towards the south-west coast and make our way to the Great Ocean Road and our first scenic stop at the Twelve Apostles
  • Once at the Twelve Apostles, head out onto the boardwalk and viewing platforms and get your first glimpse of the natural limestone rock stacks and cliffs
  • From there, it’s a short drive to beautiful Loch Ard Gorge, and a walk on the famous shipwreck beach, where young Tom rescued Eva from the sea after their ship went down
  • After that, we head into the Great Otway National Park, which stretches from the south-west coast north as far as Colac and across to the surf coast as far Anglesea
  • We drive through rainforest along the scenic winding road, until we are back on the coast at Apollo Bay, stopping for lunch at Iluka restaurant
  • After lunch, you have time to spend exploring the town of Apollo Bay before we continue along the coast, which is known as the Surf Coast with surf beaches all the way to Torquay
  • As we make our way along the Great Ocean Road, we stop at the some of the look-out points and wander in the rainforest, among huge eucalyptus trees, to find some wild koalas and birds.
  • Continuing on to Lorne, we have afternoon tea and coffee, then go for a stroll along the pier, where the famous Lorne Pier to Pub annual race
  • We continue our drive along the Surf Coast until we reach the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, then head back up the highway to Melbourne, aiming to be back in the city around 7:30 pm.

Inclusions

  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and coffee
  • National Park entry fees
  • Friendly and experienced guide

What to bring
Dress appropriately for the seasonal weather and bring a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, swimmers, towel and a jacket.

Pickup points

7.00 am – Lords Lodge Hostel

7.10 am – Habitat HQ

7.15 am – Base Backpackers Hostel St Kilda

7.20 am – Nomads St Kilda Hostel

7.35 am – Urban Central Hostel

7.40 am – Corner King and Little Bourke Streets (in front of King Street and Melbourne Connection hostels)

7.50 am – Nomads Hostel, A’Beckett Street

7.55 am – Discovery Melbourne Hostel

8.00 am – Melbourne Metro YHA

FAQ

What bus do you use?
We use comfortable, clean minibuses, with air conditioning, which are perfect for our tour, but they are not large coach buses.

Why can’t I bring my luggage?
We are a backpacker company trying to keep our costs as low as possible to keep the price of the tour down. Adding a trailer for luggage is an unnecessary cost for a 1-day tour. If you are having trouble storing your luggage, email or call days before the tour for advice or assistance.

Do you have age restrictions?
Children are not permitted on our tours, due to the nature and length of the tours. Please check with reservations for recommendations.

Return Time?
The plan is to be back in the city between 7:30 pm and 8.00 pm, which of course can change if we are held up during the day for any reason and this may delay getting home.

What bus do you use?
We use comfortable, clean minibuses, with air conditioning, which are perfect for our tour, but they are not large coach buses.

Why can’t I bring my luggage?
We are a backpacker company trying to keep our costs as low as possible to keep the price of the tour down. Adding a trailer for luggage is an unnecessary cost for a 1-day tour. If you are having trouble storing your luggage, email or call days before the tour for advice or assistance.

Do you have age restrictions?
Children are not permitted on our tours, due to the nature and length of the tours. Please check with reservations for recommendations.

Return Time?
The plan is to be back in the city between 7:30 pm and 8.00 pm, which of course can change if we are held up during the day for any reason and this may delay getting home.