2-Day Great Ocean Road Tour
$235

 

Itinerary

Touring the Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic drives in Australia.

The road itself is listed by the Australian National Heritage and is rich with amazing sights, landmarks, and history – including the famous Twelve Apostles limestone formations.

On this tour, we drive the road in the opposite direction, starting from the south-west coast and working back, which allows us to avoid the crowds from other tour buses, and we get the boring part of the drive out of the way first, saving the best of the Great Ocean Road to last.

A two-day tour means we can take our time along the way, so that you will never feel rushed. The only timeline we have is to ensure we arrive on time at the Twelve Apostles for sunset.

The tour is packed with amazing destinations and activities as outlined below:

Day 1

  • Depart Melbourne and head to Victoria’s south-west coast (three-hour drive), stopping for morning tea along the way, with tea, coffee and biscuits provided
  • Arrive at Logans BeachWarrnambool, a fantastic surf beach (year-round) and also a place to see whales nurse their young (winter treat)
  • After shopping for lunch in Warrnambool, we head to Tower Hill, a large, ancient, sunken volcano in a National Park, home to koalas, kangaroos and emus
  • We drive for 30 mins to the Great Ocean Road and stop to look at the amazing sights (if the weather allows, we have plenty of time for a swim at one of these spots):
  • Bay of Islands
  • Bay of Martyrs
  • The Grotto
  • London Bridge
  • Then we head to the Twelve Apostles for a sunset viewing experience
  • After sunset, we wait for around 30 minutes to see the Little Penguins returning from their day’s fishing to their nests below the cliffs
  • It is an easy 10-minute drive to the Port Campbell Hostel, where we will have dinner (in summer, dinner is before the sunset trip to the Twelve Apostles)

Day 2

  • We leave around 8 am, after breakfast, and drive 10 minutes to beautiful Loch Ard Gorge, the scene of a tragic shipwreck and a heroic rescue
  • After that, it’s back to the Twelve Apostles to see them in daylight – here is your opportunity for a helicopter flight (optional but highly recommended at $145 for a 15-minute flight)
  • Then it’s off to Gibson’s Steps to see one of the Apostles from the beach
  • A beautiful one-hour drive through the Great Otway National Park takes us towards Maits Rest, where we will do a guided rainforest walk
  • We stop for lunch in the seaside town of Apollo Bay
  • In the afternoon, we wind our way along the Surf Coast towards Bells Beach, driving the original stretch of the Great Ocean Road that hugs the ocean all the way (about two hours of stunning scenery) – we may see some surfers at Bells Beach
  • Back to Melbourne (one and a half hour drive up the highway), arriving from 7.00 pm onwards

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at the hostel is in a mixed dorm room
    (to upgrade to a private room, contact us for prices and availability)
  • Dinner (let us know if you have dietary requirements)
  • Buffet continental breakfast
  • Afternoon tea
  • National Park entry fees
  • Friendly and experienced guide

What to bring

Please limit your luggage to one soft pack or bag, no more than 5 kg, as we don’t have room for lots of luggage.

Dress appropriately for the seasonal weather and bring snacks, 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

Images from Port Campbell Hostel:

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FAQ

What type of accommodation is included?
We stay at the brilliant Port Campbell Hostel and rooms are mixed dormitory style, sharing with 6-10 others. The rooms are large, clean and new.

Can we upgrade to a private double/twin?
There are limited upgrades available at additional cost (seasonal pricing, around $35 p/p and up to $60 p/p in summer). We will help you book a room, but cannot guarantee a double will be available for you. A dorm bed is always guaranteed.

Why can’t I bring my large luggage?
We are a backpacker company and are 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 2-day tour. If you are having trouble storing your luggage at your hostel/hotel in Melbourne, email me or call me days before the tour and we will help sort it out.

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.

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?
We are usually back in the city around 7:00 pm, which can change if we are held up for any reason and this may delay getting home.

What type of accommodation is included?
We stay at the brilliant Port Campbell Hostel and rooms are mixed dormitory style, sharing with 6-10 others. The rooms are large, clean and new.

Can we upgrade to a private double/twin?
There are limited upgrades available at additional cost (seasonal pricing, around $35 p/p and up to $60 p/p in summer). We will help you book a room, but cannot guarantee a double will be available for you. A dorm bed is always guaranteed.

Why can’t I bring my large luggage?
We are a backpacker company and are 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 2-day tour. If you are having trouble storing your luggage at your hostel/hotel in Melbourne, email me or call me days before the tour and we will help sort it out.

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.

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?
We are usually back in the city around 7:00 pm, which can change if we are held up for any reason and this may delay getting home.