Take this must-do day trip from Melbourne for anyone wanting to see the Great Ocean Road the right way. Embark on a thrilling journey along Australia’s most famous coastal drive—the Great Ocean Road. Set out from Melbourne for a full-day tour by air-conditioned minivan, stopping along the way at the coastal town of Apollo Bay and Split Point Lighthouse.
- Spot Koalas in the wild
- Otways Rainforest
- Port Campbell National Park
- Twelve Apostles
- Loch Ard Gorge
- Outcrops of Great Ocean Road
We enjoy panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay from Melbourne at about 8.00 am as we cross the Westgate Bridge, the longest in Australia at just under 2.6 kilometers in length. As we make our way down to the Surf Coast, with its enchanting beachside towns and strong swells, we pass by and hear a little about Victoria’s second-largest city, Geelong.
We will stop just outside the town of Torquay for our first chance to visit the beach and enjoy a free morning tea. We set off from Torquay along the Great Ocean Road itself as your experienced driver’s guide offers an insightful commentary on the history of the road and its role in Australian folklore.
A highlight in itself is the scenic ride along the Great Ocean Road, as we take in some truly stunning coastal scenery, with new views being unveiled around every bend.
We make a number of scenic visits, including a photo opportunity at Eastern View’s Great Ocean Road Memorial Bridge, of course. We take a short side trip to the sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest in the township of Kennet River to find some of the local koalas in the native climate.
The koala population is especially powerful here and frequent sightings are guaranteed! With Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots still ready for a handful of sunflower seeds, we also have an opportunity here to feed the vibrant local birdlife.
We then proceed to our lunch stop in Apollo Bay with another photo stop along the way at Cape Patten. We will follow the Great Ocean Road away from the ocean and into the mountains after lunch.
The tour continues through the magnificent Otway Ranges, where we pause at Maits Rest for a walk in the calm, temperate rainforest. Our guide guides the group through the forest here where we stop to learn a bit about the tallest flowering trees in the world and the ancient species of rainforest. And then on to the world-famous National Park of Port Campbell and its iconic collection of rock formations.
The magnificent monoliths of the Twelve Apostles will leave you awestruck. Here, we also have the chance to take an optional helicopter ride into the air.
A further stop is possible at Gibsons Steps for those guests who do not take to the air. For beach-level views of two of the Twelve Apostles, visitors can go down the steps to Gibsons Beach below.
The heart of the Shipwreck Coast, the Loch Ard Gorge, is just down the road, where 52 lives were lost and only 2 souls survived the 1878 Loch Ard wreck. Your guide will say of the Loch Ard legend, bringing the gorge to life in a way you’ve never imagined before.
With more rock formations to see, including the Razorback, the Dumpling Pots, and the lovely Island Archway, we take the time to explore here.
On the ride back to Melbourne, a dinner stop is made before catching a beautiful view of the illuminated city as we again cross the Westgate Bridge on the way home. You’ll remember this day as a real highlight of your Australian holiday with a drop-off straight back to your inner-city accommodation.
Top attractions in Melbourne
Here are some top attractions in Melbourne you could visit and enjoy. There are, of course, dozens of attractions and landmarks in Melbourne worth visiting and learning about the history of this amazing city.
Puffing Billy Railway, cherished by millions for more than 100 years, is one of the world's finest surviving steam railways. Children and adults alike would love the wind in their...
The Yarra River has many picturesque settings to offer. A variety of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties are accessible on the river banks. However, there are parks...
Located in the heart of the city, Queen Victoria Market offers an authentic shopping experience. The market is listed as a National Heritage site, home to hundreds of small businesses...
Melbourne and Australia travel guides
Here are handy travel guides about Melbourne and Australia so you can learn a thing or two about these destinations. For a comprehensive list of our travel guides, please visit our travel guides page.
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and cultural capital, with buildings from the Victorian era and offering extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theaters, and large parks and gardens. Many of its almost 5 million residents are from diverse ethnic background as...
Australia is both a country and a continent between the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. The majority of the population lives in coastal areas where the largest cities flourish: Sydney,...
Top hotels in Melbourne
Melbourne has dozens of hotels of various star ratings, together with other lodging solutions, such as guest houses, hostels, and Airbnb. Bellow are some top hotel recommendations from our website. For a general hotel search, check the form at the bottom of this page or our hotel booking page.
Adelphi Hotel is conveniently located in the popular Melbourne CBD area. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night's sleep. All...
Set in a prime location of Melbourne, Hotel Grand Hyatt Melbourne puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The hotel offers a high standard of service...
Pan Pacific Melbourne provides comfortable and trendy accommodation with Melbourne city, Port Phillip or Yarra River panoramic views. Guests can enjoy the finest amenities, including a fitness centre, and the...
Offering a restaurant, day spa, fitness center and indoor heated pool, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD on Collins Street.
Park Hyatt Melbourne, a 5-star hotel, offers an award-winning restaurant, premium accommodation and spa facilities just 1.5 km from the city center of Melbourne. The popular shopping area of Collins...
Set above the vibrant Southbank district of Melbourne, Crown Towers provides spacious, comfortable rooms with city and Port Phillip Bay views. Each space has original artworks and bathrooms in marble.
Cheap flights and hotels discounts for Melbourne
The peak season for flights to Melbourne is May, June and November. The low season for purchasing tickets is July, August and September.
Melbourne is served by these airports: Essendon Airport, Tullamarine Airport and Avalon Airport. Direct flights to Melbourne are offered by 24 airlines.
Melbourne and Australia attractions and landmarks
Here are some of the most popular attractions and landmarks in Melbourne and Australia.