From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Full-Day Trip

4.5 / 5

75 reviews

Activity provider: Autopia Tours

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Full-Day Trip

Activity provider: Autopia Tours

From US$ 107.05 per person

Experience the world-famous Great Ocean Road with tales of shipwrecks and years past, panoramic vistas around every corner and of course the best views of the majestic and iconic 12 Apostles.

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Duration 1 day
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  • View the magnificent 12 Apostles
  • Take a stroll through an ancient rainforest
  • See koalas in their natural habitat amongst the eucalyptus trees
  • Drive along one of the world's most spectacular coastal roads
  • Walk along the famous Surf Coast beaches and sands
Full description

Begin the day with an early start leaving Melbourne city where you will drive over the Westgate Bridge towards the Great Ocean Road - one of the few places where the destination and the journey are the same things. Once you arrive at the Great Ocean Road, enjoy morning tea along the Surf Coast at your first stop, a perfect way to meet your fellow travelers and your guide for the day. As you wind along this iconic road, each twist and turn reveals new spectacular views of the rugged coastline and into the Otway Ranges that lie inland. To hear the history of the road and its workers as you make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as the Great Ocean Road sign.

Pass through quaint yet popular holiday resort towns before your guide takes you on a wild koala-spotting adventure among their natural habitat of the eucalyptus trees. Make your way to the historical town of Apollo Bay for a bite of lunch. Stroll the streets, meander the main beach, or try some unique and award-winning ice cream. After lunch, the road ventures away from the coastline and into the heart of the Otway National Park. Embark on a guided walk through the crisp, fresh air of an ancient rainforest. A truly magical part of the day as you're immersed among ferns and the world's second-tallest species of tree.

The journey continues through the rainforest before reaching the Shipwreck Coast, where you will find some of the biggest attractions for the day. Hear about the coastline's most famous shipwreck before stepping down into the gorge at the center of the story of the Loch Ard ill-fated journey.

Be towered by the sheer limestone cliffs that form the gorge as you stand on the beach or step into the cold waters of the Southern Ocean at the bottom before reaching the major attraction - the 12 Apostles. View these ginormous limestone monoliths formed by hundreds of years of erosion as they stand high and strong against the forces of nature. A true sight to behold and a perfect way to cap off the day before making your way back to Melbourne for the night. 

  • Driver/guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • National park fee
  • Guided rainforest walk (fitness level easy)
  • Wildlife sightings
  • Water refill station
  • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary - at the guest’s own expense. We provide plenty of opportunities for guests to support locals and buy lunch along the way.
  • Hotel transfers pre/post tour itinerary to a nominated pickup point.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.
  • Personal expenses.
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the Immigration Museum at 7:35 AM. Alternatively, if you wish to change your pickup location please contact the activity proivder.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Food and drinks
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Daypack
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • This terrain is not suitable for mobility-impaired travelers, wheelchairs, walkers, or strollers
  • Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely secured within a
  • child protective seat. They are free of charge and must be requested at the time of booking
  • 1 bag weighing 5-7 kg is allowed per person due to limited storage space in the vehicle
  • The activity provider reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary schedule during seasonal weather fluctuations and/or during park closures
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 75 reviews

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The tour is worth it on all levels! You get to see all the important points of the Great Ocean Road and can get a good impression of the diversity of the coast in a very short time. The time for the stops was measured very well. The guide was local and enriched this tour a lot!

December 5, 2022

We have booked the tour after arriving in Melbourne and we weren't sure if it would be worth it. Turns out to be one of the best experiences we had while in Australia. Wes was our guide and he was really amazing. He knew the best spots and was able to make small adjustments to the plans in order to accommodate some requests. He was able to keep us entertained - by telling us the story about the places, events that happened there and around Australia, and even some other fun facts. He is also very aware of the time needed in each point, and the trimmings in each place were perfect. I definitely recommend doing this tour and hope to get more experiences with them if we ever return to Australia.

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October 28, 2022

Beautiful tour along the Great Ocean Road, which is definitely recommended. We also made enough stops along the way to buy something to eat & drink and to enjoy/explore the landscape. The vehicles also all have air conditioning if it is too hot outside. Our tour guide Scott was also in a great mood and spread a good mood and also provided a lot of information about the Great OCean Road, as well as about Melbourne and Australia in general.

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April 7, 2020

Product ID: 91734