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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

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2,419 Reviews
west of Port Campbell on Great Ocean Road, Torquay to Warrnambool, Victoria, 3228

The Basics

The best way to take in this spectacular stretch of highway is by car or coach, with the majority of driving tours departing from Melbourne and including a tour guide, round-trip transportation, and a visit to the Twelve Apostles. Activities along the way may include wine tastings in Apollo Bay; spotting wild koalas in Kennett River; hiking along the shipwreck coast to witness the natural splendor of the Loch Ard Gorge; or pulling over at sunset to witness the Great Ocean Road at its most majestic. Day trips on the route tend to run upwards of 12 hours due to all of the driving and can be combined with a trip to Phillip Island for the famous penguin parade.

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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
$83.15 per adult
Trip
Best experience I’ve had. The guide Matt was awesome. Vehicle in very good condition. we’ve stopped in many different spots.
Jonathan_Z, May 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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Had a lovely day
TANJINA_S, May 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour
I liked our guide Gui. He is awesome. I felt like he was a friend. Also liked the fact that the trip was organised and the guide was very punctual
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Great experience
Sandra_M, May 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
The 12 apostles and Loch Ard Gorge as well as the chocolate factory at the end of the tour that was an extra to the main tour.
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A time to paradise
Zayar_W, Apr 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Jack is a good tourist guide and his service is very good. That’s a amazing trip to Great Ocean Road.
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Great experience and best guide
David_x, May 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour
Totally recommended. We were going to drive ourselves. Now I think tour is better. Jack our tourist guide was humorous and very responble , very fortunate to have him
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Great ocean drive with Ben
Karim, May 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Ben, our tour guide, is great and funny. He is very knowledgeable and kept us entertained throughout the day. It is a long drive, and for just a fraction of a price, these guys are doing an awesome job. Would highly recommend. PS- practice your singing skills!!
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Great experience.
Debra_D, Apr 2021
2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour and Platypus paddle
It was all great, tour guide, Walter from Around and About, the content and the accomodation. Highly recommend.
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Hardly recommend
Camila_V, Apr 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
I loved the experience, specially with the guide GUI. He was a such friendly , good vibe and nice guy...I hardly recommend this tour.
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Awesome
Jessie, Mar 2020
Great Ocean Road Sunset Private Experience
We had a wonderful day at the Great Ocean Road. The vehicle was very comfortable and Rob is a great guide!
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Great Tour!
gerdko2000, Feb 2020
Small Group Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Tour
The tour gave an excellent impression of nature and wildlife at the Great Ocean Road. The tour guide did a great job by explaining every detail of anything you saw. Great tour, great tour guide! Highly recommendable for everyone!
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Excellent way to visit the Great Ocean Road
larriaga2019, Dec 2019
Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle
Had a wonderful time visiting the Great Ocean Road. Melvin was excellent, he showed us great locations at our own pace and avoiding the crowds as much as possible. Vehicle was very comfortable, fully stocked with water and great music selection, which made the long trip very pleasant. This is the way to do it
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Amazing Great Ocean Road Tour!
doc_eph2019, Sep 2019
Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle
This was my first time to book an activity through Viator, and i am so glad i did. The "Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour" was an amazing experience. Melvin was a wonderful tour guide. He is friendly, professional, and knowledgable. His itinerary was well-planned yet flexible. Highly recommended!
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Value for money
Binusailaja_T, Apr 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Our tour guide Jack was good. He covered all the places as it's been promised. We went on a windy day and overall it's a worth trip for $99.

How to Get There

The Great Ocean Road is set 150 miles (240 km) southwest of Melbourne and 100 miles (165 km) from Geelong. It takes about three hours to arrive from Melbourne by road. Buses from these cities service major Great Ocean Road towns such as Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay; however, a car is essential to take a road trip on the full 150-mile (243-km) route.

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When to Get There

In December and January, the road’s small coastal towns are especially popular among Australians from New South Wales and South Australia cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Crowds can often dampen the tranquil atmosphere of the route; an off-season visit can help you avoid both traffic and the scorching summer sun.

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Best Outdoor Experiences Along the Route

The Southern Ocean waves are a paradise for surfers, who flock here from Melbourne in summer. Seaside towns such as Geelong, Lorne, and Torquay (the undisputed capital of Australia’s surfing scene) offer whale-watching and maritime history, while the monolithic rock columns of the Twelve Apostles are an iconic site known around the world.

For nature lovers, the rugged coastlines of Port Campbell National Park and the waterfalls and ancient forests of Great Otway National Park offer opportunities to see kangaroos, wallabies, fairy penguins, and tiger snakes. Snorkelers and scuba divers can also experience the underwater world at Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, an excellent place to swim beneath the rocks that rise above corals and kelp forests.

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Great Ocean Road