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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

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2,721 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 most 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; wild koala-spotting 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 can be combined with a stop at Phillip Island for the famous penguin parade.

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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
$81.18 per adult
Traveler Favorite
12 Apostles
No crowds as it was in the reserve direction. But seeing the 12 Apostles was the highlight. Loved it. Plus small numbers
David_B, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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Great trip and friendly guide
ChunKai_C, May 2021
Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return
Great trip to explore the great ocean road. Our tour guide is super friendly and love to explain the history and story about the sites and towns we have been. Lovely way to spend the day.
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Trip
Jonathan_Z, May 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Best experience I’ve had. The guide Matt was awesome. Vehicle in very good condition. we’ve stopped in many different spots.
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Small group Tour is the best!
Gary_b, May 2021
Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return
Tour matches their listing. Early start means sunrise over Bells Beach! Small group means less queuing for look outs, lunch and amenities. Also, easy 'hearing' in the small bus. Alot of Victoria is covered so really, you're getting a huge tour!
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours along the Great Ocean Road tend to run upwards of 12 hours due to all of the driving.

  • Renting a car and driving the Great Ocean Road is a great way to get to know the area independently.

  • Many attractions along the Great Ocean Road are accessible to wheelchair users, including the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge.

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How to Get There

The Great Ocean Road is set 150 miles (240 kilometers) southwest of Melbourne and 100 miles (165 kilometers) 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-kilometer) route.

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Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

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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 waves off the Great Ocean Road are a paradise for surfers, who flock here from Melbourne, while seaside towns such as Geelong, Lorne, and Torquay offer whale-watching and maritime history. The Port Campbell National Park is another must, as is the Great Otway National Park—home to kangaroos, wallabies, and fairy penguins—and the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park.

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Great Ocean Road