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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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icon12 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 11 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Take in breathtaking sights of long sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs on this guided, full-day tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. See some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and Gibson's Steps, site of historic cliff lines. Bushwalk in Great Otway National Park and try out your koala-spotting skills. Travel in a deluxe mini-coach with a small group for a relaxing, personalized experience.
  • Full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, from Melbourne
  • Keep your eye out for wild koalas along the way
  • Visit Great Otway National Park to see the rain forest and look for resident animals like grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies
  • Admire rock formations including the Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Traveling by minivan means you can access areas off limits to larger buses.
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Friendly & Informative Guide
Pickup from Selected Hotels
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WiFi on board
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Meals other than as stated
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7:00 AM
Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 7am-8am depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 8pm-9pm.
Spend a full day exploring the natural wonders of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Your guide picks you up at centrally located Melbourne hotels in a comfortable, high-tech mini coach, where you join just a handful of other passengers for a personalized, small-group experience. Onboard narration is available in many different languages through the Go West Tours app.

The Great Ocean Road officially begins at Torquay, a famous surf town of gorgeous, sandy beaches. Stop at a beachside location before continuing through several charming port towns before stopping at Great Otway National Park, which boasts ancient trees among a semitropical forest.

The coastal landscape comes to a dramatic climax at Port Campbell National Park, where you can gawk at the Twelve Apostles—a grouping of massive limestone pillars that rise up out of the ocean.

The rugged cliffs along the Great Ocean Road once made for perilous navigation for vessels sailing into the port of Melbourne. Hear the tragic tales of Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast’ and visit Loch Ard Gorge, the postcard-worthy site of a notorious 1878 shipwreck.

Finally, view the Gibson's Steps for a dramatic example of the power of erosion. Take in the incredible cliff line and offshore stacks before continuing on your drive back to Melbourne.

Stop for dinner (own expense) on the return drive to Melbourne. Relax on the ride back to your hotel, or share snapshots of the day with family and friends using the coach’s free onboard Wi-Fi.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Torquay
Enjoy an included morning tea at the famous seaside town of Torquay.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
Take a moment to snap a photo of the official start/end point of the Great Ocean Road at the Memorial Arch.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kennett River
Spot some of the furry locals amongst the treetops! Your guide will help you spot the resident Koala Colony.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Apollo Bay
Explore one of the Great Ocean Road's most famous towns while grabbing a bite to eat for lunch.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Twelve Apostles
The most famous location on the Great Ocean Road, you'll marvel at these amazing limestone formations. Your guide will even take you to Gibson Steps for a chance to view them with sand between your toes!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Loch Ard Gorge
Explore the historic gorge and hear the story of the Loch Ard, which was wrecked here in 1854 with the loss of 52 lives.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Go West Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you need more time though I suggest renting a car and staying on the Great Ocean Road a few days." See review
  • "Highly recommend this tour, it’s a long day but worth it." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Don't leave Melbourne or Victoria with this tour
Llew_G
, May 2022
It was a spectacular tour. Aaron and the guide trainee Raquel made the day great. Everything was well timed and ran efficiently. For me, the highlight was seeing Gibson's Steps at twilight. I had asked about the Southern Cross earlier in the day, and Aaron remember and pointed it out. It was a day of spectacular scenery and interesting tidbits of information. I wish we had time to see and do more, for example a photo stop at one of the two lighthouses that we passed by.
star-5
Super tour guide Aaron.
Gus_T
, May 2022
Aaron our tour guide is great. He was very informative and patient. Making our experience super pleasant.
star-5
Aaron went out of his way...
Valerie_S
, May 2022
Aaron went out of his way to explain and show us different sightseeing points. We definitely had a very enjoyable time with him and will strongly recommend him as a tour guide to anyone wishing to visit melbourne
star-5
Great Ocean Road tour
Alfred_P
, May 2022
Aaron was a great guide. knowledgeable and entertaining. He went extra mile to bring us take a walk in the park, look for koala and beach. We have enjoyed ourselves. Kudos to Aaron.
star-5
Great ocean day trip
Indira_O
, May 2022
The rainforest walk and twelve Apostles was a great experience. Chris our tour guide was fabulous. A very long day, if the tour could be be made shorter by at least an hour it would make a difference. Well worth the trip.
star-4
Not as small as you think but a nice tour all the same
Kieren_S
, May 2022
Bert was a great guide who allowed us plenty of time at each stop. However, when you book a "small group eco tour", a certain type of tour comes to mind and this was not it. Despite this initial shock, it was a lovely trip out to the various spots along the Great Ocean Road with a fairly large group of people.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Kieren! It's great to hear that even though you were a little surprised by our group size you had an enjoyable day. We use the phrase "small group eco tour" to differentiate ourselves from the large coaches that also ply our routes. We are also ecotourism accredited, and although we are aware that some operators run with smaller group sizes we know that our price is very competitive in our niche. We make no secret at all of the fact that we operate with a maximum group size of 24 guests, so we hope that no one who does any level of research is surprised by our offering. Great to hear that you had a lovely day out with Bert & we wish you well for your onward adventures!
star-5
A must do tour
Afiqah_H
, May 2022
Tim was an excellent and attentive guide. We went on 18 May and the weather can be erratic and chilly at this time of year. Tim managed the group really well according to the rain and sun. He helped to look for a koala sighting when the group almost didn’t get to see one. Super enjoyable day overall, highlight has to be getting splashed at the Loch arch gorge!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Afiqah_H! It's not every day that we hear about a highlight being when you get wet, but it's great to know that this also helped make your day. Thanks for joining Tim on tour & best wishes for the next part of your travels!
star-5
Go west team was very...
Madhupreetha_E
, May 2022
Go west team was very well organized and managed to cover the key highlights with sufficient time to spare. Particular shout out to our tour guide Bert who was absolutely enterprising and kept a diverse group so comfortable .
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Madhupreetha_E! We're really happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with Bert so much.
star-5
Value value value
Paul_v
, May 2022
Every thing about the tour was top notch. Well organised. A good tour guide/driver. Wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your kind words, Paul! We wouldn't hesitate to have you back on board either and hope to see you back again some time soon.
star-5
Die Die Must Go
PuayYong_S
, May 2022
Awesome views at Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps, Green Coast, Twelve Apostles and Maits Rest. Guide Aaron was the icing on the cake. Made sure everyone had fun. Excellent service attitude throughout despite the very long day. Aaron made this GOR itinerary very memorable for me and far exceeded my expectations. It felt like a day trip with one's best friend. Very safe and steady driving skills too on the long winding road even at night. Commendable!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your commendation, PuayYong_S! We're sure that Aaron will be really pleased to receive your feedback, as we are ourselves, of course. Thanks again & best wishes for your onwards adventures.
star-5
As Name suggests it was great. Loved it.
SAJITHRAJAPPAN_R
, May 2022
Awesome trip.. enjoyed.. Beautiful sites.. Good food...Eric was our guide, funny l, friendly approachable, engaging, dedicated.. Don't miss this.. My advise to tourists 'please be punctual, if you wish to enjoy those views"
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Sajith! Great to hear that Eric was "all that & two bags of chips"! We'll be sure to give him a pat on the back. Thanks again & best wishes for a safe onward journey.
star-5
Informative and Beautiful
Sean_O
, Apr 2022
Absolutely worth doing. The journey is filled with gorgeous views and areas to explore. By the end you are going to have difficulties picking your favorite spot. Our tour guide, Chris, was incredible. He was incredibly fun to talk to and provided a ton of interesting details and history for all the locations we visited. He really helped to tie the entire experience together. A wonderful experience all around
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Sean_O! It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed conversing with Chris so much & that you found the information he provided to be so interesting. Thanks too for joining us on tour & very best wishes for your next destination & beyond!
star-5
Fun and Enjoyable Tour by Jon!
Terence_K
, Apr 2022
This is a great tour that allows people to see the key sights of the great ocean road in a day. Our tour guide is Jon, and it was a truly enjoyable tour. He is very humorous and he puts in alot of thoughts into the whole tour ensuring we get the best experience out of this tour. He matches his tunes in the car ride with each destination. He knows the key spots for great photos and great views! Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Terence_K! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed Jon's humour and DJ'ing skills. Thanks very much also for your recommendation, which is truly appreciated. Very best wishes for your onward adventures!
star-5
Fabulous tour
Alyssa_M
, Apr 2022
I went on this tour with my teenage daughter. We went on a day that was raining. Thankfully it cleared up by the time we arrived at the 12 Apostles. Chris R was our driver. He took great care in knowing all the passengers and making sure we were all having a great time. We were given the option to add a helicopter flight. He helped us navigate the que and we were able to get straight on the flight. Highly recommend this addition if given the option. Was great to have a day away from the city. Tour picked us up from right near our hotel and was a fabulous day out.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Alyssa_M! We really appreciate your taking the time to pass on your feedback and are really pleased to hear that Chris looked after you so well. We'll be sure to pass on your feedback to him. Thanks again & best wishes for your onwards travels!
star-5
Excellent tour experience
Gina_Y
, Apr 2022
Graeme, our tour guide, was very accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable about the sites and tours. The bus was well maintained and was a pleasant experience from both the cold and the heat. The tour was timely and lots of stops along the way with lots to explore and eat. We also received complimentary tea and cakes along the trip. Overall, this trip could not be better and was fantastic!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Gina_Y! We're really happy to hear that Graeme looked after you so well and that you found our touring vehicle to be so well maintained (pat on the back for our Operations team!) Thanks again & very best wishes for your onward adventures!
star-5
Spectacular road trip!
Fides_A
, Apr 2022
The tour was amazing! Majestic places and got the BEST tour guide, Graeme V. He cheered us up all throughout the trip and kept us hopeful that the weather will get better along the way. Surely it did! Sun was up mid our trip & everyone’s happy! Thanks, Graeme with the V!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Fides_A! It's wonderful to know that Graeme (with the V) helped make your day a special one. There's nothing like a bit of positive thinking! Thanks again & best wishes for your onward travels.
star-5
A fantastic adventure of a day
Tanya_L
, Apr 2022
A fantastic day out, despite the wet weather for the first half of the trip. Graeme was super friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole experience that extra bit more fun. Delighted to have spotted a wild koala, and some kangaroos during the drive as well! A long day, but a brilliant way to experience the Great Ocean Road if you don’t want to hire your own car.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Tanya! It's great to hear that Graeme helped bring some sunshine on a wet day!
star-5
Stunning views & fun, friendly, informative tour guide | Highly-recommended!
Jim_W
, Apr 2022
I've travelled along The Great Ocean Road three times in my life. Once when I was in my teens, a second time in my twenties, and now a third time in my thirties. I am grateful that I decided to join this tour because it was well-organised and our tour guide, Rachael, was friendly, informative and helped make the entire journey a very pleasant and enjoyable experience for the group and I am surprised we could fit in so many different stops and points of interest within a day trip. Despite being a popular destination, we had plenty of great photo opportunities at The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. One of my favourite parts of the tour was actually the rainforest walk and I was amazed by how enormous the trees are! Thanks Rachael!
star-5
Go West Great Ocean Road day trip
Diane
, Apr 2022
A very enjoyable experience, great to be able to sit back on relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery as our guide Chris R navigated the windy roads and shared his knowledge of each area.
star-5
Great tour, beautiful sights, friendly guides
MeiXingYuki_S
, Apr 2022
Bert and Amy were wonderful guides. They were friendly and knowledgeable. We spent enough time at each spot in order to keep the tour to within a day. The tour was quite long since I was the first to be picked up and last to be dropped off. I wish we had more time for lunch and skipped the rest stop on the way back to the city.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks so much for your review, MeiXingYuki_S! We're sorry that you drew the short straw with the pickup & dropoff run, but at least you got to spend more time with Bert & Amy than everyone else :)) Thanks again & best wishes for your onward journey.

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