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Visit: Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge & the Razorback
Plenty of stops for amazing pictures
Informative and entertaining guide + live commentary
Great music and vibrant atmosphere throughout
A spacious, air-conditioned minivan with plenty of room
Stop to see koalas and parrots in the wild
Free bottled water
All National Park entry fees
Complimentary pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Exclusive access to locations meaning you can skip the long lines
What to Expect
Are you the type of person who enjoys breathtaking natural landscapes? Are you ready for the beauty and energy of the Shipwreck Coast? If you answered yes, then you're ready for this awesome Great Ocean Road small group tour!
With an early departure time, this tour avoids the crowds and guarantees a stop at at least four attractions, including Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps, The Razorback, and the Twelve Apostles.
You'll travel by minibus with a small group making this experience all the more magical. Bear in mind that you are going to see some of the most spectacular natural landscapes on the planet!
By heading inland early in the morning, the idea is to arrive at the attractions before all the crowds get there, with the first stop being the regional town of Colac. Here, you can stretch your legs and grab a cup of coffee before you set off to the 12 Apostles.
Here, you can make the most of these magnificent limestone formations' lookouts before the rush of other tourists, taking your time to marvel at the beauty of this one-of-a-kind natural wonder.
Hungry for more? A quick lunch stop in the lovely town of Apollo Bay will also give you the chance to take some amazing pictures on an enclosed beach, so be sure to pack the camera.
From here, a drive through the Great Otway National Park Rainforest will give you the chance to witness some of Australia's most amazing rainforest scenery, before heading back along the Great Ocean Road coastline.
Through Apollo Bay, your guide will share some interesting stories and facts about the city while on your way to the Kenneth River, where you will hopefully encounter some cute koalas and colourful parrots.
On your way back to the city, stop by the quaint-yet-chic coastal town of Lorne, to indulge in another epic beachfront view, before indulging your senses at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, and arrive back in Melbourne around 7pm.
You need to make your own way for pick up at 6:50am at the State Theatre on St Kilda Road. In case you prefer hotel pickup/drop off and a more spacious minibus, please have a look at the premium version of this same tour - or ask one of our travel experts!
Your tour at a glance
Winchelsea (15 Minutes): A morning tea stop. Head straight from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles, this is just a break to buy some coffee/breakfast
Twelve Apostles (40 Minutes): Get there early, beat the crowds of the afternoon and enjoy these magnificent limestone formations when it’s still quiet and peaceful.
Gibsons Steps (20 Minutes): Go down and walk on this amazing beach. Be dwarfed by the 70-meter high vertical cliffs and marvel at Gog and Magog, the nicknames given to the giant limestone stacks rising up out of the sea.
The Razorback (25 Minutes): This is the most impressive limestone formation of the region, the views are breathtaking!
Loch Ard Gorge (30 Minutes): Be amazed by these two breathtaking attractions on this stop: 1. The Loch Ard Gorge - tragic and incredibly beautiful story of one of the most famous shipwrecks in Australia. Walk on the beach and feel dwarfed by the magnificent limestone and sandstone cliffs 2. The Razorback - the most impressive formation of this rugged shipwreck coast
The Great Ocean Road (10 Minutes): Travel along the coastline on this most amazing coastal drive in Australia!
Great Otway National Park (Pass By): Drive through the national park and watch these ancient threes passing by.
Mait's Rest (25 Minutes): Enjoy a 20 minute rainforest walk and witness some of Australia's most amazing rainforest scenery
Apollo Bay Museum (Pass By): Drive through this cool coastal town and hear the stories and curiosities of the place.
Kennet River Koala Walk (20 Minutes): Try to spot the cute marsupials koalas and also take pictures of the orange-bellied parrots that hang around this place
Teddy's Lookout (10 Minutes): Finish the day by taking some pictures of this amazing Lookout at the top of the cliff in Lorne.
Frequently Asked Questions
The tour cannot accommodate children under 7 years of age, according to VicRoads regulations. Passengers who arrive with children ages under 7 will be refused to board without a refund.
There's a morning tea stop on the way to the Twelve Apostles around 9am, and then a stop for lunch at Port Campbell, before heading back to Melbourne. On both stops there are places to, eat and/or buy drinks and food take away. These are own expenses, as meals are not included at the price of this day tour from Melbourne.
By heading inland early in the morning, the idea is to arrive at the attractions before all the crowds get there.
No, this tour does not include hotel pickup/drop off.
There is only one departing point from the State Theatre (Arts Centre) on St Kilda Road, which is a 3-minute walk from Flinders St Station and Federation Square.
Children under 7 years of age are not allowed on this tour, as according to VicRoads regulations they must travel on child restraints, which are not available in these minibusses.
Passengers who show up with children under 7 years old will be refused to board without a refund.
A full refund will be provided if cancelled/rescheduled up to 48 hours before the start of the tour, no refunds or rescheduling after that.
In case of government declared lockdowns and/or flights last minute cancellations due to imposed government restrictions, an alternative rescheduling date will be offered or a full refund will be provided at any time.
- State Theatre
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