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Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

By Wildlife Tours Australia
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Forget about self-drive and concentrate on the scenery of the Great Ocean Road on this day trip from Melbourne. Admire the sights from your touring vehicle and make stops and learn stories about this 1920s-built road that you may miss otherwise. Pause for refreshments at Anglesea, spot wild koalas, see the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge; and stretch your legs on a walk in the Otway Forest.
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Ages 0-99, max of 38 per group
Duration: 13h
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Highlights
  • Travel the Great Ocean Road stress-free on a tour from Melbourne
  • Skip self-drive and public transport to focus on the famous road’s scenery
  • See the 12 Apostles and other sites, and get insight you may miss alone
  • Includes stop for lunch (own cost) and select hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Admission to Great Ocean Road National Park
  • Australian wildlife sightings, in the wild.
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
  • Expert driver guided tour experience
  • Live tour commentary spoken in English
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Melbourne
What's not included
  • All Meals
  • Personal expenses


Start:
  • Immigration Museum (Museums Victoria), 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Our default pickup location will be Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne @ 7:35am. If you would like to arrange an alternative pickup point, please contact our reservations team on +61393931300.
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    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6121P6

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Infants and children do not travel free, protective seats are available on request at the time of booking
    • Not suitabled for wheelchairs, prams or stroller accessible, please do not bring on tour as you will be asked to leave at the hotel.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Most travellers can participate
    • For this tour we have a translation app that can translate all guide commentary to the languages listed above. The traveler just needs to ask their guide or request this on the date of departure and we can advise them of how to download and listen.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    How much is Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne?
    Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne price starts from AU$132.24. Discover and book Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne on Tripadvisor
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    • You'll start at
      Immigration Museum (Museums Victoria)
      400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
      Our default pickup location will be Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne @ 7:35am. If you would like to arrange an alternative pickup point, please contact our reservations team on +61393931300.
      See address & details
    • 1
      Melbourne
      Stop: 2 hours
      See details
    • 2
      Anglesea Visitor Information Centre
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • 3
      Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • 4
      Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • 5
      Great Otway National Park
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • 6
      Loch Ard Gorge
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • 7
      Twelve Apostles
      Stop: 2 hours
      See details
    • 8
      WWI Memorial
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • 9
      Melbourne
      Stop: 2 hours
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    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Wildlife Tours Australia
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      Philip island review
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      Written 23 February 2024
    • 171douglass
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      Wonderful experience!
      The koala reserve was wonderful, as was the penguin parade. The only down point was that the driver was somewhat grouchy.
      Written 22 February 2024
    • douglasbG1709IJ
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      A Wonderful Experience and a Wonderful Guide
      This tour may well be the best run and most enjoyable excursion we have ever been a part of. Our tour to the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians National Park began on Feb 15th. On Feb 14th, very sadly, the Grampians region was hit by a wind storm and powerful thunderstorms which tore up trees and ignited forest fires with many homes lost as the region dealt with one of it's biggest emergencies in years. In the hours leading up to the beginning of the tour we received an email advising us that the situation regarding our itinerary was very fluid and that visiting the Grampians would likely not be possible. Our incredible guide, Janet "J-Dog" Archibald, in consultation with Wildlife Tours took this bag of lemons that fate had handed us and made the best lemonade ever. She recast this setback as an opportunity to explore some locations that we would not normally have time to see. Janet knows the state of Victoria like the back of her hand and we were all swept up by her enthusiasm as she told story after story and got us to amazing locations with time to explore at length. By the end of the first day our group had become the best of friends and this tour was the highlight of our time in Australia. I highly recommend this tour and our guide Janet. On day three we were joined by Chris who also knows his stuff and made our trip memorable.
      Written 18 February 2024
    • helenmG9171EO
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      Grampians day trip
      A great day trip from Melbourne! It was a long day but very worth the beautiful views, walks and wildlife! Our group saw both kangaroos and emus!
      Written 7 February 2024
    • vincentpR9480RH
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      Highly recommended for nature lovers
      With great landscapes (mountains, valleys, forests, waterfalls) and some wildlife sightings (kangaroos, emus, cockatoo etc.), this day trip to the Grampians National Park is definitely one of the top things to do when in Melbourne! Our guide (named Wes) was also fantastic and had a great knowledge (past and present) of the area (mines, farms, forests, mountains, wildlife etc.) including some interesting trivia (the gold rush and Bush Rangers, the construction of the roads and the renewable energy challenge, the great dingo fence or the handling of bushfires and damaged trees... to name just a few)!
      Written 6 February 2024
    • inesar2018
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      Breathtaking views
      Awesome trip! Breathtaking views. Hills, lakes and waterfalls. We saw mobs of wild kangaroos, emus and parrots. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting stuff with us about Australian animals and history.
      Written 6 February 2024
    • AddDB
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      Great day trip!
      Great views and opportunities to see various wildlife, flora and fauna! Gives you a nice perspective on the history of the country and land that you cannot get from being in the city. Our tour guide Wes was fantastic and insightful. He patiently answered so many questions and provided background to modern and historical Australia! Highly recommend!
      Written 6 February 2024
    • A8956FTpaular
      0 contributions
      Once in a lifetime nature experience
      Amazing scenery throughout the bus tour. We had just enough time at each stop. The koala sanctuary was peaceful. The stop at Nobbie’s resulted in dozens of beautiful pictures, even saw some wild animals like echidnas and wallabies. The penguin parade was different than expected, but definitely worthwhile. The penguins come out slowly. Dress warm, even in the summer. Thankfully we had towels to sit on the beach and sweaters but it was windy and cool enough for blankets and heavier jackets. Highly recommend!
      Written 29 January 2024
    • 593sherik
      0 contributions
      Penguins on parade must go on your bucket list! We took a day tour that left from Melbourne and took us to
      This entire day trip was absolutely amazing! We didn’t get back to our hotel till close to midnight because of the long drive from Melbourne but it was probably the best thing we did in the two weeks we were in Australia! We were thrilled to see so many koalas and wallabies up close in the koala Conservatory. There was plenty of time to grab dinner, and then head onto Phillip Island to watch the Penguin parade. We waited patiently for the penguins to arrive, and the first ones came out from the water around 9:15 PM. There were thousands of us, but somehow the workers kept us all quiet, while the penguins screwed out to find their babies waiting for them in the bushes along a walkway. I didn’t realize how small they were until I was actually standing above them on the wooden boardwalk. Taking pictures is absolutely forbidden since the flash and cameras scare them but of course there were some idiots who didn’t want to follow the rules and took pictures anyways. I seriously wanted to knock their phones out of their hand. Apparently looking at pictures on the Internet was not good enough for them. My advice is if you do go, please enjoy the moment and put your phones in your pocket. Who would have thought that watching little Penguins paddle up to see their chicks would be so enthralling. A great tip is once they start arriving on the sandy beach head on over and get your spot on the boardwalk and position yourself right above the path and you will have the best position to see thousands of little blue penguins waddling up ever so slowly listening for the sounds of their young. It truly is a remarkable sight!
      Written 21 January 2024
    • B4362CNjohnm
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      Great Ocean Rd Trip
      As a couple we had wanted to take the Great Ocean Rd trip. Our bus was modern and comfortable with AC Wi-Fi and USB outlets. The trip lasted almost 13 hours with many stops and made enjoyable by a well informed and entertaining driver.
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    • Sam J
      0 contributions
      Lovely day out and so memorable
      Lovely experience with the koalas and penguins. Such a special day and the organisers did a great job picking up everyone and taking us back into Melbourne. Super easy and really memorable would recommend to anyone.
      Written 5 January 2024
    • nicole26011995
      0 contributions
      Amazing daytrip from Melbourne
      I have visited the Philip Island and watched the penguin parade. Everything was well organized and our tour guide Craig with his helper Barry were amazing. I really enjoyed the trip. Good job Craig! So kind and helpful. He was also explaining to us everything and sharing a lot of interesting information.
      Written 2 January 2024
    • Dream380542
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      Penguin Parade must visit!
      Must see on any Melbourne Itinerary! Watch the penguins come onto land for a while then follow them as they waddle along the boardwalk. For best seating bring a blanket so that you can sit in the sand up front. All the entry fees, concessions, and gifts go towards conservation of the entire area!
      Written 30 December 2023
    • DeepakshenoyCM
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      Great trip to Phillip Island and the penguins!
      This was a brilliant tour, thanks very much! We didn't get the name of the driver but please do let him know of our deepest appreciation for his patience and sense of humour throughout! We enjoyed this tour very much, and the driver was indeed the most good looking one of them all, so we could find the bus easily. He might not remember us, my wife was the one that bought the hat. We are from India and this was the highlight of our trip this far, we really liked the penguins and have since been told we can't take one back with us, sadly. Keep doing the good work! To everyone reading this, I fully recommend this tour company for this tour. We'll be doing another one tomorrow, and will review that too. But the Phillip island trip was excellent, and very well organized, and we managed to get a booking seamlessly through their website. Cheers and all the best!
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    • 554unaa
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      Could be better. Give us more time to enjoy the Penguin parade.
      The tour was good. However, couple of things were missed to make it a great experience: We were dropped off at Nobbies without any introduction to the Penguins homes, or otherwise. Second, the time given at the Penguin parade was so short that it was stressful. We needed to rush to see things and couldn't enjoy it.
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    olenders
    London, UK55 contributions
    This was an absolutely fantastic day out. The scenery was as you'd expect, fabulous; but the experience was further enhanced by our exceptional guide, Tim, whose enthusiasm, knowledge, and ability to get the balance right between information download, entertainment, and quiet time, was perfect. Coming across as a thoroughly decent and nice guy even at the end of a long day, as he dropped people off at their preferred locations, also helped.

    This is a long trip with an early and punctual 07.30 start. Do not expect to get back until late in the evening. That is inevitable given the massive distance to be covered and the number of things that you will see on the Great Ocaan Road from Melbourne to the Twelve Apostles as well as a little inland. But it is SO WORTH IT!

    After an early morning coffee/breakfast stop, we stopped at a variety of locations: Lorne Beach, Teddy's Lookout, Appollo Bay (for lunch... I recommend the scallop pie at the bakery, which also does enormous lamingtons), Mait's Rest (rainforest walk), Aire River (where we saw many koalas in the wild), the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Bay, and the Razorback. We then drove back inland stopping off at Colak to pick up some dinner as the last of the dusk faded.

    This is not a trip just about the stopping points. The scenery throughout, whether on the coast or slightly inland, is very beautiful along this stretch of the Great Ocean Road. I was certainly never tempted to have a nap as there was so much to see out of the window, on what was also a perfect spring day.

    In summary, I found this the perfect was to see much of the Great Ocean Road in a day. I did not have especially long in Melbourne while on a bit of a taster trip around Australia and this was the perfect solution for me.
    Written 28 October 2022
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    Jamuna K
    1 contribution
    July 2022 • Family
    Tour operator (Mr. TIM) was friendly and very humble. He kept on entertaining us whole time with the history and stories and also the music.
    Time management was excellent.
    Had a wonderful day.
    Highly recommend 😊
    Written 11 July 2022
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    Zoe
    2 contributions
    Jan 2023
    The scenery is stunning! Loved the Loch Ard Gorge particularly. Has inspired me to come back and spend a week or so camping in the area. Should have bought togs so I could jump in the water quickly at Loch Ard Gorge. It's a long day! Bring a neck pillow for the bus ride. The tour guide Charlie was a very articulate, eloquent communicator and delivered the history and facts of the tour exceptionally well. I learnt lots about Australia which I didn't know about. He is a wealth of knowledge. Saw koalas in the wild for the first time, amazing! And a wild echidna, so cute! Wear a hat and sunscreen!
    Written 22 January 2023
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    Seaside676624
    2 contributions
    July 2022 • Family
    We really enjoyed the trip, great scenery in nice sunshine, good pace and a lot of stops for taking pictures or bathroom breaks. Craig was super nice, and shared a lot of informative and interesting stories. He was also kind waiting for us few minutes late because of the time consuming purchase of a KFC meal for diner on the way back.
    Written 18 July 2022
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    Erin
    Montreal, Canada11 contributions
    Mar 2020 • Solo
    I enjoyed this day so much. Even though there is a lot of driving, all the activities really broke it up great. Sylvain was a great guide and really made the most of the day for us after we discovered the 12 apostles lookout was closed. We had the opportunity to do the helicopter tour instead and were able to spend extra time at the other stops. Everything was beautiful, even when it was raining. Highly recommend.
    Written 20 March 2020
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    cysquatch
    Toronto, Canada2 contributions
    May 2023 • Couples
    Spectacular tour guide, I believe his name was Dandy and he went above and beyond to make the trip memorable. He was very professional, personable and kind - he went out of his way to find spots to see koalas and kangaroos, and made a trip back to pick up a guests bag that she forgot. I almost lost count how many stops and things there are to do on this trip in addition to seeing the Twelve apostles at sunset (which is the highlight), but you also get to go for a hike, go for a couple of beach walks including the one at Gibson Steps and then finish off at Razorback. Multiple breaks along the way to get lunch and dinner as well as pickup coffee and snacks. Great tour, even better tour guide and bus driver. Hats off to our bus driver, hope you get to drive with him.
    Written 21 May 2023
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    G'Day! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great review. We are so happy to hear that you had such a great day on the Great Ocean Road with Dandy. He is such a great guide with many stories. It is amazing that you got to see koalas and kangaroos on your tour! It can be so hard to spot them. It sounds like you got to enjoy every part of the day for what it was and it is so wonderful that you were able to take in the beautiful views of the 12 Apostles at sunset. We hope you will travel with us again in the future. Cody
    Written 24 May 2023
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    Sethurayar
    Chennai (Madras), India4 contributions
    Nov 2022
    V spent hardly an hour at theGreat Apostles the main purpose of the tour. Dispense with the unimportant stops on the way. Give us more quality time at theGreat Apostles. You need at least a few hours to view this great monument
    Written 13 November 2022
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    Lena
    9 contributions
    Nov 2022
    The Great Ocean Road Tour hosted by Wildlife Australia Tours was amazing. Steve, our driver and guide, was very funny, knowledgeable, kind and an excellent driver. We stopped at the chocolate museum, the memorial arch, Apollo Bay, Kennett River, Great Otway National Park Rainforest, Loch Ard and then the 12 Apostles. My highlights were definitely the Kennett River, where we were able to see Koalas in the wild, as well as the Rainforest, where we went on a short 35 minute hike and got to see a beautiful scenery, and finally the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard, which are stunning and breathtaking sights. Even with the rather bad weather we had on our trip we enjoyed every bit of it.
    Written 19 November 2022
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    Alison M
    3 contributions
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    Great trip, it was a long day but we saw so much. The Great Ocean Road, wild Koalas and Kangaroos, the Twelve Apostles and had various stops along the way to break up the journey. Our guide Gary was so knowledgeable and full of interesting stories, he told us he had been doing the tour just for 12 months but you would think he had been doing it for years. Would recommend as a great way to see more than just Melbourne City. I also left my glasses on the bus and he drove back to drop them at our hotel, so kind of him!
    Written 23 January 2024
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    Hi Alison, Thank you for your 5 Star Review on our Great Ocean Road tour! We're so glad you had such a great experience with Gary! We hope to see you again soon! Shania :)
    Written 26 January 2024
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    David Davies
    9 contributions
    Jan 2020
    There were never 12 apostles and a couple have fallen into the sea.Notwithstanding that we saw beautiful scenery on our journey along with a koala spotting stop. The driver and coach were good but on reflection perhaps we should have visited museums in Melbourne
    Written 7 February 2020
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    Hi there, and thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are sorry to hear the Great Ocean Road was perhaps not your favorite cup of tea, yet hope that Melbourne - the culture capital of Australia offers you exciting museum and art gallery experiences :)
    Written 11 February 2020
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