Great Ocean Road 2-Day Tour

“The Great Ocean Road was the highlight of our trip. We are so well taken care of. We got to see Koala In the wild and parrots, It so happened we see the full rainbow. We were given enough time to see and take pictures at all the places. We had so much fun chatting along the tour.” – Vicky

Tour Highlights

A Petite Tour - Tour Highlight

Great Ocean Road is the most anticipated attraction for many when visiting Melbourne. The 243-kilometre Great Ocean Road has been named one of the most beautiful ocean roads in the world. The journey offers varied sceneries, from splendid coastline, turquoise waters, waves riding surfers, to the serenity of the coastal towns. Traverse through lush Victorian rainforest and be awed by the magnificent nature-made sculptures at 12 Apostles. The Great Ocean Road trip will be an unforgettable experience for you!

Explore the hidden attractions and natural beauties day trippers rarely get to see. Stay a night in one of the beautiful seaside town along the coast, enjoy some delicious local food and gaze at the glittering stars that city dwellers can only dream of. Slow down your footsteps and fully indulge in the beautiful and varied natural scenery Great Ocean Road has to offer.

  • Surfing Mecca – Bells Beach
  • Picturesque Fairhaven Beach & Split Point Lighthouse
  • Seaside towns Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell
  • Memorial Arch at Eastern View
  • Kennett River – lovely koalas and feeding parrots.
  • Maits Rest Rainforest Walk
  • Twelve Apostles
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Island Archway & Razorback
  • The Arch & London Bridge
  • The Grotto
  • Gibson Steps

Start time

9 am (Day 1)

Finish time

7:00 pm (Day 2)

Inclusion

  • Transport
  • Hotel Transfers
  • Friendly Guide
  • National Park Entry Fee
  • Bottled Water
  • Child Safety Chair (if required)
  • Heaps of Fun
  • Bird Feeding Food

Hotel Transfer

On the day of your tour, we would pick up from your hotel. On the way back, we can drop you either to your hotel or your chosen restaurant in Melbourne CBD

Price

AUD $729 / Day

for 8 seater Mercedes

(Suitable for 1 to 7 passengers)

AUD $899 / Day

for 12 seater Mercedes

(Suitable for 8 to 11 passengers)

For a group booking of more than 11 people, please contact us for a quote.

Great Ocean Road One Day option is also available.

Have more questions?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Tour Itinerary

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(Day 1) Great Ocean Road

In the morning, our friendly tour guide will pick you up from your hotel.

Travel southwesterly from Melbourne and bypass the city of Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria.

The 243-kilometer Great Ocean Road begins at the surfing town of Torquay, ending in Allansford, a peaceful town in western Victoria.

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Bells Beach

Bells Beach Great Ocean Road

Bells Beach is a world class surfing beach, every year there are multiple surfing competitions held here. This spot is particularly popular with local surfers on weekends

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Split Point Lighthouse & Fairhaven Beach

Fairhaven Beach
Fairhaven-Beach-大洋路
split point lighthouse 燈塔

The mirror look-like FairHaven is the longest stretch of beach near Airey Inlet along Great Ocean Road, The wide soft-sand beach and slender coastline provide you with unrivalled natural scenery . Feel free to walk barefoot and leave your footprints behind on the sand. You will often catch a glimpse of local surfers and fishing enthusiasts here.

Split Point Lighthouse was first built in 1891 and later converted to automatic operation in 1919. While it was in manual mode, there were three keepers stationed in charge of its daily operations. The original Fresnel lens made in the UK are still being used today in the lighthouse, however these lens have long since ceased production because the factory that produced the lens was destroyed during the war, making these lens rarities and very dear to replace. The lighthouse is 34 meters tall and has a total of 132 stairs. The light emitted from the lighthouse can reach up to 37 kilometres!

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Memorial Arch at Eastern View – Great Ocean Road Sign

Memorial Arch Eastern View

How to prove that you have been to Great Ocean Road? Take your Great Ocean Road photo at Eastern View Memorial Arch! The plan to build the Great Ocean Road traced back to 1880s, but it was not until the end of World War I that the Great Ocean Road Foundation was founded, headed by then Geelong Mayor Alderman Hitchcock, the foundation started fund-raising to build the Great Ocean Road in August 1918.

The returning veterans from the First World War were deployed to build Great Ocean Road, hence Great Ocean Road is an eternal memorial to all the sacrifices Australian soldiers made during the First World War. The sheer size of construction was not completed until November 1932. With the absence of modern machinery, the workers relied heavily on manual labour during the enduring construction process, thus Great Ocean Road’s allure lies both in its historic significance and natural beauty.

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Lunch – Lorne or Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Lunch
大洋路seafood

You can choose to stay overnight either in Apollo Bay or Port Campbell for your 2-day Great Ocean Road tour, we will arrange our lunch stop in Lorne or Apollo Bay accordingly.

Both Apollo Bay and Lorne are very popular with tourists, Apollo Bay has relatively more restaurants. Either you crave for some fresh fish and chips, or indulge in Asian delicacies, both towns will satisfy your taste buds. “The Bottle of Milk” in the township of Lorne is quite popular and delicious. Whereas Apollo Bay offers some of the freshest seafood along Great Ocean Road. Our friendly driver-cum-guide will recommend restaurants based on your preferences.

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Kennett River – Wild Koalas

無尾熊 Kennett River Great Ocean Road
Parrot feeding Great Ocean Road

Want to sight koalas? No need to visit a zoo. You can spot native koalas on Great Ocean Road, Kennett River has commonly been known as the easiest place to find koalas in Australia. Watch koalas nesting on eucalyptus trees and if you are lucky, watch them dining eucalyptus leaves. Compared to koalas in northern Australia, Victoria’s koalas are larger and have thicker hair. They are terrific tree climbers and stay on the trees most of the time. Adult koalas can eat up to 400 grams of leaves a day. They intake water and fibre from the leaves of eucalyptus trees.

However, those leaves have very little nutritional value, coupled with koala’s low body fat, hence they need to nibble continuously. Adult koalas are 60-80 cm in height and weigh 4-16 kg. As eucalyptus tree leaves contain toxin, koalas have no other food competing opponents in nature, they sleep between 16-20 hours a day which is a good way for them to preserve the energy in their body.

In addition, there are many Australian king parrots here to keep you good company! these friendly king parrots love to stay on your palms and shoulders. Interaction with wild birds in its purest form.

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Cape Patton Lookout

Cape Patton is one of the magnificent lookout spots on Great Ocean Road, located between Kennett River and Apollo Bay. Look afar from the viewing platform, you will enjoy the beautiful views of slender coastline and rolling green hills along Great Ocean Road. This is one of the most instagrammable spots on Great Ocean Road.

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Maits Rest – Rainforest Walk

Maits Rest is one of the best places on Great Ocean Road to discover Victoria’s gorgeous inland rainforest, located 20 minutes west of Apollo Bay, the dense fern trees and more than 300 years old national heritage – Myrtle Beech trees will make you think you are deep in the Amazon jungle. If you are lucky, you may spot gray kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and other cute creatures here; at night Maits Rest is a great spot on Great Ocean Road to watch glowing worms. It will be a great walk after your delicious lunch in Apollo Bay.

Time required: approximately 30 minutes

Trail distance: 800 meters

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Twelve Apostles

Great Ocean Road 一日遊
十二门徒 great ocaen road
Twelve Apostles Great Ocean Road

Twelve Apostles is the most famous attraction on Great Ocean Road. Although the name suggests 12 huge limestone stacks, there are not exactly 12 pieces, we will keep a little secret until you reach here. These magnificent limestone stacks vary in size and height, formed over millions of years of strong wind and seawater erosion.

Be amazed by these natural sculptures! The “Twelve Apostles” attraction was historically named “Sow and Piglets,” and her name was later changed to “Twelve Apostles” because of the evolving landscape which also reflected locals’ belief in Christianity at the time. The spectacular scenery at Twelve Apostle is truely memorable and it boasts the most beautiful sunset in Victoria and is popular with photography enthusiasts. Under the sea surface, there is a robust marine ecosystem, with creatures, such as: sea fish and seahorses.

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Dinner & Sleep – Port Campbell or Apollo Bay

Port Campbell is located towards the end of Great Ocean Road, it is quieter than Apollo Bay, but the view at the Port Campbell pier is nothing short of amazing. If you choose to stay overnight at Port Campbell, you will have the opportunity to watch one of the most beautiful sunset in Victoria at 12 Apostles, the shorter travel distance on the 2nd day will also make the trip better paced.

Apollo Bay is the largest town en route to 12 Apostles, there are many restaurants in town and a wide range of facilities for tourists and residents. Dining options range from fresh fish & chips and mouth-watering pizzas, to Chinese and Japanese cuisines to choose from. If you are staying at Airbnb accomodation, the local supermarket has all the fresh cooking ingredients and drinks. In summer, the town comes alive at night with a fully-fledged amusement park set up on the lawn, a great place for families to hang out after dinner.

When book your Great Ocean Road two-day private tour, please tell us your chosen town to stay overnight on Great Ocean Road, i.e. Apollo Bay or Port Campbell.

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(Day 2) The Arch

There are two viewing platforms at The Arch, At the first viewing point, you will be amazed by seawater surging through the rock-formed arches, strong rapids suddenly swell and descend in the enclosed limestone formations. At the larger viewing platform, visitors will be delighted by the wide panoramic views of the Great Ocean Road coastline. It is approximately 320 meters from the parking lot.

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London Bridge

London Bridge

London Bridge, also known as the London Arch, was originally a two-arched, naturally formed limestone bridge connecting the current London Bridge to the mainland. Initially tourists were allowed to walk freely between today’s London Bridge and mainland via the arching bridge. However, on January 15 1990, the arch bridge connecting the mainland unexpectedly collapsed. There were two tourists Kelly Harrison and David Darrington stranded on the separated limestone block at the time. Luckily they were later rescued by police helicopters.

This is a strong wind area with wide and sweeping beach at the base of the cliff. It is also known for catching a glimpse of little penguins after sunset.

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The Grotto

A short drive past the peaceful town of Peterborough, you will arrive at The Grotto. The name originates from Italian “Grotta” which translates to “cave”. The unique limestone are formed thanks to the accumulation of rainwater on the limestones, over time the weak acidity in the water sinks into the surface of limestones, combined with the plants on the surface which gradually turn the weak acid into strong acid. This strong acid causes erosion of the limestones, as a result it creates a volcanic and stratified scenery. A sizeable cave has been formed at the bottom of the limestones as seawater had constantly washed away against it for millions of years.

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Lunch – Port Campbell

The tranquil seaside town of Port Campbell becomes bustling at lunchtime. There are a number of restaurants you can choose from, the most popular one is 12 Rocks Beach Bar Cafe. The restaurant is located just a stone away from the beach. Through the big glass windows, you will enjoy beautiful scenery of Port Campbell beach and pier. In addition, there are fish and chips, pizza and other restaurants / cafes to satisfy your appetite.

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Loch Ard Gorge

Lord Ard Gorge Great Ocean Road
Lord Ard Gorge 夏季
洛克阿德峽谷 大洋路

Walk down the wooden stairway that leads down to Loch Ard Gorge. Admire the beautiful sandy beach and limestone caves. However a tragic historic event unfolded here in June 1878, a sailing ship named “Loch Ard” departed England to Melbourne. Unfortunately the ship crashed into the nearby Muttonbird Island, the ill-fated Loch Ard had already traveled for 3 months and soon about to reach its planned destination. Of the 54 passengers and crews on board at the time, there were only two survivors from the ship wreck.

15-year-old sailboat apprentice, Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael who immigrated to Melbourne with her family from Ireland. Tom managed to rescue Eva from the water and climbed out of the gorge before getting assistance from locals. Shortly after their recovery, the Irish girl had decided to return back home. Whereas Tom had stayed in Australia and deemed by the locals as a hero. Hence the locals had named the site “Loch Ard Gorge” to commemorate this unforgettable historical event.

Anecdote: When Eva Carmichael and Tom Pearce were rescued from the ship wreck, they stayed in the cottage of Hugh Gibson who later built the Gibson Steps.

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Island Archway

Island Archway Great Ocean Road

The Island Archway is made of two towering limestone stacks, the two limestone pieces used to be connected over the top and formed the shape of an archway. However, due to the extreme weather conditions and rain erosion, in June 2009, the “archway” linking the two huge limestone rock formations collapsed, leaving two separate limestone stacks of approximately 25 meters in height , Slow down your steps and enjoy the beautiful views off the cliffs, at sunset its grace comes to light. The unique natural environment at Great Ocean Road is also changing its landscape gradually.

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Razorback

Razorback Great Ocean Road
razorback-Great-Ocean-Road

Past Island Archway, another 250 meters walk, you will reach The Razorback. This huge limestone block has been washed away by sea for thousands of years into a slender, towering standalone natural giant sculpture, it looks like a razor’s back from the sky. The repetitive process of sea erosion and ocean waves had gradually chipped away the right side of The Razorback. In addition, the unique weather has made various unique shapes on top of The Razorback, like caved out by an skilful artist. The walk trail along the attractions allows you to admire the beautiful scenery from different angles.

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Gibson Steps

Gibson step 吉布森石階
Gibson Steps Great Ocean Road
Gibson-Steps 大洋路

Stand at the Gibson Steps lookout, overlook the beautiful coastline. The Gibson Steps were originally made of wood and built by local settler Hugh Gibson, mainly for the then indigenous Australians, Kirrae Whurrong to have access down to the beach. a total of 86 stone staircase will take you down to the beach where two majestic limestones of up to 70 meters in height stood firmly in the sea, named Magog and Gog. Be astonished by the combination of magnificent waves, wide open ocean and steep limestone cliffs. Enjoy a whiff of fresh sea breeze and be pampered by the soft fine sand, emerge yourself in the true coastal nature!

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Home, Sweet Home!

Goodbye Great Ocean Road

Good Bye Great Ocean Road.

After two eventful days of natural sensation and delightful meals.

This is the time for you to lie back and relax.

We would travel back to Melbourne CBD through inland via Colac. The travel time is approximately 3 hours.

ADDITIONAL TOUR OPTIONS:

Great Ocean Road Helicopter

Take a helicopter ride, rejoice in stunning aerial views of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge from the sky. Be mesmerised by the spectacular coastline.

Price: $145 AUD per person

Duration: 15 minutes

No need to book in advance

Tree Surfing Great Ocean Road

Experience Otway Treetop Adventure, you not only can walk on the 600 meter long, 25 meter-high elevated walkway in the middle of the rainforest, but also try out the only Ziplining tour in Victoria, 30 meters above the ground.

For more information, please see http://www.otwayfly.com/

Suggested activity time: 15 minutes

Treetop walk: 1 hour

Zipline Tour: 2.5 hours

Teddys Lookout

Teddy’s Lookout, located on the back mountain of seaside town Lorne, the lookout overlooks the winding coastal road at the foot of hills along Great Ocean Road. A blend of dark blue and turquoise ocean waters makes it a fantastic photo spot at all times. A stone’s throw away, at the side of the viewing platform, you will sight the surrounding mountains densely covered by lush Victorian rainforest.

Recommended Time: 5-10 minutes

Bay of Island is located further down Great Ocean Road, a relatively smaller crowd pay visits here, but it does not compromise a tad on Great Ocean Road’s natural beauty. the two viewing areas offer 270 degree panorama of towering limestone stacks and sheer cliffs in the cerulean Southern Ocean, enjoy the spectacular ocean views and cool breeze on Great Ocean Road.

The viewing platforms are located approx. 150 meters from the parking lot.

Apostle Whey Cheese is located inland and en route back to Melbourne. It is open daily from 8am to 5pm. The cheese tasting experience will allow you taste all the freshly-produced cheeses right here on the farm, the cheese farm also sells fresh milk (for your next day breakfast!) and yummy ice creams. Between March and April, and July to September, you may spot new-born calves in the herd.

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Great Ocean Road is located in the south westerly direction from Melbourne. It is ranked as one of the best ocean drives both in Australia and in the world. Built by returned World War I veterans in early 1900s. Great Ocean Road is one of the must-sees in Australia. It offers a diverse scenery along the journey, from magnificent coastal ocean views, lush Victorian rainforest to peaceful seaside towns.

Towards the end of the Great Ocean Road, come to admire the splendid “natural sculptures” – Twelves Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Arch, The Grotto and London Bridge limestone stack formations. Indulge in the breathtaking views and refreshing breeze, merge yourself in the gorgeous Australian nature.

Sweet and Personal

Sweet & Personal

We are all about Families! Each trip can be tailored to your family’s needs and wishes. We are flexible and have an eye for detail. We can stop at anytime along the trip for you, try out our photography skill on the trip!

Local Expertise

Local Expertise

Our guides are caring and knowledgeable, we use our expertise to create your hassle-free and memorable travel experience. Multi-language available (English, Mandarin & Cantonese)

Comfort & Convenience

Comfort & Convenience

We want your family to travel in comfort and style, Mercedes Benz luxury vehicle , free hotel & airport transfers on tour day. Ticket pre-booking to secure your spot in advance, restaurant and hotel booking assistance.

Family Oriented

Family Oriented

We understand that travel with a big group can be difficult sometimes, hence we have no overtime surcharge, no compulsory tips, provide bottled water, child safety chairs, umbrellas and more. we just want you to have an awesome trip!

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