One Day Great Ocean Road Tour

If you only have limited time, this is the perfect tour to see all the highlights of the Great Ocean Road in one day.
Melbourne, Australia
11 hrs 45 min
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
6:15 am to 6:00 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A 1-day small-group exploration along the iconic Great Ocean Road, perfect if you have limited time
  • Stops at highlights including the 12 Apostles, & Loch Ard Gorge, Otway Forest, Lorne, & Bells Beach
  • Transport in a comfortable 12-seater mini-bus, letting you go places large tour buses can't
  • Convenient return transfers from selected Melbourne accommodation
What's excluded

  • Lunch
  • Optional helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles
What to Expect

If you want to see the Great Ocean Road but only have one day to spare, this is the tour for you. 


Your adventure starts early to avoid the traffic and beat the crowds. Travelling from Melbourne, you'll take the inland route to journey through Colac and dairy-farm country before turning toward the coast and joining the Great Ocean Road at Port Campbell. 


Once on this iconic road, the first stop is the famous London Bridge, followed by The Arch. Both are archways naturally formed by the erosion of the sea. London Bridge used to extend out to the arch before a massive collapse in 1990, leaving behind an island (and at the time two tourists, who had to be rescued by helicopter). 


Continuing east along the road, the next highlights are Loch Ard Gorge, Razorback, and Island Archway. These impressive rock formations are a marvel to see and are interspersed with beautiful beaches and scenic views.


Finally, it's time for one of the most iconic sights on the Great Ocean Road – the 12 Apostles. Marvel at the rugged splendour of these limestone stacks rising majestically from the Southern Ocean as they battle the unforgiving waves. The view from the lookout is spectacular. You'll also have the option to add on a scenic helicopter flight here, too, weather and availability permitting (own expense).


Enjoy a change of scenery as the road makes its way inland to Lavers Hills, where there's time to buy lunch and wander around the town. Then, the journey continues through the Otway Forest, stretching your legs with a temperate rainforest walk at Maits Rest. 


As you travel, don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, spotting koalas and wild parrots in the Kennett River area. There are also plenty of chances to get your camera out, with stops at some wonderful scenic lookouts along the way.


Enjoy a quick break in Lorne to check out the beach and local shops before stopping at the Memorial Arch. This arch honours the returned soldiers who helped build the road after World War 1. 


Lastly, to round out the day before returning to Melbourne, you'll visit Fairhaven Beach, the longest beach on the Great Ocean Road, followed by Bells Beach, one of Victoria's most famous surf breaks. Located just outside the town of Torquay, it's hosted surfing competitions for decades and has breathtaking views from the clifftop.


Where we Visit:

  • Colac
  • The Great Ocean Road
  • Port Campbell
  • London Bridge
  • The Arch
  • Loch Ard Gorge, Razorback, Island Archway
  • The 12 Apostles 
  • Lavers Hills
  • Otway Forest
  • Maits Rest
  • Lorne
  • Memorial Arch
  • Fairhaven Beach
  • Bells Beach
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rain jacket (just in case)
  • Warm clothes (just in case)
  • Bathers and Towel
  • Camera (spare battery and memory card – you will need it)
  • Phone charger and cable
  • Comfortable walking shoes     
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Terms & Conditions:

  • Route and stops might vary due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Tours may change or be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
  • The Operator does not take responsibility for any injuries sustained whilst on the tour and all activities are done at your own risk 
  • Passengers must be waiting outside the front of your selected pick-up location 5 minutes prior to your pick up time. The pick up time might vary due to traffic conditions and seatbelts MUST be worn while travelling in the vehicle

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip will incur a cancellation fee of 25% tour price (if booked via agent extra cancellation fees might apply)
  • Cancellations within 7 days result in loss of full fee
  • Date or tour changes are permitted up to 7 days prior to the current tour booked, subject to availability
  • Failing to attend the tour, or arriving late at the pickup point will result in loss of all money paid


Pickup Locations
  • Adara East Melbourne
  • Adina Apartment Hotel on Flinders
  • Adina Apartment Hotel Queen Street
  • Alto Hotel
  • Atlantis Hotel
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