1 Day Great Ocean Road Tour

1 Day Great Ocean Road Tour and Rainforest Walk

The Great Ocean Road tour is a guided scenic drive along Australia's spectacular coastline with jaw-dropping ocean views and ancient rainforests. Our small group day trip includes a visit to the iconic rock formations known as the 12 Apostles as well as time to explore other beautiful beaches and walks.

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great ocean road tour

“This trip was absolutely incredible our driver named Kelly was exceptional! He kept us entertained fed and watered. He was engaging throughout the trip and had great enthusiasm.” – Rebecca C
 

93% of all online reviews for Great Ocean Road Tours are 4 – 5 stars
 

Great Ocean Road Tour Highlights

  • Historic Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
  • Surf Coast beaches, seaside towns and stunning costal views
  • Enjoy Lunch in the Seaside town of Apollo Bay
  • Bush walk through the Otway’s Rainforest
  • Loch Ard Gorge and the Shipwreck Coast
  • The world famous Twelve Apostles
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by Jerry P on Wildlife Tours Australia
great ocean road day tour

I joined this great ocean road day tour over the new year period and was blown away by the service and knowledge of our tour guide Brad. Really enjoyed this incredible region. Highly recommend this tour

by Kelly Wu on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road Tour

We loved this great ocean road tour so much. Seeing Koalas in the wild and a stunning rainforest walk were surprising highlights of this beautiful tour. Great value for money I will recommend to all my friends and family.

by Jim Carter on Wildlife Tours Australia
The 'GREAT' Ocean Road

Thank you for such a wonderful experience. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Tim's commentary and guidance throughout our tour. Strongly recommend.

by Great way to experience Great Ocean Road! on Wildlife Tours Australia

We didn’t expected it would be such a long day, yet it was a great one.
Thanks to our very experienced and passionate tour guide Darren and the excited Koala Charlie! Highly recommended!

by Thitirat on Wildlife Tours Australia
We are seem to be Charlie's Angel 🙂

We booked the private group with the same highlight with this day trip, everything are wonderful lunch is great, all the place are so beautiful and impressible. The best of the best is "Charlie"our tour leader and driver, he knows everything about the trip very well and entertain us along the trip, he has knowledge in dept since he worked in that forest before so real and fantastic, my daughter and son learned a lot about rain forest during walking and have fun. He is so professional tour leader and kind person, he recommended the good restaurant for dinner and managed the time perfectly. I strongly recommend all my friends to visit Melbourne and have the trip with you again. Thank again for wonderful trip.
Regards
Charlie's angel

by Jon Lai on Wildlife Tours Australia
Beautiful experience

Thank you Wildlife Tours and to our Guide Darren for such an incredible experience. I will highly recommend to friends and family

by Lacy Kim on Wildlife Tours Australia
WOW - What a trip

Wow what can I say about this trip but another WOW! Our guide was incredible and helped create an incredible experience. The Great Ocean road is a must do if coming to Melbourne

by Adrian on Wildlife Tours Australia

Had a great day trip with Autopia to The Great Ocean Road & Rainforest walk. Henning, our tour guide was fantastic. Generous with his time (we are still on the bus at 9.30pm), knowledgeable, professional - and a really nice bloke!
Would recommend this company and this gentleman to anyone. Hotel pick up fantastic.
Thank you

by Rachel B, Perth Australia on Wildlife Tours Australia
1 Day Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Tour

Excellent day trip! Bus is a little small, but it didn't take away from the day and the driver was fantastic and very knowledgeable. This trip is worth every penny.

We were picked up in central Melbourne and had morning tea in a little town called Colac. First landmark we saw was the London Bridge where we stopped for 15 mins to take in the view, we then went on to Loch Ard Gorge where we had longer time to walk around, really beautiful spot. Then we headed to the 12 Apostles where we had an hour, we had lunch here and there was an opportunity to go up in a helicopter for those who had pre-booked. There is a steady walk around the cliffs to take in the views of the Apostles. It is a busy place with lots of posing and selfies!

We then moved on to Mait's rest forest tour again an easy 30 min walk the guide was entertaining and new his stuff. The trees were amazing to see.

We then had a toilet break at a seaside town and on to my favourite part of the day....Koalas! I got to see my first wild koalas on this trip. In fact one was sat on the crash barrier looking out to the ocean! Our guide said he had never seen anything like it before! At Kennett River there were also a lot of parrots which are clearly used to being fed as they were jumping on some of the other tourists.

We then drove along the rest of the Ocean Drive Road and had a photo opportunity at the Memorial Park Gates. One last stop for pizzas in Torquay and back to Melbourne for about 7.30pm all in all a very memorable day and thanks to a great driver and tour guide. Definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Melbourne and has a spare day.

by Nicola K Edinburgh, United Kingdom on Wildlife Tours Australia
1 DAY GREAT OCEAN ROAD TOUR

What a fantastic tour we had on the 6th December with Andrea (and Rob) who was training. He will be a lovely and very approachable tour guide when he is ready.

A lot of people recommended doing great ocean road over several days. However we saw everything we felt the need to see on the day tour, it was more than sufficient.

Throughout this time we had morning tea, stopped at several bays and beaches, a wildlife park, had a lunch stop, went to viewing points, did a rainforest walk AND saw the 12 Apostles. The day went by very quickly and although there were so many stops, we didn't feel rushed which was great.

The highlight of our tour was definitely seeing the parrots and koalas in the trees. You can feed the parrots and get some amazing photos!

We were picked up at 6.55am and didn't return in the CBD until 8.30pm! Andrea was extremely knowledgable about everything that we did and saw. I can thoroughly recommend it as something to do in Melbourne.

by Ayush J on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road and Rainforest Tour - Day well Spent

This tour is not a must, but can be done if you have a day to spend and don't know what to do.
This tour takes you along different sights and places along the Great Ocean Road. It was a good tour as we got to see the 12 Apostles (now only 9 left), the Shipwreck Cove (The Loch Ard Gorge), The Maits Rest Rainforest (A small 20-25 mins walk through the rainforest) and many beautiful views along the Great Ocean Road. We also stopped in a place with some beautiful birds and koalas. It was a day well spent.

Our host for this tour was KK. She was really fun and patient (as at times we would return later than the rest of the group to the bus - apologies to everyone for that).

by Kyle G on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road day tour

The tour was awesome. Got to spend time at all the major highlights of the Great Ocean Road! Tour guide was very helpful and nice. Would highly recommend as price is unbeatable.

by Dougoline on Wildlife Tours Australia
Jam packed fun for family of 6

I booked the Great Ocean road day tour with an online travel agent (Travel Freedom), who got me a day tour with Wildlife tours. I had been shopping around for rates and got a good deal for our family of six, which included lunch, so I was not sure what I would be getting for less than $100 per person, while other rates go as high as $130. Our tour went very well, my family enjoyed all the beauty and wonder of this tour, and all the history and information provided by our tour guide, Craig- who is not only knowledgeable, but full of wit and humor. Will look for Wildlife Tours again when we visit Australia!

by Andy on Wildlife Tours Australia
what a fantastic tour

We had a truly memorable day and couldn't believe how much we managed to cram in. I need to give special mention to our tour guide Grant who really made the day with his informative but easygoing and often amusing commentary- it's a long time to spend on a small coach and the commentary really helped the time pass and helped us learn about our surroundings.
The meal stop was also really good - better than you often expect on tours where restaurants cater for large groups converging on them.
Thanks for a tremendous day that we will always remember.
Best wishes,
Andy and Jill

by Salwani on Wildlife Tours Australia
My tour of the great ocean road

My friends and I visited 3 places during our 1 week stay in Australia and the great ocean road was the best. The tourist guide was very friendly. Lots of things to see and pictures to take. We surely had a wonderful time.

by Kelly on Wildlife Tours Australia
Very impressed!

It was my first time on the Great Ocean Road and I was not disappointed. The best part of it was the photo opportunities. So many things to see on a beautiful sunny day, I recommend this trip.

by Liam on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road

What an amazing tour with Rob, he had us in stitches. The views were amazing at the great ocean road. Everyone on the tour I spoke to really enjoyed themselves. Thanks Rob

by Yin on Wildlife Tours Australia
Good time on the Great Ocean Road

Thanks for a good time. The koalas were my favorite of the one day tour. A long drive but the tour guide made it more fun.

by Chris on Wildlife Tours Australia
Good Value For Money

I had an amazing time with Darren on the Great Ocean Road tour. He answered all our questions and helped us get the best out of our cameras by taking nice photos of beautiful places.

Itinerary

  • Why Visit The Great Ocean Road

    The Great Ocean Road is famous as Victoria’s must-do road trip. In one day we will show you the beauty of this coastal drive and take you through pristine beaches, fresh rainforest and rugged limestone rock formations.

    Be wowed by the 12 Apostles – these iconic rock formations lie just off the shore of Port Campbell National Park in Victoria. Get lost in the beauty of this natural scenery and allow our guides to regale you with the stories and history that shapes this epic coastline. However it is not just the 12 Apostles that make the Great Ocean Road famous, with this trip it is about the journey to get there and we will show you all the lesser known gems and beautiful stops which make up this road trip to remember!

     

  • Morning Tea on the Surf Coast

    Once we have left Melbourne, we head down to the Surf Coast, passing through gorgeous seaside townships such as Anglesea, Lorne and Airey’s Inlet, we stop along the way for some morning tea and to breath in the fresh sea air whilst spotting surfers out on the water, with the proximity to Antarctica you will learn why this is great surf but also why wet suits are a necessity!

    great ocean road tour visits many coastal villages

    See many coastal villages and stop in Apollo Bay for Lunch.

  • The Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch

    A monument to mark the original starting point of the Great Ocean Road.

    After some photos at the iconic Memorial Arch and a lesson on the history of the soldiers who built this road and dedicated it to their fallen comrades, we will wind through more stunning views (of course stopping for pictures!)

    great ocean road tour

    Memorial Arch Great Ocean Road Sign

  • Stop to Enjoy lunch in Apollo Bay

    A welcome lunch break is taken in Apollo Bay (45mins Lunch Break)

    Once you have explored Apollo Bay, grabbed any souvenirs you wish to buy, or tasted some delicious ice cream then it is back on the bus to head inland to the Green Coast.

  • Search for Wild Koalas and Native Birds

    Along the journey we will be making stops to look for Koalas hanging out in the wild. As they are exactly that, wild, we cannot guarantee where they will show up, but our knowledgeable guides know all the best spots to get out into the bush and spot them sleeping!

    close encounters with wild koalas on this great ocean road tour

    Encounter wild Koalas close enough for a selfie.

  • Otway Ranges Rainforest walk

    Still on the Great ocean Road but now continuing up into the lush green Otway’s we drive through towering Eucalyptus trees until we arrive at a patch of Cool Temperate Rainforest. You will be amazed at the difference in scenery as we take a walk through the tree ferns and, marvel at the ‘ancient relics’ – the Myrtle Beach trees that provide perfect canopy shade and originate from when Australia was part of a super continent known as Gondwanaland. Breath in the fresh air before we take a relaxing drive out to the dramatic Shipwreck Coast!

    great ocean road tour will showcase a cool climate rainforest

    Enjoy a guided walk through an ancient rainforest.

  • The Twelve Apostles

    Once out of the trees and back by the Southern Ocean we arrive in Port Campbell National Park, home to the iconic 12 Apostles. We will spend about 40mins at the Apostles where you will enjoy free time to take in the views from every angle, walk along the boardwalks, and get the perfect pictures of this wild and rugged coastline.

    visit the world famous 12 Apostles on this great ocean road tour

    Visit the awe inspiring 12 Apostles.

  • Loch Ard Gorge and the Shipwreck Coast

    Also in the National Park we head down to Loch Ard Gorge, site of one of Australia’s most well know shipwrecks, hear the dramatic tale of Tom and Eva and then head down to the beach to look for the caves. This is also where you will find rock formations such as Island Archway, Razorback and the ‘Salt and Pepper Shakers’ too.

    learn the drama and the history of loch ard gorge on this great ocean road tour

    Learn of a harrowing shipwreck which occurred here in 1878.

  • Return to Melbourne

    After a full day of exploring we say goodbye to the Great Ocean Road and turn back inland to drive back to Melbourne via country roads. We pass through farmlands en route to the country town of Colac, here you can grab a quick bite for dinner (at own expense) if you wish as we will arrive back home in Melbourne at approximately 7:00pm.

Details

  • What you need to bring?

    • Water bottle
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Warm and cool clothing
    • Rain jacket
    • Camera
    • A sense of adventure
  • What's Included?

    • Morning tea & coffee
    • Audio translation service available
    • Park Entry Fees
    • A friendly driver/guide & informative tour commentary
    • Inner city hotel pick up and drop off
    • Wildlife Viewing
  • Pricing & Package Deal Discounts

    A) Great Ocean Road and Rainforest 1 Day Tour: $119 Adult (13+), $85 Child (0 to 12)
    B) Book any other tour and save $10 off second tour, or receive a free Eureka Skydeck entry
    C) Book 3 or more people and get $5 group discount per person

    ** One discount offer cannot be used in conjunction with another offer

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Our Great Ocean Road Tour departs daily from Melbourne between 7:00am – 7:45am at convenient locations throughout the city. All online bookings are secure and encrypted, powered by Eway payments. Book online and save.

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by Jerry P on Wildlife Tours Australia
great ocean road day tour

I joined this great ocean road day tour over the new year period and was blown away by the service and knowledge of our tour guide Brad. Really enjoyed this incredible region. Highly recommend this tour

by Kelly Wu on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road Tour

We loved this great ocean road tour so much. Seeing Koalas in the wild and a stunning rainforest walk were surprising highlights of this beautiful tour. Great value for money I will recommend to all my friends and family.

by Jim Carter on Wildlife Tours Australia
The 'GREAT' Ocean Road

Thank you for such a wonderful experience. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Tim's commentary and guidance throughout our tour. Strongly recommend.

by Great way to experience Great Ocean Road! on Wildlife Tours Australia

We didn’t expected it would be such a long day, yet it was a great one.
Thanks to our very experienced and passionate tour guide Darren and the excited Koala Charlie! Highly recommended!

by Thitirat on Wildlife Tours Australia
We are seem to be Charlie's Angel :)

We booked the private group with the same highlight with this day trip, everything are wonderful lunch is great, all the place are so beautiful and impressible. The best of the best is "Charlie"our tour leader and driver, he knows everything about the trip very well and entertain us along the trip, he has knowledge in dept since he worked in that forest before so real and fantastic, my daughter and son learned a lot about rain forest during walking and have fun. He is so professional tour leader and kind person, he recommended the good restaurant for dinner and managed the time perfectly. I strongly recommend all my friends to visit Melbourne and have the trip with you again. Thank again for wonderful trip.
Regards
Charlie's angel

by Jon Lai on Wildlife Tours Australia
Beautiful experience

Thank you Wildlife Tours and to our Guide Darren for such an incredible experience. I will highly recommend to friends and family

by Lacy Kim on Wildlife Tours Australia
WOW - What a trip

Wow what can I say about this trip but another WOW! Our guide was incredible and helped create an incredible experience. The Great Ocean road is a must do if coming to Melbourne

by Adrian on Wildlife Tours Australia

Had a great day trip with Autopia to The Great Ocean Road & Rainforest walk. Henning, our tour guide was fantastic. Generous with his time (we are still on the bus at 9.30pm), knowledgeable, professional - and a really nice bloke!
Would recommend this company and this gentleman to anyone. Hotel pick up fantastic.
Thank you

by Rachel B, Perth Australia on Wildlife Tours Australia
1 Day Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Tour

Excellent day trip! Bus is a little small, but it didn't take away from the day and the driver was fantastic and very knowledgeable. This trip is worth every penny.

We were picked up in central Melbourne and had morning tea in a little town called Colac. First landmark we saw was the London Bridge where we stopped for 15 mins to take in the view, we then went on to Loch Ard Gorge where we had longer time to walk around, really beautiful spot. Then we headed to the 12 Apostles where we had an hour, we had lunch here and there was an opportunity to go up in a helicopter for those who had pre-booked. There is a steady walk around the cliffs to take in the views of the Apostles. It is a busy place with lots of posing and selfies!

We then moved on to Mait's rest forest tour again an easy 30 min walk the guide was entertaining and new his stuff. The trees were amazing to see.

We then had a toilet break at a seaside town and on to my favourite part of the day....Koalas! I got to see my first wild koalas on this trip. In fact one was sat on the crash barrier looking out to the ocean! Our guide said he had never seen anything like it before! At Kennett River there were also a lot of parrots which are clearly used to being fed as they were jumping on some of the other tourists.

We then drove along the rest of the Ocean Drive Road and had a photo opportunity at the Memorial Park Gates. One last stop for pizzas in Torquay and back to Melbourne for about 7.30pm all in all a very memorable day and thanks to a great driver and tour guide. Definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Melbourne and has a spare day.

by Nicola K Edinburgh, United Kingdom on Wildlife Tours Australia
1 DAY GREAT OCEAN ROAD TOUR

What a fantastic tour we had on the 6th December with Andrea (and Rob) who was training. He will be a lovely and very approachable tour guide when he is ready.

A lot of people recommended doing great ocean road over several days. However we saw everything we felt the need to see on the day tour, it was more than sufficient.

Throughout this time we had morning tea, stopped at several bays and beaches, a wildlife park, had a lunch stop, went to viewing points, did a rainforest walk AND saw the 12 Apostles. The day went by very quickly and although there were so many stops, we didn't feel rushed which was great.

The highlight of our tour was definitely seeing the parrots and koalas in the trees. You can feed the parrots and get some amazing photos!

We were picked up at 6.55am and didn't return in the CBD until 8.30pm! Andrea was extremely knowledgable about everything that we did and saw. I can thoroughly recommend it as something to do in Melbourne.

by Ayush J on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road and Rainforest Tour - Day well Spent

This tour is not a must, but can be done if you have a day to spend and don't know what to do.
This tour takes you along different sights and places along the Great Ocean Road. It was a good tour as we got to see the 12 Apostles (now only 9 left), the Shipwreck Cove (The Loch Ard Gorge), The Maits Rest Rainforest (A small 20-25 mins walk through the rainforest) and many beautiful views along the Great Ocean Road. We also stopped in a place with some beautiful birds and koalas. It was a day well spent.

Our host for this tour was KK. She was really fun and patient (as at times we would return later than the rest of the group to the bus - apologies to everyone for that).

by Kyle G on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road day tour

The tour was awesome. Got to spend time at all the major highlights of the Great Ocean Road! Tour guide was very helpful and nice. Would highly recommend as price is unbeatable.

by Dougoline on Wildlife Tours Australia
Jam packed fun for family of 6

I booked the Great Ocean road day tour with an online travel agent (Travel Freedom), who got me a day tour with Wildlife tours. I had been shopping around for rates and got a good deal for our family of six, which included lunch, so I was not sure what I would be getting for less than $100 per person, while other rates go as high as $130. Our tour went very well, my family enjoyed all the beauty and wonder of this tour, and all the history and information provided by our tour guide, Craig- who is not only knowledgeable, but full of wit and humor. Will look for Wildlife Tours again when we visit Australia!

by Andy on Wildlife Tours Australia
what a fantastic tour

We had a truly memorable day and couldn't believe how much we managed to cram in. I need to give special mention to our tour guide Grant who really made the day with his informative but easygoing and often amusing commentary- it's a long time to spend on a small coach and the commentary really helped the time pass and helped us learn about our surroundings.
The meal stop was also really good - better than you often expect on tours where restaurants cater for large groups converging on them.
Thanks for a tremendous day that we will always remember.
Best wishes,
Andy and Jill

by Salwani on Wildlife Tours Australia
My tour of the great ocean road

My friends and I visited 3 places during our 1 week stay in Australia and the great ocean road was the best. The tourist guide was very friendly. Lots of things to see and pictures to take. We surely had a wonderful time.

by Kelly on Wildlife Tours Australia
Very impressed!

It was my first time on the Great Ocean Road and I was not disappointed. The best part of it was the photo opportunities. So many things to see on a beautiful sunny day, I recommend this trip.

by Liam on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road

What an amazing tour with Rob, he had us in stitches. The views were amazing at the great ocean road. Everyone on the tour I spoke to really enjoyed themselves. Thanks Rob

by Yin on Wildlife Tours Australia
Good time on the Great Ocean Road

Thanks for a good time. The koalas were my favorite of the one day tour. A long drive but the tour guide made it more fun.

by Chris on Wildlife Tours Australia
Good Value For Money

I had an amazing time with Darren on the Great Ocean Road tour. He answered all our questions and helped us get the best out of our cameras by taking nice photos of beautiful places.

LocationsTime
YHA Melbourne Metro
(78 Howard St) North Melbourne
6:50am
Space Hotel
(380 Russel St) Melbourne
6:58am
Pegasus Apartment
(206 A'Beckett St) Melbourne
7:10am
St Paul's Cathedral
(cnr Flinders & Swanson St)
7:15am
Windsor Hotel
(111 Spring St) Melbourne
7:18am
Regent Theatre
(191 Collins St) Melbourne
7:24am
Vibe Savoy
(630 Little collins St) Melbourne
7:30am
Holiday Inn
(575 Flinders Ln) Melbourne
7:35am
Crown Promenade Hotel
(8 Whiteman St)
7:40am
Immigration Museum
(400 Flinders St) Melbourne
7:45am
Base Backpackers
(17 Carlisle st) St Kila
7:10am

* If you cannot find your desired pickup location, please contact our office for a more exhaustive list of locations.* It is strongly recommended that you arrive at your pickup location at least 10 minutes before departure time. Please be patient and do not panic if your bus is running a few minutes late. If your bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes of your departure time, then contact our office on 03 9393 1300

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