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1 Day Great Ocean Road Day Tour From $129

Visit one of the world’s most famous and beautiful coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road, on an epic day tour through the south-west coast of Victoria.

Experience the scenic drive and all of its highlights at its best while avoiding the crowds. With plenty of incredible views, lookouts, and photo opportunities, travel along Australia’s largest war memorial, 192 km long.

Along the epic Great Ocean Road, spot amazing Australian wildlife like koalas, kangaroos, and other native species. Visit the magnificent surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road, then go for a guided walk through the Great Otway National Park’s ancient rainforest. Also among the sights are the amazing Twelve Apostles, and the beautiful Loch Ard Gorge.

The tour departs from Melbourne and heads straight to the further end of the Great Ocean Road, to avoid the crowds. You will arrive back in Melbourne in the early evening. This is a terrific day excursion that showcases the best of the Great Ocean Road.

Trip Intinerary

Great Ocean Road Itinerary

Start the day heading out of the city and across the West Gate Bridge, through Geelong, Colac, and onto the stunning Great Ocean Road.
Your first scenic stop will be at the 12 Apostles where you can see the amazing natural limestone rock stacks and cliffs from the boardwalk and viewing platforms, with the crashing waves below.
Then head to the beautiful Loch Ard Gorge and walk along the famous shipwreck beach. Here you can learn about the tragic history that took place while admiring the incredible formations of Island Archway and Razorback.
Next, drive through the Great Otway National Park that stretches all along the surf coast all the way to Anglesea. Here you will learn about the rainforest’s ancient trees, native birds and wildlife.
As you make your way along the beautiful Great Ocean Road you will stop off for stunning scenic lookouts and plenty of great picture opportunities. Make sure to look out for koalas, kangaroos, and other naive wildlife along the way.
You will have afternoon refreshments in Lorne where you can stroll along the pier, home of the famous Lorne Pier to pub annual race.
Your last stop along the amazing surf coast is the Memorial Arch. Get your picture with the Great Ocean Road sign before aiming to be back in the city by 7:30.

Inclusions & Extras


  • Morning and afternoon tea and coffee
  • National Park entry fees
  • Friendly and experienced guide
  • Air conditioned mini coach travel
  • Select inner city pick up and drop off points


  • Lunch (lunch stop at Apollo Bay)

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

Great Ocean Road Day Tour

1 Day Fully Guided Tour


What to bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Bathers and towel (in summer)
  • Jacket/warm clothes

Pick Ups & Departures

Base Backpackers, 17 Carlisle St, St Kilda
Summer House Melbourne, 109 Barkly St, St Kilda
YHA Central, 562 Flinders St
Immigration Museum, cnr Flinders St and Market St
Melbourne City Backpackers, cnr King St and Little Bourke St
The Village Hostel Melbourne, 167 Franklin St
Space Hotel, 280 Russell St
YHA Mero, 78 Howard St, North Melbourne

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Ride Tours Terms & Conditions

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds will be processed according to the following time frames.
Cancellation within 48 hours of departure will result in full fare forfeiture.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.

What should i do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.

Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?

Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.

What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?

Some tours have extra costs and you should be aware that there may be added expenses. These expenses will differ for each service provider, but some of the more usual extras are: EMC tax, stinger suit hire, luggage storage, sleeping bag hire, linen hire, national park fee, food, insurance, accommodation, equipment hire, petrol levy, etc. We will alert you to extra costs to the extent reasonably practicable. However, you must also check with each individual service provider when you re-confirm your booking.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

How do I know if my trip is BYO?

Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.

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