We’ve created this list of the most popular Great Ocean Road tours to suit all sizes of groups, budgets and timeframes. Read our top picks for sightseeing tours on the Great Ocean Road.
If you are visiting Melbourne or even touring Australia, consider taking a Great Ocean Road sightseeing tour. This Australian coastline has something for everybody; you will not leave disappointed. There are many tour options available, so it can be hard to choose the best one for you.
Experience the 12 Apostles up close during the 4-day tour of the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk. Starting from Castle Cove, you can bushwalk through wetlands, beaches, rocky headlands and forest valleys to the Twelve Apostles.
A highly knowledgeable and experienced guide will guide you along the way with added information on local geography and history. At the end of each day, you return to a luxury eco-lodge where staff prepare healthy meals and you can indulge in rainforest showers and foot spas.
Get to know the local wildlife in their natural habitat when they are most active. The Wildlife Wonders Dawn Discovery Tour starts early in the morning as the sun rises over the Southern Ocean and can start with a chorus of birds or awaking. This 90-minute sightseeing tour will be guided by a conservationist who will provide insights into the lives of the wildlife, and the tour includes a delicious breakfast.
Whereas the Dusk Discovery tour begins as the sun sets over the hills of the Otways. This tour focuses on nocturnal wildlife that starts feeding and foraging around dusk.
See the sights of country Victoria via the Timboon Rail Trail thanks to Ride With Us Bike Hire and Bike Shuttle service. Choose from a range of new ebikes, mountain bikes and children’s bikes to ride through 40 kilometres of dairy farms and along the coast of Port Campbell.
Helmets, bike locks and a trail map will be supplied. But if you need nourishment along the journey, book a Gourmet Rail Trail Ride with a produce hamper or a backpack full of snacks.
Soak up the history of this great landscape and how Gunditjmara people worked to establish a society over the past 30,000 years. The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape tour is owned and operated by First Nation’s people and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its outstanding universal value.
See the ancient freshwater eel farming techniques practised by Gunditjmara people, then taste eel at the cafe as it’s prepared using traditional Aboriginal techniques and flavours!
You haven’t seen The Great Ocean Road until you’ve met with local sea creatures. Unfortunately, the two-day tours don’t accommodate the lovely sea life, so you’ll have to book either a three-day private tour from Melbourne or a Seals By Sea Tour.
Seal Point is home to around 2,500 Australian seals and is by far one of the most popular natural attractions in the South West. You’ll take a 45-minute boat ride along the rocks and visit seals in their natural habit.
For the full wildlife experience, we recommend the 3-day tour where you’ll see penguins, seals, koalas, kangaroos and parrots.
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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.