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The Great Ocean Road is one of those iconic drives that every tourist and local alike has to take at least once in their lives. Rife with pristine vistas and quiet towns, the road covers 243 kilometres of Victorian coastline between Torquay and Allansford, and features the Twelve Apostles, Bay of Islands and Bells Beach.

It’s one of the world’s largest war memorials and was built by returned World War I veterans in dedication to their fallen comrades. These days, it’s the road trip of a lifetime, which you can drive in part or in full. Whatever you decide, these Great Ocean Road trip ideas will set a benchmark and will leave you wanting more.

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How to see the Great Ocean Road

Many Great Ocean Road tours and activities can be booked on websites like Viator, Adrenaline and Red Balloon, or when available on discount sites like Groupon.

  • Group or private tours
  • Self-drive
  • Walking
  • Scenic flight or helicopter tour (customised or organised)

Compare Great Ocean Road tours

Here are a handful of popular and unique Great Ocean Road tours and activities.

TourLengthIncludionsPriceWhere to book
Day tour with scenic flight to Twelve Apostles1.5 hoursReturn transfers from Melbourne, day tour along Great Ocean Road, lunch, guide and 15-minute scenic flight$560 ppViator
1-day surf tour1 dayPick-up in Melbourne or Torquay, equipment, two lessons, coaching, lunch, snacks and refreshments$125 ppRedBalloon
Scenic flight (2-person minimum)1 hourScenic flight from Barwon Heads Airport to the Twelve Apostles, Bells Beach, Anglesea and more with commentary$420 ppAdrenaline
Hop-on, hop-off tourFlexiblePick-up from Melbourne, transport, hop on and off along the route, lunch, park entry fees, snacks$139 ppTourstogo
2-day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island2 daysPick-up from Melbourne, ferry ride, food, dorm stay at Bells Beach, park entry fees and guide$265 pp (more to upgrade)Sightseeing Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road – small group tour from Melbourne14.5 hoursFull-day tour including lunch, koala-spotting, national park and sights, small coach transfers from Melbourne$135 ppViator
Skydiving1 hourQualified instruction, safety briefing and equipment$279 ppAdrenaline
4-day Twelve Apostles walk4 daysTransfers from Melbourne, three nights’ accommodation, scenic flight over Twelve Apostles, all meals and snacks$2,125 ppViator

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Great Ocean Road: Two-day guided tours

Overnight guided tours give you the time to see all that the Great Ocean Road has to offer without having to worry about driving yourself.

Some of the sites they often include are Lorne, Apollo Bay, Great Otway National Park, Beacon Point, Loch and Gorge, Torquay, Bells Beach, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven Beach, Memorial Arch, Castle Cove, The Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Island and Port Campbell.

Ultimate 2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour
Ultimate 2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour

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Great Ocean Road self-drive tours

Great Ocean Road Self Drive Motorcycle Tour (MEL)
Great Ocean Road Self Drive Motorcycle Tour (MEL)

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Great Ocean Road two day tours with Phillip Island tour

Be greedy. Pack your holiday to the brink and tack on a trip to another Victorian highlight, Phillip Island. These tours can help you get there.

Phillip Island and Great Ocean Road Package
Phillip Island and Great Ocean Road Package

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City Tour, Phillip Island and Great Ocean Road Package
City Tour, Phillip Island and Great Ocean Road Package

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Private Combo City, Phillip Island and Great Ocean Road tours
Private Combo City, Phillip Island and Great Ocean Road tours

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Great Ocean Road one-day tour

Those strapped for time or looking to spend a day in Melbourne during their trip can maximise their time with a one-day tour of the Great Ocean Road instead of an overnight tour. These are some of the best.


Unique one-day Great Ocean Road tours from Melbourne

Options such as helicopter rides, motorcycle tours, surf tours and flight tours will ensure you have a unique, memorable experience of the Great Ocean Road.

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Top things to see along the Great Ocean Road

  • Natural coastal attractions. The Great Ocean Road’s most famous attraction, the Twelve Apostles, is a group of limestone stacks spouting from the ocean. Tip: get here as early as you can to avoid the crowds. Another 15 minutes further along is must-see rock formation London Bridge, with the picturesque Loch Ard Gorge in between.
  • Great Otway National Park. An area of rainforest and gorges dotted with waterfalls like the crashing Beauchamp Falls. There are plenty of opportunities for walking, camping, mountain biking and picnics, among other activities.
  • Wildlife. The Great Ocean Road is full of koala-spotting hotspots, the most obvious being Kennett River. You’re also likely to come across wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and all kinds of birds along the way.
  • Coastal towns and villages. Ideal stopping points along the way or places to stay overnight. Look out for Apollo Bay for restaurants with a water view, historic fishing town Port Fairy, the popular holiday destination and arts community of Lorne, and Australia’s surf capital, Torquay.
  • Surfing. Torquay is the capital of surf and Bells Beach hosts the Rip Curl Pro competition around Easter every year. You can also take a surfing lesson and visit the Australian National Surfing Museum.
  • Food. The Great Ocean Road has its fair share of local produce and wineries. Being a coastal destination there is of course excellent seafood on offer. From markets to upmarket restaurants, taste locally grown fruits and don’t miss cheese and ice cream produced from the local dairy.
  • Whale watching. A popular activity from May to September, there’s no shortage of lookout points along the Great Ocean Road.
  • Walking. The Great Ocean Road’s 104 kilometres can be explored on short walks or day-long hikes. The adventurous can take on the whole route by foot in around a week by camping along the way. Tour operators can arrange your luggage transfer.

Top Great Ocean Road travel deals

Groupon Groupon

Up to 57% off Great Ocean Road attractions and hotels

Save on day tours, hotel stays, skydives and more along the Great Ocean Road.

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Adrenaline Adrenaline

Up to 30% off flying experiences

Valid on select dates and for experiences like hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flight, skydiving, flying lessons and more. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Hunter Valley, Great Ocean Road and more. T&Cs apply.

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Luxury Escapes Luxury Escapes

Up to 33% off Great Ocean Road getaway

Available for travel until 31 March 2021. Package includes return economy flights, accommodation at Mantra Lorne, breakfast and more. Valid for 2 persons. T&Cs apply.

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Trip.com Trip.com

Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles day tour from $123.50

Available for tours from 1 June - 19 September 2020. Package includes tour guide, hotel pick up and drop off, and more. T&Cs apply.

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Trip.com Trip.com

Great Ocean Road sunset tour from $119.50

Available for tours from 1 April - 19 September 2020. Package includes tour guide, hotel pick up and drop off, and more. T&Cs apply.

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Luxury Escapes Luxury Escapes

Up to 33% off Great Ocean Road escape with flights

Available for stays until 31 March 2021. Package include return economy flights, accommodation at Mantra Lorne, breakfast and more. Valid for 2 persons. T&Cs apply.

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Wotif Wotif

Great Ocean Road stays from $80/night

Available on select stay dates until December 2020. Sample rate is for Mahogany Motel.

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Klook Klook

Up to 10% off Great Ocean Road tandem skydive

Available on select dated. Package includes tandem skydive with a tandem jump master, professional guide, safety equipment, transfers and more.

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