Great Ocean Road Small Group Eco Tour

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    Go West Tours

    Go West Tours is Melbourne’s premier small group day tour operator. Since September 2000 we have operated small group day tours to Melbourne’s iconic day tour destinations, showing our customers some great sights and – more importantly – some great times.

    • Bus Tour
    • Pickups are between: 7am-8am
    • Melbourne, Australia

    Great Ocean Road Small Group Eco Tour

    A must-do day tour from Melbourne for anyone wanting to see the Great Ocean Road the right way

    When you’re planning your trip to Melbourne there is one thing that must be included on your itinerary – our Great Ocean Road day tour.

    Regarded by many as a tourist highlight of Victoria, book your place on one of our Great Ocean Road Small Group Eco Tours from Melbourne and experience this magical part of Australia the Go West way!

    Departs

    Daily from Melbourne

    Pickup

    Pickups are between: 7am-8am

    Return

    to Melbourne approx 9pm

    Locations

    • A truly scenic journey along Australia’s most spectacular coastal route
    • The famous beaches of the Great Ocean Road’s Surf Coast
    • Guaranteed sightings of wild koalas in the Great Otway National Park
    • Visit the delightful coastal township of Apollo Bay
    • A guided eco tour in the Great Otway National Park’s cool temperate rainforest
    • Experience the tranquil beauty of the rainforest gullies and towering eucalyptus trees
    • Wonder at the famous rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park
    • The awe-inspiring 12 Apostles
    • An opportunity to view two of the Apostles from beach level at Gibson’s Steps
    • Loch Ard Gorge – hear the story of our most famous shipwreck
    • Morning tea (coffee/tea/hot chocolate & cake)
    • Friendly and informative driver / guide
    • Return transfers in air-conditioned comfort
    • Complimentary onboard wifi throughout your journey
    • Flexible fare – no cancellation fees apply for changes up to 24 hours before your tour departure time

    What will I do on my Great Ocean Road Small Group Eco Tour?

    Departing Melbourne at around 8.00am, we enjoy panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay as we cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest bridge at just under 2.6 kilometres in length. We pass by and learn a little about Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong, as we make our way down towards the Surf Coast, with its enchanting beach side towns and powerful swells.

    In Torquay we stop for our first opportunity to visit the beach and to enjoy a complimentary morning tea. Departing Torquay we set out along the Great Ocean Road itself, as your experienced driver-guide provides an informative commentary about the road’s history and its place in Australian folklore.

    The scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road is a highlight in itself, as we absorb some truly amazing coastal scenery, with new views being revealed around every bend. We make plenty of scenic stops, including of course a photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View.

    At the township of Kennett River we make a brief side trip into the sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest to locate some of the local koalas in the native habitat. The koala population here is particularly strong and numerous sightings are guaranteed! We also have an opportunity to see colourful local bird life, including Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots.

    We then continue on towards our lunch stop in Apollo Bay with another photo stop at Cape Patton on the way. After lunch we follow the Great Ocean Road away from the ocean and into the mountains. The tour proceeds through the spectacular Otway Ranges, where we stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool temperate rainforest. Here our guide accompanies the group through the forest, where we stop to learn a little about the world’s tallest flowering trees and the ancient rainforest species.

    And then it’s onwards to the world famous Port Campbell National Park and its iconic array of rock formations. You’ll be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the Twelve Apostles. Here we also have the opportunity to take to the air with an optional helicopter flight.

    For those guests who don’t take to the air, a further stop is possible at Gibsons Steps. Here guests can descend the steps to Gibsons Beach below for beach level views of two of the Twelve Apostles.

    Just down the road is the heart of the Shipwreck Coast, the Loch Ard Gorge where 52 lives were lost and only 2 souls survived the wreck of the Loch Ard in 1878. Your guide will recount the legend of the Loch Ard, bringing the gorge to life in a way you never imagined. We take time to explore here, with more rock formations to see, including the Razorback, the Dumpling Pots and the delightful Island Archway.

    A dinner stop is made on the journey back to Melbourne before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as we cross the Westgate Bridge again on the way home. With drop off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.

    Our Great Ocean Road tour was awarded a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award in both 2017 & 2018. In both years – based on guest reviews – it was rated by TripAdvisor the #2 experience in all of Australia.

    Bus Info

    Our smaller air-conditioned buses allow us to access areas the larger coaches can’t. They also allow for a more personal tour experience with the benefits of a small group environment. So come along and let our  tour guides give you a value-packed day of outstanding sights, wildlife encounters, information and entertainment, with plenty of fun and a few little surprises along the way.

    Price

    $135pp for adults  

    $115 for kids

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