From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road and Otway Overnight Tour
Culture & history
Good for groups
Nature & adventure
Take a journey of pure wonder and great memories as you uncover the real Great Ocean Road over 2 days. Take a cultural walk on Gunditjmara lands, and stop beneath the giant Redwoods of Otways Forest.
Discover the treasures of the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
See the enormous limestone monoliths from the Gibson Steps Beach
Relish 'Instagrammable' moments as you wander amongst the tallest trees in the world in the Redwoods Otways Beech Forest
Explore the hidden beach of Loch Ard Gorge and famous Great Ocean Road Walk
Be amazed by the iconic Twelve Apostles at sunset a great way to finish day 1
Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell (D)
You'll begin your tour with a drive through the ancient lava fields of Western Victoria on your way to the country seaside town of Warrnambool. You'll take a detour to Tower Hill on the way, to explore Australia's most recently extinct volcano which is bursting with wildlife.
Following that, take a guided walk with Worn Gundidj, learning about the traditional lifestyle of Australia's Aboriginal people and learn about their culture. You'll then drive the Great Ocean Road 'backward', starting with Shipwreck Coast and its icons such as the Bay of Islands, The Grotto, and London Bridge, with time to explore the village of Port Campbell. Try some locally made beers from the Sow & Piglets Brewery with dinner, before finishing off your day at the 12 Apostles for sunset.
Day 2: Great Ocean Road to Melbourne (B)
The second day starts off with a climb down the stairs onto the beach at Loch Ard Gorge, well before the crowds arrive, for a unique take on this ever-so-popular attraction. It's then off for a stroll along a section of the Great Ocean Walk and down to the beach level at the Apostles at Gibson Steps before retreating into the Otway rainforest.
Hidden in a place most don't venture, the Redwoods of the Otways will simply amaze as you admire the tallest and second-tallest species of trees in the world side by side. It's then back on the road to continue the breathtaking coastal drive with quality stops in the townships of Apollo Bay and Lorne to soak in the Aussie beach town lifestyle. You'll have time to check out the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery for some delicious treats, as well as one of the most popular surf beaches in Australia, before heading back to Melbourne at around 7:30pm.
Overnight tour to/from Melbourne
1 night's accommodation at Port Campbell Guesthouse with shared bathroom facilities
1 dinner, 1 breakfast
Cultural nature walk
All national park entrance fees
Hosted by an experienced driver-guide
Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
Comprehensive local tour commentary
Please notify if you have any special dietary requirements at least 48 hours prior to departure
Itinerary stops may change slightly depending on weather conditions, special events, and road closures
It is kindly requested that all passengers bring a water bottle on tour, there are refill stations provided
The vehicles are modern with non-reclining seats and seat belts
Minimum group size is 6 passengers; with a maximum group size of 24 passengers
A moderate level of fitness is required to complete the walks included in this itinerary