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3-day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour

Great Ocean Road Private Tours

Embark on the ultimate adventure with our most popular 3-day tour! Experience the best of Australia’s history, natural beauty, wildlife, food, and wine, all in one spectacular trip. Choose our Great Ocean Road private tours for an unforgettable journey!

Step back in time and witness the Gold Rush era at Sovereign Hill, where history comes to life. Marvel at the majestic Mackenzie’s Falls, and take in the breathtaking views from Boroka and Reeds Lookout, as well as the stunning Balconies.

But that’s not all, journey on one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives on our Great Ocean Road day tour, avoiding the crowds at each stop and seeing all the famous sites in reverse. The rugged coastal scenery and the abundance of wildlife will leave you speechless.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you will never forget. Book now for our private day tours and create unforgettable memories!

Our Great Ocean Road and Grampians 3 Day Tour Overview

Day 1 – Melbourne to Halls Gap

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the stunning Grampian mountain ranges, where history, nature and culture collide. Our adventure begins with a stop at Ballarat and Sovereign Hill, a living museum where you can step back in time to the gold rush era. From there, we head to the Grampians, where you’ll be immersed in the rich traditions of the local indigenous people at the Brambuk Aboriginal cultural centre. Marvel at the ancient rock art paintings in shelters throughout the park, and take in the breathtaking views from Boroka and Reeds Lookout.

At Mackenzie’s Falls, witness the power and majesty of nature as the water cascades down the cliffs. As the sun sets, spot kangaroos, wallabies and wild birds, before retiring to your comfortable accommodation in Hall Gap. This is a day you’ll never forget!

Day 2 – Halls Gap to Apollo Bay

Today is an unforgettable adventure along one of the most iconic coastal drives in the world. The Great Ocean Road boasts breathtaking views that will leave you speechless, and we suggest starting early to make the most of it. Along the way, we’ll stop at London Bridge, The Grotto, Bay of Islands, and Loch Ard Gorge, where a 19th-century shipwreck adds a sense of awe and mystery to the place. But the real highlight of the tour is the famous 12 Apostles, where limestone stacks rise precariously from the Southern Ocean. We’ll take a narrow path down to the beach at Gibson’s Steps to get up close and personal with the towering cliffs and the remaining stacks.

As if that weren’t enough, we’ll also detour through the ancient Otway National Park, home to some of the most pristine rainforest in Victoria. We’ll end the day in the charming town of Apollo Bay, where you can walk among the towering Mountain Ash at Maits Rest or discover gorgeous fern gullies and giant beech trees up to 300 years old. Don’t forget your camera, as the urge to capture the epic scenery will be irresistible!

Day 3 – Apollo Bay to Melbourne

The day begins with a visit to Kennett River, where you can witness koalas in their natural habitat. The tour then proceeds to explore picture-perfect waterfalls such as Erskine Falls and Teddy’s Lookout above Lorne.

Afterward, sit down to a delightful lunch in Lorne with the sparkling sea as a backdrop, a true pleasure in life. The road then hugs the coast all the way to Torquay with the Memorial Arch serving as the gateway to the Great Ocean Road.

Visit the Split Point Lighthouse in Airey’s Inlet and make a detour to the famous waves of Bells Beach, where the Rip Curl Pro is held each year.

Finally, the tour concludes with just over an hour drive back to Melbourne, completing the epic 3-day Great Ocean Road day tour adventure of a lifetime.

Our Great Ocean Road Private Tour Highlights

DAY 1

  • Sovereign Hill
  • Boroka Lookout
  • The Balconies and Reeds lookout
  • Mackenzie Falls

DAY 2

  • Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Bay of Martyrs and the 12 Apostles
  • Otway National Park
  • Maites Rest rainforest walk
  • Seaside village of Apollo Bay

DAY 3

  • Kennett River (koala spotting)
  • Lorne
  • Erskine Falls, Teddy’s Lookout
  • Memorial Arch
  • Split point Lighthouse
  • Bells Beach and Torquay

OPTIONAL EXTRA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles

What’s included in our Great Ocean Road private tour?

  • Pick up and return to your preferred location within 15km of CBD
  • Morning or Afternoon tea (each day)
  • Sovereign Hill
  • All lookouts and walks
  • Seaside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne
  • Otway National Park
  • Kennett River (koala spotting)
  • Bells Beach and Torquay
  • Accommodation (Based on twin share)
  • Flexible and fully customised itinerary
  • Luxury vehicle with complimentary bottled water

MEALS

  • Morning or Afternoon tea (Daily)
  • Gourmet 2 course lunch (Daily)
  • Breakfast (Day 2 and Day 3)

WHAT TO BRING

  • Clothing for three days
  • Warm jacket, sturdy footwear

EXCLUSIONS

  • Dinner

How many days do you need to go the Great Ocean Road?

To fully experience the Great Ocean Road and its many attractions, it’s recommended to allocate at least two to three days. This allows for a more relaxed journey along the coast, with time to explore the various scenic viewpoints, natural landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the Otway Rainforest, as well as charming coastal towns like Lorne and Apollo Bay. Additionally, spreading the trip over multiple days allows for flexibility in scheduling activities, taking leisurely walks, and enjoying the local cuisine. As your trusted travel partner, Melbourne Elite Tours provides flexible and affordable packages according to your preferences.

What makes the Great Ocean Road special?

The Great Ocean Road is distinguished by its awe-inspiring coastal scenery, including rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and iconic landmarks like the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. It offers abundant opportunities for wildlife spotting and exploration of charming coastal towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay. With a rich cultural heritage, including the Memorial Arch at Eastern View commemorating its construction, the road provides a memorable journey showcasing the beauty and significance of Australia’s southern coastline, making it a truly special destination for travellers worldwide.

Is the Great Ocean Road a day trip from Melbourne?

Yes, the Great Ocean Road can be visited as a day trip from Melbourne, but it involves a long round trip of approximately 8-10 hours or more depending on stops. While it’s possible to see major attractions like the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge in a single day, it may feel rushed. Organised day trips Melbourne Elite Tours include transportation and guided commentary, but for a more relaxed experience, spending at least one night in the area is recommended.

What is the duration required to travel the Great Ocean Road?

Driving the entire length of the Great Ocean Road, from Torquay to Allansford, without making any stops, typically takes around 4 to 5 hours. However, most travellers take longer due to the scenic views, attractions, and towns along the way. It’s common for visitors to spend a full day or more exploring the Great Ocean Road to fully appreciate its beauty and attractions.

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