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2 Day 1 Night Great Ocean Road Otway Forest Tour

Avoid the crowds as you explore and experience all the major attractions of the Great Ocean Road plus many more that most tours will miss in this relaxed and adventurous 2 day tour. Watch the sun set behind the 12 Apostles; stand amongst the two tallest tree species in the world; explore the inside of an extinct volcano; track down native Australian wildlife such as Koalas, Kangaroo, Emu, and the elusive Echidna; walk a section of the Great Ocean Walk; stay in a brewery; experience the lifestyle of the Surf Coast and its famous beaches and you're only just scratching the surface of what this tour really offers.

Key information

  • Children policy: Any passengers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by and share a double/twin room with a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Melbourne
  • National Park entrance fees are included.

Highlights

  • Embrace the Great Ocean Road at your leisure and escape the crowds
  • Take in the sunset splendor of the iconic 12 Apostles
  • Visit landmarks along the Great Ocean Road that aren't seen on regular tours
  • Explore an extinct volcano full of native Aussie wildlife
  • Take a guided Aboriginal cultural nature walk
  • Walk along a section of the Great Ocean Walk
  • See the enormous limestone monoliths and coastline from beach level at Gibson Steps
  • Instagrammable moments amongst the Redwoods of the Otways
  • 1 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


2 activity days
Group size: 8-23 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
19:00

Accommodation for this tour is Sow and Piglets Guest House (formerly Port Campbell Hostel) or similar (6-8 bed dorm with shared bathroom facilities), private rooms with shared facilities available on request only.

Program

Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell

You start this tour with a drive through the ancient lava fields of western Victoria on your way to the country seaside town of Warrnambool, making a detour to Tower Hill to explore Australia's most recently extinct volcano bursting with wildlife. Take a guided walk with Worn Gundidj learning about the traditional lifestyle of Australia's indigenous people, and get close to some of Australia’s most iconic animals. Drive the Great Ocean Road "backward", starting with the 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 Sow & Piglets Brewery with dinner before finishing off the day at the 12 Apostles for sunset.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Sow and Piglets Guest House (formerly Port Campbell Hostel) or similar (6-8 bed dorm with shared bathroom facilities), private rooms with shared facilities available on request only.
  • Driving distance: 380km
  • Hike distance: 2km

Day 2: Port Campbell to Melbourne

The second day starts off with a climb down the stairs onto the beach at Loch Ard Gorge well before the crowds begin for a unique take on this ever-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. 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. Check out the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery for some delicious treats and one of the most popular surf beaches in Australia before the trip back to Melbourne around 7:00 pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Driving distance: 300km
  • Hike distance: 3km

Location

This tour is an ideal weekender to enjoy the wonders of the Great Ocean Road and Otway Forest covering the 12 Apostles, Tower Hill, and the opportunity to see many species of native Australian wildlife.

Food

While they endeavour to cater to most dietary needs, passengers mus advise their booking agent at the time of booking. The tour operator must also be notified of any food allergies or known medical conditions at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Overnight tour to/from Melbourne return
  • 1 nights’ accommodation - with shared bathroom facilities (Port Campbell)
  • Includes: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
  • Aboriginal cultural experience
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Guided walks included (~5km total)
  • Guaranteed Australian wildlife in its natural habitat
  • Hosted by an experienced driver guide
  • Modern air-conditioned coach travel
  • Comprehensive local tour commentary
  • Selected Melbourne inner-city pick-up/drop-off points

What's not included

  • 12 Apostles scenic helicopter flights - payable onboard direct to the operator on arrival
  • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary - breakfast/dinner.
  • Hotel transfers pre/post tour itinerary to a nominated pickup point.
  • Personal travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Pickups for this tour from Melbourne:

  • 6:55 - Pegasus Apartments Hotel - 206 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
  • 7:00 - Melbourne Marriott Hotel - cnr Exhibition St & Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • 7:05 - Space Hotel, 380 Russell St, Melbourne
  • 7:10 - Grand Hyatt Melbourne - Russell St entrance Melbourne
  • 7:20 - Adina Apartment Hotel - 189 Queen St, Melbourne
  • 7:25 - The Savoy Hotel - 630 Little Collins St, Melbourne
  • 7:35 - Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St cnr Market St, Melbourne
  • 7:40 - Crown Towers - 8 Whiteman St Queens Bridge St, Southbank

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

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