2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour | otway forest
2 Day Great Ocean Road and Otway Forest
Ideal weekender to enjoy the wonder of our 2 Day Great Ocean Road and Otways National Park Tour returning to Melbourne
$340 Basic Dormitory (shared)
$ — Standard Double (ensuite)
$ — Standard Single (ensuite)
Not suitable for infants or children 5 years and under.
Children aged between 6 and 17 years old are required to stay in a shared private room and must be accompanied by a legal guardian or adult.
Basic Dormitory and Single Room fares apply to Adults 18+ over.
Introducing our 2 Day Great Ocean Road 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; learn to throw a boomerang; stay in a brewery; experience the lifestyle of the Surf Coast and its famous beaches and we’re only just scratching the surface of what this tour really offers.
- Tour Code: GOR2
- Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
- Operates: Sun (Apr-Sep) /Sun, Wed (Oct-Mar)
- Departs 7:35am
- Returns 6:30pm
- 1 x Night accommodation
- 1 x Breakfast
- 1 x Dinner
- Guided Aboriginal Bushtucker experience
- Guaranteed Australian wildlife viewing
- Select pick up / drop off points
- All National Park entry fees
- Average group size 18 guests
Standard rooms are subject
to availability at time of booking
• Escape the crowds and enjoy the Great Ocean Road in a relaxed time frame
• See the 12 Apostles at sunset
• See iconic Great Ocean Road landmarks not seen on regular tours
• Explore an extinct volcano full of native Aussie wildlife
• Indigenous guided tour exploring culture & history of the Gunditjmara people
• Stay in a boutique Brewery (dorm share only), drink some of their delicious brews
• Walk a section of the Great Ocean Walk
• See the limestone monoliths and coastline from beach level at Gibson Steps
• Instagramable moments amongst the Redwoods of the Otway’s
• Visit popular Surf Coast surf beaches
• Search for whales (May-Oct)
• Try the only Zip Coaster in Australia (optional add-on)
DAY 1 – Melbourne to Port Campbell
We start this tour with a drive through the ancient lava fields of western Victoria on our 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, bush tucker, medicine and the skills or the boomerang. Drive the Great Ocean Road “backwards”, 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.read more
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 rain forrest. 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 Choclaterie & Ice-Creamery for some delicious treats and one of the most popular surf beaches in Australia before the trip back to Melbourne around 6:30pm. Driving Distance: 300km. Hike Distance: 3km.
*Itinerary is subject to change
What to bring
1 Litre Water Bottle, 15kg soft luggage or small overnight bag, any medications you usually take, ensure you pack appropriately, all weather conditions, warm jacket, thermals advisable for the colder months, sturdy comfortable walking/hiking shoes with tread, hat, sunscreen & sunglasses, swimmers, towel & toiletries, camp torch/headlamp, camera.
Zip Coaster Tree Top thrill ride at Livewire Park Lorne +$48
Where to meet
7:35am Immigration Museum – 400 Flinders St Cnr Market St Melbourne.
Below is a full list of our hotel pick locations
- 6:50 – YHA Metro, 78 Howard St, North Melbourne
- 6:55 – Space Hotel, 380 Russell St, Melbourne
- 7:00 – Pullman Albert Park, 63-65 Queens Rd, Albert Park
- 7:00 – Ibis on Therry, 15-21 Therry St, Melbourne
- 7:05 – Pegasus Apartments Hotel – 206 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
- 7:10 – Base Backpackers – 17 Carlisle St, St Kilda
- 7:10 – Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collin St, Melbourne
- 7:15 – Windsor Hotel – 111 Spring St, Melbourne (Hotel Guests Only)
- 7:20 – Mercure Welcome, 265 Little Bourke ST, Melbourne (Hotel Guests Only)
- 7:25 – The Savoy Hotel – 630 Little Collins St, Melbourne
- 7:30 – Crown Promenade – 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
- 7:30 – Holiday Inn, 575 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
- 7:35 – Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St cnr Market St, Melbourne
** Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to you nominated pickup time so as not to delay or miss your tour.
Cancellations within 14 days or failure to board on the day, will result in 100% full fare forfeiture. Date change fees apply outside of 14 days $150 per person. Read Full Terms and Conditions here
Our commitment to sustainability
At Autopia Tours, we actively promote the protection of flora and fauna on our 2 Day Great Ocean Road and Otways Tour. It is our duty to ensure there is minimal disturbance to this National Heritage Listed region and the species that call it home. Cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditional owners should also be shown at all times.
Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.
Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/
Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.
The natural behaviours of wildlife are to be respected and not interfered with. When viewing wildlife, people should take care to avoid rapid or sudden movements, which could frighten the animal, and should keep noise to a minimum and refrain from touching, petting or feeding all wildlife including birds. Contact with people can introduce diseases to wildlife and can cause them to become aggressive.
Wildlife should not be handled or fed, unless by certified wildlife handlers. Feeding wildlife can alter their natural foraging behaviour and can lead to disease or illness through contact with people and the introduction of foods that are harmful to their digestive system. Feeding wildlife can also cause them to become aggressive toward people.
Wildlife that appears to be in distress, injured or in danger should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority, such as your Guide/Tour Leader, a National Park Ranger or Visitor Centre Staff.
Protecting our National Parks
People should remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences and follow all directions given by the guide/tour leader. Venturing off these can alter fragile ecosystems and can harm wildlife shelters and native vegetation. There are other dangers to be aware of too, such as cliff edges, unstable rock formations, overhanging tree branches and slippery ground cover. Remaining on tracks ensures safe visitation for guests and the environment.
No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth, as they form part of the ecosystem of the region and their removal could cause a disturbance.
All buses are fitted with waste bins. No organic waste should be disposed of onto the ground. Although organic, items such as banana peels, apple cores, bread and other food scraps, are not natural/native to the region and can introduce pest species, diseases or harm to wildlife if found and eaten. We recommend all passengers bring a water bottle with you on our2 Day Great Ocean Road and Otways Tour. Purchasing bottled water contributes large amounts of plastic into the landfill. Therefore, we ask guests to bring their own bottle, as there is access to water refill stations available on our vehicles. Please ensure you stay hydrated throughout the tour to reduce the risk of sun exposure and dehydration.
All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.
If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and limit it to designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on any of our vehicles, or in any type of accommodation including permanent campsites. We make frequent ‘comfort stops’ to allow free time for guests but cannot guaranteed smoke breaks. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butt responsibly and appropriately.
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