Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles
Today’s tour is packed with great locations, incredible views and natural wonders. So, sit back and relax while your Driver Guide provides expert commentary on all the key landmarks along the way.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road stretches for 243 kilometres along the stunning south-eastern coast between Torquay and Warrnambool. An Australian National Heritage listed road, it was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932. The road winds through gorgeous terrain along the coast and leads you to many significant landmarks and natural wonders.
At the foothills of the Otways lies the gorgeous seaside village of Apollo Bay. Surrounded by rolling green hills and ocean, Apollo Bay is a lively holiday destination during summer. Here you can relax and treat yourself to lunch at one of the many cafés and restaurants, or you can take a stroll along the picturesque beachfront.
The Twelve Apostles
The rugged splendour of the approaching Twelve Apostles is just breathtaking. These incredible limestone rock formations up to 45 metres high are the result of erosion that began up to 20 million years ago. Your Guide will share the history of their fascinating evolution while you take in the great spectacle of this natural wonder. If you find you can only count 8 Apostles and not 12 – test your Driver Guide’s knowledge as to why!!
There are many walks around the location of the Twelve Apostles providing closer access to the shoreline. From the cliff top viewing area you can absorb the grandeur of this iconic site and take some photographs.
Loch Ard Gorge
Now you’ll visit the beautiful Loch Ard Gorge and learn of the ill-fated English ship ‘Loch Ard’ that ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island in 1878. The ship sank within 15 minutes, taking with it all but two of the 54 passengers and crew on board. The survivors came ashore and found refuge at what is now known as Loch Ard Gorge, a striking example of the process of erosion.
Now you can take a well earned break at the gorgeous little seaside village of Port Campbell. Sheltered by cliffs and Norfolk pines, this little haven has a colourful and lively personality. You can treat yourself to afternoon tea at one of the cafés or bakeries luring you to homemade treats (own expense). You can also enjoy a wander through the boutique stores and galleries – there’s plenty here to tempt you.
Full Day Tour
Approximately 12 hours
from Federation Square, Corner Flinders & Russell Streets or earlier from your hotel
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
Low level of fitness required.
|10.15am||Photo stop at Memorial Arch|
|3.30pm||Loch Ard Gorge|
|4.40pm||Port Campbell (afternoon tea)|
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
Pickup times listed below are valid for departures between 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017. If your travel date is outside this period, please enquire at time of booking for hotel pick-up details.
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The Great Ocean Road was conceived in March 1918 as a war memorial for servicemen who had been killed in the First World War.
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The Great Ocean Road gives access to some of the finest surfing beaches in Australia including Bells Beach, Fairhaven, Lorne, Wye River, Kennett River and Apollo Bay.
These limestone rock formations were named The Twelve Apostles despite only ever having nine stacks. There are 8 remaining today.
The bases of the Twelve Apostles are eroding by approximately 2 cm per year and are expected to become future stacks due to wave action eroding the cliff face.