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Great Ocean Road
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles...
Ranked #40 of 3,809 things to do in Victoria
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Owner description: This 108-mile coastal drive along Australia's southwestern shore winds its way around rugged cliffs, through lush rainforests and windswept beaches.
Reviewed 15 November 2012

The 250 km (155 miles) Great Ocean Road, built between 1918 and 1932, is a famous tourist drive hugging the cliffs, coast and beaches of Victoria's south west. The Twelve Apostles are the highlight of the trip, but there is so much else to see. The scenic lookouts have been well-placed along the route, and display boards at each describe the view and history. The road follows The Shipwreck Coast, where over 700 ships have come to grief, mainly in the 19th century, and some sad stories can be read at the lookouts. Taking several days to leisurely drive between Melbourne and Adelaide is best, and there are pretty towns to stop or stay in. Travelling from east to west means you have the sea beside the car, (Australians drive on the left like the UK) and are not having to cross the road to enter the lookout car parks. We saw wild koalas beside the road. Although it may be tempting to drive this route in a day, The Great Ocean Road starts 100km from Melbourne, it is winding, and there are so many stunning views you would want to stop at. Don't rush it.

Thank Cadarnle
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

There's no way people are not going to love it. It's just spectacular, no words can describe it.
We took one day tour that stopped in many places along the way. It was a quick trip, but well worth it. Recommend!

Thank ManlyBikeTours
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

I love long drives and a couple of days ago I discovered the joys of driving through the Great Ocean Road. This road is located in Victoria, South Australia and it is definitely one of the best roads to drive through in the world. Driving across the stunning coast line, I got to see the most beautiful scenery. The landscape here is out of this world. There are various wonderful attractions to explore in the way including the Twelve Apostles and the Great Otway National park. This place is going to pull me towards it again and again.

Thank Walter S
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

went on a full day trip with my family, the views along the paific ocean were really breathtaking. Actually if you have time, you can drive and spent two days in the area. The stops at apollo bay, bells beach were excellent , but the best was twelve apostles, london bridge, loch arc george . A must do when you are in Melbourne. We even spotted koalas on the way, overall great day and a truly amazing drive..

Thank Nareshm
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

I am a mature adult and completely expected to be on a tour with a bunch of young kids. I really didn't care because this tour seem to be the best way for me to see the Great Ocean Road without driving it myself. I was a solo traveller on this trip, so I also thought it would be nice to around a people for a few days. The group was small and all a bit older. It may have been the time of year, or the fact Australia is currently a bit expensive and travellers are trying to stretch a buck, but there were no "true" backpackers on the tour bus. The tour takes in a lot in just a couple of days. We saw lots of wildlife up close in the wild. Koala, Cockatoo, Walaby, Kangaroo (dozens and dozens), etc. The guides know where to go. There were many stops with short walks or hikes, none of which were difficult. The weather along the south coast was very cold, so be prepared for cold windy weather along the coastal areas even in summer.
OK, here is what you should know. This is a backpacker tour and the accomdations are hostels. You will most likely share a bunk bed with others. The first hostel near the 12 Apostles was really rough. Almost shocking, but I don't think there are many choices in the area. Brown water and old linens. Better than a tent -- maybe, probably not. The hostel in Halls Gap was terrific. A complete 180 degrees from the first stop. Wildlife could be viewed from the back deck. Spectacular. Since we had such a small group, the guide only cooked or put out picnic fare a couple of times. I think the food you get is going to depend on the skills of your guide. If you keep an open mind about your accomodations and have a sense of adventure, you will enjoy the tour as I did. The Great Ocean Road is beautiful and there is an opportunity to take a short helicopter ride that is also worth while. The Grampians were the best will the abundance of wildlife everywhere.

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