Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Day Tour
- 13 Hours
- 13 Hours
- On request
There's nothing else like this in Australia. The Great Ocean Road is an extraordinary drive, winding its way past dozens of golden sand beaches, towering limestone cliffs, rainforests, peaceful farmlands and, of course, the world famous 12 Apostles. These huge limestone stacks, one of which collapsed dramatically into the ocean in 2005, were once part of the coastline. But the incessant pounding of the Southern Ocean over 10 to 20 million years gradually eroded this section of the coastline into caves, then arches, and finally these huge pillars up to 45 metres tall.
The tour also includes the Shipwreck Coast, which is thought to have claimed around 700 ships in the 19th century, with a stop at Loch Ard Gorge (named after the most famous shipwreck in 1878). The Otway Ranges, inland from the Great Ocean Road, are a complete contrast, with a walk through lush rainforests, ancient plant life, exquisite ferns and cooling waterfalls. Visit the Narana Cultural Centre, experience the World's Oldest Living Culture first hand with a "Acknowledgment of Country Cultural Talk". Take a wander through the native garden and look out for swamp wallabies and emus. See the Memorial Arch, the Great Ocean Road was hewn out of the cliffs by returned World War One servicemen, and the Memorial Arch pays tribute to them. Next is lunch at a popular local restaurant in the seaside town of Apollo Bay. After lunch is Loch Ard Gorge, the most famous shipwreck on the Shipwreck Coast. Today you can walk the glorious beach, watching for blowholes in action. Other highlights include the Gibson Steps, gateway to the 12 Apostles. Enjoy the views or you can head down 86 steps that were carved into the cliff face by local resident Hugh Gibson. On the beach, you'll find yourself dwarfed by 70 metre high cliffs, with two of the 12 Apostles giving you a taste of what's to come. Is this a wonder of the modern world? The 12 Apostles are certainly one of nature's most spectacular creations, and were millions of years in the making. Marvel at them as you walk along the beach, listening to the pounding surf, watching the play of sunlight on water, and keeping an eye out for sea creatures including whales from May to October.
Duration: 13 Hours
Departs: 7:30 a.m. - Returns: 8:30 p.m.