With so many things to do and see along the Great Ocean Road, it can be difficult to navigate your way to the most popular attractions if you’re a visitor.
The easiest way to experience this spectacular coastline is to join an organised tour from Melbourne.
Here are some combo tours that will showcase the Great Ocean Road and save you money.
- 1. Eco Tour
- 2. Penguin Parade plus Melbourne Attractions Pass
- 3. Mornington Peninsula plus Melbourne Attractions Pass Combo
- 4. Wilsons Promontory plus Melbourne Attractions Pass Combo
- 5. Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy plus Melbourne Attractions Pass Combo
- 6. Helicopter Tour
- 7. 2-Day Camping & Surfing
- 8. 3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians
1. Eco Tour
Enjoy all the natural attractions on the Great Ocean Road as you make your journey to the 12 Apostles.
This full day narrated tour will have frequent stops so you can experience places like Apollo Bay, Great Otway National Park, and Port Campbell National Park.
After seeing the amazing 12 Apostles, you’ll also have the opportunity to descend the famous Gibson Steps to witness panoramic ocean views on an isolated beach.
Lunch will be included on this tour and dinner is optional at the end of the day.
2. Penguin Parade plus Melbourne Attractions Pass
Along with the Great Ocean Road, this combo deal includes a tour to Philip Island.
You’ll also have entry to some of the main attraction within Melbourne CBD.
Both additional offers are on separate days so you don’t have to rush.
As you make your way to the Penguin Parade on Philip Island, you’re guaranteed to see more wildlife, with stops at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and Koala Conservation Centre.
You’ll be able to hand feed kangaroos, take photos with koalas up close and see other popular Australian native animals.
There’ll be other highlights including Churchill Island, where you can learn about the Australian farm life, and Seal Rocks, where you can see wild seals basking in the sun.
The main attraction though is the penguin parade, where you can see the cute cuddly penguins marching onto shore at night.
Make sure you bring warm clothing as it will get very cold at night.
3. Mornington Peninsula plus Melbourne Attractions Pass Combo
On this separate day trip to Mornington Peninsula, you’ll discover a variety of treasures hiding just 1 hour outside of Melbourne.
Your guide will take you to the famous bathing boxes and scenic beaches.
You’ll also see the breathtaking views from Point Nepean National Park.
A traditional Aussie lunch will be included, before taking off to a strawberry farm or chocolate shop, depending on seasonality.
Your final stop will be at The Enchanted Adventure Garden.
Here, you can enjoy the outrageous slides, mazes and take photos of their beautiful garden.
4. Wilsons Promontory plus Melbourne Attractions Pass Combo
One of Victoria’s more popular national parks is the Wilsons Promontory.
On this day trip, you’ll get to explore the luscious rainforest on a casual bushwalk and even spot a native animal or two.
You’ll witness amazing coastal scenery along the Great Ocean Road and hear the unique sounds of nature at Squeaky Beach.
Of course, you’ll also see the iconic 12 Apostles and the breathtaking coastal scenery.
On top of the full day tour to Wilsons Promontory, you’ll get a choice of free passes to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, or Eureka Skydeck 88.
5. Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy plus Melbourne Attractions Pass Combo
Perhaps the best option for families with young kids, you won’t go wrong on this exciting trip to Healesville Sanctuary.
First, hop on board a traditional Puffing Billy tour as the train takes you through a rainforest of Eucalyptus trees.
Hang your feet out the window and breathe in the fresh clean air and smell of Eucalyptus.
The Puffing Billy will take you towards Healesville Sanctuary where you’ll see all the native Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, and wombats.
Both are must visit attractions after experiencing the Great Ocean Road.
6. Helicopter Tour
If you don’t mind spending a bit of extra money, there’s no better way than flying directly to the 12 Apostles along the coastline of Great Ocean Road.
This once in a lifetime opportunity will treat you to some of the most amazing scenic views you’ll see in your lifetime.
Treated like a VIP, a limousine or range rover will pick you up from your hotel and you’ll have some refreshments before boarding the helicopter.
You’ll be landing next to the 12 Apostles boardwalk for an inclusive lunch before flying back to Melbourne to see more of the Great Ocean Road coastline.
7. 2-Day Camping & Surfing
The 2-day surfing tour via Great Ocean Road is a great option for young adults.
Join a small group and meet new people as you stop by a number of tranquil towns before stopping for a surf lesson at one of the coast’s most popular beaches.
Lunch and dinner will be included on day 1.
On day 2, you’ll make your way to the iconic 12 apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, then head back to Melbourne on a relaxing journey.
8. 3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians
While seeing all the natural sights along the Great Ocean Road, this tour will detour to the popular Grampians for visitors to experience more of Victoria natural history.
On this 3 day tour, you’ll stop at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Split-Point Lighthouse a few small towns including Lorne, before arriving at the highlight, the 12 Apostles.
At the Grampians, you’ll have a relaxing guided bushwalk towards Mackenzie Falls and see breathtaking views from Reeds Lookout.
Also read our other article on 24 Best Places to See on the Great Ocean Road if you want to organise your own itinerary.
If these combo tours are not suitable, we have more options for you to choose from.