Departing Melbourne, enjoy panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay as you'll cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest at just under 2.6 kilometers in length. You'll pass by and learn a little about Victoria’s second-largest city, Geelong, as you make your way down towards the Surf Coast, with its enchanting beachside towns and powerful swells. You'll make a brief stop at the town of Anglesea, for a chance to walk alongside the beautiful Anglesea River, before continuing the scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road.
The scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road is a highlight in itself, as you absorb some truly amazing coastal scenery, with new views being revealed around every bend. You'll make plenty of scenic stops, including of course a photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View. After a short trip, you will visit the town of Lorne, which is the home of the largest organized ocean swim competition called the “Pier to Pub” swim. You'll have a nice lunch in Lorne.
At the township of Kennet River, you make a brief side trip into the sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest to locate some of the local koalas in the native habitat. The koala population here is particularly strong and numerous sightings are guaranteed. From here you travel onwards through the Otway Ranges to the Shipwreck Coast and the iconic rock formations of the Port Campbell National Park.
Your first stop here is the stunning Loch Ard Gorge where 52 lives were lost and only 2 souls survived the wreck of the Loch Ard in 1878. Your guide will recount the legend of the Loch Ard, bringing the gorge to life in a way you never imagined. You'll take time to explore here, with more rock formations to see, including the Razorback, the Dumpling Pots & the delightful Island Archway.
Your next destination is Gibson Steps, where you'll have the opportunity to descend the steps to Gibson’s Beach below. This beach is renowned for its powerful swells and offers visitors an unforgettable view of the two enormous limestones stacks known as “Gog & Magog”. At this time of year, the sun sets late in the day, so you'll visit the township of Princetown for an opportunity to purchase dinner (not included).
As the sun approaches the horizon you'll make your way from Princetown to your final sightseeing destination. You’ll be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the Twelve Apostles. Enjoy a genuine spectacle watching the colors of the sky and the land transform in the evening light. On the homeward journey, you’ll reflect on an amazing day before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as you again cross the Westgate Bridge on the approach to Melbourne. With drop off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.