2 Day 1 Night Great Ocean Road and Grampians Melbourne to Melbourne
Short on time but want to see two of the best attractions near Melbourne and get back to Melbourne?
This 2 day 1 night tour has an itinerary that enables you to see the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians National Park on a time limit.
You’ll spend one full day on the Great Ocean Road and get to see all the spectacular sights before spending the night in Halls Gap.
The second day is spent hiking and exploring the Grampians National Park. Learn the park’s history, see spectacular views from up high and get down low and visit the waterfalls. Finishing up back in the beautiful city of Melbourne!
- One night dormitory accommodation
- Friendly, informative tour guide
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- All entry fees
“You’ll cover a lot in 2 days on this tour making it a great option for those short on time wanting to see as much as possible.” – Cameron – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert
- Visit a historic lighthouse and enjoy the breathtaking coastal views
- Get up close and personal to koalas and some amazing birdlife in the wild
- Marvel at the 12 Apostles
- Visit Loch Ard Gorge and learn the true story of the famous shipwreck
- Descend the Gibson Steps and view the Apostles from the beach
- Visit The Balconies/Jaws of Death
- Check out the views at Reed Lookout
- Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Explore Halls Gap
- Mackenzie Falls
Day 1 – The Great Ocean Road
The day kicks off with pickups from Melbourne CBD and St Kilda accommodation between 7 and 8:00am. Following this, we head out over the iconic West Gate Bridge and on our way to the Great Ocean Road.
Our first stop is Torquay – the surf capital of Australia and the birthplace of famous surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver. We’ll visit the beach and ocean here and learn the history of the famous surfing competition - the Rip Curl Pro and surf culture in Victoria.
Next up we’ll head to Memorial Arch which is one of the many iconic photo points along the way. There’s some time to visit the beach here and we’ll learn the history of the Great Ocean Road as we go. The road starts to get windy now as we continue along and make our way to Kennett River where you’re guaranteed to see wild koalas if we’re lucky we get close to them. Other wildlife in the area includes king parrots, lorikeets, rosellas, sometimes kookaburras and wedge-tailed eagles too.
We continue along the winding road to Apollo Bay which is beautiful in Summer and in Winter (June, July, August, September) you can see whales off the coast. We enjoy a packed picnic lunch here before continuing on to the Otway Rainforest. Here we’ll do a walk through Mait’s Rest in the rainforest, there are massive mountain ash trees, wildlife and some of the freshest clean air you can inhale!
We’ll head to the Shipwreck Coast afterwards where we get to the 12 Apostles rock formations at about 3:00pm to get some more iconic photos. We’ll spend 45 minutes here before heading to Loch Ard Gorge - a spectacular area with a gorgeous beach inlet where we’ll learn the story of the survivors of the famous shipwreck. Following that, we check out The Gibson’s Steps and London Bridge on our way to Warrnambool where we have time to stop so that everyone can get some dinner(own expense). We make a final drive north from Warrnambool to Halls Gap where we spend the night.
Highlights of the day
The 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge
Helicopter Ride over the 12 Apostles ($145 – 10 to 15 minutes)
Ned’s Beds or YHA
Grampians motel for ensuite accommodation
Day 2 – Grampians National Park
We’ll kick off today with breakfast before exploring Halls Gap and then heading to Reeds Lookout. We’ll head to the Balconies soon after (also known as the Jaws of Death) for one of the iconic photos of the day. If there’s enough time we’ll visit Boroka Lookout and head to Mackenzie Waterfalls around lunchtime. It’s a bit of a walk down to the falls but not a difficult one, once we’re down the bottom we relax and take in the views and scenery.
The Grampians is one of the best areas in Victoria for Aboriginal culture. The Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Central really has a detailed history of the area, of the Aboriginal people and animals in the area too. While in the Grampians remember to keep an eye out for kangaroos and we might be lucky and spot emus as well. At the end of the day, we make the drive back to Melbourne with some short stops along the way returning at approximately 8:00pm.
Highlights of the day
The Balconies (Jaws of Death) and Mackenzie Falls
Who travels on these tours?
This tour is aimed at 18 – 39 year old travellers though if you’re young at heart and a keen adventurer there is no age restriction
What is the fitness level required for this tour?
Easy – Most people will not find the walks on this tour challenging
What accommodation will I be staying in?
6 to 10 bed dorms at either Ned’s Beds or YHA Halls Gap
You can upgrade to a private room in a hostel or motel by choosing this option when booking.
Ensuite accommodation is at Grampians Motel.
*Those travelling with children will need to stay in a private room*
Where can I store the rest of my luggage while on tour?
Most people will stay at the same accommodation before and after the tour and keep their belongings in the luggage storage at the accommodation.
Departs: Monday, Thursday and Saturday
What to bring:
- Enough warm and cool clothes for the duration
- Spending money
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Rain jacket
- Insect repellent
- A sense of fun and adventure!
Luggage restrictions: 5 kg max (overnight bag)