Visit the Great Ocean Road and marvel at some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Australia, from ancient rainforests, volcanic plains and iconic wildlife to towering limestone cliffs (12 Apostles), sandy beaches and marine reserves teeming with life.
Famous around the world and the 5th most visited place in Australia, The Great Ocean Road is special. You can either book this tour alone or combine this tour with our Melbourne Gap Year tour. Because a road trip with mates is the only way to do it.
The Great Ocean Road has famous surf beaches as well as surf history. Home to Rip Curl, Billabong and the Australian National Surfing Museum, you have to stop in Torquay.
Lush rainforest to your right and world-class beaches to your left, you’ll be feeling pretty blessed. For true Australian authenticity, the water is full of surfers and the trees are full of koalas!
Despite the photos you’ve seen of the 12 Apostles, nothing can prepare you for how spectacular these towering limestone structures along the rugged Victorian coastline really are.
The unsung hero of this road trip, with Aboriginal culture, an abundance of scenic hikes and so many sunset and sunrise viewpoint options. This place really is incredible.
You will be travelling with a group of fun, exciting and interesting people from everywhere in the world! And you can easily make new friends along the trip.
Small groups, insider access, and personal freedom to follow the whim of the moment are the order of the day, every day.
Groups sizes are usually between 10 – 18 people with most groups even celebrating reunions years after their trip! Chat with other people from your group before you leave home!
All visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or e-visa/ETA to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out here you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you are just heading to Australia for fun however, an ETA will suffice. Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information.
Also, check out the general Australian visa requirement here.
If your start date is more than 40 days away, you can secure your spot by paying a 10% deposit.
Simply select the ‘deposit’ option when you Check out. We’ll hold you a spot on your chosen start date and send you a link to pay the remaining amount.
The balance must be paid in full at least 40 days prior to your tour start date. If you are booking within 40 days of your start date the deposit option is not available so you need to pay in full.
VIEWS FOR DAYS
What time is it? Road trip time! We’ll give you the details for your car pickup and an advised itinerary and you and the crew are on your way! As long as you have a driving license* you’re able to drive.
The first stop is the awe-inspiring Grampians National Park. We guarantee you will lose count of how many kangaroos you see here. The Grampians is also a great spot for hikes as well as lookout points, one of which we’ll recommend to you for sunset.
*Your Driving license must say ‘Driving License’ in English. If it doesn’t please bring an International License or a certified translation of your license.
THE BEST SUNRISE IN AUSTRALIA?
Rise and shine, time to experience your first Australian sunrise. You’ll have plenty of time to get some sleep on the drive so make sure you’re out of bed to experience this.
Later that morning you’ll make your way to the end of the Great Ocean Road, hopefully seeing some emus and koalas on the way to your destination for the night, the quirky town of Port Fairy.
SEE THE ICONIC 12 APOSTLES
Today is the day you take in the majority of what is known as the Shipwreck Coast. This drive is something else and it is even better if you beat the crowds in the morning. This will also serve you well for when you get to the 12 Apostles, as well as London Bridge, Gibsons Steps and Loch Ard Gorge, all iconic landmarks on this spectacular road trip. Tonight you’ll stay in the liveliest town on the trip, Apollo Bay.
WATERFALLS & WILDLIFE
You’ve left the Shipwreck Coast behind and now you’re driving along the Surf Coast, don’t worry, the views are just as special. Not only can you visit cool towns like Lorne, there are inland walks, treks to waterfalls and a chance to spot so many koalas.
WORLD FAMOUS SURF BEACHES
You’ll wake up in Bells Beach, a small town that’s a huge part of Australian surf culture due to it hosting the Rip Curl Pro (part of the World Surf League) every Easter. We have friends everywhere and can easily organise for you to hire a board and wetsuit while you’re in town.
Post-surf it’s time to head back to Melbourne to reflect on the best two weeks of your life. You may even want to hit the bar crawl again and join this week’s Welcome to Melbourne group for one last big Melbourne night as a group.
You don’t want to be worrying about accommodation, you just want to be taking in the road trip of a lifetime.
We’ve organised your hostel accommodation in the Grampians National Park, Port Fairy, Apollo Bay and Bells Beach.
Vehicle hire, accommodation and advised itinerary.
Travel Insurance is NOT included, however it is mandatory for you to have travel insurance for the duration of your tour. If you require travel insurance, Grabatour Travel has partnered up with World Nomads to provide a hassle-free experience. More information can be found here.
Other activities and services not included. They can be added during payment step.
We love to make sure you make the most out of your time here, experiencing as much as possible. Australia has so many contrasting landscapes and the Blue Mountains and More Add On epitomises that with hikes, watering holes, wineries and beaches, creating such a cool road trip. If you want to experience this with your new travel family then yes, this Add On is for you.
Yes you do! If you’re coming here just as a tourist to visit Australia, you’ll need a Visitor Visa.
If you’re coming here to work while you’re on holiday, you’ll need either a Working Holiday Visa (417) or a Work and Holiday Visa (462), depending on which country you’re from.
You can find more information and a list of the various visas HERE.
We recommend organising this as soon as possible.
The application can be completed through your travel agent, or directly through the same Australian Government website as above.
We always recommend checking Australian Government website for any specific enquiries.
Absolutely! It doesn’t matter if you’re coming to this beautiful country to work, visit friends or family, study, sunbathe with the kangaroos or perfect your Australian accent. All of our travellers will still get the full package: a lifetime membership to our wonderful little travel family, a week full of food, friends and fun and any support you may need along the way.
Our tours cater for people aged 18-39 years old. The average age varies each week and that’s what we love about it.
Of course! During our travel presentation, we will give you an overview of all the beautiful and exciting destinations and experiences around Australia.
Following this, during your one-on-one sessions with our team, we will talk more specifically about what exactly you want to see and do, and we’ll help you plan everything. We want to make sure you have the most amazing adventure possible while you’re here!