Day & Overnight Bus Tours along the Great Ocean Road

Day tours from Melbourne and return operate all year, if you prefer not to self-drive along the Great Ocean Road, an organized bus tour is a perfect option. A number of bus tour companies operate one-day and multi-day trips along the coast to the 12 Apostles.


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Bus Tours

Listed below, we have handpicked the best  Great Ocean Road Tour options. We suggest using any of these small bus tour companies – fewer passengers and generally more time to see the sights. Read all the details of tours on offer to decide which one suits best.

Do you want to spend just a day, or two? Are you planning on continuing on to Adelaide – then a trip that takes you along the Ocean Road, through the Grampian Mountains, and to Adelaide might be the best choice.

As a former small group tour operator/guide on the Ocean Road with years of experience and having done a couple of hundred trips in the region, I definitely want your experience along the Great Ocean Road to be the best it can be which is why these companies have all been recommended as being experts with awesome bus tours to offer travelers.

We do recommend spending more than one day visiting the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles but, if one day is all you have – Do it!


Go West Eco Tours

These folk have been taking passengers down the Great Ocean Road since, well, last century!

Go West offer tours along the Ocean Road as well as the Penguins on Phillip Island and the Yarra Valley.

Read more about the tours on offer with Go West

Go West Great Ocean Road Tours

Ride Tours – 2 Days on the Ocean Road

Ride Tours is a small company that specializes in 2-day Great Ocean Road Tours. They start from the 12 Apostles after visiting Tower Hill Reserve near Warrnambool and then slowly cruising back along the coast to Melbourne.

Find out more about Ride Tours

Ride 2 Day Ocean Road Tours Australia

Bunyip tours – 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

“Spend the day exploring the Great Ocean Road, and later enjoy the amazing views of one of the most famous and scenic coastal stretches in the world as the sun sets”.

A long established tour company with a variety of tour options to entice travelers. Bunyip Tours run day trips down the Ocean Road, to the Grampians, Philip Island, and Wilsons Prom.

Read more about the tours they offer.

4 Day Tour Ocean Road Grampians Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Tours

Another long established tour company, I remember when these guys were first starting out, last century!

They have a wonderful reputation for excellent trips along the Ocean Road to the 12 Apostles as well as a number of other destinations.

Read more about trips offered by Wild Life Tours

WildLife Tours 12 Apostles and Phillip Island 2 Days

Autopia Tours

Autopia has been operating for many years, I think the company is now owned by a larger tour company, but the spirit of the small bus operator lives on.

One day tours, including a reverse direction tour so you start at the 12 Apostles, plus multi-day trips to the Grampians and Penguin Parade.

Read more about Autopia’s Trips


Groovy Grape

Another company that was established in the 1990s. An awesome reputation and fantastic trips on offer, they have guided thousands of happy travelers along the coast and into the outback of Australia.

Their Ocean Road trip goes via the Grampians to Adelaide as well as tours to the Northern Territory.

Find out more about Groovy Grape Tours

Groovy Grape Tours Australlia

Helicopter Tours!

Well, this is one way to experience The Ocean Road in a day. Helicopter Tours operate out of Melbourne, offering a few different choices including a flight to the Twelve Apostles for lunch and then down to Phillip Island to see the Little Penguins come ashore.

Landing by the 12 Apostles so passengers can take in the most famous section of the Ocean Road and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch – Proposals… Anniversaries… Just because you want to…

Helicopter Flight and Tour of the Great Ocean Road Australia

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Day and overnight bus tours along the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles. These are the best tour companies with trips from Melbourne.

The best small bus day tours to the 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road in Australia. As former tour operators, we can recommend these expert companies for day trips from Melbourne.