If you only have time to take one trip when you are in Victoria, make it the Great Ocean Road. The route takes in many of the spectacular sights that the area is famous for, such as the 12 Apostles, and here at Melbourne on the Move, we offer daily tours that take care of all of the driving for you. With two options, the standard and the $88 version, why not do a little research or give us a call to find out which would suit you best?
Many people have heard of the Great Ocean Road because of its stunning scenery, but not everyone knows about its fascinating history. During the first world war, local Geelong mayor, Alderman Howard Hitchcock, campaigned to have soldiers repatriated by providing them with adequate employment when they returned from the war. The area was much in need of infrastructure, as people had to move around either by boat at sea or by dirt track. Hitchock managed to raise the money to pay for a road, including investing a lot of his own personal fortune, and the route operated with a toll until all his debts were paid off. It was decided that this road should be a permanent war memorial, and today visitors are reminded of this by the memorial arch at Eastern View.
– 12 Apostles – Probably one of Victoria’s most famous landmarks, the 12 Apostles are a set of giant limestone stacks, the highest pillar rising 65 metres out of the water. You will find it difficult to comprehend the awe-inspiring sight of these columns until you see them for yourself.
– Loch Ard Gorge – Not far from the 12 Apostles is the often-overlooked Loch Ard Gorge. Here you can see unmistakeable evidence of erosion in action. The area is notoriously dangerous for ships, and in fact the gorge is named after the Loch Ard rig, which crashed on a reef in 1878.
– Otway National Park – The Great Ocean Road isn’t just all about beaches, though, as it also takes in Otway National Park, where some of the world’s tallest trees grow.
Our Great Ocean Road tour leaves daily at 7.45 am sharp, as there is a lot to fit in! We pick all passengers up in Melbourne opposite the Forum Theatre. Your fare includes entry into all of the national parks on the tour, as well as a morning tea to keep you going until lunchtime.
For visitors to Melbourne, we always recommend at least two tours: the Great Ocean Road and the Penguin Parade. On Melbourne On the Move’s Penguin Parade tour, you can see hundreds of little penguins returning home, walking up the beach to their homes in the dunes after a long day at sea.