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Continuing on to the resort town of Lorne, the road, known as the world’s most inspiring coastal drive, clings to the coastline, twisting and turning, every bend revealing a sight more spectacular than the last. After a short morning tea break, we continue past breathtaking ocean vistas to Kennett River. In this area, high in the trees is a colony of wild koalas. See these creatures in their natural habitat, lazily lounging in the trees and looking after their young, oblivious to their human onlookers.

A sumptuous lunch is served at Apollo Bay before we continue our trip along the Shipwreck Coast area of the Great Ocean Road. We follow its winding trail through the lush temperate rainforests of the Otway Ranges, where centuries-old eucalypts reach 100 metres or more into the sky.

Passing through lush sheep and cattle county, we finally reach our goal - the mighty Twelve Apostles, world-recognised icons of the Great Ocean Road. These giant rock stacks soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean and are a central feature of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park. The dramatic and imposing limestone cliffs that are the backdrop to the Apostles tower up to 70 metres, while the tallest of the rock stacks is around 45 metres high.

Venturing further west we arrive at Loch Ard Gorge. Your first view will be of towering cliffs, sparkling blue-green sea and a small, sandy beach. It’s hard to imagine that the drama of one of Victoria’s most tragic shipwrecks was played out at this very spot more than 120 years ago, giving its name to the gorge. Our guide will tell you the story and have you totally engrossed and mesmerised.

Time permitting we get to see another one of the amazing rock formations that dot this coastline before heading inland through dairy farm country on the way back to the city.

Average Duration: 11 Hours

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