Recently rated as the most livable city in the world, Melbourne is the gateway to the regional Victoria that offers a diverse attractions from the deserts, uninterrupted beaches, alpine ski resorts, ancient rainforests, great lakes, wildlife to one of the most classic tours of all – the Great Ocean Road, a 243 km stretch of dramatic coastline along the south-eastern coast of Australia.

While some may choose to self-drive along the Great Ocean Road, we went on a scenic bus tour with Bunyip Tours and the 12 Apostles Helicopter scenic tour!

Remember to bring warm clothing as the wind from the South Ocean can be really strong and chilly.

My pretty friends – Deenise and Yiwei.

The deep blue sea with crashing waves …

Cape Patton Lookout point – a picturesque vista of the sweeping coastline.

A white lighthouse always adds an interesting note to the stunning coastline.

A little cute doggy waiting obediently for its owner who was having lunch in a restaurant.

Port Campbell National Park

The national park is well known for natural limestone and sandstone rock formation, and the most iconic landmark is the Twelve Apostles, amongst other tourist attractions including Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto and London Arch.

Loch Ard Gorge – there are three easy walks to discover the intriguing stories about the area’s history and geology, take one hour for each walk. It’s also the filming location for the 1999 TV series Journey to the Center of the Earth.

An example of erosion taking place at the formations.

The Island Archway that no longer has the arch since it collapsed in 2009.

The Twelve Apostles

It’s not exactly 12 of them but 9 limestone rock stacks formed by erosion in the cliffs due to harsh weather conditions and the waves, which later collapsed and became rock stacks rising up to 45m high from the Southern Ocean along the magnificent coastline. However, in 2005, one of the 50m tall stack gave way and now, only 8 rock stacks remained.

You know how strong the wind is at the Southern Ocean coast.

Consider taking the 12 Apostles Helicopter scenic tour for a unique flight experience to see the panoramic views of the stunning coastline and the 12 Apostles from a bird’s-eye view. It’s my first time on a helicopter flight and the amazing flight experience that lasts for 10-min is definitely worth the A$95 /pax.

Ready to board the flight!

Aerial photos of the 12 Apostles and the spectacular coastline taken from the helicopter. Great experience!

Shadow of the helicopter

The Great Ocean Road Classic Tour

Proud winner of the 2008 and 2009 Best Tour/Transport Operator Victorian Tourism Award, Bunyip Tours has been operating tours to Victoria’s premier destinations for over 12 years.  Tours include the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Grampians, as well Phillip Island and the penguin parade, Wilsons Promontory National Park and the Mornington Peninsula.  Tours are operated in small coaches with a maximum of 24 people, ensuring personalised, educational and interactive experiences for all guests. Bunyip Tours is very proud of its standing as a 100% carbon balanced business, which encompasses its entire operation.

Bunyip Tours
570 Flinders St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9650 9680
Fax: (03) 9629 5477
Contact: Polly Gibson
www.bunyiptours.com

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