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Duration: Full Day
Location: Great Ocean Road (1-7 passengers)
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Great Ocean Road - 1 Day Private Tour

The Great Ocean Road is one of the premier tourist drives in the world and a must for anyone visiting Melbourne. Victoria’s finest driving route covers over 243 kilometres of stunning scenery offering wildlife encounters with koalas, majestic ocean vistas and wind-carved gorges. The coastal route meanders through charming surf towns and the lush Eucalyptus forest of the Otway Ranges, ending at the dramatic Shipwreck Coast. Here you’ll see the world-renowned 12 Apostles from 60-metre high cliffs above the pounding sea.

Our unique itinerary first visits visit Bells Beach, Australia’s number one surf beach before we meander through the charming towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. There’ll be time to take in the views of the Surf Coast Shire and snap a few photos along the way. We stop for morning tea & Coffee at locals cafe.

We’ll take our lunch at Apollo Bay then travel inland through the majestic Eucalyptus forests of the Otway Ranges where we delve into the rainforest to encounter towering Eucalyptus tree’s. Next we journey to the dramatic Shipwreck Coast from atop 60-metre high cliffs with amazing views of the huge limestone stacks in the ocean that we call the 12 Apostles. You can further explore this breathtaking area by walking down the Gibson Steps to the beach. Then in nearby Loch Ard Gorge, you’ll hear the heroic and tragic story of the ill-fated Loch Ard shipwreck.

On our way back to Melbourne, we travel inland through the fertile dairy country of the Otways, stopping at a local chocolatier for last minute indulgence before arriving back in Melbourne at approximately 7:00-7.30pm.

 

Tour Highlights

  • 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge
  • Famous Bells Beach – surfing beach 
  • Split Point Lighthouse
  • Free Morning Tea & Coffee
  • Complimentary Booklet Souvenir
  • Lunch options to suit
  • Rainforest Walk
  • Wild Koala Spotting
  • Hand feed wild parrots
  • Towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay
  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Multiple Stops for Photos 
  • Otway National Park
  • Gibson Steps
  • Chocolatier Visit and Tasting

Options

Helicopter Flight Details

 

15 Minute Helicopter flight above iconic 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge,London Bridge & more . See them like never before from the air.

 

25 Minute helicopter flight including all of the above plus more – Bay of Martry’s, Bay of Island & The Grotto

 

Prices

 

$145.00 pp 

 

$ 235.00 pp

FAQ

Whats for lunch?

 

Food is so important these days and we want you to enjoy the type and style of food you like by allowing you to select from one of the following in the Extra’s section during the booking process.

Lunch Option A; Seafood Dining Resturant ($60pp)- Enjoy a two course seafood dining experience at La Bimba ( http://labimba.com.au/) on the esplanade at Apollo Bay. You will receive a seafood share platter plus mains and a glass of wine. Ideal for the seafood foodie who wants to sample the local catch and enjoy table service and matched wines.

Lunch Option B; Friendly Cafe Resturant ($35pp) – Bay Leaf Cafe is a vibrant lunch spot on the boulevard and offers a wide array of locally inspired, healthy lunch options with excellent coffee. You will receive a small share plate entree plus mains (a la carte) and a beverage. Ideal for those wanting wholesome, friendly, relaxed lunch with a ‘locals’ feel.

Lunch Option C; Decide on the day and pay direct – Its all about choice. This option allows you to pay direct on the day to a wide range of places, or bring your own. Chose from a local Gastronomic Pub meal, Healthy Organic Cafe, Chinese or perhaps Fish and Chips by the beach. Select this and your guide will inform you of your options on the day.

How long is the drive?

The drive is a full day of touring from 7.300am – 7.30pm and takes up to 500km to complete. We make lots of stops but yes there is a lot of driving ( approx 7-8hrs in vehicle) Please consider children if you have young kids. At least you get to sit back and relax in comfort and luxury and watch this amazing scenery go by.

Is there free Wifi?

Yes we have Free Wifi for you whilst on tour.

Do you cater for Children?

Bring your family and your children. It is a long drive up to 11 hours on the road and if you believe your children are capable of the journey then bring them along. If you have children under 4 we must be notified to bring a harness seat for them by law. If you have children between 4-7 we must be notified  to bring a booster seat for them by law.

Do we get on the beach?

Of course. There are a few options to walk on the beach at Loch Ard Gorge and Eastern View. Ask your driver so they can prioritise more time on the beach for you. Unfortunately we usually don’t have time to swim though.

  •   If you’re traveling solo or with a group of up to 11 members, I would highly recommend you to book your tours with “Great Private Tours” for the following reasons:

    1- Other tour companies are often packed with many tourists, thus it will take longer time at the stops, and will restrict you with limited time at the attractions, where as with Great Private Tours, you’ll be in control of the time.

    2- Steve will provide you with the best itinerary that will meet your expectations! He’ll consider every aspect, starting from the weather, sunrise/sunset, meals, peak hours, and since he has been in business for many years he already has good relations with the employees of the touristic attractions who will not hesitate to facilitate your tours.

    3- The price is very reasonable, specially if you’re a group, it’s totally worth it.

    4- Steve, being a professional tour guide, in addition to his experience as a sustainability specialist, be ready to enjoy the knowledge transfer he’ll share with you on the environment of all places you’ll visit as well as the anthropology of Australia and specially the province of Victoria.

    I personally have really enjoyed all of my tours with Steve, and I would highly recommend it to everyone planning to visit Melbourne for an unforgettable experience!

    Regards,
    Mohamed More

    Maa1441
    7/14/2019

      We booked Steve for a guided wine tour of the Mornington Peninsula. Steve was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the region as well as the wines produced in the area. He planned a great day allowing us the chance to get to see the...More

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    3/22/2018

      My family and I had a truly memorable day with Steve. Not only did he take us to some wonderful spots that were in addition to the usual tourist areas, but he is incredibly knowledgeable about so many different topics. We would highly recommend Great...More

    thumb Tony R
    1/14/2018
  •   We had a superb day in Yarra Valley with Steve and the weather was fantastic. Lunch at Terra warra was excellent and we visited a good combination of small boutique wineries as well as the established iconic ones. My partner loved the plush leather seats...More

    thumb KonsciousKritters
    4/29/2017

      Steve drove my husband and I to the Yarra valley and we had a lovely time. He was very flexible and helped us tailor the day to suit our interests. We highly recommend him as a tour guide to those interested in a private and...More


    6/10/2018

      Our trip to Melbourne was one of the most memorable trips we’ve had and a big reason for this was traveling with Steve in his lovely van and sharing conversations with him! We had planned two tours with Steve- Day 1 - Covering the Yarra valley, William Ricketts sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Brighton boxes. Day 2 - Covering Wilsons promontory and Phillip island. Steve was active in helping us plan our days before landing in Australia and came up with best ways to build trips customised to our taste and comfort. Flexibility in travel plans is something which most tour operators don’t appreciate and provide, but I think Steve understands a traveler’s mind very well and so he teamed up with us even when we changed our plans last moment ( truly appreciate this attitude). We got great insights into customs,people and places of Australia during our drive time and he elaborated on the facts and history which helped us connect better with the place. He is extremely punctual and still accommodated politely when we got late or stayed around in a place for more time than possible. During a hill climb, my mom got extremely tired and couldn’t walk further up and he happily walked down with her to make her comfortable ( Thanks and we truly appreciate your understanding). He knows some really good bakeries and cafes. So if you’re a foodie you’re with the right... Our trip to Melbourne was one of the most memorable trips we’ve had and a big reason for this was traveling with Steve in his lovely van and sharing conversations with him! We had planned two tours with Steve-
    Day 1 - Covering the Yarra valley, William Ricketts sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Brighton boxes.
    Day 2 - Covering Wilsons promontory and Phillip island.
    Steve was active in helping us plan our days before landing in Australia and came up with best ways to build trips customised to our taste and comfort.

    Flexibility in travel plans is something which most tour operators don’t appreciate and provide, but I think Steve understands a traveler’s mind very well and so he teamed up with us even when we changed our plans last moment ( truly appreciate this attitude).

    We got great insights into customs,people and places of Australia during our drive time and he elaborated on the facts and history which helped us connect better with the place.

    He is extremely punctual and still accommodated politely when we got late or stayed around in a place for more time than possible. During a hill climb, my mom got extremely tired and couldn’t walk further up and he happily walked down with her to make her comfortable ( Thanks and we truly appreciate your understanding).

    He knows some really good bakeries and cafes. So if you’re a foodie you’re with the right tour guide.

    He puts in every effort to try and make every request possible- A big differentiator from other operators!

    All in all a worthwhile trip with loads of memories and funny time! More

    pracheea2018
    8/16/2019
  •   After reviewing several private tour offers of the Ocean Road & the 12 Apostles, my friend and I decided to choose Great Private Tours which provided us a decent tour quote. Steven, the owner of the company, was our guide and drove us for nearly...More

    thumb JoseRizal
    9/16/2018

      Super fun day with Steve,our informative, articulate guide. We saw a non touristy side of just outside of Melbourne in the Dandenong mountains. We saw moving art celebrating aboriginal culture in a serene forest, fed enormous whitecockatoos, enjoyed the green wonderland of the botanic garden,...More


    2/08/2018

      Steve, our knowledgeable and very personable guide, took us out to the Dandenong area and delighted us with visits to some wonderful spots that we would never have been aware of, otherwise! Beautiful botanical park, very meaningful sculpture garden, quaint little town for lunch, a...More

    thumb susan a
    2/10/2018
  •   Steve drove my husband and I to the Yarra valley and we had a lovely time. He was very flexible and helped us tailor the day to suit our interests. We highly recommend him as a tour guide to those interested in a private and...More

    thumb stephandchris15
    6/10/2018

      Great guide!!! Highly recommend. There were more stopes/sites than I thought there would be. Even saw roo and emu in the wild.


    4/30/2018

      Great guide!!! Highly recommend. There were more stopes/sites than I thought there would be. Even saw roo and emu in the wild.

    thumb vickywith
    4/30/2018
  •   Today was a lovely day touring the 12 Apostles with my mom and dad! We went on a helicopter ride, had coffee with wonderful treats to go with, learned about aboriginal artwork, had lunch at the breathtaking lighthouse, and more amazing stops along the way....More

    thumb MorganMiller12357
    2/16/2018

      Excellent tour. Steve Andrew was our tour guide and driver and he was wonderful. Very knowledgeable of the area and took us to some pretty awesome places. Check out the pics they tell the tale. He even supplied rainbows all over Australia😊


    3/20/2018

      We had a fabulous day touring the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles with Steve. Steve was a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide who kept us moving throughout the day. Starting with pick up at our hotel in the morning until he dropped us...More


    2/21/2018
  •   Late review but here goes, brought the family to tour Melbourne on the 12th of December. Steve our guide for 2 days was very knowledgable about the history and stories of where we went, which was the Great Ocean Road, Dandenong Ranges and the Puffing...More

    thumb Ignasia I
    1/08/2019

      Wonderful day from beginning to end. The lunch was good and we enjoyed Steve's company. However, we find out there was a new interesting bakery just opened where others in our group had lunch. Would suggest they omit option to pay for lunch ahead. We...More

    thumb travelgail2018
    2/21/2018

      Steve was very informative and interesting, wonderful selection of locations to visit. Recommend the lunch option. Recommend the tour!

    thumb gvrunner99
    3/16/2019
  •   Our all day tour with Steve was the highlight of our trip to Melbourne. Each step offered a different experience.The pace was perfect. Do not miss this once in a life time experience.

    thumb Connie P
    10/22/2018

      Our guide Steven Andrew picked us up at our hotel in St. Kilda at 7:30 am and got us to the far end of the Great Ocean Road first, to see the 12 Apostles before the big tour buses would arrive. On the way we...More

    thumb Patty M
    1/25/2019

      This was a great day tour out of Melbourne. We especially enjoyed the William Ricketts Sculpture Gallery. The rhododendron gardens were beautiful and the lunch was very good. The guide also did a great job.

    thumb Dream521454
    11/28/2018
  •   Wonderful day from beginning to end. The lunch was good and we enjoyed Steve's company. However, we find out there was a new interesting bakery just opened where others in our group had lunch. Would suggest they omit option to pay for lunch ahead. We...More


    2/21/2018

      We had a wonderful day touring the Dandenong Ranges with our guide, Steve. From the moment we were picked up, the seven of us had a fantastic day. Steve was very knowledgeable about so many pertinent aspects of the tour and the greater Melbourne area,...More

    thumb Bob H
    11/19/2018

      Can't tell you how happy my group was with the Great Private Tours experience! We were visiting from the US (Los Angeles and New York) and for many of us it was our first time to Melbourne or Victoria. Steve set up a multi-day itinerary...More

    thumb TBentsen
    8/28/2017
  •   Steve, our knowledgeable and very personable guide, took us out to the Dandenong area and delighted us with visits to some wonderful spots that we would never have been aware of, otherwise! Beautiful botanical park, very meaningful sculpture garden, quaint little town for lunch, a...More


    2/10/2018

      Today was a lovely day touring the 12 Apostles with my mom and dad! We went on a helicopter ride, had coffee with wonderful treats to go with, learned about aboriginal artwork, had lunch at the breathtaking lighthouse, and more amazing stops along the way....More


    2/16/2018

      My parents and I went on two trips with Great Private Tours - Great Ocean Road and Philip Island with Dandenongs. It was my parents' first visit to Melbourne and I was very keen on making it a special and memorable experience for all of...More

    thumb Vishwesh M
    1/11/2018
  •   Excellent tour. Steve Andrew was our tour guide and driver and he was wonderful. Very knowledgeable of the area and took us to some pretty awesome places. Check out the pics they tell the tale. He even supplied rainbows all over Australia😊

    thumb joker2222222
    3/20/2018

      My wife and I used Steven for a private tour of Phillip Island and Great Ocean Coast. These were two separate trips each lasting about a full day. He was very professional and knowledgeable of the area. We had decided on a private tour which...More

    thumb Gregory M
    8/30/2018

      My wife, Michelle and I from Sydney, along with her parents ( 83 years old and slowing down a bit from Wollongong ) and her cousin, his wife and their 8 month old baby from London visiting Australia for the first time, decided a visit...More


    5/14/2018

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