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Duration: 9 hrs
Location: Great Ocean Road
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Great Ocean Road - 'Road & Air' 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.

The first half of the great ocean road journey you travel ‘by road’ then you board a plane, or helicopter, to complete the journey ‘by air’ over the Otways and 12 Apostles. This spectacular combination gives you the scenic drive along the dramatic coastal road through the surf towns visiting kangaroo laden golf courses and lighthouses and meandering through the various surf towns and villages such as Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Anglesea. Then after lunch you board your flight taking you over the forested Otway Ranges to enjoy one of the most spectacular coastal flights in the world. You will hug the coastline viewing Moonlit Heads, Cape Otway Lighthouse, Joanna Beach, then the famous 12 Apostles region. Here from your birds-eye view you will see the Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Mutton Bird island, Gibson steps and much more.

On your return flight you may spot the odd pod of wales or dolphins as you scan the Southern Ocean then descend back at Apollo Bay. Once on the ground we visit one of Australia’s most highly awarded ice-creameries then head back to Melbourne knowing that you experienced one of the greatest journeys in the world.

 

 

 

 

Tour Highlights

 

  • By Road to Apollo Bay
  • By Air over Otways to 12 Apostles
  • 45 Minute Flight
  • Return inland by Road
  • Most Spectacular flights in the world
  • Gourmet lunch at restaurant
  • Anglesea, Lorne & Apollo Bay 
  • Split Point Lighthouse
  • Free Morning Tea & Coffee
  • Wild Koala Spotting
  • Hand feed wild parrots
  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Multiple Stops for Photos 
  • Otway National Park
  • No.1 Ice-Creamery
  • Chocolatier Visit and Tasting

 

 

FAQ

How long is the Tour

By flying it reduces the tour to a 9.0 hr trip.

How long is the flight and from where?

The flight is 45 minutes return from Apollo Bay, over the Otway Ranges, to the 12 Apostle region, then return to Apollo Bay

Whats for lunch?

Lunch is either a fine dining seafood restaurant in Apollo Bay or alfresco ‘seafood basket’ brimming with prawns and crayfish at the fish co-op overlooking the bay. Vegetarian meals are catered for.

 

 

 

Is it a plane or Helicopter?

You can fly in either a 3 passenger Helicopter, or a 5 passenger Plane. Please let us know if you have a preference. 

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.

  •   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

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    2/21/2018

      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

    thumb Peter W
    5/14/2018

      A fabulous tour of an amazing place with an excellent informed guide. A real treasure. I recommend this tour to everyone

    Alicia P
    8/25/2019
  •   Highly recommend Steve. He was knowledgeable & really helpful. Nothing beats a private tour with a great smile. The kids love him too. We traveled in a family of 14 with 7 young children. So imagine the chatter & chaos! But Steve was really good...More

    thumb revsg
    6/09/2019

      It was a fantastic tour, Steve is very knowledgeable and personable. He explained what we were seeing and ensured we had a good time.

    Mike P
    9/04/2019

      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

    thumb Catherine H
    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

      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

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

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    3/16/2019
  •   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

      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 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
  •   Steve picked us up at our hotel in St. Kilda in his Mercedes van, roomy and comfortable which is important if you're going to be driving around for almost 12 hours! There were five of us including Steve and we hit it off immediately especially...More

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    2/10/2019

      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

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    2/10/2018

      I really wanted to do the Wilsons promontory and since Philip Island is in the same direction if I could club the 2 would save me loads of time.. while searching for a combo.. came across Great Private Tours.. Wilsons prom is a wonderful place we did a short mountain walk.. squeeky beach.. some look outs.. spotted some lovely birds, wombats, kangaroos and wonderful food.

    Steve is a great travel companion.. he has loads of knowledge about the place, animals, flora fauna which adds to the experience.. his car is also v comfortable

    He helps you plan the day such that you enjoy the trip to the core.

    He accommodates and understands... when my mom got tired with the mountain walk.. he was very sweet to walk her back patiently. He got down to the details so much so that he got towels for us to wipe our feet when we get off the beach...

    A lovely day spent.. thanks Steve you made it very memorable for us More

    anshooatrip
    8/21/2019
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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


    3/22/2018

      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.

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    11/28/2018

      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
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

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    8/28/2017

      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

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    2/16/2018

      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


    6/10/2018
  •   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

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    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

    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.

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    4/30/2018

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