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Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

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Melbourne, Australia
Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Experience the majestic scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this private, customizable tour. Follow the coast-hugging road through landscapes of dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and verdant rain forests, stopping wherever strikes your fancy. Take a stroll around some of the picturesque seaside towns along the way, and be on the lookout for koalas and other native wildlife. Visit the site of a famous shipwreck, and marvel at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder for a dramatic climax to your full-day tour.
  • Private tour from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road
  • Travel along one of the world's greatest ocean drives
  • Pass through the seaside towns of Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay
  • Witness the iconic Tweleve Apostles rising from the sea
  • See Loch Ard Gorge and the shipwreck coast
  • Freedom to choose when and where you stop
  • Morning tea inlcuded
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Local guide/driver
Transport by private vehicle
Coffee and/or Tea
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
The Langham, Melbourne , 1 Southgate Ave, Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia
8:00 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

See some of the most impressive coastal landscapes on Earth while enjoying the personalized attention of a private guide. After morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel, relax on the drive out of town and through the port city of Geelong, which marks the start of the Great Ocean Road. Pass through the charming seaside towns of Anglesea and Torquay, home to world-class surfing beaches. 
Stop to stretch your legs on the sand and enjoy morning tea in the village of Lorne, and then continue on to the lovely resort town of Apollo Bay, where you’ll savor lunch at a local restaurant (own expense). At any point, you can request to make additional stops to suit your interests.
Sandy beaches give way to the emerald rain forest of Cape Otway National Park, which provides many opportunities to test your koala-spotting skills among groves of eucalyptus and beech trees. You’re also likely to encounter flocks of wild cockatoos and parrots throughout your journey.
As you head further west, the scenery becomes even more majestic with jagged cliffs plunging into the ocean. The drive comes to a dramatic climax at the site of Twelve Apostles — an offshore cluster of giant limestone pillars formed by millions of years of erosion. You’ll also visit the eye-popping Loch Ard Gorge, site of a notorious shipwreck in 1878, and learn why this perilous stretch of coastline is known as Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast.’
After soaking up the spectacular geologic history, relax on the 3-hour return drive to Melbourne. On the way back, you’ll take an inland route to see some of Victoria’s scenic countryside, including the dairy town of Colac.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Twelve Apostles
Head along the Great Ocean Road in style on your very own private tour. Stay on the lookout for some very special animals including whales, dolphins, echidnas and bandicoots. Your personal guide will make sure that your camera gets a good workout.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Apollo Bay
You will enjoy a traditional pub lunch at the tranquil seaside town Apollo Bay, set among the soft rolling hills and long sandy beaches.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Loch Ard Gorge
A perfect day out, capped off by a visit to the ancient rock formations of the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers 4yrs and above
  • Cruise ship passengers: please note you must be over-nighting in port due to return time variations
  • Infants 0-3yrs please request car seat at time of booking
  • This tour is available in English plus German, Italian, Spanish, (or Portuguese subject to availability) at an additional cost
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Oceania Tours and Safaris
You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Except for the very long drive the...
LALIT R
, Jan 2018
Except for the very long drive the whole experience of seeing the twelve apostles was amazing! The first stop in the morning fo rcoffee and Pasteries was good fun. Being a private tour we could take our time and enjoy. All our family had fun
star-5
We had a great day. The great ocean...
Burton W
, Jan 2017
We had a great day. The great ocean road was well worth the time in travel. Besides the stunning views we were up close and personal with birds eating out of our hands, kangaroos, and a great encounter with a koala on the side of the ride. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
star-5
The scenery was spectacular and our...
Kit Yee L
, Jul 2016
The scenery was spectacular and our tour guide Ricarda is very good!
star-5
The Ocean Road tour is not to be...
Ana C
, Apr 2016
The Ocean Road tour is not to be missed. We drove miles over quiet farmland, forest, sea-side villages and sights, and ended up at the amazing 12 Apostles also known as the Sow and her piglets. We had a delicious scone with morning tea at a neat little outdoor shop by a historic lighthouse. Our driver/guide, Ricarda, was a delightful, knowledgeable, and professional person and it was truly a joy to share the day with her.
star-5
The Great Ocean Road is a...
Ana C
, Apr 2016
The Great Ocean Road is a once-in-a-lifetime drive, ending with the spectacular Sow and her piglets The 12 Apostles formations. Our driver/guide, Ricarda, is a great, professionally excellent person. It was wonderful to spend the day with her.
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It is certainly worth visiting the...
Sumanth S
, Apr 2015
It is certainly worth visiting the Great Ocean Road and I would highly recommend it. But this particular private tour was more a private taxi service than a guided tour. In my experience with other private tours, the driver who in many cases was also the guide would walk with us explaining the history/significance of the attractions. In this case the driver would just drop us off and let us wander around! Suggest checking with the tour company to make sure you set your expectations before getting on this tour.
star-5
Driver was very friendly and...
Joshua R
, Mar 2015
Driver was very friendly and knowledgable. The car was new, clean, and comfortable. We had a fantastic trip, and highly recommend taking a private tour.
star-5
Kirsten the guide was excellent very...
Suz
, Feb 2015
Kirsten the guide was excellent very informative, helpful, funny and made our trip The Great Ocean Road was beautiful, we enjoyed everything including the trip to see th koalas and kangaroo. We all thought our money was spent well. Thanks
star-5
It was fantastic best trip the driver...
Sandra C
, Apr 2014
It was fantastic best trip the driver was very good we had a great day
star-3
The tour was fantastic with...
Berit J
, Apr 2014
The tour was fantastic with spectacular nature Our driver was a great person and driver but had limited knowledge about the area and especially the tour we went on. He had only been living 2 years in Australia and he knew very little about nature, geology or history

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