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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Ocean Road Tours are following all the Government Health Dept guidelines for COVID19.
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
This small-group tour of the Great Ocean Road departs and returns early from Melbourne so you arrive before other tour groups and avoid the crowds at most lookouts. Capacity is limited to eight passengers, with premium service that includes lunch and snacks. Spend a full day of sightseeing including the Shipwreck Coast, with more stops than usual plus extra time to linger at the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
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  • 1
    Ocean Road Tours
    Stop: 11 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Torquay
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 3
    Anglesea Beach
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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    Pass by Fairhaven Beach
  • 4
    Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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  • 5
    Lorne Beach
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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    Pass by Great Ocean Road
  • 6
    Kennett River
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 7
    Cape Patton Lookout Point
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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    Pass by Apollo Bay
  • 8
    Yatzies
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 9
    Twelve Apostles
    Stop: 35 minutes - Admission included
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  • 10
    Loch Ard Gorge
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Victoria
Highlights
  • Enjoy a spectacular road trip and photo ops on the famous Great Ocean Road
  • Leave early to beat the crowds and big tour buses to the top sights
  • Small group of just eight people ensure a more personalized experience
  • Great value: includes hotel pickup and drop-off, coffee, snacks, and lunch
What to Expect
Your tour begins with early-morning pickup from your central Melbourne hotel. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, head out the city bound for the famous Great Ocean Road. Pass through Torquay and Anglesea, making a stop to spot wild kangaroos around Bells Beach and admire the views from Fairhaven Beach. Continue to Lorne and make a photo stop at Apollo Bay before arriving in Lavers Hill, where you enjoy a home-cooked lunch at the Cozy Mountain Café. After lunch, drive through the wild bushland of the Otway Ranges to arrive at one of the Great Ocean Road’s most photographed landmarks—the Twelve Apostles. Nearby, visit Loch Ard Gorge on the Shipwreck Coast and learn how this notorious stretch of coast earned its nickname. Finally, turn inland for your return to Melbourne, passing the Colac Lakes and the town of Winchelsea along the way. Your tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.
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Important Information
Duration
11h
Inclusions
  • Pickup and drop-off (conditions apply)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch and Snack/Pack
  • Aussie snacks
  • Cold bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Ocean Road Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Twelve Apostles
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ard Gorge
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Children under 14
  • Travelers more than 130Kgs
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Pickup times and locations will be advised the evening before the tour ( 6 p.m. ) Check your emails
  • Vegetarian and vegan options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • No children under 14 years of age
  • Our Cancellation Policy is 100% within 24 Hrs ( 1 Day )
  • Weight limits: passengers over 130kgs (285lbs)
  • We endeavor to pick up at all accommodations, however we may ask you to meet us at a more suitable location due to road works and timing issues.
  • Email your accommodation at the time of your booking.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Paul D wrote a review Mar 2020
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Fantastic, from start to finish we have had such a great day. The early start is great if you want to avoid the traffic, catch the sunrise, and see some amazing views in the morning sun. The breakfast packs provided were a really nice touch, and the lunchtime food was also
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Response from Stuart B, Owner at Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return
Responded 14 Mar 2020
Hi Paul and Natalie. Thanks for your great review. I am so happy you both had such a great day. We really snuck in a couple of times with brilliant timing for some sunshine didn't we? Some of the best lighting is Early and we sure had that. I enjoyed your company and thanks for your review. Cheers.
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Anthony S wrote a review Mar 2020
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An all round great day trip. The small group and early start meant we missed the crowds and saw animals that would probably be under cover later in the day. Our driver guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and a mine of interesting information. There were many
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Stuart B, Owner at Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return
Responded 6 Mar 2020
What a great review, thanks Heaps Anthony. Those Aussie Burgers are brilliant and very popular. I am glad you had a great time and appreciated the way the tour operates. Cheers, Stuart :)
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CharlesInItaly wrote a review Mar 2020
Brooklyn, New York31 contributions10 helpful votes
I enjoyed the whole trip. I especially liked visiting the 12 apostles Our tour guide Stuart was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive. It was a long day but he made it really nice. We were picked up at 5:30 and returned into town by 3:30. And lunch was included and it
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Stuart B, Owner at Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Thanks Charles for your review. It is nice to note we are leaving a bit early at this time to make sure we catch the Kangaroos i the bush and with so few numbers along the Great Ocean Road we are getting back a bit earlier than usual. I am glad you enjoyed your extra time in Melbourne that day. Cheers :)
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Michelle C wrote a review Feb 2020
Geneseo, Illinois4 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I were on the 2-day tour last week with guide Jeremy. He was very informative and explained the sights, history of the area, and knew all the spots to take us to see koalas and kangaroos. The hostel was very clean, and the fact that it was over a brewery was a
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Stuart B, Owner at Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return
Responded 27 Feb 2020
Hi Michelle, as I do not do 2 day tours it is clear this is posted to the wrong site. I will contact Trip Advisor but they often do not remove the reviews. Please try from your end. It is not fair that any business misses a review due to incorrect posting.
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Christine5453 wrote a review Feb 2020
25 contributions6 helpful votes
A good trip,but we felt it was a bit rushed. Stuart was a very good host and provided us with a very good commentary throughout the trip. We were also given a snack pack and water was available from a cool box during the trip. Lunch was lovely albeit a little early due to the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Stuart B, Owner at Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Thanks Christine, I appreciate your feedback. We have heaps of road to cover and try our best not to make anyone feel rushed. The Early start does make Lunch a bit early and if there were alternatives later I would use them. Our lunch is more than 4 hours from the start of the trip and most people are ready to have something to eat then. Overall I am glad you enjoyed your day out and Thanks for taking the time to review my tour.
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farihab2020
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Ocean road trip 12/01/2020
I had a family trip with 5 family members. My driver Dave. V was awesome with cheeky jokes. It was great to hear ab
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Guide62868631903
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Road Tour
I loved it this is the place to add on your list when in Melbourne. I enjoyed it and learnt a lot about Melbourne.
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Anu S
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Great Ocean Road,Melbourne,Australia
Amazing ,Breathtaking ,Scenic views.Drove around half the Great Ocean Road and stayed overnight at the ocean view c
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Markus Z
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We had a great Day
We had a super Day. The Tour was well organized, and we got to see a lot in that time. The Pickup and drop off was
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June B
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Both the tour and the host were excellent
Tour is limited to 8 people which makes it a very intimate tour and Stuart is an excellent tour guide and host. Not
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AgataW_12
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Highly recommended
This is amazing. Tour was perfectly organized, from A to Z. Everything was perfect, starting from pick up, through
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Gatch69
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Great Tour, aMust See when in Melbourne
Great tour! A must see tour for first time tourists when in Melbourne. Be sure to bring your camera. Our guide-dri
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Arnold T
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Good Exposure to The Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast
The terrain is breath taking and the driver really tried to be accommodating. The driver also provided Australian t
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lthiele
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Outstanding
I booked this tour for my parents, they raved about how brilliant Stuart was, his hospitality, professionalism and
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Venture50067089888
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Excellent
This is a wonderful trip, my only criticisms would be that it is too rushed, if the return could be a bit later it
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Lin G
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Don’t miss this!
Don’t miss this! Amazing vistas. Genial guide. Safe, comfortable van. Saw kangaroos lounging in a field. Many photo
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avegard41
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Great day trip!
The early start is a great idea and it means you're ahead of the crowds! Breakfast pack and lunch included. Stop fo
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Kathleen H
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Great Tour!
This was exactly what we were looking for. Small number of people and a great guide. Stuart was great. He was ve
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Jim B
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wonderful experience made complete with an outstanding guide
The small group and early start was an ideal way to experience this exceptional tour. Stuart knowledge a personalit
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taliesgrandma
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Wonderful views; terrific guide!
Stuart is a special Melbourne guide! His interesting and varied background and professionalism make for a wonderfu
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  • Duration: 11h
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