Great (and long) tour! We saw more than I thought we would see, from the best sites on the Great Ocean Road, to an ancient fern forest with the world's tallest flowering trees, to wild koalas and parrots, to great surfing beaches. Rebecca, our guide, was top-notch. She clearly loved showing off her country. The weather varied from warm and sunny, to overcast, cold and rainy, and drizzly. So be prepared for three seasons. (I'm from Colorado, so we definitely did not have winter weather!) The tour lasted 14 hours, but was well worth it. Great memories.
We had a wonderful time on this tour. The Great Ocean Road is full of panoramic views and natural wonders. Our tour guide/ bus driver, Daniel (gowest tours) was very good indeed. We enjoyed the histories and stories behind the places. A well-planned tour. The scenic and beautiful places along the Great Ocean Road are simply captivating. These views will always stay in our mind forever. Simply amazing!!!
We did the Great Ocean Road tour on September 18. It is a long day but you are rewarded with amazing scenery along the way. We didn't have the best weather but the trip was fantastic. The stops are fairly short and you will be kept on a fairly tight schedule. The 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge are not to be missed. We did Phillips Island on September 19 and paid for the Penguin Private tour. At Moonlit Sanctuary, pay a little extra to get food for the kangaroos and to cuddle the koalas. I would have preferred skipping the Churchill Farm portion in exchange for more time at the Nobbies and the Penguin Parade. I grew up on a farm so it was not that exciting for me. Since we were doing the private penguin tour, we had to eat dinner at the Nobbies, which left us no time to look around. Also, we were very rushed at the Penguins and did not have time to look in the gift shop. As part of the Penguin Private, we were taken over to the Penguin Plus area. I would say that this is where you get more bang for your buck. Most of the penguins come up this way and there were way more seen here than where we sat front row on the beach. It is another long day. We had the best tour guide/driver, Steve so if you manage to have him, you are in luck! We did all three of the attractions in one day, the Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck and the Old Melbourne Gaol. The Aquarium was just renovated and they have done a great job. The Skydeck is very cool and the view is worth the trip. The Old Melbourne Gaol is very interesting and the Watchhouse Experience was fun. We packed a lot into 3 days but it was worth every penny.
What a great day! The road is beautiful. Even if it is a long day, there are many stops during the day so you do not feel tired being in the bus. The helicopter tour to see the twelve apostles from the air is a must!
I would highly recommend this tour. I was picked up on time, the driver/guide Adrian was very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot. There was lots of time to stop for photos and the highlight was the twelve apostles as at the time we arrived the sun was going down allowing some really good camera shots.
The first trip is very long drive from the city to the great ocean road. The trip to Philip Island is great the guide is very nice and give a lot of information than the first trip.
Loved every minute of this! Paul, our driver from Go West, was friendly, funny, and informative. We had coffee, tea, and cake at Bells Beach and stopped at several breathtaking spots along the Great Ocean Road until we got to the 12 Apostles. I took the helicopter ride and it was an amazing experience. The views were absolutely breathtaking- I couldn't have asked for a more perfect trip.
The trips were fantastic; our guide Kyle for Great Ocean Road was brilliant, v knowledgeable and funny and loved the soundtrack he supplied for the day too. We were lucky enough to have Lisa on the bus with us that day too – so sweet and she helped make it fun! Lots of other lone travellers on this tour so a great one for those travelling alone. The Great Ocean Road is every bit as spectacular as you would imagine and I can't wait to get back and explore in more detail.
Highlights of the Phillip Island day were definitely feeding kangaroos and wallabies, they are so cute. We also got to do a tree top walk at a Koala Conservation area so a great photo opportunity to get fairly close to the sleepy bears! Phillip Island was amazing and well worth paying the extra money to get front seats for the penguins. You also get a very knowledgeable ranger who entertains you with interesting penguin facts while you wait for them to show up. The penguins are just adorable – so cute and all huddle together and wait for each other. Do wrap up warm though. Also had another great tour guide driving the bus, Bronwyn – passionate about conservation and wildlife and really added to the whole experience.
Melbourne Attraction pass was good value but the Aquarium was undergoing renovation so felt very small.
I would definitely recommend these tours to everyone I know.
First of all, a great tour guide, driver and cook - Matt from Bunyip Tour, a very informative, knowledgeable, cheerful, funny and nice guy. You can't get a better tour guide other than Matt :)
Spectacular view along the great ocean road, a must go destination in Australia.
Grampians is another highlight of Australian natural scene, very interesting tour for people who love the nature, good amount of trekking, but it is worthwhile.
Overall, a very good experience and definitely worth the money and energy.
Tour guide Ben was excellent - knowledgeable and friendly yet professional. Our transport was very comfortable. We stopped off to see kangaroos and koalas en route. The highlight was the optional helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles just before sundown. A long trip but well worthwhile.
It was an excellent trip! We thought it would be a very tiring day but even if it went for 13h it was a great experience! The 12 Apostles is definitely one of the main spots to visit at the G.Ocean Road, but there are a lot of other places that are worth seeing such as the shipwreck coast, bells beach, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge and the walk in the rainforest, you wont miss them with this tour. The tour guide, Dave, made the day different! He was really good :) I will definitely do this tour again!!
Excellent tour! probably the best way to explore the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians! Highly recommended!
This trip was all I expected and more, The trip on the Yarra was lovely and the bus trip around Melbourne and up to the Ranges was great and the bus drives was very informative I know we couldn't have done this by driving ourselves.
The great ocean road trip was again over what I expected and again a very informative driver.
The tour was fantastic, probably because our tour guide, Lenny, was so good. He really seemed to enjoy telling people about the areas we were passing through, and he went out of his way to make everything comfortable for the guests.
It is a long day, but, I don't think that can be avoided. I truly enjoyed our time at the 12 Apostles, and in the Rain Forest. The stop for lunch was a bit too short, and the food was not that good, but we weren't there for gourmet food, so it was okay.
We had a fantastic day. Our driver was very experienced and knew the area, he was very interesting to listen too. The most enjoyable part of the day for me was a helicoptor ride over the 12 Apostles. Would recommend the trip whole-heartedly.
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