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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.

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

Twelve Apostles Great Ocean Road

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.

Customer Reviews

Ana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Ana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Suz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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

Sandra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

It was fantastic best trip the driver was very good we had a great day

Dadi Sugiat R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The tour is great. The tour guide was very nice, friendly and helpful, thanks to Viator and Oceania tour..

Vojtech C Czech Republic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Excellent, perfect guide and driver service, amazing places

Cathy C

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

The most amazing tour we have been on. From start to finish it was fantastic. Our private guide "Steven" was absolutely amazing. He was informative and knowledgeable throughout the whole trip. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Great Ocean Road with this tour company and with Steven. I would highly recommend this tour.

Thanks
Cathy from Canada

Sumanth S

3 star rating: Worth doing April 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.

Berit J

3 star rating: Worth doing April 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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