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  • Location:Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

Enjoy a drive along one of the world’s most legendary touring routes on a Great Ocean Road private tour from Melbourne. Combining vistas of beaches and rainforest, the winding Great Ocean Road takes you past coastal resort towns and the world-famous rock formations of the Twelve Apostles. Tailor the private tour to suit your interests, or let your experienced guide advise you on the area’s 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

The first leg of your drive takes you southwest from Melbourne to the surfing beaches of the Bellarine Peninsula and onto the Great Ocean Road. One of the world’s greatest drives, the route takes you through the seaside town of Anglesea and includes a stop for morning tea in Lorne (included), where you'll go for a walk on the beach, followed by a stop in the coastal resort of Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense).

Your trip along the Great Ocean Road provides expansive views of the Southern Ocean and also takes you through the rainforests of Cape Otway, with a stop to admire the eucalyptus trees, tree ferns and beech trees. You’ll also see local bird life, including parrots, galahs and cockatoos.

The route becomes wilder as the beaches are replaced by cliffs and you reach the limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park. You’ll learn why this rugged stretch is called the shipwreck coast, and see the poignant memorial to the ship called the Loch Ard, which sank at the end of its voyage from England in 1878, taking the lives of all but two survivors.

The drive back to Melbourne takes you inland through Victoria’s regional farming countryside and the dairy town of Colac, to arrive back in Melbourne by early evening.

As this is a private tour, you can tailor your time to spend longer at cafes, beaches, rainforest or the shipwreck coast, just tell your guide along the way!

Customer Reviews

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

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

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

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.

Cathy from Canada

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.

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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