Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne - Reviews

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Paul M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Delightful day highly recommend this trip.

Marsha N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Great scenic tour for the day. Nice to see less congested areas of Australia.

ADRIENNE M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

This was a fabulous day. Our driver suggested doing the itinerary in reverse as it was summer holidays. Kudos to him, sorry I cant remember his name. He regaled us with local history pointing out several sites along the route and explaining how The Great Ocean Road came to be. We even saw koalas in the wild! Doing the tour in reverse turned out to be a great decision because we got to enjoy The Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge with relatively few tour buses. It is amazing what the force of nature created! The southern Australian coastline is truly spectacular! The lunch stop in Port Campbell was perfect with lots of places to grab a bite to eat and lots of opportunity to take photos. My advice is to dress for the weather it was only 16 and drizzly even though it is summer and sometimes the windy roads were a bit much.

Ruj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Very nice and should come to visit it. If you have available time, i recommend helicopter tour !!

Tina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

A great tour that enables you to see the beautiful coastal towns of south Australia. A definite must.

Rachel N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Very pretty! Worth the long drive.

Onniemc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

My husband and I had a great time on this tour. Our driver Joe was informative, courteous and a general all round nice guy. Plenty of time was given at each stop. Good value and as it the Great Ocean Road was very busy we felt that it certainly beats driving yourself.

shankarb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Tour was well coordinated and executed. A long day. Since we visited during the Christmas to New Year break, every place along the road was crowded and felt that we didn't get enough time to take in the scenery. Felt a bit rushed. Richard was an excellent tour guide and a skilled driver. He managed to get us through overflowing parking lots without wasting a lot of time

California Tourist USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Tour guide from AATKING was great - gave a lot of background history of what occurred and what is occurring. It is a must-see day tour for sure.

Wan Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

It was a great tour even though it was raining throughout the day.
Nevertheless, the rain stop for a while when we reached the 12 Apostles, which was a blessing.
Our guide Richard from AAT Kings was a wonderful chap with his explanations throughout the whole journey.
And not forgetting his dry humour which drew quite a lot laughter from us.
definitely will recommend this tour to anyone who wish to explore the 12 Apostles.

vakili

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

The highlight of our trip to Australia. Amazing scenery. Adrian, our driver/tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and he apparently enjoys what he does. A very pleasant day.

mn2068

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Amazing highly recommended

Dina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Very long but great day trip to see some of the most beautiful sites in Victoria. Tour is well organized with plenty of stops along the way. The drivers are wonderful and very knowledgeable.

Joseph V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

For such a long day spent largely in a vehicle with a bunch of strangers Adrian made the trip worthwhile even before you saw the magnificence of the 12 Apostles and the other amazing natural wonders of this tour

Brendan R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

It was fantastic.

Richard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

The Great Ocean Road Trip Tour involves a lot of miles over 400 and a large number of hours approx. 15 but is well worthwhile. The sea views continue for miles and are absolutely spectacular. Tip: sit on the LEFT side of the bus for a closer look. The stops usually combine a fabulous look-out spot with a convenient bathroom opportunity not to be missed, since you never know when the next one will be offered!.

Lunch is taken at Apollo Bay at around mid-day. We recommend the Apollo Bay Hotel over the driver's choice of George's Cafe. The service was good, the restaurant was light with good views, and the fish-and-chips was excellent.

Our driver Paul Chilton was outstanding, and worked really hard to ensure an enjoyable experience for all his passengers. He had an excellent sense of humor and provided interesting information concerning the construction of the road by the Australian Army after WW1. He took the trouble to back up the bus after passing a koala on the road or wallaby so that we could all see it, and was a very attentive driver, narrowly avoiding a vehicle ahead at one stage which had braked suddenly.

The Twelve Apostles rock-formation is obviously the star sight of the tour seen after lunch, but the London Bridge formation seen later is also memorable. Both should be photographed in video as well as still photography if your camera permits.

Returning to Melbourne, Paul was careful to drop passengers off close to their hotels. This can take 30 minutes or so, depending on the distribution, but is definitely worth the wait.

Overall, an excellent tour which is highly recommended for the memorable shoreline views that it includes. Obviously, you need good weather as we had, so probably a booking in the Australian winter months June thru August is more of a gamble. However, sometimes, as in our case, the sky can look gloomy in Melbourne, but an hour later when we reached the coast, the weather was delightfully sunny, and remained so throughout our tour. We went in late October.

In terms of clothing, remember that there is nothing but Antarctica to the South of the Road, and the winds off the Bass Strait can be bracing! Consequently, a zip-up warm jacket is recommended, together with a stand-by scarf and gloves, plus an umbrella. Sturdy shoes are essential for the optional descent to a sandy cove towards the end of the trip.

tlgballet

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

The driver Roger was fabulous !!! He was very friendly, knowledgeable and above all, courteous. After the tour, he even brought each of us to our requested drop off points nearest our hotels/ Airbnb in our case . The trip going and after the destinations was a good time to rest nothing much to see but once we got to each site, it was definitely worth the ride - once again, it made us think of Gods glory through His beautiful creations in nature !!! Just be sure to come prepared for a cold and very windy time - especially where the 12 apostles are- we were quite well clothed yet we were all shivering!
We were also blessed to see a double rainbow , one on top of the other during the ride. The one in the bottom was a full/complete and radiating rainbow. Ive been traveling around the world for more than 40 years now, have seen many rainbows but never a complete one plus the bonus of a second complete one on top - albeit a less vibrant one.

hegdearkal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This tour was amazing!

nicolagiddings34

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Lot of travelling involved but worth every minute of it. Spectacular views from the ocean rd and the 12 apostles were amazing.

bryanluong72 Viet Nam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

I like your driver. He is a conscientious man. I love him very much.

Sara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Our driver (Peter) was just fantastic. And I'm pretty sure that trip has been amazing mainly because of him.
We saw koalas, kangaroos and beautiful locations.

Alexandra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

An awesome day tour with lovely tour guide Richard!!!! Absolutely worth doing it !!! If I had a chance to do it again, I would definitely go for it !!! Fresh air, big and comfortable bus, knowledgeable tour guide- what can be better ?! The tour starts quite early and ends at approximately 8-9 pm! During this time , you will have plenary of time to enjoy the food at the cosy places on the shore , buy all sorts of souvenirs, enjoy the unbelievable scenery and take as many great shots as your memory on the phone or camera allow to!!!

Latoya H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Such a great great trip! Our guide was really knowledgeable, funny and pleasant. The sites are BEAUTIFUL. Well worth the time and money!

Csilla C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This is very well organised tour. Awesome driver who is tour guide at the same time, knows so many things. Timing is prerfect during the whole tour. Really recommend it! Worth it.

Shyam Ganjewar India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Great Trip, professionally managed, timed to cover the spots for all. Overall a great trip... You may want to consider that its a full day around 11-12 hrs to and fro Melbourne city !!

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