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Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours)

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Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours)

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icon12 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Travel one of the world’s greatest routes—the Great Ocean Road—on this full-day trip from Melbourne. Traveling by chauffeured air-conditioned luxury vehicle and with an early start to beat other tour groups, this trip lets you focus on the scenery alone. See beaches, lighthouses, and ocean viewpoints; watch for dolphins, whales, and other wildlife; and visit Torquay, Lorne, the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and more. Includes snack breakfast, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Full-day Great Ocean Road tour from Melbourne
  • Scenic drive by epic beaches, cliffs, ocean lookouts, and lighthouses
  • Watch for whales, seals, and dolphins, and see kangaroos at Bells Beach
  • Look for koalas and birds at Kennet River, and stop at Lorne, the 12 Apostles rock pillars, and Loch Ard Gorge
  • Includes snack breakfast, plus lunch at a café
  • This is a Private Tour for a more personalized experience (Only your group will travel)
  • Air-conditioned luxury transport with onboard commentary and WiFi, and Melbourne hotel pickup
  • Complimentary Bottled Water and Snacks provided during the tour
  • Over 12 years old only
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Direct Hotel Pickup in the Morning (7am)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Breakfast Snack Pack
Fruit & snacks
Bottled water
Local Expert Guide dedicated to your group
Children under 12 cannot travel with us. We apologise for this inconvenience.

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7:00 AM
We pickup from most CBD, Southbank and Docklands Hotels/Accommodations at 7AM in the morning. We will re-confirm with you the day before your tour of your pick up time and location. Please notify us of your accommodation prior to the tour date.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Pickup times and locations will be advised the evening before the tour. Your guide will send a text message and an email to re-confirm the Pick up location and time.
  • 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 12 years of age
  • We have a strict 24 Hours No Refund Cancellation Policy due to the limited and nature of out tours
  • Email your accommodation at the time of your booking (or prior to travel date)
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Ocean Road Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours).
What is the social distancing policy during Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours)?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours).
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours)?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour With Early Departure (12 Hours).

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  • "Go with this company and you will have a fantastic time." See review
  • "Weather was perfect allowing maximum enjoyment of sites along the way to the 12 Apostles." See review


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Small group Tour is the best!
, May 2021
Tour matches their listing. Early start means sunrise over Bells Beach! Small group means less queuing for look outs, lunch and amenities. Also, easy 'hearing' in the small bus. Alot of Victoria is covered so really, you're getting a huge tour!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hey Gary, thanks for the review. I am glad you appreciated the subtle things. Early start is way better than the reverse tour, as we discussed. Why do the best things first and then the rest and how good was that sunrise? Early starts and no crowds. Cheers !
Great trip and friendly guide
, May 2021
Great trip to explore the great ocean road. Our tour guide is super friendly and love to explain the history and story about the sites and towns we have been. Lovely way to spend the day.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
G'Day ChunK, thanks for taking the time to write a review of our tour. I am happy you had a Great Trip. The weather certainly turned it on for us that day and we had quite a few laughs. Cheers.
Small Group @ Great Ocean Road
, Feb 2020
The tour started off really on time at the specific pickup location. Stuart is a great great tour guide with everything. There was a lady who was sick during the trip and Stuart handled it perfectly. Kudos to Stuart and all his arrangements. The food, time spent during the trip is perfect!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hey Javis, thanks mate. I appreciate your kind words re our sick traveler. I love your comments about the timing and food supplied, as we do try to fit in as much as possible without making people feel rushed and our Lunch stop has worked hard over the last year to make your lunch delicious and enjoyable.. Thanks for your review mate. Cheers :)
Don't Miss This Experience!
, Feb 2020
Outstanding tour of one of the best coastal locations on the planet. From the onset, punctuality was a plus to get to our destination before the crowds. The early call did not fail us! We never felt rushed. Our delightful and informative guide, Stuart, made sure we were all comfortable and let us know ahead of time when stops would occur. Operations aside, the side roads Stuart had carefully planned and mapped out gave us all the views we had yearned to see! We saw kangaroos in the grasslands amidst grazing cattle; a stoic koala wondering why we were staring; a few straying wallabies . . and flocks of cockatiel brightening the sky! Lunch was delightful – many choices as well – But the historic insight Stuart shared throughout the Great Ocean Road, and in making our viewing time at The Twelve Apostles optimal, was a gift only an expert could have planned. We had time to explore on our own and make it a memory to cherish. For certain, without Stuart as a tour guide, this was one of the best tours we've ever been on! (Saw the Big Bus rolling into town at 9pm . . . we got back hours before!)
ocean road tours was a fantastic day
, Sep 2019
This was a well thought out real Australian experience.. Beautiful breakfast in paper carry bag on getting into a very comfortable mini van. All stops were timely, saw wild kangaroos and lots of birds and a wallaby. Stuart was an excellent guide. Commentary relevant and accurate (I am an Aussie) and some much appreciated quiet time. Lunch up in the Otway Ranges was delicious, I had the huge Aussie burger. Stuart certainly knew what he was showing us . I've been wanting to drive along the Great Ocean Road for years and seeing the Apostles and the magnificent scenery along the road exceeded my expectations. We were up close to Parrots and Rosellas with Stuart's help. Go with this company and you will have a fantastic time.
Value for $ and great service
, Jul 2019
This was my 2nd visit to GOR and i had nothing to say except to applaude for the fantastic service from Stuart. He was very welcoming and friendly and was always sharing information and history about Australia and GOR. The snack pack he has prepared for every individual was nothing else but thoughtful. I am pleasantly surprised by this gesture. As this was an exclusive 8 pax tour, the ride was pleasant and cosy, we beat most crowd to get a first hand view of all the stopovers and arrived back in City before 4pm. I would recommend all to book with Stuart. Trust me, he is one of the best tours I’ve ever booked with!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thanks Global 1 for this great review. I am honored you think it is one of the best tours, as that is what I am striving for daily. I understand the importance of this being, in many cases, a trip of a lifetime and I want to make it so on every tour. I appreciate you taking the time to review my tour. Cheers.
, May 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Stuart. Small, intimate group (7), comfortable van and lively conversation. Weather was perfect allowing maximum enjoyment of sites along the way to the 12 Apostles. Lunch and snacks were included. Would recommend this to anyone who prefers not to rent a car and do it on your own. Last Stop made the trip .. 12 Apostles were beautiful to behold and we had plenty of time to enjoy the sites before making the trip back to Melbourne before the commuter traffic. Thank you Stuart.
This was a great tour! I am so glad...
, Nov 2017
This was a great tour! I am so glad we left early so we could beat the crowds at some of the stops. The place where we ate lunch was fantastic - truly homemade food. My only warning is the road twists and turns a lot. I took motion sickness medicine in the morning and was even feeling it after that.
Stewart was an awesome guide! He's...
, Oct 2017
Stewart was an awesome guide! He's knowledgeable and passionate and I would highly recommend this tour! I loved that the tour was a small group and that it started early - we got back to the city in time to have dinner and enjoy our evening which wouldn't have been possible with other tours.
Escursione assolutamente da fare
, Dec 2019
Bellissima esperienza da fare se si è nei dintorni di Melbourne. Paesaggi panoramici mozzafiato e guida meravigliosa che permette di avere più tempo a disposizione per visitare i posti più belli.Da raccomandare vivamente
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for your review Translated to Beautiful experience to do if you are around Melbourne. Breathtaking scenic landscapesWonderful guide that allows you to have more time to visit the most beautiful places. Fromstrongly recommend

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