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Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return provided by Ocean Road Tours

Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return

Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return
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from S$152.58 per adult
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Last updated: 5 May 2021
A note from Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return
Ocean Road Tours are Covid Clean Accredited by the Quality Tourism Framework.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
About
This small-group tour of the Great Ocean Road departs and returns early from Melbourne so you arrive before other tour groups and avoid the crowds at most lookouts. Capacity is limited to eight passengers, with premium service that includes lunch and snacks. Spend a full day of sightseeing including the Shipwreck Coast, with more stops than usual plus extra time to linger at the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Enjoy a spectacular road trip and photo ops on the famous Great Ocean Road
Leave early to beat the crowds and big tour buses to the top sights
Small group of just eight people ensure a more personalized experience
Great value: includes hotel pickup and drop-off, coffee, snacks, and lunch
What to expect
Your tour begins with early-morning pickup from your central Melbourne hotel. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, head out the city bound for the famous Great Ocean Road. Pass through Torquay and Anglesea, making a stop to spot wild kangaroos around Bells Beach and admire the views from Fairhaven Beach. Continue to Lorne and make a photo stop at Apollo Bay before arriving in Lavers Hill, where you enjoy a home-cooked lunch at the Cozy Mountain Café. After lunch, drive through the wild bushland of the Otway Ranges to arrive at one of the Great Ocean Road’s most photographed landmarks—the Twelve Apostles. Nearby, visit Loch Ard Gorge on the Shipwreck Coast and learn how this notorious stretch of coast earned its nickname. Finally, turn inland for your return to Melbourne, passing the Colac Lakes and the town of Winchelsea along the way. Your tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 57006P1
Call 800-130-2207
Important information
Inclusions
Pickup and drop-off (conditions apply) • Air-conditioned vehicle • Lunch and Snack/Pack • Aussie snacks • Cold bottled water • Entry/Admission - Ocean Road Tours • Entry/Admission - Twelve Apostles • Entry/Admission - Loch Ard Gorge
Exclusions
Gratuities • Children under 8 • Travelers more than 130Kgs
Duration
11h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We pickup from most CBD, Southbank and Docklands Hotels/Accommodations. Due to increased City traffic we drop off at Southbank , directly opposite Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. We may ask you to meet us at a common location ( not too far) due to road works and road closures. You will be notified the evening before your tour of your pick up time and location. Please notify us of your accommodation.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Pickup and drop-off (conditions apply) • Air-conditioned vehicle • Lunch and Snack/Pack • Aussie snacks • Cold bottled water • Entry/Admission - Ocean Road Tours • Entry/Admission - Twelve Apostles • Entry/Admission - Loch Ard Gorge
Exclusions
Gratuities • Children under 8 • Travelers more than 130Kgs
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We pickup from most CBD, Southbank and Docklands Hotels/Accommodations. Due to increased City traffic we drop off at Southbank , directly opposite Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. We may ask you to meet us at a common location ( not too far) due to road works and road closures. You will be notified the evening before your tour of your pick up time and location. Please notify us of your accommodation.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
11h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Pickup times and locations will be advised the evening before the tour ( 6 p.m. ) Check your emails
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 8 years of age
Our Cancellation Policy is 100% within 24 Hrs ( 1 Day )
Weight limits: passengers over 130kgs (285lbs)
We endeavor to pick up at all accommodations, however we may ask you to meet us at a more suitable location due to road works and timing issues.
Email your accommodation at the time of your booking.
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Ocean Road Tours
    Stop: 11 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Torquay
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Anglesea Beach
    Stop: 5 minutes
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    Pass by
    Fairhaven Beach
  • 4
    Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 5
    Lorne Beach
    Stop: 10 minutes
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    Pass by
    Great Ocean Road
  • 6
    Kennett River
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 7
    Cape Patton Lookout Point
    Stop: 5 minutes
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    Pass by
    Apollo Bay
  • 8
    Yatzies
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 9
    Twelve Apostles
    Stop: 35 minutes - Admission included
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  • 10
    Loch Ard Gorge
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Victoria
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Kevin A
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
We feel so lucky we made the decision to book this tour!
Apr 2021
It’s only recently that my partner and I had the time to slow down and enjoy life and with COVID restrictions now freeing up, we were desperate to get out an explore the countryside. We chose a mini adventure with Ocean Road Tours to chill out and take in some areas of our state we hadn’t been to before.

Being early risers, we were delighted when our guide Stewart picked us up early, and on time! With a complimentary snack box and a coffee to start the day, it was just what we needed to start off on our journey.

The spectacle and grandeur of the country side was quite amazing, bought to life by Stewart’s knowledge of the countryside and its history. He’s certainly knows his stuff and paced his narration giving us time to just take it all in as we went. We pulled up here and there to stretch our legs and take in a breeze; it was all so relaxing!

We had lunch at a quaint little mountain café with the surrounding trees inhabited with many native birds and wildlife. We saw Kangaroos and Koalas in the bush as we drove on in our comfortable bus but the climax of the tour for us was seeing the 12 Apostles and Lach Ard Gorge, particularly with Stewart filling us in on the history of these great landmarks. His stories, knowledge and friendly service combined to make this a most memorable experience. We feel so lucky we made the decision to book this tour.
Written 20 April 2021
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Stuart B
Thanks Kevin, I thought we had a great day out and your amazing review has re-enforced that. The weather looked after us for this time of year and I enjoyed our chats along the way. I always try to let people know they are welcome to chat and ask questions and some do and some are happy to just sit and take in the scenery. Our chats were amazing. You even encouraged the other quests to jump in the chats and before long we were all involved. We certainly covered some topics and I think every one was a little sad at the drop off. I hope you all went for a cool drink to finish off a great day. Thank you for your fantastic review. Hi to L for me.
Written 21 April 2021
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Craig M
1 contribution
Fantastic tour. Highly recommend.
Feb 2021
We have been to the Great Ocean Road before, but decided to learn a little more and support a local tour business at the same time. The tour is excellent. We had a beautiful day and it was a lot of fun. We were looked after very well and could not have asked for anything else in this kind of tour.The guide was very enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable. With fantastic views and many photo opportunities, this is a trip well worth doing with this local tour company. Thank you.
Written 28 March 2021
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I like this review because it is from people who have travelled this road before. It is sometimes the same ole same ole when we visit holiday spots year after year. When you Get to see them from another perspective??? wow. how different and so much better do they look.. Thanks Craig for coming on my tour and writing a great review.
Written 19 April 2021
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Kathryn S
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
Cant wait to go again
Feb 2021
We have never been to the Great Ocean Road and this certainly the tour to go on. We loved the early start as the morning light was so much better and getting back early gave us time to visit the Botanical Gardens. Our snack pack was good and the Lunch was very nice. Water on offer all day as well. The bus is spotless and COVID-19 clean. Our Guide was fun, friendly and informative. There were very few people on the coast so we made every opportunity to get out and see the scenery at the many stops we did. This was a fantastic day, we will do it again.
Written 24 March 2021
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Thanks Kathryn. I appreciate you taking the time to post such a lovely review.
Written 19 April 2021
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Paul D
2 contributions
Fantastic, don’t miss this trip with Stuart he is a fantastic host.
Fantastic, from start to finish we have had such a great day. The early start is great if you want to avoid the traffic, catch the sunrise, and see some amazing views in the morning sun.

The breakfast packs provided were a really nice touch, and the lunchtime food was also pretty good. Stuart knows all the good spots to see the morning wildlife that you will not see on a regular timed trip. ( they will all be hiding from the sun by then).
Saving to Apostles until last is also the better way to do it, if your looking at the reverse itinerary I recommend you do not.

Throughout the day we were feed so much knowledge and information.

Thanks once again Stuart - Paul and Natalie
Written 13 March 2020
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Stuart B
Hi Paul and Natalie. Thanks for your great review. I am so happy you both had such a great day. We really snuck in a couple of times with brilliant timing for some sunshine didn't we? Some of the best lighting is Early and we sure had that. I enjoyed your company and thanks for your review. Cheers.
Written 14 March 2020
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Anthony S
1 contribution
Great day out in stunning surroundings
Feb 2020
An all round great day trip. The small group and early start meant we missed the crowds and saw animals that would probably be under cover later in the day. Our driver guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and a mine of interesting information. There were many stops along the way, some just for a photo of the scenery (we got to see the early morning sun light up the sandstone cliffs) and others where we had time to explore a little, especially at the 'big' attractions such as the Twelve Apostles. Again, our guide gave us tips as to how best to use the time we had. Besides the seascapes, the drive takes you through the lush Otway forest in complete contrast to what you might expect. We were picked up and dropped back off very close to our Melbourne city centre hotel and given a snack pack to keep us going until the lunch stop (I can recommend the Aussie burger for lunch but don't order it with Aussie fries - the helping was massive!!) or to peck at throughout the day. A plentiful supply of bottled water was also available on the bus. It is a long day but well worth it as the Great Ocean Road is stunning. The bus was very quiet on the way back into Melbourne on the freeway!
Written 4 March 2020
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Stuart B
What a great review, thanks Heaps Anthony. Those Aussie Burgers are brilliant and very popular. I am glad you had a great time and appreciated the way the tour operates. Cheers, Stuart :)
Written 6 March 2020
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CharlesInItaly
Brooklyn, NY30 contributions
Great day trip
Feb 2020
I enjoyed the whole trip. I especially liked visiting the 12 apostles Our tour guide Stuart was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive. It was a long day but he made it really nice. We were picked up at 5:30 and returned into town by 3:30.
And lunch was included and it was quite good.
Would highly recommend.
Written 1 March 2020
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Stuart B
Thanks Charles for your review. It is nice to note we are leaving a bit early at this time to make sure we catch the Kangaroos i the bush and with so few numbers along the Great Ocean Road we are getting back a bit earlier than usual. I am glad you enjoyed your extra time in Melbourne that day. Cheers :)
Written 4 March 2020
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Michelle C
Geneseo, IL4 contributions
Ocean Road Tour
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I were on the 2-day tour last week with guide Jeremy. He was very informative and explained the sights, history of the area, and knew all the spots to take us to see koalas and kangaroos. The hostel was very clean, and the fact that it was over a brewery was a plus!
Written 25 February 2020
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Stuart B
Hi Michelle, as I do not do 2 day tours it is clear this is posted to the wrong site. I will contact Trip Advisor but they often do not remove the reviews. Please try from your end. It is not fair that any business misses a review due to incorrect posting.
Written 27 February 2020
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Christine5453
25 contributions
Good trip
Feb 2020 • Friends
A good trip,but we felt it was a bit rushed. Stuart was a very good host and provided us with a very good commentary throughout the trip. We were also given a snack pack and water was available from a cool box during the trip. Lunch was lovely albeit a little early due to the early start. A good ,interesting day out.
Written 25 February 2020
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Thanks Christine, I appreciate your feedback. We have heaps of road to cover and try our best not to make anyone feel rushed. The Early start does make Lunch a bit early and if there were alternatives later I would use them. Our lunch is more than 4 hours from the start of the trip and most people are ready to have something to eat then. Overall I am glad you enjoyed your day out and Thanks for taking the time to review my tour.
Written 26 February 2020
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riw777
riw77748 contributions
Great trip around the Great Ocean Road
Feb 2020
Stuart is a great guide--friendly and helpful. The smaller bus idea made for a much more pleasant trip, and the early morning leave with the earlier return got us into and out of the sites with much smaller crowds. The cafe for lunch had great food, and Stuart's commentary was interesting throughout.

I highly recommend this day trip!
Written 17 February 2020
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Stuart B
Cheers Riw777. Thanks for the kind words. I think the lunches have been awesome and I am glad you pointed that out to other readers. I love my small bus as well. Stu.
Written 17 February 2020
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Jackie K
7 contributions
Good Tour Despite Poor Weather
Feb 2020
Stuart was an excellent tour guide -- timely with the pickup, very knowledgeable about Melbourne, Australia, and the Great Ocean Road. Despite foggy/rainy weather (which he obviously cannot control) and not as good of sights as one would have one a sunny day, it was still a worthwhile tour -- I learned a lot! And still was able to see some of the highlights on the Great Ocean Road (12 Apostles and London Bridge). I also thought it was smart and easy to have a single drop off location instead of wasting time navigating end of day Melbourne traffic to get dropped off at home directly. The only room for improvement would be the on-the-job training for the new driver that drove a few parts of the trip; it seemed like he was inexperienced in driving in Melbourne traffic -- Stuart was excellent though so I'm sure he will train the new guy into a great guide!
Written 13 February 2020
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Stuart B
Thanks Kapl4327. I appreciate your feedback and after some consideration the new trainee was not offered a position. Yeah the weather sucked that day but we tried our best and saw as much as possible under the conditions. Changing the order of visits helped a bit. I am glad you liked many points of my tour and I appreciate the review. Cheers.
Written 17 February 2020
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Both the tour and the host were excellent
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Great Tour, aMust See when in Melbourne
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Good Exposure to The Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast
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Outstanding
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Excellent
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Don’t miss this!
Don’t miss this! Amazing vistas. Genial guide. Safe, comfortable van. Saw kangaroos lounging in a field. Many photo
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Great day trip!
The early start is a great idea and it means you're ahead of the crowds! Breakfast pack and lunch included. Stop fo
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Great Tour!
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wonderful experience made complete with an outstanding guide
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Wonderful views; terrific guide!
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