Great Ocean Road Private Day Tour - Twelve Apostles
$999 for a small group tour of up to 13 people
Please see below for day tour or sunset tour options.
Perfect for getting a taste of the Shipwreck Coast, our Great Ocean Road tour features amazing scenery, stories and wildlife in a leisurely drive that will have you gasping at every turn.
Driving the heritage-listed Great Ocean Road is one of the greatest experiences you can have in Australia. This 244 kilometre long stretch meanders through secret bays filled with rock pools, imposing sandstone cliffs, lush rain forests and deserted beaches. Dotted with quaint seaside towns, coastal walks and interesting attractions, the region is immensely popular with local and visitors alike. What many don’t realise is that the Great Ocean Road is the world’s largest war memorial, built by returned soldiers to remember their mates lost in World War One.
On our tour, you’ll enjoy the scenery, with regular stops to get pictures of local wildlife and the acres of coast-line stretching out before you. We’ll share our knowledge of the stories and tales that make up the history of this region, enhancing your experiences throughout the day.
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- pick up and return to your preferred location in the Melbourne CBD
- a look at local Aboriginal history
- the stories of the convicts who originally inhabited the area
- stories of the gold rush years
- tales of shipwrecks and lost treasures
- a bush tucker walk & talk
- a rainforest exploration
- kangaroo and koala spotting
- a visit to the Great Ocean Road memorial Arch
- a visit to the Lock Ard Gorge
- looking out over the Twelve Apostles
Some of the attractions we visit include:
Mount Defiance Lookout
A spectacular ocean lookout offering panoramic views of the Great Ocean Road and the first permanent resting place of convict William Buckley. Have your camera ready to take amazing photos of the cliffs hugging the Great Ocean Road and the sweeping ocean backdrop. Ever heard of the Australian saying, “you have two chances Buckley’s and none”? Well, your guide will share with you the fascinating story of William Buckley and his tale of survival against all odds.
The Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway was built in 1939 to commemorate the men lost in World War One, and marks the gateway to this well-known coastal drive. Your guide will take individual, family or group photos with the Great Ocean Road sign hanging from the Memorial Arch in the background, or take your own selfies. A real postcard shot!!
We stop to look for kangaroos, whilst enjoying complimentary morning tea on the banks of the picturesque Anglesea river. Anglesea is a beautiful seaside village surrounded by forest and coastal scenery, with the vast expanse of sand surrounding the mouth of the Anglesea river being a popular spot for tourists.
Set amongst tall gum trees, Lorne is an iconic seaside town and a popular destination for many Melbournian’s. We drive up the mountain to a secluded lookout to enjoy wonderful views of the Great Ocean Road. Your guide will take some time explaining about the local Aboriginal culture, food and bush medicines.
Apollo Bay is an idyllic coastal town surrounded by rolling green hills and the halfway mark along the Great Ocean Road. It is a popular tourist destination as offers both swimming and surf beaches, as well as a large boat harbour and marina. The town centre features a good selection of cafés and restaurants with plenty of fresh seafood and local produce on offer, situated on one side of the Great Ocean Road, overlooking the grassy foreshore and main swimming beach. Hungry? You may choose to have lunch at this lovely location or wait a little longer. Lunch at your own expense.
Explore a cool temperate rain forest of Beech trees and Mountain Ash gum trees in the Great Otway National Park. This 20 minute walk along a mixture of boardwalks and gravel paths takes you along a valley floor in part of this ancient rainforest. See the giant rainforest trees - some up to 300 years old - rise up through the mists, creating a canopy for the beautiful array of fern gardens and moss on the forest floor. If you are lucky you may see some of the local natural wildlife inhabitants, including Swamp Wallabies, Koalas, Ring Tailed Possums and Grey Kangaroos.
Time to spot Koalas in their natural environment, hanging out in the eucalyptus trees and if you’re lucky you can get up close to King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas here. Kennett River is situated in a beautiful setting between the forest and the sea. This spot is always a favourite amongst our guests on our Great Ocean Road tour.
The small township of Lavers Hill is the highest point on the Great Ocean Road and is located inland between Apollo Bay and the glorious Twelve Apostles. If you haven’t already eaten, this is a great place to enjoy a bite to eat. Lunch at your own expense.
The Twelve Apostles
An iconic view. Take your time to soak up the sight of the magnificent limestone sea stacks that rise from the Southern Ocean and form the official Twelve Apostles; currently there are eight Apostles left, the ninth having dramatically collapsed in July 2005.
These monoliths have been created by the constant erosion of limestone cliffs over 10-20 millions years ago; the stormy Southern Ocean and gusty winds have gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs, then arches, until rock stacks up to 45 metres high have been crafted, completely isolated from the shore. View the Twelves Apostles at sunset or sunrise (on our two-day tour) to see the changing colours from dark in the shadows to a brilliant sandy yellow in the full sun. Nature in all its glory.
An exhilarating way to see the Twelve Apostles is from within a helicopter. Scenic flights depart from the visitor centre and prices start from $145.00 for a 15-minute flight. Please speak with your tour guide on the day to arrange time for this.
Loch Ard Gorge
The Loch Ard Gorge is a favourite stop off point along the Great Ocean Road. The picturesque gorge is flanked by two yellow-washed cliff faces, a smooth bay and inlet of clear, blue water. Wander the trail down to the Gorge, take in the natural beauty and view the location of Australia’s most famous shipwreck - the Loch Ard - and hear its story of loss and survival. Loch Ard Gorge is the start of the Apostles from the opposite end, where you can also see the Razor Back and Honey Pots rock formations.
Don’t just view these sea stacks from the viewing platform. Let’s climb the 80 steps down to the beach and get up close and personal to the awe-inspiring rock formations. Take amazing photos from the beach looking back to the Apostles to remember your visit to the Great Ocean Road.
Colac is situated on a huge, rich volcanic plain and the area is mainly used for agriculture and pastoral purposes. It is on the way home to Melbourne, so a perfect place to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat if you’re hungry. Colac offers a variety of takeaway cafes, or if you would prefer we can drop you back at your preferred location within Melbourne CBD and you can have dinner at a restaurant of your choice. Dinner at your own expense.
The Great Ocean Road tour is a spectacular way to enjoy some of Victoria’s best scenery and natural attractions. Perfect for groups of international visitors on a tight schedule, right through to locals who just want to explore their own backyard. Simply beautiful!
Your tour guide offers a personalised service and experience for your group. This tour includes pick up and return to your preferred location within the Melbourne CBD and the tour duration is approximately 12 hours. Scheduled departures include:
- Depart Melbourne daily: 07:30am – 08:30am or at a pre-arranged time
- Sunset Tours depart daily: 10:00am available during December – April
Please note that tours may be subject to changes and passengers will be advised as appropriate.