Great Ocean Road Private Day Tour - Twelve Apostles
Great Ocean Road private day tours from $1049
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Stunning scenery, wildlife encounters and a gasp at every turn. Our Great Ocean Road tour brings the legends and tales of the Shipwreck Coast to life.
Renowned as one of the greatest ocean drives in the world, this 244-kilometre, heritage-listed journey will simply take your breath away.
Meander past secret bays filled with rock pools, imposing sandstone cliffs, lush rainforests and deserted beaches.
· Explore quaint seaside towns,
· enjoy coastal and forest walks
· discover history that still lives on.
You’ll see why locals and visitors alike adore this region. And you’ll discover why this road is known as the world’s longest war memorial. (Hint – it was built by returned soldiers to honour their mates who died in World War I.)
It is also a mecca for wildlife and your tour may include glimpses of, or encounters with, cute echidnas, shy wombats, bounding wallabies & kangaroos, colourful king parrots or soaring wedge-tailed eagles.
Join us for 11 leisurely hours as spectacular scenery rolls by your window. Stop to capture close encounters with wildlife or another unbelievable coastal view. Our knowledgeable guides will share fascinating stories and tales of the history of this region, adding so much to your day.
Great Ocean Road Private Sunset Tour
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Suggested Tour Itinerary / Highlights:
- You will be greeted at your hotel by your friendly guide at around 7.30am - 8.00am
- The day kicks off as you head out of the city with your guide sharing their extensive knowledge of the iconic sights and hidden gems that await you on your 650km tour
- At Anglesea you get your first glimpse of the stunning coastline and perhaps some kangaroos at the local golf course.
- An optional short walk around Anglesea provides a chance for a much-needed coffee
- Next comes a stop at the iconic Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch for a memorable photo
- If time permits a short walk at the nearby beach can let you dip your toes in the water
- As we drive along the stunning Great Ocean Road, there will be plenty of opportunities for breathtaking photos of this stunning coastline and beautiful beaches
- We take in Lorne's legendary surf beach before heading up to Teddys Lookout for a spectacular view that larger coaches just can’t access and a chance to spot some kangaroos sunning themselves?
- At Kennett River join us in a search for koalas in the wild – how many will you spot?
- Next comes our lunch stop at Apollo Bay with its spectacular bay views
- We don’t include lunch so you may make your own choice from the many cafes and restaurants available offering Asian, Indian/vegetarian, Mexican, Italian, Australian and other cuisines, including fresh seafood straight from the bay itself
- We may take in a short beach stroll if time and weather permit
- Then the Ocean gives way to Cool Temperate Rainforest as we wander amid a gorgeous garden of ancient tree ferns and towering giant Mountain Ash that soar to the sky (some over 300 years old) at Maits Rest
- We continue our meandering drive through rainforest of the Otways National Park
- Then suddenly we are at the Port Campbell National Park where awe-inspiring limestone stacks rise 65 metres from the sea amid dramatic cliffs that define this stunning coastline
- Finally, we arrive at the world famous, iconic Twelve Apostles for that perfect postcard photo opportunity at Victoria’s most popular destination
- But we are not done. A bonus is the tragic tale of a love story that wasn’t to be amid a famous shipwreck at Loch Arch Gorge
- Then, as the day dawns to a close, we head home to Melbourne through rich farmlands alive with dairy cows and sheep
*Please note this is a suggested itinerary only. Adjustments to attractions visited may need to be made by your guide on the day depending on changeable traffic, weather and other conditions. We cannot exceed the allotted time for the tour due to driver and passenger safety management. However we will endeavour to include all the stops below.
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We stop to look for kangaroos sunning themselves in the morning light. Its a picturesque place Anglesea. This beautiful seaside village is surrounded by forest and coastal scenery, with the vast expanse of sand surrounding the mouth of the river being a popular spot for tourists and perhaps a quick snap or two. Time to grab a coffee?
The Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway marks the official beginning of this world-famous, spectacular coastal drive. Built between 1919 - 1932 by 3000 returned servicemen as a tribute to the comrades they lost in World War I it is known as the world's longest war memorial. Your guide will happily take individual, family or group photos with the famous Great Ocean Road sign in the background, or take your own selfies. A real postcard shot!
Set amongst towering gum trees, Lorne is an iconic seaside town and a hugely popular destination for many Melbournians. Here we leave the stunning surf beach and bay of Lorne, as we drive up the mountain to a secluded lookout where you will enjoy uniquely spectacular views out to sea and looking down on the Great Ocean Road itself. Here you will thank yourself for choosing a small private tour as the big tourist buses simply cannot get up to this very special spot. Keep your eyes out for kangaroos, kookaburras and maybe even a koala.
Mount Defiance Lookout
A spectacular ocean lookout offering panoramic views of the Great Ocean Road. Famed as the favourite fishing spot of convict William Buckley. Perfect for amazing photos of the Great Ocean Road cliffs with a sweeping ocean outlook. Discover the origins of the famous Australian saying, “you've got two chances - Buckley’s and none" as your guide recounts the fascinating story of William Buckley and his tale of survival against all odds.
Time for spotting koalas in their natural environment. A small colony of these adorable cuties spend their days snoozing in the local gum trees. How many will you see? Or will your eyes be distracted by the bright and colourful King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas that often come so close, they may even land on your shoulder! Nestled between the forest and the ocean, Kennett River is always a favourite amongst our guests on our Great Ocean Road tour.
An idyllic coastal town surrounded by lush green hills that sweep down to the sea, Apollo Bay marks the halfway point of the Great Ocean Road. It's a popular tourist destination offering both swimming and surf beaches, as well as a large boat harbour and marina. The town features a great selection of cafés and restaurants with plenty of fresh seafood and local produce on offer. Or grab a famous scallop pie to devour on the grassy foreshore or the main beach. Lunch at your own leisure and your own expense.
A stunning walk through cool temperate rain forest comprising Beech trees and towering Mountain Ash gum trees awaits you here in the Great Otway National Park. This 20 minute stroll upon a mixture of boardwalks and gravel paths takes you along the valley floor of an ancient rainforest where towering giants - some up to 300 years old - soar up through the mists to kiss the sky. Equally spectacular are the myriad arrays of tree ferns, that spring up from the carpet of moss on the forest floor. It is simply gorgeous beyond words.
You don't have to just view these stunning sea stacks from the cliffs above. At the Gibson Steps you climb 80 steps down to the beach so you can get up close and personal to these awe-inspiring rock formations and view them from sea level. The amazing photos you'll get from the beach looking back to the Apostles make a memorable finale to your day touring the Great Ocean Road.
The Twelve Apostles
Iconic. Spectacular. Awe-inspiring. You will never forget your first glimpse of these magnificent limestone sea stacks rising up from the Southern Ocean. No wonder millions come from all over the world to gaze upon the Twelve Apostles.
Carved from the local limestone cliffs by the wind and the waves over millions of years, it's no surprise these breathtaking beauties are a top attraction for visitors. You will have plenty of time to take your "Instagram Worthy" selfie or group or family photo to prove that you have indeed seen this wonder of the world.
For an even more spectacular sight you may choose to view the Twelve Apostles at sunset or sunrise on our two-day tour. It's a rare opportunity to see the natural colours emerge from the darkness of dawn or to witness these giants against the golden glow of the setting sun. It is truly nature in all its glory.
An even more exhilarating way to see the Twelve Apostles is by helicopter. Scenic flights depart from the visitor centre throughout the day and prices start from $165.00 for a 15-minute flight. Please speak with your tour guide on the day to take advantage of this memorable once in a lifetime opportunity.
Loch Ard Gorge
The site of one of Australia's most famous shipwrecks, Loch Ard Gorge is a favourite stop off point along the Great Ocean Road. This picturesque gorge is flanked by yellow-washed cliff faces, overlooking a smooth sandy beach and inlet of clear, blue water. Wander along the clifftops as you take in the natural beauty of the surroundings and hear the sad story of loss and amazing survival from this doomed ship. 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.
PRIVATE TOUR PRICES
|GROUP SIZE||PRICE (Monday - Friday)||PRICE (Saturday)||PRICE (Sunday)|
|1 - 6 People||A$1049||A$1199||A$1299|
|7 - 8 People||A$1199||A$1299||A$1399|
|9 - 11 People||A$1299||A$1399||A$1499|
|14 - 24 People||A$1949||A$2049||A$2199|
|25 - 43 People||A$3999||A$4250||A$4500|
Luxury Vehicle Option
- Supply 7 Seater Mercedes Bus: extra A$250
- Supply 11 Seater Mercedes Bus: extra A$350
Please email a booking enquiry for availability on these luxury vehicles.
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 11 hours.
Great Ocean Road Private Day Tour Departure Time:
- 7:30am – 8:30am or at a pre-arranged time
See the sunset over the 12 Apostles?
Book a Great Ocean Road Private SUNSET Tour:
- Departing April - September: 10am