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

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Small Group (8)

Early Departure (6am) Early Return( By 5pm)

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Breakfast/Snack Pack

Aussie Themed Café Lunch 

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Over 14 years old only

See Kangaroos in the Bush

We are Ahead of the Crowds and have lookouts to ourselves

  • 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.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the best time on this tour! My main reason for picking this tour was the early departure and return and that worked out fantastically. I also enjoyed that it was a small group, we all got along wonderfully. Stuart started our day with...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank courtney265
Stuart B, Owner at Ocean Road Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

A Certificate of appreciation well deserved I may Add Courtney. It was a great day and we had an awesome crew on board. I love your reviews and thank you heaps. I am going to add one of yours to my web site. I am...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Aside from the fact that the sights and the tour itself are amazing, Stuart was a terrific guide. He is friendly, kind, and very knowledgeable about the region. I was traveling by myself, and being in a small group made it that much easier to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jacque M
Stuart B, Owner at Ocean Road Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hey Jacque. Thanks heaps for the great review. We had a good crew on board and the weather was great for this time of year. I enjoyed your company and am glad you had a great tour. Cheers.

Reviewed July 14, 2019

We had a splendid experience. The tour was well organised. Stuart, our guide was was very engaging and knowledgeable. The early morning departure allowed us to arrive at the sights ahead of the other tour groups. In addition, the early get back into the City...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Stuart B, Owner at Ocean Road Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review my tour. I am glad you had a great day.

Reviewed July 10, 2019 via mobile

Could not have expected a better experience. The early departure is worth every minute of lost sleep. We returned to Melbourne at 16:00 and were still able to make the best of a Melbourne afternoon. We missed the crowds and traffic too. The itinerary was...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Roni L
Stuart B, Owner at Ocean Road Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2019

Challenges Roni?? Now I am going to be in trouble as people will now try to " beat the guide"... LOL I am glad you had a great day. Thanks for the review. Cheers, Stuart :)

Reviewed July 10, 2019

Great tour, well organized, Stuart is very professional. You departure early and get back early which certainly worked for us

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Merav B
Stuart B, Owner at Ocean Road Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2019

Thanks for your review Merav. The Early starts can be hard but well worth it. How was that sunrise?

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August 1, 2019|
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Response from Charles S | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Unfortunately you'll be back in Melbourne for sunset. Keep in mind, by leaving really early from Melbourne, you'll have many many less fellow travelers to deal with at sights during the day. I would chose leaving... More
July 13, 2019|
Response from Michele W |
will you pick up from central city budget hotel in little Collins street ?
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