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Great ocean road - self drive

Mumbai, India
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Great ocean road - self drive

Hey guys, I'm an Indian passport holder with an Indian driving license. I read somewhere that the Indian license may not be construed as a valid permit for driving in Australia.

1. Can anyone share experiences on whether Indian licenses for an Indian passport holder are valid in Australia and what's the approximate cost of renting a vehicle or car?

2. Can anyone recommend alternatives I. E. In case I don't self drive should we take a tour and how much does it cost roughly?

Mumbai, India
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1. Re: Great ocean road - self drive

Sorry just wanted a clarification on whether the Indian license is valid in Victoria specifically and for the great ocean road drive

Ballarat, Australia
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2. Re: Great ocean road - self drive

Is your driver's licence in English? If so, you should be fine.

Car hire: https://www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au/

Other options for the GOR are bus tours. I'm not recommending the following; they just came up when I googled:

melbprivatetours.com.au/great-ocean-road-day…

https:/…

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Hi any other option other than vroom vroom? Also if u could Pls guide any chances of a one way hire and return from GOR next day through public transport after night stay in Apollo bay.

Also I am trying to book a tour deal from melbourne to Philip Island and it operates only on wed/sat. Is it possible for me to return back from apollo Bay( I have a booking there for 13th March) to Melbourne by 11 am via inland route, to catch my tour which starts at 1:15 pm or it would be silly?

Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Great ocean road - self drive

I doubt there are any car rental agencies in Apollo Bay. It's only a small town, and not one people would typically need a rental car without already having one. It would be risky to return to Melbourne by 11am if you had your own car, and downright impossible by public transport.

Ballarat, Australia
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5. Re: Great ocean road - self drive

The GOR takes 3 full days and is mostly done as a driving loop from Melbourne because there is no public transport. As far as I know, there are 2 buses per week. If you don't have 3 full days (so you can stop in Apollo Bay one night and in Port Campbell the second night) then take a bus tour. Some tours do it in 2 days and stop overnight, but they arrive back in Melbourne quite late on the 2nd night.

Edit: Saloni, I have just realised that you are not the OP. It's a good idea for you to start your own thread so people don't become confused.

Edited: 6:03 pm, January 16, 2018
London, United...
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6. Re: Great ocean road - self drive

Other than vroom vroom, you could try:

http://www.rentalcars.com

https://www.holidayautos.com

There's a few others as well.

There's no chance of a one-way hire, and there's no regular public transport along the Great Ocean Road.

There's many tour companies that take buses down to Phillip Island. Have a look through the operators here:

visitvictoria.com/Regions/…

https://phillipislandtour.com.au

melbournetours.travel/tours/…

https:/…

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