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“Highly recommended”

Escape Discovery Adventures
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Owner description: At Escape Discovery Adventures our guests experience more than just a tour. Our all inclusive, truly small group one day adventures across Melbourne's regions capture the very best of Victoria and offer fantastic value for money. With an emphasis on quality, our specially designed routes get you closer to nature and the locals and avoids the crowds, providing a more personal service that allows you to fully absorb yourself in a memorable day out.
Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

Our tour guide Paul was very entertaining and informative throughout the whole journey.

Being in a small group, it was easier to communicate and familiarise with other travellers. The small group also made it feel less like a commercial tour and more like a road trip.

My family members were very happy with the tour, and especially with Paul's tour guiding skills.

This was easily a highlight during our one week Melbourne stay. I would recommend this tour to others who are planning a GOR trip.

Thank LissaRembuyan
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panderson9033, Owner at Escape Discovery Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Hi LissaRembuyan,

Thank you for your thougths. I am delighted you and your family enjoyed the day. Indeed, it was my pleasure hosting you.

It is especailly gratifying when guests feel the journey was a highlight of their trip - we always feel we owe Mother Nature a little something for that.....

Again, many thanks,

Paul Anderson - Owner
Escape Discovery Adventures

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We have done this tour 3 times before as it's a must see attraction when we have relatives visiting from overseas. This is by far the best trip we have ever done thanks to our tour guide Eric. Everything was very well organised: we did more stops than any other tour, we had a great morning tea with fresh Aussie delights, the food of very good quality for lunch and dinner were ordered before we arrived at the restaurant or cafe, Eric was always entertaining and knowledgeable about things that no other tour guide had ever bothered to talk about. The music playlist all along the trip was part of the whole theme/story of the trip.
We have lived in Melbourne for the last 5 years and it's maybe the first time we actually get what it means to be Australian.

Overall this is the best value for money by far. Thanks again Eric, cheers from your Mauritian mates! good on ya.

1  Thank Arnaudch
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panderson9033, Owner at Escape Discovery Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Hi Arnaudch,

Many thanks for your review and we are so glad you enjoyed your day with us.

Erik (yes it is with a K! - but he never tells anyone) joined us a few months ago and really relishes the opportunity to show off this region to guests such as yourself.

One of the features we like to employ in the design of our adventures is the ability and scope for our guides to add their own personal touches. We believe it makes the expereince more personal and allows our guides to express themselves beyond a mere 'script'. I know Erik takes great personal pride in his individually selected soundtrack and he will be delighted that you enjoyed this facet especially.

Again, many thanks for the time taken to write your review and we warmly welcome you as residents to our fair city!

Paul Anderson - Owner
Escape Discovery Adventures

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Like many others we read the reviews and had to do it and we where not disappointed. my wife n I booked this trip as part of our 25th wedding anniversery tour of OZ and to say we were treated great from start to finish is an understatement. Eric greated us with a smile at our pick up point and after 14 hours left us with a smile and great memories.From breakfast on the beach,lunch and dinner it was superb.Eric had a great way with telling stories to keep your interest including singing songs ect.if you only do one trip in melbourne this should be it.It is a very small group you do the tour with so you get to know everyone traveling with you which adds to it and means no big packs of people when stop for photos ect so book now and enjoy......

1  Thank ady-hull
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panderson9033, Owner at Escape Discovery Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2012

Hello ady-hull.

Thank you for your thoughts - we feel humbled when guests consider us as part of such a special ocassion as yours. Congratulations from all of us on your anniversary.

Erik is a proud and passionate person when it comes to our fair town and we are thrilled to have him as an integral part of our team. I must say, we did not audition him as far as singning is concerned when we welcomed him aboard, but he assures me his voice is quite good.....?

We do aim to provide more than just a tour and we are delighted we seem to have delivered on that promise to you, ady-hull .

Again many thanks, and I hope your trip 'Downunder' provides you with many memories as a reminder of your special event.

Paul Anderson - Owner
Escape Discovery Adventures

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

we loved the great ocean road tour with Eric. we spent 14 hours together on the road, learning about the history of the route, listening to Australian songs, munching goodies and enjoying the spectacular views. our tour happened on a very stormy day and it just added a lot to the atmosphere. Eric is funny and we all had a great time.

1  Thank metayelet11
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panderson9033, Owner at Escape Discovery Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2012

Hello metayelet11. Many thanks for your thoughts and taking the time to post a review.

One of the delights - and hazards - of the region is the weather. Once we cross over Cape Otway after lunch we become exposed to the Southern Ocean. As we witness the 12 Apostles in this region, there is nothing between us and the South Pole....

So, depending on which way the wind is blowing it can whip up as you say. Personally, I actually prefer it like this as long as you are prepared, of course (I hope you took advantage of the rainjackets we offer). There is a reason its called the 'Shipwreck Coast'!

Great to hear you enjoyed the experience with Erik as it was our pleasure welcoming you aboard.

Paul Anderson - Owner
Esacpe Discovry Adventures

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Took the one-day tour of the Great Ocean Road. Very experienced tour guide. Gave us a lot of information about the historical and cultural context of each of the places we visited, really helped us understand some of the issues in Australia, including how life must be like for the early European settlers. Really nice morning tea, and great choice of movie on the way back too!

Thank CatalinaRembuyan
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panderson9033, Owner at Escape Discovery Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2012

Hello Catalina and thank you for your post.

We are delighted you enjoyed the experience. Dirk was your guide for the day and we indeed welcome him and his experience as part of our team (he is actually a member of our State Emergency Service so is a praticualrly handy person to have around....).

Glad you liked the morning tea - the classic Aussie treats you sampled are defintely not low fat - but most importantly, did you pass the Vegemite test?

We trust you enjoyed your time in Melbourne and hope we can welcome you back to our country soon.

Paul Anderson - Owner
Escape Discovery Adventures.

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