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

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US$ 103.24
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Small Group (8)

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

We are Ahead of the Crowds and have lookouts to ourselves

Our Experience and Live Commentary

Breakfast/Snack Pack

Aussie Themed Café Lunch 

More Photo Stops

Over 14 years old only

See Kangaroos Koalas and Native Birds in the Bush

We Don't do the reverse tour to be ahead of the crowds, we leave Early and Get Back Early. We have nearly all of our Morning Lookouts to us only.

  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pickup from most CBD, Southbank and Docklands Hotels/Accommodations. Due to increased City traffic we drop off at Southbank , directly opposite Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. We may ask you to meet us at a common location ( not too far) due to road works and road closures. You will be notified the evening before your tour of your pick up time and location. Please notify us of your accommodation.
Departure Time
6:00 AM
Return Details
12 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
  • Pickup and drop-off (conditions apply)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus with easy-access step and handrail
  • Lunch and Snack/Pack
  • Aussie snacks
  • Cold bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Ocean Road Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Twelve Apostles
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ard Gorge
  • Gratuities
  • Children under 14
  • Travelers more than 130Kgs
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Pickup times and locations will be advised the evening before the tour ( 6 p.m. ) Check your emails
  • Vegetarian and vegan options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • No children under 14 years of age
  • Our Cancellation Policy is 100% within 24 Hrs ( 1 Day )
  • Weight limits: passengers over 130kgs (285lbs)
  • We endeavor to pick up at all accommodations, however we may ask you to meet us at a more suitable location due to road works and timing issues.
  • Email your accommodation at the time of your booking.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very pleased that we picked this schedule- had to get up really early but got back to Melbourne around 4 pm. Still had a good amount of time left to do other things

Date of experience: October 2019
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Stuart B, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Road Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am glad you appreciated the day and the timing. It makes huge difference leaving early. I had a late start last week and the traffic numbers was much larger than when we leave early. Thanks for writing a review of my tour.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great aussie experience with Stuart our guide. Snack pack on entry onto bus with drink,cheese and biscuits,muesli bar sultanas,water. Lunch included with a variety of choices. Anzac biscuits and lamingtons offered through the day. Will definitely recommend to others. Small groups are definitely the...More

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

Thanks Deb ( I found the missing item) I am glad you had a great trip and you and Stephen enjoyed your day. We had some great chats and a bit of fun and I was so happy the weather was great for you all....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 21yr old son & I thoroughly enjoyed this day trip filled with surprises along the way. Our driver and host Stuart, made every effort to ensure we took advantage of all the sights as we drove along the Great Ocean road, including detours to...More

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

I am very happy you and Paul had a great day. The weather turned out much better than forecast and the Great ocean Road did put on quite a good show. The crew was Great and I was happy to share the Great Ocean Road...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful experience it was to travel the great ocean road with our guide Stuart. He is entertaining, knowledgable and helpful. You can tell he really cares about his business and it showed in his attitude and the way he ran the day. He...More

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

Thanks Carol for this awesome review. The day we had worked so well, and I am glad you had a memorable trip. Often it is the people on board who make the day no matter how hard we work. You were a great crew and...More

Reviewed 9 September 2019 via mobile

The booking process was very easy, and instructions on the meet-up point were sent the day before the tour to the email address used at the time of booking. We were picked up at 5:50am about a block away from our accommodations, which made for...More

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Stuart B, Owner at Ocean Road Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2019

Thank you for this informative review of the tour. I am glad you had a great day and I am please you liked the organization of the day. The Early finish is a benifit when you have only a couple of days in Melbourne. We...More

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Response from mart888 | Reviewed this property |
the van seats 8, 2 single seats and 3 doubles, get on first to get your pick.. its comfortable enough, has aircon and the roads are all ok main advantage - early start early return
24 August 2019|
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About 5pm
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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
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