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Great Ocean Road Tours

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One of the world's most famous driving routes, Victoria's Great Ocean Road offers scenic surprises at every fork in the road. In signature Australian style, endless stretches of white sandy beaches are flanked by dense pockets of rain forest, charming coastal towns, and canopies populated by koalas.

The Basics
The best way to take in this spectacular stretch of highway is by car or coach, with the majority of driving tours departing from Melbourne and including a tour guide, round-trip transportation, and a visit to the Twelve Apostles. Activities along the way may include wine tastings in Apollo Bay; spotting wild koalas in Kennett River; hiking along the shipwreck coast to witness the natural splendor of the Loch Ard Gorge; or pulling over at sunset to witness the Great Ocean Road at its most majestic. Day trips on the route tend to run upwards of 12 hours due to all of the driving and can be combined with a trip to Phillip Island for the famous penguin parade.

How to Get There
The Great Ocean Road is set 150 miles (240 km) southwest of Melbourne and 100 miles (165 km) from Geelong. It takes about three hours to arrive from Melbourne by road. Buses from these cities service major Great Ocean Road towns such as Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay; however, a car is essential to take a road trip on the full 150-mile (243-km) route.

When to Get There
In December and January, the road’s small coastal towns are especially popular among Australians from New South Wales and South Australia cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Crowds can often dampen the tranquil atmosphere of the route; an off-season visit can help you avoid both traffic and the scorching summer sun.

Best Outdoor Experiences Along the Route
The Southern Ocean waves are a paradise for surfers, who flock here from Melbourne in summer. Seaside towns such as Geelong, Lorne, and Torquay (the undisputed capital of Australia’s surfing scene) offer whale-watching and maritime history, while the monolithic rock columns of the Twelve Apostles are an iconic site known around the world.

For nature lovers, the rugged coastlines of Port Campbell National Park and the waterfalls and ancient forests of Great Otway National Park offer opportunities to see kangaroos, wallabies, fairy penguins, and tiger snakes. Snorkelers and scuba divers can also experience the underwater world at Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, an excellent place to swim beneath the rocks that rise above corals and kelp forests.

Address: Torquay to Warrnambool, Victoria 3228, Australia
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

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Experience the Great Ocean Road’s top attractions on this guided excursion that follows the iconic road in reverse. Embark on your journey and beat the crowds while learning about the region’s scenic landscapes and pretty coastal towns from an informative guide. Visit sites including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, London Bridge, and Great Otway National Park Rainforest.
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  • 13 hours
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$78.14
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour

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Travelers short on time in the Melbourne area don't need to miss out on one of Australia's greatest coastal road trips. This Great Ocean Road day tour includes many of the route's highlights, including the Twelve Apostles, Apollo Bay, and London Bridge. And, because this itinerary is the reverse of what many travelers take, you'll be skipping the worst of the crowds.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

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Experience the majestic scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this private, customizable tour. Follow the coast-hugging road through landscapes of dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and verdant rain forests, stopping wherever strikes your fancy. Take a stroll around some of the picturesque seaside towns along the way, and be on the lookout for koalas and other native wildlife. Visit the site of a famous shipwreck, and marvel at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder for a dramatic climax to your full-day tour.
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  • 11 hours
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$472.81
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2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

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Tick off the highlights of Australia’s world-famous Great Ocean Road and learn to surf on this action-packed 2-day road trip from Melbourne. Hit the beach for a 2-hour surf class, spot wild koalas and kangaroos, and soak up the scenery of Apollo Bay, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Best of all: spend a night in a Native American-style teepee by the beach, where you’ll tuck into a hearty Aussie BBQ around the campfire. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people and includes accommodation, meals and round-trip transport.
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  • 2 days
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$224.83
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Ride Tours, 2 Day Great Ocean Road Experience

Ride Tours, 2 Day Great Ocean Road Experience

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This is an ideal choice for travelers interested in seeing the best of the Great Ocean Road without rushing. Take the stress out of being stuck in large crowds by opting for a tour that travels in the opposite direction to most other tours. You’ll also save hours researching where to eat and stay by having breakfast, dinner, and accommodation included.
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  • 2 days
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Great Ocean Road Learn to Surf Day Trip from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Learn to Surf Day Trip from Melbourne

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Experience the Aussie surf lifestyle and breathtaking beauty of the Great Ocean Road on a full-day tour that includes a 2-hour surf lesson. Travel along the the Victoria coast to beaches with some of Australia's top surfing destinations. Learn to surf during a morning lesson in Torquay, then explore the region further, visiting Bells Beach, the town of Lorne, surf shops and waterfalls where you can swim. See native Australian wildlife in their natural habitat, including kangaroos and perhaps some koalas, before returning to Melbourne in the evening.
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  • 1 day
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$110.51
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2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour and Platypus paddle

2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour and Platypus paddle

We spend a day along the great ocean road, we then head inland and visit some amazing spots. We also go looking for the Platypus. We take a 1 km walk into the forest and then we paddle out on to Lake Elizabeth to se if we can find any platypus swimming around. This is a amazing way to start the day. We also visit the Redwood plantation as well as a waterfall.
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  • 2 days
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Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle

Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle

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The famous Great Ocean Road is a must for any visitor to Melbourne. This tour is purely private and bespoke meaning we do not take other groups but yourselves up to 7 passengers. The Mercedes vehicle is spacious and air conditioned with seats custom designed for long distance driving. Unlike other tours, you get to choose which particular places and how much time you would like to spend there and we help that happen. Some places will be interesting than others and you may want to spend more time there and this is why we are flexible. The road is windy and best taken in a smaller vehicle with several stops to enjoy the views and take memorable photos Many trips are spoiled by the wrong crowd and we believe if you are going to enjoy this, make it private. This tour is great if you have children as well as we can accommodate child seats, please advise after you book.
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  • 12 hours
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Private 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road Scenic Helicopter Tour from Moorabbin

Private 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road Scenic Helicopter Tour from Moorabbin

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The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives, but its popularity means it can get busy during peak season. This private 5-hour tour allows you to skip the road trip and soar overhead on a thrilling helicopter ride, before touching down to admire the famous 12 Apostles.
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  • 5 hours
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$1,347.13
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Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

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Discover the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne on this full-day tour by coach that allows you to soak up the beauty of one of Australia’s most stunning stretches of coastline. Be wowed by the Twelve Apostles, learn about the tragic history of Loch Ard Gorge, stop in Port Campbell, and enjoy photo ops of the rugged scenery throughout the day.
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  • 11 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour from Melbourne

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Head out of Melbourne for a full-day small-group tour of the Great Ocean Road. See some of Southern Australia’s most beautiful beaches as you travel to Kennett River, where you can spot wild koalas. Stop in Apollo Bay for lunch, then take a dip in the Southern Ocean. Stroll in the rainforest at Great Otway National Park and travel to Port Campbell National Park and the Twelve Apostles where you cruise down the Shipwreck Coast to Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.
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  • 1 day
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Half-Day or Full-Day Tour with Private Guide from Melbourne

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Half-Day or Full-Day Tour with Private Guide from Melbourne

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Make the most of your time in Melbourne with a private customizable tour designed to suit your group of up to eleven people. With your guide, plan your half-day or full-day tour, choosing from options such as a city tour with St Kilda and Fitzroy; seeing native Australian animals at the Healesville Sanctuary or Phillip Island penguin parade; tasting wines in the Yarra Valley; or exploring the Great Ocean Road. Your private guide provides an informative tour for your group of family, friends or business colleagues.
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  • 8 hours
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2-Day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade

2-Day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade

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Explore Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road on this 2-day tour from Melbourne. See the famous 12 Apostles and view the penguin parade on Phillip Island. Overnight accommodation, meals per itinerary, and round-trip transportation from Melbourne included.
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  • 2 days
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Tour Experience with Eureka Skydeck Admission

Small-Group Great Ocean Road Tour Experience with Eureka Skydeck Admission

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Take a full-day tour that includes all the highlights of the Great Ocean Road with the addition of the Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience. See gorgeous Southern Australian beaches, koalas in Kennett River, the Southern Ocean, Great Otway National Park and Port Campbell National Park. Stop at the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Gibson Steps and other landmarks on the Shipwreck Coast. Return to Melbourne and use your Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience pass to take in views from the highest vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere.
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  • 1 day
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Small Group Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Tour

Small Group Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Tour

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Experience the Great Ocean Road on a full-day tour from Melbourne with a small-group tour that explores this top destination in Australia. Learn from your guide about the sights and history of this famously scenic stretch of coastline as you visit Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Kennett River, Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles, and Loch Ard Gorge. Small-group tour limited to 11 participants ensures a more personalized tour.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road Adventure - Private Tour - Reverse

Great Ocean Road Adventure - Private Tour - Reverse

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Our unique itinerary ensures you avoid the crowds by travelling in a reverse 'direction' missing the bus crowds and enjoying the softer morning light. We head straight to the 12 Apostles for a mid morning spectacle before exploring the coastline. On the way we drop in at a local 'Chocolate Farm' for Australian farm experience and some coffee or sweets. Your expert guide will take you down to the beach along the Loch Ard Gorge and explain the dramatic shipwreck story. Then we wind our way through Otway Ranges taking in a Rainforest walk before settling into our seaside cafe and enjoying a fresh, locally inspired gourmet lunch. After lunch we take you to one of the best ice-creameries in Australia. Afterwards traverse the Surfcoast Shire along the coastal road that meanders through beach towns and cliff edges, stopping at significant photo sights. along the way. You will discover our unique wildlife of wild Koala's in Kennet River and Kangaroo's at the Anglesea golf course.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
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Private Three Day Great Ocean Road Tour

Private Three Day Great Ocean Road Tour

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Join us on an exclusively private 'Three Day Tour' to explore the beautiful Great Ocean Road and all that it has to offer in your own personal luxury vehicle together with an experienced driver / tour guide. Visit all the main hot spots such as the world famous 12 Apostles, plus other must-see attractions including Maits Rest and Great Otway National Park. Stay 2 nights overnight in the beautiful coastal township of Apollo Bay before embarking on a stunning introduction to Port Campbell National Park on the final day (home to the 12 Apostles).  The 3 day tour, really allows you to explore the depths of the local area, in particular giving extra time to participate on some incredible guided walks with your guide, deep into the otway forest. Tour departs Melbourne 10am. Returns back to Melbourne in the late afternoon on the final day at approximately 4pm.
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  • 3 days
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$778.81
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3-Day Small-Group Great Ocean Road and Australian Wildlife Tour from Melbourne

3-Day Small-Group Great Ocean Road and Australian Wildlife Tour from Melbourne

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Get up close to kangaroos, koalas, and other Australian creatures on a 3-day small-group tour from Melbourne. The excursion is perfect for travelers who value adventure and comfort in equal measure. Join your fellow tour companions (maximum eight people) as you travel along the Great Ocean Road, visit the Twelve Apostles, and much more. Spend two restful nights in 4.5-star accommodation and enjoy the convenience of six complimentary meals.
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  • 3 days
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Private Great Ocean Road Full Day Tour - 1 Day Tour

Private Great Ocean Road Full Day Tour - 1 Day Tour

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We are specialists in private touring along The Great Ocean Road. We know The Great Ocean Road better than most and focus specifically on ONLY The Great Ocean Road. So we know the best areas for wildlife spotting, unique areas that other tours don't visit and local knowledge that other tour guides simply can't offer. Our vehicles are air conditioned, privacy and tinted windows, USB charging ports, plus free wifi and bottled water. During this 12 hour tour, we visit all the major landmarks including The Twelve Apostles, Maits Rest, Split Point Lighthouse, Loch Ard Gorge, Kennet River. We also make stops to search for animals in their natural habitat, including kangaroo's, koala's and wild parrots. NOTE : 9 of the 12 hours is in-car-touring, so If you suffer from car sickness, we do recommend you choose the 2 day tour Departs Melbourne 7am, Returns 7pm If you have any questions regarding any of our tours, please don't hesitate to Call/text/WhatsApp us DIRECTLY us .
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  • 12 hours
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$446.84
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Private Great Ocean Road Express Tour (9 Hour Tour)

Private Great Ocean Road Express Tour (9 Hour Tour)

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This Half Day Express Tour showcases the main coastal section of the Great Ocean Road, from Aireys Inlet, all the way up to as far as Apollo Bay. The tour then cuts inland through the inland townships of Forrest and Birregura back to Melbourne. ***NOTE : This tour does NOT include the 12 Apostles*** Whilst other operators sell tours throughout Victoria, we specialise in only The Great Ocean Road, so you are safe in the knowledge you have an expert tour guide who knows the area inside out. Should you wish to visit the 12 Apostles, we recommend you choose either the full 1 day tour, 2 day or 3 day tour.
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  • 9 hours
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$319.10
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Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne

Private Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne

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Pick from various options you can explore down the Great Ocean Road. Some options are: See the 12 Apostles, Loch Are Gorge, London Bridge and more on the Shipwreck Coast Option to take a helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles Explore the waterfalls and nature walks of the Otway Rainforest Option to do the treetop walk or zip line course at the Otway Fly Visit the culinary delights of the region including cheese factories, distilleries, wineries, chocolateries and ice creameries Go surfing on the Surf Coast or just enjoy the beach culture at Torquay and visit the iconic Bells Beach Visit the coastal towns of Angelsea, Lorne & Apollo Bay. See the koalas at Kennett River What you pay for For private tours the cost is reflective of the tour itself regardless of the number of participants (maximum of 15). We charge a flat rate for the service, inclusive of transport and guide. Any extra costs are then added to the overall price, meaning you get to tailor the tour to what you want to pay for!
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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2-Day Great Ocean Road and Warrnambool Tour

2-Day Great Ocean Road and Warrnambool Tour

Bush to Ocean Road Tours presents you with one of the most popular tours in Victoria, the two day, Great Ocean Road and Warrnambool Tour. It will offer you the chance to experience pristine beaches, rainforests, historic seaside towns, and the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, all while driving along some of the most breathtaking coastlines in Australia. Light show Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot the local wildlife. At the right time of year, whales are often sighted from the shore. Depending on your own landmarks that you wish to visit, the seascapes, forests, and bush offer their own unique experiences.
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  • 2 days
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$1,176.11
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Great Ocean Road and Grampians Private Luxury Tour - (3 Day/2 Night)

Great Ocean Road and Grampians Private Luxury Tour - (3 Day/2 Night)

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Our Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour highlights Victoria’s diverse natural beauty including rocky peaks, lakes, volcanic plains, coastline and wildlife. You will travel in private and in style, enjoying one of our luxury Mercedez Benz Vehicle with one of our local expert tour guides showing you all our favourite attractions some well known as well as our personal favourite local hidden gems – found only of the beaten track. As you will be travelling with us in private, you have the freedom to customise your journey and to create your journey with the assistance of our local guides.
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  • 3 days
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$2,286.75
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Private Great Ocean Road Tour with Local Guide / Reverse tour Recommended

Private Great Ocean Road Tour with Local Guide / Reverse tour Recommended

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The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most famous road trips, affording spectacular views along the south coast. On this tour, travel in the comfort of a private vehicle and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. Your tour can be customized to suit your preferences, so perhaps admire highlights such as the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, soar overhead on a helicopter flight (optional), or take a bushwalk in the Great Otway National Park.
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  • 12 hours
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$1,180.05
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