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Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road

Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

Enjoy a drive along one of the world’s most legendary touring routes on a Great Ocean Road private tour from Melbourne. Combining vistas of beaches and rainforest, the winding Great Ocean Road takes you past coastal resort towns and the world-famous rock formations of the Twelve Apostles. Tailor the private tour to suit your interests, or let your experienced guide advise you on the area’s highlights.

The first leg of your drive takes you southwest from Melbourne to the surfing beaches of the Bellarine Peninsula and onto the Great Ocean Road. One of the world’s greatest drives, the route takes you through the seaside town of Anglesea and includes a stop for morning tea in Lorne (included), where you’ll go for a walk on the beach, followed by a stop in the coastal resort of Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense).

Your trip along the Great Ocean Road provides expansive views of the Southern Ocean and also takes you through the rainforests of Cape Otway, with a stop to admire the eucalyptus trees, tree ferns and beech trees. You’ll also see local bird life, including parrots, galahs and cockatoos.

The route becomes wilder as the beaches are replaced by cliffs and you reach the limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park. You’ll learn why this rugged stretch is called the shipwreck coast, and see the poignant memorial to the ship called the Loch Ard, which sank at the end of its voyage from England in 1878, taking the lives of all but two survivors.

The drive back to Melbourne takes you inland through Victoria’s regional farming countryside and the dairy town of Colac, to arrive back in Melbourne by early evening.

As this is a private tour, you can tailor your time to spend longer at cafes, beaches, rainforest or the shipwreck coast, just tell your guide along the way!

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