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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

By Go West Tours
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No visit to Melbourne is complete without traveling the Great Ocean Road, home to some of Australia’s most dramatic scenery. Eliminate the hassle of car rental on this tour, which includes stops at Port Campbell and Great Otway National Park. Receive personalized attention from your guide, and access more of the Great Ocean Road than larger bus tours do. Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off are included from most Melbourne hotels.
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Ages 0-99, max of 24 per group
Duration: 14h
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Highlights
  • Avoid the hassle of car rental on a Great Ocean Road day trip from Melbourne
  • Discover some of Australia's most dramatic coastal scenery with ease
  • Hit Great Ocean Road highlights such as the Twelve Apostles and Gibson’s Steps
  • In a minivan equipped with Wi-Fi, access places that larger tour buses can’t

  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Friendly & Informative Guide
  • Pickup from Selected Hotels
  • National Park fees
  • WiFi on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Twelve Apostles
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ard Gorge
What's not included
  • Meals other than as stated
  • Gratuities

Your Great Ocean Road adventure begins with pickup from central Melbourne hotels, where you board a Wi-Fi-equipped minivan. Travel through the beautiful beach town of Torquay, the official start of the Great Ocean Road. Exploring the semitropical forest of Great Otway National Park. Gaze at the dramatic Twelve Apostles, undoubtedly the region’s most famous natural landmark, during a stop at Port Campbell National Park; upgrade to include an unforgettable helicopter ride over the iconic rock formations. Visit Loch Ard Gorge, the site of a notorious 19th-century shipwreck, and marvel at the dramatic result of erosion at Gibson’s Steps. Stop for dinner (at your own expense) before relaxing during the journey back to your departure point.

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 7am-8am depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 8:30pm-9:30pm.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Near public transportation
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3181GOWEST1

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travellers can participate
        • Large bags, strollers, prams, baby capsules, luggage & walkers cannot be brought on board
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 24 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        Which attractions will I visit with Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
        How much is Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
        Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne price starts from AU$148.06. Discover and book Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne on Tripadvisor
        What is the Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne cancellation policy?
        Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne on Tripadvisor
        Which company provides Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne?
        Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne is hosted by Go West Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Go West Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne on Tripadvisor

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3181GOWEST1

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        Itinerary
        • You'll get picked up
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        • 1
          Torquay
          Stop: 45 minutes
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        • 2
          Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
          Stop: 10 minutes
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        • 3
          Kennett River
          Stop: 20 minutes
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        • 4
          Apollo Bay
          Stop: 45 minutes
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        • 5
          Twelve Apostles
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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        • 6
          Loch Ard Gorge
          Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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        • You'll return to the starting point
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          Went for the penguins, stayed for the guides!!!
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          10/10
          Must do with a group. Brilliant experience with amazing tour guides. Camille kept up the energy and made the experience enjoyable for everyone throughout the trip. Saw loads of penguins and other wildlife- so would highly recommend
          Written 28 February 2024
        • KINDTRAVELLER22
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          Excellent and a must see!!
          Overall an excellent trip with a very good guide. Complete package worth every cent! Not be missed! Bob was a wonderful guide and driver.
          Written 27 February 2024
        • KanimoliSubramaniam
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          The Best Experience!
          Our tour guide was Red and he was so accommodating and amazing. The entire trip was perfect. We enjoyed it very much. Thank you for such a beautiful trip Go West and Red.
          Written 27 February 2024
        • Culture411479
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          Gourmet indeed - wine, then cheese, gin, more wine/lunch and finish with chocolate- just heaven
          We had a fabulous time on the Yarra Valley full-day gourmet tour. Red our guide was brilliant made the entire day fun, shared some great facts, stories and jokes. Led us all in some memorable fun Austrailiana style singalongs and stories. When you start with wine, then cheese, gin, more wine and lunch and finish with chocolate- what more could you ask for. Thanks Red and team, a great day for us.
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        • X4860VMsophieh
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          Loved it
          It was a lovely day out and we got to see so much wildlife. Our tour guide Jacqie made it the most wonderful day with her amazing energy and good vibes. Would recommend her!
          Written 27 February 2024
        • Rattapong T
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          The enjoy day in Yarra Valley.
          Good guide.He is Red who is very skillful in his job.He makes everyone in a tour have fun and enjoy. The food is good. Wines are excellent.Those make this tour be a good and impressive experience.
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        • chrishK3623OS
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          Excellent Tour
          The views were awesome…wine and food and terrific…would definitely recommend going on this tour if you enjoy excellent food and wine
          Written 26 February 2024
        • armidam2022
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          Penguins were cute!
          Go West was once again excellent! Bob, our guide was great! The penguin parade was unparalleled. Very nice experience over all!
          Written 26 February 2024
        • jerryz315
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          One of the best tour guide
          Jacque is one of the best tour guide we have for the whole month travel to Australia and New Zealand. She is charming, considering, knowledgeable and very active to cheer up every body. We wife and I like her so much.
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        • anderson257
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          One tour to do
          Great day, lots to see. Our guide Jacqui was awesome. She's informative, chatty and fun. We had a great day. The penguins were the best way to end the day.
          Written 26 February 2024
        • Connector16172254335
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          Penguin parade
          Jacqui is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Truly a fantastic and memorable experience, great trip with her, highly recommend!!
          Written 26 February 2024
        • Voyage523275
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          Penguins!
          We had an amazing time on this tour. Our guide was Israel and he did an excellent job keeping us engaged for the long journey. My kids enjoyed his jokes and he did a great job of giving us enough self guided time and guided time during the various stops. I was a bit worried that my kids (ages 8 and 11) would fall apart by the end of the trip as we did not get back close to midnight, but everyone held it together which speaks to the quality of the tour and the sights. Brought warm blankets and sweaters for the kids for the penguin parade which made a big difference as it got cold at night even in the summer.
          Written 25 February 2024
        • wilsonw360
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          awesome
          Bluey was funny and friendly at the same time. He’ll give you some information during the tour i’d recommend him as tour guide for all of you!
          Written 25 February 2024
        • SuzanneC508
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          Thanks Emily for your kindness and a terrific and interesting tour!
          What a terrific tour with Emily, our guide and driver. We were 3 sisters from Perth and Melbourne, taking this tour, which started great with prompt pickup. It was lovely getting to know Emily and our fellow, mainly international passengers, while we did the pickups in the city. Hearing the history and stories and seeing such beautiful sights and scenery all day was fabulous! Extra random stops too to get some great photos, was appreciated, plus the planned longer stops for walks, views and eating. And then we had so much time to see the beautiful sky as the sun came down on the Apostles even on a cloudy day. Great small size group too, so never any holdups. We had quiet times when Emily would put on music to sing along or rest to, when coming back to Melbourne. Thank you. Thoroughly enjoyed it all. Emily made it such a personal trip for us. And then having the late night drop off next to our accommodation was very convenient! Loved it all.
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        sumgom
        Adelaide, Australia9 contributions
        I compared the facilities with other tour companies in groupon and realised that this will be value for money. Some other companies offering the same with cheaper price, however didn't impress me as found gowest reviews are great beacaue of great customer experiences. Daniel T was great tour guide who has great knowledge as well as impressed us with his humour while guiding us. You won't get bored with him and best part is he recalls your name. The trip was well planned which help us to see everything on time and enjoyed the best experience. The phone operator was nice and informative.
        Written 23 February 2020
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        River Wong
        4 contributions
        Feb 2020
        The locations were absolutely amazing. I would recommend it even if the weather isn't perfect because the scenery is breathtaking even if the sky is covered with clouds. I wish we could stay longer at each destination but there's only so much time in a single day trip.
        Our bus driver, Jonathan, did a great job driving through and told interesting stories about each of our destinations and some spots that we drove by, even pointing out any points of interest whether it's a building or an animal that we pass by. We're here to have fun, and it's evident that he was here to help us enjoy the trip.
        Written 25 February 2020
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        Carlos T
        7 contributions
        The Great Ocean Tour which I took on 4/1/20 is highly recommended.
        This tour left Mebourne at 8am after the efficient and timely pick-up of about 20 passengers and wound up at 8.30pm with drop off at the relevant hotels back in Melbourne.
        The tea/coffee & cake stop at a beach at Geelong at 9am was as thoughtful as was the venue selection.
        The driver/guide/butler/para-medic Jonathan truly deserves appreciation.
        The manner in which he went about his numerous roles was simply stupifying.
        No guide I have come across this far has shown the same amount of concern, passion,attention to detail whilst also being so informative as he handled the bus very deftly.
        I wish Jonathan and Go West Tours all the very bear I future.
        Will return to Melbourne for the other tours soon.
        Carlos Tavora.

        Written 4 January 2020
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        Bella m
        1 contribution
        Feb 2020 • Friends
        On Sunday 16. Feb we joined a Group of 23 different nationalities for the Great Ocean Road tour. The bus was old and uncomfortable with small seats placed too close together for a 14 hour day trip. The driver/guide, Tim, however, was just perfect for the job. He was cheerful and helpful and very informative and did his best to create a friendly atmosphere, encouraging us to express wishes and preferences throughout the day even though the group was unresponsive. Our compliments to his knowledge, excellent driving and diplomatic skills.
        Written 17 February 2020
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        We're sorry to hear that the reviewer found our bus too old for their tour. This vehicle was added (brand new) to our fleet in the last months of 2018, so is less than 18 months old! Nonetheless, it's great to hear that our guide, Tim, did a great job & was as cheerful & helpful as described. Thanks very much for joining us on tour, and very best wishes for your onward journey!
        Written 18 February 2020
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        Jenni Dee
        Chania, Greece53 contributions
        Had a lovely day out on this trip. Regular stops and opportunities to take photos and learn things. Our guide was interesting and entertaining, kept us awake and let us sleep at the appropriate times and provided enough guidance to allow us to build our own experience.

        A few things to point out that are out of the companies control if you are planning to take this trip.
        The stops are long enough but don’t feel like it cos of the overwhelming number of tourists everywhere.
        There are up and downhill parts to most of the walks so be prepared to be out of breath and sweat a bit on hot days.
        Bring water with you.
        It’s a very long day

        The only thing I did not like was the last stop for dinner. Not many quality options and too short for a meal. I think that this could instead be a five minute stretch walk and then arrive back in Melbourne on time for a late meal.

        Overall a great day with many photos taken and much to talk about 😁
        Written 30 January 2020
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        Dave C
        Houston, TX10 contributions
        Jan 2020 • Friends
        I think you can pretty much expect the same experience from any Great Ocean road tour: the sights are spectacular. What made this one stand out for my friends and I was our tour guide, Yazmin. She was definitely the most engaged tour guide I've ever had: she started off by telling us about the history of Australia, had planned specific songs to play all throughout the trip based on our stops, and she was extremely funny! I think it's hard to be engaged with any tour group given how diverse each group likely is and English not being everyone's first language so most of the time there are a lot of blank stares. You're also on a bus for a LONG time. Yazmin made the time fly by with her stories and sense of humor. I imagine it's easy to want to just give up and drive when you're trying to be funny and not receiving any feedback. I was amazed at her tenacity and truly appreciated all stories and one-liners. My wife and I chuckled at each one.

        In addition to all this,the bus was clean and had surprisingly strong wifi. Yazmin set time expectations early in the tour and had the group well organized to be able to enjoy each stop and return at a reasonable hour.
        Written 26 January 2020
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        SY Lee
        Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
        May 2022
        It was a really enjoyable day. The day started at 730AM and it took a little while to pick up all the people in our tour before we started the journey. Our guide, Chris, was very experienced and friendly. The itinerary was very well-planned and the sights were amazing. Coupled with Chris' storytelling along the way/at lookout points, it was really entertaining and insightful. We signed up with the expectations to view the 12 Apostles on our holiday but we received so much more, including knowing more about the history of Great Ocean Road. The only rush was dinner time, which is understandable because the priority was to visit all the promised destinations, and also to send us back to our accommodations safely and punctually. I really recommend this tour to those that are interested in visiting the Great Ocean Road!
        Written 17 May 2022
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        Thanks, lsy345! We're really grateful that you trusted us with your booking and that you enjoyed your tour so much.
        Written 18 May 2022
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        Angela k
        Singapore174 contributions
        The tour to various places was good. We had a guide/driver, Paul for this trip. The feedback :
        1. Paul seemed to rush us for everything
        2. Bus seats were a bit too cramp for big sized guest. I am petite so it didn’t bother me but some of the other guests could be affected
        3. Stops to the attractions were a bit too short for proper photo taking and exploration
        4. 12 apostles/Gibson Steps stop could be longer. We were given 40 mins. We had to walk 15 mins of the pathway to see the apostles and walk back another 15 mins to the bus and that took 30 mins. We had only 10 mins to take pictures and for a toilet break. The Lorch Arc Gorge stop was 45 mins which was good time
        4. Lunch was a rush (slightly longer) as compared to dinner. Dinner was 30 mins and there wasn’t enough time to eat
        5. There wasn’t a guided tour to the eco walk. It seems that go west website said it was a guided tour to see the water fall at Great Otway National Park. We walked inside the path by ourselves and ended up at the end of the path and saw a stream of water falling from some rocks. That was obviously not a waterfall

        I am not sure if I would recommend this tour. Read most of the reviews and thought it was a good one. I would say the itinerary was acceptable but perhaps it was the guide?
        Written 17 February 2020
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        We're sorry to hear that the reviewer found this tour "average". Ironically, the 5-bubble review immediately below this one (entitled "Great one day tour!") travelled on exactly the same touring vehicle with exactly the same guide (Paul), on exactly the same day! We guess this goes to show it's pretty difficult to please all the people all the time. It long been our experience that some of our guests would prefer us to shorten the meal breaks in order to spend more time at the sightseeing destinations, while some guests' preference is for longer meal breaks, with fewer sightseeing destinations, or less time spent at each. Likewise, so guests will be back at the bus 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time, while some guests complain the stopping time is not long enough, or return 10 or more minutes after we're scheduled to move on. We recognise that it's very much a case of "different strokes for different folks", and we try to schedule our stops for a time duration that satisfies the vast majority of our guests. While some people take 15 minutes to walk (or perhaps meander, saunter, amble or mosey) to the 12 Apostles viewing lookouts, others will be there comfortably within 2 minutes of departing the touring vehicle. Thanks all the same for taking the time to review us!
        Written 17 February 2020
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        imf119
        Bedfordshire, Englnd51 contributions
        Feb 2020
        Whilst in Melbourne took both the Phillip Island and Great Ocean Road tours with Go West tours. Both were great tours, pick up's spot on, guides (Corey and Adrian) that were attentive, knowledageable and fun, and an itinerary that was good for the day.

        Overall I highly recommend this organisation, during a multi city visit of Australia these were 2 of the best tours we went on.
        Written 6 March 2020
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        Michele K
        6 contributions
        Feb 2020 • Friends
        I’m writing this review after my second Go West tour, which I almost cancelled after this Great Ocean Road Tour.

        The sights you see are world class! We saw a koala in the wild, did a rainforest walk and I would 100 percent recommend taking the time to drive this road to see the 12 Apostles.

        My complaints were with our guide. I didn’t feel like he shared any interesting information, talking much more about our food options and his mandatory break schedule and log book than the sights we were visiting. People on our bus were scolded for being a few minutes late, followed by a patronizing lecture on timeliness. He peer pressured us to shorten our dinner break and remove stops from our final drop-off by saying everyone on the bus had already agreed that these decisions were best, when clearly our entire group would have preferred a dinner and a convenient drop off.

        The tour guide for our second tour was amazing and we are so glad we didn’t cancel, but honestly it was close after our first experience.
        Written 24 February 2020
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        We couldn't be more disappointed to hear about the lacklustre efforts described above. What is described here is well short of what we expect from our on-road team and we will be following up with the reviewer to determine their date of travel and to identify which of our team needs a swift kick up the Khyber. It is not at all acceptable to us when any of our guides fails to make a reasonable effort for our guests. All we can ask of our team is that they do their level best for our guests, and it sounds like this individual just couldn't be bothered. It's great to hear that the guide on this guest's second tour was "amazing" which is exactly what we expect from our team. Thanks so much for letting us know about this issue, and giving us the opportunity to address it!
        Written 27 February 2020
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