Great Ocean Road Auto Tours - Private Day Tours

Great Ocean Road Auto Tours - Private Day Tours

Great Ocean Road Auto Tours - Private Day Tours
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Great Ocean Road AutoTours has rebranded to 'Great Ocean Road Tours'. We provide exclusively Private Tours. James & Michael have lived in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road for 10+ years, so have the local knowledge that very few tour operators do. So join them and tour in comfort on one of the most iconic road trips in the world. They specialise in Private Tours for 1 - 5 guests. Travel in their comfy vehicles and see the things that YOU want to see. 2 & 3 day tours are their specialty but they also do 1 day tours. Pick ups are available from Melbourne city centre (CBD), Docklands, Southbank, Melbourne International & Avalon Airport, all cruise terminals and Geelong CBD. Prices range from $700 AUD for a one day tour. Come join and join them today us on a tour today and let the real experts guide you!
Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia

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Carl W
Kansas City, MO4 contributions
Dec 2022
We took a 2 day tour option. Michael was our driver for the duration. Very pleasant mannered. Always pointing out interests things along the way. It was a very private intimate experience which was just what we were looking for. The 12 Apostles were incredible. Definitely worth taking a helicopter flight - assuming the conditions are good of course.
Written 1 January 2023
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Thanks Carl, Yes, the 12 Apostles are awesome. But the road, as you know now, is just so much more. With regards to the helicopter joy flights, guests can always book this on the day itself, and chatting to the guide about the flying conditions on that particular day. You are right to say that some days are better than others. Thanks, James
Written 8 January 2023
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Paul Q
Auckland Central, New Zealand76 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
After being let down by a previous company, we were left wondering if we would ever make it down the great ocean road. Thankfully, James agreed to show us down. He knew the area well having lived in ‘The Bay’ for a number of years.

Tour was exceptional. Well timed, spaced out, suggestions on all aspects of the trip were perfect, including where to eat and the best places to get coffee etc.

The perfect private touring experience.
Written 24 December 2022
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'The perfect touring experience' Wow, thanks Paul. That's what we aspire to provide. I'm glad we nailed it. Thanks, James
Written 8 January 2023
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Missy T
5 contributions
Oct 2022
I came on a bus tour about 10 years ago. I was blown away (quite literally on some occasions!) on a windy winters day. Thankfully this time around it was October, and we enjoyed a much calmer sunnier day. Beautiful for photography.

We also choose to step it up a gear and opt for a private tour. This turned out to be a great call. Michael was our guide and driver for the day. He was a real local. Knew his history. Knew the little inside knowledge that we may have missed out on. We also opted for the 13 hour tour, which meant we got away early - 6:30am - so we had all the stops to ourselves, except the 12 Apostles, but even then there was only a few people. The extra hour on the road was totally worth it.

I know most tours leave at around 8 or 9am but why would you want to join the crush of tourists at each venue? Going early was a great idea, and we slept on the way back (arduous 3 hour journey back to Melbourne in the late afternoon).
Written 20 October 2022
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Thanks Missyt, Yes, Michael really knows his stuff. I'm glad to hear you had a sunny calm day. In fact, October was one of our worst months on record in terms of weather, so you must have caught the road on a good day!! I'm happy you thought the early pick up works better. We think so too!! Thanks, James
Written 8 January 2023
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jay
Santa Rosa, CA13 contributions
Aug 2022
What a great few days travelling the Great Ocean Road. Our guide Michael was superb throughout. Funny, reliable and safety conscious.

Overnight stay in Apollo Bay was definitely worth it, particularly the sunrise in the morning.
Written 19 August 2022
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Well we really appreciate you taking time to review us. I will certainly pass on your thanks and praise to Michael. I'm glad you liked his 'Dad' jokes haha Warm Regards, James
Written 12 September 2022
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wassman j
Delray Beach, FL1 contribution
June 2022
I am NOT big on writing reviews. I tend to be a bit lazy and read them instead. But for the effort that this company put into our experience, i felt i must at least say a few words. Our previous tour pre-covid was cancelled due to travel restrictions. They were ever so kind and accommodating about refunding our tour in full when these restrictions were imposed, whilst many others were trying to keep our money or trying to offer credit notes instead. So we knew that when we finally did make it to Australia, we would re-pay this kindness and honesty with our custom.

The tour was really great, and matched the overall kind and warm service that we experienced whilst stuck at home during covid - lots of correspondence back and forth during this period.

So not only would i like to thank Michael and James for providing an amazing tour, i also want to thank them for their honesty and sincerity during that difficult period.

You deserve every future success.
Written 17 August 2022
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Dr D
Husborne Crawley, UK11 contributions
July 2022
Wow, what a way to see this stretch of coastline. The tour was just what we had hoped for, and was tailored to our (slow) speed. Wehad been in discussion with James before booking, who suggested a 2 day tour, which we hadn't even considered. It was absolutely the right choice for us. We stayed the night in Apollo Bay. We sourced our own accommodation with a little help from James. The town is a little gem but its true beauty comes about once the hordes of big bus tours have left the area, and you essentially have the area alone with locals. Beautiful sunrise if you are game enough to get up the early.
Written 8 July 2022
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Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience. The sunrise is only enjoyed by a handful of people (it is early as you say), so glad you got to enjoy that special experience. thank for choosing us, James :0
Written 18 July 2022
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jenny b
Connersville, IN2 contributions
June 2022
I'm not one to write reviews but thought i would just share my positive experience of this tour company. Excellent from start to finish. Our guide James was very friendly and a very safe driver. Thanks from Jen & the boys x
Written 29 June 2022
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Thanks Jenny. I really appreciate you taking the extra time to write us a review. As a small Private tour operator we only have a handful of guests each week, so competing against the big bus tours with 60+ passengers, it can be hard to compete with their sheer number of reviews! So each review we receive really is appreciated. It was a pleasure to show you and your two sons the road James :)
Written 18 July 2022
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mark r
5 contributions
May 2022
Really lovely personal experience on this fabulous stretch of coastline. Made even better with beautiful warm weather, comfortable tour car and the company of our guide James who knew the area intimately.
Written 29 June 2022
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Thanks Mark, it was great to have your company too! I have lived in the area for more than a decade, so I love exploring the area even on my day off. It's a region that just keeps on giving. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I get to live and work here. Thanks again, James
Written 18 July 2022
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Sharon H
10 contributions
Dec 2021
We enjoyed an excellent 3 days tour of the great ocean road recently. Our highlight was probably the short kangaroo tour on the morning of the first day. We got right up close to about 20 wild kangaroo. Superb. Lots of other interesting sights and sounds. We stayed 1 night in Apollo Bay and 1 night in Port Campbell which were like picture postcard towns. Bliss.
Written 18 December 2021
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Thanks Sharon - Terrific you had the time to see so much of the area. 1 day is a bit rushed - although we do offer it for international guests who are short on time. 2 Days is perfect and what I would personally recommend to most people (and includes the kangaroo tour which is a must-do!) 3 Days is also good - the extra day allows more time to get a bit away from the main high-tourist areas and also if you are a keen walker, allow for some longer rambles through beautiful forest areas. Apollo Bay and Port Campbell and very cute towns. They have changed very little in the last decade. Infact they just recently had a large resort proposal turned down due to the local community coming together to voice their disapproval. It's this 'togetherness' of the local community that makes these towns what they are. I'm lucky to call it home. Safe travels, Michael.
Written 17 February 2022
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Bobby
South Africa27 contributions
Oct 2021
After 18 months of lockdown, the chains were finally off. We decided to treat ourselves with a private tour of the great ocean road, rather than self drive. Tour was seamless and we really got to appreciate a whole new side to the road that we hadn’t seen on our previous trip (which WAS a self drive back in 2010). This was just what the doctor ordered!

(2 Day Tour taken late October 2021)
Written 30 October 2021
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I feel your pain! The shackles are finally off. So glad we got to show you a different side of the road. It helps when you are a local. We see so many guides on the road just ticking the box of the main attractions. There's just so much more! Here's to travel in 2022 and beyond!!!!! Michael.
Written 17 February 2022
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