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arnoldgreg wrote a review Oct 2018
4 contributions4 helpful votes
What a great trip. We took the 3 day ocean road tour with the amazing Eddie as our guide. We had a fantastic time, there were only three of us on our tour which was great. There was a little hiccup with our accomocdation on the first night which was quickly delt with by Natural Treasure guys. Eddie's personal experience with doing these tours over so many years means he has all sorts of interesting and not so well known spots to take you. The food on this trip is amazing and the resurtaurant up in the hills on the first night did not only have amazing food and staff but even better views out over Apollo Bay. The rooms on the second night were fantastic and the shower was to die for, the food at this restaurant was also amazing, can highly recommend the Moscato (Koonara - Flowers for Lucy), staff here were also wonderful. Eddie is full of information of all the wonderful places you get to see ont this tour and in my opion it would be well worth requesting him as your guide, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Natural Tours and Eddie for an amazing experience.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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KateJohn wrote a review Mar 2017
Toronto60 contributions11 helpful votes
We took the 2 day GOR trip while vacationing in Australia; we often do self-drive trips but wanted to relax and enjoy the journey while someone else did the driving ... and have the benefit of a guide. We selected NTT as it looked like a small, personalized tour company ... and we were not disappointed. The Great Ocean Road is a must if you are travelling in the Melbourne area. Glen picked us up at our hotel and we were lucky enough to be the only couple booked that day ... so got a private tour! Unfortunately there was torrential rain and fog on day one, which disrupted our views, however Glen still managed to time our stops/adjust around the weather to make it an enjoyable day nonetheless. We tried to have a sense of humour about it and he even took us to a craft beer tasting as an alternative activity. Spectacular dinner at Chris' and simple but decent cottage accommodation. Did our rain forest walk in the morning and Day 2 was much better weather ... Glen made sure we had lots of time wherever we wanted to spend it; and we had spectacular views of the 12 apostles and coastline. We highly recommend this tour to those looking for a more personal experience and a relaxed pace. Glen was an extremely knowledgeable and easy-going guide, and a very safe driver. (Someone in another review mentioned long silences but we appreciated having some quiet time vs having someone talking non-stop for 8-9 hours. ) The choices for meal stops were excellent and the mini-van was comfortable for the long days in the car. Thanks again for a great experience!
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Margaret M wrote a review Feb 2017
Boston, MA, USA30 contributions12 helpful votes
There were three of us on our trip. Very personally responsive tour and one that can be adapted depending on availability of the more remote sights and interests of those on the tour. Fantastic loding arrangements, a very knowledgeable guide (Paul), and an array of animal life enjoyed as we moved away from the coast. Paul avoided the crowds along the Great Ocean Road which was great. Easy conversation throughout. Heartily recommend.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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Nancy M wrote a review Jan 2017
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Great Ocean Road with Australian Natural Treasures. The highlights were the many stops along the coast for fantastic views. We were a small group (only 2 other tourists in our comfortable mini-van), so there was plenty of time for us to linger a little longer at some spots for a few more photos. Other highlights were the 1 km Mait's Rainforest walk in Great Otway National Park, where we walked under ancient tree ferns, and our stop near Kennett River where wild Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots ate out of our hands. The food was wonderful on both days, and our stay at the Beacon Point Villas was unforgettable. Our guide, Jurgen, was a great host, and well-informed about the history, geology and flora and fauna of the area. When I carelessly left my mobile behind at a cafe in Lorne, only 2 days before our trip home, Jurgen went out of his way to get in touch with the owner of the cafe and help arrange its return (and yes, I got it!). Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: December 2016
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shai22 wrote a review Dec 2016
Tampa58 contributions41 helpful votes
Overall, I enjoyed the tour. However, there were elements that detracted from my experience, but enjoyable overall. Pros: Hotel pickup; great communication; reasonable pricing; well planned itinerary; some hidden, special treats; wildlife, amazing views, fantastic dinner; lovely rest stops; small group; personal guide who is respectful and caring. Cons: Uncomfortable van seats; long periods of silence (To explain further, I'm loquacious and I like tidbits of information as part of my tours. Glen, our guide is reserved, he offered interesting info at stops, but seldom spoke unless a specific question was asked, and no music or background noise to break the silence, this made day one very long and somewhat boring) We rode back with Eddie who was much more jovial and talkative, a better fit for our personalities; terrible accommodation selection - yes, great views but tired, old, dusty and unkept).
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Date of experience: November 2016
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