Enjoy a picturesque destination with captivating ocean landscapes, long golden beaches and crystal blue waters with The Great Ocean Road Private tour. This is the place to visit when you come to Australia. With stunning coastline views, national parks, beautiful waterfalls and exotic wildlife located along the coastline, a trip to this location is a must.
A perfect location for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, The Great Ocean Road Private tour offers an unforgettable experience with its rugged terrain, exotic wildlife and even a taste of adventure with an optional helicopter ride. Allow us at Bilbytravel to plan an exciting trip to The Great Ocean Road for you and your loved ones. Starting with the famous West Gate Bridge which offers a stunning view of the port and centre of the city, this tour will then take you down the highway making a stop at Bells Beach. This famous beach for surfers will allow you to marvel at the fantastic panoramic view of the shoreline. Watch the beautiful Australian waves being tackled by talented surf lovers. After a stop at this new beach, we will then take you towards the amazing Great Ocean Road.
Before we drive further, we will take a morning tea break. For morning tea we invite you to visit the chocolate factory, where you can try some outstanding coffee or tea with brilliant desserts and an endless selection of chocolate, made from cocoa beans from all over the world. Don’t forget to sample the local ice-cream, which is made on site.
Main stops we do on the Great Ocean Road:
- Bells Beach Walk
- Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
- Kennett River: koalas and parrots in a wild
- Stop for Fish and Seafood lunch in Apollo Bay
- Otway National Park and Rainforest Walk
- Kangaroos in a wild
- 12 Apostles
- Locgard Gorge
- London bridge
Another landmark that should not be missed is the geographic border between the great Pacific and Indian oceans. This point is located at the Split Point Lighthouse which you will pass before the stop to take some memorable pictures in front of the memorial arch.
Your journey will then take you through the little town of Lorne, where we can stop to have a look from the Teddy Lookout observation platform. The view of the Great Ocean Road, winding along the coastline at the foot of the hills, cloaked in thick eucalyptus forest will leave you speechless.
Apart from the scenic views, we here at Bilbytravel know the excitement that comes with a hands-on experience. Our tours include the chance to see Australia’s favourite animal, the Koala, only this time, in the open wilderness. We also have short stop-overs to interact with and hand-feed beautiful Australians birds, including parrots. Have these beautiful birds pose on your shoulders while you take some memorable photos.
Our next stop will be in the quaint and small town of Apollo Bay for lunch. In the town, known for its fisheries and vast array of seafood, you will be offered delicious fresh fish meals. We also have vegetarian meals for those who aren’t seafood fans.
After lunch, we will take you through the Otway national park where we can make a short half-an-hour stop for a relaxing walk along the Australian cool climate rainforest. On this short stroll, you will witness the striking centuries-old, colossal eucalyptus trees and arborescent ferns, truly worth admiring. This part of the tour will expose you to the exotic beauty that Australian nature has to offer.
After the walk we will continue to drive through the Otway park where you can continue to traverse the dense Australian forest, alternating with grassy meadows populated by herds of cows and sheep, or if you wish – you can have a snooze.
We will return to the Great Ocean Road in about one and a half hours for the next step in our journey which will be devoted entirely to the most iconic Australian animal – the kangaroo. Where we will stop always grazes a large mob of grey kangaroos. You can watch and photograph these unique Australian animals from a short distance. As long as we don’t scare them off, there will be some great photos!
Only a few minutes after this stop we will be at the famous 12 Apostles.
Witness the stunning natural beauty that is these cliffs, towering over the raging ocean waves below – a true spectacle to behold.
The 12 Apostles or the ‘limestone stacks’ rise from the ocean near the shore. The shoreline cliffs are littered with observation platforms with a clear view of the Apostles, from several perspectives. We’ll leave the vehicle at the information centre’s parking lot and head straight over to these magnificent giants, who have been resisting the force of the ocean’s waves for thousands of years.
We will share with you the curious story of the origin of these rock’s name and answer the question, how many are they really? – 12, 9 or 8…?
Should you want to, and if time permits, we can take a walk down the Gibson Steps, that are cut into the rock. They will take us down the cliffs to the beach, to the foot of the giant rocks where a unique view of the Apostles will present itself and the opportunity for some more great photos.
After returning to the information centre you will have the opportunity to have a short (15 minute) helicopter trip along the coastline during which you will fly over the 12 Apostles, the bay of Loch Ard and see in the distance the London Bridge. The helicopter flight is paid for separately.
Our trip along the Great Ocean Road is coming to an end, if time permits and you still have the strength, we’ll make a couple more stops. The first will be at the famous Lochard Gorge, where during the 19th century a ship of the same name sank. Here you can learn the history of the shipwreck and about the two survivors of this sad voyage. In summer, you can swim in this bay. The next stop will be at the giant cliffs of the London Bridge where you will learn the interesting origin of its name. This is an excellent place for breathtaking photos.
After this stop, we will start to return to Melbourne.
P.S. During the Christmas and Easter holidays, as well as in the Chinese New Year, we can make this trip in the opposite direction. That is, start by visiting the 12 Apostles and then travel along the Great Ocean Road in the direction of Melbourne. This will save time and let you visit the most popular places in a less busy time of the day. You will see all the same sights, but with fewer people there. We can discuss the exact details of the trip when you book the trip.