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.
Main stops we do on the Great Ocean Road private tour:
Bells Beach lookout
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 iconic beach, we will then take you towards the amazing Great Ocean Road.
Morning coffee at the Chocolate Factory
Before we continue our journey, our private driver will invite you to take a morning tea/coffee break. For morning break we invite you to visit the Great Ocean Road 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.
Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
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’s 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.
Kennett River: koalas and parrots in the wild
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 Australian birds, including parrots. Have these beautiful birds pose on your shoulders while you take some memorable photos.
Stop for Fish and Seafood lunch in Apollo Bay
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 dine on delicious fresh fish meals. Vegetarian or gluten-free meals are available for those who aren’t seafood fans.
Otway National Park and Rainforest Walk
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 and fern trees, truly worth admiring. This part of the private tour to the Great Ocean Road will expose you to the exotic beauty that Australian nature has to offer.
After the walk we will resume our drive through the dense Australian forest of the Otway National park, alternating with grassy meadows populated by herds of cows and sheep, or if you wish – you can have a snooze.
Kangaroos in the wild
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. At this stop, you will always find a large mob of grey kangaroos grazing. 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!
The 12 Apostles or the ‘limestone stacks’ rise from the ocean near the shore. The shoreline cliffs have several observation platforms with a clear view of the Apostles, from multiple perspectives. Witness the stunning natural beauty of these cliffs, towering over the raging ocean waves below – a true spectacle to behold. 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 the name “The 12 Apostles” and answer the question, how many are there really? – 12, 9 or 8…?
A walk down the Gibson Steps
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 feet 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 Lochard Gorge and see in the distance London Bridge. The helicopter flight is paid for separately.
Lochard Gorge and London Bridge
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 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 return to Melbourne.
Christmas, Easter holidays and Chinese New Year options:
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 itinerary when you book the trip.
Great Ocean Road private tour price: