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1 Day Private Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

Melbourne VIC, Australia

11 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Private Groups

6 people



Experience the ultimate Great Ocean Road adventure with our private tour. As one of the world’s most famous scenic coastal drives, this journey is a true favourite of The Private Tour Guide. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, we guarantee that this will be one of the highlights of your trip.

About our Private Great Ocean Road Tour

Our Great Ocean Road private tour allows you to explore the Great Ocean Road at your own pace, with no crowds or distractions. We have toured this road thousands of times and it continues to amaze and surprise us. From spectacular beaches to charming coastal towns, an abundance of Australian wildlife, a vibrant surf culture, secret rainforests, and the famous 12 Apostles, this tour has it all.

Private Great Ocean Road Tour Highlights

With so many stops and wonderful stories to share along the way, you are guaranteed to have a sensational day. Your Great Ocean Road private tour includes highlights such as the stunning Surf Coast, wild kangaroos in their natural habitat, a visit to the famous lighthouse, the Memorial Arch, Victoria’s most affluent coastal resort town of Lorne, guaranteed sightings of wild koalas, and an optional rainforest walk.

Private Guide At The 12 Apostles

We also take you to the Ship Wreck Coast, the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, the Razorback, and Island Archway. If time permits, we can even take you to the Gibson Steps. This tour is 11-12 hours in length, giving you plenty of time to soak up the beauty of the Great Ocean Road.

Book your private Great Ocean Road tour today and experience this iconic Australian destination like never before.

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What You Will Love

  • Customised Itinerary
  • Wild Kangaroos and Kaolas
  • Secluded Great Ocean Road Lookouts
  • Apollo Bay
  • Visit A Rainforest
  • The 12 Apostles
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Avoid The Tour Buses
  • A Chance To Meet Some Locals
  • Your own Private Guide

Your journey to the Great Ocean Road

Be picked up from your hotel or private accommodation and embark on an inspiring private tour. Drive over the West Gate bridge providing some of the best views of the city of Melbourne, heading towards the charming town of Colac. You will be told historic tales of the region before reaching the awe-inspiring Great Ocean Road, where the majestic Twelve Apostles await. This scenic route promises breathtaking landscapes, captivating coastal views, and a connection with the natural wonders of Victoria, Australia.

Arrive at Port Campbell National Park

As the coastline of the Twelve Apostles draws closer, the anticipation of seeing Australia's most famous natural wonder is at its peak. Your private tour guide will arrive at the perfect time to avoid the larger tour buses.

Visit the 12 Apostles

Imagine yourself standing on the rugged coastline of Australia's Great Ocean Road, where an extraordinary sight awaits you. While the morning sun illuminates the limestone towers, you will embark on a guided walk to every vantage point of the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles. With a private tour guide by your side, every step you take will be filled with wonder and discovery. The 12 Apostles leave an indelible mark on every visitor.

Visit Loch Ard Gorge

Welcome to Loch Ard Gorge, a place where nature's beauty intertwines with an awe-inspiring tale of survival and resilience. We will share with you the captivating story of the shipwreck of Loch Ard, a story that will leave you inspired and in awe of the human spirit.

Picture this: It was the year 1878 when Loch Ard, a magnificent 3 mast clipper, set sail from Gravesend, Kent, bound for Melbourne, Australia. On board were 54 souls, including the courageous Captain George Gibbs, his crew, and 17 passengers seeking new beginnings in a distant land.

After a long and arduous journey across the vast ocean, the ship was nearing its destination on that fateful day of June 1st. The crew eagerly anticipated sighting the land, but a thick blanket of fog descended upon them, shrouding their surroundings in an impenetrable mist.

As fate would have it, the Cape Otway lighthouse, which could have guided them safely, remained hidden from their view. Compounded by faulty chronometers and unfavourable weather conditions in the preceding days, Captain Gibbs found himself sailing blindly, unaware of the treacherous coastline nearby.

Then, like a veil being lifted, the fog dissipated, revealing a haunting sight—the formidable cliffs and roaring breakers of this very gorge. Captain Gibbs acted swiftly, commanding his crew to set sail and steer away from the imminent danger. But time was against them, and the ship, unable to escape its fate, collided with a reef, shattering its masts and rigging within moments.

In those chaotic and terrifying moments, lives were lost, and despair loomed over the doomed vessel. However, amidst the tragedy, the tale takes an extraordinary turn. Two souls emerged as beacons of hope and courage—Eva Carmichael and Thomas Pearce.

To be continued...

Rainforest Walk, Great Otway National Park

Imagine a world where you are transported to an enchanting realm of natural wonder, where the secrets of ancient forests unfold before your very eyes. Picture yourself walking amidst towering giants, their majestic presence filling you with awe. This world exists within the Great Otway National Park, and with a private tour guide, it becomes an unforgettable journey tailored exclusively for you.

(Optional Walk) As you step into the heart of the rainforest, a symphony of sounds serenades your senses. The melodious trill of birdsong accompanies your every step, while the gentle rustling of leaves beneath your feet creates a harmonious rhythm that resonates with your soul. Your private tour guide, an expert in the region's ecology, will unveil the captivating tales and rich history of Maits Rest, bringing every detail to life.

Venturing deeper into this hidden paradise, you will find yourself treading upon a boardwalk that winds through the verdant landscape. The air is filled with the earthy fragrance of the damp forest floor, drawing you further into the magical realm that awaits. This path ensures minimal disruption to the delicate ecosystem, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the experience.

And then, as you turn a corner, it reveals itself—Maits Rest, a sanctuary of nature's grandeur unlike anything you've ever witnessed before. The mighty mountain ash trees stretch towards the heavens, adorned with vibrant mosses and ferns, creating a breathtaking tapestry that dances in the soft, dappled sunlight. Your guide's expertise will breathe life into this majestic scene, unravelling the ancient stories etched within the bark of these giants, stories of resilience, adaptation, and interconnectedness.

With each step, you will feel a growing connection to the delicate balance between humanity and nature. Your guide will enlighten you about the conservation efforts undertaken to protect this sanctuary, and the significance of responsible tourism in preserving its splendour for future generations.

At a tranquil clearing, you will pause, captivated by the soothing sounds of a crystal-clear stream that invites reflection and contemplation. Here, you will absorb the energy of this place, forging an unbreakable bond with the natural world. The experience will ignite a flame within you—a flame of reverence and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all life.

As your journey comes to an end, you will carry with you a profound sense of gratitude for this extraordinary opportunity. Maits Rest and the Great Otway National Park will forever hold a special place in your heart—a sanctuary of solace and inspiration, a testament to the majesty of the natural world. Your private tour guide will have ensured that every moment was crafted to awaken your senses, leaving you forever changed by the splendour that unfolded before your eyes.

Visit Apollo Bay

Nestled along the captivating Great Ocean Road, the seaside village of Apollo Bay beckons with its irresistible charm and natural splendour. As you step foot into this coastal haven, you'll be instantly captivated by its picturesque beauty and serene atmosphere.

Imagine strolling along the shores of Apollo Bay, where the golden sands meet the endless expanse of the deep blue sea. The rhythmic melody of crashing waves will serenade your senses, creating a symphony that resonates with the depths of your soul. With each breath of the salty sea breeze, you'll feel a renewed sense of freedom and a profound connection to the vastness of the ocean.

Wandering through the village, you'll be greeted by a vibrant tapestry of colours and a sense of community that radiates warmth. Quaint cottages adorned with blossoming flowers line the streets, creating a picturesque backdrop that seems straight out of a storybook. The gentle murmur of friendly conversations and the laughter of children at play will fill the air, evoking a feeling of belonging and tranquillity.

Apollo Bay is a place where time slows down, allowing you to savour life's simplest pleasures. Indulge in the delectable aromas wafting from the local eateries, tempting you with their fresh seafood delights. Immerse yourself in the bustling harbour, where fishing boats sway gently in the water, their colourful flags fluttering in the breeze. Witness the unwavering dedication of the local fishermen as they bring in their daily catch, a testament to the resilience and hard work ingrained in the fabric of this coastal community.

Drive along the world famous Great Ocean Road

Picture yourself driving along winding clifftops, with every turn revealing a breathtaking panorama that will leave you in awe. You will feel the cool breeze caress your skin as you witness the grandeur of towering cliffs, their rugged edges standing defiant against the mighty Southern Ocean.

As you journey along this iconic coastal drive, your private tour guide will regale you with fascinating stories and historical anecdotes, immersing you in the rich tapestry of the region's past. You will learn about the visionary pioneers who dared to connect remote communities, their audacious dreams leaving an indelible mark on this awe-inspiring landscape.

Prepare to be captivated as we make stops at scenic lookout points, granting you ample time to soak in the sheer beauty of nature's handiwork..

Just when you think you've experienced it all, you will witness secluded beaches, where the rhythmic crashing of waves against golden sand will fill your senses. The vastness of the ocean will humble you, reminding you of the boundless beauty our planet holds, urging you to treasure and protect its treasures.

Visit Memorial Arch (Famous Great Ocean Road Sign)

Arrive at the Memorial Arch, accompanied by your knowledgeable private tour guide, prepare to be captivated as you delve into a world of history, remembrance, and the triumph of the human spirit.

As you approach the arch, you'll be greeted by its majestic presence, standing tall against the backdrop of the winding Great Ocean Road clifftops. With each step guided by your passionate tour guide, you'll be transported into a narrative that will ignite your imagination and leave an indelible mark on your heart.

You will learn of how the Great Ocean Road was carved by hand by the return servicemen from WW1.

Walking beneath the arch's archaic structure, your senses will awaken, and you'll experience a surge of emotions like never before. The weight of history will surround you, reminding you of the incredible struggles and the resilience of all nations. The stories shared by your guide will breathe life into the simple wooden structure, leaving you with a deep appreciation for the sacrifices made.

  • Local Guide
  • Private Transport
  • Meals
  • Optional Helicopter Flight

Full day (7+ hours)


Tour's Location

Melbourne VIC, Australia


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The Best GOR Tour

This is *the best* option if you want a private tour of the Great Ocean Road. Simon (accurately known by locals as "Simon the Likeable") is a personal, professional and knowledgeable tour guide. You leave the city early and go right to the 12 apostles, beating the crowds and tour busses. Then, you explore the sights along the road and have the locations to yourself working back towards Melbourne. We loved the entire day, including lunch in Apollo Bay at some local shops, a beautiful rainforest hike and the cliffs themselves. Scott has a keen eye for wildlife, spotting us a roadside wild koala and finding us a whole mob of Eastern Gray kangaroos - no need for other tourists or a zoo! Simon is a Melbourne native and worldly guide- with plenty of experience being a tour guide and expert conversationalist. We would not hesitate to take another tour with Simon (we did his fantastic wine tour the next day!) and would recommend him to anyone looking for a private, classy and well executed tour!
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We are raving about our private Great Ocean Road tour

It’s been over 3 months since we did our private tour of GOR with Simon and we are still raving about it. Simon was amazing. He’s extremely knowledgeable about the area, knows all the tricks to outrun the crowds, and perfect spots for Instagram worthy pictures! He went out of his way to make the day memorable despite the rain, getting out of the car with us to take us straight to all the best views. He made sure what needed to be seen was seen! Although there’s never a guarantee, we saw kangaroos galore and koalas perched in trees thanks to his patience and perseverance. We were in Australia for 3 weeks and this was definitely one of the main highlights. Our family would do it again without hesitation. Thank you Simon!
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