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Great Ocean Road Tour experience

Great Ocean Road Tour Experience

Experience the complete Great Ocean Road Tour seeing every highlight of this incredible region.

$130 Adults
$100 Children  0 – 12 years

We offer free cancellation for this great ocean road tour if you book online

$130 Adults
$100 Children  0 – 12 years

We offer free cancellation for this great ocean road tour if you book online

Introducing your Great Ocean Road Tour Experience

The Great Ocean Road tour is a journey along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives! Twist and wind along the spectacular Great Ocean Road enjoying awesome coastal photo opportunities. Stop to spot kangaroos and the abundance of other Australian wildlife. Witness the magnificent surf beaches. Enjoy a guided walk amongst the ancient rainforest. Then arrive at the 12 Apostles to witness the marvel of these gigantic limestone stacks located in Port Campbell National Park.

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Tour details

  • Tour code: GOR-B
  • Operates: Daily
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Departs: 7:35am
  • Returns: 8:30pm
  • National Park entry fees
  • Australian wildlife sightings
  • Experienced driver-guide
  • Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
  • Comprehensive tour commentary
  • Select inner-city pick-up/drop offs

Tour highlights

  • Travel along the majestic Great Ocean Road from Anglesea to Loch Ard Gorge.
  • See the historic Memorial Arch the Great Ocean Road sign, photo opportunity
  • Enjoy a guided walk through an ancient rainforest Great Otway National Park
  • Keep your eyes wide open in search of Australian wildlife in its natural habitat
  • Marvel at the views from the Great Ocean Road of Island Archway & the Razorback
  • Visit the beach of Loch Ard Gorge surrounded by dramatic cliff walls
  • Take in panoramic views at the 12 Apostles lookout in the delight of the afternoon sun

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Full Itinerary

Travel with us along the Great Ocean Road spanning 192 kilometres from Anglesea to the Port Campbell National Park along Victoria’s southern coastline.

We make our way to our first highlight, the Memorial Arch. Listed as a National Heritage, the war memorial archway is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road. Stop for a photo in front of the Great Ocean Road sign before we begin winding our way along one of the greatest coastal roads in the world.

Great Ocean Road Tour

We will be keeping our eyes out to spot Australian wildlife throughout the day. If you’re lucky enough, you may see some Kangaroos and listen to the songs of lovely birds native to Australia such as Kookaburras, King Parrots, Yellow Robins, Fairy-Wrens, and much more.

Great Ocean Road Tour | Coastal Villages

We will visit the quaint coastal town of Apollo Bay in southwestern Victoria. Located on the east side of Cape Otway, Apollo Bay is a natural resort town where you can explore its rich rainforests filled with waterfalls, streams, lush vegetation, and exotic wildlife. We will stop here for lunch at your own expense. Enjoy a cafe dining experience or a picnic down the beach – the choice is yours.

Great Ocean Road Tour | Cape Otway National Park

Explore the Great Otway National Park with your tour guide and learn about this incredible ancient rainforest. Witness with towering centuries-old eucalyptus trees, thousand year old lush ferns, magnificent wetlands, a variety of native birds, and many different species of wild animals.

Great Ocean Road Tour | The 12 Apostles

Be mesmerized by the famous 12 Apostles and soak in the splendour of the rock formations’ allure and magnificence. Let the towering cliffs dwarf you as the raging waters of the surf pound on the rocks below. Witness the changing colours of the sky and sea as the sun slowly sinks behind the giant limestones.  You can see the Gog and Magog from the viewing platform at the 12 Apostles with views of Gibson Steps in the distance. An incredible highlight of your Great Ocean Road Tour.

Great Ocean Road Tour | Loch Ard Gorge

Get lost in the natural beauty of Loch Ard Gorge while learning from our tour guide some history of the area’s famous shipwrecks. There had been over 200 shipwrecks between Port Fairy and Cape Otway. Hear the harrowing story of two young survivors of the Loch Ard Ship Wreck in 1878. Marvel at the formations of Island Archway, Razorback and the Salt and Pepper Shakers.

Great Ocean Road Tour | Return to Melbourne

As we head back to Melbourne, we will have a stop in the town of Colac for dinner at your own expense.

This Great Ocean Road Tour includes all entry fees. Our friendly, hospitable, and informative tour guide will point you to some interesting sites and facts and will entertain you with stories and tales. We have a modern air-conditioned bus with experienced driver to pick you up and drop you off at your inner-city hotel.

Bring a sense of adventure together with your warm clothes, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Bring your camera so you can record your adventure and experience with us on this Great Ocean Road tour.

Inclusions
  • National Park entry fees
  • Australian wildlife sightings, in the wild!
  • On board water refill station
  • Experienced driver-guide
  • Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
  • Comprehensive tour commentary
  • Select inner-city pick-up and drop off points
  • Audio translation available in 10 languages (on-request)
    Exclusions
    • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
    • Travel insurance is recommended
    • Personal expenses
    What to bring

    1L refillable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, comfortable shoes that are non-slip and good for walking, all-weather clothing and warm jumper or windproof jacket for the evening, small day pack 5-7kg, money for snack and meals, camera to capture every moment!

    Where to meet

    Our central meeting point for this tour will be the Immigration Museum (east-side), 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne @ 7:35AM.

    • 6:20 – Newport Bus Interchange, Mason St, Newport
    • 6:50 – YHA Metro, 78 Howard St, North Melbourne
    • 6:55 – Space Hotel, 380 Russell St, Melbourne
    • 7:00 – Ibis on Therry, 15-21 Therry St, Melbourne
    • 7:05 – Pegasus Apartments Hotel – 206 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
    • 7:10 – Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collin St, Melbourne
    • 7:15 – Windsor Hotel – 111 Spring St, Melbourne (Hotel Guests Only)
    • 7:20 – Mercure Welcome, 265 Little Bourke ST, Melbourne (Hotel Guests Only)
    • 7:25 – The Savoy Hotel – 630 Little Collins St, Melbourne
    • 7:30 – Crown Promenade – 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
    • 7:30 – Holiday Inn, 575 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
    • 7:35 – Immigration Museum (east-side), 400 Flinders St corner of Market St, Melbourne

    Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to your nominated pickup time so as not to delay or miss your tour.

    Booking terms

    Our Contract 

    All bookings are made with Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 94 143 929 962) (us/we). By booking a trip with us you have agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions set out in these booking conditions. Your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation and/or invoice. Accredited Bus Number: AC003612.

    Validity 

    Dates and itineraries are valid until 31 March 2023, from 1 April 2021 dates and itineraries are indicative only.

    Standard Conditions 

    Any references to ‘GLT’, ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ equates Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd, which applies to the following GLT brands and entities below: Autopia Tours, Wildlife Tours Australia, Boutique Touring Company and Geelong & Bellarine Tours.

    Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a trip with us. We strongly recommend that you also read the information relating to your product or service prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the tour you are undertaking. GLT will not be held responsible for passengers failing to familiarise themselves with the booking terms and conditions.

    Although every effort is made, GLT shall not be liable for any illness, injury, damages, loss, delay or failure to join the tour that may occur due to factors beyond our control. We highly recommend all passengers have travel insurance coverage. GLT retains the right to alter routes, itineraries, bus type, fares, days of operation or even cancel tours if unforeseen circumstances occur. Other accredited tour operators may be used from time to time on some tours. Fares are shown in Australian Currency and are correct at the time of printing but are subject to change.

    Traveller Information 

    For us to confirm your travel arrangements, you must provide all requested details at the time of booking. We will collect certain information from you when you wish to book a trip, this information will be kept on file for 30-days for the purposes of contact tracing. The following personal information will be required: Your full name, contact details, email address, nationality, or Australian postcode and any pre-existing medical conditions you have which may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements. For more information about how we treat your personal information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

    Booking Terms and Conditions 

    Customer Responsible for Own Vaccination and Testing 

    The customer shall comply with all Government (Federal, State and Territory) COVID entry restrictions and vaccination guidelines or testing requirements for entry into Australia and/or at the time of travel for tour and transport services. Where the customer is not vaccinated and/or tested prior to departure, the customer will forfeit any and all monies paid and GLT holds the right to refuse to board. Where the customer cancels due to travel restrictions other than vaccination or testing requirements, the operator shall have the discretion to

    (a) offer a refund or credit voucher (to be used at a later time); or

    (b) to forfeit any and all monies paid by the customer.

    For the purposes of (a), the operator reserves the right to withhold such a reasonable sum to cover administrative expenses and other losses, dependent on when notice of cancellation is given by the customer.

    Cancellations & Refund Policy 

    Cancellation by the Traveller 

    We understand that travel plans can sometimes change, if you cancel some or all portions of your booking the cancellation terms set out below will apply. A cancellation will only take effect when we receive written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant booking agent notifying them of your cancellation.

    If you wish to change or cancel a trip:

    Day Trips 

    (a) Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 7-days prior to departure; or

    (b) 2 to 7-days prior to departure:

    • we will hold 100% of the deposit paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from the date of purchase
    • any credit voucher resulting from cancellation may be applied towards any other tour operated by GLT within Australia; or

    (c) 8-days or more prior to departure,

    • we will refund the balance paid by you in connection to your booking less any unrecoverable costs; or

    (d) failure to board on tour or cancelled within 2-days/48-hrs will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or

    (e) cancellation prior to departure due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, supported by a medical certificate, we will refund 100% of monies paid by you either directly or via your booking agent.

    Extended Trips

    (a) Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 30-days prior to departure; or

    (b) 14 to 30-days prior to departure:

    • we will hold 100% of monies paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from the date of purchase
    • any credit voucher resulting from cancellation may be applied towards any other tour operated by GLT within Australia; or

    (c) 31-days or more prior to departure,

    • we will refund the balance paid by you in connection to your booking less any unrecoverable costs; or

    (d) failure to board on tour or cancelled within 14-days will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or

    (e) cancellation prior to departure due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, supported by a medical certificate, we will refund 100% of monies paid by you either directly or via your booking agent.

    Any credit travel voucher resulting from cancellation under (Cancellation by the Traveller) has an expiry date of 3 years and maybe applied towards any other available trip offered by us. This credit is transferable however not redeemable for cash.

    Note different cancellation conditions may apply if/when booked through third party agents, your travel consultant will advise if differences apply. We strongly advise you to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a trip, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made or compensation for departure costs incurred. The above cancellation terms are less than any unrecoverable costs by accommodation providers, travel agents, third-party affiliates and supplier fees.

    Cancellation by the Operator 

    Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid traveller onboard unless the minimum group size specifically states otherwise (refer to Product Fact Sheets) or in the event of a Force Majeure resulting in the cancellation of a trip.

    We may cancel a trip at any time up to 7-days (Day Trips) and 30-days (Short-Break / Extended Tours) before departure. Alternatively, we can cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events occur that deem it not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary.

    Standard Cancellation 

    If we cancel your trip, we can offer you a choice of:

    (a) a 100% reimbursement of monies paid for your trip

    (a) transfer amounts paid to alternative departure date or tour operated by GLT; or (c) issued with a credit travel voucher to the amount paid for your trip, valid for 3-years

    Force Majeure Cancellation 

    If a trip is cancelled due to a ‘Force Majeure Event’, we can offer you a choice of:

    (a) a 100% credit voucher of monies paid for your trip; or

    (b) a refund minus unrecoverable costs.

    If the cancellation due to a ‘Force Majeure Event’ occurs after a trip has commenced, we can offer you a choice of a pro-rata:

    (a) 110% credit voucher for the days that remain on your trip; or

    (b) refund minus unrecoverable costs of the days that remain on your trip.

    Any credit travel voucher resulting from cancellation as mentioned in (Cancellation by the Traveller):

    • 3-year expiry date and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by GLT;
    • are not redeemable for cash;
    • excludes flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions

    In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less than any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

    A “Force Majeure Event” includes but is not limited to: acts of God; war; civil commotion; riot; blockade or embargo; fire; explosion; breakdown; union dispute; earthquake; epidemic, pandemic or other health emergencies; flood; windstorm or other extreme weather events; lack or failure of courses of supply; passage of any law, order, proclamation, regulation, ordinance, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, beyond the reasonable control of the parties, whether or not foreseeable, which would make it dangerous or not viable for a trip to commence or continue

    Travel Insurance 

    We recommend all guests have travel insurance and should be taken out at the time of booking prior to tour departure. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200 000 for each of the categories of cover.

    We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have travel insurance connected to your credit card or bank account please ensure you have details of the participating insurer, the insurance policy number and emergency contact number with you rather than the bank’s name and credit card details.

    Child Policy (Age Requirements) 

    Our child and infant policy and pricing do vary depending on the trip; this is due to the diversity in our product range. All travellers under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian. For exact details see tour specific FAQs.

    Prices and surcharges 

    Our tour prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practices within the travel industry. This means our tour prices may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability. It is likely that different passengers on the same trip have been charged different prices. Your best option if you like the price you see is to book at that time. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply as set out below (Cancellation by the Traveller). The most up to date pricing are available on our websites. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to a purchase made by a credit card.

    Alcohol Policy 

    Alcohol is not permitted on board our vehicles. We reserve the right to refuse re-entry if passengers are overly intoxicated and propose a threat to other passengers, our driver or our vehicle. We also reserve the right to advise at any time prior to departure and whilst in operation, that alcohol is no longer permitted. The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old, and a photo ID is required.

    Luggage Policy 

    To maximise the comfort of your journey no luggage storage facilities are provided on our (Day Trips): It is recommended you bring a small day pack no bigger than 5-7kg. (Short-Break / Extended Tours): Maximum baggage allowance per person is 15-20kg preferably a soft travelling pack. Excessive amounts of luggage may incur a surcharge fee. Inappropriate luggage presented on the day of departures such as surfboards, and bikes and an excessive amount of luggage may result in refusal to board unless previously arranged. Other: mobility scooters, wheelchairs, pushers, prams, walking frames and other walking aids cannot be stored safely on our vehicles, please advise prior to booking if there are any of these aids required.

    Pickup up & Drop Off 

    GLT may offer complimentary inner city pickup and drop off services to various accommodation providers. Please note it is the customer’s responsibility to be waiting out the front of your selected pickup location (accommodation provider) at least 10 minutes before departure. Failure to wait out the front of your selected location may result in the tour guide being unable to locate you causing failure to load. GLT cannot be held responsible for passengers who fail to load.

    Special Requirements 

    Please notify the Get Lost Travel group of any dietary requirements, food allergies and/or medical conditions at the time of booking or 7-days prior to tour departure. Limited food options are available on extended tours, forward planning is required to ensure we can accommodate but not guaranteed.

    Booking Confirmations & Enquiries 

    All reservations must be confirmed within 48 hours of departure via email to [email protected]

    Our commitment

    At Autopia Tours, we actively promote the protection of flora and fauna on our Great Ocean Road Tour. It is our duty to ensure there is minimal disturbance to this National Heritage Listed region and the species that call it home. Cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditional owners should also be shown at all times.

    Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.

    Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/

    Traditional Owners

    Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country, with specific acknowledgement to the Wurundjeri people. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.

    Wildlife Encounters

    The natural behaviours of wildlife are to be respected and not interfered with. When viewing wildlife, people should take care to avoid rapid or sudden movements, which could frighten the animal, and should keep noise to a minimum and refrain from touching, petting or feeding all wildlife including birds. Contact with people can introduce diseases to wildlife and can cause them to become aggressive.

    Wildlife should not be handled or fed, unless by certified wildlife handlers. Feeding wildlife can alter their natural foraging behaviour and can lead to disease or illness through contact with people and the introduction of foods that are harmful to their digestive system. Feeding wildlife can also cause them to become aggressive toward people.

    Wildlife that appears to be in distress, injured or in danger should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority, such as your Guide/Tour Leader, a National Park Ranger or Visitor Centre Staff.

    Protecting our National Parks

    People should remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences, and follow all directions given by the guide/tour leader. Venturing off these can alter fragile ecosystems and can harm wildlife shelters and native vegetation. There are other dangers to be aware of too, such as cliff edges, unstable rock formations, overhanging tree branches and slippery ground cover. Remaining on track ensures safe visitation for guests and the environment.

    No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth, as they form part of the ecosystem of the region and their removal could cause a disturbance.

    Waste Management

    All buses are fitted with waste bins. No organic waste should be disposed of on the ground. Although organic, items such as banana peels, apple cores, bread and other food scraps, are not natural/native to the region and can introduce pest species, diseases or harm to wildlife if found and eaten. We recommend all passengers bring a water bottle with them on our Reverse Great Ocean Road Tour. Purchasing bottled water contributes large amounts of plastic into landfills. Therefore, we ask guests to bring their own bottles, as there is access to water refill stations available on our vehicles. Please ensure you stay hydrated throughout the tour to reduce the risk of sun exposure and dehydration.

    First Aid

    All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.

    If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and limit it to designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on any of our vehicles, or in any type of accommodation including permanent campsites. We make frequent ‘comfort stops’ to allow free time for guests but cannot guaranteed smoke breaks. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butt responsibly and appropriately.

    FAQ

    What is a suitable age for this tour?

    Child fare prices apply from 0 to 12 years old. Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely restrained within a child protective seat. Infant protective seats are free of charge and must be requested at the time of booking. Please note our vehicles do not have the storage to accommodate prams or strollers, these must be left at your hotel or accommodation.

    How much luggage can I bring on tour?

    We ask that guests travelling on day trips bring small day packs and hand luggage only as we have limited storage onboard our vehicles. Suitcases and large backpacks must be put in storage at your hotel or bus station lockers prior to boarding our vehicles.

    How many people are on this tour?

    We operate this tour with a maximum of 23 passengers, our vehicles are 24-seater Mitsubishi Rosa buses. This vehicle makes for a safe & comfortable journey (air-conditioned), with large passenger windows for unobstructed views. It is possible that the trip will be conducted in a 38-seater on rare occasions.  

    How fit do I need to be for this tour?

    A low level of fitness is required to complete the walks on this tour itinerary.

    What happens if it rains, will the tour proceed?

    In the event of rain or inclement weather, your travel experience will still go ahead, unless contacted by the provider. This tour would only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions, whereby it’s not safe to travel along the Great Ocean Road.

    Our COVID Statement

    For your safety, we have implemented comprehensive hygiene measures and increased regular sanitation. Temperature checks of all staff will be conducted pre-departure, with disposable face masks and hand-sanitizer provided. For more information click here.

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