I The Great Ocean Road family day trip

Great Ocean Road Private Tour

Have you also checked out our new Waves, Wildlife and Wine tour along the Great Ocean Road?

Our Great Ocean Road day trip is great for any age traveller with lots of stops off the beaten track to see Australia’s native wildlife, such as kangaroos, cockatoos, parrots and rosellas. Perfect for kids that want to play on the beach, walk through an enchanting rainforest, visit a lighthouse, hear stories of shipwrecks and mariner’s tales and wonder at the best nature has to offer. There is so much to do on this one day tour from Melbourne. This can be a long day with long distances having to be covered. If you prefer to shorten the day and skip the 12 Apostles we can head back after lunch and be back in Melbourne between 5 and 6pm.

Start time: Departs Melbourne 8am

End time: Returns to Melbourne 7.30 – 8pm

Arriving into Melbourne on a cruise and wish to take this tour? We can adapt the itinerary for cruise passengers into Melbourne. We will collect you from Station Pier and make sure you get back on board to continue your adventure. Be sure to let us know you are visiting Melbourne on a cruise at the time of booking.

Pricing: From $725 – family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children). For additional guests please enquire for pricing.

About this day tour:
The Great Ocean Road day trip is the most popular tour in Victoria and for a reason. It has something for everyone, whether it be stunning world class scenery, native plants and animals, or fantastic beaches. I Heart Melbourne Tours aims to bring you the Great Ocean Road in a comfortable, convenient, fun and family-friendly way.

Worried this is too long a journey for the kids? Don’t worry we have toys and books to keep little travellers busy, and in car entertainment for Peppa Pig and Thomas the Tank Engine lovers! And with kids travelling along in a comfortable seat there is plenty of opportunity to factor in a good snooze too.

This full day tour includes:

  • A drive along one of the greatest coastal roads in the world
  • Plenty of opportunities to take some breathtaking photos
  • Inclusive morning tea overlooking or even on the beach with the chance to run and play on the beach. This is a great stop for the kids to burn off some energy and something you won’t get with other tour providers.
  • Feed the wild parrots and rosellas and see if you can spot one of Australia’s most loved creatures – the Koala.
  • Spot wild kangaroos.
  • Time to grab some lunch in the lovely Apollo Bay (additional cost).
  • Walk through a beautiful temperate rain forest and admire some of the world’s tallest trees.
  • The world famous 12 Apostles with the option of seeing them from the air in a helicopter (additional cost).
  • Sense the power of the ocean up close and personal at Gibsons Steps.
  • Experience the beautiful and atmospheric Loch Ard Gorge and its associated tragic history.
  • Fun and informative commentary designed to suit all age travellers.
  • Customised and flexible itineraries.
  • Smaller group sizes allows you to see more off-the-beaten track discoveries.
  • Complimentary door-to-door service.

To enquire about booking please email us at info@iheartmelbournetours.com.au and we’ll get back to you super quick.

Please note for your peace of mind we have a valid Victorian Government Working With Children Check.


  • Shorter tour skipping the 12 Apostles

Hear what our guests have to say about this tour:

I was drawn to book the tours by the great descriptions on the website and they were really spot on. James took us and our two children (ages 10 and 6) on two trips.

The first tour was down the Great Ocean Road, which could be boring for kids, but James had our two eating out of his hand very quickly!! The usual stunning sights were all covered, but it was the extras that made the difference – seeing wild kangaroos, koalas, kookaburras, a wander round the rainforest and some beach time. The other highlight was the comfy minivan so we could all snooze on the way back to Melbourne!

The second bespoke tour was down the Mornington Peninsula for wildlife and food. Unfortunately the dolphin sighting boat company cancelled at the last minute, but James had lots of alternatives suggestions and we had a superb day picking (and eating!) lots of strawberries, exploring the maze, fairy hunting, feeding kangaroos, cuddling koalas, going to a honey farm and the most amazing lunch.

During our Australia trip we’ve done a few other sightseeing coach trips (with 40+ on a bus) and these haven’t been a patch on those we went with James. The ability to plan the day around your wishes and being accompanied by James, who is so knowledgeable and friendly, is well worth paying that bit extra. My daughter says she’s coming back to Australia just to go on another trip with James!!

– Hazel and fam, Scotland

My family and I enjoyed our private tour of the GOR with James! It was a one day trip but we get to visit many interesting place along the GOR.

One of the highlights of our trip was when we get to see Koala colonies in the wild. It was so fun trying to spot the adorable Koalas hanging on the tall Gum Tree! That was a first for us. Another one of my personal favorite sites was the Loch Ard Gorge. The view was breathtaking! Lucky for us, we get to really enjoy the place since it was not crowded with tourists.

It’s really important to bring along someone who is very well versed with the place. James definitely knows his stuff. He was never short of fascinating stories to tell us. A friendly, informative and funny guy! He made the long journey felt shorter.

I’d so recommend I Heart Melbourne Tours to anyone looking for a private tour without ripping off your pocket. The trip was overall PERFECT!

– Shahira & family, Malaysia

My family went on a private tour with James to The Great Ocean Road and a half day tour in Melbourne City. Both days were just fantastic. From the start, James was very responsive and it was pretty much smooth sail from there. We were blessed with good weather on both days. James was very entertaining and very informative. He was also very organised and the tour was well planned and thought out. I was very impressed with his knowledge of everything Aussie (even though he is British). The private tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to Melbourne. Highly recommended!

– Jessica & fam, Hong Kong

James our guide was simply great. He helped made sure that we had a great time seeing the sights along the Great Ocean Road with a lot of history and knowledge. Loved the morning tea that was organized too! A very nice touch. The walk through the rain forest was probably the next favourite.

Everything was organized well and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Would recommend to anyone!

– Desmond & fam, Hong Kong

I would highly recommend I heart Melbourne tours. We went on a private tour to the Great Ocean Rd. almost a year ago now. James is a fantastic tour guide and our two kids who are both special needs kids loved him. We can’t wait to go on another tour when we come down to Melbourne next!

– Jo & fam, Brisbane

Had a flying visit to Melbourne from the UK to attend a friends party and had one spare day which we spent with James on the Great Ocean Road. This really is a bespoke tour and James is happy to amend the tour to your wishes, eg more time on the beach, long lunches etc. The Great Ocean Road is incredible and James is the perfect guide, easy to talk to, very knowledgeable but also lets you have a rest when you need it ( jet lagged). Highly recommended.

– David & fam,UK

In April 2015, we visited Australia because we got a really cheap ticket to Melbourne from Hong Kong. Melbourne was almost an afterthought, as we were so infatuated with the idea of getting our intra-regional flight to Sydney. Thanks to James and I Heart Melbourne Tours, we gained a great appreciation of Melbourne all of its sophistication. We did a family friendly wine tour of the Yarra Valley; it was awesome. James took us to numerous great wineries. While my wife and I participated in the tastings James played with our two boys: cricket, soccer, etc. The next day, he took us on a tour of the Great Ocean Road. We got to see the 12 Apostles, kangaroos, koalas, and all kinds of native Aussie critters. James was super knowledgeable and very flexible. If we go back to Melbourne James and I Heart Melbourne will be my first call.

– Dethou and fam, Hong Kong

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