I Great Ocean Road private tour

Great Ocean Road Private Tour

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Take a luxurious one day private tour down the Great Ocean Road. There is so much to take in on this tour which is packed with Australian wildlife, beaches and spectacular views. You will travel in a luxury vehicle with panoramic windows, reclining seats and air conditioned comfort with your own private tour guide.

Start time: Recommended time of departure from your accommodation 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 $154 per person. For groups larger than 7 please contact us and we will put together the perfect itinerary for you. The price will depend on group size, dining location and other inclusions.

About this day tour: The Great Ocean Road private tour 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 aim to bring you the Great Ocean Road in a comfortable, convenient and fun way.

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
  • Morning tea overlooking, or even on, the beach.
  • 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 (own expense)
  • 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.
  • Fun and informative commentary designed to suit your group.
  • Customised and flexible itineraries.
  • Private tours allow you to see more off-the-beaten track.
  • 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.


  • The Great Ocean Road is a long day. However, it can be done more quickly by skipping the Shipwreck Coast i.e. 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge and heading back to Melbourne after lunch arriving around 5pm. You’ll still get to see plenty of really exciting stuff though!
  • You can upgrade to have lunch overlooking the ocean at a wonderful cafe which specialises in local seafood and produce.
  • Enjoy the 12 Apostles in an helicopter or a small fixed-wing aeroplane

We can also run this tour as an halal friendly tour, and also a family friendly tour. Just get in touch and we will adapt it for you.

Here is what our guests have to say about taking a Great Ocean Road private 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

I had a free day during a business trip and wanted to see the Great Ocean Road. I was debating whether to book a bus tour or to spend a little extra for a tailored experience with a smaller provider. I’m very glad I chose the private tour with I Heart Melbourne Tours. We blissfully navigated past the herds of bus tours on the Great Ocean Road, taking our own pace and seeing more offbeat places that a bus could never access. James, my tour guide, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and a pleasure to get to know during the course of our 12-hour day. I can’t recommend James and his company enough.

 Peter, USA

My sister Jess and I did the Great Ocean Road tour with James back in November and had the most amazing day! James is an extremely knowledgeable and incredible guide who took us to all the hot spots along the GOR plus Koala spotting and other places that you wouldn’t get to go to on a larger tour. James timed the day perfectly to avoid running into the large tour buses at the main attractions and kept us entertained throughout the day with history lessons, trivia, jokes and Tim Tams! He even taught us a cool iPhone trick to stand in 2 places at once!

Our tour with James was one of the best days we had during our visit in Australia and I would highly recommend I Heart Melbourne tours to anyone who wants to see the Great Ocean Road and have some fun along the way. Looking forward to doing the Yarra Valley tour next time we are back in Australia!

– Melissa & Jess, USA

Our private tour with James of “I Heart Melbourne Tours” was the perfect solution for our limited time. He picked us up and started our adventure at 11 am. And because we were only two in our party, we were able to do the tour at our own pace. Aside from the breathtaking scenic ocean view ride, we stopped to spot wild koalas and also feed wild King Parrots. We stopped several times to take photos, have lunch and were lucky to watch wild kangaroos boxing and echidnas crossing the road. We also visited a forrest with the world’s tallest flowering Ash Eucalyptus trees until we reached our destination. The Twelve Apostles is Jaw-Dropping-Beautiful! It was worth the long drive. All this time James made sure we were comfortable. He answered all our questions and requests. He was very friendly, accommodating, informative and had a great sense of humor making our 12 hour tour a delight! I strongly recommend this tour to solo travelers, small groups, families or friends traveling together. The tour is very personalized and you will save time unlike in a big group on a coach/bus. Absolutely the best way to see the Great Ocean Road!

– Bessie, USA

At the end of our 4 week stay in Australia, our good friends with whom we were staying for a few days in Melbourne arranged for us to go on “The Great Ocean Road Tour”. James was our host/ guide for the day, and his attention to detail was amazing.  Stop off to see kangaroos on a golf course, feeding parrots in the wild, finding koalas up trees – things and places we would never have dreamt of. Lunch was arranged for us, before going to a winery for some samples. One thing which we found impressive was his knowledge, and the fact that by the end of the day, rather an just being our driver/guide, It felt that James was part of our group. Thanks James, we have been on many trips and tours before, but this was the best that we can recall.

– Eric & gang, UK

James is very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. We feel like we know a lot more about Melbourne now – both its history and current neighborhoods. We did the Great Ocean Road tour 2 days later and even though we had been along this road a year before, saw many more beautiful spots. We also were delighted with cockatoos, koala, kangaroos, and even a whale sighting! Definitely recommend James for private tours – a great way to get to know Melbourne and the surrounding area.

– Lise & Ann, USA

James is an amazing guide, he literary knows Melbourne in and out. Had two brilliant days with him. Would definitely choose him again and would recommend him to friends and family. They truly offer a 100% personalized service. Highly enjoyable!!!!!!

– Khusal, United Kingdom

James is a transplanted Englander and lives with his wife and baby in Melbourne. We were with James for 2 days…first day was a city tour of Melbourne; very informative and entertaining. We were able to hire him again the next day for a tour of the Great Ocean Road. We covered so much ground in the amount of time we had as our cruise ship was to depart that afternoon. We were able to make it out to the Twelve Apostles and loved every minute of this informative tour…James goes the extra mile to make sure his clients are well taken care of. Highly recommend James and his company; you can’t go wrong. Thanks James for a memorable time.

Sherry & David, California 

James was a fantastic guide. My husband and I wanted to take a private tour along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to the Twelve Apostles and back. James put together a fantastic itinerary for us including stops in Anglesea, Aireys Inlet (lighthouse), Lorne, Scotchman’s Hill, Kennett River (kualas and parrots), Cape Patton, Apollo Bay (where we had lunch), Mait’s Rest (temperate rainforest), the 12 Apostles and finally Loch Ard Gorge. It was a full day (almost 12 hours from pick-up to drop-off). We highly recommend James if you want a personal, relaxing, enjoyable tour while learning about the history and culture.

– Ann & Carl, Virginia

My group of 4 loved the tour James hosted for us of the Great Ocean Road. His stories about Australian history were very interesting, and the places we visited were amazing. That day was a trip highlight, and is a great memory. Thank you James!

– Kelly, California

My parents and I had a great time exploring Melbourne with the company of James and Bruce. The tours were very personalized with interesting places that the usual tour groups would not visit. We had an enjoyable and comfortable time on the tours.

– Melissa and family, Singapore

We spent a day and a half with James touring the Great Ocean Road and the city and had a wonderful time! He is responsible, knowledgeable and funny! James listened to our requests and accommodated them perfectly while sharing additional experiences we would have certainly missed otherwise (great koala sightings, bird feeding, flower exhibitions, etc.). I recommend I Heart Melbourne tours to anyone who would like to experience a personalized and flawless visit to Melbourne and surroundings!

Lydianne, Puerto Rico

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

James was very flexible in organizing our 2 day tour. He was knowledgable, friendly, gracious and took us exactly where we wanted to go. He completely suited our needs while visiting Melbourne.

– Wendy,USA


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