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With more than fourteen touring companies providing quality tours in the Great Ocean Road region from large group to small group touring - you can rest assured there will be something perfect for your taste and budget.

 

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From adventurous eco-tours, gourmet food and wine experiences, or bushwalking and camping tours, photography tours, scenic flights there are many different ways to experience the Great Ocean Road.

A number of tour operators will depart and return to Melbourne, Geelong and the start of the Great Ocean Road at Torquay.  Whilst some offer a one day return trip, other's will take longer and include an overnight stay.

No matter who you tour with, remember to bring comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate attire. If it's summer - you will want to swim... and in winter - you will need a rain coat.

For a full list of touring companies in the Great Ocean Road region, visit here.

Highlights

Otway Harvest Trail

The unique combination of aspect, soils, climate and farming practices of the Otway hinterland produce distinctive and exceptional flavours in our produce that cannot be found anywhere else. The Otway Harvest Trail is a celebration of the seasons that bestow their rich bounty on a luscious part of Victoria. Spring is a time of plenty and promise. As the winter gives way to warm sunny days, see the bright patchwork of yellow canola fields appear, the farmers out mowing their grass and baling their hay and the spring lambs frolicking on a frosty morning. The first berries appear. Green shoots can be seen in the vineyards as the vines burst their buds and flowers and spring vegetables appear at farm gate stalls. New release wines can be found at cellar doors. Summer is all about being outdoors. All the berry farms have opened and their sweet juicy berries are ripe for the picking. The lush emerald green of the vineyards become more distinctive as the land around slowly turns a golden brown. People clamour for outdoor tables and chairs at cafés and restaurants to soak in the warm days, mild evenings and glorious pastel sunsets. Local wines and beers go so well with the seafood, vegetables and fruits in plentiful supply. Wine lovers are welcomed at cellar doors and their curiosity is rewarded with the discovery of new wines. Autumn is a time of harvest. The days become still and warm, and the crisp cool nights are perfect for sleeping. With the winter rains not far away, the wineries are busy harvesting their fruit and the vignerons hands become garnet red as they nurture the new wines through their ferment. It is also time to harvest the olives from their groves before the first frosts of winter arrive. Smell the fruity aroma of the extra virgin olive oil as it flows from the presses. The last of the berries are picked. Winter is a time for taking stock of the seasons passed and making ready for the farming year ahead. The farmers plough their fields and sow their winter crops. Vineyards, olive groves and orchards are pruned and readied for a new season. Fences are mended. The days shorten and become colder. Cattle turn their backs to the wind. Dams pent over the summer begin to refill. Root vegetables appear at the farm gate stands. It’s a time for reflection and for savouring the joys of recently harvested produce. Lengthy conversations occur over bottles of wine in front of toasty log fires. Eventually the tell tale signs of another Spring begin to appear.

Otways Wine & Food Lovers Trail

This trail traverses some of the most fertile land in Victoria which grows some of the state’s best produce. Breakfast can be enjoyed anywhere between Apollo Bay and Lorne before turning left into the Otways hinterland. The Deans Marsh and Pennyroyal area is renowned for its berries, olives and wineries. Further North, Birregurra is the hub of Otway produce and the perfect lunch stop. Heading back towards the Great Ocean Road via Forrest, which has a boutique brewery and an atmospheric cafe. Continue South through towering rainforest to Apollo Bay. Brochures for the Otway Harvest Trail, which details the growers and producers in this hinterland region, are available at local visitor information centres.

Otway Eco Tours

At Otway Eco Tours it is all about the experience. Discover the Great Otway National Park on one of the fully guided tours. Come canoeing to see Platypus in the wild, explore the Great Ocean Walk in style or challenge yourself on some world class Mountain Bike trails. Bruce your local guide is an Ecologist with a degree in Zoology and Botany. Otway Eco tours is Eco tourism certified and have better business accreditation.

Gourmet Photo Travels

Gourmet Photo Travels is photography workshops based along the Great Ocean Road. Gourmet Photo Travels teaches photography in all aspects including landscape, portrait, architecture, lifestyle, street and travel photography with particular emphasis on travel photography to get you ready for your next travel experience. By the end of the Gourmet Photo Travels workshop you will be shooting with greater knowledge and control of your camera, shooting in manual mode with confidence. You will understand exposure and exposure compensation, aperture and depth of field, ISO and speed, white balance, composition and will begin a creative journey with your photography. Gourmet Photo Travels will also teach skills in photographing people of different cultures gaining confidence in approaching and connecting with their subjects, increasing their quality and enjoyment of travelling in the process. Techniques will be taught in"post" using popular software like Photoshop and Lightroom to help those images to be even better. The workshops are held over a weekend and on singular days, with the weekend workshops the participants will be limited to only 8-10 people to allow for more intensive tuition. The cost includes lovely accommodation staying at Fairhaven and the great food of the region, eating at some of the renowned local restaurants.

Split Point Lighthouse Tours Aireys Inlet

You'll spot her as you travel the Great Ocean Road. To locals and fans afar Split Point Lighthouse is affectionately known as 'The White Queen'. Don't just wonder as you drive by - yes, you can join a Split Point Lighthouse guided tour, which will take about 30 to 45 minutes. The knowledgeable tour guide will introduce you to a life of maritime responsibility, engineering perfection, a pristine Marine Sanctuary, cultural connections, the famous setting for the TV series 'Round the Twist' and ever-changing 360 degree coastal vistas. Whether you want to step back in maritime, forward in coastal conservation or capture the now with a perfect snapshot, this is a stop worth every minute. The Split Point Lighthouse was built in 1891 and has only been open for tours since mid 2013. She still shines her guiding light every evening to keep ships passing on their way to and from Port Phillip Bay, off the rocky shores. The staff at Split Point Lighthouse Tours look forward to guiding you up the cast iron spiral staircase, through the lantern room and out onto the balcony to enjoy a birds-eye view of the dramatic coastline.

Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours

Welcome to Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours, specialising in outdoor adventure throughout the Otway Ranges. We like to create personalised tours that you want to do, so you can have a fun filled day. Whether it is a easy paddle down a lovely river, or a Moutian Bike tour through the bush, with top instructors keeping you safe and excited. Or maybe you want or need some serious hard edged adrenaline pumped adventure full of action and yes, pain. Whatever it is Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours can provide, and always with a smile. Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours can accommodate for small groups of less than 10 people or even a full school year level of 200 and above, and the tour can be spread over several days. We have a large range of Mountain Bikes of all sizes and levels, as well as a few Road Bikes, for either hire or to use on our awesome tours. GORATS have a small fleet of flat water canoes.. Canoeing of course is an awesome activity. Fitness, fun, teamwork, games, natural environment, lots of splashing. For people looking to get fit, Adventure fitness is a workout with a thrill. Whether it's tearing along a single track on a bike or smashing down a mountain, paddling hard along our beautiful rivers or running through the bush, or maybe going for a surf or an ocean paddle. Or maybe all of the above? We can provide not only the equipment but also the right people for the job. Rivers we canoe on include the Aire river, Anglesea river, Barwon river, Painkalac Creek. Every job Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours does is about the experience. It is Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours responsibility to ensure it is the best.

SEAROAD FERRIES QUEENSCLIFF

Searoad Ferries connects the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine to the Mornington Peninsula, the 40 minute crossing is a stress free alternative to driving through the city. Two specially designed all weather 60 metre ferries have easy drive on/drive off facilities, spacious comfortable lounges with full-length windows, a tempting cafe and plenty of deck space. Watch out for dolphins, whales in winter and enormous ships as you breathe incredibly fresh air. Arriving at Sorrento, you will have a perfect view of multi-million dollar mansions sitting atop cliffs, tiny coves filled with boats, the beautiful foreshore and old limestone buildings. Whether you are going home or on a journey far away, there's no better way to see the bay than with Searoad Ferries. Passengers with vehicles are advised to arrive at the terminals at least 20 minutes prior to departure. The ferries depart from Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff and the Sorrento Pier, Sorrento. Special Features on the 40 minute journey are the unparalleled views of historic lighthouses, the Point Nepean fortifications, navigational features, seals and dolphins are available from the comfortable lounge areas, cafe style seating or numerous observation decks. Both vessels are fully equipped to cater for passengers with disabilities, including an internal lift from the vehicle deck to the passenger lounge. Coaches may be booked ahead. Seven days notice is advisable to secure passage.

VIP Bus

VIP Bus is the ultimate luxury transport. With perimeter seating for 30 people with a Flat Screen TV, Huge Touch Screen Sound System, Air Con, Toilet, BYO Liquor Licence and Red Carpet Boarding. Consider VIP Bus for your Corporate transport with a difference and an experience that your clients will never forget. VIP Bus also provides VIP service for Weddings, Birthday, Formals, Debs, Sport Events, and Hens and Bucks.

Geelong Gaol Ghost Tours

The Geelong Gaol is one of Australia's most intact 19th century convict prisons and is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Victoria. A three story behemoth, it housed a host of convicts, murderers, lunatics and street children under extreme conditions. Four men were executed and one buried within its walls. Construction began in 1849, the prison was designed along the Pentonville plan to contain convicts being brought directly from England before being shipped across the colony. Tiny cells, lack of toilets and facilities and freezing cold temperatures made Geelong Gaol a virtual dungeon till the day it closed. Closing in the 1990's this is the one prison Chopper Read said he never wanted to go back to. Ghost and Paranormal tours of the Geelong Gaol run seven nights a week. Partnered ghost tours are at Beechworth Lunatic Asylum and Murder Tours of Beechworth, Carlton and Chinatown in Melbourne
 

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Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Heritage Centre

Enjoy overnight accommodation in a one bedroom garden view apartment at Cumberland starting at $171 per night.

Autumn Walk at Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Zip down to Otway Fly for the ultimate Treetop Adventure this Autumn and take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Family Escape at BIG 4 Port Fairy Holiday Park

Stay in a Fully Self Contained 2 bedroom cabin $129.00 per night for a family of 4!

Family Fun at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Family Fun at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy for Four $109 per night!

Couples Escape at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Come and stay in a Deluxe One Bedroom Cabin for 2 nights and receive 50% off your third night.

High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.

Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Heritage Centre

Enjoy overnight accommodation in a one bedroom garden view apartment at Cumberland starting at $171 per night. Each apartment features a spacious lounge and dining area, private balcony, large bathroom with corner spa. Accommodation includes complimentary use of Resort facilities, including indoor heated pool and undercover car parking. Quoted rate is based on one bedroom garden view apartments, available 7th April – 30thof May Sunday – Friday.

To book phone: (03) 5289 4444

 

Autumn Walk at Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Zip down to Otway Fly for the ultimate Treetop Adventure this Autumn and take advantage of this exclusive offer, of 20% discount on adult or child treetop walk ticket and receive a complimentary coffee or warm drink from the Black Snail Café.

Simply present this voucher on-site at Otway Fly to redeem your Autumn Walk offer.

 

Family Escape at BIG 4 Port Fairy Holiday Park

Stay in a Fully Self Contained 2 bedroom cabin $129.00 per night for a family of 4! (Standard price $210.00 per night)

  • 2 Bedroom Family cabin
  • Valid for stays between May 15 and September 15 ($20.00 per night surcharge applies for Queens birthday weekend.)
  • Additional $20.00 per night for additional people.
  • 2 night minimum stay.
  • No further discounts apply.
  • Subject to availability.

Call (03) 5568 1145 to book

 

Family Fun at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Stay in a fully self-contained Two Bedroom Holiday Unit and enjoy full access to the parks indoor heated pool, giant jumping pillow, playground, tennis court & giant outdoor chess.

  • Valid Sun - Thur only. An additional charge of $15 per night for bookings made on Fri & Sat nights
  • Two night minimum stay. Available June 27th - July 18th 2015
  • Price includes 2 Adults & 2 Children - Additional guests $15 each per night

Call (03) 5568 1816 to book

 

Couples Escape at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Come and stay in a Deluxe One Bedroom Cabin for 2 nights and receive 50% off your third night.

  • Includes a late check out of 12pm, two delicious latte vouchers and a packet of Tim Tams
  • Available to book from April 7th - June 4th 2015

Call (03) 5568 1816 to book

 

High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.
Enjoy table service in elegant surroundings, exquisite food, quality tea and real coffee!

$40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.

Every Sunday from February to November
12pm sailing from Sorrento
3pm sailing from Queenscliff.

To book visit www.searoad.com.au or contact 03 5258 3244