Highlight of my trip to Melbourne;
“The early pick up ensured we were ahead of the crowds and had many lookouts and scenic stops to ourselves. Breakfast bag provided a great idea. Small group meant no lengthy toilet stops. Stuart is very knowledgeable and funny. The 12 apostles and the Loch Ard gorge are so beautiful. Travelling solo I decided against driving alone so this tour was the perfect alternative. The other ladies on the tour were very friendly and included me in a post trip drink. I would definitely recommend this tour.”
Julie; 12th March 2018
“I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the beauty of the Great Ocean Road. As an owner operator Stuart takes great pride in his business and this showed through in the great day we had on tour. Stuart ensures you see the beauty of the great ocean road with ample stops for photo shoots and with his detail to planning we were ahead of the big crowds from the larger tour buses . Lunch was delicious and the packed breakfast provided by Stuart was a great idea after the early start. The knowledge Stuart provided to us was exceptional and I would recommend if you want a small group tour of the Great Ocean Road this is the one to do!”
Jenny 1st March 2018
“Easily one of the best tours we’ve ever done. Stuart provided a wealth of information on all topics Australian, which made the hours in the van much more enjoyable. Leaving early was a big advantage to us, so if you can drag yourself out of bed on vacation, take this one.The lunch was particularly notable. Excellent choices and high quality (not the generic pizza we had on our tour to the Grampians…).Having only 8 people on the tour made it easy to interact with Stuart and our fellow tourists. (max is 8 people) Since the van was smaller, it had a much better ride than the 24 person buses. Stuart knew where to look for wildlife, and we saw kangaroos and a koala, which was a highlight for us”. John C 13th Feb 2018
“My wife and I just returned from a tour with Ocean Road Tours. In the past we have always tried to avoid tours. Our tour with Ocean Road Tours traveling the GOR however has totally changed our thinking. We found because this tour is for a small group (8) that leaves before other tours made sure everything runs on time, avoids crowds. Our guide, Stu, was extremely knowledgeable, very pleasant, entertaining and willing to do anything to accommodate. Lunch was great, van was very comfortable, scenery, sites were incredible!” sb133908 15/12/2017
“Stuart is an excellent host and driver who knows a lot to tell underway. The trip was one of our best trips in Aussie-country. The scenics were very beautiful. The 12 apostels and the Razor’s Edge formed the absolute highligt for us. Travelling with a small group make’s the trip unique in it’s kind. We can recommend to you without any doubt. Stuart: Thanks, mate!” Ferry en Janet – from Holland 13/12/2017
“It was wonderful, beautiful and stunning… i dont even really find words to describe it honestly… i saw kangurus, koalas sheeps and had such sweet parrots just feeding from my hands… And our guide has a lot of knowledge and was so kind zu everyone… if i would have time left, i would do it again…”
“We had an absolutely wonderful tour of the Great Ocean Road with Ocean Road Tours! Stuart was friendly and really enthusiastic, sharing nuggets of information about the Great Ocean Road, the history as well as Australia and its people. The tour kicks off early to avoid the hordes of tour buses giving you enjoy the tour with your small group as well as taking pictures without a jostle. Stuart provided for a healthy breakfast and a hearty and delicious local lunch. Plus you get back to the city early to enjoy your dinner and maybe include another site in your day. We had an amazing time with Stuart and can’t recommend him enough. If you are doing the great ocean road, do it with Ocean Road Tours!” M.Saif 23/10/2017
“A fantastic experience on this amazing day tour with one of the best guides you’ll ever get! If you are going on a tour to the Great Ocean Road it HAS to be this one!!! Thank you Stuart!” Gemma C 11/09.2017
“Avoid the crowds – A must tour!”
“My mother and I had the pleasure to go on an Ocean Road Tour with Stuart as our guide. There are plenty of reasons why I can recommend this tour as a must on your next trip to Melbourne:
1) The tour leaves early from Melbourne (around 6 am) and as such avoids the bus loads of crowds which tend to leave later in the morning. Throughout our stops along the tour, we found that we almost had them to ourselves and there weren’t masses of tourists, even at the most popular stop, the twelve apostles. Another advantage to leaving early is arriving back in Melbourne early so if you have a flight to catch (such as in our case) or want to see a theatre show and go out for dinner, you can. This is great compared to other tours which may not arrive back until well after 9 pm.
2) The tour group consists of up to a maximum of 8 people. Small groups tend to have plenty of advantages. For one, the tour guide can remember your name and is unlikely to forget you at a stop. Another benefit is that the tour guide is willing and able (due to the smaller number) to take photos. You are also more likely to get to know your fellow tour contingent. The size of Stuart’s vehicle allowed us to stop at lookout’s that larger buses would struggle to stop at. We had an opportunity to feed birds and look at koalas which was very memorable.
3) Stuart was excellent, informative, knowledgeable and accommodating. I enjoyed his explanation of the First Australians, especially because this was not something that was ever brought up in other tours we went on in Melbourne. Stuart adapted the trip to the changing weather conditions, provided us with plenty of toilet breaks throughout the trip as well as a breakfast pack, snacks and hand sanitiser. Unlike many tours which tend to stop at a larger town for lunch, Stuart has chosen an ideal local café which provides wholesome, delicious food ready for you when you arrive. There was also complimentary water and USB/power chargers on board a comfortable well air-conditioned vehicle. Stuarts driving skills were also second-to-none. Visited April 2017 by Saifiti
“Thank you for a beautiful and unforgettable day! It was my pleasure to join your tour. The tour is exactly as described on the website. Booking went smoothly and confirmation email provides you with all the info you need for the trip. Pick up was on time and you are provided with a wonderful breakfast pack. The whole trip is well thought through so that you are comfortable and see as much of Great Ocean Road in a day as possible. You stop many times along the way – often where the big buses don’t (there are max 8 passengers on this tour). Another big bonus of this tour is that you start at 6am and therefore avoid all the crowds! We saw kangaroos, koalas and many many beautiful views along the coast and had a delicious lunch at a small cafe along the road (included in the tour). Stuart takes great care of his guests and loves to share with them his immense knowledge of the Great Ocean Road, Australian wildlife and Australia in general. So not only is the trip full of beautiful scenic views it is also very informative. So I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an unforgettable day at the Great Ocean Road.” PetiSch Visited February 2017 Ocean Road Day Tours Gallery
“I booked it because of the early start, the new bus, and the small size of group. And loved it not only because of all these, but also because Stuart is an excellent guide and a really nice genuine person, who took us not only to the classic spots, but to lovely hidden places where we were the only visitors – charming rustic cafe for lunch, deserted viewpoints with stunning ocean outlook. Lots of great stories, interesting information (who knew about the sex life of the male echidna?), and evident pride in his business and his country. Great work. EHB London”. – Visited January 2017
“Stuart’s small group tour was a welcome change from the usual large group options. The tour was run on time and was exactly as described. The box breakfast and café lunch made the day especially easy and pleasant. Stuart’s great concern for our comfort, knowledgeable commentary and sense of humour made this a thoroughly enjoyable day out. I’d do it again!Ocean Tours” rmbn Belgium – Visited January 2017
“I booked this tour because it promised a small group and it was a 6am pickup to beat the crowds. We had 6 in our group on the day. Lunch was delicious at a very quaint cafe run by some great people and all the stops we made to see the ocean road was spectacular. The bird feeding was amazing too and was an added surprise to the tour. I would highly recommend this tour as we got back before rush hour and the pace of the tour was just right. we certainly beat all the large tour groups which was a bonus point of this tour. Stuart’s wit and knowledge made the whole tour enjoyable. Stuart was a wonderful guide – He is passionate about his job as a tour guide so that came across throughout”.
Dushyan London – Visited December 2016 (ocean road day tours Gallery)
“From the word go Stuart’s tour was excellent and if I could give 6 stars I would. No rushing at photo opportunities, informative commentary, plenty of food and drinks. Scenery to die for, (whales a bonus!) birds, kangaroos, koalas. Small, friendly group”. Sandy H
“This is the best way to experience this phenomenal landscape: in a small group–eight people maximum–with a passionate, kind and endlessly knowledgeable guide. Stuart is a great guy, full of fascinating information, who knows all the right places to take a group of tourists to give them an awe-inspiring experience. The views of scenery and wildlife are fantastic, as was the lunch. Highly recommended!” Conrad A
“From pick up till drop off the day was full of adventure. The views , the pictures we got to take, feeding the birds and then an awesome lunch at a boutique cafe. Stuart was informative and knowledgeable about the great ocean road so made an excellent guide. Would highly recommend this tour “. Tristan and Yvonne .NZ.
“We had an amazing visit on the Great Ocean Road. We are so happy that we booked this tour from Melbourne. We would highly recommend this small group tour because it makes it easy to get to sights that no big bus could ever access. Stuart, our guide and host was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. Lunch was delicious! Thank you, Stuart, for an unforgettable day” gsabinader