Due to road works, a major part of the Great Ocean Road will be closed May 28th to May 31st. We have decided to close for that week. We will be closed May 26th to June 3rd inclusive. We have operated in the past when sections of the GOR have been closed, but we are not prepared to do that this time and face disappointed guests.
Since we started Ocean Road Tours 2 1/2 years ago 5 major infrastructure projects have begun in Melbourne, affecting most of our access routes to the city. These have increased Traffic congestion in the City, especially at our drop off time. We surveyed our guests and found most guests (96%) agreed, that after a three hour trip home from the Great Ocean Road, spending an hour in city traffic was very uncomfortable and frustrating. This affects us more due to our return time of 5 p.m. after our early departure.
Responding to this survey, we have commenced a trial run of a central drop off point, Southbank, directly opposite Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. This has easy access to Melbourne’s Free Trams and the train system and is easy walking distance from Central Melbourne.
You may plan a visit to Eureka Tower Sky deck, as we now have 10% discount vouchers for you and we drop off right next door. You may also want to visit Southbank Restaurants, The Botanical Gardens or even a Tram Trip to wonderful St Kilda. It also a time for the group to be able to say goodbye to each other and even share a drink on some of the many hospitality areas along the Yarra river.
We hope you understand the reasoning behind this decision and appreciate the extra time you have available now. We are posting this News Update to allow you to plan ahead for your Melbourne evening activities.