The Great Ocean Road has so much more to offer than a spectacular coastal drive. Your two-day private tour will allow you plenty of time to see the sights, stay overnight in the beautiful Great Ocean Road Ecolodge and enjoy rare encounters with the local animals.
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On your first day, your very own expert guide will pick you up from your hotel. you will then take a leisurely drive south-west of Melbourne before stopping for a coffee break at Split Point Lighthouse at the start of the iconic touring route. You will continue your travels at a relaxed pace with your next stop at the tranquil town of Apollo Bay where you will be treated to a two-course lunch.
Keep a keen lookout for some very special animals including: whales, dolphins, echidnas and bandicoots. Your camera will get a good workout along this exciting itinerary as there will be plenty of great photo opportunities.
We then enter the Cape Otway Forest, down a eucalyptus-lined road until you arrive at the hidden Great Ocean Road Conservation Centre and Ecolodge. Upon arrival at the Great Ocean Road Ecolodge, there will be some time to rest, plus the opportunity to discover the beautiful eucalyptus forest and have close encounters with koalas, kangaroos and native birds. If you are staying with us on a day where the Conservation Team is due to feed the animals, you will be invited to join the local wildlife biologist on a guided twilight walk through the bushland of Cape Otway to feed the nocturnal animals. As a passenger with us, you will be contributing to the Great Ocean Ecolodge’s Conservation Program to protect the local tiger quolls, koalas and unique flora of the region. You will be treated to dinner at the Lodge before retiring to your room for a peaceful night’s sleep.
The next day you will hit the star attractions; Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson’s Steps before heading back to Melbourne for the evening.
The following day you will wake to a leisurely breakfast at the Lodge before your very own ranger will take you on a mini research walk of the area and a visit to the famous Cape Otway Lighthouse. It’s then time to leave the tranquility of Cape Otway to visit some of the star natural attractions including the ancient rock formations of the Twelve Apostles, Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge. Your last stop will be at the quaint town of Port Campbell before departing for Melbourne.
Suggested timing: Depart hotel 0900 – Return following day approx 1700