The Great Ocean Road was one of my favorite excursions that my mom and I embarked on during our time in Australia. It would not have been nearly as amazing if it weren’t for the amazing company we booked with: Escape Discovery Adventures!
Here are just a few reasons why I firmly believe anyone looking to experience the best that the Great Ocean Road has to offer should consider booking through Escape Discovery Adventures!
1. The Customer Service
From the moment I emailed Paul, the owner of Escape Discovery Adventures, he was so understanding about the stand-by nature of our trip. Rather than having us book a tour we may not have been able to make, Paul booked us ‘on hold,’ so that the two spots we required would not fill up on our preferred date. He checked in with us until we made our flight, and when we confirmed booking, all we had to do was pay cash on the day of our tour!
This method was so convenient and incredibly thoughtful on the company’s part, and saved us the hassle of canceling a booking and pursuing a refund.
2. The Guides
Rob, our guide, was the most knowledgeable and passionate tour guide I have ever had. He’s sincere in wanting to get to know the members of his group, and learned each and every one of our names, where we were from, and more about our trips to Australia.
Rob genuinely enjoys sharing what he knows about the places we visit, and has made it his life’s work to provide quality tours to groups like us. He answers any and all questions about Australian wildlife and lore to the best of his ability, and offers to take photos of groups or individuals at each and every stop.
Our experience along the Great Ocean Road was made greater by a guide as passionate and personable as Rob.
3. The Itinerary
The tour started off with a free tasting at the Great Ocean Road Chocolate Factory. From the moment I walked into the factory, I felt as though I had stepped into Willy Wonka’s! Swirls of bright colors combined with the aroma of chocolate was enough to make any chocoholic happy.
Once actually on the Great Ocean Road, the tour includes stops to the well-known Memorial Arch, Twelve Apostles, and Loch Ard Gorge. We also had the chance to explore the Great Otway National Park, and had plenty of beautiful photo opportunities with gorgeous stretches of coastline and limestone stack formations.
To top it all off, since Escape Discovery Adventures departs from Melbourne so early, there are hardly any other tourists than your group on the road (at first)! This allows for some pretty great photos.
4. The Dining Experiences
Because of the early start time, neither my mother nor I had the chance to get breakfast, so we each ordered something from the in-house cafe at the Great Ocean Road Chocolate Factory. The smashed avo on toast was delicious, and my mom loved her decaf flat white.
We ate lunch at Waves Cafe in Apollo Bay. While the food was average, I especially liked how each of the tables had charging outlets and USB ports available for any devices running low on power. The café itself was located on a boardwalk next to other souvenir shops and eateries if you wanted to try a little something else!
Coincidentally, we ate dinner at a restaurant also called Waves in Port Campbell. I was a big fan of the fish and chips, and they had wine available for purchase if you wanted to treat yourself to an end-of-the-day beverage!
5. The Value
You’re on the road for almost 14 hours, and lunch and dinner are both included in the package cost. The total cost is $149 AUD per person, which means that we paid just over $10 an hour for all that we got to eat, see, and experience. In my opinion, that is more than affordable! Escape Discovery Adventures’ excursion is a great value.
Of course you could always rent a car and drive the Great Ocean Road yourself, but the hassle-free experience provided by Escape Discovery Adventures is tough to beat!
What was the last great adventure you went on?
All opinions are my own, and I was not paid or sponsored to write this post!