While shifting to Melbourne years ago, I had some good plans to discoverthe most sought-after Victorian tourist hotspots. An independenttraveller from the start, I overlooked the idea of guided tours andpreferred going behind the wheel when exploring the famed Great OceanRoad. That was until a friend recommended Aussizz Travels day tourthrough the complete stretch of 243 miles. Such a long journey throughan uncomfortable bus ride and in the crowd of unknown faces – The ideawas not very convincing for me!
Don’t know what clicked with my wife and on the insistence of my friend,
I decided to take the chance with a skeptical mind. The overview from
the tour representative created a map of attractions like pockets of
rainforests, pretty fashionable towns, dramatic limestone formations and
close encounters with wildlife – did all these even exist? I started
wondering why these things remain unnoticed on my previous
17th May, 2015 – The day arrived and we boarded our bus from Fed Squareat 7 AM. The first surprise – I was among the people from the Indiansubcontinent! Few Indian families and some couples from Nepal, Bhutanand Pakistan were our companions for the next few hours – the excitementstarted brewing. My second surprise was ready – an extremely friendlyand courteous guide interacting in fluent English, Hindi and Urdu was onboard with us. Soon, I was amidst the wonderful Antakshri sessions,sharing homeland stories and enjoying this memorable revisit to themultidimensional culture.
It was a stupendous tour meandering through surfer-style beaches,
historical landmarks and millions years old temperate rainforests,
taking short breaks at pretty coastal towns like Lorne and great lookout
points. The rendezvous with the adorable koalas was definitely among thetop highlights. The scintillating grand finale memory at the 12 Apostleswas something I would take along till my last breath.
What kept us excited throughout was the knowledge that our guide sharedat every step. Thanks to him that a long day was made absolutelyfulfilling! The food was good and fuelled us for the wonderful journey.
My takeaways from the tour – First, I could spend quality time with my
wife after a long time (it was a good decision to get off the driving
wheel). Second, I found a new circle of friends from my own land
(exchanged numbers and went out for dinner with them later). Third, thistour changed my perspective towards guided tours! Most importantly, Idiscovered the world’s most amazing coastal road!
Wish Aussizz Travels keeps up the good work. Highly recommended! I amlooking forward to many more group tours from them, of course if theyoffer a lucrative deal like the one I just experienced.