Ride is a very small, proudly independent company set up by myself to try and find a niche market for backpackers that want to do something a little different. I have been a guide for 15 years and love the Great Ocean Road but became increasingly frustrated at driving the one day tour. Tour companies love this trip because it is very popular and has high profits for them, but what they don’t tell you is that it is a really long day. All in all, you drive 600kms in the day and take almost 14-15 hours to do the tour. Do you really want to spend most of your day on the bus? I kept thinking to myself that there has to be a better way.
Proudly Independent The Real Great Ocean Road
SO HOW IS RIDE DIFFERENT?
For a start, our tour is 2 days long. This enables us to take our time along the way so that you will never feel rushed. The only timeline we have is to ensure we arrive on time at the 12 Apostles for sunset. Also, at Ride we don’t like to follow all the other buses if it can be helped. So whilst everyone else turns left out of Melbourne, we turn right and head to the end of the Great Ocean Road and work back. This means that we will have a lot more time at sights without loads of other tourists around. The trip also works a lot better in this direction because we get the long drive out of the way first and then the trip just builds and builds and gets better and better. Oh yeah, and we play bloody good tunes on the bus too.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES
I started Ride 10 years ago to make my parents happy, without having to get a real job, and for the first 4 years I took every tour. Then my parents kept complaining that I couldn’t keep driving a bus for the rest of my life, so 6 years ago I handed the baton to drivers younger (sometimes), funnier (never!), cooler and better looking (always!) than me. I am out on the road occasionally and still love what I do.
I am a firm believer that the driver is what makes the difference to a tour being merely good to unforgettable. Scenery is great, but combining that with laughs along the way is what travelling is all about. And that is the Ride way.