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About Us And Our Passion For Tourism
Owned and operated by Nikki and Dallas Coull, the Great Ocean Road and Beyond brand is part of See Adelaide and Beyond, Taste the McLaren and Taste the Barossa. These brands are part of a wonderful story we are putting together since we met in the European summer of 1996.
Nikki and I met in Greece while I was spending a couple of summers working and Nikki was there on holiday from her home in the UK. It wasn’t easy at first, Nikki wasn’t going to move to Australia on the back of meeting a silly Aussie bloke in the beautiful Greek village of Lindos on the Island of Rhodos. We took a while to get our act together, however in 2004 I moved to the UK and we have been together ever since. James, Georgia and Tamsin make up our beautiful family. After 6 years living in the UK we made the move to Adelaide and started the first of our tours, Taste the Barossa.
Over the next 8 years we launched See Adelaide and Beyond, Taste the McLaren and our latest venture, our 4 day 3 night Great Ocean Road and Beyond – Melbourne to Adelaide tour.
Whilst running our tour business over the last 8 years, giving birth to Tamsin and renovating our 110 year old family home Nikki undertook full time university study to become a Midwife, a vocation she yearned to do for most of her life. In 2016 she graduated 2nd in her class and now works in one of Adelaide’s biggest city hospitals. I am still in awe of what she was able to achieve while juggling everything else.
The Great Ocean Road has been a huge part of my life in Tourism. In the 80’s I drove countless tours for a company called Wayward Bus. Years later I started a company called Groovy Grape Getaways and one of the most popular tours I started was a 3 day 2 night Great Ocean Road and
Grampians tour between Melbourne and Adelaide which continues to carry 1000’s of backpackers a year along the Great Ocean Road.
As far back as 1999 I was amazed that there wasn’t a product catering to people that wanted a better quality experience than what these “Backpacker” tours offered.
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My Australian friend and I had been desperately looking for a guided tour along the Great Ocean Road with some comfort, as we didn’t want to join one of these backpacker tours offered by all other tour operators. In the end I found this one in the catalog of a large German travel company, and we booked it. We were not disappointed.
I was visiting friends in Adelaide from the UK and as my first visit to Australia wanted to fit in as much as possible. I decided to fly into Melbourne, have a couple of days sightseeing and then take this tour on route to Adelaide. What an amazing time I had!! There were 7 of us in total and by the time we reached the start of the Ocean Road we were already beginning to feel relaxed and enjoy a lovely atmosphere on the bus.
The Great Ocean Road was a must for my wife and I, my wife trawled through numerous sites to find the right one for us. Great ocean road and beyond was perfect. Steve the driver/ guide was excellent and knowledgeable, the scenery was stunning and the accommodation every night was brilliant. I would definitely recommend these guy's.
You really do a lot on this tour over the 4 days, but highlights for me were visiting the 12 Apostles first thing in the morning on the 2nd day when there were only a scattering of other people, and also Tower Hill, where we were able to learn about Aboriginal history, handle genuine Aboriginal artefacts, eat bush tucker and throw a Boomerang (Thanks Paul). There’s so much included on this tour, and like the name suggests, really does go Beyond the Great Ocean Road.
The mini coach was very comfortable with big windows to see all the beautiful scenery along the great ocean road and the rest of the journey. Steve our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable about all the places we visited and looked after us very well. I can honestly say we loved everything about this tour.