From Melbourne: Reverse Great Ocean Road Day Trip with Lunch

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Activity provider: Wildlife Tours Australia

From Melbourne: Reverse Great Ocean Road Day Trip with Lunch

Activity provider: Wildlife Tours Australia
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From US$ 102.17 per person

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Explore the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles without the crowds. This tour includes all the highlights of a standard tour but goes to the Apostles and Shipwreck coast in the morning instead of the afternoon allowing you to avoid the masses.

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Duration 13 hours
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  • See the 12 Apostles before most people arrive
  • Spot some wild koalas
  • Marvel at awe-inspiring coastal views
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Start the day early from the Melbourne CBD and settle in. Go inland for the morning, which is going to bring you out on the Shipwreck Coast before the rest of the tour buses. Here is where you will find the infamous 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and Gibson Steps. Take in these world-renowned sites without being caught in the hustle and bustle of the masses.

Getting to the 12 Apostles in the morning provides additional colors in the large limestone stacks not seen in the afternoon. Hear the story of Loch Ard and step down into the gorge that has been carved away by the Southern Ocean over hundreds of years, arguably more stunning than the Apostles themselves. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of these breathtaking spots. After taking in this spectacular coastline, drive back along the Great Ocean Road. Wave at all the other buses as they all pass by in the opposite direction as the road begins to run away from the coastline through the Otway ranges. It is now time to stretch your legs on a magical guided rainforest walk amongst some of the tallest tree species in the world.

Next, a short drive sees the road and ocean meet once again in the seaside town of Apollo Bay. For the rest of the journey, the road will twist along the coast, offering spectacular ocean, beach, and cliff views. Along this beautiful section of the Great Ocean Road, you’ll stop at the small town of Kennett River where your guide will help you spot wild koalas in their natural habitat amongst the eucalyptus trees.

Pass through small seaside towns as you continue and make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as The Great Ocean Road sign, commemorating the workers that built the road. Make your way to the start of the road (or the end of the road on this reverse tour) for a pizza dinner in the town of Torquay, the perfect way to end the journey along the Great Ocean Road before making the trip back to Melbourne.

  • Light picnic lunch
  • Friendly and informative Tour Guide
  • Koala spotting in the wild
  • All National Park fees
  • Audio translation service available (in 10 languages)
  • Additional snacks and beverages
  • Optional helicopter flights over the 12 apostles
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet at the Immigration Museum at 400 Flinders St, on the corner of Market St, at 7:35 AM. Please be ready and waiting at least 5 to 10 minutes prior to the departure time.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Cash
  • Daypack

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult or legal guardian
  • Travel in modern 24 seater vehicles, with high back non-reclining seats and seat belts
  • You can change your pickup point after a booking has been made, please do so at least 48 hours prior to departure
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

based on 14 reviews

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Doing the reverse tour was a good way to do a day tour of the Great Ocean Road and it’s features because we stopped at the main highlights first so were able to make the best of all the walks at the 12 Apostles and Lochard Gorge. If they were the final features of the day, I think we’d have been more tired and weary from the long journey and not taken full advantage of that area.

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January 8, 2020

September 28, 2022

Good trip. Lots to see but lots of driving as well. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in the coach. And take a jacket even in the summer - it’s windy at the 12 apostles

January 11, 2020

Product ID: 65791