Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne

13 hours Melbourne, Australia

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Explore the 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road without the crowds on our Reverse Great Ocean Road Day Tour! This day trip includes all the highlights of the standard tour but visits the 12 Apostles and the Shipwreck Coast in the morning instead of the afternoon.  By going against the flow of the traffic we avoid the busy tourist crowds allowing us to make the most of all this stunning region has to offer.
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Stop At: WWI Memorial, 117 Murray St, Colac VIC 3250, Australia

We stop to stretch our legs and enjoy morning tea

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria 3269 Australia

We take time to admire the amazing Limestone stack formations with minimal other tourists around, also if you are keen to take to the skies and add a helicopter ride over the Apostles on to your experience then this is the tour for you!

Taking your time to walk along the boardwalks and capture perfect photos of the Twelve Apostles in the morning sun is just breathtaking.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road Port Campbell National Park, Port Campbell, Victoria Australia

Also in the National Park we head down to Loch Ard Gorge, site of one of Australia’s most well know shipwrecks, hear the dramatic tale of Tom and Eva. Take time to walk down on to the beach and get the sand in-between your toes, or walk out over the top of the Gorge and find the Island Archway and Razorback rock formations.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Maits Rest Rainforest Walk, Great Ocean Rd, Cape Otway VIC 3233, Australia

We then depart just as other tour buses start to arrive, we head Eastward along the Great Ocean Road, coming inland we drive through towering Eucalyptus trees until we arrive at a patch of Cool Temperate Rainforest. You will be amazed at the difference in scenery as we take a walk through the tree ferns and, marvel at the ‘ancient relics’ – the Myrtle Beach trees that provide perfect canopy shade and originate from when Australia was part of a super continent known as Gondwanaland. Breath in the fresh air before we take a relaxing drive out to the dramatic Shipwreck Coast!

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Wye River, Wye River, Victoria

Along the journey we will be making stops to look for Koalas hanging out in the wild, as they are exactly that, wild, we cannot guarantee where they will show up, but our knowledgeable guides know all the best spots to search for them.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, Great Ocean Rd 689/721 Great Ocean Rd, Lorne, Victoria Australia

A monument to mark the original starting point of the Great Ocean Road.

After some photos at the iconic Memorial Arch and a lesson on the history of the soldiers who built this road and dedicated it to their fallen comrades, we will wind through more stunning views (of course stopping for pictures!)

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Light picnic lunch provided
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Australian wildlife sightings, in the wild.
  • Professional driver guide with live commentary
  • Audio translation app available in 10 different languages
  • Entry/Admission - WWI Memorial
  • Entry/Admission - Twelve Apostles
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ard Gorge
  • Entry/Admission - Maits Rest Rainforest Walk
  • Entry/Admission - Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway


  • Meals not indicated
  • Personal expenses

Departure Point

Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please reconfirm within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children under 18yrs old, must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking (on request only)
  • Not wheelchair, prams or stroller accessible please do not bring on tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • For your safety, we have implemented comprehensive hygiene measures and increased regular sanitation. Guests will be asked to check-in by scanning the QR code during the on-boarding stage for contact tracing purposes.


149 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Ferenc Z February 2020

Well organised tour with a nice driver/guide.
I had only one problem, the seat size as I’m 191 cm tall :o)

Aileen J February 2020

Brilliant from start to finish... although the weather could have been a wee bit kinder... but hey ho there are some things that you can organise and some things you can’t... prompt pick up... kept informed of what was happening throughout the day. Beth was very friendly and certainly knew her stuff... although it would seem that a 12 1/2 hour tour would be a long “drag” it never felt that way... highly recommend this trip

Hrvoje T January 2020

This experience you shouldnt miss. Alot of things to see and nice an pleasent stuff along the Way is there to provide you all the help and information. Chris as driver guide was exceptional! You have to Go!

PATRICIA A H L December 2019

Driver/Guide, Leon is excellent, knowlegeable and entertaining. The tour covered most scenic areas at Great Ocean Road. Everything was well taken care of.

Chris K October 2019

The day was very well organised and our driver Darren was excellent providing us with detailed and entertaining information along the way. It was a long hot day but we really enjoyed it and would highly recommend the reverse tour.

Alistair S July 2018

This was an excellent excursion away from Melbourne. Although Melbourne is a lovely city, it was good to get away for the day and enjoy the coastline. The highlight was seeing the 12 Apostles which we had only heard of before. Doing the reverse of the Great Ocean Road involved an early start and a long drive, but I do believe that we escaped the crowds. Although there were many tourists at the 12 Apostles, I'm sure it was less than with the conventional tours.

Marla A July 2018

Absolutely fantastic scenery! We arrived at the 12 Apostles at a time of day with good light which I'm not sure would have been the case with a non-reverse tour. The tour was booked via Viator and provided by Wildlife Tours Australia. The guide Peter was quite personable and seemed to really enjoy being our guide. Bus was comfortable. It had Wi-Fi but that was not provided until the ride home perhaps intentional to be certain we focused on the tour. The lunch a sub sandwich was really pretty good. No drinks were provided though except for access to a water container from which to fill bottles. We stopped in the morning for coffee in the park provided and later for ice cream our own . The most important thing was the scenery along the Great Ocean Road which was stunningly beautiful. We made several viewing stops. This tour was in early July and do note that it was quite cold, especially with the wind when walking by the ocean. We also walked through a rainforest and stopped at a location known to have koala's and another viewing spot with kangaroos. I would highly recommend this tour.

Jane H April 2018

A really great trip with spectacular views. I've done this tour in both directions and this one is better for seeing the 12 Apostles in good light. It was a long drive at first but well worth it and there are lots of stops and views on the drive back. Brett was a great guide and soon got to know everyone.

lynnthomas April 2018

Excellent trip with a very knowledgable driver and tour guide. He definitely gave us our moneys worth. We definitely recommend this tour if you can manage a long day.

Emma T March 2018

We loved this tour! It was the perfect way to see the great ocean road.

Jill M March 2018

Brilliant tour. Our guide was very informative, friendly and helpful. Must be one of the best guides the company employs. Bus was comfortable. Doing the tour in reverse means you miss the tourist buses. I would recomment this tour to anyone.

tsharp2972 March 2018

Tour was outstanding the tour guide did a fantastic job enjoyed it immensely

PAUL C February 2018

Long day but well worth it, did everything listed and more!
Guide was a very knowledgeable and proud Australian with nothing to much trouble

provencd February 2018

We loved this tour. Our tour guide Mike was very pleasant and knowledgeable and kep us well by providing tea and cookies plus a boxed lunch. Started with seeing the Loch Ard Gourge which was stunning- we climbed down to the beach with the softest sand and incredible blue green water. Plenty of time was given to see all the sights, then back on our small bus to see the Twelve Apostles. Absolutely breathtaking. Because it was early in the day it wasn't crowded which is why we chose the reverse tour. I would highly recommend this tour for this advantage. I also loved the impromptu tours along the way such as the rain forest walk or seeing the koalas and tropical birds by the Koala Cafe. We stopped for a pizza supper before heading back to the city. It was a long day, but so worthwhile in the sites and scenery that we saw.

Joanne.adrian February 2018

We had a great day. This was a long day, but we saw lots of spectacular scenery. We saw some koalas and even some kangeroos. We missed the traffic by going in reverse of most of the other tour buses. Plus, we had a smaller bus with fewer people, which made the tour more manageable and comfortable.

Charlie was our informative tour guide. He did his best to engage everyone on this tour. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Carl-Hugo L February 2018

Amazing tour. Strongly recommends.

Tracy C February 2018

It's a full day trip and the stops were well timed. The reverse trip option certainly helped to avoid the crowds at the stops.

Jacqueline D February 2018

This tour was absolutely amazing. A very long day but so worth the views the information that our guide gave us.really a good time and the reverse tour was a good call. I highly recommend doing this trip. Well worth it

laytodd January 2018

This more amazing than I expected. The guide Duane, was very pleasant and provide a descent amount of information. It's a long day, but worth it.

Paul M January 2018

Reverse trip was a great idea. Patrick was a brilliant guide. Great day. Would recommend to anyway doing a Great Ocean Road Day Trip.

Grant C January 2018

We'd rate our driver/guide Neil 10 out of 10, the Great Ocean Road tour itself 9 out of 10. Two comments..the bus itself wasn't very comfortable for a long trip like legroom and our knees were very sore from the positioning. Also, the bathroom stop at Apollo Bay was pretty awful. 2 out of 4 toilets were out of commission and the sinks were full of water. One of the ladies said she'd rate the bathroom a minus 10. Other than that, I'd do the trip again in a heartbeat. Doing the tour in reverse meant less tour buses along the way and smaller crowds. Neil was great, our small group on the bus was very congenial, the tea break, sandwich lunch and pizza dinner from Bubba's in Torquay, eaten on the beach, all were very good and each one hit the spot.

Jayson J January 2018

While it was a long ride out to the Apostles, it was worth it. They are truly spectacular. All the pictures I took, look like postcards. It's so peaceful out there.

LUIS GREGO M January 2018

Amazing tour. Beautiful places. All well organized. The driver/guide knows the better places to show you.

Catherine R January 2018


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