Great Ocean Road Tour or Reverse Great Ocean Road Tour
7:45am - 8:45pm
$135 - $145
The Great Ocean Road tour is a journey along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives! Twist and the wind along the spectacular Great Ocean Road enjoying awesome coastal photo opportunities. Along the way stop to see cuddly koalas in the wild and an abundance of other Australian wildlife. Witness the magnificent surf beaches. Enjoy a guided walk amongst the ancient rainforest. Then arrive at the 12 Apostles to witness the marvel of these gigantic limestone stacks located in Port Campbell National Park.
The Reverse Great Ocean Road Tour enables our guests to experience the National Heritage listed Great Ocean Road in all it’s glory without the crowds. By operating this tour in reverse we avoid all the normal tourist masses that visit the 12 Apostles, giving our guests a better opportunity to capture that picture perfect photograph without crowded lookouts. This Great Ocean Road reverse tour itinerary will visit all the same key destinations and highlights as our Great Ocean Road Tour Experience, so rest assured you won’t miss a thing.
Wifi on board
Hotel Pick up & Drop off
18 guests Average group size
Audio translation in 10 languages
Morning tea with Reverse Tour.
Great Ocean Road: Adult: $135 / Child: $95
Reverse Great Ocean Road: Adult: $145 / Child: $95
Meet at: Immigration Museum CNR FLINDERS/MARKET ST MELBOURNE. / Hotel Pick Up Locations:
7:45 PM at Immigration Museum / Hotel Pick Up
6:50 YHA Melbourne Metro 78 HOWARD ST NORTH MELB
6:58 Space Hotel 380 RUSSELL ST MELBOURNE
7:00 Pullman Albert Park 65 QUEENS ROAD ALBERT PARK
7:00 Ibis on Therry St 15 THERRY ST MELBOURNE
7:05 Pegasus Apartment Hotel 206 A’BECKETT ST MELBOURNE
7:10 Base Backpackers 17 CARLISLE ST ST KILDA
7:15 St Paul’s Cathedral Cnr SWANSTON ST and FLINDERS ST MELBOURNE
7:20 Windsor Hotel 111 SPRING ST MELBOURNE
7:24 Regent Theatre 191 COLLINS ST MELBOURNE
7:32 Vibe Savoy 630 LITTLE COLLINS ST, CNR SPENCER ST MELBOURNE
7:40 Crown Promenade Hotel 8 WHITEMAN ST SOUTHBANK
7:36 Holiday Inn 575 FLINDERS LANE MELBOURNE
Great Ocean Road Tour:
Travel with us along the Great Ocean Road spanning 192 kilometres from Torquay to Port Campbell along Victoria’s southern coastline. From Melbourne, we travel towards Torquay where the famous surf brand Rip Curl was founded before passing through the world famous Bells Beach. We stop for a morning tea break at a picturesque location before making our way to our first highlight, the Memorial Arch. Listed as a National Heritage, the war memorial archway is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road. Stop for a photo in front of the Great Ocean Road sign before we begin winding our way along one of the greatest coastal roads in the world.
Be guided through a Koala habitat and be awed by the wonders of nature. Spot and count the wild koalas amongst eucalyptus trees. And if you’re lucky enough, you may even see some Kangaroos. Listen to the songs of lovely birds native to Australia such as Kookaburras, King Parrots, Yellow Robins, Fairy-Wrens, and much more.
We will visit the quaint coastal town of Apollo Bay in southwestern Victoria. Located on the east side of Cape Otway, Apollo Bay is a natural resort town where you can explore its rich rainforests filled with waterfalls, streams, lush vegetation, and exotic wildlife. We will stop here for lunch at your own expense. Enjoy a cafe dining experience or a picnic down the beach the choice is yours.
Cape Otway National Park
Explore the Great Otway National Park with your tour guide and learn about this incredible ancient rainforest. Witness with towering centuries-old eucalyptus trees, thousand year old lush ferns, magnificent wetlands, a variety of native birds, and many different species of wild animals.
The 12 Apostles
Be mesmerized by the famous 12 Apostles and soak in the splendour of the rock formations’ allure and magnificence. Let the towering cliffs dwarf you as the raging waters of the surf pound on the rocks below. Witness the changing colours of the sky and sea as the sun slowly sinks behind the giant limestones. You can also walk down the Gibson Steps and snap some photos of marvellous ocean vistas — lush beaches and riotous surf. The steps are a few minutes away from the 12 Apostles. You can see the Gog and Magog from the viewing platform of Gibson Steps An incredible highlight of your Great Ocean Road Tour.
Loch Ard Gorge
Get lost in the natural beauty of Loch Ard Gorge while learning from our tour guide some history of the area’s famous shipwrecks. There had been over 200 shipwrecks between Port Fairy and Cape Otway. Hear the harrowing story of two young survivors of the Loch Ard Shipwreck in 1878. Marvel at the formation of Island Archway, Razorback and the Salt and Pepper Shakers.
Walk along the beach beside these awe-inspiring limestone formations and be dwarfed by 80m high cliffs. The southern ocean swell can be quite rough so conditions permitting this beach will be accessible.
Return to Melbourne
As we head back to Melbourne, we will have a stop in the town of Colac for dinner at your own expense.
Reverse Great Ocean Road:
Escape the city by travelling inland direct to the Shipwreck Coast via Colac enjoying a complimentary morning tea along the way. Take a journey and experience the Great Ocean Road reverse tour in the opposite direction to the masses, enabling you to escape the crowds and enjoy this famous & picturesque coastline in all its glory.
The 12 Apostles
Our first major stop will be the breath-taking 12 Apostles and the extraordinary rock formations of Loch Ard Gorge in Port Campbell. Venture down the Gibson Steps (conditions permitting) to be dwarfed by these impressive limestones cliffs.
Guided Rainforest Walk
Enjoy a guided walk through Maits Rest or Melba Gully an ancient rainforest admiring some of the world’s tallest trees in the Great Otway National Park. We continue our journey along this spectacular National Heritage listed road winding between hillsides, pristine beaches, stunning ocean views and dense rainforest.
Coastal Road & Koalas
The Great Ocean Road is famously known as one of the world’s most scenic coastal routes which you will get to enjoy without all the crowds. Our local guides will try to seek out the iconic Australian koala, as this coastal region is heavily populated with these furry creatures hidden within the pockets of Eucalyptus forests.
Stopping next at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, one of the most photographed spots along this rugged coastline. This monument is a tribute to the World War One serviceman who built the Great Ocean Road stretching 243 kilometres and was finally completed in 1932. A great location to grab a group photo under the archway and share with friends on social media.
Return to Melbourne
From here, we sit back relax and enjoy the drive back into the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne
The Fine Print
Included are all entry fees
Air-conditioned bus to pick you up and drop you off at your inner city hotel
Bring warm clothes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, spending money for dinner and beverages and a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Wildlife should not be handled or fed, unless by certified wildlife handlers
Please remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences and follow all directions given by the guide/tour leader.
No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth
All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate