1 Day Great Ocean Road Reverse Tour

Great Ocean Road Reverse Tour

Explore the 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road without the crowds on this Great Ocean Road Reverse Tour! Your day trip includes all the highlights of the standard direction tour but visits the Apostles and the Shipwreck Coast in the morning instead of the afternoon. By going against the flow of the traffic you will avoid the busy tourist crowds allowing us to make the most of all this stunning region has to offer.

great ocean road reverse tour

 

great ocean road reverse tour

“I’ve just done the Reverse Great Ocean road tour through Wildlife tours and had an amazing time! As you visit the far end first the timing ends up being perfect, we beat the crowds and had perfect weather!” – Jonas C

 

 

Great Ocean Road Reverse Tour Highlights

  • The world-famous Twelve Apostles
  • Loch Ard Gorge and the Shipwreck Coast
  • Bush walk through the Otway’s Rainforest
  • Koala and wildlife spotting
  • Surf Coast beaches, seaside towns and stunning coastal views
  • Historic Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch

Why travel in a reverse direction along the Great Ocean Road?

Our Great Ocean Road Reverse Tour is perfect for those wishing to take the route less travelled. We cover all the itinerary points of the Great Ocean Road and Rainforest tour (including the rainforest!) but avoid the crowds!

This means that we drive for a bit longer in the morning, inland through country roads to come out on the Shipwreck Coast at about 11am, we then explore Port Campbell national park, including the 12 Apostles, with far fewer other buses around. Due to the more remote location at this end of the road we have a fresh sandwich lunch which can be enjoyed at one of the stops along the way, if you are happy to avoid the crowds and have lunch on the go, then this will probably be the tour for you! We then come back to Melbourne in an easterly direction taking in the Green Coast and the Surf Coast along the way.

Arrive at the 12 Apostles before the crowds

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. read more

 

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by Zoé Illy on Wildlife Tours Australia
Wahou

Had an amazing tour despite the mist and the rain. Our guide Hiro was super interesting and I learned that all the vegemite of the country is produced only in one factory, in Melbourne. We went through the Melba Gully Rainforest and it was really exotic! We obviously saw the 12 Apostles and the Lord Arch Gorge which was so huge and so beautiful to see! It was reaaaally windy, which made the experience even better at some points. We also saw the famous Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch!

I recommand this tour for sure if you're coming in Melbourne!

by Tina on Wildlife Tours Australia
Fantastic Day

Had a wonderful day with a great mix of people from all over the world. Saw the 12 Apostles, feet in the ocean at the Loch Ard Gorge, went for a rainforest walk and saw huge tree ferns and eucalyptus trees, learned the history of the Great Ocean Road. Close encounter with koalas and colourful native birds and saw paddocks of kangaroos! Entertained by driver and guide Simon C. Definitely grab an icecream from Apollo Bay (or something else to eat because it might be a late return to Melbourne. The Aussie tourists on board provided sample vegemite sandwiches! A great day was had by all.

by Jenny Lam on Wildlife Tours Australia
We avoiding the Crowds

We had a great tour with reversing great Ocean Road. No crowd at 12 Apostles and beautiful lights on the rocks. Thank you to our guide. Lunch was ok.

by Tony Jonstone on Wildlife Tours Australia
Go reverse it's the only way

What a cracking day out. Highly recommend doing the Great Ocean Road in reverse. We saw the Twelve Apostles with not as many tourists as thought we would and loved the Rainforest Walk! Cheers to Jason our guide.

by Zach R on Wildlife Tours Australia
Reverse Great Ocean Road 1 Day

This was a very professional tour, our guide Tim was very insightful and provided great commentary throughout. By taking the reverse route, we were able to take in the sights with fewer crowds. The tour also provided free morning tea/coffee, lunch, and dinner. All in all, a must do in Melbourne and an excellent value for $135.

by pichuisarubberball on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great ocean road reverse tour

This is my favourite out of the few tours I did with wildlife Aust. The views were awesome and thankfully it was sunny that day.

Our guide was John K and he is the best guide so far. He told us historical stories and details about the places which was really interesting. While we were on the rainforest hike I came back and saw him cleaning the bus windows and I really appreciated that. Sometimes debris sticks onto the windows because of the cold and it's hard to take photos and see out the windows.

Thank you John K! I had a great day!

by Danielle R, Townsville Australia on Wildlife Tours Australia
Reverse Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

Did the reverse Great Ocean Road tour. Doing it in reverse really helped with crowds - all of the places we started at had very small crowds. Out group size was nice and small and the tour guide was knowledgeable, entertaining, and really funny. We got to see so much stuff during the day, but never felt rushed. Was awesome to have a shorter drive at the end of the day since we were returning to Melbourne the whole time.

The Great Ocean Road is beautiful no matter how you see it, but I would definitely recommend this as one of the better choices.

by Tanzeem B, Manila Philippines on Wildlife Tours Australia
Reverse Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne, Amazing Experience!!

We did the 1 day Great Ocean Road Reverse Tour and it was awesome! Before I say anything else, I must mention CHARLIE, our tour guide. His entertaining commentary and briefing on every place kept us really cheered up throughout the whole day. He was very friendly and knowledgeable.

If anyone is looking for enjoying the magnificent views of 12 apostles without the hassle and bustle of a big crowd, I would surely recommend the reverse tour. The tour bus picked us up from our hotel around 7:15 and arrived at 12 apostles around 11.30 am and not much crowd at that time. I am out of words to describe the view. It's more than worth every penny. There was plenty of time to spend at Loch ard gorge, Gibson Steps etc. Also the walk through the Otway rain forest was mesmerizing. There were regular stops for toilets and at most of the stops we could buy water and quick snacks. After walking through the rain forest, we stopped to look for koalas and kids really enjoyed the bird feeding. We also tasted the Vegemite ice cream in the afternoon. And to cap off a very entertaining day, the Pizza in the dinner was a really delicious.

Overall, an excellent experience and would definitely recommend to everyone!

by DennisDennis25, Melbourne Australia on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road Reverse

My partner and I took part in the Great Ocean Road Reverse tour. He is from Europe, and had lived in Melbourne for a year and never been down there (I am a local) but we didnt have a car so we took part in this tour on a recommendation from a work colleague of his. The tour was great as we missed a lot of the crowds. We could get picked up from the CBD (very early!). The food was ok, the guide was great.

by Jimmy on Wildlife Tours Australia
Amazing sights avoiding the crowds!

5* hands down best tour ive done in OZ. Even in the rugged melbourne winter weather. just beautiful.

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  • What you need to bring?

    • Water bottle
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Warm and cool clothing
    • Camera
    • A sense of adventure
  • What's Included?

    • Morning tea
    • Lunch
    • Park entry fees
    • Professional driver/guide
    • Pick up and drop off
    • A friendly & informative tour commentary
  • Pricing & Package Deal Discounts

    A) Reverse Great Ocean Road Day Tour includes lunch – $145 Adult (13+), $85 Child (0 to 12)
    B) Book any other tour and save $10 off second tour or receive a free Eureka Skydeck entry
    C) Book 3 or more people and get $5 group discount per person
    D) Helicopter flight over the 12 apostles – $145! (* subject to availability)

    ** One discount offer cannot be used in conjunction with another offer

  • Pick up Times & Locations

    LocationsTime
    Main Meeting Point: Athenaeum Theatre 188 COLLINS ST MELBOURNE7:15am
    Newport Bus Interchange MASON STREET (OPPOSITE LEROY'S CAFE)6:20am
    YHA Melbourne Metro 78 HOWARD ST NORTH MELB6:50am
    Space Hotel 380 RUSSELL ST MELBOURNE6:58am
    Pullman Albert Park 65 QUEENS ROAD ALBERT PARK7:00am
    Ibis on Therry St 15 THERRY ST MELBOURNE7:00am
    Pegasus Apartment Hotel 206 A'BECKETT ST MELBOURNE7:06am
    Base Backpackers 17 CARLISLE ST ST KILDA7:10am
    Immigration Museum 400 FLINDERS ST (MARKET ST ENTRANCE) MELBOURNE7:10am
    Windsor Hotel 111 SPRING ST MELBOURNE7:19am
    Mercure Welcome 265 LT BOURKE ST MELBOURNE7:25am
    Vibe Savoy 630 LITTLE COLLINS ST, CNR SPENCER ST MELBOURNE7:32am
    Holiday Inn 575 FLINDERS LANE MELBOURNE7:35am
    Crown Promenade Hotel 8 WHITEMAN ST SOUTHBANK7:40am

    * If you cannot find your desired pickup location, please contact our office for a more exhaustive list of locations.* It is strongly recommended that you arrive at your pickup location at least 10 minutes before departure time. Please be patient and do not panic if your bus is running a few minutes late. If your bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes of your departure time, then contact our office on 03 9393 1300

Read a travel story from one of our customers

great ocean road reverse tour

 

Nishikant Tripathi from India

Travelled in August 2019

@nishikant.tripathi

 

 

This Great Ocean Road Trip was the first reason I wanted to go to Melbourne apart from meeting my old friends. I was fortunate enough to select Reverse tour and that too with Wildlife Tours who were very professional right from helping me out to select the tour to resolving my queries to booking the tour to letting me know the change in time of the pick up to the punctuality to professional guide to almost everything you can ask for.

The only thing I was worried about was the weather. There was a rain forecast for that day and it was cloudy when we started. Our guide was on time (he was standing there before time). We had a small 10 seater bus and all the passengers were very friendly and enthusiastic like our guide. We started on time.

Meanwhile, our guide kept asking us where we would like to stop for breakfast or if anyone wants a toilet break. He kept on telling the history and interesting stories of the place before actually reaching that place. He was knowledgeable, very entertaining and told many jokes. He made sure that everyone is comfortable and enjoying. He also made sure that we got enough time to see the places and made lots of bonus stops read more

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by Zoé Illy on Wildlife Tours Australia
Wahou

Had an amazing tour despite the mist and the rain. Our guide Hiro was super interesting and I learned that all the vegemite of the country is produced only in one factory, in Melbourne. We went through the Melba Gully Rainforest and it was really exotic! We obviously saw the 12 Apostles and the Lord Arch Gorge which was so huge and so beautiful to see! It was reaaaally windy, which made the experience even better at some points. We also saw the famous Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch!

I recommand this tour for sure if you're coming in Melbourne!

by Tina on Wildlife Tours Australia
Fantastic Day

Had a wonderful day with a great mix of people from all over the world. Saw the 12 Apostles, feet in the ocean at the Loch Ard Gorge, went for a rainforest walk and saw huge tree ferns and eucalyptus trees, learned the history of the Great Ocean Road. Close encounter with koalas and colourful native birds and saw paddocks of kangaroos! Entertained by driver and guide Simon C. Definitely grab an icecream from Apollo Bay (or something else to eat because it might be a late return to Melbourne. The Aussie tourists on board provided sample vegemite sandwiches! A great day was had by all.

by Jenny Lam on Wildlife Tours Australia
We avoiding the Crowds

We had a great tour with reversing great Ocean Road. No crowd at 12 Apostles and beautiful lights on the rocks. Thank you to our guide. Lunch was ok.

by Tony Jonstone on Wildlife Tours Australia
Go reverse it's the only way

What a cracking day out. Highly recommend doing the Great Ocean Road in reverse. We saw the Twelve Apostles with not as many tourists as thought we would and loved the Rainforest Walk! Cheers to Jason our guide.

by Zach R on Wildlife Tours Australia
Reverse Great Ocean Road 1 Day

This was a very professional tour, our guide Tim was very insightful and provided great commentary throughout. By taking the reverse route, we were able to take in the sights with fewer crowds. The tour also provided free morning tea/coffee, lunch, and dinner. All in all, a must do in Melbourne and an excellent value for $135.

by pichuisarubberball on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great ocean road reverse tour

This is my favourite out of the few tours I did with wildlife Aust. The views were awesome and thankfully it was sunny that day.

Our guide was John K and he is the best guide so far. He told us historical stories and details about the places which was really interesting. While we were on the rainforest hike I came back and saw him cleaning the bus windows and I really appreciated that. Sometimes debris sticks onto the windows because of the cold and it's hard to take photos and see out the windows.

Thank you John K! I had a great day!

by Danielle R, Townsville Australia on Wildlife Tours Australia
Reverse Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

Did the reverse Great Ocean Road tour. Doing it in reverse really helped with crowds - all of the places we started at had very small crowds. Out group size was nice and small and the tour guide was knowledgeable, entertaining, and really funny. We got to see so much stuff during the day, but never felt rushed. Was awesome to have a shorter drive at the end of the day since we were returning to Melbourne the whole time.

The Great Ocean Road is beautiful no matter how you see it, but I would definitely recommend this as one of the better choices.

by Tanzeem B, Manila Philippines on Wildlife Tours Australia
Reverse Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne, Amazing Experience!!

We did the 1 day Great Ocean Road Reverse Tour and it was awesome! Before I say anything else, I must mention CHARLIE, our tour guide. His entertaining commentary and briefing on every place kept us really cheered up throughout the whole day. He was very friendly and knowledgeable.

If anyone is looking for enjoying the magnificent views of 12 apostles without the hassle and bustle of a big crowd, I would surely recommend the reverse tour. The tour bus picked us up from our hotel around 7:15 and arrived at 12 apostles around 11.30 am and not much crowd at that time. I am out of words to describe the view. It's more than worth every penny. There was plenty of time to spend at Loch ard gorge, Gibson Steps etc. Also the walk through the Otway rain forest was mesmerizing. There were regular stops for toilets and at most of the stops we could buy water and quick snacks. After walking through the rain forest, we stopped to look for koalas and kids really enjoyed the bird feeding. We also tasted the Vegemite ice cream in the afternoon. And to cap off a very entertaining day, the Pizza in the dinner was a really delicious.

Overall, an excellent experience and would definitely recommend to everyone!

by DennisDennis25, Melbourne Australia on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great Ocean Road Reverse

My partner and I took part in the Great Ocean Road Reverse tour. He is from Europe, and had lived in Melbourne for a year and never been down there (I am a local) but we didnt have a car so we took part in this tour on a recommendation from a work colleague of his. The tour was great as we missed a lot of the crowds. We could get picked up from the CBD (very early!). The food was ok, the guide was great.

by Jimmy on Wildlife Tours Australia
Amazing sights avoiding the crowds!

5* hands down best tour ive done in OZ. Even in the rugged melbourne winter weather. just beautiful.

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