🏨 Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles from Melbourne Activity - Travel Guide

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles from Melbourne

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From $115.90

209 reviews   (4.44)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 13 hours

Departs: Melbourne, Melbourne

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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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.

What's Included

All National Park entry fees

Australian wildlife sightings, in the wild.

Light picnic lunch provided

Professional driver guide with live commentary

What's Not Included

Meals not indicated

Personal expenses

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not wheelchair, prams or stroller accessible please do not bring on tour.
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Please reconfirm within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not wheelchair, prams or stroller accessible please do not bring on tour.
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Please reconfirm within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

We stop to stretch our legs and enjoy morning tea

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Twelve Apostles
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.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Loch Ard Gorge
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.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Wye River
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.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
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!)

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


A trip not to be missed!.
eddstorey, 13-12-2022
12 Apostles were stunning even in the wind and rain. magnificent and primordial rain forest. Beautiful cove. making new friends.
Our guide and driver, Doug, was superb! He was knowledgeable, humorous, and a superb driver in the strong winds and rain.
livingtotravel2022, 10-12-2022
Did the reverse tour with guide Daniel. He was excellent! Had a nice time. Try and sit on the right side of the bus as that is the side that will face the water on the reverse itinerary. Highly recommend.
Excellent taster of the Great Ocean Road!
Bodhi_W, 02-12-2022
We went on the usual route as the reverse one was cancelled. We really enjoyed the road trip and all the stops including the Chocolaterie (yum!). The tour director Wes was very clear with his instructions and gave us an interesting commentary along the way. We loved the music on the bus- made the long day go by more easily. Our tour group was also very punctual!
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Mary_S, 07-11-2022
Daniel was a wonderful guide. The Great Ocean Rd. was a picturesque drive. Enjoyed the Loch Ard Gorge , The Twelve Apostles, Maits Rest forest walk, and Apollo Bay. Highly Recommended
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SUSAN_G, 28-10-2022
Our tour guide, Craig, was very knowledgeable and friendly. He made the day memorable, especially with the rain we had most of the day. The only issue I had was the pickup. I even had Viator, who I booked from, try and contact the tour company for alternative pick up points which I never received communication from. After paying for a taxi to get to Immigration Museum for pick up (too far for me to walk), I received a phone call from tour company saying they were waiting for me at Windsor Hotel, an alternative pick up point. NAfter about 4 other vans for similar pickups arrived, the correct van arrived with Craig, who had been contacted by company we were at Museum. We were told this was a pickup point for several vans and tours. A very confusing, poorly communicated, and a negative start to the day. Craig made the day, and we would recommend him. Looking back, I should have contacted the tour company, not Viator,
who I booked from.
I traveled with my family...
Jihye_L, 05-01-2023
I traveled with my family including an 8yo son. It was a long journey but we enjoyed so much thanks to the tour guide Dandy who was not only patient and friendly but also very knowledgeable. Got to see a koala and a mob of kangaroos too. Highly recommended
I would highly recommend your services to friends and family.
Sunisa_T, 04-01-2023
The service I received from Viator was fantastic. My holiday was awesome
Thank you for arranging such an amazing trip for me.
Excellent Day!
558nikkio, 29-12-2022
We had an excellent time with Maj (and Dave
Great Trip - Highly Recommend!
jlovie87, 28-12-2022
After deliberating for some time on which Great Ocean Road Trip we would take, we happened across the Wildlife Tours of Australia website which offered a reverse trip that allows you to see all the sites in reverse order from the usual tours and means there are less crowds. We opted for this and couldn’t have been happier.

We were picked up promptly by our guide Doug right beside our hotel and after a few short pick ups of other guests, we were on our way to the 12 apostles. On route, we stopped for a comfort break at a lovely little bakery for some hot coffee before driving on again with Doug giving us all the facts and history along the way.

Once we got to the apostles, we were given free time to explore and take in the views which we absolutely stunning and offered full panoramic looks over the towering rock formations. Pictures online do not do these sites justice and they need to be witnessed in person. We were slightly unfortunate in our timing in that we arrived during what must have been one of the windiest days in Melbourne’s history.

We left the 12 Apostles and headed for Loch Ard and the magnificent lookout point, albeit a little windswept. We were given a tasty lunch of sandwiches and fresh fruit and given free time to explore the area. You are given enough time to explore both the beach and clifftop walk, both of which I fully recommend. Again the views at this location are unrivalled and need to be seen to be believed.

Once back on the bus were given the interesting and informative story of how Loch Ard had gotten its name and the history of the Shipwreck. Doug really knew his stuff and imparted his knowledge in a very engaging manner. We continued the journey to the Great Ocean Road whilst stopping a couple more times to see koalas in the wild and flocks of parrots, sulphur crested and gallah cockatoos which was a real highlight for us as we were desperate to see Australian animals in the wild. We even had time to stop at Melba’s Gully, a rainforest on route where we were lucky enough to encounter a special black snail which is only found in this area.

The drive along the Great Ocean Road was stunning and delivered unparalleled views all along the coast taking in sweeping coastlines, beautiful coastal towns and stunning beaches. We made our final stop at the Great Ocean Road memorial arch and had plenty of opportunity to explore and take photos. Doug even took the time to take a picture of us together on our camera.

All in all, we had an amazing time on this trip and it delivered exactly what was promised. The sites were relatively quite and well worth the journey. Doug, our guide was mazing and has a real passion for what he does. Doug took the time to engage with his guests, find what each person wanted to see and tried to accommodate everyone’s requests.