From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Minibus Tour in Reverse

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See the Twelve Apostles and walk through the rainforest on a day trip along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Avoid the crowds and beat the rush by exploring the typical route in reverse.


  • Immerse yourself in nature on a rainforest walk at Great Otway National Park
  • Avoid the crowds by exploring the Great Ocean Road from the other direction
  • Stop to snap photos of roaming koalas, birds, and other animals in the wild
  • Blend into local life while visiting quaint towns like Port Campbell and Lorne
  • Explore limestone formations and stroll along the Loch Ard Gorge Beach


Travel along the Great Ocean Road route in reverse to avoid the crowds on this guided day trip from Melbourne. Visit the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay, and more. Stop at the Great Otway National Park for a guided rainforest walk. What makes this tour unique is that it goes in reverse compared to typical Great Ocean Road tours. Your guide will drive inland in the morning, arrive at the attractions before all the crowds get there, and come back through the world-famous coastline, the Great Ocean Road. First, stop at a rural town for breakfast, where you can get in a good stretch and enjoy a coffee (cost not included). From there, go straight to the first attraction, the Twelve Apostles. Enjoy the internationally famous limestone formation lookouts without the crowds of people. See the Razorback rock formation, the lookout at the Gibson Steps, and the enchanting Loch Ard Gorge Beach. Learn about Loch Ard's shipwreck story, then make a lunch stop in the town of Port Campbell or Apollo Bay (cost not included). Choose to go for a walk to the beach for more pictures. When you depart the Twelve Apostles area, drive through Great Otway National Park. Connect with nature during a 20-minute rainforest walk to witness some of Australia's most amazing rainforest scenery. On your way back, travel along the Great Ocean Road coastline, through Apollo Bay. Listen as your guide shares stories and facts about the city while travelling on the Otways. Be camera-ready as you may encounter some local koalas and colorful parrots. Before returning to Melbourne, the final stop will be at the quaint coastal town of Lorne for another epic beachfront view. 


Guide Transportation by minibus Rainforest walk Bottled water

Important Information

  • Your pickup for the Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour will be at 6:50 am from State Theatre, St Kilda Road (a four-minute walk from Flinders Street Railway Station). Please arrive at least 5 minutes earlier for the check-in. The minibuses will stop in the taxi rank sheltered area, between Hammer Hall and State Theatre.

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