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Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne (Reverse)

Take in beautiful ocean views and visit the 12 Apostles and Loch Arch Gorge without the crowds!
Great Ocean Road, Australia
Duration
Duration
12 hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
7:35am - 8.30pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
23
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
0-12
Languages
Languages
10
Meals
Meals
Included

What's Included

  • Light picnic-style lunch
  • National Park entry fees
  • Pickup and drop off
  • Comprehensive tour commentary
  • Experienced driver-guide
  • Language translation available
  • Select inner-city pick-up/drop-offs 

Why do we love this

"We love it because this tour travels in the opposite direction to all other major tour companies, avoiding busy traffic and big crowds. This will give you the opportunity to enjoy the Great Ocean Road to its fullest."

What to Expect

Avoid the big crowds and experience the famous Great Ocean Road in a friendly, small group. With stunning nature, scenic views and coastal drives this is a trip you'll never forget. 

Travelling in a different direction to the majority of the other buses leaving Melbourne, this Reverse Great Ocean Road tour shows you all the highlights without the crowds. A longer drive through the back country roads in the morning means you'll arrive at famous Port Campbell National Park and the 12 Apostles long before other buses show up.

Start the trip with a stop in Colac, where you'll enjoy complimentary morning tea and coffee, before hitting the road to the main sights.


Take some time to admire the amazing limestone stack formations of the 12 Apostles and spend your time walking along the boardwalks and capture some perfect photos of the 12 Apostles in the morning sun.

Afterwards, wend your way along Shipwreck Coast to Loch Ard George, and hear the dramatic shipwreck tale that accompanies this serene location. Walk down on to the beach and get the sand in-between your toes, or walk out over the top of the George and find the Island Archway and Razorback rock formations.

Next, enjoy a fresh sandwich lunch as the other tourist buses start to arrive... you won't be with the crowds for long, however! The tour continues east along the Great Ocean Road, moving inland through towering Eucalyptus trees to an area of cool temperate rainforest.


You'll be amazed at the difference in scenery as you take a walk through the tree ferns and marvel at the 'ancient relics' - the Myrtle Beach trees. These towering trees provide perfect canopy shade and can be traced back to when Australia was part of a super continent known as Gondwanaland. Breath in the fresh rainforest air before hopping back in the bus to continue travelling to the beautiful Surf Coast.

Your beach adventure starts with a visit to at Apollo Bay later in the afternoon, the perfect time to sample an ice cream or pick up some postcards. Admire the Southern Ocean to your right, and watch for surfers out in the water.

As you travel this coastal stretch, stop for pictures along the way and have the chance time to look for Koalas sleeping in the trees. If you are really lucky you might even find one awake!

Moving along the Surf Coast, you'll also pass through the townships of Lorne, Aireys Inlet and Anglesea. Your guide will tell you about the history of this area and the story behind the building of this initial part of the Great Ocean Road. Learn about the soldiers who dedicated this construction to their fallen comrades from WWI.


Later, you'll stop at the Memorial Arch which holds a monument to the soldiers. The iconic arch over the road here also makes the perfect backdrop for your photos.

Next, there's time for some more wildlife spotting as dusk settles in and the local marsupials become more active. Keep your eyes out for furry friends as you make your way back to Melbourne city. 

You'll arrive back at approximately 9.00pm. There is a translation app available for download for the tour. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Morning tea, lunch, park entry fees, professional driver/guide, courtesy inner city accommodation, pickup and drop off and a friendly & informative tour commentary.

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Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, warm and cool clothing, camera and a sense of adventure!

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The child age for this tour is 0-12. Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely restrained within a child protective seat. Infant protective seats must be requested.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Although every effort is made, the supplier shall not be liable for any illness, injury, damages, loss, delay or failure to join the tour that may occur due to factors beyond our control. We highly recommend all passenger have travel insurance coverage.
  • The supplier retains the right to alter routes, itineraries, bus types and configurations, fares adjustments, days of operation or even cancel tours if unforeseen circumstances occur. Other accredited tour operators may be used on some tours.
  • The customer shall comply with all Government (Federal, State and Territory) COVID entry restrictions and vaccination guidelines or testing requirements for entry into Australia and/or at the time of travel for tour and transport services. Where the customer is not vaccinated and/or tested prior to departure, the customer will forfeit any and all monies paid and GLT holds the right to refuse to board. Where the customer cancels due to travel restrictions other than vaccination or testing requirements, the operator shall have the discretion to
  • (a) offer a refund or credit voucher (to be used at a later time); or

    (b) to forfeit any and all monies paid by the customer.

    For the purposes of (a), the operator reserves the right to withhold such a reasonable sum to cover administrative expenses and other losses, dependent on when notice of cancellation is given by the customer.

  • Child fare prices apply from 0 to 12 years old. Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely restrained within a child protective seat. Infant protective seats are free of charge and must be requested at the time of booking. Please note our vehicles do not have the storage to accommodate prams or strollers, these must be left at your hotel or accommodation.


Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

(a) Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 7-days prior to departure; or

(b) 2 to 7-days prior to departure:

  • we will hold 100% of the deposit paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from the date of purchase
  • any credit voucher resulting from cancellation may be applied towards any other tour operated by GLT within Australia; or

(c) 8-days or more prior to departure,

  • we will refund the balance paid by you in connection to your booking less any unrecoverable costs; or

(d) failure to board on tour or cancelled within 2-days/48-hrs will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or

(e) cancellation prior to departure due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, supported by a medical certificate, we will refund 100% of monies paid by you either directly or via your booking agent.

 

If the tour operator cancels your trip, you will be offered the choice of:

(a) a 100% reimbursement of monies paid for your trip

(a) transfer amounts paid to alternative departure date or tour operated by GLT; or (c) issued with a credit travel voucher to the amount paid for your trip, valid for 3-years


Pickup Locations

  • Athenaeum Theatre - 188 Collins St Melbourne
  • Crown Promenade - 8 Whiteman St Queensbridge St Southbank
  • Holiday Inn - 575 Flinders Lane Melbourne
  • Ibis on Therry - 15-21 Therry St Melbourne
  • Immigration Museum - 400 Flinders St Cnr Market St Melbourne
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