Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

Day Trips & Excursions in Torquay

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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.
Your day begins with an early morning departure from central Melbourne. Travel over the Westgate Bridge on your way to the Great Ocean Road. The drive in the morning is slightly longer than other tours as you are starting at the end of the road and travelling back to the start to escape the crowds! The first stop on the Great Ocean Road will be in the country town of Colac for morning tea before heading to the Shipwreck Coast. Here you’ll find the major attractions of Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge and of course, the 12 Apostles. Not only will there be less people at these stops but the sunlight is better for viewing and photos. Enjoy a fresh sandwich lunch at one of these spectacularly breathtaking spots. Start the drive backwards along the Great Ocean Road as the road begins to run away from the coast line through the Otway ranges. It is time to stretch your legs on a wonderful guided rainforest walk amongst some of the tallest tree species in the world. After a short drive the road and ocean meet again in the seaside town of Apollo Bay. From here the road twists along the coast offering spectacular ocean, beach and cliff views. Along this beautiful section of the Great Ocean Road you’ll stop on a location where your guide will help you spot wild koalas amongst the eucalyptus trees. Continuing the journey and passing through small sea side towns, make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as The Great Ocean Road sign, commemorating the workers that built the road. From here head to start of the road (or end of the road on this reverse tour) through the town of Torquay and make a quick dinner stop along the way (own expense).

What’s included

  • Morning tea and lunch
  • Friendly, social atmosphere
  • On-board tour commentary
  • Professional tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • FREE Audio translation app. Download “Tour Translations of Australia” before travel! Available in Google Play & Apple App Store in 10 languages.
  • Entry/Admission - Twelve Apostles
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ard Gorge

What’s not included

  • Dinner
  • Drinks


  • Lunch included
  • Dinner included
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • All entrance fees included
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour