From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Eco Tour

Activity provider: Autopia Tours

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Reverse Eco Tour

Activity provider: Autopia Tours

From US$ 110.06 per person


Avoid the usual crowds of one of Australia's most scenic drives, and drive along the Great Ocean Road visiting the landmark attraction 12 Apostles in the morning, and the picturesque Otway rainforest.

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Duration 1 day
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  • See the famous limestone rocks of the 12 Apostles before the crowds arrive
  • Look for koalas in their natural habitat
  • Get breathtaking coastal views along the Great Ocean Road
  • Walk through an ancient rainforest of the Great Otway National Park
  • See the historic Memorial Arch that commemorates the men who built the Great Ocean Road
Full description

Embark on a guided tour along the Great Ocean Road of Australia's southern coast, departing from Melbourne. See the stunning rock formations along the coast, enjoy a picnic lunch, explore a section of the Great Otway National Park, and search for koalas at Kennett River.

Depart the Melbourne CBD (Central Business District) early in the morning, and travel inland to arrive at the "Shipwreck Coast" before the rest of the tour buses arrive. See the beautiful limestone rocks of the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and Gibson Steps without the crowds. Hear the story of Loch Ard as you step down into a gorge carved by the Southern Ocean over hundreds of years. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of these breathtaking spots. Then, drive back along the Great Ocean Road, waving at the other tour buses as they pass in the opposite direction. Stretch your legs in the Otway Ranges on a guided rainforest walk amongst some of the tallest tree species in the world. Drive back to the coastal road and visit the seaside town of Apollo Bay. Continue along the coast, traveling a twisting route with spectacular ocean, beach, and cliff views. Stop in Kennett River to look for koalas in their natural habitat amongst the eucalyptus trees. Pass through small seaside towns as you continue your journey and stop at Memorial Arch, where a sign honors the workers that built the road. Return to Melbourne for the end of your perfect Great Ocean Road experience.

  • Tour guide
  • Morning tea
  • Picnic lunch with snacks
  • Entrance to National Park
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet outside the Immigration Museum, at the corner of Market Street and Flinders Street.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • 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.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 235 reviews

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Little bit disappointed that the tour did not include the "koala spot" in their environment as described (explained as bus and van not having access, only cars), hopefully the guide was kind and included a detour by Bells beach (only Apollo beach on the surf coast normally). A description more in accordance with reality would avoid this mixed impression...

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March 2, 2023

The tour was very nice. Except that the picnic took place standing up in a parking lot. You could have planned that for a picnic area. Toilet breaks were sometimes planned at too long intervals (3 hours). Otherwise, our driver Maj gave everything and drove us well and safely, drove us to the 12 apostles, hiked briefly in the rainforest, saw koalas and saw wild kangaroos on the golf course. Otherwise we were completely satisfied

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November 26, 2022

We loved this tour! We made it to the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Mait’s Rest, and even got to stop to see some kangaroos and a koala! Maj was a terrific tour guide - knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating! Be prepared for a long day (7am to 7pm approx) and bring a water bottle and some snacks (the provided lunch was just OK). Would also recommend trying to schedule this tour for a day with good weather during your trip. We had great weather which made the views and photos amazing! Highly recommend

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September 7, 2022

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