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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People

Badge of ExcellenceMelbourne, Australia
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From USD 92.66

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Experience the Great Ocean Road’s top attractions on this guided excursion that follows the iconic road in reverse. Embark on your journey and beat the crowds while learning about the region’s scenic landscapes and pretty coastal towns from an informative guide. Visit sites including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, London Bridge, and Great Otway National Park Rainforest.
  • Explore Victoria’s Great Ocean Road on an all-day reverse tour
  • Discover the region’s history and culture with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Get going early and enjoy a small-group experience that beats the crowds
  • Experience London Bridge, 12 Apostles, Great Otway, and other sites

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

An early-morning start means this tour arrives at attractions before the crowds and other tour buses arrive.

What's Included

  • National Park fees
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Bottled water
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • State Theatre
    100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

    Pick up at 6:50 am, please wait on St Kilda Road in front of the theatre. Important Note: It can be very tricky to get an Uber early in the morning in Melbourne. In case you're planning to use Uber, we recommend leaving well ahead of the departing time. The buses leave the city no later than 7 am.

Start time

06:55 am

End point

  • State Theatre
    100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

    Expected return to Melbourne: around 7 PM.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We are not able to accommodate children under 7 years of age on this tour, as according to VicRoads regulations they must travel on child restraints, which are not available in our minibuses. Passengers who show up with under 7 years old kids will be refused boarding without refund.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This is a small groups tour and the vehicles are 12 seaters minibuses Toyota Hiace or similar. In case extra room is required, send us a message so we can arrange large coaches option.
  • Near public transportation
  • **Covid Clean Tour** - a series of practices were put in place to make experience safer: 1. Symptoms free Policy, 2. Sanitisation - regular cleaning on high contact areas, 3. Social Distancing, 4. Protective Equipment: Hand sanitizers and face maks available on the tour
  • **Symptoms Free Policy** - In the case you are feeling unwell, with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or headache, for your and all other passenger’s safety we ask you not to join the tour. We might ask to have your temperature measured before entering the minibus.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • In case you are travelling with people who are not in the same booking, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. We operate with multiple buses and can't guarantee sitting together if we are not informed.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • 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.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

It’s a long day but worth it with the stunning views.
It is blustery by the coast and can be quite cool (bring layers).
The small tour size is ideal as all passengers received attention from the tour guide driver.
1,726 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Amazing despite the weather
Laurent_D, Jan 2023
Even though the weather was a bit rainy the driver/guide did an excellent job in taking us to the hot spots we were looking for.
Too long, too cold, no chocolate stop needed.
Paul_K, Jan 2023
Long trip. Good driver. Hard to hear. Very cold air conditioning. I would just do the sandstone pillars and the rain forest and then come straight back. Didn’t need candy store stop.
Excellent day on the Great Ocean Road!
Steve_C, Jan 2023
Loved the amount of ground we covered — and the time we had to walk around at each spot. And our guide, Brendan, we as excellent: personable, knowledgeable and the right amount of talking. We had a great day with you.
A must see destination
MATTHEW_V, Jan 2023
Informative, friendly driver - fantastic sites! Seeing the Great Ocean Road significantly added to the enjoyment of my vacation.
Great day despite the grey clouds
Loreto_C, Jan 2023
The 12 Apostles. Even though they aren’t that number any more. Patricia, our guide, was knowledgeable, professional and warm. We appreciated her friendliness and interaction.
Would highly recommend...
Alan_B, Jan 2023
Would highly recommend viator, Patricia our tour driver was great. Very knowledge on the history of Australia.
Memorable tour
robert_h, Jan 2023
The reverse tour helps avoid the crowds. We had a great driver who looked after everyone; help take photos. Jim, our driver was personable and knowledgeable. He pointed out many things that made our tour exciting and memorable!
A lot to improve
Katerina_P, Jan 2023
We were a big group of 24 ppl and not 12. After I booked and paid, they texted me saying that if I was not comfortable with that, they would’ve cancelled my booking and refunded me (knowing that most people are on a short visit and would rather go on the tour anyway as you can’t easily find availability the same day), but there were also people who said that they were not even informed about that change. Also the meeting point and starting time were changed, but the tour operator did not say that. They did only after I specifically asked for a confirmation of meeting point and time. (If I did not have time to chat in that moment and assumed that the indicated on the ticket meeting point was correct, I would’ve missed the tour.) Summed to the double size of the group, it made a totally different tour. Hence rather than the option of cancellation with refund I would’ve appreciated more a partial refund tor the ordinary big group tour offered instead of the Boutique tour with max 12 ppl as sold and prepaid. The tour includes really beautiful spots and we did all of them. When purchasing a guided tour though, I normally expect not just to see the spots, but to really learn something about the visited places, hear interesting stories about them (besides the few statistics data about size and population provided by Google). We did not have an authentic tourist guide, passionate about what they’re doing, differently from the ones we happened to cross paths with at some of the stops along the way and could hear… Our “guide” Jimmy was a very sweet and kind person (and that’s the only reason why I give this tour 3 stars instead of 1), but he was simply the bus driver who was giving only few and really superficial info and mostly staying silent. He talked much more about past tours that he did to different places and about how his previous day tour went, rather than telling us something interesting and substantial about our tour. He was also very hard to understand as his English was poor and with really strong Chinese accent. His only concern was to tick ✔️ the stops instead of providing us with an authentic unforgettable experience. We felt rushed all the time and if we had not insisted on walking 3 more minutes uphill in the park where normally coalas can be seen, we would’ve not seen even one animal, because Jimmy just stopped at the first tree next to the parking lot and didn’t want to go further with us. On the way up we met other people coming down who said there were coalas a little further uphill so we went on and soon saw one of the animals. Eventually also Jimmy reached us, but just to rush us back to the parking again, instead of being him taking us to see the coalas. Maybe he eventually felt that we were not quite happy and provided a small plastic coala souvenir to each of us as a compensation at the next 15 minute stop at Lorne Beach. I think that for the money charged for this tour we were supposed to get a better quality experience and not essentially a long bus ride in a small, quite uncomfortable and full to the top bus.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Katerine, Thanks for spending time writing this looong feedback. Due to operational issues, the bus size was a one/off last-minute change. All travelers were duly informed and given the opportunity to reschedule for the next day or get a refund. The pickup location change worked very well, all guests were there ahead of time and the bus left 5 minutes earlier than planned. So, not sure what the issue is. We stop at Kennett River to try to spot koalas in the wild, so we can't guarantee. Your tour guide is an excellent and experienced professional with hundreds of five-star reviews on Viator. It's a shame you didn't have the same impression. All the best!
Lovely places, no time enough to visit
Fabio_G, Jan 2023
I loved to visit some place but the big problem was we had no time enough to have a real lookout because tre time during the stops was so ridiculous. Too many stop not so interesting. It’s better to have the possibility to see few locationa and stay there more time.
A must visit when in Melbourne!
HAYA_S, Jan 2023
One of the most beautiful ocean roads, which is amazing. there is something about standing in front of an ocean that makes sense in a different way. I can't describe it really, you have to take the trip and experience it yourself :) our Tour guide Jimmy was very warm, and welcoming with a light sense of humor, he made the trip more special.Thanks Jimmy :)
Mike_S, Jan 2023
Overall, we had a great day seeing the beach and bush. It did feel rushed at times trying to fit all the stops into the day. Personally, I would skip the chocolate factory and spend more time at the beaches/coastal overlooks.
Great tour in the Great Ocean road!
Naama_S, Jan 2023
We had a great time at the tour, the view was remarkable and we even saw a cute Kuala on a tree... Thanks for a wonderful day🙏
Experience good tour guard
Lim_A, Dec 2022
Very experience tour guard Jimmy. He explained a lot of Melbourne history and nature to us. I have learned a lot about Melbourne in a day trip from him. Definitely a good trip to join
Nice tour for Great ocean road with wild koalas at the end
Monica_B, Dec 2022
The spots of this tour were really nice but the time for 12 Apostles should have been more at least 10-15 minutes, because on the following stops there was plenty of time but at the highlight which was in the beginning was not enough. Anyway everything else was really nice, we were even chasing wild koalas and we spot 3 of them :) also we saw wild kangaroos and cockatoos, so it was really nice over all and we have plenty of stops on the way for different rock formations.
Breathtaking sights, Great tour guide
Morgan_J, Dec 2022
I loved this tour so much. It was really fun to get to see a wild koloa 🐨. Our tour guide was really good. All of the sights were absolutely breathtaking. For the price, this tour couldn’t have been any better. Definitely a must do in Melbourne!!!! I recommend packing snacks and prepare to spend money on lunch and coffee. :)
Recommend this trip for...
Preeyanan_W, Dec 2022
Recommend this trip for the solo tourist :) the car is clean, the driver is lovely. They give enough time to relax and enjoy
The whole trip with all...
DamlaZeynep_B, Dec 2022
The whole trip with all its stops was really fun. Being a reverse itinerary was the best part. That way we could visit all the places before they got crowded.
Koala and the beautifull ocean
Grazyna_C, Dec 2022
Beautiful ocean view and Wild koala expirience. Driver and an expirienced guide in one, perfect combination. But I would love to spend more time at the sandy beach.
Amazing guide, he talked...
LuisEduardo_P, Dec 2022
Amazing guide, he talked very much about the story and gave us info about Melbourne and history we will recommend
Great way to see great ocean road
Ray_C, Dec 2022
Plenty of stops along the way, stopping every 15-20 mins. Driver had a lot of knowledge about the area. I’m not a big person and found the bus to be very uncomfortable in terms of leg space.