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2 Day/1 Night Great Ocean Road Reverse Tour 

 

Start Time: 07:00

End Time: 19:30
Departure Point: St Kilda and Melbourne CBD

 

This tour shows you the best of the spectacular Great Ocean Road, letting you enjoy the scenery without the crowds. The amazing Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and Loch Ard Gorge with its tragic history are just some of the sights.

 

Highlights

  • 2 visits to the 12 Apostles, including sunset

  • Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson's Steps, Bay of Islands, The Grotto and loads of other cool spots

  • Visit Tower Hill to see koalas, kangaroos and emus

  • Famous coastal drive with stops at Apollo Bay, Lorne and of course, Bell's Beach.

  • Rainforest walk in the beautiful Otway Ranges

  • Awesome hostel accommodation (Hostel even has its own brewery!!) dinner and breakfast included

  • All done in reverse direction to avoid the crowds!

Touring the Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic drives in Australia.

The road itself is listed by the Australian National Heritage and is rich with amazing sights, landmarks, and history – including the famous Twelve Apostles limestone formations.

On this tour, we drive the road in the opposite direction, starting from the south-west coast and working back, which allows us to avoid the crowds from other tour buses, and we get the boring part of the drive out of the way first, saving the best of the Great Ocean Road to last.

A two-day tour means we can take our time along the way, so that you will never feel rushed. The only timeline we have is to ensure we arrive on time at the Twelve Apostles for sunset.

The tour is packed with amazing destinations and activities as outlined below:

 

Day 1
 

Depart Melbourne and head to Victoria’s south-west coast (three-hour drive), stopping for morning tea along the way, with tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

Arrive at Logans Beach, Warrnambool, a fantastic surf beach (year-round) and also a place to see whales nurse their young (winter treat).

After shopping for lunch in Warrnambool, we head to Tower Hill, a large, ancient, sunken volcano in a National Park, home to koalas, kangaroos and emus.

We drive for 30 mins to the Great Ocean Road and stop to look at the amazing sights (if the weather allows, we have plenty of time for a swim at one of these spots):

  • Bay of Islands

  • Bay of Martyrs

  • The Grotto

  • London Bridge

Then we head to the Twelve Apostles for a sunset viewing experience.

After sunset, we wait for around 30 minutes to see the Little Penguins returning from their day’s fishing to their nests below the cliffs
It is an easy 10-minute drive to the Port Campbell Hostel, where we will have dinner (in summer, dinner is before the sunset trip to the Twelve Apostles)


Day 2


We leave around 8 am, after breakfast, and drive 10 minutes to beautiful Loch Ard Gorge, the scene of a tragic shipwreck and a heroic rescue.

After that, it’s back to the Twelve Apostles to see them in daylight – here is your opportunity for a helicopter flight (optional but highly recommended at $145 for a 15-minute flight).

Then it’s off to Gibson’s Steps to see one of the Apostles from the beach.
A beautiful one-hour drive through the Great Otway National Park takes us towards Maits Rest, where we will do a guided rainforest walk.
We stop for lunch in the seaside town of Apollo Bay.
In the afternoon, we wind our way along the Surf Coast towards Bells Beach, driving the original stretch of the Great Ocean Road that hugs the ocean all the way (about two hours of stunning scenery) – we may see some surfers at Bells Beach.
Back to Melbourne (one and a half hour drive up the highway), arriving from 7.00 pm onwards.

 

Pick up locations/times

Summer House Melbourne, 109 Barkly St, St Kilda @ 6:40am

Nomads St Kilda (Base Backpackers) 17 Carlisle Street, St Kilda @ 6:45am

YHA Central, 562 Flinders Street, Melbourne @ 6:55am

Immigration Museum, Corner Flinders Street and Market Street, Melbourne @ 7:00am

Melbourne City Backpackers, 197 King Street, Melbourne @ 6:45am

The Village Hostel Melbourne, 167 Franklin Street, Melbourne @ 6:50am

Space Hotel, 380 Russell Street, Melbourne @ 6:55am

 

More Information

  • Tour Guests 18-35 only

  • Hostel provides all linen, so no sleeping bag needed.

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