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The best 1 day Great Ocean Road Tour and 12 Apostles without crowds 

- lunch included

From AUD $125

City break

All year

Wildlife, Nature



What you need to Know?

Start Location:

CBD of Melbourne, with 8 different pickup locations. Check the options when you book.

Departure Time:

7:00am - 7:30am

Return Time:



13 hours

Free date changes:

Subject to availability (at least 8 days prior to departure)


  • Entry fees for National Parks
  • A light picnic-style lunch
  • Chances to spot Australian wildlife
  • Guided walks (about 2-3 km)
  • Free WiFi on the bus
  • An experienced driver-guide to host you
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach
  • Detailed local commentary during the tour
  • Convenient pick-up and drop-off from select inner-city Melbourne locations


Experience the Best 1 Day Great Ocean Road Tour – Reverse Itinerary

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with an unforgettable adventure along the Shipwreck Coast, starting inland via Colac. Embark on the ultimate Great Ocean Road reverse tour and savor the beauty of this world-famous coastline, all while avoiding the usual tourist crowds.

Discover the Untouched Beauty of the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge

Our journey begins at the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles, where the majestic limestone stacks rise dramatically from the Southern Ocean. Feel the wonder of this iconic sight without the usual throngs of tourists. Nearby, explore the extraordinary rock formations of Loch Ard Gorge, steeped in history and natural splendor.

Hidden Gems and Breathtaking Views

Marvel at the panoramic vistas from Mutton Bird Island and Razorback Lookout, both offering picture-perfect views. Stroll through the ancient rainforest of Maits Rest or Melba Gully in the Great Otway National Park, where towering trees and lush foliage create a serene and enchanting atmosphere.

Experience One of the World’s Most Scenic Coastal Routes

As we wind our way along the National Heritage-listed Great Ocean Road, you’ll be treated to stunning ocean views, pristine beaches, and dense rainforests. This route is renowned as one of the most scenic coastal drives globally. You’ll have it almost to yourself. Keep an eye out for the iconic Australian koala, often spotted in the eucalyptus forests along the way.

Capture Memories at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch

Our next stop is the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, a tribute to the World War One servicemen who constructed this remarkable road. It’s one of the most photographed spots along the coast. It’s perfect for a group photo to share with friends and family.

Return to Melbourne with Unforgettable Memories

As our adventure winds down, relax and enjoy the scenic drive back to Melbourne’s vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Reflect on a day filled with stunning landscapes, iconic landmarks, and unforgettable experiences.

Join us for the best 1 day Great Ocean Road tour, and let the magic of this reverse itinerary captivate your heart and soul. Book your adventure today and discover the Great Ocean Road like never before!

Why do we love "The best 1 day Great Ocean Road Tour and 12 Apostles without crowds "


Chris says:
Picture this: jaw-dropping views, koalas chilling in eucalyptus trees, and snapping pics at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch like a pro influencer. If you want to see the coast in all its glory, minus the tourist traffic jam, this is the way to do it. Trust me, you’ll be bragging about it for years. So, pack your bags and let’s hit the road!



Know Before You Go

What should I bring?

For your 1 day Great Ocean Road Tour and 12 Apostles without crowds we recommend bringing:

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • All-weather clothing and a warm jumper or windproof jacket for the evening
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Small day bag (5-7 kg)
  • Money for snacks and dinner
  • Camera to capture every moment

What is NOT included?

  • 12 Apostles scenic helicopter flights (payable directly to the operator on arrival)
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses (snacks, souvenirs)

What should I know before I go?

  • We recommend all travellers have travel insurance, which should be arranged at the time of booking.
  • If you have any dietary requirements or food allergies, please let us know before departure so we can accommodate you.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on our vehicles. We reserve the right to refuse re-entry to intoxicated passengers for the safety of everyone on board. The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years, and photo ID is required.
  • Travellers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
  • A low level of fitness is required for the walks on this tour.
  • To ensure comfort, no luggage storage is provided on our day trips. Please bring a small day pack (5-7 kg).
  • We offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off services at selected inner-city locations. Please be ready at your pick-up spot 10 minutes before departure. If you are not present, we may not be able to locate you, resulting in missed departure.
  • All reservations and pick-up points must be confirmed via email to within 48 hours of departure.

We hope this information helps you prepare for The Best 1 day Great Ocean Road Tour and experience the 12 Apostles without the crowds.

What is the cancellation policy?

  • The tour will proceed even in rain or bad weather unless we contact you. The tour will only be canceled in extreme weather conditions when it’s unsafe to travel along the Great Ocean Road.
  • We offer flexibility for changing tour dates at no extra cost. Just let us know at least 8 days before your scheduled date, subject to availability.
  • If you need to cancel or change your plans for reasons not related to weather or unforeseen circumstances, a cancellation fee will apply according to VANZ Travel’s terms and conditions, available on our website.
  • For cancellations made between 2 and 8 days before the tour, we will hold 100% of your deposit as a credit voucher, valid for 3 years. You can use this voucher for any other tour operated by GLT within Australia.
  • Cancellations made less than 48 hours before the tour or failure to board will result in the full fare being forfeited, with no refund.
  • Please note that the card fee is non-refundable.

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