Great Ocean Road & Grampians (3-Day Tour)

A three-day road trip combining the Great Ocean Road with the rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park

The rugged coastline of Great Ocean Road and great sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park are two of the Australia’s most spectacular regions. The diverse scenery, native wildlife, and incredible food and wine experiences from the coast to the mountains provide the ultimate three-day Australian road trip.

Your journey begins tracing the full length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road. Visit azure surf beaches, quaint seaside hamlets and spot lazy kangaroos and sleepy koalas in their natural habitat along the way. Enjoy a verdant rainforest interlude in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point to see these magnificent limestone stacks rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. There is also the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Spend the night in the charming maritime village of Port Campbell with a relaxed dinner at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce. The next morning consider rising early for an unforgettable sunrise viewing at the Twelve Apostles and explore less visited natural wonders of the Port Campbell National Park – all before the tourists arrive!

Continue inland to the Southern Grampians National Park for lunch in the quaint rural town of Dunkeld. The mountainous beauty of the region is showcased to its fullest extent with an optional hike to the summit of The Piccaninny. This easy, gradual climb through open forest (with stunning wildflower displays during spring) culminates with jaw-dropping views of Mount Abrupt. Tonight, you will fall asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the Australian bush.

A leisurely breakfast will be followed by a visit to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you’ll learn the indigenous history of this beautiful region. Your guide will take you on another breathtaking hike before you enjoy a well-earned lunch in Halls Gap. En route back to Melbourne visit an esteemed boutique winery for a structured tasting of cool-climate wines.


ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Morning highlights:

  • Watch surfers at Bells Beach
  • Morning Tea at Split Point Lighthouse
  • Photograph stop at Memorial Arch
  • Coastal panorama at Teddy’s Lookout
  • Observe koalas at Kennett River

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch overlooking the ocean in the township of Apollo Bay
  • Great Otway National Park rainforest walk
  • Explore the Port Campbell National Park including the iconic Twelve Apostles & Loch Ard Gorge

Evening highlights:

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Overnight in your Port Campbell accommodation

Sunrise (Optional):

  • Admire the sun rising over the Twelve Apostles crowd free

Morning highlights:

  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Explore lessor visited attractions of the Port Campbell National Park such as London Bridge, The Grotto, The Arch and more

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch in the rural Southern Grampians town of Dunkeld
  • Explore the rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park with the option to hike the Piccaninny trail

Evening hightlights:

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Overnight in your Dunkeld accommodation

Morning highlights:

  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Learn the Aboriginal history of the Grampians National Park at the Brambuk Cultural Centre
  • Option to hike to The Pinnacle Lookout and admire the vast views of the Grampians. Keep an eye out for native wildlife including koalas, kangaroos and even echidnas.

Afternoon highlights:

  • Structured wine tasting and café-style lunch at Great Western Estate
  • Wine tasting at the scenic Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyard
  • The historic gold-rush city of Ballarat

Night One: Southern Ocean Villas, Port Campbell

Southern Ocean Villas are positioned in a tranquil, landscaped environment.
Comfortable villas offer an open-planned kitchen and lounge/dining area plus an outdoor deck.
Villas are 5-minutes easy walking distance of Port Campbell’s town centre and main beach.

Alternative Port Campbell Accommodation

Alkina Lodge, AnchorsThe Port O Call Motel 

Night Two: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

With sweeping views of Victoria’s Grampians, Deluxe Mountain View rooms idyllically showcase the peaceful surrounds of Dunkeld. Complete with private balconies and rainfall showers, it is conveniently located moments away from award-winning food and wine experiences on-site at the Royal Mail Hotel.


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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Daily morning teas
  • Daily lunches with beverages
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


Exclusion

  • Dinners (Your local guide can assist with arrangements and transfers)


Duration

This is a 3 day / 2 night tour

Commence: Day 1 at 8:00am from your nominated Melbourne hotel / address

Conclude: Day 3 at approx. 05:00pm at your nominated Melbourne hotel / address



Grampians Walks, Wildlife, & Wine

Grampians Walks, Wildlife, & Wine

The first stop on your adventurous two-day escape to the spectacular Grampians National Park is the Victorian era boomtown of Ballarat.  Guests can choose to visit Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum that transports you back to 1850’s gold rush fever. Alternatively visit the award-winning Ballarat Wildlife Park renowned for up-close encounters with Australian native animals including Victoria’s premier koala experience.

From there we’ll whisk you away to Dunkeld, a picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the stunning twin peaks of mounts Abrupt and Sturgeon in the southern Grampians National Park. Spot kangaroos while walking the arboretum or perhaps forage through the celebrated kitchen garden of the Royal Mail Hotel, your dining and rest spot for the night. This evening you will be treated to an envelope-pushing dinner you’ll never forget at one of Australia’s finest restaurants.

Day two brings with it a world of potential.  Explore Brambuck Aboriginal Culture Centre and perhaps trek up to the majesty of Mackenzie Falls before a picnic lunch. With several hikes on offer, pick how hard you want to work and then wash it all down with a well-earned sparkling wine at Seppelt Great Western winery en route back to Melbourne.

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Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning Southern Grampian vistas in Dunkeld
  • Overnight at the highly acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel with gourmet five-course degustation dinner
  • Visit to Brambuck cultural centre to learn more of the regions significant aboriginal heritage
  • For the active, hike to the Pinnacle for an unsurpassed view of the Grampians
  • Visit Sovereign Hill or the Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Picnic lunch with friendly kangaroos in Zumsteins
  • Wine tasting at the historic Seppelt Great Western winery – home to Australia’s finest sparkling shiraz


Inclusions

  • All wine and produce tastings
  • National Park fees
  • Daily Two-course lunch with beverages (beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Overnight accommodation at the Royal Mail Hotel
  • Five-course dinner with beverages (beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Sovereign Hill entry or Ballarat Wildlife Park entry
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 2-day / 1-night tour departs from 9:00am from your nominated Melbourne address