Great Ocean Road & Grampians (3-Day)

Combine Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and the great sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park.

Western Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and the great sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park are two of the state’s most spectacular regions.  Combining these regions in a multi-day tour presents guests with the ultimate road trip offering diverse scenery, wildlife, and leading food and wine experiences.

The first day of your three-day journey traces the full length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.  Expect to be awed by azure surf beaches dotted with appealing seaside hamlets, the verdant rainforest interlude of the Great Otway National Park, and the iconic vistas of the Shipwreck Coast including the breathtaking 12 Apostles.  Arriving in the charming maritime village of Port Fairy, guests will enjoy a memorable overnight stopover at the boutique designer retreat, Drift House.

The next morning take the time to uncover history in every corner of historic Port Fairy boasting wide streets lined with nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines and old stone churches. Your journey then takes you inland to the quaint rural town of Dunkeld in the southern Grampians National Park.  The striking peaks of Mount Abrupt and Sturgeon loom over this township which is renowned for hiking, wildlife, and one of Victoria’s finest regional restaurants, Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel, where guests will enjoy a 5-course degustation and overnight lodging.

The natural mountainous beauty of the Grampians National Park is showcased to its fullest extent on day three.  With something suitable for all ages and abilities, hike a mountain trail to one of the jaw-dropping scenic lookouts.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the locals – kangaroos, koalas, and echidnas.  After a picnic lunch with kangaroos, a visit to one of regions esteemed wineries for a well-earned glass of sparkling wine seems a befitting end to this magnificent journey.

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Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

Highlights

Day 1:

  • Bells Beach – Australia’s most famous surf break
  • Observe koalas in the wild at Kennett River
  • Gourmet lunch with beverages at La Bimba, Apollo Bay
  • The Great Otway National Park
  • Port Campbell National Park – The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and other highlight
  • Boutique lodging at Drift House, Port Fairy

Day 2:

  • Explore the quaint maritime village of Port Fairy
  • Tower Hill Reserve – Extinct volcano and wildlife reserve
  • The rural township of Dunkeld located at the foot of Mount Sturgeon
  • Explore the Southern Grampians National Park
  • Sumptuous dinner at Wicken’s at Royal Mail Hotel
  • Overnight in a Deluxe Mountain View room at Royal Mail Hotel

Day 3:

  • Discover the culture of the Aboriginal communities at Brambuk Cultural Centre
  • Soak up the panoramic views on the Balconies Hike
  • Picnic lunch with Kangaroos
  • Wine tasting at Seppelt, Great Western vineyard
  • Visit the historic gold-rush city of Ballarat


Inclusions

  • Daily morning tea
  • Lunches on days 1 and 3
  • 5-course dinner at Wicken’s Royal Mail Hotel (Excludes beverages)
  • Accommodation at Drift House (Day 1) Incl. breakfast
  • Accommodation at Royal Mail Hotel (Day 2) Incl. breakfast
  • Wine tasting
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water, travel snacks & amenities


Duration

This 3 day / 2 night tour departs at 8:00am from 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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Make an enquiry


Which regions are you interested in?

MelbourneDaylesford and Macedon RangesGreat Ocean RoadGoldfieldsPhilip IslandSnowfieldsYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesKing Valley & High CountryMornington PeninsulaGrampians

Which experience types are you interested in?

UrbanHistory & HeritageCoastalFamilyNature & WildlifeAcacia GoldFood & WineMulti-day

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