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



Melbourne to Adelaide (3-Day)

An unrivalled journey along the awe-inspiring Great Ocean Road between Australia’s southern capitals

Australia’s great southern land is packed with so much to see and do. With this three-day Acacia trip, you’ll be able to tick off two states as we tour between Melbourne and Adelaide.

Leaving Melbourne, your first day’s escape will take in the roaring majesty of the legendary surf break at Bells Beach, cliff-top lighthouses, and koalas clinging to treetops as we follow the scenic Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay. Savour dinner at one of the Great Ocean Road’s most impressive restaurants.

Day two is action packed starting with a walk through the ancient timber and lush tree-ferns of Melba Gully then on to the breathtaking limestone icons of the Twelve Apostles and other highlights of the Port Campbell National Park. Spot kangaroos and emu as we set off to the idyllic maritime village of Port Fairy en route to Mount Gambier near the South Australian border.

Wonder at nature’s power on day three, from the sunken gardens of the Umpherston Sinkhole to the azure brilliance of South Australia’s Blue Lake, nestled in a dormant volcano crater. Feeling thirsty? There’s time for a couple of winery stop-overs in the acclaimed Coonawarra wine region before arriving into Adelaide via the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage site, housing ancient fossils dating back 50,000 years.

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Highlights

  • Bells Beach – Australia’s most famous surf break
  • Split Point Lighthouse
  • Observe koalas in the wild at Kennett River
  • Dinner at the acclaimed restaurant Chris’s at Beacon Point
  • Rainforest walk in the Great Otway National Park
  • Port Campbell National Park – The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and other highlights
  • Tower Hill Reserve – Extinct volcano and wildlife reserve
  • The quaint maritime village of Port Fairy
  • Mount Gambier’s vibrant Blue Lake
  • Wine tasting in the Coonawarra
  • Naracoorte Caves – World Heritage site
  • Two nights’ accommodation in regional Australia


Inclusions

  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Daily lunches with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Nightly dinners with beverages (local beer, wine, soft-drinks)
  • Overnight accommodation with breakfast at Chris’s Beacon Point
  • Overnight accommodation with breakfast at The Barn, Mount Gambier
  • Professional driver guide
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water


Duration

This 3 day / 2 night tour departs at 8:30am from your nominated Melbourne address



Great Ocean Road (2-Day Tour)

A leisurely paced coastal journey with an overnight stay in the seaside township of Port Campbell

One the Australia’s most exciting and ethereally stunning coastlines, the Great Ocean Road is a destination to be savoured. Make the most of your time travelling Australia’s most beautiful coastal drive by taking a leisurely pace with an overnight stay in a small coastal township during this two-day journey.

Visit the legendary Bells Beach – Australia’s celebrated surfing mecca and home to the world’s oldest and most prestigious surfing event. Walk amongst mobs of wild kangaroos at a local golf course, spot lazy koalas dozing in gumtrees and get up close to colourful native parrots at small coastal villages during your journey.

Soak up the cool Australian coastal vibe at seaside towns and enjoy a lunch of locally sourced produce and fresh seafood at one of the region’s leading restaurants. Breathe Eucalypt-scented air while exploring the towering rainforests of the Great Otway National Park before heading along the Shipwreck Coast to the iconic Twelve Apostles.

Stroll the 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.

Enjoy a night at your chosen accommodation, before a morning spent exploring less visited natural wonders of the Port Campbell National Park such as Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps, London Bridge, The Grotto and the incredible Bay of Islands – all before the tourists arrive!

Visit some of the region’s finest farm-gates and producers: try hand-made cheese at Schulz Organic Dairy, aged whiskey at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery and sample locally churned delights at the Timboon Fine Ice Creamery then relax on the journey back to Melbourne through open farmland and rural townships.


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 hightlights:

  • 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
  • Great Ocean Road gourmet trail with farm gate tastings of organic cheese, honey, chocolate and fudge

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery (Optional Whiskey tasting)
  • Indulge at the Timboon Fine Ice Creamery
  • Journey through rich farmland and country towns

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Inclusions

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


Exclusion

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


Duration

This is a 2 day / 1 night tour

Commence: Day One at 8:00am from your nominated Melbourne address

Conclude: Day Two at approx. 05:00pm at your nominated Melbourne address



Great Ocean Road & Helicopter Journey

By land and by air – the ultimate way to experience the breathtaking coastline of the Great Ocean Road

From observing surfers ride the wild waves of Bells Beach to soaring high above one of Australia’s natural icons in a private helicopter, there’s so much to see and do on Acacia’s adventurous Great Ocean Road & Helicopter journey.

After morning tea set high on the clifftop at Split Point lighthouse, tour the Great Ocean Road in comfort as it winds along the coast. Get up close and personal with the local wildlife, from koalas to native parrots then flick through your Australian fauna selfies over a delicious two-course lunch at Apollo Bay’s acclaimed La Bimba.

Following lunch, the road turns inland through the towering rainforest of the Great Otway National Park emerging at one of nature’s marvels, the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and the breathtaking Shipwreck Coast.

After an invigorating day touring the Great Ocean Road, indulge in the ultimate finale by boarding a private helicopter for the scenic 75-minute flight high above the dramatic coastline and fertile rainforests before touching down in the heart of Melbourne.

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Highlights

  • Experience the very best of the Great Ocean Road from the sky in a private helicopter flight from the Twelve Apostles to Melbourne
  • Port Campbell National Park including The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge
  • Bells Beach – Australia’s most famous surf break
  • Split Point Lighthouse
  • Observe koalas and native parrots in the wild at Kennett River
  • Lunch showcasing the quality local produce of the Great Ocean Road
  • Great Otway National Park


Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private 75-minute helicopter flight (Twelve Apostles – Melbourne) including vehicle transfer to hotel
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


Commence

08:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address

(Start time is flexible)


Duration

Approx. 9 – 10 hours



Great Ocean Road Private Tour

An unforgettable journey along one of the world’s great coastal drives

One of the world’s great coastal drives, the journey along the Great Ocean Road takes you past windswept beaches, through ancient rainforests and along rugged coastline to the iconic Twelve Apostles – an unforgettable experience.

Your journey begins at Bells Beach – Australia’s celebrated surfing mecca and home to the world’s oldest and most prestigious surfing event, The Rip Curl Pro. Spot mobs of lazy kangaroos basking in the morning sun and pass through seaside towns before arriving at Split-Point Lighthouse for a morning tea with panoramic views from the cliff-top.

Continue along the Great Ocean Road to the seaside hamlet of Kennett River, where you can get up close to colourful native parrots and observe wild koalas dozing in gumtrees.

Following lunch in the popular coastal village of Apollo Bay, continue touring as the road forges inland through the lush verdant gullies and towering ancient forest of the Great Otway National Park.

The dramatic coastline of the Shipwreck Coast brings you to the highlight of the day – the rugged splendour of the Twelve Apostles. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point to see these magnificent limestone stacks rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. Venture on to Loch Ard Gorge – one of the most dramatically beautiful beaches in Australia – and discover tales of tragedy and heroism at the site where the Victorian-era clipper famously sunk in 1878.

Conclude your Great Ocean Road private tour with a relaxing and comfortable journey back to Melbourne through the rural townships and open farmland of Victoria.

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Highlights

  • Port Campbell National Park including The Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge
  • Bells Beach – Australia’s most famous surf break
  • Split Point Lighthouse
  • Observe Kangaroos, Koalas and native parrots in the wild
  • Lunch in the pretty seaside hamlet of Apollo Bay
  • Lush fern gullies and rainforest of the Great Otway National Park


Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


Commence

08:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address (Start time is flexible)


Duration

Approx. 11 – 12 hours