GREAT OCEAN ROAD & GRAMPIANS (SIGNATURE 3-DAY TOUR)

TRACE THE RUGGED COASTLINE OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD THROUGH TO THE DRAMATIC SANDSTONE
MOUNTAINS OF THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK. DIVERSE SCENERY, WILDLIFE, PLUS INCREDIBLE FOOD & WINE


DAY 1: JOURNEY THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Your journey begins (08:00am) tracing the length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.

From Torquay to Apollo Bay the road hugs forested coastal cliffs as it twists and turns past white sand surf beaches and through picturesque seaside villages. The hinterland of towering gum trees provides the perfect habitat for koalas, kangaroos, and colourful native parrots. Indulge in a lunch of locally sourced seafood in the quaint coastal township of Apollo Bay

The road then turns inland through lush green, semi-temperate rainforest featuring ferny gullies, moss-covered timber, and freshwater cascades. Enjoy a rainforest walk in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Battered by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean, the dramatic coastline has been relentlessly carved into limestone towers, gorges, and caves. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point with the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Check into your accommodation for the evening, Anchors Villas located overlooking the charming maritime village of Port Campbell. Your guide can transfer you to a relaxed dinner (own expense) at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce.

DAY 2: FROM THE COAST TO THE MOUNTAINS

After a restful sleep, rise early for an unforgettable sunrise viewing at the Twelve Apostles (optional). Enjoy breakfast before exploring some of the less visited but equally breathtaking natural wonders of the Port Campbell National Park.

Continue inland to the Southern Grampians National Park with a light 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.

As dusk descends, kangaroos, wallabies and a myriad of birdlife enliven the dramatic surrounds of the Royal Mail Hotel, your accommodation for the evening. Join your host to learn about the hotels captive breeding program and environmental initiatives and get up close and personal with endangered native Australian animals.

For dinner this evening (own expense), the Royal Mail features two restaurants, the esteemed fine dining Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel (Wed – Sat), and the more casual diner Parker Street Project (Daily).

DAY 3: GRAMPIANS WALKING & WINE

After a leisurely breakfast, don comfortable walking shoes as we tackle one of the northern Grampian’s breathtaking tracks suitable for the novice through to the experienced hiker. Take in arresting views of the rugged mountain range and the surrounding pastoral land.  In spring, the region erupts in a dazzling display of wildflowers. Enjoy a casual picnic lunch at Mackenzie Falls, Victoria’s largest waterfall.

Departing the Grampians National Park, visit one of Australia’s most celebrated producers of Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran Winery, considered the jewel in the crown of the esteemed Grampians wine region. Join your host for a structured tasting of their fabulous wines before the return to Melbourne.

Whats Included

  • Expert local Driver/Guide
  • Luxury vehicle
  • Lunches daily
  • Mount Langi Winery tastings
  • 1 night accommodation at Anchors, Port Campbell
  • 1 night accommodation at Royal Mail, Dunkeld

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King Valley & High Country

TRAVEL KING VALLEY’S PROSECCO ROAD TO THE PICTURESQUE GOLDRUSH TOWNS OF VICTORIA’S HIGH COUNTRY


DAY 1: KING VALLEY, PROSECCO ROAD & ITALIAN HOSPITALITY

Meet your local guide in the lobby of your Melbourne hotel (08:30am) before departing on your four-day tour of the King Valley and High Country.

Your first stop will be Pizzini Wines located on what is known as ‘Prosecco Road’ in the heart of the King Valley. This family owned and operated winery specializes in the production of Italian wine varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and of course Prosecco!

Meet your host then journey amongst the vines to learn firsthand how the Pizzini vineyard has evolved and why certain sites are more suited to particular varieties or wine styles than others. From the vineyard head to the winery barrel room for a tutored tasting of current and back vintage wines. In true Italian fashion, enjoy a sumptuous grazing platter with estate wines for lunch overlooking the vineyard.

As for the afternoon, continue to sample wines at neighbouring King Valley vineyards such as Chrismont and Dal Zotto Wines before transferring to your accommodation for the night, Lancemore at Milawa.

This evening is yours at leisure with the option to dine at Restaurant Merlot or perhaps utilize the in-house room service.

DAY 2: EXPLORE THE QUAINT TOWNSHIP OF BRIGHT AND THE HIGH COUNTRY

Today we journey deeper into Victoria’s High Country to explore the picturesque and historic village of Bright.  Located on the Ovens River and surrounded by mountains, Bright has long been a popular getaway offering something special in every season.

Upon arrival in Bright, hop on a bicycle for a ride taking in scenic views on a rail trail from Bright to Porepunkah (e-Bikes available if preferred). Take in the mountain views, break for an espresso at the quaint Rail Trail Café. Further down the trail the team at Feathertop Winery will share insights to the Boynton family’s favourite picnic spots amongst the vines. Select your preferred location then explore the grounds while your vineyard service angels prepare your picnic lunch.

Returning to Bright, explore the township and its stunning riverside setting.  Foodies may wish to sample locally made chocolates, enjoy an ale at the friendly Bright Brewery, or gin tasting at Reed & Co Distillery.  Alternatively embark on the easy one-hour Canyon Trail which meanders along the banks of Ovens River and takes in two swing bridges. Your guide can assist with arrangements.

Departing Bright, venture on to historic Beechworth, arguably Australia’s best-preserved gold mining town.  The evening is yours at leisure. Blessed with wonderful dining options, consider The Ox & Hound Bistro for something special, the Empire Hotel for warm hospitality and elevated pub fare, or pizzas and ale at Bridge Road Brewers.

For the next two-nights you will rest in comfort at Freeman on Ford, Beechworth.

DAY 3: BUSHRANGERS & THE GOLD-RUSH IN HISTORIC BEECHWORTH

Don’t let the graceful, gold-rush-era architecture and friendly folk of Beechworth fool you. The town was a hot bed of revolutionary fervour when the Kelly Gang roamed the countryside and were frequent guests of Her Majesty at Beechworth Gaol. Incensed with the brutal behaviour of the Victoria Police, Ned Kelly reputedly threatened to declare Victoria’s north-east a republic before his capture, conviction, and execution in 1880. Life is calmer these days, with Beechworth ruled by food and wine producers rather than bushrangers and the constabulary.

Following breakfast, join a local historian who will bring to life the stories of the gold-rush and infamous Kelly Gang on a private walking tour of this town steeped in history.

The afternoon is yours to continue to explore the town’s heritage boutiques, antique stores or visit the famed Beechworth Honey for a tasting. For the energised, walk to Woolshed Falls, home to thousands of miners during the height of the Gold Rush in the 1850’s.

Dinner this evening will be at Provenance, one of Australia’s most esteemed regional restaurants. Housed in the former Bank of Australasia building, Provenance’s reputation is as high as the soaring six-metre ceiling in the dining room. Chef Michael Ryan’s abiding fascination with Japan finds expression in a menu that marries Australian produce with exquisite Japanese flavours.

DAY 4: SCENIC RETURN TO MELBOURNE VIA THE YARRA RANGES

Farewelling the High Country, return to Melbourne along the scenic route travelling through the agriculturally rich and picturesque central Victorian countryside. In the foothills of the spectacular Cathedral Range we stop at Buxton Trout and Salmon, Australia’s first commercial trout farm where fish have been reared for over 50 years. The gravity fed water supply originates from the pristine snowfields of Lake Mountain providing the perfect place to grow a clean, natural food. Join a private behind-the-scenes tour of the farm and sample their famous Mountain Ash Smoked Trout, premium hand-milked salmon caviar before dropping a line and catching your own lunch.

Our journey continues along one of the most ethereally beautiful drives in the state. The Black Spur cuts through the forest landscapes of the verdant Yarra Ranges. Savour the fragrance of the Australian bush as you gaze up at the immense mountain ash trees scattering sunlight on the cool understorey of green ferns below. From here it is just a quick hop step to central Melbourne where your journey of Victoria’s King Valley & High Country concludes (Approx. 06:00pm)

Whats Included

  • Expert local Driver/Guide
  • Luxury vehicle
  • Pizzini experience with lunch
  • King Valley wine tastings
  • Bicycle & helmet hire
  • Lunch at Feathertop winery
  • Private walking tour of Beechworth
  • Dinner Provenance Restaurant (Excl. beverages)
  • Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm experience including Lunch

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Melbourne to Adelaide (3-Day)

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

An unrivalled journey between Australia’s southern capitals takes you from the eclectic streets of Melbourne past windswept beaches, rainforests and natural wonders to Adelaide –along one of the world’s most incredible coastal drives.

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 beachside 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 west to Tower Hill’s ancient-volcanic crater, now a wildlife reserve teeming with native Australian flora and fauna. Then break for lunch in the picturesque maritime town of Port Fairy before crossing the South Australian state border. Overnight will be in the gorgeous regional country town of Mount Gambier.

The final day offers wonderfully diverse riches – from the sunken gardens of the Umpherston Sinkhole to the azure brilliance of South Australia’s Blue Lake, nestled in a dormant volcano crater. Taste fine cabernet at boutique wineries in the acclaimed Coonawarra wine region and explore the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage site, housing ancient fossils dating back 50,000 years before arriving into the South Australian capital city of Adelaide.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

MELBOURNE TO PORT CAMPBELL

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

PORT CAMPBELL TO MOUNT GAMBIER

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
  • Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – see wild Koalas, Kangaroos, Emus

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch in the historic maritime town of Port Fairy
  • Walk to the lighthouse at Griffith Island

Evening highlights:

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

MOUNT GAMBIER TO ADELAIDE

Morning highlights:

  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Marvel at the sunken gardens of the Umpherston Sinkhole and the azure brilliance of Blue Lake

Afternoon highlights:

  • Structured wine tasting in the Coonawarra wine region
  • Lunch at a vineyard restaurant
  • Explore the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage site

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: The Barn, Mount Gambier

The Barn accommodation features generously proportioned suites featuring Mount Gambier Limestone and is set amongst five acres of carefully manicured gardens. Located on-site is the award winning Barn Steakhouse featuring regional produce and Coonawarra wines – perfect for dinner.


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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

Exclusions

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

Commence

Day 1: 08:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address

Duration

This is a 3 day / 2 night tour




Great Ocean Road (Signature 2-day tour)

A leisurely paced overnight coastal journey

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.


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

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 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.

Make an enquiry


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.

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