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