See koalas, kangaroos and other Australian wildlife in their natural habitat and admire the dramatic coastline on this 3-day Great Ocean Road and Australian wildlife tour from Melbourne. On this small-group journey, limited to eight people, see Australia's unique birds and animals in the wild with your experienced wildlife guide. Explore the Great Ocean Road along the coast of Victoria at a relaxed pace with plenty of time to take in the views, explore coastal towns, and discover the surrounding national parks filled with bushland, rain forests and wildlife.
What You'll Get
Day 1: Kangaroos and Koalas IN THE WILD!
Stop At: You Yangs Regional Park, Victoria Australia
Day 1: Melbourne - You Yangs Regional Park - Serendip Sanctuary - Little River (L)
After hotel pickup, travel approximately 45 minutes west of Melbourne to the bushland of You Yangs Regional Park, home to a large population of wild koalas. Walk through the gum trees in search of koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and birds in their natural habitats. Your naturalist guide will teach you about the vegetation and the history of the area, and, where possible, introduce you to known, named koalas that are part of a research project.
Stop for a picnic lunch under a gum tree and enjoy gourmet sandwiches, fruit, cake and a cup of ‘Billy tea',
Continue with a 10-minute drive to Serendip Sanctuary, and arrive to the sounds of squawking cockatoos and chattering honeyeaters. Walk quietly through the gum trees and across grasslands in search of wild mobs of eastern grey kangaroos. With your guide’ s help, you might be lucky enough to spot the kangaroos before they see you, and watch completely natural kangaroo social behavior!
Enjoy the magnificent sight of the group hopping about, quickly and powerfully, yet silent as ghosts. Be on the look out for emus and take a short walk to the nearby billabong (small lake), home to a large population of waterbirds.
Continue to a small outback town, Little River, for your overnight stay in a boutique accommodation . Enjoy dinner at a local pub (own expense), a classic Australian outback-style gathering place.
Accommodation included: Accommodation tonight is at a 4.5 star boutique property in the tiny outback town of Little River.
Day 2: The Shipwreck Coast
Stop At: Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
After breakfast, travel south on the Great Ocean Road and see some of the world's most spectacular coastal scenery. Stop for a short walk near a lighthouse and take in the views from a lookout high above Lorne . Stop for lunch at a café in the charming seaside town of Apollo Bay.
Continue deep into the magnificent forests of Great Otway National Park, featuring rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, windswept heathlands and fern gullies. Take a stroll through an ancient rain forest with your guide, who’ll explain the formation of these mighty forests and point out the calls of birds in the treetops.
Travel alongside a river on an old bush track, past wetlands and lakes, before arriving at Port Campbell National Park. Be on the lookout for echidnas, wallabies, lizards and colorful birds that make their home in the coastal heathlands.
Off the shore of the park, spend some time at the famous Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone rock stacks, and nearby Loch Ard Gorge, an area where you can witness the incredible process of erosion -- both sites are particularly beautiful in the late afternoon light.
At night, head to a farm lodge near Loch Ard Gorge, where you’ll have a home-cooked roast dinner and spend the night. As you settle in, enjoy old-fashioned Australian hospitality and admire views of the Great Ocean Road. The farm is home to eastern grey kangaroos that often appear on the lawns in the early morning.
Duration: 2 days
Accommodation included: Country cottages set amongst spacious gardens with scenic country views.
Day 3: Volcanoes and Lakes in a savannah.
Stop At: Port Campbell National Park, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria 3269 Australia
This morning we have one last look at the coast in the dramatic morning light before returning to Melbourne across the vast grasslands of the Western Plains.
Created by intense volcanic activity over the past 2 million years, the 7000 volcanoes of the Western Plains are now extinct but the resultant savannah is pasture to a rich wool growing area – a wonderful example of Australia’s great range lands.
We stop en route to drive to the top of an extinct volcano with spectacular views across the plains. From the summit we see some of the hundreds of volcanic lakes scattered across the plains. This is a great place to view raptors – birds of prey – including Wedge-tailed Eagles, Nankeen Kestrels and Brown Falcons.
Later we pass Lake Corangamite, the largest permanent lake in Australia, often covered with prolific birdlife. We return to Melbourne in the late afternoon.
Duration: 12 hours
No accommodation included on this day.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended
- You must be able to walk unassisted on uneven dirt surfaces
- 2x Breakfast
- 2x Dinner
- 3x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 2 nights
- Small-group tour with a maximum of 8 participants
- 2 nights in 4.5-star boutique accommodation
- Wildlife guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- National park fees
- Entry/Admission - You Yangs Regional Park
- Entry/Admission - Port Campbell National Park
Traveler pickup is offered
Please be ready 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm on Day 3
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