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The Great Ocean Road and Beyond - 4 day Melbourne - Adelaide

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Highlights

• Reclining seat comfort
* Relaxed pace over 4 days
* Ensuite accommodation throughout, ,
* Maximum of 16 passengers, enough to enjoy some company, small enough

not to be overwhelmed
• Departs Melbourne every Monday morning  
• Breakfasts on day 2, 3 & 4. Lunches on days 1, 2, 3 & 4.
• All touring, informative and witty commentary
• Entry into the World Heritage Naracoorte Caves
• Winery visit with wine tastings day four
• Aboriginal Interpretation
• Mount Gambiers' 'Blue Lake'
• Sink Hole  
• Departures every Monday with block out dates from Monday 10 December through to Monday 14 January.

What You'll Get

Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne - Port Campbell

Stop At: The Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Victoria 3231 Australia
The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243-kilometre stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford.
Duration: 18 hours

Stop At: Kennet River Koala Walk, Grey River Road, Kennett River, Victoria 3234 Australia
A whistle stop to spot a Koala - Have your cameras at the ready!!

Stop At: Great Otway National Park, Great Ocean Rd, Hordern Vale, Victoria 3221 Australia
Great Otway National Park is in southern Victoria, Australia. It covers rugged coastland, beaches and the mountains of the Otway Ranges. Waterfalls dot the park, including the 3 cascades of Triplet Falls. Boardwalks lead through temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. The 1848 Cape Otway Lightstation perches on cliffs overlooking Bass Strait. Great Ocean Walk leads through the park to the Twelve Apostles rock formations.

Stop At: Great Ocean Road and Beyond, Melbourne, Victoria Australia
The Great Ocean Road is divided into three distinct sections, the Surf Coast, Otway Ranges and the Shipwreck Coast.

We allow ample time to explore all three sections. We start the journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay (Surf Coast). This stretch of coast presents the first of countless photo opportunities, as we encounter stunning coastal views and lookouts and visit such places as the famous Bells Beach. Turn your gaze inland and see incredible native Australian wildlife including the Eastern Grey Kangaroos as they graze in the wild.

Our journey continues as we travel the impressive and scenic cliff-hugging section of the Great Ocean Road.

The itinerary includes visiting sites such as the ‘Memorial Arch’ and hear the intriguing story of this incredible road, before arriving in Lorne, the largest of the seaside townships with its abundance of shops, breath in that sea air as we stop for a stroll and photographs.

From Lorne, we continue along this spectacular road, and the Wye river region where we stop for lunch at the Wye River Cafe which overlooks the sea. Once lunch is done we continue along this iconic road visiting many scenic spots including The Kennett River where you can spot koalas and many colourful native birds in the wild. Travel through Apollo Bay and into the Great Otway National Park (Otway Ranges). Here we offer a guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully to see the world’s tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns and many other unique features.

Our next stop on the itinerary is undoubtedly one of the most iconic vistas within Australia and truly representative of Australia’s natural beauty, the 12 Apostles.

We arrive as the stacks are bathed in the afternoon sun making them perfect for photos. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock, explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline (at own expense). Visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck.

Accommodation for the first night is the small fishing village of Port Campbell, nestled in a beautiful natural port and has some wonderful cafés and restaurants for dinner (at own expense) and views.

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Villas (or similar)

Meals: Lunch

Stop At: Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, Great Ocean Rd 689/721 Great Ocean Rd, Lorne, Victoria Australia
The Memorial Arch makes for a great first stop as we begin our journey as it marks the start of the Great Ocean Road. Our guests love to capture the start of their Great Ocean Road and Beyond adventure with a photo. The arch was built in 1939, to commemorate the returned Soldiers of World War 1 who famously built the Great Ocean Road. In 1983 the original arch had to be replaced when bush fires set it ablaze however the original sign still sits on the top of the arch, for all to see.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Great Otway National Park, Great Ocean Rd, Hordern Vale, Victoria 3221 Australia
Walk in a temporate rain forest - The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland. In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Wye River cafe overlooking the ocean
Accommodation included: Southern Ocean Villas / PArk View Apartments Port Campbell

Day 2: Port Campbell - Port Fairy

Stop At: Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road Port Campbell National Park, Port Campbell, Victoria Australia
Walk down on to the beach of Loch Ard Gorge, dip your toes in the water and snap some fabulous photos! Loch Ard Gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard which ran aground nearby
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: London Bridge, west of Port Campbell on Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria 3269 Australia
Originally named because of its similarities to its namesake -London Bridge is an offshore natural arch formation in the Port Campbell National Park, Australia. The arch is a significant tourist attraction along the Great Ocean Road near Port Campbell in Victoria. This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria 3269 Australia
Beat the crowds!! Our tour itinerary allows guests to visit these iconic stacks bathed in the morning sunlight. Their colours are spectacular - Cameras ready!
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria Australia
Amazing Aboriginal Interpretation, bush tucker, Australian wildlife and boomerang throwing. A real highlight of our Great Ocean Road and beyond tour.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Port Fairy & Region Visitor Information Centre, 4 Bank St Railway Place, Port Fairy, Victoria 3284 Australia
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. It lies on the Princes Highway in the Shire of Moyne, 28 kilometres west of Warrnambool and 290 kilometres west of Melbourne, at the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean
Duration: 14 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Enjoy Breakfast at the Alcove Cafe - top quality food, lots of choice and real country town hospitality
• Lunch: Enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch at Tower Hill reserve
Accommodation included: Victoria Apartments - Port Fairy

Beautiful 4 star en suite accommodation

Day 3: Port Fairy - Penola

Stop At: Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Bug Light Park End of Madison Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106
Today we’re bound for South Australia. In Portland there’s time to take in the panoramic coastal views from the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, before our scenic drive through dense pine plantations and our lunch venue in the pretty riverside village of Nelson. Following lunch we’re headed for Mount Gambier which marks the half way point of our four day journey. Here we visit the famous Blue Lake, a remarkable quirk of nature, as the colour of the lake changes from its winter hues to an intense cobalt blue. On to the Umpherston Sinkhole, a collapsed limestone cave that has been transformed into a magical sunken garden. We take a walk along its terraced flower beds and behind the hanging vines deep down to the floor of this extraordinary natural wonder. Our next stop is Penola, arriving early enough to explore its abundant historical attractions. Penola played a central part in the life of Mother Mary MacKillop (St Mary of the Cross) Australia’s only saint. We pass the school house where she taught the poorest children of the district and take a walk along Petticoat Lane, a charmingly preserved group of mid-eighteenth century cottages and gardens. (Evening meal not included)
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Blue Lake, John Watson Drive, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290 Australia
The Blue Lake is a large, monomictic, crater lake located in a dormant volcanic maar associated with the Mount Gambier maar complex. The lake is situated near Mount Gambier in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, and is one of four crater lakes on Mount Gambier maar.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Umpherston Sinkhole, Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290 Australia
Created in 1886, this sunken garden includes viewing platforms, benches, sculptures & walking paths.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Petticoat Lane, Penola, South Australia 5277 Australia
A Hidden treasure this unique corner of Penola, Petticoat Lane still retains original cottages and gardens enabling the visitor to experience the 19th Century .
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mary Mackillop Heritage Centre, 362 Albert St, Melbourne, Victoria 3002 Australia
A place of inspiration and vitality, manifests and promotes the spirit and charism of Saint Mary MacKillop, Australia's first Saint
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Rebecca's Cafe - Top quality produce, lots of choice and real country town hospitality
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Alexander Cameron suites

Day 4: Penola - Adelaide

Stop At: Naracoorte Caves National Park, Naracoorte SA 5271, Australia
Naracoorte Caves National Park is a national park near Naracoorte in the Limestone Coast tourism region in the south-east of South Australia. It was officially recognised in 1994 for its extensive fossil record when the site was inscribed on the World Heritage List,
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bremerton Wines, 14 Kent Town Rd, Langhorne Creek SA 5255, Australia
Bremerton Wines & Bremerton Vineyards are part of the Willson family owned company, Bremerton Vintners Pty Ltd, in the geographical region of Langhorne Creek in South Australia. Langhorne Creek is unique in that it sits on the rich soil of the Bremer River flood plain and is known as a cool climate region, relatively disease free and a producer of exceptionally high and consistent quality fruit. Fresh cool evening breezes from Lake Alexandrina provide a microclimate of mild to warm summer days and cool evenings, perfect for the long ripening of the grapes producing intense and sought after cool climate flavours.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Coonalpyn Silos, Dukes Highway Viterra Silos, Coonalpyn, South Australia 5265 Australia
Simply spectacualar!! - The biggest works of art you will ever see!!
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The German Village Shop, 50 Main St, Hahndorf SA 5245, Australia
Hahndorf is a small town in South Australia. Settled by 19th-century Lutheran migrants, it’s known for its original German-style architecture and artisanal food. Hahndorf Academy is home to the German Migration Museum, tracing local history. North of town, the Cedars houses the studio and art of German-born landscape painter Sir Hans Heysen.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: 266 Mount Lofty Summit Road Cleland, South Australia Australia
Catch your first glimpse of Adelaide from Adelaide's highest peak - Mount lofty Lookout
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch: Enjoy a wonderful platter lunch in the Bremerton winery
• Breakfast: Relaxed start to the day with continental breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Guaranteed departure with 2 passengers
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Inclusions
  • 3x Breakfast
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • 3 nights accommodation - 4 star
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch)
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Wine tasting
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan - prestige vehicle with reclining seats
  • Driver/guide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Large luggage no problem
  • Entry/Admission - Great Ocean Road and Beyond
  • Entry/Admission - Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Naracoorte Caves National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Bremerton Wines
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Lofty Summit


Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Evening Meals


Departure Point
Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria


Departure Time
8:30 AM

Duration
4 days

Return Details
Adelaide SA, Australia


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