Tour ID: 10018901
Not sure whether you want to see Victoria's magical forest or thundering sea? Why not both? Don't sacrifice a thing with this three-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians National Park. Get the best that Victoria has to offer and see it all, including wildlife, crashing seas, prehistoric plant life and panoramic mountain views.
We depart Melbourne to get to the Great Ocean Road as soon as possible. We pass through Torquay, the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, and the Memorial Arch, where we learn about the painstaking efforts required from the pioneers to erect the cliff-hanging road. At Lorne and Anglesea we take a moment in these picturesque coastal towns to explore how the locals live, before heading to spot the native wildlife, including koalas.
Have your camera at the ready as we search the treetops for koalas while the kookaburras laugh at our lenses. Keep your eyes peeled for the striking colours of local parrots and lorikeets before we head to Apollo Bay for our fresh sandwich lunch.
Next we take a break in the spectacular Otway National Park. We enjoy a guided tour through the damp, cool gully of a rainforest that is home to some of the tallest trees in the world. Next on our itinerary is the world-famous 12 Apostles, where you can treat yourself to an optional bird's eye view helicopter flight. Minutes down the road, the golden limestone formations continue to the crystalline seas of Loch Ard Gorge and the London Bridge. Here, we see the sparkling blue-green sea under the towering cliffs of Loch Ard Gorge, the scene of one of Australia's most significant shipwrecks of the 19th century.
After spending the night in the seaside city of Warrnambool, you can whale watch in winter or hit the waves in summer, before heading to the Tower Hill National Park in Port Fairy. This 30,000 year-old extinct volcano is home to some of the friendliest wildlife you'll ever meet, and you'll see families of fantastic animals strutting their stuff in front of the camera.
Next, we head through the sweeping volcanic plains of Mount Rouse before going into Halls Gap, in the heart of the Grampians. Here, you'll learn about Australia's Aboriginal history, and walk to the edge of the mountains on the jutting cliff edge of The Pinnacle, or see the amazing Chataqua Peak.
On day three, the throttle remains high as we mingle with more wildlife and visit one of the Grampians' largest waterfalls. We then head to the 'jaws of death', the local nickname for the Balconies, a local sandstone rock formation. After seeing the final breathtaking views at Reed's Lookout, you'll catch a luxury coach to travel to Adelaide.
All park entry fees
Morning tea and biscuits
Lunch on Day 1
Breakfast and Dinner on Day 2
Breakfast at Day 3.
2 nights prearranged dorm accommodation.
3 days 2 nights
7:00 AM Wed, Sun
7pm Franklin Street Bus Station (Adelaide)
This tour departs on Sundays (year round) and Wednesdays (from November – March) and courtesy pick up is available from most inner city accommodation providers.
Popular pick up times and locations:
YHA Melbourne Metro (78 Howard St) North Melbourne @ 6:50am
Space Hotel (380 Russel St) Melbourne @ 6:58am
Discovery Melbourne (167 Franklin St) Melbourne @ 7:05am
Pegasus Apartment (206 A'Beckett St) Melbourne @ 7:10am
Windsor Hotel (111 Spring St) Melbourne @ 7:18am
Regent Theatre (191 Collins St) Melbourne @ 7:24am
Adina Apartment Hotel (189 Queen St) Melbourne @ 7:30am
Vibe Savoy (630 Little collins St) Melbourne @ 7:30am
Urban Central (334 City Rd) Southbank @ 7:30am
YHA Melbourne Central (562 Flinders St) Melbourne @ 7:35am
Immigration Museum (400 Flinders St) Melbourne @ 7:45am
Travelodge Southbank (9 Riverside Quay) Melbourne @ 7:40am
It is recommended you arrive at your pick up location at least 10 minutes before you scheduled departure time. If the bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes please phone our office using the number on your booking confirmation.
Bring along warm clothes, sunscreen, towel & toiletries, camera and of course a BIG SMILE!!!
Maximum of 20kg luggage per person.
Not recommended for young children under the age of 8 years old, due to the nature and length of this tour.
No child rates are available and must be purchased on an adult fare on multi-day tours.
If travelling with children upgrading to a family room is required.
Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Torquay, Halls Gap, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Angelsea
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