Tour ID: 10006673
All aboard the ultimate road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide! Drive the world famous Great Ocean Road with stunning coastal scenery, unique wildlife, top quality accommodation and gourmet food to discover along the way. This is a true experience, ranging from the churning water at Bells Beach to the sunny uplands of The Grampians. Tour highlights:
We begin the ultimate road trip, cruising towards the Great Ocean Road and stop to watch surfers in action at famed beaches such as Bells Beach and Torquay (home of surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver). We also visit artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne. We’ll stop at the historical section of the Great Ocean Road that was carved through cliffs by returned World War I servicemen. We take a walk through the Great Otway National Park, home to some of the world’s oldest temperate rainforest. There’s no better place to finish the day than the famed Twelve Apostles. This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best appreciated at sunset from the boardwalk. Take the opportunity to view this spectacular sight from the skies in a helicopter (extra cost). Tonight, we sleep in dormitory style accommodation in the dormitory rooms of a backpacker’s hostel on the Great Ocean Road.
We continue along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at several extraordinary rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast, such as the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. We enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, lake, wetlands and habitat to lots of wildlife: emus, koalas, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and many types of birds.
We enter the Grampians National Park in the afternoon, where we visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about local Aboriginal history, before taking a walk (40 minutes) to MacKenzie Falls. Before sunset when the local wildlife, such as wallabies, kangaroos and kookaburras come out to play, we walk (an easy hour) to The Balconies, which provides a magnificent viewpoint and photo opportunity of the surrounding ranges and valleys. Tonight we sleep in shared wood cabin accommodation, with the mountains towering around us
We get up to hike a challenging 2 hours to the Pinnacle in the Grampians National Park, but it’s worth the effort for such awe inspiring views. We will enjoy lunch in the Grampians National Park before hitting the highway and arriving into Adelaide city at approximately 7pm.
All Meals (2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 2 Dinners)
National Parks entry fees.
Helicopter ride at the Twelve Apostles
Accommodation Upgrades: Private single, twin or double room – Subject to availability
3 days/2 nights
6:35 AM Tue, Fri, Sun
6:35 Hotel Discovery, 167 Franklin St, Melbourne
6:40am Nomads Industry Backpackers - 196-198 A'Beckett St, Melbourne
6:45am YHA Metro - 78 Howard St, North Melbourne
7:00am Neighbours Centre - 570 Flinders St
7:15am Victorian Arts Centre - St. Kilda Rd
7:30am Opposite Habitat HQ Backpackers - 333 St. Kilda Rd
7:35am Base Backpackers - 17 Carlisle St, St. Kilda
7:40am Cnr Grey & Jackson St, St. Kilda
Hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, insect repellent, windproof/waterproof jacket, water bottle, otherwise all the usual stuff, and most important a sense of adventure.
Children under 10 years of age are not permitted on this tour.
Adelaide, Great Ocean Road, Otway Ranges, Grampians, Torquay, Bells Beach, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Angelsea
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