Tour ID: 10002660
On this tour, the pace is not fast, time to explore the idyllic coastal town and take in the amazing beauty all around you. You will see all the famous sights along the Great Ocean Road & the Shipwreck Coast. The iconic Twelve Apostles will be seen with the morning sun shining on them! Spectacular sight!. Your accommodation is fabulous and the meals will certainly delight you.
This tour is a wonderful way to travel between these two great cities. This journey starts with the discovery of ancient Australian animals, visits to some of our best wineries and continues through to our most famous coastal road. Along the way you will enjoy great food, stunning views and memorable experiences.
We pick you up at your hotel and start by traveling in to the Adelaide Hills. Here we explore Hahndorf, a traditional German town in the Adelaide Hills and Mt Lofty Summit with sweeping views of Adelaide. Our journey then takes us through grain and stock lands towards the town of Keith, where we have lunch and turn South towards wine country.
We travel through a relatively new wine region of Padthaway towards the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves to learn of the fossil discoveries of Mega Fauna that make this site so internationally important. We end the day traveling into the scenic Coonawarra wine region recognized as one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon regions of the world. We overnight at Commodore on the Park in Mt Gambier.
After breakfast on this second day we travel toward the Shipwreck coast. Our first stop is at Mt Gambier with a visit to the ‘blue’ crater lake, Port Fairy then Tower Hill Reserve where we are likely to see Emus, Koalas, Kangaroos and Echidnas. This reserve is a wildlife haven and the home of an Aboriginal Cultural Centre. We visit London Bridge and the less visited but equally impressive limestone stacks of the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. We then visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. We retell the entire story from the calm voyage, the tragic wreck, the courageous survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artefacts, photos and documents from the ‘Loch Ard’ contained in our treasure chests. We then discover one of Australia’s icons, the Twelve Apostles. We explain the creation of these limestone stacks and the constant wearing away of this coastline. Load your camera – there will be plenty of photo opportunities! You will also have the opportunity to fly high above the coastline, viewing the apostles from a helicopter (own expense).
Our journey then takes us into the Otway National Park and through to Apollo Bay. We then arrive at your 4 star accommodation set high on a hill with great views overlooking the Southern Ocean. These private villas set within native forest offer the perfect environment to relax and unwind. Dinner will be a Chris's, an award winning restaurant where the views are matched by the outstanding food.
The third day sees us leave our tranquil overnight setting to have breakfast at the Bay Leaf café in Apollo Bay. Our first stop is within the Otway National Park at Maits Rest. This is a 1km walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully discovering trees and ferns that date back millions of years to times when dinosaurs roamed this part of the world. We then turn towards Melbourne and travel along a very scenic section of the Great Ocean Road en route to Kennett River for a fantastic viewing of wild Koalas in their native setting. We also visit many scenic spots for photos and tell numerous stories behind the making of the road. We stop for lunch at the largest of the seaside villages, Lorne. This popular tourist town is full of restaurants and cafes and boasts great shopping and swimming beaches.
After lunch we drive along the surf coast and take in the surf culture of the region with a visit to Torquay and Bells Beach. We also visit Anglesea Golf Club where we will hopefully see Kangaroos in their natural environment. Our journey then takes us through the historic gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Geelong. We have some afternoon tea along the redesigned waterfront before turning to Melbourne. Our journey into Melbourne takes us from the west over the ‘West Gate Bridge’, famous for its grandeur and checkered history. We will then escort you to your hotel and welcome you to Melbourne.
2 nights accommodation at 3 1/2-4 star rating
2 x 2 course dinners and 2 cooked breakfasts
Morning or afternoon tea x 3
Note: Lunches are not included as part of tour.
Entry into attractions and wine tasting
8:30 AM Wed
Pick ups from Adelaide city hotels between 0800 and 0830.
Please confirm the day before using the details provided on your booking confirmation.
It can often be quite cool and wet along the Great Ocean Road, so we always encourage people to bring warm clothing and a raincoat – especially for the Rainforest by Night walk.
You will also need walking shoes.
Twelve years or younger are considered children.
Thirteen years and above are considered adults.
Traveling in a small group [minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10 people] with the personal service of an expert guide.
Accommodation - Price is per person in twin share accommodation (must book 2 passengers). Single rooms may be requested and are at an extra cost.
If you are a single traveler please contact us before booking to confirm that we have a tour departing on the day requested. We can also cater for groups.
Circumstances may require us to alter itineraries and fares without notice.
Cancellation policies; Full amounts are payable for ‘no shows’ and cancellations less than 24 hours from departure. Cancellations less than 1 week before departure we will incur a charge of 50%. More than one weeks notice will incur no charge.
Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Bells Beach, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Angelsea, Geelong, Adelaide, Otway Ranges, Mt Gambier, Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf and Coonawarra
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