Tour ID: 10006672
Leave the city of Adelaide behind and experience Australia as nature intended: all waterfalls, wildlife and scar-like crags on the landscape. This three day tour begins at the tranquil Adelaide Hills, followed by a trek through the beautiful Grampians National Park, and concluding with the surfing haven that is the Great Ocean Road.
We escape the city and cruise through the scenic Adelaide Hills with a morning stop to grab a bite to eat and a coffee. We stop for lunch before entering Halls Gap, gateway to the famed Grampians National Park. As we drive through the windy roads of the Grampians, spotting emus and kangaroos, we make our way to McKenzie Water Falls. Be amazed by the majesty and beauty of this waterfall and its surrounds. At around dusk, when wildlife, such as wallabies, kangaroos, cockatoos and kookaburras, come out to play, we walk through rocky outcrops and forests to The Balconies, another stunning geological formation. After, you get the chance to view Boroka or Reeds Lookout as the sun goes down. Tonight, we sleep in dormitory style accommodation in the heart of the Grampians.
After breakfast, we hike for 2 hours to The Pinnacle, the finest viewpoint in the Grampians. At the peak, we take in the surrounding scenery as the sun rises and your tour guide will point out the landmarks of the area. Before we depart this wondrous place, we visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about the local Aboriginal history. For lunch, we stop somewhere truly spectacular: The Tower Hill Reserve, home to a dormant volcano which was once active over 30 thousand years ago, it has now transformed into a stunning wetland and lake eco-system, abundant with Australian wildlife.
The magnificent Great Ocean Road awaits! We stop at several extraordinary rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast, such as the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. For many, the most amazing sight is the famed 12 Apostles. You can even view these sights aboard a helicopter flight (extra cost). This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best appreciated at sunset from the boardwalk. Tonight, we stay in dormitory style accommodation on the Great Ocean Road.
We start our final day with an easy walk through the Great Otway National Park, which boasts some of the world’s oldest temperate rainforest. Sections of the Great Ocean Road were carved through cliffs by servicemen returning after World War I, and offer some of the most impressive coastal roads you’ll ever see. You can take a quick dip in the ocean or explore the artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne. You can watch surfers in action at famed beaches such as Bells Beach and Torquay (home of the surf brand outlets Rip Curl and Quicksilver) before making our way to The Big City.
We arrive into Melbourne at approximately 7pm.
All meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners), dormitory style accommodation, National Park entry fees.
Adrenalin Plus Options
Helicopter ride at the Twelve Apostles – Starting from $145.00pp
Private single, twin or double room – Subject to availability
3 days/2 nights
6:45 AM Tue, Sat
Pickups from Adelaide City from 6:45am
Departs every Tuesday & Saturday.
Arrives in Melbourne City at approximately 7pm
Hat, sunscreen, gripped sole walking shoes, insect repellent, swimwear, towel, windproof/waterproof jacket and a water bottle. Otherwise, bring all the usual stuff – and, most importantly, a sense of adventure.
Children under 10 years of age are not permitted on this tour.
• Sometimes our itinerary must be flexible due to road and weather conditions
• The hike to the Pinnacle is the most challenging walk on the tour through rough terrain, a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Bells Beach, Halls Gap, Adelaide Hills, Lorne and Apollo Bay
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