4 Day Great Ocean Road and Beyond from Melbourne to Adelaide Tour

    Spend 4 days and 3 nights enjoying one of the most awe-inspiring journeys in the world Melbourne to Adelaide. Staying in 4-star hotels on the tour, seeing breathtaking views, enjoying local Aussie personalities, sampling world-class food, and tasting wonderful wine.

    With 4 days to tour between Melbourne to Adelaide on this Great Ocean Road experience you have ample time for all the ‘must-sees’ along the iconic Great Ocean Road and beyond.

    On tour you will travel in our deluxe reclining seat, air-conditioned vehicle and experience four star accommodation. We pride ourselves on offering family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of down-to-earth experiences that can only be enjoyed in small groups.

    We understand the importance of utilising the local community and businesses to create sustainable and long lasting relationships. We visit best local cafes, restaurants, food producers and wineries every-day.

    You will visit the iconic Great Ocean Road and learn of its history while discovering some of its hidden treasures. As we stay overnight near Port Campbell it allows us to pop back to the iconic 12 Apostles in the morning and check-out these unique rock formations without the crowds. A highlight on tour is the stay in Port Fairy the small coastal town known for its fishing, surfing and a relaxed  true old fashioned ‘Aussie’ style.

    Our tours are as active as you want them to be. Our tour style provides opportunities for nature walks, swimming and spotting some of Australia’s unique animals in the wild.

    $ 1595
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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell

      We depart from Southern Cross Coach Terminal on Spencer Street at 8:30am before we commence this amazing 4 day, 3 night guided Great Ocean Road & Beyond Itinerary. Depart Melbourne and travel over the West Gate Bridge through the vast volcanic plains en-route to Geelong.

      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 a visit in Lorne, the largest of the seaside townships, before then heading to the quaint Wye River Seaside Town and the Wye River Cafe which overlooks the ocean, and the perfect place for lunch.

      From the Wye River Seaside Town, we continue along this spectacular road, visiting many scenic spots including The Kennett River where you can see 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: Port Campbell Parkview Motel and Apartments (or similar)
      Meals: Lunch

      Day 2: Port Campbell to Port Fairy

      This morning we pop back out to the 12 Apostles and take in the view during the morning sunlight and/or take a helicopter flight (at own expense) over this amazing coastline. We spend time visiting the unique formations of Loch Ard Gorge and immerse ourselves in the harrowing story of the wreck of the Lock Ard. It’s onto London Bridge and then The Bay of Islands before saying goodbye to this amazing stretch of coastline.

      We explore one of Victoria’s largest regional towns of Warrnambool before having lunch in the township of Koroit at a quaint Aussie eatery.

      We explore Tower Hill Wildlife Park where we take a interactive tour learning about the local Aboriginal history, geology, flora and fauna.
      We arrive at the quaint fishing village of Port Fairy, our destination for the night. We arrive early enough to enjoy a stroll around this beautiful township before enjoying dinner (at your expense) at the many local restaurants, café’s or pubs.

      Accommodation: Victoria Apartments, Port Fairy (or similar)
      Meals: Breakfast and lunch

      Day 3: Port Fairy to Naracoorte

      Today we’re bound for South Australia. In Portland there’s time for panoramic coastal views from the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, before a scenic drive through dense pine plantations to our lunch venue in the pretty riverside village of Nelson.

      After lunch we cross the state border and continue on to Mount Gambier which is home to the famous Blue Lake.
      The Blue Lake occupies a crater of the ancient volcano which gives this city its name and early each summer, in a remarkable quirk of nature, the colour of the water in the lake changes from its winter hues to an intense cobalt blue. A photo stop at the Blue Lake is a must and so is a visit 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.

      After Penola we travel to our overnight destination, The William Macintosh Motor Loddge in Naracoorte. For dinner look no further than the award-winning Highlander Restaurant. Located on the William Macintosh grounds. The Highlander restaurant also has a fully licensed bar where you can sit and have a quiet glass of wine before dinner.

      Accommodation: William MacIntosh Motor Lodge
      Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

      Day 4: Penola to Adelaide

      Another exciting and diverse day of discovery on this Great Ocean Road itinerary, starting with a drive through the Coonawarra vineyards where Australia’s most illustrious Cabernet Sauvignon vines thrive on the famed rich red “terra rossa” soils.

      A guided visit to the world heritage listed Naracoorte Caves takes us to one of the world’s most important fossil sites.
      Our tour of the Victoria Fossil Cave features a dazzling array of stalactites and stalagmites as well as the bones and skeletons of giant, long extinct animals.

      After a rest break and morning tea at the iconic Keith bakery, we begin a picturesque drive through some of South Australia’s farming and grazing heartland. With a population of around one person to one square kilometre, this is the real Australian countryside and you can relax and enjoy all the colours and textures of these rural landscapes in the comfort of our luxury, air-conditioned bus.

      In Coonalpyn the five towering grain solos that dominate the township have been transformed into a monumental work of public art that is a visual showstopper.
      From here, Ki Ki, Yumali and Coomandook disappear almost as quickly as we encounter them and at Wellington, where road meets river, we take time out for a leisurely ferry crossing of the mighty River Murray, the largest inland waterway in Australia.

      Our itinerary takes us to lunch at Bremerton Winery in the acclaimed Langhorne Creek wine region. You are welcome to sample their wines in the restored iron stone barn dating from 1866.

      The southern Adelaide Hills leads us to Strathalbyn, on the banks of the Angas River.

      Originally a farming community of Scottish immigrants, it’s now a classified heritage town and a thriving centre of all things antique and collectible.
      You can forage for some serious vintage purchases or just enjoy the lovely scenery before we continue through the rolling hills and valleys to the historic German village of Hahndorf.

      Founded by German settlers fleeing religious persecution in the late 1830s, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest German settlement and one of South Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. You can enjoy a stroll along its bustling main street of historic buildings, gift shops, arts and crafts galleries and food outlets.

      Our final stop is both spectacular and surprising.
      From Mt Lofty Summit the whole of South Australia’s capital city of Adelaide is spread out on the plains below. We will drop you at your accommodation in this wonderful city around 6.00pm on Thursday afternoon.

      Meals: Breakfast, morning tea & lunch

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info
      • Visit the iconic Great Ocean Road
      • Great Otway National Park (Otway Ranges)
      • Visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck
      • Learn about the local Aboriginal history, geology, flora and fauna
      • Explore Mount Gambier home to the famous Blue Lake

      Essential things to pack

      • Hat
      • Sunscreen
      • Walking shoes/boots
      • Insect repellent
      • Windproof/waterproof jacket
      • Bathers/towel
      • Water bottle

      Important Booking Info

      • Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (12+ years old) is accompanied by an adult. All guest must be young in spirit and active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to two hours.
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