Great Ocean Road & Beyond
Duration: 3 nights side trip tour
Price from: £929pp
Port Campbell 1 night
Port Fairy 1 night
Penola 1 night
Day 1 Melbourne/Port Campbell: Depart Melbourne and start the journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay for the first of countless photo opportunities. Visit the Memorial Arch, stop in Lorne and then quaint Wye River Seaside Town for lunch. Travel onwards, watching for koalas along the Kennett River, then travel through Apollo Bay and into the Great Otway National park for a guided walk. Next up is the Twelve Apostles, where you can explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coast (additional expense). Continue to Port Campbell, which nestles in a beautiful natural port.
Day 2 Port Campbell/Port Fairy: Pop back out to the Twelve Apostles to take in the view during the morning sunlight. Spend time visiting the unique formations of Loch Ard Gorge, then it’s onto London Bridge and The Bay of Islands. Journey inland through premier dairy country and visit the Allansford Cheese Factory to taste some of the local delights. Explore Warrnambool before taking lunch in Koroit at a quaint Aussie pub. Continue to Tower Hill Wildlife Park for an interactive tour before arriving at Port Fairy.
Day 3 Port Fairy/Penola: In Portland there’s time for panoramic coastal views from Cape Nelson Lighthouse before a scenic drive through dense pine plantations to pretty riverside village of Nelson for lunch. Cross the state border into South Australia and continue on to Mount Gambier, home to the famous Blue Lake. See also Umpherston Sinkhole, a collapsed limestone cave that has been transformed into a magical sunken garden. Next up is Penola, which you reach early enough to explore its abundant historical attractions. Tonight, join locals over dinner of the best regional produce at Pipers of Penola, a celebrated restaurant that sits within a former church.
Day 4 Penola/Adelaide: Begin with a drive through the Coonawarra Vineyards before a guided visit to World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves. The drive continues through some of South Australia’s farming and grazing heartland to Wellington where you cross the mighty River Murray by ferry. After lunch at Bremerton Winery, head to Strahalbyn on the banks of the Angas River. Originally a farming community, it’s now a classified heritage town and thriving centre of all things antique and collectable. The journey resumes and you travel through the rolling hills and valleys to the historic German village of Hahndorf where you can stroll along its bustling main street. The final stop is Mt Lofty Summit for far-reaching views over Adelaide, before reaching the city itself.
Accommodation: 4 hotels throughout.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch. Dinner is also included on day 3
Tour price: The price shown includes coach travel, accommodation, national park entry and sightseeing as outlined.
Note: Minimum age 12 years. Due to the adventurous nature of the tour, those aged over 60 will be required to complete a brief form (or have their doctor complete it).