Jump on board for this leg of the Great Aussie Road Trip and leave from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Grampians National Park the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. Take in the coastal air at the famous 12 Apostles and sleep under the stars in the Grampians National Park. Other highlights include Bells Beach and McKenzie Falls. The tour ends in the City of Churches, (r)Adelaide.
Twin or Single Hostel with shared bath room or Motel Ensuite Room upgrades are available on request. Tour is available all over the year.
|Vehicle||Mini Bus / Coaster,Ferry,Luxury Coach|
|Start||Melbourne @ 6.30 am|
|Finish||Adelaide @ 10.45 pm|
Itinerary form 1st of April 2015
DEFAULT PICK UP: in front of St Paul's Cathedral (Flinders St), 07:15am
* Surf Beach
Enjoy some complimentary morning tea/coffee as we watch the surfers at an iconic surf beach.
* Beach Walk
Go for a stroll along some of the beautiful beaches on Great Ocean Road.
* Historic Memorial Arch
Take some pictures at the historic Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch.
* Seaside Towns
View some spectacular beaches and lookouts.
* Spot Wild Koalas / Wildlife viewing at Kennett River
See how many Koalas you can find at Kennett River. Get amongst beautiful birds such as King parrots, Crimson rosellas and look out for the famous Kookaburra.
* Delicious Lunch
Enjoy a complimentary lunch in Apollo Bay.
* Otway's Rainforest (Mait's Rest)
Take a guided bushwalk through this very rare, ancient and cool temperate rainforest. You'll feel dwarfed as you stroll past some of the tallest trees in the world. The path is an easy 800 metres long circular walk and can be slippery at places. Shoes with a grip are recommneded.
* Twelve Apostles
View the beautiful limestone stacks that form the mighty Twelve Apostles. Treat yourself to an optional helicopter flight for an extra $100 (Weather & Time permitting).
* Loch Ard Gorge
A beautiful vista of towering cliffs, sparkling blue-green sea and a small, sandy beach. This Gorge derives its name from one of Victoria's most tragic shipwrecks more than a 120 years ago. Take a short walk to view famous Razorback, Salt and Pepper or just laze on the beach of the gorge itself.
* London Bridge
London Bridge has fallen down….BUT it still makes a stunning photo opportunity and has a great story behind it.
* Overnight Stay in Halls Gap
Spend the night in the heart of the Grampians National Park. All accommodation is pre-arranged for our customers in Halls Gap.
Includes Accommodation in Halls Gap at Neds Other Beds
Morning Tea (Day 1), Picnic Lunch (Day 1)
Home to the Kangaroos, Wallabies, Koalas, Emus, Birds, Echidnas and many other Australian creatures as well as an abundant array of plant life. 'A Wildlife, Waterfall, Walking Wonderland'! Get up early and have a look around your hostel. There will be kangaroos grazing everywhere, noisy corellas flying above your head, you might even get lucky and spot mysterious wallaby.
* Mountain Hike
Walk an Aussie bush track to experience spectacular views.
* Halls Gap
Visit the heart of the Grampians!
* Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Learn about the history and culture of Jardwadjali and Djab Wurring Aboriginal tribes.
* Reed's Lookout or Lake Bellfield
Take a stroll along the lake's shore and breathe in fresh mountain air. This ever popular walking and picknicking spot is just a short drive from Hall's Gap.
* MacKenzie Falls or Silverband Falls
A pleasant walk to see the beautiful McKenzie Falls or the Silverband Falls.
** Connect with a luxury coach
Connect and transfer to a luxury coach in Stawell or Horsham for continuation onto Adelaide (Drop off point: Franklin St, Main Bus Station).
PICK UP Location: inside Adelaide Central Bus Station, 85 Franklin St), 06:15am
After an early morning pick up, travel through the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, arriving at Cape Jervis to board the SeaLink ferry and make the 45 minute trip to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. While crossing, it is not uncommon to have an escort of local dolphins that can be seen from the dolphin deck on the boat. Continue to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, the only commercial eucalyptus distillery in South Australia and visit the stunning Seal Bay where you will have the opportunity to get up close to a wild breeding colony of rare Australian Sealions.
We then travel to the white sand dunes of the Little Sahara and try our hand at sand boarding before we arrive at our exclusive accommodation at Vivonne Bay Lodge. Enjoy some free time to kayak on the Harriet River, take a self-guided walk along the property's tracks, go trail bike riding, swimming or simply kick back on Vivonne Bay Beach. Enjoy a BBQ dinner this evening.
After breakfast we visit Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and walk among eucalyptus trees, looking out for koalas lazing about in the trees. We then continue onto Flinders Chase National Park and arrive at Remarkable Rocks ahead of the crowds to see the spectacular coast and seascapes. Next stop is Admirals Arch at Cape Du Couedic where we watch the resident fur seals frolic in the ocean or sun bake on the rocks.
After a delicious BBQ lunch at Flinders Chase Visitors Centre, we journey to the beautiful, secluded beach of Stokes Bay and take a walk at Ironstone Hill (time permitting) to find wallabies and admire the spectacular view back to the mainland. If time and weather permits, several stops may be made en route to Penneshaw where you can purchase dinner (own expense) before we make our way back to Adelaide.