This tour is for those who are fans of nature. Discover the Great Ocean Road and South Australian wine region before you escape to the unspoiled Natural treasures - The Iconic Kangaroo Island. You'll get plenty of photo opportunities and to explore the wild life along this gorgeous coastal road, Grampians national park and at the Kangaroo Island.
|Start||Melbourne @ 8.00am|
|Finish||Adelaide @ 10.30pm|
Arrive at Melbourne and check into your allocated hotel accommodation in Melbourne. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy this tropical and relaxed town.
Our guests on this small group tour are picked up from their city hotel or Federation Square and we quickly depart Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge. Our first stop along the coast is to observe Australian native wildlife as we look for Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the wild. This is one of many opportunities to see and hear about our unique and unusual animals in their native habitat. Our journey then begins travelling the very scenic, cliff-hugging section of the Great Ocean Road. While winding our way along we stop to view the 'Arch' and tell you of the intriguing story of this incredible memorial road. Lorne is the largest of the seaside resorts and is a perfect place for a morning tea.
After this nice break we cruise along the spectacular road, stopping at many scenic spots including Kennett River where we can see koalas and many colourful native birds in the wild. We arrive in Apollo Bay for lunch before we take you on a 1km guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest within the Great Otway National Park to see the world's tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns and unique features such as 'Yabbie Chimneys'. Our journey continues with us travelling through the Otway ranges and onto the 'Shipwreck Coast' stopping to see Castle Cove overlooking the Aire river valley and the Southern Ocean. Your guide will introduce you to the strong Aboriginal heritage of the region with many tribes living prosperously around the coastline for thousands of years. In the same area millions of years ago when Australia was part of the great southern land, Gondwana, dinosaurs were roaming the land. A unique find along the coast in 1987 uncovered important clues into the world's pre-historic past.
The 12 Apostles are Icons of Australia's natural beauty. This is the wonderful site, full of history and great for photos. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the board walks or enjoy a helicopter flight along the coastline (own expense). 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 travel through the highly impressive area of the Great Ocean Road west of Port Campbell. This section takes in London Bridge, Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, and Boat Bay. Our journey then continues through Warrnambool where we stay for the night at the Quality Suites Deep Blue. 2 course dinner included. (D)
The second day starts with a full breakfast buffet. We then start our travel by visiting Tower Hill Game Reserve where we have the chance to see Emus. We then leave the coast and drive north towards the Grampians National Park. Once we arrive in Dunkeld at the southern end of the Grampians our journey then becomes an incredibly scenic drive along the Wonderland and Mt William Ranges through to Halls Gap for our lunch stop. Our afternoon includes a visit to 'Brambuk' Aboriginal cultural centre and few short walks to Baroka Lookout and Reid's Lookout. Our journey then takes us over the Victoria range and the state border towards the Coonawarra Wine Region. This area is considered one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon regions in the world and continues to produce exceptional, award winning red wines. We then check into Must, set in Penola, the gateway to the Coonawarra. Here we can indulge in the fine food and wine of the region. Dinner and breakfast are both at in Penola. 2 course dinner. (B, D)
Our third day starts with a full breakfast at a local cafe before we travel North through the Coonawarra wine region to the Naracoorte Caves National Park. These limestone caves have an abundance of Stalagmites and Stalactites and are World Heritage Listed Area due to the fossils of the found buried in the Caves. We include a one hour guided cave tour to discover how and why the fossils of the 'Mega Fauna' are found in the cave and the link they have to Australia's current animals. We then continue our journey through another prominent South Australian wine region of Padthaway as we head north through to Keith. We stop here for lunch before joining the highway, travelling through grain and stock land towards Adelaide. This is a vast farmland area of Australia is usually starkly different to the lush forests and coastal pastures we have been travelling in. On our approach to city we visit the very popular tourist village of Hahndorf and Mount Lofty summit for impressive, birds-eye Adelaide and surroundings. Our next stop is Adelaide to finish the first leg of the tour (B)
You may explore the city of the Adelaide in your own or you may opt to visit South Australian Popular wine region the Barossa Valley.
Second leg of the tour begins with pick up from your hotel for a scenic coach journey to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. On arrival, board the SeaLink ferry for the 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Here you will board your luxury SeaLink coach and your local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination. Your first official stop will be Clifford's Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Then travel onto Vivonne Bay Bistro located on a 260 hectare bush property, for a delicious two course lunch. After lunch visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and enjoy a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger amongst a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian Sea-lions. Your tour will then visit another amazing wildlife attraction, the fascinating Birds of Prey free-flight demonstration, an interactive and educational display of native Australian birds and raptors. From here you will travel to Kingscote to watch the pelican feeding and learn a little about these fascinating and ancient birds, before being transferred to your choice of overnight accommodation.(L)
After your morning hotel pick up, your second day of touring begins at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, an interesting bush engineered eucalyptus distillery that makes the most of its environmental resources. After testing and tasting the eucalyptus products, travel to the centre of the Island to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can feed kangaroos, have your photograph taken with a koala, and enjoy a guided tour of the park. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts, and then travel to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park, where you will enjoy a scrumptious two course lunch at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. After lunch and a short stop at the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre, travel through the park and learn about its unique trees and plants. See the rugged southern coastline, and enjoy a walk around Remarkable Rocks, providing spectacular photographic opportunities, before continuing on to Admirals Arch, where the boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful New Zealand fur seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks. There is a possibility you will see more wildlife on your journey back to Penneshaw, where you will join the ferry and coach for your return transfer to Adelaide.(L)