This tour is for those who are fans of nature. Discover the Natural treasures of the unspoiled Kangaroo Island and explore the south Australian wine region before starting your Great Ocean Road escape to witness Twelve Apostles, etc.
April to September - Selected Tuesdays and Saturdays
|Vehicle||Mini Bus / Coaster,Ferry|
|Start||Adelaide @ 06.15 am|
|Finish||Melbourne @ 06.00 pm|
An early morning 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 ferry for the 45 minute crossing to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Here you will board your luxury coach and your local driver/guide will take you on a tour of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination.
Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery where you will learn about the history of the oil distillery and take a guided tour. Continue onto Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious two course lunch.
After lunch visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and walk amongst a Australian sea lions with a National Park Ranger. Continue onto the fascinating In-flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain where you can meet an array of Australian birds and raptors.
From here, travel to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can get up close with Koalas, see Penguins swim and play, hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies, learn about endangered species, interact with Snakes, Crocodiles and reptiles and experience Kangaroo Island Wildlife at your fingertips! You will then be transferred back to your chosen overnight accommodation.
** Kangaroo Island Highlights
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
Two course lunch at Vivonne Bay Bistro
Seal Bay Conservation Park guided beach walk
In-Flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
Clifford's Honey Farm
Two course lunch at Hanson Bay Visitor Centre & Café
Koala viewing at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Flinders Chase National Park including Remarkable Rocks & Admirals Arch
After a delicious breakfast, visit Clifford's Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream.
Next, travel to Hanson Bay Visitor Centre Café for a scrumptious two course lunch. After lunch you have the chance to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts and see an abundance of native birdlife in the wildlife sanctuary.
Next, travel to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park to witness stunning coastlines and walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Return to your overnight accommodation, the Penneshaw Ferry Terminal or Kingscote Airport for the return journey to Adelaide.
This tour is a wonderful way to travel between these two great cities. This journey starts with the discovery of ancient Australian animals, visits to some of our best wineries and continues through to our most famous coastal road. Along the way you will enjoy great food, stunning views and memorable experiences.
We pick you up at your hotel and start by traveling in to the Adelaide Hills. Here we explore Hahndorf, a traditional German town in the Adelaide Hills and Mt Lofty Summit with sweeping views of Adelaide. Our journey then takes us through grain and stock lands towards the town of Keith, where we have lunch and turn south towards wine country.
We travel through a relatively new wine region of Padthaway towards the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves to learn of the fossil discoveries of Mega Fauna that make this site so internationally important. We then travel into the scenic Coonawarra wine region recognized as one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon regions of the world. After sampling some local wines from this highly awarded region we continue on to out overnight destination, Mt Gambier.
Tonight we are accommodated in luxurious rooms at 'The Commodore' which also houses an award winning restaurant for dinner and breakfast.
We then start the Great Ocean Road with the impressive limestone stacks of the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. We then visit London Bridge and '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 artifacts, photos and documents from the 'Loch Ard' contained in our treasure chests.
We then discover one of Australia's icons, the Twelve Apostles. We explain the creation of these limestone stacks and the constant wearing away of this coastline. Load your camera - there will be plenty of photo opportunities! You will also have the opportunity to fly high above the coastline, viewing the apostles from a helicopter (own expense).
Our journey then takes us into the Otway National Park and through to Apollo Bay. Here we have dinner at the Apollo Bay Hotel. This is a very popular restaurant with a very extensive menu. We then arrive at your 4 star accommodation set high on a hill with great views overlooking the Southern Ocean. These private villas set within native forest offer the perfect environment to relax and unwind.
The third day sees us leave our tranquil overnight setting to have breakfast at the Bay Leaf café in Apollo Bay. Our first stop is within the Otway National Park at 'Maits Rest'. This is a 1km walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully discovering trees and ferns that date back millions of years to times when dinosaurs roamed this part of the world.
We then turn towards Melbourne and travel along a very scenic section of the Great Ocean Road en-route to Kennett River for a fantastic viewing of wild Koalas in their native setting. We also visit many scenic spots for photos and tell numerous stories behind the making of the road. We stop for lunch at the largest of the seaside villages, Lorne. This popular tourist town is full of restaurants and cafes and boasts great shopping and swimming beaches. After lunch we drive along the surf coast and take in the surf culture of the region with a visit to Torquay and Bells Beach. We also visit Anglesea Golf Club where we will hopefully see Kangaroos in their natural environment.
Our journey then takes us through the historic gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Geelong. We have some afternoon tea along the re-designed waterfront before turning to Melbourne. Our journey into Melbourne takes us from the west over the 'West Gate Bridge', famous for its grandeur and checkered history. We will then escort you to your hotel and welcome you to Melbourne.
Optional ActivityPre and post night accommodation can be arranged on request (subject to availability) You may consider an extra day in Adelaide for the city sight seeing or to visit Barraossa Valley wine region Further option is available on request to spend couple of days in Melbourne to visit Philp Island penguins parrade and/or Yarra Valley
Accommodation is on twin-share basis