Our 5 day Hotel accommodated tour is for those who are fans of nature. Discover the Great Ocean Road and to witness Twelve Apostles and South Australian wine region. This tour has a wonderful blend of coastal beauty, extensive farmland, native animals and gourmet delights. Take the time to explore Kangaroo Island, one of Australia�s finest nature-based tourism destinations and one of Australia�s National Landscapes.
|Start||Melbourne @ 7.30 am|
|Finish||Adelaide @ 10.30 pm|
This tour has a wonderful blend of coastal beauty, extensive farmland, native animals and gourmet delights.
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. We travel through the vast volcanic plains on route to Geelong where you have time to stroll along the beautifully transformed waterfront. Our first stop along the coast is at Bells Beach, a famous surfing beach and a great place to enjoy morning tea.
Our focus then turns to Australian native wildlife as we observe 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 lunch break. You may even find time to have a swim or do some shopping.
After lunch 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. Travelling through Apollo Bay we go into the Great Otway National Park. We take you on a 1km guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully to see the world's tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns and unique features such as 'Yabbie Chimneys'. We visit Apollo Bay before checking in to 'Beacon Point Ocean View Villas'. Your private self contained villa is set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean. This amazing setting is a great place to relax and unwind for a couple of hours. We have dinner tonight at the very popular Apollo Bay Hotel, this restaurant has an extensive menu and utilises great local produce.
Our second day starts with breakfast at the 'locals favourite' Bay Leaf Cafe. Great coffee, tea and vast breakfast menu make this a perfect way to start another full day. Our journey starts with us travelling through the Otway ranges and onto the 'Shipwreck Coast'. Our first stop is at Castle Cove overlooking the Aire river valley. 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. We arrive as the stacks are lit with the morning sun making them perfect for photos and crowd free. This is a bonus for taking a 2 day trip as the stacks are silhouettes in the afternoon and overcrowded. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the boardwalks or brave 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 artifacts, photos and documents from the 'Loch Ard' contained in our treasure chests.
Port Campbell is our lunch stop for today. The small fishing village of just 350 is set in a beautiful natural port and has some wonderful cafes and restaurants for food and views. After lunch we travel to a lesser known but 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 and onto Tower Hill Game Reserve where we may have the chance to see koalas, Kangaroos and Emus. Our journey then continues through picturesque Port Fairy towards Mount Gambier, home of the 'Blue' crater lake and numerous 'sinkholes'.
We then check into our luxurious overnight accommodation at 'The Commodore' in Mount Gambier and indulge in the fine food of the region in their award winning restaurant. Dinner and breakfast are both included at 'The Commodore'.
Our third day starts with a drive through the Coonawarra wine region and a visit to the Naracoorte Caves National Park for a cave tour with a local guide. These limestone caves have an abundance of Stalagmites and Stalactites and are World Heritage Listed Area due to the fossils of the 'Mega Fauna' found buried in the Caves. 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 drought affected area of Australia and is an incredible contrast 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 views of Adelaide and surrounds. We arrive in the city at around 6pm.
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.
** 2 Day Best of Kangaroo Island includes:
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.
Hotels are subject to availability
Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn ( in the tour price)
Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
Aurora Ozone Hotel
Kangaroo Island Seafront
Wanderers Rest of Kangaroo Island