Adelaide-Melbourne 3-Day Group Tour: Great Ocean Road

Adelaide-Melbourne 3-Day Group Tour: Great Ocean Road

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Duration
3 days
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What You'll Do
  • Enjoy a small group tour of some of South Australia's most scenic spots
  • Stay in hand-picked accommodations with spectacular views
  • Discover the region's fascinating stories using unique treasure chests
  • Drive along the famous Great Ocean Road
  • Look for koalas, kangaroos, and emus in the wild
  • See the blue crater lake of the volcanic Tower Hill Reserve
  • Learn about the most famous shipwreck of Australia at Loch and Gorge
  • Explore the Otway National Park
  • Visit the Naracoorte Caves
  • Marvel at the iconic limestone stacks of the 12 Apostles
Overview
Drive Australia’s Great Ocean Road on a 3-day small group tour from Adelaide to Melbourne, and enjoy beautiful rainforests, wildlife, boutique accommodations, and local food on a unique trip that uses original artifacts to retell historic stories.
What to Expect
Enjoy a scenic 3-day tour from Adelaide to Melbourne, driving a section of Australia’s Great Ocean Road for spectacular views of the Southern Ocean, 12 Apostles rocks, and Shipwreck Coast. Look for Australia’s unique wildlife in its natural environment, hike a temperate rainforest, and sample superb food in fine dining restaurants and local fishing villages.

Day 1:
Following a pick-up from your hotel in Adelaide’s Central Business Distict, start this 3-day tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road with a drive to the Adelaide Hills. Here, you will explore the traditional German town of Hahndorf, and enjoy views from the summit of Mt. Lofty. Your journey then takes you through grain and stock land towards Keith for lunch.

Next, travel through the relatively new wine region of Padthaway, heading towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Naracoorte Caves. Learn about the fossil discoveries of Mega Fauna. End the day exploring the Coonawarra wine lands, recognized as one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon regions in the world. Tonight you will stay in luxurious rooms at ‘The Commodore’ in Mt. Gambier, which also houses an award-winning restaurant for dinner and breakfast.
Enjoy dinner at the award-winning Chris's Restaurant, where the only thing that matches the food are the views

Day 2:
After breakfast, travel towards the Shipwreck Coast, stopping at Mt. Gambier, the Blue Crater Lake, and Port Fairy. Look for emus, koala, kangaroos, and echidnas in Tower Hill Reserve, a wildlife haven and home of an Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Visit London Bridge and the less explored, but equally impressive, limestone stacks of the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. Continue to Loch Ard Gorge, site of the most famous 19th-century shipwreck of Australia. Your guide will tell the story, from the calm voyage to the tragic wreck, the courageous survivors, and their ultimate fate. See and hold original artifacts and documents from the Loch Ard, from the unique treasure chests used on the tour.

Drive to the iconic Twelve Apostles rocks, and learn how the limestone stacks were formed. You will also have the opportunity to fly high above the coastline, viewing the Apostles from a helicopter (own expense).

The journey then heads into the Otway National Park to Apollo Bay. Enjoy dinner at the popular Apollo Bay Hotel, selecting from its extensive menu. Check into your 4-star accommodation, high on a hill with great views overlooking the Southern Ocean. The private villas are set within native forest and offer the perfect environment to unwind.

Day 3:
Depart for breakfast at the Bay Leaf Café in Apollo Bay. Go to Maits Rest in the Otway National Park for a short (1-kilometer) walk through a temperate rainforest gully, and admire the native trees and ferns that date abck to the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Head on towards Melbourne, driving along a scenic section of the Great Ocean Road en route to the Kennett River. Enjoy fantastic views of koalas in the wild, and stop at picturesque spots for unforgettable photo opportunities.

Pause for lunch at the popular seaside village of Lorne. Then, drive along the coast and take in the surf culture at Torquay and Bells Beach. You will also visit Anglesea Golf Club, where kangaroos can often be seen in their natural environment.

Continue through Geelong, the historic gateway to the Great Ocean Road, stopping for afternoon tea on the redesigned waterfront. Then, drive on to Melbourne, crossing the grand West Gate Bridge, famous for its checkered history, for a hotel drop off in the Central Business District and the end of the tour services.
What's Included
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 3.5-4 star property
  • Morning or afternoon tea on all days
  • Dinner on day 1 and 2
  • Breakfast on day 2 and 3
  • Courtesy pick-up from hotels in Adelaide's CBD
  • Drop off at hotels in Melbourne's CBD
  • Guided tour of the Narracoorte Caves
What's Not Included
  • Lunches
Meeting Point

For hotels outside Adelaide's CBD, pick-up is at the Bus Terminal, 85 Franklin Street (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• Cancellation policy: full amounts are payable for no shows and cancellations less than 24 hours prior to departure. For cancellations of less than 1 week before departure a 50% charge applies. Cancellations of more than 1 week's notice will incur no charge
• Single supplement: A single travelling guest will be assigned their own villa or private hotel room. There is a supplement of AUD 100 per night’s accommodation. Two single travelers wanting to share should be booked as a twin share at time of booking
• Bookings for Public Holiday weekends may result in alternative accommodation being offered
• Small and personalized group touring experience of a maximum of 10 passengers makes these tours a unique and relaxing journey
• To enhance your experience the operator has selected unique accommodation, whether overlooking the Southern Ocean or among the vineyards of the Coonawarra wine region
• Tour involves treasure chests to reveal many stories of the region

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