8 Day Great Ocean Road Trip

Begin in Marvellous Melbourne and meander along the Great Ocean Road, packed with shipwrecks and beautiful natural wonders. Then cross into South Australia....
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Port Ferry Lighthouse
Great Ocean Road
Colours of the Coastline
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8 Day Great Ocean Road Trip

Take a classic Aussie road trip adventure! Begin in Marvellous Melbourne and meander along the Great Ocean Road, packed with shipwrecks and beautiful natural wonders. Then cross into South Australia to explore dormant volcanoes, feast on gourmet local produce, stroll the sandy beaches and discover Adelaide, the Festival City. Our expert Travel Specialists will tailor-make your personalised itinerary to perfectly match your family's tastes and interests. With 24/7 support while you're on the road, this is the easiest holiday planning experience you will ever have.

Duration: 8 Days

Starts: Melbourne

Finishes: Adelaide

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  • Full In-Country Support
  • Specialist Guides on all selected experiences
  • Full Vehicle Selection
Your Experiences:
  1. Private Melbourne Laneways Tour with Lunch
Your Locations:
  1. Melbourne
  2. Apollo Bay
  3. Port Fairy
  4. Mount Gambier
  5. Coonawarra
  6. Robe – Limestone Coast
  7. Adelaide
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Day by day tour itinerary

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DAY 1
Welcome to Melbourne

Crowned "The World's Most Liveable City" for seven years in a row, friendly Melbourne is the perfect place to begin your Australian family self-drive adventure.

This compact metropolis is begging to be explored after settling into your comfortable accommodation. There are hidden charms around every corner, beautiful Botanic Gardens, incredible street art and chic city squares where you can soak up the atmosphere to your heart’s content.

Melbourne’s Hidden Secrets: Guided Lanes & Arcades Tour

Melbourne’s arcades and laneways hide many treasures, and today’s Hidden Secrets Lanes and Arcades walking tour will reveal the inner heart of Melbourne.

Wander Melbourne’s signature lanes and arcades with your guide, visiting the quirkiest cafes, colourful street art, and amazing architecture. Your guide will entertain you with historical tales of Melbourne along the way. This is a tour with a few added indulgences: a walk in the city is not complete without a wonderful drink stop, at a local chocolate salon.

Melbourne Town
DAY 2
Begin your Great Ocean Road trip

Collect your rental car and get ready to embark on one of the world's greatest coastal drives: the Great Ocean Road

Collect your rental car and get ready to embark on one of the world’s greatest coastal drives: the Great Ocean Road.

Your Great Ocean Road Journey Begins

The Great Ocean Road Touring Route has a number of scenic lookouts all the way from Torquay to the border of Victoria and South Australia. Make your way along the coast to Bells Beach to check out the amazing surf and capture some spectacular views of the coastline and the Southern Ocean.

Be sure to stop at the town of Anglesea and visit the golf course: it’s famous for the kangaroos lounging under trees and hopping across the greens!

Apollo Bay: Paradise By The Sea

Tonight you will stay in the beautiful village of Apollo Bay. The Bay is referred to as the “Paradise by the Sea” and is a great place for those who love the beaches and water sports.

Apollo Bay
DAY 3
Apollo Bay to Port Fairy: Marvel at the 12 Apostles

Continue along the Great Ocean Road for a scenic 3 hour drive through the lush Otway National Park, pausing at Port Campbell to view the magnificent 12 Apostles.

The 12 Apostles: Giants of the Ocean

The 12 Apostles are giant limestone rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean and are considered the most beautiful of all Australia’s natural wonders.

See how many of them you can spot – if you can only see eight, you have actually found them all! Four of the Apostles have now crumbled into the sea after many years of being battered by the salty ocean. The remaining Apostles are no less beautiful when the sunlight paints them in a rainbow of colours throughout the day.

Head to the viewing platform and see if you can spot marine mammals out at sea or in the caves below. You can also enjoy the rugged splendour of these famous rock formations by helicopter to get up close and personal with Victoria’s dramatic coastal beauty.

Onwards to Port Fairy

The coastline is dotted with many plaques and signs marking the places where more than 160 ships sank along the Shipwreck Coast. Wreck Beach, just beyond the Twelve Apostles, marks the start of a trail where the anchors of two ships, the Marie Gabrielle (1869) and Fiji (1891), are embedded in the beach.

Tonight you can discover more about the region’s maritime history by staying at the busy fishing port of Port Fairy.

Port Fairy
DAY 4
Free day in Port Fairy

Relax and enjoy a leisurely day in Port Fairy, one of Victoria’s earliest settled coastal villages.

Explore Port Fairy

This charming fishing village boasts wide streets lined with nineteenth century cottages, stone churches and huge Norfolk pine trees.

Here are some great ways to enjoy your day in Port Fairy:

  • Spend some time on the wharf and watch the fishermen unloading freshly-caught abalone and crayfish.
  • Take to the water: try a surfing lesson, a guided fishing trip or take a cruise to the seal colony on Lady Julia Percy Island.
  • Explore Port Fairy’s wealth of boutiques, antique stores, and art shops dotted throughout the town.
  • Learn about the local maritime history on the Port Fairy Maritime and Shipwreck Heritage Walk.
  • Visit the replica village at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum in nearby Warrnambool and see what life was like for the Shipwreck Coast’s first settlers.
Port Fairy 2
DAY 5
Port Fairy to Mount Gambier: Beautiful South Australia

Crossing the state border into South Australia, your journey continues to the volcanic landscapes of Mt Gambier.

Mt Gambier: Caves, Volcanoes, and Sinkholes    

The geological wonders of Mt Gambier are well worth exploring. This dormant volcano houses the mysterious 70-metre-deep Blue Lake: its waters appear steel grey during winter, turning a startling shade of cobalt blue in the summer months.

The Umpherston Sinkhole may not have the prettiest name, but don’t be put off: it’s a spectacular sunken garden filled with flowers and greenery, hidden in a giant crater in the centre of Mt Gambier town. Created from a collapsed limestone cave, it must be seen to be believed.

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    1 night at Delgattie Estate

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    Approximate Distance: 154 km | 95 miles

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    Total Driving Time: 1 hour 44 mins

Mount Gambier Blue Lake
DAY 6
Mt Gambier to Robe via Coonawarra Wine Region

Meander through the picturesque vineyards of Coonawarra, then return to the coast and discover South Australia's favourite seaside town.

Coonawarra

South Australia is home to 18 wine regions, and Coonawarra is the country’s top producer of premium red wines: it’s affectionately known as “Australia’s Other Red Centre”. You’ll find tantalizing local produce here too.

An optional stop at the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves is well worth the admission price. The 800,000-year-old caves feature spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and are a must see.

Robe and the Limestone Coast

The tiny town of Robe is known for its long white-sand beaches and delicious fresh crayfish. During Australia’s Gold Rush era, some 16,500 Chinese fortune-seekers arrived here by boat and then trekked 400 kilometres overland to the Victorian Goldfields. The Chinese Monument on the foreshore marks the spot where they landed.

Enjoy a stroll along the jetty as the waves crash beneath your feet while you soak up the magnificent South Australian sunset.

Coonawarra Wine Region
DAY 7
Robe to Adelaide: The Festival Capital

Cruise along the coast road to South Australia's capital: Adelaide, the "City of Churches".

Adelaide Sightseeing

Cosmopolitan Adelaide is filled to the brim with culture, flavours, events, and entertainment. With spacious boulevards and vibrant inner-city districts, sophisticated architecture and lush gardens, South Australia’s capital has it all.

History buffs will love the staggering variety of exquisite churches around every corner, many dating back to the 19th century. Grab a bite to eat at Adelaide Central Market: this bustling hub has over 80 stalls offering cheese, seafood, patisseries, and artisan produce. It’s a fantastic place to indulge in a spot of people-watching.

Adelaide is known as the Festival Capital of Australia – from comedy and cabaret to food and fashion, there’s always something on no matter when you visit.

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    1 night at Eos by SkyCity

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    Approximate Distance: 336 km | 209 miles

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    Total Driving Time: 3 hours 49 mins

Adelaide's Leigh Street
DAY 8
Farewell from Adelaide

Extend Your Stay: Optional 2 Day Kangaroo Island Tour

The family fun doesn’t have to end: our optional 2 Day Kangaroo Island package is the perfect add-on to your Australian Dream Holiday. With native wildlife roaming all over Kangaroo Island, you can practically rub shoulders with the cuddly koalas, furry wallabies and sea lions who reside here. It’s the perfect family getaway for nature lovers and explorers of all ages.

Kangaroo Island Rocks
Mikaela Pole - Travel Designer
Mikaela, OUR ABSOLUTE NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL DESIGNER SAYS: “Adelaide and Melbourne are my favourite cities and both have beautiful beaches and are fun cities to explore! The fact there is so much to see and do on the Great Ocean Road that runs between them, makes this drive all the more exciting!”

Ready to find out more? Talk to one of our friendly travel designers about his tour. We guarantee you it will be the experience of a lifetime!

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