Enjoy Kangaroo Island then travel from Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

Looking to take in some of southern Australia's superb natural attractions in a relatively short time? Look no further than this short but all-encompassing road trip from the quiet charm of Adelaide to Melbourne's vibrant cafe scene. Spot penguins, sea lions, koalas and – surprise, surprise – kangaroos on Kangaroo Island. Soak up stunning vistas along the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Adelaide Hills and the Great Ocean Road, and get sand boarding in the Little Sahara, hiking in the Grampians and kayaking on the Harriet River. Striking the perfect combination of wildlife spotting, scenery savouring and active outdoor activities, this four-day adventure makes for the ideal getaway.

Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Melbourne, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
PKIAM4
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 6, Max 24
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Watch sea lions loll about on the shoreline of Seal Bay
  • Witness penguins waddle in to Point Ellen
  • Peer through the yawning cavern of Admirals Arch at Cape Du Couedic
  • Hike through the wild bushland of the Grampians
  • Gaze in wonder at the Twelve Apostles
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery on offer along the Great Ocean Road

Itinerary

Travel to Cape Jervis and hop aboard the Sealink Ferry for the journey out to Kangaroo Island – make sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins surfing along in the bow’s wake. Pay a visit to the local sea lions of Seal Bay, then hit the white sand dunes of Little Sahara and try your hand at sandboarding. Perhaps spend the spare hours before dinner kayaking in Harriet River, trail-bike riding or exploring the area’s numerous hiking tracks. When night falls, perhaps embark on a guided nature walk in search of wallabies and possums.
After breakfast, head out to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in search of wild koalas nodding off in their eucalyptus-tree hideouts. Continue to Flinders Chase National Park and take in the superb coastal views from Remarkable Rock. Watch the local fur seals frolic offshore at Cape Du Couedic, and visit the gorgeous beaches of Stokes Bay before returning to the mainland.
Leave Adelaide city behind and head out across its hills and the Murray River into Victoria. Enter the Grampians National Park and learn about the land's cultural significance to the local indigenous people. Then check out either McKenzie or Silverband Falls on a short nature hike and overnight in Halls Gap.
Start the onwards journey to the Great Ocean Road. Savour the ever-changing but always stupendous coastal vistas offered by the route, culminating in arrival at the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Stop off briefly to see some koalas at Kennett River and to witness the world famous Bells Beach surf break in Torquay, then hit the highway – final destination, Melbourne.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Minibus, Transfer coach
Accommodation
Hostel (2 nights)

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