Journey from Melbourne to Adelaide, taking in the Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island

Take a memorable road trip through Victoria and South Australia, starting from Melbourne and taking in each twist and turn of the Great Ocean Road. Channel your inner surfer at some famed boarding locations, drink in the sweeping vistas of the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, and get an insight into local Aboriginal history in the lush surrounds of the Grampians National Park. Continue through the Adelaide Hills and cross to Kangaroo Island. Much of this stunning landscape is protected and is home to an abundance of native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and, of course, the odd roo or two. Meet the residents at Seal Bay, slide a sand board down the dunes of Little Sahara, keep your eyes peeled for the fuzzy guys that live up the eucalyptus trees of Hanson Bay wildlife Sanctuary, and marvel at the huge boulders of the Remarkable Rocks.


Start
Melbourne, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
PASMC-B
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 24

Why we love this trip

  • Travel along the Great Ocean Road

  • Stop at spectacular Loch Ard Gorge

  • Witness the Twelve Apostles near Port Campbell

  • Go hiking in the Grampians National Park

  • Loll about with the local sea lions at Seal Bay

  • Give sandboarding a crack amid the white sand dunes of Little Sahara

  • Walk through Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in search of koalas in their gumtree hideouts

  • Take in the impressive coastal views from Remarkable Rock

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is made up of two seperate tours and you'll be traveling with a different Guide on each Kangaroo Island and the Great Ocean Road. Each Guide specialises in their region of touring

  • The Kangaroo Island portion of the trip are two full days of touring. Whilst there isn't too much physical exertion, there are early starts and arrival back into Adelaide on the second day is late in the evening around 10:30pm.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 February 2017 to 31 March 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Departing cosmopolitan Melbourne, hit the road west to Geelong and the famous surf town of Torquay. From there, begin the journey along one of Australia’s most beautiful and famous drives – the Great Ocean Road. Stop in at Kennett River for some koala spotting, then break for lunch in Apollo Bay. Continue on to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, spending the night in Warrnambool.
Included Activities
  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Kennett River Koalas
  • Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Begin the day checking out more of the Great Ocean Road's wonders, then drive into the Grampians National Park – an area rich in Aboriginal culture and beautiful landscapes. Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about the period known as the Dreaming, then hike up to the Pinnacles for impressive views across the Grampians. Tonight you'll enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue in Halls Gap.
Included Activities
  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Pinnacles Walk - Grampians
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Hike up to McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfalls in the Grampians, and check out other sights such as The Balconies, Reeds Lookout, and the Jaws of Death. Leaving the Grampians, pass through the town of Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last leg of the journey into Adelaide.
Included Activities
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After an early morning pick up, travel along the picture-perfect Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for the 45-minute SeaLink ferry ride to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. While crossing, it is not uncommon to have an escort of local dolphins that can be viewed from the dolphin deck on the boat. Once you disembark, stop in at Rob's Shearing and Sheepdogs to check out how sheep are shorn, then continue to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – the only commercial eucalyptus distillery in South Australia. Next up is a visit to the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you'll have the opportunity to see rare Australian Sea-lions up close in a wild breeding colony. Travel on to the white sand dunes of the Little Sahara, where you’ll get the chance to give sand boarding a shot, then arrive at your exclusive accommodation in Vivonne Bay Lodge. Enjoy some free time to kayak on the Harriet River, go for a self-guided walk along the property’s tracks, head out trail bike riding or swimming, or simply kick back along Vivonne Bay Beach. Accommodation tonight is in eight-person dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms (bed linen provided).

Note: The coach transfer from Adelaide to the ferry is approximately 1.5 hours, with a sailing time of 45 minutes. On the Island, you will spend approximately 2 hours in the vehicle with frequent sightseeing. Walking and active time will depend on which optional activities you choose in the afternoon.
Included Activities
  • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
  • Rob's shearing and sheepdogs
  • Sandboarding at Little Sahara
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, pop into the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for a walk among eucalyptus trees in search of lazing koalas. Next, continue on to Flinders Chase National Park, arriving at the iconic Remarkable Rocks ahead of the crowds. Ramble across the craggy coastline, marvel at the dramatic seascapes, and then stop in at Admirals Arch on Cape Du Couedic to see the resident fur seals frolicking in the ocean or basking on the rocks. If time and weather permits, there might be several stops made en route to Penneshaw, where you can purchase dinner (own expense) before you arrive back in Adelaide, where this trip comes to an end.

Note: Driving time whilst on the Island will be the majority of the day, with constant stops for sightseeing. The ferry Journey is approximately 45 minutes back to the mainland with a journey of 1.5 hours back to central Adelaide. Arrival time will be approximately 10:40pm. Walking distances are several hundred metres at each location.
Included Activities
  • Admirals Arch
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Remarkable Rocks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Minibus, Transfer Coach, Ferry

Accommodation

Dormitory (4 nights)

Included activities

  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Kennett River Koalas
  • Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Pinnacles Walk - Grampians
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout
  • Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
  • Rob's shearing and sheepdogs
  • Sandboarding at Little Sahara
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Admirals Arch
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Remarkable Rocks

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Important notes

1. Coach transfer from Adelaide to meet the ferry on day 4 departs Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street) at 6:45am. The walk from the YHA is 2 minutes.
2. Accommodation in Adelaide between the two sections of this trip is at the Adelaide Central YHA
3. This trip is available in Basix (multishare) and Original (twin share) accommodation. See code PASMC-O for Original style.
4. This trip also runs in reverse as a 4 day trip, see codes PSAAC-B and PSAAC-O

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