Take in some of the country's best sights from the height of the Grampians to the shores by the Great Ocean Road

Australia’s Great Ocean Road is a glorious stretch of land capturing the finer points of Victoria’s versatile and diverse ecosystems. The iconic bushland and glistening seascapes fuse together to create something greater than the sum of it’s parts, seen in natural wonders such as the Loch Ard Gorge, the towering 12 Apostles or even the surf beaches of Torquay. Further inland, the towering sandstone ridges of the Grampians offer a view of the land below – pristine, undisturbed and authentically Australian. Close enough to comfortable, trendy seaside towns like Lorne yet just far enough from the metropolitan Melbourne to feel the call of the wild, the southern coast is everything you could want from Australia and more.


Start
Melbourne, Australia
Finish
Melbourne, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Wildlife
Code
PACGR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Stay in unique four star accommodation along Victoria's Great Ocean Road and Grampians

  • Enjoy a native food dinner cooked by a local chef

  • Walk where few dare to tread on a special section of the Great Ocean Road, travelling down Gibson Steps to a glistening shoreline dotted with giant stone monuments

  • A smaller group size of 12 people gives you a better chance of making new friends and enjoying uncrowded sight-seeing

  • Sacred to the Gunditjmara people, explore the soon to be UNESCO-listed Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape – home to ancient aqua traps dating from 6600 years ago

  • Get up close and personal with koalas and kangaroos

  • See the famous twelve apostles, perhaps from a helicopter above the ocean

  • Hike to the Pinnacles, explore Halls Gap and Victoria's Grampians

Is this trip right for you?

  • This Comfort trip is twin share hotel accommodation. Solo travelers may be paired with another person of the same gender. A single supplement is available for purchase on request.

  • This trip has a couple of walks in the Grampians. Whilst hiking boots are not essential, they may make your experience more comfortable.

  • There are some block of driving a couple of hours long, so make sure you bring a good book or ipod with music

  • Even in summer the southern part of Australia (especially in the mountains) can be cool so please bring warm clothes for the evenings as well as light walking clothes for the daytime

Itinerary

Welcome to Melbourne! Often referred to as Australia’s music capital, Melbourne is full of arts, culture and plenty of foodie hot-spots for those feeling a bit peckish from the flight over. Start the adventure off with a welcome meeting in the evening at your hotel. Please look out for a flyer in the hotel reception for more details on this meeting – alternatively don’t hesitate to ask the front desk staff for more information. Remember to keep your insurance and next of kin details on hand as your leader will be picking these up before you begin.

If you’ve arrived early, one of the best ways to get acquainted with the city is with an Urban Adventures trip – the Total Melbourne tour whisks you to the heights of the city’s best viewpoint down to the laneways full of hidden bars and cafes. Filled with plenty of fun facts about the city’s history and modern culture, you’ll be an honorary Melbournian by the time the trip ends for sure!
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Begin with a breakfast at the hotel before departing from Melbourne en route to Torquay – a town made famous for it’s fantastic surfing beaches. After a brief morning tea, continue onwards to Memorial Arch, a timber log archway that stands as a tribute to the World War One servicemen who constructed the Great Ocean Road. Arrive at Lorne for lunch, then take some time to explore this laid-back seaside town or duck into the water for a quick swim. Head to Teddy’s Lookout for views of the rugged hills jutting out of Australia’s south-eastern coastline, try to spot cute and cuddly Koalas near Kennett River and finally arrive at Apollo Bay in the late afternoon. After a big day of driving and exploration, enjoy some free time to relax at your accommodation or perhaps duck out to a local restaurant for a fresh seafood dinner.
Included Activities
  • Memorial Arch
  • Teddy's Lookout above Lorne
  • Kennett River Koalas
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Tuck in to an early breakfast at a local café, then head towards Maits Rest for a guided walk through an enchanting patch of lush Australian rainforest located in the Great Otway National Park. Listen out for birds cooing and tweeting through the emerald ferns as you marvel upon towering trees above and trickling waterways below.

Afterwards, embark on a truly unique experience with a walk along the Great Ocean Road itself en route to Gibson Steps. Prepare yourself to be dwarfed by the towering cliffs and offshore columns as you walk along the shoreline, feeling the breath of the ocean run across your skin as the morning sun beams warmly above.

Continue along the Great Ocean Road for a stop at one of Australia’s best known natural wonders – the 12 Apostles. It’s a humbling experience to look out from the cliff tops at these limestone monoliths as they staunchly protrude from the water, keeping an ear out as waves crash against their feet. An optional helicopter ride offers the chance to take in sweeping views of the landscape – just ask your leader if you’re interested in taking this option.

Say farewell to the 12 Apostles and hit the road once more. Stop by the Loch Ard Gorge for a glimpse of a picturesque natural inlet, enjoy a lunch stopover at Port Campbell, then go sightseeing at London Bridge, The Grotto and the Bay of Martyrs before arriving in Warrnambool. Enjoy an evening dinner with the group before hitting the hay for the night.
Included Activities
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Great Ocean Walk & Gibson Steps
  • Guided rainforest walk through Maits Rest
Optional Activities
  • 'Shipwrecked' or 'Harpooned' show & dinner - AUD45
  • Twelve Apostles helicopter flight - AUD145
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend today exploring the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected area, taking a tour of the volcanic landscapes created by the eruption of Budj Bim (Mount Eccles) around 27,000 years ago. This traditional meeting place and camping area of the Gunditjmara people is a major part of indigenous Australian Dreaming trails and remains an important ceremonial site – come to understand the cultural importance of this soon to be World Heritage-listed site on a walk with a local guide. Uncover the secrets of the traditional aqua catchments used to trap eels and fish, using techniques that outdate the Pyramids of Giza, and contine to discover unique caves, craters, lava tunnels and glistening lakes on a trek through this authentic plot of Australian bushland.
Included Activities
  • Budj Bim Tyrendarra Indigenous tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Riddled with glorious sandstone mountains, dazzling wildflowers and dramatic lookouts, the Grampians region is a hotbed for some of Australia’s finest natural treasures. Begin your adventures through the ranges on a hike to The Pinnacle via Devil’s Gap. Keep an eye out for koalas, kangaroos and even echidnas who might be seen rummaging through the surrounding bushland, then take in astounding views of Halls Gap and the Grampians’ peaks from the top of the lookout. After a brief lunch, continue on a relatively easy walk to The Balconies for panoramic views of Victoria Valley. Press on to Mackenzie Falls to witness stunning cascades as they collapse into a deep pool, firing mist into the surrounding air. After a long day of walking, settle down the way that traditional Australian bushmen would to a bush tucker dinner, cooked up by a local chef using native ingredients.
Included Activities
  • Pinnacles Walk - Grampians
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Native food bush dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast at the hotel, travel back from Halls Gap towards Melbourne. The adventure comes to a close once you arrive in the city.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Minibus

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Motel (1 night)

Included activities

  • Memorial Arch
  • Teddy's Lookout above Lorne
  • Kennett River Koalas
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Great Ocean Walk & Gibson Steps
  • Guided rainforest walk through Maits Rest
  • Budj Bim Tyrendarra Indigenous tour
  • Pinnacles Walk - Grampians
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Native food bush dinner

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Melbourne with an arrival day and welcome meeting in the evening. Check the notice board at the hotel for the meet and greet time
2. This trip is twin share hotel. Solo travelers may be paired with a person of the same gender
3. Arrival time back in Melbourne is around midday. Please check any onward travel with us if you plan to fly that afternoon

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