melbourne to apollo bay
The Great Ocean Road Touring Route has a number of scenic lookouts from Torquay all the way 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. Tonight you will stay in 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.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Chocolate Gannets
apollo bay to port fairy
Continuing along the Great Ocean road today is a relaxing scenic 3 hour drive. Stopping at Port Campbell allows you to witness the amazing 12 Apostles by helicopter. 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.
The coastline is dotted with many a plaques and signs that mark the places where more than 160 ships sank along the aptly named 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 the Fiji (1891), are embedded in the beach.
Tonight you can discover more about the maritime history by staying at the busy fishing port of Port Fairy. This is one of the state’s earliest settled coastal villages so take the time to explore the town’s streets and over 50 nineteenth-century buildings classified by the National Trust.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Oscars Waterfront Boutique
port fairy to naracoorte
You are in for a treat today as you visit the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves! The 800,000 year old caves feature spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and are a must see. You can choose between a walking, dry cave tours or try something more adventurous.
The cave tour also includes entry into the Wonambi Fossil Centre which showcases a wealth of information about the caves' history, including life-size reconstruction of ancient animals. The Naracoorte Caves are among the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites and are a superb illustration of the key stages of evolution of Australia’s unique fauna and a chance for you to see fossilized examples of Australian "Mega Fauna', like ‘Procoptodon goliah’ the largest known kangaroo that ever existed standing 7 ft tall or ‘Megalania Prisca’ a giant lizard that roamed with the aboriginal and reached a staggering length of 7.9 meters (26 ft)
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Punters Retreat
naracoorte caves to adelaide
Make your way to the elegant city of Adelaide where you will spend the afternoon at your leisure......... Festivals and food - Arts and culture & Shopping and sports. This is Adelaide - the city where there's always something on. Whether you want to party or relax on your next holiday, South Australia's capital has it all. With spacious boulevards and vibrant inner-city districts, sophisticated architecture and lush gardens, Adelaide is the perfect venue for all sorts of activities - big or small.
Two Nights Superior Accommodation: North Adelaide Heritage
murraylands day tour and cruise
Travel through rolling hills and the Mallee outback by luxury coach on your way to the mighty Murray River - a land now rich in green vineyards, golden citrus orchards and prosperous rural communities. Mannum is the birthplace of the River Murray Paddlesteamers and the gateway to the harsh empty inland of Australia. Keep an eye out for galahs, cockatoos and pelicans as you board a punt for your river crossing. Continue on to the Murray River and Cruise the wide waters by riverboat, witness superb views as you travel alongside the ancient riverbanks. Journey back across the river to picturesque Walker Flat and take in the majestic ochre-colored cliffs. Return later to Adelaide through the undulating green Adelaide Hills
adelaide to Tasmania
Board your flight to Launceston, Tasmania. Enjoy the afternoon in this cultural hub by taking a walk along the waterfront and immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural heritage and enjoy a thriving food and wine scene amongst the backdrop of vibrant Georgian streetscapes. The boutique riverside city is located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley and boasts magnificent natural attractions including the spectacular Cataract Gorge Reserve and beautiful parks and gardens. Overnight.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Peppers Seaport Hotel
launceston to freycinet national park
Experience the magic of Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park with a three hour Kayaking Trip along this wonderful coastline at sunset. Glide beneath pink granite mountains, white sandy beaches and over crystal clear waters. See penguins and dolphins and discover secluded beaches along the way. Take the 45 minute walk up to the wineglass bay lookout for spectacular views over the ocean and a great place to take photos. Overnight.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge
Drive to Port Arthur where you will experience the World Heritage Listed Australian Convict Sites. Explore the Coal Mines historic site which was Tasmania’s first operational mine and a place of punishment for the “worst class” of convicts. Continue on to Hobart where you will stay overnight.
Hobart is the state capital and largest city in Tasmania offering all of the amenities of a large city. Spend this evening at Salamanca Place where in Summer it is the heart of “café society” where all of Hobart [it seems] congregates to enjoy the delights of al fresco dining and drinking in the popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike.
Two Nights Superior Accommodation: The Henry Jones Art Hotel
hobarts coal valley region wine tour
Finish off your holiday with a full day southern wine tour to the Coal Valley region. Tasmania’s mild summers and long autumn days give the grapes a distinctive taste similar to those found in European wines. This tour will take you through the Coal River Valley and Huon Valley Regions. You'll visit award winning Vineyards like Puddleduck Vineyard, Frogmore Creek and Pooley Wines. Plus a choice of either the Gasworks Cellar Door or Domaine Simha. Depending on time, we may also visit the Wicked Cheese Company or stop off at the historic village of Richmond.
Your 10 day Australian adventure ends here in Hobart. Spend the day exploring the waterfront or the market of Salamanca Place on a Saturday Morning. For those with energy to burn, climb to the summit of Mount Wellington for panoramic views over the city of Hobart, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula. Make your way to Hobart airport for your departing flight.
Note: This self drive tour can be completed in reverse order, the tour cost remains the same. To view tour prices or to make an enquiry, please click on the Enquire Now tab at the top of this itinerary.
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