Arrive into Melbourne and you will see this is a city with something for everyone; from chic fashion stores to buzzing cafés and trendy bars, botanic gardens, elegant Victorian-era streets capes to galleries and opulent theaters there is no doubt you will love exploring this fabulous city. Overnight.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: The Sofitel Melbourne
Melbourne to apollo bay
Leave the hustle and bustle of Melbourne behind and head out on the road to the hidden gem of Airey’s Inlet (just past Torquay). Enjoy the beauty of the Great Ocean Road coastline by horse back on a 2.5 hour beach ride. Continue on to Apollo Bay, at the foothill of the Otways. Apollo Bay is a great base for exploring the Great Ocean Road region and will be your home for the next 2 nights.
Two Nights Superior Accommodation: Chocolate Gannets
Apollo bay and cape otway
Explore the best of both worlds at Cape Otway with a mountain biking tour from the rainforest to the beach. This active adventure will allow you to get in and amongst the nature of the forest, as well as viewing breathtaking view of the ocean. After lunch, take a different view of the rainforest on the Otway Fly Tree Walk. Experience the sensation of walking 25m above the forest floor, at the highest point it reaches 47m. If that isn’t enough excitement complete the walk with the Abseil Experience, it’s an exhilarating finale!
apollo bay to port fairy
Enjoy the scenic beauty of the coast this morning as you leave Apollo Bay for Port Fairy. Along the way you will see one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Victoria – the 12 Apostles. This series of striking rock stacks rise out of the Southern Ocean, some are 45m tall. View these dramatic formations from the Coastal Boardwalk. Carry on to Port Fairy; a charming old fishing village where wide streets are lined by 19th century cottages, great Norfolk pines and old stone churches. Overnight: Port Fairy
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Oscars Waterfront Boutique
Port fairy to grampians/halls gap
From Port Fairy, drive inland to the Grampians National Park to discover grand and rugged mountain ranges, Aboriginal rock art, colorful wildflowers and a range of outdoor activities (own expense). The Grampians are a series of five spectacular sandstone ridges with steep and craggy slopes on the eastern side and gentler slopes to the west. They are the result of earth movements lifting and tilting the hard sandstones to create an impressive landscape of peaks and valleys. Explore the many bush walking trails with stunning panoramic views and waterfalls. Find kangaroos, koalas, emus, and wedge-tailed eagles or go fishing or canoeing on the waters of Lake Bellfield and Lake Wartook.
Overnight at Halls Gap.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Aquila Eco Lodges
Halls Gap to ballarat
Leave the National Park and head east to Ballarat - Victoria's largest inland city and the site of the world's largest deposit of alluvial gold. Explore the legacy of the gold rush, still evident in the majestic architecture, parks, gardens, statues, and churches by following one of the heritage walks. Tonight, watch the dramatic Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show, telling the story of the Eureka Rebellion. Overnight.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Ballarat Premier Apartments
Ballarat to melbourne
Depart Ballarat and head back into Melbourne for a scenic river cruise past Melbourne CBD and discover the rich maritime heritage of the historical Victoria Docks. You will also cruise through Melbourne’s picturesque gardens, parklands and some of the famous sporting arenas, seeing all of Melbourne’s highlights. What better way to end your journey than relaxing on a river cruise.
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