The Great Ocean Road offers wildlife and natural scenery at its best. Encompassing beautiful coastline, charming seaside towns and sprawling winelands, this journey begins in Adelaide and ends in Melbourne. Along the way, stop at Barossa Valley – one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, and sample the handmade cheeses and wines. Explore the nature’s playground that is Kangaroo Island and get to walk among endangered Australian sea lions and tree-climbing koalas. Discover the history of Port Fairy and gaze in awe at the 12 Apostles.
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Travel from the UK to Adelaide. Journey time is usually around 20-24 hours with a change of aircraft in the Middle East or South-East Asia, offering plenty of options to depart from most major airports across the country.
Upon arrival in Adelaide, a transfer will take you to your hotel in the centre of the city and home for the next three nights. With a couple of days at leisure, you can really get to explore the beautiful city of Adelaide with acres of parkland along the edges of Torrens Lake in the centre of the city, it is home to museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum. Browse the bustling Adelaide Central Market and discover the green spaces of Cleland Conservation Park and the cities Botanic Park and Gardens.
Drive distance – 48 miles / 78 KM
Collect your car today in downtown Adelaide and drive a short distance north out of the city and into South Australia’s fabulous wine producing region of the Barossa Valley, where you will stay for the next two nights.
Located 60km northeast of Adelaide, Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine producing regions. There are around 150 wineries and cellar doors, with half open to the public – although most of the others will open for appointment. You can drive the food and wine trails or, for something a little different, hop on a bicycle and explore the heritage towns, art galleries and craft shops. A range of experiences are on offer including the option to create your own blend of wine.
Drive distance – 162 miles / 261KM
Travel south from the Barossa Valley through the countryside of South Australia and onto Cape Jervis where you catch a short car ferry across to Kangaroo Island, your location for the next three nights.
Australia’s third largest island, and a hub of wildlife and natural beauty. You are likely to see native animals and birds wherever you are on the island, ranging from koalas and kangaroos to black swans and pelicans, not to mention sightings of bottlenose dolphins and whales out in the blue waters. More than a third of the island is protected by conservation areas and national parks, with farmland and small towns making up the rest. Visits to Seal Bay Conservation Park and Flinders Chase National Park are a must, while the freshly-caught seafood is not to be missed.
Includes: breakfast and dinner
Drive distance – 307 miles / 495KM
Head back on the car ferry onto the mainland and continue south, skirting around Lake Alexandria and following the coast of Long Bay, see Coorong National Park an important wetland area home to plenty of wildlife and many birds to spot too including the Pelican breeding grounds around Jack Point Observatory before spending the night in Robe, amongst the rugged scenery of the Limestone Coast.
Drive distance – 176 miles / 284KM
Drive the last few kilometres of South Australia and enter the state of Victoria, heading for an overnight stop at Port Fairy, a historic fishing town on Victoria’s southwest coast.
Drive distance – 239 miles / 384KM
Today you will explore the very highlight of the journey as you follow the famous Great Ocean Road from Port Fairy to Victoria’s capital, Melbourne. Coastal towns such as Port Campbell and Torquay are great little places to stop off while the site of the Twelve Apostles is something that you will savour and remember well beyond the end of this fantastic trip.
Three full days to explore Melbourne. In the Southbank area of the city is the Melbourne Arts Precinct with the Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. In the centre, the Federation Square is home to numerous bars and restaurants by the Yarra River.
After a final day enjoying cultural Melbourne, transfer to the cities Tullamarine airport for an overnight flight back to the UK.
‘River Vistas, Great Japanese Restaurant’
InterContinental Adelaide offers elegant city centre accommodation, set along the Riverbank Promenade. Located in the heart of historic Adelaide, it’s a short stroll to bars, restaurants and museums . InterContinental Adelaide is proud of its award winning restaurants, featuring an authentic Japanese and fine dining restaurant set along the riverside. Take advantage of the outdoor heated pool, fitness centre and gymnasium then relax in your room and enjoy stunning views along River Torrens, Adelaide Hills and beyond.
‘Intimate Hideaway; Unique Experiences’
Surrounded by thousands of acres of vineyards in the heart of the Barossa wine country, The Louise Barossa Valley offers exceptional food, wine and accommodation in the wine capital of Australia. Pairing delicious dishes with iconic Barossa wines, Appellation restaurant places an emphasis on freshness, seasonality and regionalism; even harvesting produce from their own kitchen garden, baking their own bread and butchering and curing their own meats. Authentic experiences can be found in every direction here – be it touring exclusive estates and vineyards, creating your own wine, taking part in an Italian cooking class, browsing the weekly farmer’s market or having breakfast with kangaroos at the nearby conservation park. Contemporary suites invite you to relax after a day of discovery.
‘Spectacular views, wildlife on your doorstep and a private beach too!’
Located on Kangaroo Island, Sea Dragon Lodge and Villas is your perfect retreat to experience this unique destination. Located within a 250 acre, seafront sanctuary the lodge provides guests with the possibility of meeting Koalas on the beach and seeing kangaroos from your deck. Coupled with the amazing views and the only private beach on the island – where the sea is also safe for swimming – this is truly the place to experience Kangaroo Island.
‘Charming boutique bed and breakfast in the first ever building in Robe’
Dating back to 1847, Robe House was the first ever building constructed within the town. Formally the governor’s residence, this traditional building now houses just five apartments. Located in the town centre, close to the marina, it’s a great place to stop over on a longer drive or somewhere to base yourself while exploring South Australia.
‘Tranquil Waterfront Retreat’
Situated on Moyne River with direct wharf access, Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel resides in the heart of Port Fairy, a coastal town at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Only a short walk away and guests will find themselves at the beach, browsing the galleries or dining in one of the restaurants. At the hotel relaxing lounge areas are furnished with open fire places and the private courtyard is surrounded by greenery. The dining area overlooks the Moyne River and offers the perfect setting in which to start your day, with a gourmet breakfast prepared using seasonal produce. Accommodations feature modern and comfortable interiors.
‘Timeless, Elegant and Modern'
Situated in an idyllic position on the renowned Southbank Promenade overlooking the Yarra River and close to all of Melbourne’s attractions, The Langham Melbourne enjoys one of the most desirable locations in the city. Your accommodation confidently acknowledges the views of the Yarra River and provides guests with space and modern, high-tech amenities; choose an elegant Classic Room or upgrade to a Club for Club Lounge benefits. The hotel boasts a famous day-spa in combination with a pool, gym and sauna; you will find business services and a concierge to help you explore this remarkable city. Dining is an experience in itself at Melba Restaurant, showcasing fresh, international cuisine cooked in a series of open, interactive kitchens.
International flights in economy
14 nights accommodation as listed
Car hire with GPS
Car ferry to Kangaroo Island
Meals unless otherwise stated
Car hire one way drop fee
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