Book a Great Ocean Road day tour and a Phillip Island Penguin Parade day tour and receive entry into the Eureka Sky Deck 88 and the Melbourne Aquarium for just $14 extra!
All about the 4 Day Great Ocean Road and Beyond from Melbourne to Adelaide Tour
With 4 days to tour between Melbourne to Adelaide on this Great Ocean Road experience you have ample time for all the ‘must-sees’ along the iconic Great Ocean Road and beyond.
On tour you will travel in our deluxe reclining seat, air-conditioned vehicle and experience four star accommodation. We pride ourselves on offering family-run hospitality, locally-produced food and wine, and a variety of down-to-earth experiences that can only be enjoyed in small groups.
We understand the importance of utilising the local community and businesses to create sustainable and long lasting relationships. We visit best local cafes, restaurants, food producers and wineries every-day.
You will visit the iconic Great Ocean Road and learn of its history while discovering some of its hidden treasures. As we stay overnight near Port Campbell it allows us to pop back to the iconic 12 Apostles in the morning and check-out these unique rock formations without the crowds. A highlight on tour is the stay in Port Fairy the small coastal town known for its fishing, surfing and a relaxed true old fashioned 'Aussie' style.
Our tours are as active as you want them to be. Our tour style provides opportunities for nature walks, swimming and spotting some of Australia’s unique animals in the wild.
4 Day Great Ocean Road and Beyond from Melbourne to Adelaide Tour Itinerary - 4 days
Melbourne – Port Campbell
We offer individual pick-up from your accommodation in Melbourne at approximately 8.30am before we commence this amazing 4 day 3 night guided Great Ocean Road & Beyond tour. Depart Melbourne and travel over the West Gate Bridge and travel through the vast volcanic plains en-route to Geelong.
The Great Ocean Road is divided into three distinct sections, the Surf Coast, Otway Ranges and the Shipwreck Coast, this tour allows ample time to explore all three sections.
We start the journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay (Surf Coast). This stretch of coast presents the first of countless photo opportunities, as we encounter stunning coastal views and lookouts and visit such places as the famous Bells Beach. Turn your gaze inland and see incredible native Australian wildlife including the Eastern Grey Kangaroos as they graze in the wild.
Our journey continues as we travel the impressive and scenic cliff-hugging section of the Great Ocean Road. We visit such sites as the ‘Memorial Arch’ and hear the intriguing story of this incredible road, before arriving in Lorne, the largest of the seaside townships with its abundance of cafes and restaurants, and the perfect place for lunch.
From Lorne, we continue along this spectacular road, visiting many scenic spots including The Kennett River where you can see koalas and many colourful native birds in the wild. Travel through Apollo Bay and into the Great Otway National Park (Otway Ranges). Here we offer a guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully to see the world’s tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns and many other unique features.
Travelling through the Otway Ranges and onto the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ our first stop is at Castle Cove overlooking the Aire River valley. Your guide will introduce you to the strong Aboriginal heritage of the region with many tribes living prosperously around the coastline for thousands of years.
Our next stop is undoubtedly one of the most iconic vistas within Australia and truly representative of Australia’s natural beauty, the 12 Apostle’s. We arrive as the stacks are bathed in the afternoon sun making them perfect for photos. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock, explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline (own expense). Visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th-century Australian shipwreck.
Accommodation for the first night is the small fishing village of Port Campbell, nestled in a beautiful natural port and has some wonderful cafés and restaurants for food and views.
Accommodation: Southern Ocean Villas (or similar)
Port Campbell to Port Fairy
You have the option this morning to pop back out to the 12 Apostles and take in the view during the morning sunlight and/or take a helicopter flight (at own expense) over this amazing coastline. We spend time visiting the unique formations of London Bridge and then onto The Bay of islands before saying goodbye to this amazing stretch. We head inland through Australia’s premier dairy country and visit the Allansford Cheese factory and enjoy a tasting of some of the local delights. Lunch today is in the township of Allansford. We explore one of Victoria’s largest regional towns of Warrnambool before exploring Tower Hill Wildlife Park. We arrive at the quaint fishing village of Port Fairy, our destination for the night. We arrive early enough to enjoy a stroll around this beautiful township before enjoying dinner (at your expense) at the many local restaurants, café’s or pubs.
Accommodation: Victoria Apartments, Port Fairy (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Port Fairy to Penola
Today is a relaxing day, with a respectable 9.30am start that will take us into South Australia today. We travel through some of the largest Pine Plantations today before crossing the Glenelg River where we have lunch at the little village of Nelson.
We cross the state border here and stop for the mandatory photo of the amazing Blue Lake of Mount Gambier, and visit Umpherston Caves. We arrive in Penola early enough to explore this wonderful regional town which is known as the central location in the life of Mary McKillop (St. Mary of the Cross), the first and only Australian to gain Roman Catholic sainthood.
Dinner tonight is a group affair at Pipers of Penola. Mix with the locals as we enjoy some of the best local fare.
Accommodation: Alexander Cameron Suites, Penola (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Penola to Adelaide
Our final day is an exciting and diverse one. We start off by visiting the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves before settling in for a picturesque drive through South Australian farmland that caters to sheep, cattle, vineyards, wheat and many more of Australia’s export staples.
We head back down to the coast and visit the unique Coorong National Park.
We cross the Mighty Murray River by Ferry at Wellington allowing you to truly experience crossing Australia’s largest river.
We head across to the picturesque wine region of Langhorne Creek where we enjoy the surrounds of the Bremerton Winery while we sample some of their wine and enjoy a lovely lunch in their restored 1866 iron stone barn.
Through the southern Adelaide Hills to Strathalbyn where we can have a wander around this beautiful town and then onto the historic village of Hahndorf. Settled by German immigrants fleeing religious persecution in the 1840’s Hahndorf is now Australia’s oldest German village and we can enjoy a stroll through it array of food and gift shops.
Our final stop for the 4 days is Mount Lofty where we enjoy a magnificent vista looking over South Australia’s capital city Adelaide.
Our tour will drop you at your accommodation around this wonderful city around 5 pm on Thursday afternoon.
Meals Breakfast & Lunch
Departs Melbourne every Monday morning
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Group bookings: Groups of 4 or more receive a 10% discount
Age Requirements and Tour Style: Must be 18+ to travel on the tour unless an approved minor (12+ years old) is accompanied by an adult. All guest must be young in spirit and active enough to participate daily in light to medium walks, some lasting up to two hours.
Clients 60 or over at the time of travel will be required to complete a brief form which acknowledges the adventurous nature of the tour at the time of booking.Clients 70 or over at the time of travel will be required to have their doctor complete a brief form which acknowledges the clients suitability to the tour at time of booking.
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