5. Melbourne to Adelaide: 4-day Great Ocean Road Tour
This 4-day tour takes you on an awe-inspiring journey through some of Australia’s most amazing sights and scenic cliff-hugging adventures. Delight in wonderful local food and wine, native Australian wildlife, tour caves, and see historical attractions
Enjoy a relaxed pace allowing ample time for all the ‘must-sees’ during your journey, and each night arrive at your evening accommodation with ample time to relax and explore the regional towns. Travel on an air-conditioned coach with large viewing windows and reclining seats.
Your tour can be as active as you want it to be. Join in on opportunities for nature walks, swimming, and spotting some of Australia’s unique animals in the wild, or simply explore destinations at your own pace.
DAY 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell
Depart Melbourne and travel over the West Gate Bridge through the vast volcanic plains en route to Geelong. Travel through Torquay for the first of countless photo opportunities of stunning coastal views and lookouts. Stop for a quick visit to the famous Bells Beach.
Continue along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, visiting scenic spots including Kennett River where you can see koalas and colorful native birds in the wild. There are plenty of chances to see native Australian wildlife including Eastern Grey Kangaroos as they graze in the wild.
Travel through Apollo Bay and into the Great Otway National Park. Take 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.
Arriving at the Twelve Apostles in the afternoon after the crowds have left, explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline (at your own expense). Visit Loch Ard Gorge and hear the story of the famous 19th-century Australian shipwreck.
DAY 2: Port Campbell to Port Fairy
Pop back to the apostles in the morning to check out these unique rock formations in the morning light without the crowds. Spend time visiting the unique formations of Loch Ard Gorge and hear the harrowing story of the wreck of the Lock Ard.
Next up travel to Warrnambool for lunch followed by a visit to Tower Hill Wildlife Park. Discover aboriginal history and culture, local wildlife, and plants on an interactive tour of the park. Spend the evening in the quaint fishing village of Port Fairy.
DAY 3: Port Fairy to Naracoorte
Today you're bound for South Australia. Stop in Portland to enjoy panoramic coastal views from the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, before a scenic drive through dense pine plantations to your lunch venue in the pretty riverside village of Nelson.
After lunch, cross the border to arrive in Mount Gambier to see the famous Blue Lake and Umpherston Sinkhole. Arrive in the evening to spend the night at Naracoorte.
DAY 4: Naracoorte to Adelaide
Your day begins with a guided visit to the world heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves, one of the world’s most important fossil sites. Continue with a drive through the Coonawarra vineyards where Australia’s most illustrious cabernet sauvignon vines thrive on the famed rich red soils.
Lunch is served at Bremerton Winery Langhorne Creek, where you can also indulge in some wine-tasting. Your tour continues to Mount Lofty for sweeping views of the city, before ending at your accommodation in Adelaide's CBD.