Days
5
Price from
$955AUD

Between Melbourne and Adelaide, take a road trip through some of Australia’s greatest landscapes

Each state has it’s own iconic destinations, and this journey takes you to a couple of Victoria and South Australia’s – the Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island. From Melbourne, be captivated by each twist of the Great Ocean Road's turn, stop by some famed surf locations, and spot wild koalas at Kennett River. Spend some time in the forests of the Grampians National Park and get a different perspective with a lesson in local Aboriginal history. Nowhere does rock formations quite like Australia, so marvel at the big show of the Great Ocean Road’s Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Head on to Adelaide, then hop aboard a ferry and cross to the island that’s named after roos but’s also home to a heap of native animals like koalas and sea lions. Meet these wild residents at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Seal Bay Conservation Park in-between sand boarding the dunes of the Little Sahara, kayaking on the Harriet River, or kicking back on Vivonne Bay beach. This journey is the perfect snapshot of what makes Australia so great.


Start
Melbourne, Australia
Finish
Adelaide, Australia
Destination
Victoria, Great Ocean Road, South Australia, Kangaroo Island
Style
Basix
Theme
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 24
Code
PASMC-B

Why we love this trip

  • Loll about with the local sea lions at Seal Bay

  • Give sandboarding a crack amid the white sand dunes of Little Sahara

  • Take in the impressive coastal views from Remarkable Rock

  • Koalas are one of Australia’s most iconic creatures – make some new furry friends among the gum trees of Mikkira Station and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Take the chance to head beneath the surface, into the crystal clear waters surrounding the Neptune Islands, and face-off with a Great White Shark

  • Dive at the opportunity to go on a watery play-date with some friendly sea lions, seeing who’s got the better moves in the waters around Hopkins Island

  • Hike through the dense Australian bush and the spot native wildlife that lives in the area

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is made up of two seperate tours and you'll be traveling with a different Guide on each Kangaroo Island and the Great Ocean Road. Each Guide specialises in their region of touring

  • The Kangaroo Island portion of the trip are two full days of touring. Whilst there isn't too much physical exertion, there are early starts and arrival back into Adelaide on the second day is late in the evening around 10:30pm.

Itinerary

Leave cosmopolitan Melbourne and hit the road west to Geelong and the famous surf town of Torquay. After stopping for a quick photo opportunity at iconic Bells Beach, begin the journey along one of Australia’s most beautiful and famous drives, the Great Ocean Road. Stop in at Kennett River for some koala spotting, then break for lunch in Apollo Bay. Continue on to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, spending the night in Warrnambool.
Included Activities
  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Kennett River
  • Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
  • Teddy's Lookout (Winter months)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Begin the day checking out more of the Great Ocean Road's wonders, then drive into the Grampians National Park – an area rich in Aboriginal culture and beautiful landscapes. Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about the period known as the Dreaming, then hike up to the Pinnacles for impressive views across the Grampians. Tonight enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue in Halls Gap.
Included Activities
  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Pinnacles Walk - Grampians
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Hike up to McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfalls in the Grampians, and check out other sights such as The Balconies, Reeds Lookout and the Jaws of Death. Leaving the Grampians, pass through the town of Horsham before crossing the famed mighty Murray River and making the last leg of the journey into Adelaide.
Included Activities
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
We’ve got an early start this morning from your accommodation, before travelling along the picture-perfect Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for the 45-minute SeaLink ferry ride to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. While crossing the water, look out over the side of the boat – it’s no unusual to be joined by a few dolphins along for the ride. Touch down on the island then make your first stop at Rob's Shearing and Sheepdogs to see firsthand a very Aussie occupation – sheep shearing. Continue on to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – the only commercial distillery of the infinitely useful eucalyptus oil in South Australia. Next up is the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you’ll have the chance to see rare Australian sea lions up close in a wild breeding colony. From the sea to the desert – head to the white sand dunes of the Little Sahara and give sand boarding a shot, before arriving at our exclusive accommodation in Vivonne Bay Lodge. You’ll then have a spot of free time for kayaking on the Harriet River, taking a walk along one of the property’s tracks, hopping on a bike, dipping in for a swim, or just kicking back on Vivonne Bay beach. You’ll spend the night in eight-person dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms (bed linen provided).

Notes: The coach transfer from Adelaide to the ferry is approximately 1.5 hours, with a sailing time of 45 minutes. On the Island, you will spend approximately 2 hours in the vehicle with frequent sightseeing. Walking and active time will depend on which optional activities you choose in the afternoon.
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, pop into the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and search for koalas lazing in the eucalyptus trees. Next up it’s Flinders Chase National Park, where you’ll find a collection of boulders that really live up to their name – the Remarkable Rocks. You’ll arrive ahead of the crowds that come to see this signature sight of giant weathered stones that guard the view over Kirkpatrick Point. Ramble across the rocky coastline, admire the seascapes, then stop in at Admirals Arch on Cape Du Couedic to see the resident fur seals frolicking in the ocean or basking on the rocks. Depending on the time and weather, make a few stops en route to Penneshaw, where you can purchase dinner (own expense) before arriving back in Adelaide.

Notes: Driving time whilst on the Island will be the majority of the day, with constant stops for sightseeing. The ferry Journey is approximately 45 minutes back to the mainland with a journey of 1.5 hours back to central Adelaide. Arrival time will be approximately 10:40pm. Walking distances are several hundred metres at each location.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Minibus, Transfer Coach, Ferry

Accommodation

Dormitory (4 nights)

Included Activities

  • 12 Apostles & London Bridge
  • Kennett River
  • Melba Gully Walk - Otway Ranges
  • Swim at Lorne (Summer months)
  • Teddy's Lookout (Winter months)
  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Pinnacles Walk - Grampians
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies)

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Important notes

1. Coach transfer from Adelaide to meet the ferry on day 4 departs Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street) at 6:45am. The walk from the YHA is 2 minutes.
2. Accommodation in Adelaide between the two sections of this trip is at the Adelaide Central YHA
3. This trip is available in Basix (multishare) and Original (twin share) accommodation. See code PASMC-O for Original style.
4. This trip also runs in reverse as a 5 day trip, see codes PSAAC-B and PSAAC-O

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