Days
4
Price from
$985AUD

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

Each state has it’s own iconic destinations, and this trip takes you to a couple of South Australia and Victoria’s – Kangaroo Island and the Great Ocean Road. From Adelaide, 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. Nowhere does rock formations quite like Australia, so marvel at the island’s Remarkable Rocks before the big show of the Great Ocean Road’s Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Before then you’ll change scenery with time in the forests of the Grampians National Park and get a different perspective with a lesson in local Aboriginal history. Be captivated by each twist of the Great Ocean Road's turn, spot wild koalas at Kennett River and stop by some famed surf locations before finishing up in artsy and eclectic Melbourne. This journey is the perfect snapshot of what makes Australia so great.


Start
Adelaide, Australia
Finish
Melbourne, Australia
Destination
South Australia, Kangaroo Island, Victoria, Great Ocean Road
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 24
Code
PSAAC-O

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

Adelaide’s one of those cities that has a little bit of something for everyone: award-winning gardens, 19th century churches, fresh seafood and enough good wines and wine bars to send a sommelier giddy. Think about arriving in town a day or two before kick-off to see everything Adelaide has to offer. We’ve got an early start this morning from your accommodation (selected hotels/hostels), 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.

Note: 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 our arrival back in Adelaide.

Note: 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
Leaving Adelaide in the morning, drive across the state border into Victoria and enter the beautiful world of the Grampians. Go for a walk to view the Jaws of Death, hike down to smashing McKenzie Falls and hold on tight as you take in the incredible views from Reeds Lookout. Getter a better insight into the customs of the land's traditional owners during a stop-in at the Brambuck Cultural Centre, then head into the heart of the Grampians, with a stop en route for lunch. All fuelled up, the last stop of the day will be a hiking spot in the Grampians National Park where you’ll often kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.
Included Activities
  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After another early morning start, begin the journey along Australia's glorious Great Ocean Road, the twisting highway where every turn brings another photo-worthy view. Explore Port Campbell National Park, and rock out with the amazing rock formations of London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the iconic Twelve Apostles. Sit back and soak up the mesmerising coastal views along the way, stopping at Apollo Bay for a spot of lunch. Pull over at Kennett River for the chance to spot koalas, pass through charming beach towns like Lorne and take some snaps at some famed surf locations. Then hit the highway to cosmopolitan city of Melbourne.
Included Activities
  • Loch Ard Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Minibus, Transfer coach, Ferry

Accommodation

Hostel twin share (2 nights) Lodge twin share (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Brambuk Culture Centre
  • Mackenzie Falls - Grampians
  • Reeds Lookout (The Balconies)
  • Loch Ard Gorge

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Important notes

1. Coach transfer from Adelaide to meet the ferry on day 1 departs Adelaide Central Bus Station (85 Franklin Street) at 6:45am. Hotel pick up’s from central Adelaide to the bus station are available on request.
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 PSAAC-B for Basix style.
4. This trip also runs in reverse as a 5 day trip, see codes PASMC-B and PASMC-O

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