25 September 2016

Melbourne Tours and Cruises

Great Southern Touring Route tour - 5 Days

Drive the stunning Great Ocean Road.

There are some wonderful drives you can take when visiting Australia, but none better than this. Beginning and ending in the wonderful city of Melbourne, you travel south to the coast and drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Along the way you will see one of the country's best surfing beaches, great seaside towns and natural wonders like the Twelve Apostles and the Cape Otway rainforest.

Tour Highlights

  • Melbourne    ·
  • Apollo Bay    ·
  • Port Fairy    ·
  • Halls Gap    ·
  • Ballarat    ·

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne to Apollo Bay (150 miles)

Collect your car this morning and travel south west from Melbourne on the Princes Highway to Geelong, the largest provincial city in Victoria. From there travel on to Torquay, the surfing capital of Australia, where you find Bells Beach, which featured in the hit film Point Break. Then follow the coast road through Anglesea to Lorne and visit the nearby Erskine Falls. The coastline from Lorne to Apollo Bay has been described as one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives in the world. Overnight at Apollo Bay.

Boutique - NO CAR Captains at the Bay- Terrace Room Boutique Group D car Captains at the Bay- Terrace Room Standard Group B car Comfort Inn The International- Standard Twin Superior Group C car Beacon Point Villa - Preumium Villa

Day 2: Apollo Bay to Port Fairy (160 miles)

Leave pretty Apollo Bay this morning and travel along the fabulous Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell. The road does leave the coast and wind through the ferny slopes of Cape Otway, a silent and untouched rainforest area. When the road meets the coast again you see some amazing rock formations including the Twelve Apostles, which are huge stone pillars in the surf, carved by the crashing Southern Ocean waves. Continue to Port Campbell and then Port Fairy a quaint fishing village where you spend the night.

Boutique - NO CAR Oscars Waterfront Boutique- Riverfront Room Boutique Group D car Oscars Waterfront Boutique- Riverfront Room Standard Group B car Merrijig Inn- Queen Suite Superior Group C car Oscars Waterfront Boutique- Courtyard Room

Day 3: Port Fairy to Halls Gap (140 miles)

Drive north today to the amazing Grampians National Park with its woodland walks, waterfalls and rock formations. Your journey will take you via Penhurst to Dunkeld, just south of the Grampians. From here a scenic drive leads you through the Grampians National Park to Halls Gap, where highlights include McKenzie Falls, Reids Lookout and the Balconies. The Grampians offer some of the best bush walking, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling in Australia.

Boutique - NO CAR Meringa Springs- Deluxe King Room Boutique Group D car Meringa Springs- Deluxe King Room Standard Group B car D'Altons Resort- Standard Studio Superior Group C car DULC Cabins- 1 Bedroom Cabin

Day 4: Halls Gap to Ballarat (130 miles)

Just out of Halls Gap is Stawell, home of the Stawell Gift, the richest footrace in the world. In the surrounding areas are some fabulous wineries, such as Montara Estate. Other towns on the way include Ararat and Beaufort. Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland city. It is famous for being the site of the world’s biggest deposit of alluvial gold, and almost a third of all gold found in the colony was taken from its rich quartz reefs. Sovereign Hill, an exact re-creation of what life was like in the town, is a must visit.

Boutique - NO CAR Craigs Royal Hotel- Superior Room Boutique Group D car Craigs Royal Hotel- Superior Room Standard Group B car Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill - Motel Room Superior Group C car Quality Inn Heritage on Lydiard- Standard

Day 5: Ballarat to Melbourne (100 miles)

The last day of this memorable tour, so make the most of it. Before leaving Ballarat, a visit to The Ballarat Wildlife Park will bring you back into the present with a close encounter with native fauna. From Ballarat travel via Bacchus Marsh on the return journey into Melbourne. Your hire car has been booked until tomorrow and should be dropped off at the depot before the time it was picked up at the beginning of the tour to avoid additional charges. Then stay on and enjoy more of this great city.

Prices

Standard Group B car fr £421pp

Boutique - NO CAR fr £482pp

Superior Group C car fr £523pp

Boutique Group D car fr £621pp

Valid between:

  • 01/04/2015 - 30/11/2016

Rates based on twinshare

Price includes

  • · 4 nights accomodation
  • · 5 days inc car hire unless indicated NO CAR
  • · Breakfast where indicated

NOT included

  • · Meals
  • · Fuel

International flights not included unless otherwise stated

 
 
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