Experience one of the world’s most iconic scenic coastal drives, along the south-west coast of Victoria on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which winds its way alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean.
Kangaroo Island is the epitome of variety, ripe with pristine beaches, historic lighthouses, conservation land, underground caves, rare honeybees, gourmet local delicacies and seals !!!!
Ever wanted to go the the Melbourne Cup ??? Well this tour offers you the opportunity with an “optional” Day at the Cup experience.
Please make your way to the airport to board your pre-arranged afternoon flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival, you will be meet by your Tours Host.
If departing from Sydney, your experienced Tour Host will meet you and we board our Virgin flight to Adelaide arriving late afternoon.
Our transfer takes us straight to our hotel where we check in and the enjoy a welcome dinner to meet the other travelers.
Accommodation: IBIS Adelaide 2 Nights
Meals: Welcome Dinner
This morning, our local guide will meet us at the hotel for an interesting insight into the lifestyle of Adelaidians. We will do a little walking also making use of the free transport around the city centre for a morning of discovery. One of Adelaide’s most iconic sites is that of the Adelaide Oval, and that is where we leave our guide. Whether we are into sport or entertainment of any kind this is an impressive venue. We will be taken on a tour of the complex and its many uses. There is so much to see and do in the city centre that we have left the rest of the afternoon free to do our own exploring.
Meals: B, D
Rise and shine bright and early this morning as we make our way to Cape Jervis to board the ferry to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. This gives us the entire day to see why KI is one of the most visited areas of South Australia. First stop is at Cliffords Honey Farm, home to Kangaroo Island’s own population of Ligurian bees (the only pure strain in the world) producing 10,000 kilograms of delectable honey each year. Our next, and another wonderful venture, is at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery. This was once one of Kangaroo Islands major industries, beginning in the 1880’s. From 48 stills on the island employing over 600 people in 1930 to now, this being the only one remaining. Frogs and Roses is our choice for another unique and quirky venue to enjoy a home-made lunch. All in all it will be a very interesting day. We then head to Kingscote, the main center on the Island and our base for the next 2 nights.
Accommodation: Aurora Ozone Hotel 2 Nights
Meals: B, L, D
Our touring will cover two major wildlife areas today – Seal Bay and the Flinders Chase National Park. Our locally based guide will join us on the coach as we drive to the famous Seal Bay for a chance to walk on the beach amongst the colony of Australian Sea Lions who live here all year round. It is an unforgettable experience to be guided by a National Parks Ranger, along the beach, within metres of the bulls, cows and seal pups as they rest on the beach. We then travel towards the south western end of the island with a stop for our picnic lunch at Rocky River. This afternoon we visit the Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Cape du Couedic and Admirals Arch where, via a spectacular board walk, we can see close up a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals who live in the sea and the rocks just below us.
Meals: B, L, D
Today we head to Victor Harbor where we spend some time. On arrival into ‘Victor’, a local guide joins us on the coach for a sightseeing tour of town. We then take a ride on the horse drawn tram, across the causeway to Granite Island. Granite Island was once used as the main port for vessels travelling overseas with cargo, brought to Port Goolwa and then transferred overland to Victor Harbor by horse drawn vehicles. We stop in at the SA Whale Centre then re-board the coach to Tailem Bend where we stay overnight. This is no ordinary hotel we are staying in. As soon as we pull off the highway into the driveway we can tell we are in for something quite special. This will possibly be the only hotel foyer we have been to that has a dozen specialty cars around the reception area! Our ‘welcome’ staff member will explain the reason for the hotels uniqueness.
Accommodation: Rydges Pit Lane
Meals: B, D
Setting off nice and early right after breakfast, starts our day of travelling through Keith to Penola, where we arrive at lunch time. The town was established in the 1850’s and has a colourful history. Fortunately a lot of this history has been preserved and is on display along Petticoat Lane and throughout the Mary MacKillop Interpretative Centre which we will visit. Adjacent to the Interpretative Centre is Petticoat Lane. This intriguing heritage site portrays the pioneer living standards of the 1890’s. The story of Christopher Sharam, his wife and 15 children is detailed at a site just behind the original slab hut cottage. It won’t take long to reach our accommodation in Mount Gambier where we check in for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Quality Inn
Meals: B, L, D
Our local guide, who will shed some light on Mount Gambier’s history, and interesting stories about its residents. Included in our tour will be Umpherston Cave – a sinkhole that has been landscaped with terraced gardens close to the city centre. It is an impressive garden with palm trees reaching to the sky and plants hanging over the edges of the sinkhole. Leaving the “Mount” we will spend a short time in Port Fairy, with a local guide, to take a look at Port Fairy’s rich, maritime history and its colonial character which have been faithfully preserved and it still seems like a small fishing village. Arriving into Warrnambool means we make our way to the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. This is where we spend the rest of the afternoon. This delightful complex authentically recreates the appearance, atmosphere and activities apparent in a small coastal port during the 50 years prior to 1900. It presents and preserves material, artefacts and vessels relating to Australia’s early maritime museum. Following check in, tonight, we enjoy dinner tonight at Flagstaff Maritime Village before we relive that era! With the night time sound and laser show called “Shipwrecked” recreates the tragic story of the Loch Ard Shipwreck that took place more than 120 years ago.
Accommodation: Mid City Motel
Meals: B, D
Experiencing from a distance the treacherous stretch that is now known as ‘Shipwreck Coast’ will be all the more meaningful after our explanation last night. Apart from the tragedy the coastline is simply beautiful as well. We make our way past iconic features such as London Bridge and the Twelve Apostles during the day. The Great Ocean Road runs the full length of the Port Campbell National Park into the Otway National Park. Deep in the hills here is the spectacular Otway Fly – a tree top walk, the longest and highest canopy walk of its kind in the world. The tree tops view of the Otways is an unforgettable experience. We spend tonight in Torquay, giving us time to relax before dinner in our magnificent hotel restaurant located right by the sea.
Accommodation: Peppers Sand Resort Torquay
Meals: B, L, D
We have planned a full day of activities making the most of the area we are about to visit which includes Daylesford and Lancefield on our way to Melbourne for the night. On to the township of Daylesford, we have planned a visit to the Convent Gallery. The Convent Gallery which sits on top of Wombat Hill overlooking Daylesford is a temple for the arts. Next is The Chocolate Mill where we can see a demonstration on how hand-made chocolates are prepared and enjoy a sample! Across to Lancefield now where the afternoon is spent visiting Edgars Mission, which will melt our hearts. His (Edgars) mission is to make the world a better place for humans and non-humans alike. We walk along the ‘Kindness Trail’ and are sure to leave with an understanding and perception that will inspire us. Arriving in Melbourne late afternoon marks the last dinner we have together this tour. The tables are sure to be a buzz with chatter about all the wonderful sights, sounds and lessons we have experienced over our time together.
“Or Ask us about our Melbourne Cup option”
Accommodation: Quality Batman’s Hill on Collins
Meals: B, D
Following breakfast, we make our way across the road to the Southern Cross Railway Station to board our XPT which departs at 8.30am. Leaving Melbourne we can be assured of having been part of something quite spectacular during this tour before arriving Sydney late evening.
For Interstate passengers, a transfer to Melbourne Airport will be provided
Flight Sydney to Adelaide
Luxury Coach with Commentary
All entries, activities, etc, as per itinerary
Fully Escorted by experienced guide
All accommodation and meals as per itinerary
First Class Travel Seats on the XPT Melbourne to Sydney
Senior & Pensioner Fare in tour price
Adult with no concessions add $76 to tour price
NSW Pensioner with Travel Voucher deduct $25 from tour price
Pensioner & Senior fare quoted Double/Twin, Single ADD $715