Immerse yourself in the natural and cultural wonders of Victoria as you explore two famously scenic areas with a professional guide. Drive from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, considered one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Visit renowned surf spots and try koala spotting in the rain forest of Great Otway National Park. Admire the geologic spectacle of Twelve Apostles and learn about Australia’s seafaring history at the Loch Ard Gorge.
Next, delve into the wild beauty of Grampians National Park. Trek through rugged terrain and soak up the scenery of waterfalls and natural lookouts. Take in panoramic views from the Bay of Martyrs and visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about the area’s indigenous inhabitants.
This well-organized tour includes two nights of accommodation, seven meals, a professional guide and all transport — so you can skip the stress of planning and enjoy your adventure. See Itinerary below for complete tour details.
Day 1: Melbourne to Cape Otway (L,D)
Depart from Melbourne and travel along the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway. Visit the famed Torquay, a beach town known for its surf culture. Stop at the lovely coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay before arriving at Australia’s oldest lighthouse on the southernmost point of Cape Otway. Continue along the Great Ocean Road and see the Shipwreck Coast, where more than 50 ships met their peril against the rugged coastline in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The most famous was the wreck of Loch Ard, when only two out of 54 people survived and for which the Loch Ard Gorge is named. See the majestic Twelve Apostles, a group of limestone rocks formed by the natural elements that jut straight up out of the water.
Accommodation: Port Campbell Hostel
Day 2: Cape Otway to the Grampians (B,L,D)
Today, continue along the Great Ocean Road and explore the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands known for its ocean views, rock formations and sheer cliffs. Then discover the sleeping volcano of Tower Hill, now a wildlife sanctuary, before arriving at the foothills of the Grampians. Next visit the Brambuk Cultural Center and discover the history and culture of the Indigenous people
Accommodation: Asses Ears Wilderness Retreat
Day 3: The Grampians to Melbourne (B,L)
Explore the Grampians on a guided scenic nature walk (Wonderland, Venus Baths or the Balconies); cool off at Mackenzie Falls, see panoramic views of the park from Reeds Lookout and see birdlife and native animals roam free. Return to Melbourne in the early evening.
For those who wish to continue on to Adelaide, there is an option to do this with an on board fee of AUD$30 (payable direct).
What to bring
• Good shoes/boots for walking
• Appropriate clothing for warm and cold conditions
• Sunscreen and hat
• Swimsuit and towel