Discover the best of Victoria’s southern coast and highlands on this three-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park from Melbourne. From natural wonders and native flora and fauna, this tour has it all, combining the history of the region with the great outdoors.
Witness the majestic beauty of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park, famed for its natural wonders. History buffs will enjoy hearing stories of the Shipwreck Coast and discovering the traditions and culture of the indigenous people, while nature lovers will revel in the great outdoors, with opportunities to see native plants and wildlife up-close in their local habitats.
Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell (L)
Depart from Melbourne and travel along the Great Ocean Road - Australia's greatest coastal drive. Visit the famed Torquay surf city, a beach town known for its surf culture. Be immersed in Aboriginal history with a stop at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre before exploring the famous Split-Point Lighthouse, first illuminated in 1891. Drive through the lovely coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay and 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 12 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: Port Campbell to the Grampians (B,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)
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).