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Beach on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, the Grampians & Great Ocean Road

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,865 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Travel one of the world's most spectacular driving routes

Highlights

  • Explore cosmopolitan Melbourne, a flawlessly welcoming city famed for its myriad cultural attractions and eclectic beachside suburbs
  • Take in the spectacular beauty of the Great Ocean Road, pausing at vineyards, golden beaches and the iconic Twelve Apostles
  • Turn inland to learn about ancient Aboriginal culture and customs amid the dusky ridges of the Grampian Mountains

In Brief

  • 1 Night Melbourne
  • 2 Nights Mornington Peninsula
  • 2 Nights Apollo Bay
  • 1 Night Port Fairy
  • 2 Nights Dunkeld

About

Recommended for:
City | Food & wine | History & culture | Self-drive

Australia's Great Southern Touring Route in the southern state of Victoria turns the romance of the road trip into a grand love affair. Starting in fashionable Melbourne, follow the Great Ocean Road past miles upon miles of spectacular coastal scenery. Here, roads are carved right into imposing escarpments, their stern cliff faces a stunning contrast to the glittering waters and soft white sands below. Along the way, you’ll make stops at ancient rainforests, cragged mountain ranges that hide Aboriginal rock art and vineyards that are making an international name for themselves. This tailor-made self-drive then finishes back in Melbourne. However, if you have time, why not extend your stay and head to South Australia's capital Adelaide? Its wide streets, verdant surrounds and pulsating arts scene are a gateway to some of Australia's finest wine regions.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
UK

Depart the UK to fly to Australia and begin your tailor-made self-drive, arriving in Melbourne on day three.

Day 3
Melbourne

Whether a culture buff, sports nut, foodie or fashion lover, you'll find your niche in Melbourne; Australia's second city impresses with everything from great sporting events to a charming café culture. And, founded by free-settlers in 1835, it's got the past to back it up. The gold rush of the 1850s brought about a historic boom, best evidenced today in Melbourne's laneways. Lose yourself among these twisting streets, discovering world-class art galleries, hip bars and award-winning restaurants around every corner. On your arrival, you'll collect your hire car and make your way to your hotel. 

Stay: The Lindrum, Melbourne (Superior)

Meals: B (Superior)

Days 4-5
Mornington Peninsula

Strike out of Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula. Long popular with Australian visitors, its fertile hills and lavender farms spill down to a series of sheltered beaches. Back inland, you'll find green contours shared by superb golf courses and vineyards.

Stay: Flinders Hotel – Quarters (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 6-7
Apollo Bay

Today, after a scenic ferry over the Port Phillip Bay, you'll embark on one of the world's most scenic drives – the 283km Great Ocean Road. Watch as giant cliffs frame golden sweeps of sands as you choose between a range of intriguing stops. Visit the koalas at Kennett River or get a taste of Aussie surf culture at Torquay, home to the world's largest beach and surf culture museum. You'll then arrive at Apollo Bay where you'll have a day to spend exploring the Great Otway National Park. This is one of Australia's most evocative rainforest parks, filled with giant tree ferns, ancient plant life, narrow valleys and spectacular waterfalls.

Stay: Captains at the Bay, Apollo Bay (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 8
Port Fairy

Continuing along the Great Ocean Road, you'll soon reach Port Campbell for the best views of the iconic Twelve Apostles. These giant rock stacks rise majestically from the ocean, as emblematic of Australia as Uluru or the Sydney Opera House. Consider taking a short scenic flight to get fully appreciate the sheer scale of this natural wonder. Continuing west, you'll arrive at Warrnambool for the chance to spot southern right whales right from the beach. These mighty, migratory cetaceans can be spotted between June and October. You'll then overnight in Port Fairy. One of the state's oldest harbours, it features more than 50 National Trust buildings and a historic wharf where early risers can watch fishermen unloading the daily catch.

Stay: Oscars Waterfront (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 9-10
Dunkeld

Turning away from the coast, you'll today head inland to Dunkeld, a town hidden among the Grampian Mountains. These sandstone giants offer superb bushwalking opportunities, bringing hikers among a world of Aboriginal rock art, kangaroos, koalas and wedge-tailed eagles. However, they're at their most enchanting from August to October when wild flowers speckle their slopes in vibrant swathes of colour. You'll spend two nights at the Royal Mail Hotel, a historic property whose award-winning rooms host spectacular views over the ranges.

Stay: The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 11-12
Melbourne to UK

Wind your way back to Melbourne via the undulating Ararat Hills, Beaufort's gold-rush-era architecture and the gourmet delights of Ballarat. You'll then board your overnight flight home, arriving on day 12.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior Deluxe

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,865 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £1,865 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,965 pp. incl. flights

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Melbourne
  • 10 days medium car hire with maximum cover
  • 8 nights accommodation staying in 4* (Superior) boutique hotels on a B&B basis



Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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Adjust your itinerary with our recommended extensions

Melbourne to Adelaide extension

Extension

Extend your journey by continuing west to Adelaide in South Australia. 

Horseback Winery Tour

Day-excursion

Spend a day in the saddle and sample the wines of the Mornington Penisula – a region regarded for its pinot noir and pinot gris – on this interesting and unusual excursion, which takes in numerous local vineyards.

Victoria’s Wine and Wildlife

7-day extension from £620 pp

A six night self-drive extension, starting in Melbourne, shows you the best of Victoria’s wine and wildlife.

Lanes and Arcades of Melbourne

Three hour-excursion from £50 pp

Join this indulgent three-hour morning walk through Melbourne’s beautiful back streets and get orientated in the city that locals love to love.

Melbourne by Bike

4 hour-excursion from £55 pp

As each ride is personalised, this tour aims to help you understand the parts of Melbourne that interest you most.

The City After Dark with Melbourne Private Tours

Evening-excursion from £350 pp

As the sun sets on Melbourne, the city comes to life. Explore what the city has to offer after dark, including the cultural hot-spots, fine-dining and hidden bars.

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