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Australia Great Ocean Road self drive holiday Melbourne to Adelaide (AUMGOR)

Introduction:

Melbourne exploring the fine food and wines of the Yarra Valley, city sights and the diverse wildlife of the Great Western Plains. Then it is off down the Great Ocean Road self driving with overnight stops in key locations before enjoying time in the Coonawarra Winery Region. Adelaide South Australia to finish your holiday or maybe.... add a South Australia holiday including Kangaroo Island, Clare Valley and the Flinders Ranges

Itinerary Overview:

Day 1 - Arrive Melbourne
Day 2 - Full day Melbourne
Day 3 - Full day Melbourne and Yarra Valley
Day 4 - Full day Melbourne and Western Plains Wildlife
Day 5 - Melbourne to Lorne(Great Ocean Road)
Day 6 - Lorne to Port Fairy(Great Ocean Road)
Day 7 - Port Fairy to Coonawarra
Day 8 - Coonawarra to Adelaide
Day 9 - Adelaide and depart

Itinerary Details:

Day 1 - Arrive Melbourne
Situated on the Yarra River the city of Melbourne is an intriguing mix of  ultra modern and classic architectural styles. The Australian Gold Rush heaped wealth upon the city that is still evident today. The tram system adds character and the diverse cultural mix of Melbourne's residents assures a restaurant to suit every taste.

Day 2 - Full day Melbourne
A full day to explore Melbourne, often called the "Paris of the South Pacific" Melbourne offers visitors fine architecture, museums, galleries, interesting shopping lanes and a wide range of dining. Self guide yourselves or get a head start by joining a Natural Treasures City Tour
Day 3 - Full day Melbourne - Yarra Valley
Today join Epicurean Tours travelling throughout Victoriaís world-renowned Yarra Valley, a tour to suit the true connoisseur or wine enthusiast. Professional guides have extensive knowledge of the Yarra Valley and itís abundance of regional produce and handcrafted wines. And of course the great scenery comes as part of the package!
Day 4 - Full day Melbourne - Great Western Plains
Join Echidna Walkabout on a small group a rare opportunity with quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia. Get close to kangaroos, koalas and abundant birdlife in the wild. The special Koala Research Project ensures that we often have multiple sightings of these delightful creatures in the wild. On this naturalist-guided ecotour, spend the morning in the famous grasslands and around the billabongs of our Open-range Sanctuary in the company of hundreds of wild Kangaroos, dozens of Emus and many species of birds.

Day 5 - Melbourne to Lorne


Travel south west from Melbourne to join the Great Ocean Road. Pass through the seaside towns of Torquay, Anglesea and to the stylish seaside village of Lorne. Thanks to its fresh sea air, white beaches and buzzing arts community along with the nearby Otways and a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere, Lorne has been attracting eager holidaymakers for more than a century. Discover the Erskine Falls cascading into a beautiful fern gully, one of ten waterfalls within ten minutes of town. Wander down Lorne's main shopping strip filled with boutique gift stores, cellars, eateries and galleries.
Day 6 - Lorne to Port Fairy
Today the hills of the Otway Ranges provide a dramatic backdrop to the fabulous coastal scenery.

Practice your Koala spotting skills around the Wye and Kennet River settlements.Spend time exploring this stunning region, short bush walking in Maits Rest an easy 40 metre boardwalk through a beautiful fern gully, hike part of the Great Ocean Road Walk and exploring local beaches.

Head out to Cape Otway and visit the lighthouse built in 1858 and standing on a cliff 100 metres above sea level. This section of the Great Ocean Road is where you will find the iconic features - The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. So allow time to include photo stops.

Later in the day enjoy a stroll around the picturesque historic streets of Port Fairy
Day 7 - Port Fairy to Coonawarra
Cross the state border today with the opportunity to see Mount Gambier's Blue Lake and on to Coonawarra in the heat of the Limestone Coastís main wine region. This afternoon enjoy local wineries or a short drive to delve into the world of 'megafauna' at the Naracoorte Caves.

In recognition of the fine 'terroir' a number of major wine producers have vineyards in the Coonawarra area including Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Jack Estate, Zema Estate, Jack Estate and Di Giorgio Family Wines and Redman Wines.
Day 8 - Coonawarra to Adelaide
During this morning drive to Adelaide you will cross the mighty Murray River as its nears the end of its epic journey to the Southern Ocean.
Travel directly to the city to spend the afternoon there, or wine enthusiasts can take a diversion to the renowned McLaren Vale region where there are a great number of wineries to visit. In the city visit the vast indoor Central City Market where abundant fresh produce is on offer 5 days a week. Explore the city's museum and galleries or walk along the Torrens River.

Day 9 - Adelaide and depart
Depart for home or add one or more of our Australia holidays including the South Australia holiday including Kangaroo Island, Clare Valley and the Flinders Ranges

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