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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 Padthaway 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 and Yarra Valley
Day 3 - Full day Melbourne and Western Plains Wildlife
Day 4 - Melbourne to Otway National Park (Great Ocean Road)
Day 5 - Otway National Park (Great Ocean Road)
Day 6 - Apollo Bay to near Port Fairy  (Great Ocean Road)
Day 7 - Port Fairy to Padthaway
Day 8 - Padthaway 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 - 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 3 - 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 4 - Melbourne to Otway National Park
Travel south west from Melbourne to join the Great Ocean Road. Pass through the seaside towns of Torquay, Anglesea and Lorne. 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.
Finish the day near the Otway National Park
Day 5 - Otway National Park
Spend the day exploring this stunning region, 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.
Day 6 - Otway National Park to near Port Fairy
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 plenty of time to include photo stops, (some viewpoints may take a few minutes walk to get to). The Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum at Warrnambool is well worth a visit.
Later in the day enjoy a stroll around the picturesque historic streets of Port Fairy or Koroit or wander around the Tower Hill Game Reserve.

Day 7 - Port Fairy to Padthaway
Cross the state border today with the opportunity to see Mount Gambier's Blue Lake and delve into the world of 'megafauna' at the Naracoorte Caves, as you make your way to Padthaway.
In recognition of the fine 'terroir' a number of major wine producers have vineyards in the Padthaway area to supplement their grape harvest in other regions. Hardys have their state-of-the-art Stonehaven Winery here.
Day 8 - Padthaway 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

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