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