Your Oz Explorer
You’ll travel the Great Ocean Road, with magnificent views of the Southern Ocean, visit historic seaside towns, the famous Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge and learn about the history of the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ and about the Aboriginal people who lived in this region.
Inland, walk through the secluded fern gullies and ancient rainforest of the Otway National Park and discover native wildlife by day and magical glowworms by night. Your delightful villa style accommodation is set high above the Great Ocean Road overlooking the spectacular coastline of Apollo Bay.
Day 1 -
You will be picked up from your hotel to commence a two day Great Ocean Road tour. Depart Melbourne and travel through the vast volcanic plains en route to Geelong where there is time to stroll along the beautifully transformed waterfront.
Start the journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay, stopping at various places along the coast including Bells Beach and your scenic morning tea location. Focus then turns to Australian native wildlife observing Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the wild.
The journey continues travelling the very scenic, cliff-hugging section of the Great Ocean Road. Stop to view sites such as the ‘Memorial Arch’ and hear of the intriguing story of this incredible road. Lorne is the largest of the seaside resorts, with its abundance of cafes and restaurants.
After lunch travel along the spectacular road, stopping at many scenic spots including Kennett River, where you can see koalas and many colourful native birds in the wild. Travel through Apollo Bay and into the Great Otway National Park. Take a 1km guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully to see the world’s tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns and unique features such as ‘Yabbie Chimneys’. Visit Apollo Bay before arriving at your accommodation. Dinner is included this evening.
Hotel: Beacon Point Ocean View Villas.
Day 2 -
The journey today starts with travelling through the Otway ranges and onto the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. First stop is at Castle Cove overlooking the Aire river valley. Your guide will introduce you to the strong Aboriginal heritage of the region with many tribes living prosperously around the coastline for thousands of years.
The Twelve Apostles are icons of Australia’s natural beauty. Arrive as the stacks are lit with the morning sun making them perfect for photos and crowd free. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline (own expense). Visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck.
The small fishing village of Port Campbell is set in a beautiful natural port and has some wonderful cafés and restaurants for food and views. After lunch, travel to a lesser known but highly impressive area of the Great Ocean Road west of Port Campbell. This section takes in London Bridge, Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, and Boat Bay before your journey turns inland and travels through open farmland towards Melbourne.
2 Day Oz Explorer - from £515
Departs Tue, Thu and Sun or 3 day Melbourne to Adelaide from £879 departs Thu and Sun