3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

Wongarra Trip Overview

Join a micro-group of just 8 guests for a relaxing, rewarding and stimulating tour full of scenic diversity. Our 3-day Great Ocean Road tour is perfectly split between beach and mountains. You’ll spend the first day and a half on the Great Ocean Road before travelling north into the mountains. It is almost like two separate tours as both regions command your full attention. The Great Ocean Road has different scenery around every corner and is full of life and movement. The Grampians is calmer and more quiet and offers some incredible viewing and walking experiences as well as being very rich in Aboriginal culture and rock art. The aim is to provide our micro groups with compelling but relaxed itineraries matched with unique and wonderful accommodation and dining experiences. Your guide will bring the tales of shipwrecks and explorers to life by the help of original artefacts from Loch Ard. Stay in ocean and mountain view villas and enjoy dinner at award winning restaurants.

Additional Info

Duration: 3 days
Starts: Wongarra, Australia
Trip Category: Multi-day & Extended Tours >> Multi-day Tours



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Join a micro-group of just 8 guests for a relaxing, rewarding and stimulating tour full of scenic diversity. Our 3-day Great Ocean Road tour is perfectly split between beach and mountains. You’ll spend the first day and a half on the Great Ocean Road before travelling north into the mountains. It is almost like two separate tours as both regions command your full attention. The Great Ocean Road has different scenery around every corner and is full of life and movement. The Grampians is calmer and more quiet and offers some incredible viewing and walking experiences as well as being very rich in Aboriginal culture and rock art. The aim is to provide our micro groups with compelling but relaxed itineraries matched with unique and wonderful accommodation and dining experiences. Your guide will bring the tales of shipwrecks and explorers to life by the help of original artefacts from Loch Ard. Stay in ocean and mountain view villas and enjoy dinner at award winning restaurants.

Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne – Skenes Creek

Stop At: Geelong, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria
You are picked up from their city hotel or Federation Square and we quickly depart Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge. We travel through the vast volcanic plains on route to Geelong where you have time to stroll along the beautifully transformed waterfront.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
We start our journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay, stopping at various places along the coast including Bells Beach. While winding our way along we stop to view sites such as the ‘Memorial Arch’ and tell you of the intriguing story of this incredible road. After lunch in Lorne, the largest of the seaside villages, we cruise along the spectacular road, stopping at many scenic spots including Kennett River where we might see koalas and many colourful native birds in the wild. We visit the township of Apollo Bay before checking in to our accommodation
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Award-winning Chris at Beacon Point, one of the best restaurants in the region who use great local produce. 2 courses.
Accommodation included: Your 4 star ocean view villa in natural bush setting is a great place to relax, unwind and even to spot a koala or two.

Day 2: Skenes Creek – Dunkeld

Stop At: Mait’s Rest, 17km west of Apollo Bay, Apollo Bay, Victoria Australia
We take you on 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

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Twelve Apostles, Victoria, Australia
The 12 Apostles are Icons of Australia’s natural beauty. We arrive as the stacks are lit with the morning sun making them perfect for photos and crowd free. This is a bonus for taking a 2-day trip as the stacks are silhouettes in the afternoon and overcrowded. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline (own expense).
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road Port Campbell National Park, Victoria 3269 Australia
You then visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. We retell the entire story from the calm voyage, the tragic wreck, the courageous survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artefacts, photos and documents from the ‘Loch Ard’ contained in our treasure chests.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: London Bridge, Peterborough VIC 3270, Australia
After lunch we travel to a lesser known but highly impressive area of the Great Ocean Road west of Port Campbell. This section takes in London Bridge (the famous bridge that collapsed when tourists were still on it), Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, and Boat Bay
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Tower Hill, Tower Hill, Victoria
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve sits in a large volcanic crater. It is one of Victoria’s most fascinating and significant geological formations. The first National Park in the state where we drive down into the crater and if lucky we may have the chance to see Koalas, Kangaroos and Emus
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Port Fairy, Port Fairy, Victoria
This picturesque town was voted the most liveable town in the world in 2012!
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: The ‘locals favorite’ Bay Leaf Cafe; with vast breakfast menu and great coffee, perfect start of the day! Full breakfast
• Dinner: 2 course dinner at the multi-award winning Royal Mail Hotel.
Accommodation included: Overnight at the Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Day 3: Dunkeld – Melbourne

Stop At: Halls Gap, Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria
Our third day starts with an incredibly scenic drive along the Wonderland and Mt William Ranges through to Halls Gap in the heart of the Grampians NP
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Grampians National Park, Halls Gap, Victoria 3381 Australia
Our day includes a few short walks at Baroka Lookout, Reid’s Lookout and McKenzie Falls as well as visits to ‘Brambuk’ Aboriginal cultural centre
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Bunjil’s Shelter, Bunjil’s Cave Road Black Range Scenic Reserve, Victoria 3381 Australia
This rock painting site is widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural sites in south eastern Australia
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria
You will visit the gold mining township of Ballarat, once one of the richest towns in the world
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Full breakfast at Royal Mail Hotel
No accommodation included on this day.



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