Tour Description

Great Ocean Road

Six Days: 2nd – 7th March 2020

Twin Share: $2095 per person. Sole Use: $2495 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s great journeys. We spend delightful, relaxing days touring along this spectacular coastline with its incredible scenery of ocean, cliffs, beaches and seaside towns.  As well as the stunning views, we enjoy the colonial grandeur of Werribee Park Mansion and take in the impressive countryside of the Otway Ranges with its beautiful rainforests, including the very special tree-top rainforest walk, the Otway Fly.  This will be a wonderfully scenic holiday that will leave you with magical memories of nature’s splendour.

 

Day One – MONDAY 2 MARCH 2020

(includes light lunch and three course dinner)

After completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), we begin our journey by travelling through the Mount Lofty Ranges, stopping for morning tea at Tailem Bend.

Following refreshments we continue towards the Tatiara. We travel through Coonalpyn, Tintinara and Keith, before arriving at Bordertown, famous for its white kangaroos which have been bred for zoos and animal shelters around Australia.  We enjoy our lunch here before continuing our journey.

Our afternoon travels take us through the Victorian countryside, passing Frances and Edenhope, stopping on the way to stretch our legs, before we arrive in Hamilton.

Here we check into our accommodation at Comfort Inn Botanical (Ph: 03 5572 1855)  where we have time to freshen up in our rooms before coming together for dinner.

Day Two – TUESDAY 3 MARCH 2020

(includes cooked breakfast, picnic lunch and three course dinner)

Our drive this morning takes us south towards the Victorian coast. We first travel to Mortlake which sits at the base of Mount Shadwell, an extinct volcano rich in olivine crystal. It is here that we stop for a break to enjoy our morning tea refreshments.

Continuing to the coast, we make a comfort stop in the city of Warrnambool, which claims beautiful views over both Warrnambool Bay and the Hopkins River. Just past nearby Allansford, we join the Great Ocean Road and near Peterborough we begin to experience the beauty of this rugged limestone coast.

As we take a leisurely drive along this remarkable stretch of coast, we will stop at various lookouts to appreciate the beauty of nature and marvel at the spectacular features carved over time. The striking views at the Bay of Islands and Bay of Martyrs, whet the appetite and as we travel further, we take time to admire London Arch and Loch Ard Gorge, with its remarkable tale of tragedy and survival.

Arguably the most well-known site along the Great Ocean Road is the Twelve Apostles. Carved over time by the fury of the ocean, a series of huge limestone pillars loom out of the surf. The views are breath taking and the short walk to the platform is well worth it! While here, some passengers may like to indulge in a scenic helicopter flight (at passengers own cost) – a great way to experience this incredible stretch of coastline from a different perspective.

Not long after recommencing our journey, the road turns inland as we travel through beautiful green reserves to Lavers Hill and on to Skenes Creek.

Our accommodation for the next two nights is at the Skenes Creek Lodge (Ph. 03 5237 6918) which boasts wonderful views of this inspiring coastline.

Day Three – WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH 2020

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

This morning after breakfast, we head out for a day in and around the Otway Ranges. We begin travelling along the Great Ocean Road through Apollo Bay before turning inland and driving through the Great Otway National Park, down to Cape Otway. This is the southernmost point of the Victorian coastline west of Melbourne. Keep an eye out for koalas in the trees, as there is a significant population in the area!

Cape Otway is Australia’s largest historic lighthouse precinct, comprised of the Cape Otway Lighthouse (the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Australian mainland), the former telegraph station, a World War II radar bunker and the lighthouse master’s cottage. It also includes a whale interpretive area and an indigenous cultural display. To make the most of this experience we enjoy a guided tour and our morning tea on site.

Next we make our way inland through the ranges to the small town of Beech Forest, on the edge of the Otway Ranges. The town was named after the beech myrtle trees which are common in the area. We enjoy lunch here before heading to the amazing Otway Fly Tree Top Walk. This construction is the longest and highest canopy walk of its kind in the world.  A stroll along the 600 metre long and 25 metre high walkway affords unparalleled treetop views of the surrounding rainforest—it’s breathtaking!

After exploring the magnificent Otway Ranges, we take a scenic drive back to Skenes Creek where we have time to relax before dinner.

Day Four – THURSDAY 5 MARCH 2020

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

This morning we travel on the ‘original’ Great Ocean Road. The road from Apollo Bay to Lorne is one of the best known stretches of road in Australia, travelling right next to the beach and winding its way from one magnificent view to the next. We drive at a gentle pace in order to make the most of the experience in comfort and safety.

On arrival in Lorne, we stop to enjoy morning tea and take time to look around this lovely coastal township. We then drive into the hills to visit the much photographed Teddy’s Lookout, with its wonderful views over the coast and the Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road continues to Eastern View, where an arch over the road marks the official eastern end of the coastal drive. Travelling on, we pass through Aireys Inlet to Anglesea, where we will have our lunch today.

From here it is a short drive north to Geelong on the western side of Port Phillip Bay. Regardless of Geelong’s industrial reputation, the CBD is quite beautiful owing to the Victorian architecture, the floral gardens and parklands, and the million dollar facelift of the waterfront.

We take a short look around the city before checking into our accommodation at the Rydges Geelong (Ph. 03 5223 6200).  There will be time to settle in and freshen up on arrival before meeting again for dinner.

Day Five – FRIDAY 6 MARCH 2020

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

After breakfast, we leave the motel and drive a little further around Port Phillip Bay to the suburb of Werribee. Home to Werribee Mansion, this property has long been regarded as Victoria’s finest rural colonial homestead.

On arrival we can wander through the stately 1870s mansion, which can be considered an Australian version of an English country house and garden and a symbol of Australia’s pastoral elite in the colonial era. This magnificent homestead is constructed from bluestone, faced with local freestone and boasts 60 rooms.

After morning tea we depart west through rolling Victorian countryside. Our journey takes us to Ballan, located on the Werribee River, where we stop to enjoy our lunch.

This afternoon we travel on through Ballarat, Beaufort and Ararat with a comfort stop along the way.

We reach Stawell by late afternoon. Upon arrival in town we head to our accommodation at the Magdala Motor Lodge (Ph. 03 5358 3877) where we have time to settle into our rooms before coming together for dinner in the dining room.

Day Six – SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2020

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

After breakfast we depart Stawell and drive through Horsham to Natimuk for our morning tea.

Continuing on, we enjoy our last views of the mountains as we pass Mount Arapiles before crossing the border into South Australia. We arrive at Keith in time for lunch at one of Endeavour’s favourite hotels.

Refreshed, we reboard the bus and make our way along the Dukes Highway, passing through Tintinara and Coonalpyn, home of the now famous Coonalpyn silo mural.

Our comfort stop in Tailem Bend gives us a chance to stretch our legs before crossing the Murray River, and making our way through the Adelaide Hills.

On arrival in Adelaide we begin returning everyone home after enjoying the scenic grandeur of the Great Ocean Road.