Go off the beaten path in southern Australia! On this private vacation, drive along the Great Ocean Road with scenic stops at seaside towns where you can sample the region’s famous produce and enjoy the outdoors. Also enjoy pristine Kangaroo Island, a protected natural reserve with a host of animals, birds and marine life.
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Apollo Bay is a seaside village, on the Great Ocean Road region of Victoria in Australia, surrounded by tranquil beaches, rolling hills, and the Great Otway National Park.
Explore Apollo Bay on your own As an ideal mid-point stop on the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay offers a host of experiences, including some of Australia’s popular walks. Expect to see migrating southern right whales in the waters, and seal colonies on the rocky shores, or dive to the historic shipwreck of SS Casino a few hundred meters offshore. Hike up trails in the Great Otway National Park and amble along the world’s highest treetop walk over the rainforest at Otways Fly. Kayak and surf at Mounts Bay, and hop on a canoe to Lake Elizabeth to sight platypuses. Learn about local history while browsing artifacts at the Old Station Cable Museum. Tee off amid picturesque greens at the Apollo Bay Golf Club. Soak in sunset vistas and contemporary art installations at the Cape Otway Lightstation or panoramic vistas of Apollo Bay from the Mariners Lookout. Retire for the night after socializing over signature brews on tap at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse. (Half Day; Self Guided Activity & Transfer).
Port Campbell is a typical Australian fishing town with its breathtakingly beautiful bay and pristine beach. The sheltered cove makes for a great swimming beach, the only one along this stretch of the famous Great Ocean Road.
Shared Tour of Port Campbell by Helicopter Hop in a helicopter on the fringes of Port Campbell National Park beside the Great Ocean Road, and enjoy a scenic flight to explore highlights of Victoria’s dramatic coast from the air. Initially flying over grasslands dotted with grazing sheep, you will soon be on the Southern Ocean, which offers breathtaking vistas of these natural wonders. Marvel at the rugged cliff faces, pristine beaches, and the stunning limestone formations that grace the waterscape, thanks to decades of erosion. Begin with sights of the 12 Apostles’ remaining rock stacks that rise from the azure waters. Soak up panoramic views of the magnificent Loch Ard Gorge, the hole in The Bakers Oven, the Sentinel Rock, and The Arch. Moving ahead, see Point Hesse, the white sands along Two Mile Bay, and the broken London Bridge, among other attractions en route. Turning around, take time to witness these landmarks against the lush coastal surrounds in the distance, which allows for superb photo opportunities. (Half Day; Shared Activity & Transfer; Group size: 2-7 guests).
Explore Port Campbell on your own Set off to discover the attractions of this charming fishing town set on the Great Ocean Road at your own pace. Make your way to Port Campbell National Park to explore the dramatic limestone stacks that make up the iconic Twelve Apostles. Capture stunning images of these unusual geological formations from vantage viewpoints on the shore. You could also take your pick of helicopter rides and boat tours for a unique perspective of the rugged landscape. Apart from this scenic cluster, the park is also home to other extraordinary limestone formations such as the Gibson Steps, the London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge, and the Grotto. Later, head to the sheltered cove where you can swim in the ocean or soak up the sun on the pristine beach as you savor stunning views of the bay. You could even relish an array of local delicacies and sweet treats washed down with some excellent local wine before you are ready to turn in for the night! (Half Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance fees and meals are not included).
Halls Gap, with its free-roaming population of kangaroos and emus, is a charming town that offers easy access to the natural wonders of Grampians National Park.
Explore Halls Gap on Your Own Discover the beauty of Grampians National Park as you traverse the various landscapes up close on many walks and circuit loops. This natural playground replete with waterfalls, lakes, and rugged sandstone formations will excite any outdoor adventurer. Go rock climbing, abseiling, and canyoning on the cliffs, or try your hand at kayaking, fishing, and swimming in the lakes. Marvel at the fascinating Aboriginal rock art at several caves such as Ngamadjidg and Gulgurn Manja shelters. Follow the local calendar for annual running events and wellness retreats. Outside the park, automotive enthusiasts can visit the Campes Motor Museum in Hamilton. Drop by several artist studios and galleries in Halls Gap and Ararat, which showcase mixed media works and environmental art. You can also set out on ghost tours around Ararat. Hopping between vineyards in the Grampians wine region, sign up for tasting sessions, live music, and cellar door experiences. Witness a spectacular sunset over the Victoria Valley from The Balconies before retiring for the night. (Full Day; Self-explore Activity; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included).
Robe, with its fabulous coastline and small-town charm, promises an idyllic getaway without any compromise on modern luxuries. A popular destination with city-dwellers, this little fishing port becomes a hub of frenetic activity during vacation time.
Penneshaw is a charming town that sits tucked on the north shoreline of the Dudley Peninsula and is a stop on many cruise line routes. Besides being home to Kangaroo Island’s main ferry port, the picturesque town has several tourist attractions and activities.
Home to abundant populations of its namesake animal, the wild kangaroo, and myriad animal and bird species, Kangaroo Island is a sparsely populated and pristine island located near Adelaide in South Australia.
Explore Kangaroo Island on Your Own Experience the wonders of Kangaroo Island at your own pace. You could choose to drive around and catch glimpses of the abundant, unique wildlife and enjoy panoramic vistas over the Southern Ocean. On your pit stops, there are sea caves and pristine remote beaches to be explored, as well as the dramatic orange lichen-covered Remarkable Rocks at Flinders Chase National Park. Afterwards, why not opt for a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk at Seal’s Bay where you can watch seals playing on the rocky shores, or visit the lavender farms at Emu Bay? For a spot of wining and dining, spend the evening sipping on delicious wines at boutique vineyards overlooking the azure waters. For something more spirited, you could indulge in gin, vodka, and liqueur tastings at the Spirit’s Boutique Distillery. Sample Honey Wheat Ale and Honey Ice cream at Clifford’s Honey Farm. (Full Day; Self-explore Activity; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included).
Adelaide is a cosmopolitan city that celebrates its multicultural identity with local festivals, art exhibitions, and music concerts. A dream destination for wine connoisseurs, the region is responsible for more than half of the country’s wine exports.
Explore Adelaide on Your Own Immerse yourself in the charm of Adelaide, exploring the quaint city by yourself and at your own pace. You could spend your day admiring its many heritage-listed buildings, as you walk through the streets. Or immerse yourself in Australia’s Aboriginal heritage at the multi-arts center Tandanya, visit Adelaide’s diverse museums and the Bay Discovery Center that showcases South Australia’s social history and cultural heritage. For a taste of seafood, why not take a tram to the Glenelg seaside suburb and savor oysters by the beach, or barbecue picnics at the Old Gum Tree Reserve? On Sundays, the farmers’ market is ideal for sampling the region’s fresh local produce. If you wish to hike, there are several lush wooded trails at Mount Osmond Reserve offering beautiful vistas of Adelaide and beyond. In the evening, there are stunning sunset from Brighton jetty to be enjoyed. You could then learn about the rich heritage of South Australia’s wines at the expansive National Wine Center. At the end of your day, local live music bands and Adelaide’s buzzing nightlife await. (Half Day; Self-explore Activity; No guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included).
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 10 days / 9 nights.
Meals as indicated
All activities as listed :
Apollo Bay: Explore Apollo Bay on your own
Port Campbell: Shared Tour of Port Campbell by Helicopter
Port Campbell: Explore Port Campbell on your own
Halls Gap/ Grampians NP: Explore Halls Gap on your own
Kangaroo Island: Explore Kangaroo Island on your own
Adelaide: Explore Adelaide on your own
Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
Intermediate Car for max. 5 guests: Toyota Corolla or similar (Automatic)
Pick-up: on arrival at Melbourne airport
Drop-off: before departure at Adelaide airport
Additional driver, if a spouse
Unlimited kilometers, applicable in the following areas: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Port Douglas, Sunshine Coast, Sydney.
100 km free per day, applicable in the following areas: Darwin (Alice Springs & Ayers Rock), additional km are charged at 0.275 AUD per km
Vehicle registration fee (VRF)
Premium Location Surcharge (PLS)
For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
Concession Recovery Fee (CRF)
Excess reduction to reduce to zero
The general business terms apply
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
Tips, additional meals, and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognizable bank institution):
Minimum 100 AUD pre-authorization
One-way fee if applicable, to be confirmed at the time of booking (fee depends on pick-up/drop-off location, duration of the rental, time of year)
Late return fee
Damage to the car (overhead damage, underbody damage, water damage)
Damage to the vehicle or to the property of any third party caused by a breach of the rental agreement.
Damage to a tire or an accessory not attributable to normal wear and tear
Cost of any professional cleaning or odor extraction in case of violation
Traffic and/or parking offense infringement fees
Special request delivery fees
Additional driver fee of 5 AUD per day or 25 AUD per rental (included, if the additional driver is spouse/partner).
27.50 AUD per day for renters between 21-24 years
8.80 AUD per baby seat per day or 88 AUD per baby seat per rental (baby seat to be requested at the time of booking).
13.20 AUD per portable GPS unit or 132 AUD per rental. The standard accidental Loss Damage Waiver and Excess Reduction do not cover loss of or damage to the GPS unit. A separate charge will apply. One way rentals for GPS units are on a request basis only and a one-way charge may apply.
27.50 AUD per day for renters between 21-24 years.
Premium Location Surcharge for any additional items not included in the rental (e.g. baby seat). The fee varies between locations and may be calculated up to 30%.
A number of motorways and city link roads in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane are electronic tolls only and do not have toll booths. All renters must provide a credit card or debit card to enable The Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) to directly charge the applicable toll fees.
Towing in case of an accident
Fuel (Please drop off the car with full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)