Melbourne & Adelaide Explorer

6 days 5 nights

Melbourne – Great Ocean Road – Grampian – Adelaide

Join us for a journey from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians National Park for six days of discovery, culture, wildlife, waterfalls and scenic vistas.

DAY 1: MELBOURNE ARRIVAL

Welcome to Melbourne. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon is free for you to explore the city or relax.

To be known as the Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne offers world class shopping, a thriving arts scene, beautiful urban parks and endless restaurant options, which combine to seduce culture vultures, foodies, and casual visitors alike.

Experience cosmopolitan Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Early arrivals can catch a ride on its famous trams, or for a uniquely Melbourne experience, book a table at the Tramcar Restaurant.

Overnight in Melbourne

DAY 2: MELBOURNE – DANDENONG NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)

Have breakfast at the hotel before heading out to the Dandenong Ranges on board Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam railway dating back to 1900. It recreates the romance of those by gone days of traveling under the power of steam. The train ride takes you along the Dandenong Ranges National Park, which consists mostly of rolling hills, steeply weathered valleys, and gullies covered in thick temperate rainforest. See swathes of tall Mountain Ash, and dense ferny undergrowth.

After lunch, visit Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Garden – the home to Australia’s oldest traditional hedge maze and features a Lavender Labyrinth and Circular Rose maze, planted with 1200 roses. Set among 25 acres of wooded and sculpted gardens you can take a self-guided garden discovery trail, loose yourself in the mazes and enjoy a bite to eat in the mud brick Ashcombe café. Before returning to Melbourne, you will indulge yourself in tasting wines at The T’Gallant Cellar Door – the home of Australian Pinot Grigio vines.

Overnight in Melbourne

DAY 3: MELBOURNE – GREAT OCEAN ROAD (B/L/D)

After breakfast, say farewell to Melbourne as you drive over the Westgate Bridge bound for Adelaide. Start at the beginning of The Great Ocean Road and twist along this iconic road with awe-inspiring views the entire day. Stop for morning tea briefly before pulling over for a photo under Memorial Arch (The Great Ocean Road Sign). Continue through several seaside towns along the way, including Kennett River where your guide will help you find koalas in the wild and native birds amongst the eucalyptus trees, before your lunch stop in Apollo Bay. Relax on the main beach, walk the main street or taste some local ice-cream treats!

After the lunch stop, the Great Ocean Road winds into the ancient Otway rainforest as you say goodbye to the coastline for a while. Stretch your legs in the fresh air as you’re guided through the crisp wonderland of Maits Rest. Continuing the journey you’ll join the ocean again at the Shipwreck Coast. Hear the stories of shipwrecks and marvel at the limestone cliffs and structures that span the coastline. View the 12 Apostles in all their glory as they defy hundreds of years of erosion. Walk down onto the sands of the isolated and remote Loch Ard Gorge. Hear the story of how London Bridge fell down as you view the archway that remains, before making your way into the Grampians National Park for your bed for the night.

 Overnight in Grampians National Park

DAY 4: GRAMPIAN NATIONAL PARK – ADELAIDE (B/L/D)

Wake up in the heart of the Grampians; Halls Gap. Early morning is the best time as kangaroos bounce, kookaburras laugh, and magpies and currawongs call to the rising sun. After breakfast, drive into the multiple mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park. Captivating panoramic vistas greet you at every break in the trees on your way to Borkoa Lookout. Look down over Halls Gap and Victoria’s western plains. Take a walk to the Balconies, a geological icon of the Grampians with views over the Victoria Valley. Step down a series of 250+ stairs to the bottom of the remote Mackenzie Falls. Relax as the waters of the Wartook River cascade over the edge, before making the journey to Brambuk Cultural Center to learn about Jarwadjali and Djab Wurrung tribes that have called the Grampians (Gariwerd) home for thousands of years. Back to Halls Gap for lunch before beginning the drive through the broadacre farmland of Western Victoria. Crossing the border into South Australia, the drive continues all the way through to Adelaide for an arrival to the CBD at approx. 7.00 pm.

Overnight in Adelaide

DAY 5: ADELAIDE CITY TOUR (B/L/D)

Welcome to Adelaide! Nestled between the hills and the ocean, Adelaide is quickly becoming the lifestyle capital of Australia. Already celebrated for its wine and food culture, this elegant city is undergoing a rapid transformation with a burgeoning small-bar scene, world-class festivals and amazing eco-adventures. It’s historic buildings; wide boulevards and green parklands circling the city center make Adelaide truly unique.

Our guide will introduce you to this delightful city, which is surrounded by parklands with a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, cafés and restaurants. Drive past Adelaide’s cultural precinct – North Terrace, the National Wine Centre, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the beautiful Botanic Park, home to the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Adelaide Zoo. Continue through historic North Adelaide, where you’ll see tree-lined streets, mansions and historic buildings. Stop and visit the iconic St. Peter’s Cathedral or the Adelaide Oval then travel through the city’s east. On the way visit one of Haigh’s Chocolate Shops founded in1915 by Alfred E Haigh in Adelaide. Haigh’s are Australia’s oldest family-owned chocolate maker making fine chocolates since 1915 (*except Sundays & Public Holidays). Return to the city via the South Parklands, West Terrace and North Terrace.

Overnight in Adelaide

DAY 6: ADELAIDE DEPARTURE (B)

Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Adelaide Airport to connect with your onward flight.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 5 night accommodation (twin/double share) with daily breakfast (B)
  • 4 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity, mineral water, soft & hard drinks, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, etc.
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips for drivers and guides.
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.

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