Why not take in some sights while on your way to and from Adelaide? whilst stopping in locations such as Naracoorte, Warrnambool.
|Code:||ADM / MEA||Prices valid to 31 March 2014
|Duration:||3 days 2 nights|
|Departs:||Wednesdays ex Adelaide
Sundays ex Melbourne Set Dates
|Inclusions:||English or German driver guide – 2 nights
3 ½ star accommodation
2 x full breakfast, 3 x light lunch, Entry to Naracoorte Caves
Take the time to discover the wonders of the Melbourne to Adelaide touring route. This tour covers the Great Ocean Road, with surfers riding the waves and several other stops to enjoy the views along the road. See koalas in their natural habitat. Walk on the beach and in the rainforest, visit the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and Bay of Martyrs. Spend the night in Warrnambool. Start the next day by visiting Tower Hill, an extinct volcano with a variety of Australian wildlife, then drive to the Grampians National Park to enjoy magnificent views from Boroka and Reeds Lookouts, and MacKenzie Falls. Spend the night in Halls Gap.
On the third day cross the border into Southern Australia to discover the World Heritage listed site of the Naracoorte Caves and learn about stalactites and stalagmites, the giant kangaroo and other extinct animals. The towns of Robe and the old German settlement of Hahndorf will be the last stops before arriving in Adelaide.
This tour operates both ways following the same itinerary. Included are accommodation with full breakfast, lunch and entry to Naracoorte Caves.
3 days 2 nights Adelaide -> Melbourne – CODE ADM
DAY 1: ADELAIDE / NARACOORTE / HALLS GAP
We leave Adelaide and visit the town of Hahndorf then drive east to the town of Naracoorte. This small town is home to some 5000 people. The name means “place of running water” and came about as a result of to the Gold Rush in Victoria. It became an important stopover for the gold on its way to the South Australian coast. Thousands of miners, including over 7000 Chinese “illegal arrivals” stopped over here on their way to and from the diggings. On arrival we enjoy a light lunch. The area is famous for the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves; these caves were accidentally discovered in the 1870’s and hold secrets of the past such as giant kangaroo fossils, stalactites and stalagmites decorate the walls. We continue the drive east to the start of the Grampians, Halls Gap, where we spend the night.
Accommodation: Country Comfort Halls Gap (or similar)
DAY 2: HALLS GAP / GRAMPIANS / WARRNAMBOOL
After breakfast discover the magic of Geriwerd (Grampians). This land has been inhabited by the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people for 25000 years. Enjoy magnificent views from Boroka and Reeds Lookouts, and MacKenzie Falls (good level of fitness required to climb down and up the stairs). After lunch visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre of Brambuk to learn more of the strong link between the people and the land. We drive south to reach the Victorian coastline. We visit Tower Hill reserve to see some Australian wildlife, spend the night in the historical town of Warrnambool where we may spot a whale. (depending on season).
Meals: Full breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Lady Bay Resort (or similar)
DAY 3: WARRNAMBOOL / GREAT OCEAN ROAD / MELBOURNE
From Warrnambool we start one of the best coastal drives in the world. We continue along the Great Ocean Road to visit Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the iconic Twelve Apostles. These rock formations are created by the erosion of the sea and the wind, separating the rocks from the mainland, the views are unforgettable. Light lunch in the town of Lavers Hill. The road leaves the coast and crosses the Otway Ranges national Park, this 13,000 hectar forest is home to ancient trees, small marsupials and many species of birds. We enjoy a rainforest walk before the roads meets the sea again. There will be many opportunities to take pictures along the way, se koalas in the wild and stop to see surfers riding the waves. From here the road will take us through Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria to finally arrive in Melbourne.
Meals: Full breakfast, lunch
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|Ade -> Mel||ADM||17||8, 22||19||10, 24||14, 28||18|
|Mel ->Ade||MEA||13, 27||10, 24||8||12, 19||2, 16||2, 16|
|Ade -> Mel||ADM||2, 16, 30||13, 27||11||15, 22||5, 19||5, 19|
3 days 2 nights Melbourne -> Adelaide – CODE MEA
DAY 1: MELBOURNE / GREAT OCEAN ROAD / WARRNAMBOOL
Leaving Melbourne we drive south west to reach Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria. From here we start one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road. We will have many opportunities to take fantastic photos, maybe see koalas and kangaroos in the wild and surfers along the way. We stop for a light lunch in the town of Apollo Bay. The road leaves the coast and crosses the Otway Ranges National Park, this 13,000 hectares forest is home to ancient trees, small marsupials and many species of birds. We enjoy a rainforest walk. Visit the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, the site of one in hundreds of shipwrecks along the southern coast of Australia. Other stops include London Bridge and Bay of Islands. After arriving in Warrnambool we check in at our accommodation for the night.
DAY 2: WARRNAMBOOL / GRAMPIANS / HALLS GAP
After breakfast we leave Warrnambool and visit Tower Hill Reserve – an extinct volcano – where we may see emus and other australian wildlife. We continue our drive north to discover the magic of Geriwerd (Grampians), one of Victorias’s most beautiful National Parks. This land has been inhabited by the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people for 25000 years. We visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre of Brambuk to learn more of the strong link between the people and the land. After lunch we enjoy magnificent views from Boroka and Reeds Lookouts, visit the balconies and MacKenzie Falls (good level of fitness required to climb up and down the stairs). We spend the night in Halls Gap, the main town of the Grampians, where we can observe many kangaroos after dawn.
DAY 3: HALLS GAP / NARACOORTE / ADELAIDE
We leave Halls Gap driving north to Horsham and continue to the town of Naracoorte. This small town is home to some 5000 people. The name means “place of running water” and grew as a result of the Gold Rush in Victoria. It became an important stopover for the gold on its way to the South Australian coast. Thousands of miners, including over 7000 Chinese “illegally arrived” stopped here on their way to and from the diggings. On arrival we enjoy a light lunch. The area is famous for the World Heritage Listed Caves; these caves were accidentally discovered in the 1870’s and hold the secrets of the past, fossils of giant kangaroos, wombats and koalas. Stalactites and stalagmites decorate the walls.
Continue driving west to Adelaide. We visit Hahndorf, Australias oldest german settlement, before we head into the city of Adelaide.
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