BEST OF SOUTHEAST
Routing: Sydney to Adelaide
Duration: 16 Days
From AUD$2,268.00 per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 15 nights’ accommodation, 13 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car in Adelaide, 3 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car on Kangaroo Island, return flights to/from Kangaroo Island and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$2,906.00 per person, based on superior double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 15 nights’ accommodation, 13 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car in Adelaide, 3 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car on Kangaroo Island, return flights to/from Kangaroo Island, continental breakfast in Lakes Entrance, full breakfast in Phillip Island, Apollo Bay and Kangaroo Island and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Sydney to Canberra (286 km or 315 km)
There is a choice of two driving routes for you to choose from today. The shorter one takes you directly to Canberra via the Hume and Federal Highways. The more scenic but slightly longer route takes you firstly south through the Royal National Park and onto the Grand Pacific Drive with spectacular coastal scenery. Travel across the impressive Sea Cliff Bridge and through rainforests and quaint coastal villages to reach Wollongong. Then join the Hume and Federal Highways to reach Canberra. Canberra is situated in the Australian Capital Territory and is home to many galleries and museums and the artificially created Lake Burley Griffin.
DAY 02: Canberra to Merimbula (335 km)
Leave Canberra and travel to Queanbeyan and then the historical village of Braidwood. Continue on through the small township of Nelligen and onto Batemans Bay, a picturesque coastal village. Take the coast road through Broulee to Moruya, and then continue on the Princes Highway to Narooma and the quaint village of Tilba Tilba. There are more coastal roads to explore on your way to Merimbula as you travel via Bermagui and Tathra.
DAY 03: Merimbula to Lakes Entrance (268 km)
Travel through Eden and explore the Ben Boyd National Park and Eden Whaling Museum before continuing further. Driving south on the Princes Highway, you will pass Cann River and Orbost, situated on the banks of the Snowy River, before travelling on to Lakes Entrance. Lakes Entrance is a unique area with rivers, lakes and lagoons joining 90 Mile Beach. Explore the nearby village of Metung.
DAY 04: Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory (270 km)
Leaving Lakes Entrance you’ll continue along the Princes Highway through the stunning Victorian bushland. South east of Sale is the Holey Plains State Park where you can see a variety of Australia’s native flora and fauna before arriving in the Gippsland region. Continue south via Yarram and Foster to reach the extraordinary Wilsons Promontory in the south east. It is riddled with masses of green forests and gardens, stunning mountains, rocky rivers, picturesque towns and, to a large degree, is defined by its long sandy beaches.
DAY 05: Wilsons Promontory to Philip Island (305 km)
From Lakes Entrance travel on south to Sale, a supply and residential centre for the Bass Strait oil fields. Pass through Morwell, Leongatha, Inverloch and Wonthaggi. This will take you through lush pastoral hills of the Gippsland region. From Wonthaggi the scenery once again, takes in the southern coast line all the way to Phillip Island, home to Australia’s famous Little Penguins. The famous `Penguin Parade’ occurs each evening at sunset and should not be missed.
DAY 06: Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula (110 km)
Depart Phillip Island heading west around the bay along the Bass Highway and South Gippsland Highway to the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, Stylish Sorrento and Portsea are filled with antique shops, galleries, cafes and numerous walking trails along the ocean-facing coastline.
DAY 07: Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne (70 km)
Today take the short journey into the city of Melbourne. It’s just over an hour’s drive to Melbourne this morning and your journey will take you through some of the more affluent suburbs of the city, complete with beach side mansions.
DAY 08: Melbourne to Apollo Bay (190 km)
On leaving Melbourne, cross the West Gate Bridge and take the Princes Highway to Geelong, the largest provincial city in Victoria. From Geelong travel to Torquay, the start of the Great Ocean Road, and recognised as the surfing capital of Australia. Stop at the nearby famous Bells Beach. After Torquay follow the coast road through Anglesea to the picturesque town of Lorne. Make sure you head out of Lorne to the beautiful Erskine Falls. The road winds around the coast between Lorne and Apollo Bay and this stretch of road has been described as one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives in the world.
DAY 09 Apollo Bay to Warrnambool (165 km)
Today you continue along the Great Ocean Road, towards Port Campbell. Make sure you make to view the spectacular 12 Apostles, and stop for morning tea to take in the beautiful surrounds. The winding coastal road will lead you to Warrnambool, the end of the Great Ocean Road. If visiting between June and October, make sure to keep a look out for whales. If there are no whales in sight, you can visit one of the historic light houses.
DAY 10: Warrnambool to Halls Gap (165 km)
Drive north today to the amazing Grampians National Park with its woodland walks, waterfalls and rock formations. Your journey will take you via Penhurst to Dunkeld, just south of the Grampians. From here a scenic drive will take you through the Grampians National Park to Halls Gap. Highlights include McKenzie Falls, Reids Lookout and the Balconies. The Grampians offer some of the best bush walking, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling in Australia.
DAY 11: Halls Gap
Explore the spectacular scenery that is the Grampians National Park. Take one of the many walks and remember your camera.
DAY 12: Halls Gap to Mt Gambier (230 km)
From Halls Gap return to Dunkeld and travel through the towns of Hamilton, Coleraine, Casterton before reaching Mt Gambier, in South Australia where you can visit the surrounding crater lakes and the Sunken Garden.
DAY 13: Mt Gambier to Adelaide (450 km)
From Mount Gambier, travel on through Robe and Kingston and towards Adelaide, travelling along the Coorong National Park skirting Lake Albert and Lake Alexandria. Travel to the towns of Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge. From Murray Bridge take the Freeway directly into the heart of Adelaide.
DAY 14: Adelaide to Kangaroo Island (Kingscote Airport to American River 31 km or Kingscote Airport to Penneshaw 52 km)
Today you will drop your car at the Adelaide Airport, before taking a flight to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island and on arrival collect your next rental vehicle. Kangaroo Island is the largest island off the South Australian coast and shows nature at its wildest and most majestic in a magical combination of sun and sea, native flora and fauna. The coastline of the island changes from the attractive curved beach at Emu Bay to the rugged cliffs and roaring surf of the south. On the west are two of the island’s natural wonders; Admirals Arch, a huge arch where stalactites are silhouetted against the afternoon sun, a magnificent sight. The other is Remarkable Rocks, huge unusually shaped granite boulders.
DAY 15: Kangaroo Island
There is a never ending list of things to do and see on Kangaroo Island and today you have time to explore the natural beauty of this island and discover Australian wildlife – in the wild! Highlights include Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Caves, the “Koala Walk” and the seals at Seal Bay.
DAY 16: Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
More time to explore the Island before dropping the vehicle off at Kingscote Airport before the return flight to Adelaide.
Prices are subject to availability and conditions apply. Valid until 31 March, 2015. For dates after this or if you would like to make any changes, please contact us direct for a quote.