Routing: Melbourne to Melbourne
Duration: 9 Days
From AUD$1,059.00 per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 8 nights’ accommodation, 9 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, cooked breakfast in Port Fairy and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
From AUD$1,354.00 per person, based on superior double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 8 nights’ accommodation, 9 days unlimited km use of a compact sized car, full breakfast in Phillip Island and Lorne and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Melbourne to Lakes Entrance (320 km)
The first leg of your journey takes you Far East, through Gippsland. Follow the Princess freeway through the small country towns of Moe, Traralgon and Stratford before hitting Bairnsdale; the commercial centre for the local wool, dairy and timber industries. Continue onto the coast to Lakes Entrance, where you will find Australia’s largest inland network of waterways.
DAY 02: Lakes Entrance
Today is at your leisure, take a walk along Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean or a walk on one of the many trails. Make sure you take time to sample the local seafood, fresh off the boats.
DAY 03: Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory (268 km)
Heading down south, you will pass through Sale before joining the South Gippsland Highway. Wilsons Promontory is your destination; a 50,000 hectare reserve is threaded with a labyrinth of walking tracks that showcase all manner of magical realms sheltering abundant wildlife.
DAY 04: Wilsons Promontory
You have the day free to explore the southernmost tip of Australia. Walk through the National Park or take a drive to the Wilsons Promontory Light Station and take in the views of over the Bass Strait.
DAY 05: Wilsons Promontory to Phillip Island (130 km)
A much shorter drive today will take you over to Phillip Island. Home to Australia’s famous Little Penguins; however there are many other sights to see such as the Grand Prix circuit and Fur Seal colony at Seal Rocks. The famous ‘Penguin Parade’ occurs each evening at sunset and should not be missed.
DAY 06: Phillip Island to Lorne (245 km)
Heading back around the bay and through Mornington, where you will find some lovely wineries, take the Sorrento Queenscliff Ferry to Queenscliff. Enjoy the 45 minute ride to the other side of the Port Phillip Bay. Follow the Bellarine Highway to Torquay, the start of the Great Ocean Road, and recognised as the surfing capital of Australia. Follow the scenic coastline until you arrive in Lorne.
DAY 07: Lorne to Port Fairy (240 km)
Leave Lorne this morning and travel along the fabulous Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell. The road does leave the coast and wind through the ferny slopes of Cape Otway, this rainforest country is silent and untouched. When the road meets the coast again you will see some amazing rock formations including the Twelve Apostles, which are huge stone pillars in the surf, carved over time by the crashing Southern Ocean waves. Continue on to Port Campbell where you will see London Bridge – the broken arch and then through to Warrnambool. You may also like to drive to Tower Hill Nature Reserve where koalas, emus and kangaroos can often be seen. Port Fairy a quaint fishing village is where you will spend the night.
DAY 08: Port Fairy to Halls Gap (160 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 09: Halls Gap to Melbourne (255 km)
The last leg of your drive today takes you through part of the Historic Goldfields Region. Stop for lunch in Ballarat, Victoria’s largest inland city and the site of the world’s largest deposit of alluvial gold. The Western Highway will take you back to Melbourne where your Victorian Adventure concludes.
Your vehicle is booked until tomorrow and should be returned by the same time it was collected on Day 1 to avoid additional charges.
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