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Great Ocean Road Trip

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The one that takes you from Melbourne to Adelaide, including the Great Ocean Road, wineries and Kangaroo Island

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Ferry

  • Group Size

    Maximum 25 people

  • Average Group Age

    18-35

  • Team

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Melbourne, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool, Naracoorte, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, 12 Apostles, Mount Gambier

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About this trip

This adventure swings you from the hipster hangouts of Melbourne along the incomparable Great Ocean Road. On the way to Adelaide we'll check out the 12 apostles, meet some local dogs with jobs, and marvel at the geological wonders of Mt Gambier. After checking out the sights and sounds of Adelaide, we'll hop on a ferry to Kangaroo Island, a living zoo of dolphins, echidnas, seals and 'roos, of course. Hiking, quad biking, kayaking and more are all up for grabs in this incredible paradise, before we chug you back to Adelaide where the trip comes to an end.

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DAY 1 - Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Melbourne

Welcome to Melbourne, the eclectic, arty, and all-around awesome city, with incredible secrets hidden down every alleyway. Meeting and greeting at Southern Cross station today, we'll head to Geelong to enjoy some free time gazing at its lovely waterfront and 19th century carousel, Next up is a stop off at Torquay. This is truly the home of Aussie surf culture, and is where the brands Ripcurl and Quicksilver were born. Next - after a quick photo op at the stunning Bells Beach, we're headed onto Apollo Bay...

Apollo Bay

DAY 2 - Apollo Bay to Warrnambool via the 12 Apostles

Apollo Bay

We'll enjoy a free morning in Apollo Bay today, admiring the natural beauty the rugged coastline, beaches and Otway Ranges towering in the distance. Later today we’ll admire the 12 Apostles from the shore or, if you want a view you'll never forget, opt for a scenic Helicopter Ride and fly over the Great Ocean Road. Some views you just can't put a price on.

 

12 Apostles

Welcome to the rugged beauty of the 12 Apostles. Ok, there may only be 7 of them but these limestone stacks still take the breath away. These towering stacks, formed by hundred of years of erosion, now soar 45 meters into the sky. 

Warrnambool

We've got a treat upon arrival in Warrnambool: meeting the dogs of the Middle Island Penguin project. There was once a sharp decline of penguin colonies on middle island due to fox predation. Fortunately, two brave Maremma Guardian dogs, Eudy and Tula, spend five days a week on middle island, warding off foxes and saving the penguins. Then, it's time to check into our accom, feast on an included BBQ dinner, and look forward to tomorrow's adventures...

DAY 3 - Warrnambool to Naracoorte via Mount Gambier

Warrnambool

Today we're headed for some more geological wonders. Cameras at the ready - we're crossing state lines into South Australia...

Mount Gambier

Mt Gambier is packed with adventures and breathtaking formations. From lava caves to breathtaking lakes and limestone foundations, there really is nowhere like this on the planet. We'll visit the Umpherston Sinkhole and Blue Lake, marvelling at the labyrinthine rocks and strange, gushing waterfalls of rainwater.

Naracoorte

Eyes still wide, we'll stop in Naracoorte for the night.

 

DAY 4 - Naracoorte to Adelaide

Naracoorte

We're headed to Adelaide today!

Adelaide

Welcome to Adelaide, the sophisticated city blessed with gorgeous Victorian architecture, a buzzing cultural scene and soulful beach vibes. We'll meet some new members of our group before embarking on a walking tour of this tiny city. Adelaide has some amazing eateries, and tonight you can trust Trip Manager to find you a great feed before checking out some of the legendary night life.

DAY 5 - Adelaide

Adelaide

We've got another day in Adelaide. Lucky us! There are plenty of eateries, beaches, and historic buildings to explore, but our recommendations? Go swimming with dolphins (or admire them from deck), enjoy a relaxed afternoon tasting wine along the glittering coast, or head up to the roof of the Adelaide Oval to see the skyline from new heights - followed by a night in Adelaide’s stylish cocktail bars, of course.

DAY 6 - Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

Adelaide

This morning we're headed over to Cape Jervis to hop on a ferry to the iconic Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island

Across the Backstair Passage we'll swing to Kangaroo Island, a pure wildlife paradise. From dolphins, to echidnas, seals to the titular 'roos, this place has a laid back pace, incredible food and even better wildlife. We're lucky enough to have 2 full days of adventure on the island ahead of us, where we'll get to visit a Wildlife Sanctuary, Dudley's winery, and even have an option to go sand boarding at Little Sahara.

DAY 7 - Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Wake up, you're in paradise! And we have plenty of adventures awaiting us on Kangaroo Island today. We'll take an included tour of Seal Bay Beach, a conservation park that preserves a natural habitat for the majestic sea lion. We'll also visit the island's showstopper - Flinder's Chase. This National Park is home to the world-famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. We'll wind along the walking trails, spotting wildlife and admiring the rugged coastal scenery. You'll be spoilt for choice if you're seeking a thrill this afternoon - you can opt to try Sandboarding, Tobogganing, or even a Buggy Tour.

DAY 8 - Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Kangaroo Island

We're hopping on a ferry back to Adelaide today, as our trip comes to an end (sobs).

Adelaide

Our adventure is over, but swap deets and arrange your next adventure together. Maybe on another continent next time?

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  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    3 nights in Hostel, 2 nights in Lodge, 2 nights in Hotel

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