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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


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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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  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. Melbourne

  2. 1 1 night

    Apollo Bay

  3. via via

    12 Apostles

  4. 1 1 night


  5. via via

    Mount Gambier

  6. 1 1 night


  7. 2 2 nights


  8. 2 2 nights

    Kangaroo Island

  9. Adelaide

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DAY 1 - Melbourne to Apollo Bay


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


Eco YHA Hostel


  • Visit Geelong

  • Visit Torquay

  • See Bells Beach

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. Or, if you're feeling active, you can opt for a morning hike to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse and get even more spectacular views of this diverse and dizzying landscape. 
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 Heli Ride or Plane 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. 


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...


Bayside Lodge (or similar)


  • BBQ Dinner

  • Meet the Maremma Dogs - Middle Island Penguin project

  • Visit 12 Apostles


  • Morning hike and visit to Cape Otway Lighthouse

  • 12 Apostles Heli ride or Scenic Plane

DAY 3 - Warrnambool to Naracoorte via Mount Gambier


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.


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


William MacIntosh Motor Lodge


  • Visit the Umpherston Sinkhole and Blue Lake

DAY 4 - Naracoorte to Adelaide


We're headed to Adelaide today!


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 opt into experiencing some of them on our Peel Street dinner experience. Or you can trust your instincts and find your own feed for the night before checking out some of the legendary night life.


Adelaide Central YHA


  • Orientation tour of Adelaide


  • Peel St dinner and walking experience

DAY 5 - Adelaide


We've got another day in Adelaide. Lucky us! There are plenty of eateries, beaches, and historic buildings to explore, but our recommendation? Join us on a quick drive to the Barossa Valley, one of the best wine regions in the world. This optional experience will allow us to explore this spectacular valley today, taking a wine tour and sampling some of the most awarded drops in the world, meeting winemakers and soaking up all of that incredible scenery. 


Adelaide Central YHA


  • Barossa Valley wine tour

DAY 6 - Adelaide to Kangaroo Island


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.


Kangaroo Island Seafront


  • 2 days touring the island visiting the key spots

  • Dudley Wines - Golf across the Gully and Lunch

  • Climb Prospect Hill

  • Cliffords Honey Farm

DAY 7 - Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Wake up, you're in paradise! And we have plenty of adventures awaiting us on Kangaroo Island today. You could opt to go kayaking, quad biking, or if you're feeling more zen vibes, head to KI Spirit and learn to blend your own gin. 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.


Kangaroo Island Seafront


  • 2 days touring the island visiting the key spots

  • Seal Bay Beach Tour

  • See the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch at Flinders Chase National Park

  • Vivonne Bay


  • Quadbiking

  • Kayaking

  • Blending your own gin at KI Spirit

  • Sandboarding

  • Farewell Dinner

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).


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

Where You'll Stay

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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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