Iconic Victoria & The Great Ocean Road
Explore the finer details of this stunning region as you traverse the towering forests of the Otways, hug the Shipwreck Coast and marvel at the grandeur of the Twelve Apostles on your way to Warrnambool. Take the inland route back to Melbourne via the Grampians and the gold-mining city of Ballarat.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Get up close to the penguins and koalas of Phillip Island
- Climb to the soaring rainforest canopy in the Great Otway National Park
- Admire the wild coastal scenery of the iconic Great Ocean Road
- Tour Melbourne’s Lanes and Arcades and learn the city’s hidden secrets
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- International flights with Etihad Airways
- 12 nights in 4–4.5* hotels
- 10 days' car hire
- Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour
- Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass
- Otway Fly Treetop Walk
- Sovereign Hill Entry
- Airport transfer & ferry crossing
Need to know
- Arrives: Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)
- Time difference: GMT+10
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
- Language: English
- Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
- Flying time from UK: around 23 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
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This vibrant, multicultural and exciting state capital manages to retain a laid-back feel, making it one of Australia’s most liveable cities. While in town, you’ll explore the cafés and treasures of the hidden laneways, and of course be sure to try the tasty cuisine, with influences from Thailand, Vietnam and beyond.
4* Causeway 353 Hotel
Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour
Cross the bridge to rugged Phillip Island, where your 3-Parks Pass includes the delightful Penguin Parade, where the world’s smallest penguins waddle up the beach every evening at sunset as they return from a long day’s fishing. A visit to the Koala Conservation Centre is also included, so you can get up close to these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Keep a look out for wallabies and echidnas, too. Last but not least, the Churchill Island Conservation Centre lets you explore the region’s farming heritage, with whip cracking and sheep shearing demonstrations.
4* Ramada Phillip Island
Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass
Soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere among the vineyards and olive groves of the Mornington Peninsula, and feel the wind in your hair on a sunshiny beach. With a number of country houses and cellar doors dotted around, you’re never too far from fine gourmet food in these parts, and the restaurants are of an excellent standard. Mornington Peninsula National Park’s walking trails take you through the pretty scenery, and you can feast your eyes on some fine ocean views. Further inland, the landscape turns more pastoral as you near the rolling hills and orchards of Arthurs Seat.
4* Lindenderry at Red Hill
Apollo Bay is a water sports hub, and gateway to Cape Otway, the southernmost point in the region. Climb to the rainforest canopy and get a bird’s-eye view of the ancient beech myrtle trees on the exciting Otway Fly Treetop Walk.
4.5* Captains at the Bay
Queenscliff Wharf to Sorrento Pier ferry Otway Fly Treetop Walk
Arrive in quaint Warrnambool and tuck into fresh crayfish or perhaps just good old fish and chips. Wander down the promenade and gaze up at the lighthouses, perhaps popping in to the heritage museums, cute cafes and bustling bars along the way. Come July to October it’s all about the whales, and you don’t even have to take a boat to have a chance of spotting them, as there’s a viewing platform at Logans Beach.
4* Lady Bay Resort
Say goodbye to the coast as you head inland to Halls Gap in the heart of the magnificent Grampians National Park. This scenic area of sandstone ridges and jagged rock formations is also home to a wealth of plants, including the blooming wildflowers which are best seen in spring and summer. Take a bushwalk past the waterfalls and lakes and explore the area’s rich Aboriginal heritage at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre or by taking a look at the various Aboriginal rock art sites.
4* DULC Cabins
The main attraction is the reconstructed 1850s’ mining community of Sovereign Hill, where characters in period dress will show you round and you can learn how to pan for gold. Once you’ve had your fill of history, head down to the Botanical Gardens and admire the immense redwoods, or take a wander around Lake Wendouree.
4* Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre
Includes a Sovereign Hill entry
Depart Ballarat and return to the UK
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