Great Ocean Road & Grampians (Luxe 3-Day Tour)

TRACE THE RUGGED COASTLINE OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD TO THE DRAMATIC SANDSTONE MOUNTAINS OF THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK. EXPERIENCE DIVERSE SCENERY, A SCENIC HELICOPTER TRANSFER, WILDLIFE, PLUS INCREDIBLE FOOD & WINE

DAY ONE: MELBOURNE - PORT FAIRY

Meet your local guide at 08:00am at your Melbourne hotel then set off to trace the length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.

From Torquay to Apollo Bay the road hugs forested coastal cliffs as it twists and turns past white sand surf beaches and through picturesque seaside villages. The hinterland of towering gum trees provides the perfect habitat for koalas, kangaroos, and colourful native parrots. Indulge in a lunch of locally sourced seafood in the quaint coastal township of Apollo Bay

The road then turns inland through lush green rainforests. Break for a walk amongst the ferny gullies, moss-covered timber, and freshwater cascades before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Battered by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean, this dramatic coastline has been relentlessly carved into limestone towers, gorges, and caves. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point and venture down to the beach at Loch Ard Gorge to hear tales of tragedy and heroism.

Prior to sunset, board a private helicopter for a scenic transfer to the historic maritime village of Port Fairy. Soaring high above the Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell National Park, take in the views of the rugged coastline below before touching down and transferring to your boutique accommodation for the evening, Drift House.

Freshen up and relax prior to dinner at one of Port Fairy’s leading restaurants.

DAY TWO: PORT FAIRY - DUNKELD

After a restful sleep and breakfast at leisure, take time to explore Port Fairy. Follow one of the historic walking trails and discover charming, fully restored white-washed cottages built by whalers and seamen beside Georgian-style merchants’ homes and grand public buildings.

Departing Port Fairy, continue inland to the Southern Grampians National Park with a light lunch in the quaint rural town of Dunkeld. The mountainous beauty of the region is showcased to its fullest extent with an optional hike to the summit of The Piccaninny. This easy, gradual climb through open forest (with stunning wildflower displays during spring) culminates with jaw-dropping views of Mount Abrupt.

As dusk descends, kangaroos, wallabies and a myriad of birdlife enliven the dramatic surrounds of the Royal Mail Hotel, your accommodation for the evening. Join your host to learn about the hotels captive breeding program and get up close and personal with endangered native Australian animals.

Dinner this evening will be at Parker Street Project at the Royal Mail Hotel. Be treated to a multi course menu (beverages additional) prior to retiring to your room for the night.

DAY THREE: DUNKELD - MELBOURNE

Following a leisurely breakfast, it’s time to explore the sandstone grandeur of the Grampians National Park. Don comfortable walking shoes as we tackle one of the park’s breathtaking tracks suitable for the novice through to the experienced hiker. Take in arresting views of the rugged mountain range and the surrounding pastoral land. In spring, the region erupts in a dazzling display of wildflowers. Enjoy a casual picnic lunch at Mackenzie Falls, Victoria’s largest waterfall.

Regarded at one of Australia’s most celebrated producers of Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran Winery is a jewel in the crown of the esteemed Grampians wine region. Join your host for an exclusive tour and tasting before you return to Melbourne (Approx. 06:00pm).

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks
  • Private helicopter flight (75-minutes)
  • Captive Breeding Program tour
  • Mount Langi Winery tour & tasting

(Note: Aircraft models include Eurocopter EC120 B and Eurocopter EC130 B4 / T2. Flight is subject to weather on the day along with accurate passenger weights being provided)

Meals

  • Lunch with beverages (Daily)
  • Dinner with beverages (Day 1, Day 2)
  • Breakfast (Day 2, Day 3)

Accommodation

(Twin-share occupancy with breakfast)

DRIFT HOUSE, PORT FAIRY

A boutique retreat in the historic fishing village of Port Fairy located at the end of the Great Ocean Road.

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL, DUNKELD

The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld located in the Southern Grampians is a destination that celebrates food, wine and nature.



Great Ocean Road & Grampians (Signature 3-Day Tour)

TRACE THE RUGGED COASTLINE OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD THROUGH TO THE DRAMATIC SANDSTONE MOUNTAINS OF THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK. DIVERSE SCENERY, WILDLIFE, PLUS INCREDIBLE FOOD & WINE

DAY ONE: MELBOURNE - PORT CAMPBELL

Meet your local guide at 08:00am at your nominated Melbourne hotel then commence your journey tracing the length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.

From Torquay to Apollo Bay the road hugs forested coastal cliffs as it twists and turns past white sand surf beaches and through picturesque seaside villages. The hinterland of towering gum trees provides the perfect habitat for koalas, kangaroos, and colourful native parrots. Indulge in a lunch of locally sourced seafood in the quaint coastal township of Apollo Bay

The road then turns inland through lush green, semi-temperate rainforest featuring ferny gullies, moss-covered timber, and freshwater cascades. Enjoy a rainforest walk in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Battered by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean, the dramatic coastline has been relentlessly carved into limestone towers, gorges, and caves. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point with the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Check into your accommodation for the evening, Anchors Villas located overlooking the charming maritime village of Port Campbell. Your guide can transfer you to a relaxed dinner (own expense) at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce.

DAY TWO: PORT CAMPBELL - DUNKELD

After a restful sleep, rise early for an unforgettable sunrise viewing at the Twelve Apostles (optional). Enjoy breakfast before exploring some of the less visited but equally breathtaking natural wonders of the Port Campbell National Park.

Continue inland to the Southern Grampians National Park with a light lunch in the quaint rural town of Dunkeld. The mountainous beauty of the region is showcased to its fullest extent with an optional hike to the summit of The Piccaninny. This easy, gradual climb through open forest (with stunning wildflower displays during spring) culminates with jaw-dropping views of Mount Abrupt.

As dusk descends, kangaroos, wallabies and a myriad of birdlife enliven the dramatic surrounds of the Royal Mail Hotel, your accommodation for the evening. Join your host to learn about the hotels captive breeding program and environmental initiatives and get up close and personal with endangered native Australian animals.

For dinner this evening (own expense), the Royal Mail features two restaurants, the esteemed fine dining Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel (Wed – Sat), and the more casual diner Parker Street Project (Daily).

DAY THREE: DUNKELD - MELBOURNE

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast then don comfortable walking shoes as we tackle one of the northern Grampian’s breathtaking tracks suitable for the novice through to the experienced hiker. Take in arresting views of the rugged mountain range and the surrounding pastoral land.  In spring, the region erupts in a dazzling display of wildflowers. Enjoy a casual picnic lunch at Mackenzie Falls, Victoria’s largest waterfall.

Departing the Grampians National Park, visit one of Australia’s most celebrated producers of Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran Winery, considered the jewel in the crown of the esteemed Grampians wine region. Join your host for a structured tasting of their fabulous wines before the return to Melbourne.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks
  • Dunkeld captive breeding program tour
  • Mount Langi winery tastings

Meals

  • Morning or Afternoon tea (Daily)
  • Lunch with beverages (Daily)
  • Breakfast (Day 2, Day 3)

Accommodation

(Twin-share occupancy with breakfast)

TAKE A SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

For a bird's-eye view of the stunning Shipwreck coast, climb aboard a helicopter at the Twelve Apostles and soar high above the Southern Ocean. 

ANCHORS VILLAS, PORT CAMPBELL

Nestled into the hills above Port Campbell situated on 30 acres of private land, Anchors offers three contemporary units with full seclusion.

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL, DUNKELD

The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld located in the Southern Grampians is a destination that celebrates food, wine and nature.



Melbourne to Adelaide (3-Day)

An unrivalled journey between Australia’s southern capitals takes you from the eclectic streets of Melbourne past windswept beaches, rainforests and natural wonders to Adelaide along one of the world’s most incredible coastal drives.

Day One: Melbourne - Port Campbell

Meet your local guide at 08:00am at your nominated Melbourne hotel then commence your journey tracing the length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.

From Torquay to Apollo Bay the road hugs forested coastal cliffs as it twists and turns past white sand surf beaches and through picturesque seaside villages. The hinterland of towering gum trees provides the perfect habitat for koalas, kangaroos, and colourful native parrots. Indulge in a lunch of locally sourced seafood in the quaint coastal township of Apollo Bay

The road then turns inland through lush green, semi-temperate rainforest featuring ferny gullies, moss-covered timber, and freshwater cascades. Enjoy a rainforest walk in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Battered by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean, the dramatic coastline has been relentlessly carved into limestone towers, gorges, and caves. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point with the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Check into your accommodation for the evening and freshen up prior to dinner. Your guide can transfer you to a relaxed dinner (own expense) at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce.

Day Two: Port Campbell - Mount Gambier

Following a comfortable nights sleep, you may wish to wake early to catch sunrise at the Twelve Apostles or perhaps a morning at leisure before exploring some of the less visited wonders of the Port Campbell National Park such as London Bridge, The Grotto and Bay of Islands.

Continue west to Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. Tower Hill is home to some of Australia’s best loved wildlife including Emus, Kangaroos, Koalas and more. Join a local Indigenous guide for the exclusive opportunity gain insight to traditional Aboriginal lifestyles as well as learning how to identify native plants for food and medicinal purposes. You will also have an opportunity to try your hand at throwing a boomerang.

Lunch will be in the charming maritime village of Port Fairy. Take some time to wander wide streets lined with nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines and old stone churches before continuing your journey to cross the state border from Victoria to South Australia.

Late afternoon you will arrive into Mount Gambier where you will check into your accommodation for the evening. Your guide can assist with dinner plans and transfers (own expense).

Day Three: Mount Gambier - Adelaide

Meet your guide for the final day of the journey (09:00am) through to Adelaide.  As volcanoes rocked the region over 5,000 years ago, lava caves formed, an array of sinkholes developed, and breathtaking lakes established within the limestone foundation of the region. This morning you will visit geological wonders such as the garden veiled Umpherston Sinkhole and Blue Lake.

Departing Mount Gambier, continue on to the Coonawarra Wine Region – perhaps Australia’s most famous terroir.  Coonawarra’s agricultural history began in the mid-1800’s and thanks to the work of pioneering efforts of people like David Wynn and Bill Redman, today Coonawarra is Australia’s foremost cool-climate region for Cabernet Sauvignon.  Visit some of the regions famed vineyards for wine tastings followed by lunch at a leading vineyard restaurant.

En-route to Adelaide, break at the world heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves. Formed some 500,000 years ago, The Naracoorte Caves are recognised as one of the world’s most complete fossil site preserving the bones of megafauna that became extinct around 40,000 years ago. Join a guided tour offering the opportunity to analyse complete skeletons of megafauna species.

Relax as you travel through the Tatiara region to Adelaide. Tatiara was the name given by the Aboriginals to this patch of “good country”. Settled by pastoralists in
1846, the region is renowned for sheep, wheat, Lucerne, and includes the Padthaway wine region.

Late afternoon (Approx. 06:00pm) you will conclude your Melbourne to Adelaide tour.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks
  • Tower Hill Aboriginal Guided Tour
  • Coonawarra Wine Tastings
  • Naracoorte Caves Tour

Meals

  • Morning or Afternoon tea (Daily)
  • Lunch with beverages (Daily)

Accommodation Options

ANCHORS VILLAS, PORT CAMPBELL

Nestled into the hills above Port Campbell situated on 30 acres of private land, Anchors offers three contemporary units with full seclusion.

SOUTHERN OCEAN VILLAS, PORT CAMPBELL

Ideally located in a tranquil, landscaped environment on the edge of the picturesque Port Campbell National Park,

THE BARN, MOUNT GAMBIER

The Barn Accommodation features generously proportioned suites set amongst five acres of carefully manicured gardens.



Great Ocean Road (2-day tour)

One the Australia’s most exciting and ethereally stunning coastlines, the Great Ocean Road is a destination to be savoured. Make the most of your time travelling Australia’s most beautiful coastal drive by taking a leisurely pace with an overnight stay in a small coastal township during this two-day journey.

Day One: Melbourne - Port Campbell

Meet your local guide at 08:00am at your nominated Melbourne hotel then commence your journey tracing the length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.

From Torquay to Apollo Bay the road hugs forested coastal cliffs as it twists and turns past white sand surf beaches and through picturesque seaside villages. The hinterland of towering gum trees provides the perfect habitat for koalas, kangaroos, and colourful native parrots. Indulge in a lunch of locally sourced seafood in the quaint coastal township of Apollo Bay

The road then turns inland through lush green, semi-temperate rainforest featuring ferny gullies, moss-covered timber, and freshwater cascades. Enjoy a rainforest walk in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Battered by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean, the dramatic coastline has been relentlessly carved into limestone towers, gorges, and caves. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point with the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Check into your accommodation for the evening and freshen up prior to dinner. Your guide can transfer you to a relaxed dinner (own expense) at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce.

Day Two: Port Campbell - Melbourne

Following a comfortable nights sleep, you may wish to wake early to catch sunrise at the Twelve Apostles or perhaps a morning at leisure before exploring some of the less visited wonders of the Port Campbell National Park such as London Bridge, The Grotto and Bay of Islands.

Visit some of the region’s finest farm-gates and producers: try hand-made cheeses at Schulz Organic Dairy, aged whiskey at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery and sample locally churned delights at the Timboon Fine Ice Creamery then relax on the journey back to Melbourne through open farmland and rural townships.

Conclude in Melbourne at approx. 05:00pm.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Meals

  • Daily morning teas (Included)
  • Daily lunches with beverages (Included)
  • Dinner (Own expense)

Accommodation Options

  1. Luxe: Anchors Villas (Twin-share villa)
  2. Signature: Southern Ocean Villas (3-Bedroom villa)
  3. Own Arrangements

TAKE A SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

For a bird's-eye view of the stunning Shipwreck coast, climb aboard a helicopter at the Twelve Apostles and soar high above the Southern Ocean. 

ANCHORS VILLAS, PORT CAMPBELL

Nestled into the hills above Port Campbell situated on 30 acres of private land, Anchors offers three contemporary units with full seclusion.

SOUTHERN OCEAN VILLAS, PORT CAMPBELL

Ideally located in a tranquil, landscaped environment on the edge of the picturesque Port Campbell National Park,



Great Ocean Road Helicopter Journey

Tour Highlights

Departing Melbourne, your journey begins at Bells Beach – Australia’s celebrated surfing mecca and home to the world’s oldest and most prestigious surfing event, The Rip Curl Pro. Spot mobs of lazy kangaroos basking in the morning sun and pass through seaside towns before arriving at Split-Point Lighthouse for morning tea with panoramic views from the cliff-top.

Continue along the Great Ocean Road to the seaside hamlet of Kennett River. Get up close to colourful native parrots and observe wild koalas dozing in gumtrees.

Lunch will be in the popular coastal village of Apollo Bay before continuing inland through lush verdant gullies and towering ancient forests of the Great Otway National Park.

The dramatic coastline of the Shipwreck Coast brings you to the highlight of the day – the rugged splendour of the Twelve Apostles. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point to see these magnificent limestone stacks rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. Venture on to Loch Ard Gorge – one of the most dramatically beautiful beaches in Australia and discover tales of tragedy and triumph.

Conclude your day in spectacular fashion with a private 75-minute helicopter transfer to Melbourne. The flight follows the dramatic coastline before landing in the heart of Melbourne on the Yarra River.

A transfer vehicle will be ready to return you to your hotel with time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private 75-minute helicopter flight (Twelve Apostles – Melbourne)
  • Vehicle transfer (Helipad – hotel)
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Note: Aircraft models include Eurocopter EC120 B (Max. 4 pax) and Eurocopter EC130 B4 / T2 (Max. 6 pax). Flight is subject to weather on the day along with accurate passenger weights being provided.

Meals

  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch with beverages

Commence

Suggest 08:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Approx. 9 – 10 hours



Port Campbell National Park

Great Ocean Road Private Tour

Great Ocean Road Tour Highlights

Meet your local guide in the lobby of your hotel before commencing your Great Ocean Road private tour.  This full day journey will take you past windswept beaches, through ancient rainforests and along rugged coastline to the iconic Twelve Apostles.

Departing Melbourne, your first stop will be at Bells Beach – Australia’s celebrated surfing mecca and home to the world’s oldest and most prestigious surfing event, The Rip Curl Pro.  Spot mobs of lazy kangaroos basking in the morning sun and pass through seaside towns before arriving at Split-Point Lighthouse for morning tea with panoramic views from the cliff-top.

Continue along the Great Ocean Road to the seaside hamlet of Kennett River. Get up close to colourful native parrots and observe wild koalas dozing high in the scented Eucalyptus trees.

Break for lunch in the popular coastal village of Apollo Bay before continuing inland through lush verdant gullies and towering ancient forests of the Great Otway National Park.

The dramatic coastline of the Shipwreck Coast brings you to the highlight of the day – the rugged splendour of the Port Campbell National Park and the Twelve Apostles.  Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point to see these magnificent limestone stacks rise majestically from the Southern Ocean.  Venture on to Loch Ard Gorge – one of the most dramatically beautiful beaches in Australia and discover tales of tragedy and triumph.

While at the Port Campbell National Park, you may wish to soar over the Twelves Apostles on a scenic helicopter flight. (Optional inclusion)

Conclude your Great Ocean Road Private Tour with a comfortable return journey to Melbourne through rural townships and open farmland.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Meals

  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch with beverages (optional inclusion)

Commence

Suggest 08:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Approx. 11 – 12 hours

TAKE A SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

For a bird's-eye view of the stunning Shipwreck coast, climb aboard a helicopter at the Twelve Apostles and soar high above the Southern Ocean. 

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