Extended Tours

Southern Australia, Victoria & South Australia

The South Eastern Australia Discovery Tour takes the traveller to the iconic destinations of Victoria and South Australia.

The tour departs from Melbourne, Victoria and finishes in Adelaide, South Australia, along your journey of discovery, you will experience the Great Ocean Road, one of the best coastal drives in the world, then to the Grampians National Park, with its rugged mountains and Australian wildlife of kangaroos and birds. You cross the western plains of Victoria, the third largest volcanic plain in the world, before heading into South Australia to discover deep blue lakes, ancient fossil caves and fishing towns of the Limestone Coast.

We travel to the Fleurieu Peninsula to experience country farming towns, fabulous coastal views of the Southern Ocean, wildlife and one of the best wine regions in Australia - McLaren Vale, which is on the southern fringe of Adelaide.

South Eastern Australia Discovery Tour

 

This tour consists of a 4 day tour commencing from Melbourne Victoria,

with 2 "Add On" Options to choose from.

 

Option A is Phillip Island, Victoria (1 Day / 1 Night)

Option B is Kangaroo Island, South Australia (2 Days / 1 Night)

 

If you wish, you can Add-On 1 Option or both Options to your tour.

 

DAY 1

 

Pick up from your Melbourne accommodation in the morning , then travel through Melbourne and over the Westgate Bridge, which gives you uninterrupted views of Melbourne's skyline and Port Phillip Bay.  On reaching Geelong, Victoria's second largest city and port on Corio Bay, you travel along the scenic route seeing the sights of this city.

 

We enter the surfing centre of Victoria, the seaside town of Torquay, and begin our journey along the

Great Ocean Road, one of the best coastal drives in the world.

 

The Great Ocean Road is broken up into three sections, the first section we travel along is called the

Surf Coast,here the road hugs the coast passing sandy beaches, steep cliffs and through the towns of Anglesea, Lorne, Wye River and Apollo Bay, stopping at coastal scenic spots along the way.

 

The second section of the Great Ocean Road is known as the Otway's. We head inland climbing the Otway Ranges which are covered in wet eucalyptus forest and cool temperate rainforest.

We take a short detour off the Great Ocean Road and drive down to the Cape Otway Lighthouse, one of

Australia's most significant lighthouses, it was the first landfall the sailing ships would see after leaving England bound for Australia.

 

After a short drive back on the Great Ocean Road, we take another detour to the Otway Fly tree walk, here you can see Australia's tallest tree, the Mountain Ash and large tree ferns of the temperate rainforest.

 

The third and last section of the Great Ocean Road is known as the Shipwreck Coast, here the cliffs rise out of the sea and you get to see the iconic places of this coast, such as, Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles, Arch Island, Razorback and Bakers Oven Island.

 

Our overnight stop is at a seaside town called Port Campbell.

 

From:   Melbourne, Victoria

To:  Port Campbell, Victoria

Accommodation: 4 Star Motel

Meals:  Breakfast Dinner

 

DAY 2

 

After breakfast you leave Port Campbell and travel further along the Shipwreck section of the Great Ocean Road stopping at London Bridge and the Bay of Islands.

 

When you enter Warrnambool, that concludes the Great Ocean Road part of the tour, after a city highlights tour of Warrnambool, you head along the coast to Tower Hill reserve. Tower Hill is an ancient extinct volcano crater, that is now part lake and island, here you can see kangaroo's, koala's, emu's and maybe an echidna as well. There is a good display of Aboriginal culture here as well.

 

Leaving Tower Hill you continue along the coast to the small fishing town of Port Fairy, where you get to see the highlights of this fascinating little town.

 

You now head inland across the western plains of Victoria to the Grampians National Park. The Grampians mountain range rises out of the plains to a height of 1000 mt (3200 ft) Arriving in Halls Gap, you visit the Interpretation Centre before going into the mountains to see spectacular lookouts and waterfalls, wildflowers, kangaroo's, wallaby's and emus.

 

On leaving the Grampians National Park, we head to Mount Gambier in South Australia via Hamilton, the wool centre of Victoria, and through the rolling hills and towns of Coleraine and Casterton.

 

Mount Gambier is famous for its 'Blue Lake', an extinct volcanic crater that is now filled with water the colour of blue ink.

 

From:  Port Campbell, Victoria.

To:  Mount Gambier, South Australia.

Accommodation:  4 Star Motel.

Meals:  Breakfast  Dinner.

 

DAY 3

 

Heading north from Mount Gambier you arrive at the town of Penola, which is the main town of the famous wine growing region called the Coonawarra, well known for its Shiraz and Cabernet wines, if time permits you will get a chance of tasting the famous reds.

 

Next stop is to visit the Naracoorte Caves National Park, a World Heritage Fossil Site where you get to see fossils of ancient animals.

 

You travel to the coastal town of Robe on Guichen Bay. Robe was once one of the largest ports in this part of South Australia, but now is an important fishing town. After a walk to a lookout which gives surrounding views of the area and seeing the heritage buildings of its seafaring past, we depart Robe and head along the coast passing through Kingston S.E.

As you travel further north along the coast we come to the Coorong National Park. The Coorong National Park is a long string of saltwater lagoons stretching 140 kilometres, sheltered from the Southern Ocean by sweeping sand dunes, the Coorong is one of Australia's most important waterbird habitats.

 

Lunch is taken at Meningie on the shores of Lake Albert, this town was established as a staging post and

service centre for the surrounding farmers.   As you head towards Strathalbyn, you cross the Murray River at Wellington on a vehicle ferry, the Murray River is Australia's longest river, and then through the wine growing region of Langhorne Creek.

 

Strathalbyn was settled by Scottish immigrants in 1839 on the Angus River, after a short tour of the town, you head south to the Fleurieu Peninsula region of South Australia and on to the old river port of Goolwa, the port has been restored and the town has many old sandstone buildings.

 

Following a tour of Goolwa, you travel along the coast of Encounter Bay, passing through Port Elliot before reaching our overnight stop at the seaside town of Victor Harbor.

 

From:  Mount Gambier, South Australia

To:  Victor Harbor, South Australia

Accommodation:  4 Star Motel

Meals:  Breakfast  Dinner

 

DAY 4

 

After breakfast, you tour Victor Harbor, including a horse drawn tram ride over to Granite Island. On leaving Victor Harbor, as you travel through rural farmland you can catch views of the Southern Ocean.

 

You first stop is to view Glacier Rock, which was created by ice 250 million years ago, traveling south our next stop is the Deep Creek Conservation Park, where you can spot kangaroo's, echidna's and yellow-tailed black cockatoos, and views of Kangaroo Island across Backstairs Passage.

 

Heading north to the McLaren Vale wine region, you have a spectacular view of Myponga reservoir.

In the McLaren Vale wine region, you will stop at several Cellar Doors, tasting the fabulous wines and maybe a bite to eat as well.

 

A late afternoon arrival into Adelaide and to your overnight accommodation.

 

From:  Victor Harbor, South Australia

To: Adelaide, South Australia

Accommodation:  4 Star Motel

Meals: Breakfast  Lunch

 

Highlights

 

Great Ocean Road

Surf Coast Towns

Torquay

Lorne

Apollo Bay

Cape Otway Lighthouse

Otway Fly tree walk

12 Apostles

Loch Ard Gorge

Bay of Islands

Warrnambool

Grampians National Park

Blue Lake Mt Gambier

Coonawarra wine region

Naracoorte National Park

Robe

Coorong National Park

Victor Harbor

McLaren Vale wine region.

 

Prices & Departures

 

$2470 AUD per person Twin Share

(4 Day Tour without Add-on tour)

 

Departure Dates

 

03 Oct 16 - 17 Oct 16

17 Nov 16 - 21 Nov 16

19 Dec 16

2017 Departure Dates out soon.

 

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking

 

 

OPTION A:  PHILLIP ISLAND

 

DAY 1

 

Early morning pick up from your Melbourne accommodation for your Phillip Island adventure.

 

Phillip Island is a Victorian nature haven for wildlife, you will get to see Australia's largest and famous Little Penguin parade on the beach at dusk/night and the largest Australian fur seal colony.

 

On arrival on Phillip Island, our first stop is a smaller Island off the coast, named Churchill Island.

Churchill Island is one of Victoria's oldest settlements, here you can experience pioneer farm life and great views over Western Port Bay.

 

We then travel to Woolamai surf beach to view the waves crashing onto the beach as well as views across to the cliffs of Cape Woolamai.

 

You discover the Rhyll RAMSAR recognised wetlands, by taking the Rhyll Inlet Mangrove Boardwalk, seeing various waterbirds amongst the mangroves and on the mudflats and sandbars.

At the Koala centre, you can walk on raised boardwalks to get closer to the Koala's in the canopy of the trees, while we are here you can use the kiosk, if you are feeling hungry.

 

A short drive takes us to Cowes, the largest town on Phillip Island, here you catch a boat for the Seal Watching Cruise.

 

On return to Cowes, we travel to Nobbies Centre to view sea birds, little penguin rookies and impressive coastal scenery, on the way to the Penguin Parade, look out for black wallabies hiding in the long tussock grasses.

 

Your Eco guides at the Penguin Centre will take you to your viewing area to watch the penguins make their nightly entry out of the surf and walk up the beach to their nesting burrows.

 

After the Penguin Parade, you will be taken to your accommodation.

 

Note:  During Daylight Savings Time - Oct-Mar.

Grand Prix track, and Pyramid Rock lookout will be added to the tour.

 

The following day, we will drive across the Mornington Peninsula to the seaside town of Sorrento to catch our ferry across Port Phillip Bay to begin our Great Ocean Road tour.

 

From: Melbourne, Victoria

To:  Phillip Island, Victoria

Accommodation:  4 Star

Meals:  Breakfast  Dinner

 

Highlights

 

Churchill Island pioneer farm

Woolamai surf beach

Rhyll Wetlands walk

Koala Conservation Centre

Cowes township

Nobbies Centre

Penguin Parade

Grand Prix track (Daylight Savings time only)

Pyramid Rock lookout (Daylight Savings time only)

 

Price Add on to tour price.

 

$944 AUD per person Twin Share.

 

 

OPTION B:  KANGAROO ISLAND

 

DAY 1

 

Early morning pick up from your Adelaide Motel for your Kangaroo Island adventure.

 

On arrival at Penneshaw or Kingscote airport on Kangaroo Island, you will be met by your guide who will give you an introduction to Kangaroo Island.

 

Kangaroo Island is a haven for Australian wildlife, which exists in its natural habitat without having the threat of introduced predators.  As you travel the island keep an eye out for echidna's, wallabies, reptiles and wildflowers.

 

At Seal Bay Conservation Park, your guide will escort you on a walk along the beach to view the Australian Sea-lions as they bask on the beach, this is a truly memorable experience.

 

We then travel into the natural bush to enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch, after lunch take a walk looking out for koala's in the trees.  You explore the spectacular north coast beaches, and watch out for Australia's rarest cockatoo, the glossy black cockatoo and the timid Tammar wallaby in its natural habitat.

 

Later in the afternoon, see the kangaroo's leave the safety of the bush and graze on the open pastures,

before you are taken to your accommodation.

 

From:  Adelaide, South Australia,

To:  Kangaroo Island, South Australia,

Accommodation:  4 Star Motel,

Meals:  Breakfast Lunch (Dinner at own expense)

 

DAY 2

 

This morning we travel to the western part of Kangaroo Island and discover the Flinders Chase National Park,one of the oldest and important National Parks in South Australia.

 

See the New Zealand fur seal in their colony at Cape du Couedic and discover the incredible rock formation, the Remarkable Rocks, these large granite boulders balance on a cliff edge 75 metres above the Southern Ocean.

 

We travel to Admirals Arch to see where the powerful forces of nature have cut through the headland to

create this natural formation.

 

You travel back into the bush again to have a gourmet style picnic lunch, and for some more animal and bird spotting in their natural habitat.

 

At the end of the day, we travel to Kelly Hill Conservation Park to watch kangaroo's and wallabies graze on the open plains, and if time permits we visit Vivonne Bay.

 

The tour concludes at Kingscote airport for your flight back to Adelaide, or Penneshaw for your ferry journey to the mainland and coach transfer to Adelaide.

 

From:  Kangaroo Island, South Australia

To:   Adelaide, South Australia

Accommodation:  4 Star Motel

Meals: Breakfast  Lunch  (Dinner at own expense)

 

Highlights

 

Sea-lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park

Flinders Chase National Park

Cape de Couedic

Admirals Arch

Remarkable Rocks

Kelly Hill Conservation Park

 

Lots of animals & birds that you may see on tour:

Sea Lions

Fur Seals

Koala

Kangaroo

Tammar Wallaby

Cape Barren Geese

Glossy Black Cockatoo

 

Price Add on to tour price.

 

$1248 AUD per person Twin Share

 

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking

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