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Victoria, Southern Eastern Australia

WESTERN VICTORIAN DISCOVERY

5 Days - Great Ocean Road - Volcanic Plains - Grampians - Ballarat.

The Ultimate Experience in Nature & Sightseesing tours of the State of Victoria, South Eastern Australia. Golden Nugget Discovery Tours has teamed up with other Ecotourism Certified tourism businesses to bring you the best in Nature tourism of Victoria.

This tour consists of a 5 day tour commencing from and finishing in Melbourne, Victoria.

Along your journey of discovery, you will experience the Great Ocean Road, one of the best coastal drives in the world, and then you cross the western plains of Victoria, the third largest volcanic plain in the world, dotted with extinct volcano’s and lava flows, before entering the Grampians National Park, with its rugged mountains and Australian wildlife. On leaving the Grampians National Park, we enter Mt Buangor State Park to see the wildlife and tall blue gum forests, then to Ballarat to view the birds of the wetlands and discover the gold rush history of Ballarat before heading back to Melbourne.

DAY 1

Day 1 Overview

Pick up from your Melbourne accommodation in the morning, then travel through Melbourne and over the Westgate Bridge, 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.

Next is the Great Ocean Road, which is broken up into three sections, the Surf Coast, the Otways and the Shipwreck Coast.

Travelling through the seaside town of Torquay, you begin your journey along the Surf Coast stopping at coastal scenic spots , passing sandy beaches, steep cliffs and through the towns of Anglesea, Lorne, Wye River and stopping for lunch in Apollo Bay.

After lunch you head inland climbing the Otway Ranges which are covered in tall wet eucalyptus forest and cool temperate rainforest. As you walk along the elevated walkway of the Otway Fly tree walk you are surrounded by Australia's tallest tree, the Mountain Ash and large tree ferns of the temperate rainforest. The forest will be full of bird song from the many rainforest birds.

On the way back to Apollo Bay, you drive down to one of Australia's most significant lighthouses, the Cape Otway Lightstation, it was the first landfall the sailing ships would see after leaving England bound for Australia. Following the visit to the Lightstation you stop to view koalas in their natural habitat up in the eucalyptus trees.  

Summary

Your overnight accommodation is in Apollo Bay.
From: Melbourne
To: Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road
Accommodation: 3.5 - 4 Star Motel/Hotel
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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DAY 2

Day 2 Overview

In the morning you head off to 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, Twin Islands, Razorback, Bakers Oven Island, London Bridge and the Bay of Islands.

On leaving the Great Ocean Road, you continue along the Southern coast of Victoria entering the city of Warrnambool, after a city highlights tour you head along the coast to Tower Hill reserve.

Tower Hill reserve is an extinct volcano crater, which is now a lake surrounding an island, you can see kangaroo's, koalas, emu's and maybe an echidna. There is a good display of Aboriginal culture as well. After leaving Tower Hill you continue along the coast to the small fishing town of Port Fairy, where you get to see the highlights and the shearwater bird nesting site.

Heading inland across the Western plains of Victoria, you cross the third largest volcanic plain in the world, which is dotted with extinct volcanoes and lakes. Entering Mt Eccles National Park which is an extinct volcano, you get to see the crater and walk in the lava tube. On the way to the Grampians National Park, we stop and see ancient lava flows.

Summary

Your overnight accommodation is in the township of Dunkeld.
From: Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road
To: Dunkeld, Grampians
Accommodation: 3.5 - 4 Star Motel/Hotel
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

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DAY 3

Day 3 Overview

This morning you go on a guided walk in the Grampians National Park to discover and experience the Australian bush in the cool of the morning. As you walk along the track, you may chance spotting a Black Wallaby or Echidna, plus the trees will be alive with calls from the many birds. On reaching the lookout, you look over the vast volcanic plain to the south and the Grampians Mountains to the north.

You travel along the cliff faced mountains of the Serra Range to Halls Gap, the main town in the Grampians National Park. At Halls Gap you stop at the National Park Interpretation Centre & Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the Aboriginal Culture of this region. The Aboriginal people refer to the Grampians as Gariwerd.

Grampians Personalised Tours & Adventures will show you the highlights of the Grampians National Park during the afternoon, which includes breathtaking lookouts and waterfalls, plus loads of wildlife and wildflowers.

Summary

Your overnight accommodation is in the township of Halls Gap.
From: Dunkeld, Grampians
To: Halls Gap, Grampians National Park
Accommodation: 3.5 - 4 Star Motel/Hotel
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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DAY 4

Day 4 Overview

Grampians Personalised Tours & Adventures will take you again into the Grampians National Park. You mostly travel “off road” experiencing the highlights of the Victoria Valley in the centre of the Grampians. The journey covers waterfalls (in season) spectacular rugged landscapes, wetlands, and the diverse natural flora including river red gums, rock art, history and wild native animals.

Highlights

Your overnight accommodation is in the township of Halls Gap
From: Halls Gap, Grampians National Park
To: Halls Gap, Grampians National Park
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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DAY 5

Day 5 Overview

 

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours will take over the tour as you leave the Grampians and head to the Great Dividing Range.       At Mt Buangor State Park, you walk along a track through tall eucalyptus forest, with tree ferns lining the lower gullies, where Black Wallaby’s hide in the undergrowth, Sulphur Crested and Black Cockatoos calls filling the air. (waterfall in season)

Stopping in Ballarat, which was once an important goldfield in the 1850’s Victorian Goldrush, you visit the Eureka Centre and the Gold Museum to learn about the riches found on these goldfields and the struggle of the miners to gain justice. You visit two wetlands, one was an important site for the local Aboriginal people and the other has been made into a lake by the European settlers, then to the top of an ancient volcano to view the crater and spectacular views from the lookout, 

Late in the afternoon you arrive in the centre of Melbourne to be dropped off at your motel or the Alto Motel, ending the tour. 

Summary

Your overnight accommodation is in Melbourne.
From: Halls Gap, Grampians National Park
To: Melbourne
Meals: Breakfast Lunch

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Tour Summary

Highlights

  • Great Ocean Road
  • Surf Coast Towns – Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay
  •  Cape Otway Lighthouse
  •  Otway Fly tree walk
  •  Otway Ranges rainforests
  •  Shipwreck Coast
  •  12 Apostles
  •  Loch Ard Gorge – Razorback, Twin Islands
  •  London Bridge
  •  Bay of Islands
  •  Warrnambool City highlights
  •  Volcanic Plains lava flows / lava tubes
  •  Mt Eccles National Park – wild animals & birds
  •  Grampians National Park – wild animals & birds
  •  Mt Buangor State Park – wild animals & birds
  •  Ballarat – wetlands, extinct volcano, gold rush history

Prices and Departures

Adult Twin Share / Couple $6082AUD

Adult Single $4389AUD


The price includes all taxes and commissions.
The tour is available all year, EXCEPT over Easter period and the Last 2 weeks of December.
The tour will start on Monday and finish on Friday.


2019 Departure Dates;
04 & 18 August 19,
01 & 15 September 19,
06 & 20 October 19 ,
03 & 17 November 19,
01 & 15 December 19.

 

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking

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