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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, 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.

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

First is the Surf Coast as you enter the surfing centre of Victoria, the seaside town of Torquay, and begin your journey along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at coastal scenic spots along the way and passing sandy beaches, steep cliffs and through the towns of Anglesea, Lorne, Wye River and Apollo Bay.

After lunch in Apollo Bay you continue in to the second section of the Great Ocean Road, the Otway's. You head inland climbing the Otway Ranges which are covered in tall wet eucalyptus forest and cool temperate rainforest. You go 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 as you walk along its elevated walkway and you will hear and see many rainforest birds.

On the way back to Apollo Bay, you take a short detour off the Great Ocean Road to 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. On the journey back to the Great Ocean Road, you stop to view koalas in their natural habitat up in the eucalyptus trees.  

Highlights

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 third and last section of the Great Ocean Road, which 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, 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 of Warrnambool, you head along the coast to Tower Hill reserve.

Tower Hill reserve is an ancient extinct volcano crater, which is now a lake surrounding an island, here you can see kangaroo's, koalas, 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 and the shearwater bird nesting site.

You now head inland across the Western plains of Victoria, the 3rd largest volcanic plain in the world, which is dotted with extinct volcanoes and lakes. You enter Mt Eccles National Park which is an extinct volcano; there is a good chance to see kangaroos and koalas in this park. On the way to the Grampians National Park, we stop and see ancient lava flows and lava tubes.

Highlights

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.

After the walk you drive along the cliff faced mountains of the Serra Range as you approach 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.

Highlights

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 centre of the Grampians and to places where tourists don’t know about, including the Serra Range, Victoria Valley and the Victoria Range. 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 Western ranges of the Great Dividing Range. You enter the Mt Buangor State Park, here you walk along a track to a waterfall (in season) through tall eucalyptus forest, with tree ferns lining the lower gullies, Black Wallaby’s hide in the undergrowth with Sulphur Crested and Black Cockatoos calls filling the air.

You stop in Ballarat, which was once an important goldfield in the 1850’s Victorian Goldrush; the central city is full of building of Victorian/Edwardian architecture, built during these prosperous times. At Ballarat you stop to view native birds at 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.

You drive to the top of an ancient volcano to view the crater and spectacular views from the lookout, chance to see wallabies, koalas and birds.

Before we leave Ballarat, you go to the Gold Museum & Eureka Centre to learn about the times when Ballarat was a major goldfield, and the struggle the miners had to gain democracy in Victoria.

Late in the afternoon you arrive at the Eco friendly Alto on Bourke hotel in the centre of Melbourne, your overnight stop and end of the tour.

Highlights

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

Single $5410AUD

Twin Shire $8437AUD

Couple $8437AUD


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.


2018 Departure Dates;
7th & 21st May 18,
2nd & 16th July 18,
3rd & 17th September 18,
5th & 19 November 18,
3rd & 17th December 18.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking

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