The Twelve Apostles, Bells Beach, Ballarat, Sovereign Hill, Surf beaches, shipwrecks, Apollo Bay, Cape Otway Lighthouse, , Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Fairy, Grampians National Park, Avenue of Honour, Kryal Castle. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Melbourne. Themes include: Victoria, Departs from Melbourne, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Melbourne. + Show more
4 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Warrnambool hotel (luxury upgrades available)
1 night good standard Ballarat hotel (luxury upgrades available)
Victoria Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
Great Ocean RoadWerribee Open Range ZooBells BeachLoch Ard GorgeWhale WatchingThe Shipwreck CoastGrampians National ParkWarrnamboolSovereign HillApollo BayLorne
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Be awed with natural and man made wonders in abundance on your Self-Drive holiday to the Great Ocean Road and the Goldfields of Victoria; Bells Beach, the 12 Apostles, historic Cape Otway, watch whales in season, see the shipwreck coast and seaside townships and Warrnambool. Explore vineyards and see fertile farmlands en-route to Ballarat, built on the riches of the goldrush days with grand buildings, wide streets and see history come alive at Sovereign Hill as gold is mined 1800' style.
Self-Drive Tour from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
DAY 1 Melbourne - Great Ocean Road
Take one of the world’s most scenic and diverse drives. See exotic animals in an open savannah zoo, classic surf beaches, historic towns, National Parks, shipwreck coasts and amazing iconic vistas.
Today you could see Laverton, Werribee Open Range Zoo (225 hectares of wine open savannah, gorillas, monkeys, lions, cheetahs, rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras), Lara, Geelong, Torquay, Anglesea, Bells Beach (home to world's longest running surfing competition), Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Apollo Bay (resting place of many shipwrecks, contract of rugged coastline and green hills), Great Ocean Walk (91 km between Apollo Bay and Glenample Homestead, near Twelve Apostles), Cape Otway Lighthouse (in Great Otway National Park, built in 1848), Wattle Hill, The Twelve Apostles (in Port Campbell National Park, one of most photographed sites in Australia, limestone stacks, created by wind and water), Gibson Steps (2 min from Twelve Apostles, area of cliffs, first sightseeing stop in Port Campbell National Park), Loch Ard Gorge (10 min drive from Twelve Apostles, part of Port Campbell National Park, visible process of erosion in action, named after ship wrecked on the site), Port Campbell (seaside resort, centre of Port Campbell National Park), Peterborough, Nirranda, Springvale, The Cove, Nullawarre, Mepunga, Allansford, Warrnambool, Port Fairy (whaling port, historic bluestone buildings, known for its folk music festival), Griffiths Island (connected by causeway to Port Fairy, home to colony of short tailed shearwaters), Wreck Beach (site of the shipwrecks Fiji and Marie Gabrielle) or Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village (museum and Australia's richest shipwreck collection, located in 1870's village). Direct driving 349km (5hours)
DAY 2 Discover Great Ocean Road
One of the most spectacular scenic coastal drives in the world, the historic Great Ocean Road that was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 as the world's largest war memorial, traverses coastlines washed by the Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. Beginning close to Geelong at the Bellarine Peninsula down to Portland and almost to the coast of South Australia with townships and villages between the Great Ocean Road Drive is a magical experience. From Torquay in the east to Cape Otway, is the Surf Coast then becoming the resting place of the sailing boats, the Shipwreck Coast towards Warrnambool, then on to Allansford. The Great Ocean Road, with some inland ventures, delivers an amazing array of experiences, bucolic countryside and cafes with fresh local produce, vineyards, galleries, crafts, heritage, culture, nature, kayaking, diving and driving above the ocean, alongside tall cliffs, famous towering rock stacks in raging surf, tranquil beaches, beautiful remote bays, famous surfing beaches, friendly, welcoming towns, extinct volcanos and crater lakes and thick forests alive with flora and fauna. Warrnambool is a laidback country town, with excellent cafes, restaurants shops and beaches high on Flagstaff Hill, the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum is a reconstructed maritime village from the early 1800's complete with hotel, schoolhouse, band, surger, a couple of lighthouses and a lighthouse keepers cottage. Overlooking the ocean with relics from the famous ship wrecked off the coast of Port Campbell in 1878, the Loch Ard, the museum is a delight. Just offshore, whales migrate annually to nurture their calves, with great coastal viewing points along the Great Ocean Road at pretty Warrnambool - once a whaling port - for you to experience the sight of the gentle giants at rest and at play.
Geelong (Werribee Park Mansion), Lara, Bellarine Peninsula (historic mansions), Port Lonsdale (great views of Port Phillip Bay), Queenscliff (Australia's best preserved military fort), Torquay (Surf Museum), Bells Beach (surfing mecca and longest-running surfing competition in the world, Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival, kangaroos in the early morning, Bells Beach Point Addis, surfing, signed indigenous walk trail to beachside lookout), Anglesea, Aireys Inlet (great beaches), Lorne (resort township, Teddy's Lookout over the Great Ocean Road, Angahook-Lorne State Park walking trails), Apollo Bay (laidback township, Mariners Lookout, fishing), Otway National Park (farming villages, inland rain forest, giant tree ferns, Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, flora and fauna, koalas, glow worms, splendid waterfalls, Hopetoun Falls, Triplet Falls, Beauchamp Falls), Cape Otway (climb Cape Otway Lighthouse for amazing ocean vistas, oldest in mainland Australia  and secluded beaches), Lavers Hill, Shipwreck Coast (some 50 ships sunk or run aground), Port Campbell National Park (natural limestone and wind and water carved sandstone rock formations, Loch Ard Gorge, famous London Arch, The Grotto, Razorback), Port Campbell (estuarine flora and fauna, wetlands), Peterborough (rock formations, Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Islands), Warrnambool Flagstaff Hill (Maritime Museum and village), Tower Hill State Game Reserve (extinct volcano and crater lake with tiny island in bushland), Logans Beach (whale watching viewing platform Logans Beach, seasonal [May - Sept] Southern Right Whales come to give birth, nurse and then restart the breeding cycle), Port Fairy (National Trust 1840 limestone and bluestone stately homes and cottages, early fishing port), Portland (first European settlement in Victoria, charming harbour township).
DAY 3 Great Ocean Road - Goldfields
Travel beside the biggest lake in Victoria, to Victoria's richest goldfield and to the source of the 19th century wealth of marvellous Melbourne in the Victoria Goldfields.
Today you can see Warrnambool, Terang, Camperdown, Lake Corangamite (Victoria's largest natural lake), Cressy, Enfield, Napoleons, Buninyong, Mt Helen, Sovereign Hill, Ballarat (Victoria's largest inland city, wide streets lined with grand old buildings, site of the Eureka Rebellion in 1854 and the Southern Cross, home of Australian democracy and a 'fair go') or Grampians National Park (114 km, one of the richest Indigenous rock art sites, series of sandstone mountain ranges, great camping, climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks). Direct driving 172km (2.10 hours)
DAY 4 Goldfields - Melbourne
Plenty of time today to relax over breakfast and take in more of the wonders of the aged diggings that made Melbourne great, and the friendly country townships of the Goldfields, or to explore some Indigenous history and works of art before returning to Melbourne.
Today you could take in Grampians National Park (114 km, one of the richest Indigenous rock art sites, series of sandstone mountain ranges, great camping, climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks), Kryal Castle (replica medieval castle, features medical museum, armoury, torture museum), Bungaree, Gordon, Wallace, Ballan, Myrniong, Lerderderg Gorge (Lerderderg State Park, river famous for trout fishing, mined during the gold mine rush), Darley, Bacchus Marsh, or Melton, Avenue of Honour (memorial avenue of trees, each tree represents a person). Direct driving 115km (1.20 hours)
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