We carry original artefacts from the 1878 Loch Ard shipwreck
Small groups of a maximum of 8 passengers
Unique ocean view accommodation
We start by traveling in to the Adelaide Hills. Here we explore Hahndorf, a traditional German town in the Adelaide Hills and Mt Lofty Summit with sweeping views of Adelaide. Our journey then takes us through grain and stock lands towards the town of Keith for lunch.
Next we visit the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves to learn of the fossil
discoveries of Mega Fauna.
The Coonawarra wine region is close by, recognized as the premium Cabernet Sauvignon region of the world, where we stop for wine tasting.
Tonight we are accommodated in luxurious rooms at ‘The Barn’ which also houses an award winning restaurant for dinner and breakfast.
We start the second day with a visit to the ‘blue’ crater lake in Mt Gambier. Then drive on to Port Fairy before visiting Tower Hill Reserve where we are likely to see Emus, Koalas, Kangaroos and Echidnas.
We then start the Great Ocean Road with the impressive limestone stacks of the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. London Bridge is next before ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. We retell the entire story from the calm voyage, the tragic
wreck, the courageous survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts, photos and documents from the ‘Loch Ard’ contained in our treasure chests.
Twelve Apostles is close by, here we explain the creation of these limestone stacks and the constant wearing away of this coastline.
Our journey then takes us into the Otway National Park and through to Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek where we arrive at your 4 star accommodation set high on a hill with great views overlooking the Southern Ocean. These private villas set within native forest offer the perfect
environment to relax and unwind.
Tonight’s dinner is at the award winning ‘Chris’ at Beacon Point’. This modern, Greek-Australian restaurant is a famous attraction in the area as well as being a superb restaurant with incredible views.
The third day sees us leave our tranquil overnight setting to have breakfast in Apollo Bay. Our first stop is within the Otway National Park at ‘Maits Rest’. This is a 1km walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully discovering trees and ferns.
We then turn towards Melbourne and travel along a very scenic section of the Great Ocean Road en route to Kennett River for a fantastic viewing of wild Koalas in their native setting. We also visit many scenic spots for photos and tell numerous stories behind the making of the road.
We stop for lunch at the largest of the seaside villages, Lorne.
After lunch we drive along the surf coast and take in the surf culture of the region with a visit to Torquay and Bells Beach.
Our journey then takes us through the historic gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Geelong before we travel from the west over the ‘West Gate Bridge’ and escort you to your hotel and welcome you to Melbourne.
CBD hotel pick up and drop off
Entry fee to Naracoorte Caves National Park
Micro group touring with a maximum of 8 guests
2 x 2 course dinner
2 x breakfast
Full amounts are payable for ‘no shows’ and cancellations less than 24 hours from departure. Cancellations less than 1 week before departure we will incur a charge of 50%. More than one weeks notice will incur no charge.
Single supplement: A single travelling guest will be assigned their own villa or private hotel room. There is a supplement of $100 gross per night’s accommodation on tour. Two single travellers wanting to share should be booked as a twin share at time of booking. Group sizes for our tours are between 2 (adults) and 8 guests. If single traveller we strongly recommend contacting us prior to booking to make sure we have met the minimum number to operate tour
Bookings for Public Holiday weekends may result in alternative accommodation being offered.
The local provider reserves the right to amend and alter itineraries and accommodation when necessary.
Bring warm clothing, walking shoes and a raincoat.
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund