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8 Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Escape

7 nights, Melbourne to Melbourne

8 Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians Escape

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Included in this New Zealand self drive holiday

  • This New Zealand holiday starts at price per person (see details)
  • 8 days / 7 nights from Melbourne to Melbourne
  • Accommodation is Hotel 4 star (can be customised)
  • A superb range of rental cars to choose from
  • Rental car insurance with full coverage (variable excess/deductible)
  • Unlimited kilometres, GPS navigation, airport and ferry fees
  • Can be fully customised to suit you
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Day 1 - Arrive into Melboure

Melbourne City Tour and River Cruise with Gray Line - suggested

Melbourne City Tour and River Cruise with Gray Line
Melbourne City Tour and River Cruise with Gray Line
Melbourne City Tour and River Cruise with Gray Line
Melbourne City Tour and River Cruise with Gray Line

Whether a first time visitor to Melbourne or not, you're sure to be charmed by this vibrant city. Be treated to a morning of informative commentary while exploring Fitzroy Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, some famous laneways and arcades and a drive through Chinatown. At the conclusion of our city tour, take a little walk down to the riverside to join a scenic and relaxing cruise on the Yarra River. It's also a great photo opportunity to capture Melbourne's distinct and spectacular city skyline.

Hidden Bars of Melbourne Walking Tour with Depot Adventures - suggested

Hidden Bars of Melbourne Walking Tour with Depot Adventures
Hidden Bars of Melbourne Walking Tour with Depot Adventures
Hidden Bars of Melbourne Walking Tour with Depot Adventures
Hidden Bars of Melbourne Walking Tour with Depot Adventures

The Melbourne hidden bar culture is a unique part of Australia’s cultural capital. The difficult thing is just that – they’re hidden! This city makes you work to find its best bits, which is why you’ll find some of the best bars behind other venues, underneath laneways, or tucked into repurposed spaces.
Join an experienced guide and uncover four of these fascinating venues in one afternoon, and learn what makes each one special over a drink, or four (at your own expense). Speak with talented bartenders during this small-group experience, making sure to chat with them about what kinds of drinks you like to personalise your Melbourne Hidden Bars Tour even more.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: offsite paid parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Dinner service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 2 -

Collect your rental car

Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car

Your holiday can be customised and priced with any of the rental cars available in our fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige sedans and SUVs.

Explore Melbourne

Explore Melbourne
Explore Melbourne
Explore Melbourne
Explore Melbourne

Melbourne is the cool, artsy capital of the state of Victoria. Renowned for its laneway art, cafes, bars, restaurants and museums, there is no shortage of things to do, see, eat and drink.
Grab a coffee in Degraves Street, see the murals on Hosier Lane or Blender Lane, pop over to St Kilda and stroll along the promenade or visit one of the many museums.
To make the most of your time in Melbourne, we recommend taking a city tour to get true local insight into this vibrant city.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

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Day 3 - Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Driving distance and time: 161 kms / 100 miles : 2.4 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Melbourne to Apollo Bay
Melbourne to Apollo Bay
Melbourne to Apollo Bay
Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Begin your journey by heading south to the picturesque town of Torquay, recognised as the surfing capital of Australia, thanks to the famous Bells Beach. Follow the coast from through Anglesea to Lorne, here we recommended a short detour to Erskine Falls. You can park close to the 30 metre cascading waterfall, or take a walk through the lush rainforest to stretch your legs.
The final stretch of your journey from Lorne to Apollo Bay has been described as one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives in the world.
Your destination, Apollo Bay is the starting point for some of Australia’s most famous short and multi-day walks and is the perfect base to explore the Great Ocean Walk and surrounding Otways rainforest. Take a swim in the waters of the southern ocean, wander along the coast and explore rainforests and waterfalls, ferns and crystal clear streams.

Accommodation: Beacon Point Ocean View Villas

Accommodation type: Apartments

Accommodation: Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
Accommodation: Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
Accommodation: Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
Accommodation: Beacon Point Ocean View Villas

Accommodation features

  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 4 - Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

Driving distance and time: 184 kms / 114 miles : 2.5 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

Apollo Bay to Port Fairy
Apollo Bay to Port Fairy
Apollo Bay to Port Fairy
Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

The first part of your drive today will take you to the iconic 12 Apostles, perhaps the most famous landmark on the Great Ocean Road, and stopping here is a must. You can park at the carpark and follow the paved path to the lookout, or to take some time and stretch your legs take the path down Gibson's steps to the beach. Descending down these 86 stairs carved into the cliff face, reaching the beach you are treated to a closeup view of these incredible rock formations.
Continue along Shipwreck Coast, where some 700 ships have crashed against the rocks.
Explore the coastal city of Warrnambool where you might be lucky enough to spot southern right whales calve off Logan Beach if you are travelling between May and October. From here, it's a 30-minute drive to your destination of Port Fairy.

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Day 5 - Port Fairy to Halls Gap

Driving distance and time: 155 kms / 97 miles : 1.8 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Port Fairy to Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park

Port Fairy to Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park
Port Fairy to Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park
Port Fairy to Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park
Port Fairy to Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park

From Port Fairy head north towards Penshurst and Dunkeld then onto Halls Gap in the heart of the Grampians. Famous for it's hiking trails, the Grampians is home to a plethora of native flora and fauna.
We recommend stopping in at Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre for the most up to date park and track information before venturing off on one of the iconic walks.

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Day 6 - Halls Gap to Ballarat

Driving distance and time: 132 kms / 82 miles : 1.5 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Halls Gap to Ballarat

Head out of Grampians National Park and into gold rush country as you head east. Just 50km (31 miles) into the journey you can stop in Ararat, once a rich gold mining town, it still has some great architectural examples of days gone by, such as the Court House Hotel, built in 1958 and the Briggs Francis & Associates building from 1864.
Continue through Beaufort, where gold was also found, but their spoils had all but disappeared within 10 short years.

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Day 7 - Ballarat to Melbourne

Driving distance and time: 150 kms / 93 miles : 1.8 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Ballarat to Melbourne via Daylesford

Ballarat to Melbourne via Daylesford
Ballarat to Melbourne via Daylesford
Ballarat to Melbourne via Daylesford
Ballarat to Melbourne via Daylesford

This route to Melbourne is not the most direct, but adds less than an hour to your driving time to visit a true Victorian gem, Daylesford. This town is famous for its mineral waters and spas, art, culture and incredible food. Make sure you make time to endulge in the fresh, seasonal produce at one of the town's cafes or restaurants and to visit the Convent Gallery, housed in a historic 19th century mansion. Browse arty collectables, historic buildings and boutiques before continuing to Melbourne.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

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Day 8 - Day 8

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