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5 Day Great Ocean Road Classic

5 days 4 nights
Melbourne to Melbourne
from NZD$1,073pp
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Enjoy one of Australia's most spectacular and scenic coastal drives; the Great Ocean Road. Skirting the Southern Ocean, you will journey from Melbourne to iconic landmarks such as Bells Beach and the 12 Apostles with plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife en route. With time to explore Melbourne before and after, this tour seamlessly sandwiches an iconic drive with a cool city escape.

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Day One - Arrive into Melbourne today
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Private transfer Melbourne Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and delivered to your Melbourne accommodation.

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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Secrets of Melbourne Walking Tour with Depot Adventures

Join an experienced local guide on a small group Melbourne walking tour as they show you what makes them so passionate about the city they call home. Explore the rich history of Melbourne, through its lavish buildings, intricate laneways and diverse architecture. Take in the ever-changing street art and learn of its unique community.
Your guide will entertain you with stories of Melbourne’s humble beginnings to the Gold Rush era that changed everything. Explore Chinatown and discover Melbourne’s multicultural edge. Hear your guide brag about the Melbourne cafe scene and then deliver the goods, as they buy you a famous Melbourne coffee! Finish up like a “fair dinkum” Aussie – at a pub of course! Let your guide grab you a cold beer (or soda/cider) and take questions and give advice on other Melbourne highlights.

Accommodation: Mantra on Russell
Accommodation type: Apartments
Mantra on Russell is perfect for short or long stays thanks to a long list of excellent facilities, each city apartment comes with the benefits of hotel services like 24-hour room service and wireless broadband internet access. Sample the modern Australian menu at the onsite restaurant, or hop on the free City Circle tram just four minutes from the hotel doorstep and ride around the CBD to see the sights.

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Day Two - Collect your car and begin your journey along the Great Ocean Road
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Collect your rental car

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. We have a fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige sedans and SUVs. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

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 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: Comfort Inn The International, Apollo Bay
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
The Comfort Inn The International is centrally located in the charming seaside town of Apollo Bay. A popular stop along the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is home to the historic Cape Otway Lighthouse and a range of natural sights, including the dramatic Great Ocean Road.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 161 kms / 100 miles : 2.4 hours

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Day Three - There's no shortage of sights today as you see the 12 Apostles up close
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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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 12 Apostles to London Bridge Scenic Helicopter Flight

An energetic, 15 minute flight that packs in the must-see Great Ocean Road sights. Catch the highlights of the Shipwreck Coast from a luxury helicopter. See the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, and more from breathtaking heights. London Bridge is a thrilling addition to any Great Ocean Road tour.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Walk with Wildlife Tour with Wildlife Wonders

Immerse yourself in the wilds of the Otways at Wildlife Wonders, just 5km outside of Apollo Bay. Enjoy a 75-minute guided walk through the magical Otways bushland, where you'll discover lush tree-fern gullies, eucalypt woodlands and spectacular ocean vistas. Your conservationist guide will share with you the secrets of the bush and the plants and animals who call the Otways home.
All the profits from Wildlife Wonders go directly to the Conservation Ecology Centre, working to conserve the unique Australian plants and animals across the Otways.

Accommodation: Ashmont Motor Inn and Apartments
Accommodation type: Motels
Port Fairy is a historic seaside fishing village set on the Moyne River, located on the Princes Highway at the western end of the Great Ocean Road. On one side you will find what is known as the rugged shipwreck coastline and on the other, the picturesque East Beach which has the added bonus of being patrolled by lifesavers over summer.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 184 kms / 114 miles : 2.5 hours

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Day Four - Take the inland route back to Melbourne, with free time to explore this afternoon
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Port Fairy to Melbourne

This route to Melbourne is the most direct at around 280km (174 miles) and takes around 3 hours. A little over an hour into your journey, you can take a short detour to Camperdown, to stretch your legs on a walk up Mt Sugarloaf or grab a coffee.
From here, you will continue through rural farmlands before reaching the city of Geelong. Take a stroll on the waterfront to see the Bollard Trail, with over 100 painted pollards, each depicting a different person from the past who added to the making of Geelong.
From Geelong, it is just an hour's drive to the Melbourne CBD, your destination for the day.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - River Gardens Tour with Melbourne River Cruises

Within moments of Melbourne’s cultural Arts precinct, you are cruising through Melbourne’s picturesque gardens, parkland’s and some of the city's famous sporting arenas.

Accommodation: Mantra on Russell
Accommodation type: Apartments
Mantra on Russell is perfect for short or long stays thanks to a long list of excellent facilities, each city apartment comes with the benefits of hotel services like 24-hour room service and wireless broadband internet access. Sample the modern Australian menu at the onsite restaurant, or hop on the free City Circle tram just four minutes from the hotel doorstep and ride around the CBD to see the sights.
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 275 kms / 171 miles : 3.1 hours

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Day Five - Depart Melbourne today
Tour day 5
5 Day Great Ocean Road Classic - Day 5
Depart Melbourne today

Explore more of Melbourne before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

Farewell from Australia

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