2 DAY GREAT OCEAN ROAD
- Durée: 34 Heures (environ)
- Code produit: NAT3
Our journey begins its coastal ties with a short walk along the beautiful waterfront in Geelong.
Get a caffeine hit at one of the cafes or just enjoy the transformed promenade and the clean
coastal air. Once joining the Great Ocean Road in the surfing haven of Torquay our focus turns
to Australian native wildlife as we observe Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the wild. This is one of
many opportunities to see and hear about our unique and unusual animals in their native
Our route then starts travelling along the very scenic, cliff-hugging section of the Great Ocean
Road. While winding our way along towards Lorne we stop to view sites such as the ‘Memorial
Arch’ and tell you of the intriguing story about the construction of this incredible memorial road.
After lunch in Lorne, the largest of the seaside villages, we cruise along more of the spectacular
road, stopping at many scenic spots including Kennett River where we can see koalas in their
natural habitat and many colourful native birds. Our journey then finds us in another popular
seaside town, Apollo Bay, where a walk on the beach, the marina, or an exploration of the
village helps you enjoy the beauty of the region.
Your accommodation tonight is at Chris’s Restaurant and Villas where you can relax in a private
self-contained villa set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean (based on availability).
This amazing setting is a great place to relax and unwind for a couple of hours before dinner at
the highly renowned restaurant. This Greek and French inspired restaurant is an icon of the
region, and you get to enjoy a two-course dinner from the a la carte menu.
Our second day starts with a wonderful continental breakfast in the restaurant while taking in the
spectacular ocean views. Our journey starts with us traveling through the Great Otway National
Park and taking one of the walks through magnificent cool-temperate rainforest to see majestic
Eucalypts and ancient tree ferns.
Continuing through the Aire river valley your guide will introduce you to the strong Aboriginal
heritage of the region with many tribes living prosperously around the coastline for thousands of
years. In the same area millions of years ago when Australia was part of the great southern
land, Gondwana, dinosaurs were roaming the land. A unique find along the coast in 1987
uncovered important clues into the world’s pre-historic past.
Arriving at the shipwreck coast we discover the Icons of Australia’s natural beauty, the 12
Apostles. Timing is everything, and as we arrive the stacks are lit with the morning sun and
crowd free making them perfect for photos. This is a bonus for taking a 2-day trip as the stacks
are silhouettes in the afternoon and usually overcrowded. After hearing of the creation of the
stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the boardwalks or brave a
helicopter flight along the coastline (own expense).
We then visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck.
While approaching the site you hear of the tragic story composed by a local historian. His story
retells the tale of a calm voyage, the tragic wreck, the courageous survivors and their post-
wreck lives. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artefacts,
photos and documents from the ‘Loch Ard’ contained in our treasure chests.
Port Campbell is our lunch stop for today. The small fishing village of just 350 is set in a
beautiful natural port and has some wonderful cafes and restaurants for food and views.
After lunch we travel to a lesser known but highly impressive area of the Great Ocean Road
west of Port Campbell. This section takes in London Bridge, Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, and
Boat Bay before our journey turns inland and travels through open farmland towards Melbourne
arriving around 6pm.
Our 2 Day Great Ocean Road tour departs at 0830 from Melbourne. Pickups are available from all city hotels within Melbourne. Passengers will be dropped at any Melbourne CBD location at 1730 at the completion of the tour.
Tours include :
• 4 star accommodation
• 1 x 2 course dinner
• 1 x breakfast