Start in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It has been voted by The Economist as the “World’s most Livable City”. Part of this is the abundance of parks and gardens. The capital of Victoria, it is situated on an estuary of the Yarra River and boasts world-class culture, sports and dining.
Day 1: At leisure in Melbourne Federation Square is the perfect starting point, a major meeting place with its exhibitions, restaurants, bars and shopping. To see Melbourne form a different perspective, visit the Eureka Skydeck in the Eureka Tower for stunning views of the city’s heritage buildings especially when lit up after dark.
Day 2: Melbourne to Apollo Bay 185 km (115 miles), 2.5 hours Collect your rental vehicle. Make your way to Apollo Bay through Geelong and on to Torquay. This is where the Great Ocean Road begins its journey westward. Continue on to Apollo Bay with its wide crescent shaped sandy beach, rolling green Otway hills and laid back lifestyle. While farming and fishing are central to the local economy, Apollo Bay is continuing to build its reputation as a holiday village.
Day 3: Apollo Bay to Port Fairy 190 km (188 miles) 2.5 hours Depart Apollo Bay and continue along the Great Ocean Road that travels through the Otway National Park. The Great Ocean Road leaves the Otways at Princetown and hugs the rugged coast through to the Port Campbell National Park. On your way to Port Fairy visit the quaint town of Koroit, where Irish immigrant farmers originally settled. The unique fishing village of Port Fairy is one of Victoria's earliest ports and many homes and other buildings of last century have been preserved.
Day 4: Port Fairy to Grampians National Park 175 km (109 miles), 2.25 hours From Port Fairy, travel to the Grampians National Park and Halls Gap. The scenic Grampians National Park is one of Victoria's largest and most accessible National Parks. It is home to the biggest collection of Koori rock art in the state, and is well known for its wildflowers, striking rock formations, 200 species of bird life, panoramic lookouts and well maintained network of 50 walking tracks.
Day 5: Halls Gap to Coonawarra 260 km (161 miles), 3.25 hours Depart Halls Gap today through the Grampians National Park crossing the border to Coonawarra. The nearby lakes and waterways are perfect for fishing and enjoying the distant views of The Grampians.
Day 6: Coonawarra to Adelaide 333 km (208 miles) 4 hours Depart this morning and continue travelling north to Adelaide. Drop off your rental vehicle and make your way to your accommodation in Adelaide
At leisure in Adelaide
Adelaide is a picturesque but cosmopolitan city with a relaxed atmosphere, the capital of South Australia and the fifth largest city in the country. It is a great city to walk around with its natural beauty reflected in its parks and historical architecture.
Being a planned city, it is designed on a grid layout with wide boulevards and large public spaces. It is surrounded by the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Adelaide Hills and is well known for its biannual Adelaide Festival, an arts and culture oriented celebration where one can experience opera, the theatre and other types of entertainment.
Close to Adelaide, you have several interesting options to fill your time from wine tasting in the famous Barossa Valley, hop on a local tram to the charming seaside resort of Glenelg or take a short flight or ferry ride to Kangaroo Island, an animal paradise where you can enjoy koalas and seals at Seal Bay, discover unique wildlife and get close to kangaroos all living in their natural habitat.