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Melbourne to Adelaide – The Great Ocean Road

Melbourne TramStart 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.

Port FairyDay 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.

CoonawarraDay 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


Barossa vineyardAt 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.


Hunter ValleyDay 1: Sydney to Hunter Valley 180 km (112 miles) 2.5 Hours Pick up your car and drive to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's premium wine producing regions.

Day 2: Hunter Valley to Port Stephens 94 km (59 miles) 1.5 hours Drive to Nelson Bay and Port Stephens. Join a dolphin cruise or 4WD tour across the sand dunes (optional) or relax on one of the beautiful beaches.

Day 3: Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour 450 km (280 miles) 4 hours Drive along the Pacific Highway to the former convict settlement of Port Macquarie then continue through beautiful countryside to Coffs Harbour.

Byron BayDay 4: Coffs Harbour to Coolangatta 330km (205 miles) 4 hours Travel via Cape Byron (Australia's most easterly point) to the stunning Gold Coast. This evening visit Jupiter's Casino. 2 nights are recommended at Gold Coast

Day 6: Coolangatta to Brisbane 100km (61 miles) 1.5 hours Join the Pacific Highway, northbound to Brisbane - the capital city of Queensland. You may like to spend time at South Bank on the bank of the Brisbane River. Depart Brisbane Drop off your rental vehicle and depart Brisbane.

Brisbane to Cairns

Collect your car and overnight in Brisbane.

Fraser Island ShipwreckDay 1: Brisbane to Fraser Island 330km (205 miles) 4 hours Drive past the Glass House Mountains to Montville with its delightful craft shops, then on to Hervey Bay where you park your car. Transfer by catamaran to Fraser Island. We would recommend 2 nights on Fraser Island. Fraser Island.

Today is at leisure. The resort offers 4WD tours around the sand dunes and guided walks to choose from or just relax and enjoy this beautiful World Heritage listed island, an ecologist's paradise. There's an evening spotlight tour with the ranger.

Day 3: Fraser Island to Rockhampton 400 km (248 miles) 5 hours Travel north to the sugar town of Childers and its interesting Pharmaceutical Museum. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn at Rockhampton.

Day 4: Rockhampton to the Whitsundays 488 km (305 miles) 6 hours After breakfast, travel north to MacKay and continue to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Stay for 2 nights at Airlie Beach.

Whitsunday IslandsThe Whitsundays
Today you may want to enjoy the facilities of the resort or take a day trip to one of the beautiful Whitsunday Passage Islands. Visit Whitehaven Beach and walk on 6 km of sweeping, pure white silica sands - voted the world's best beach.

Day 6: The Whitsundays to Townsville 286 km (147 miles) 3 hours Fossick for gemstones at the Home Hill Gallery enroute to Townsville, gateway to Queensland's tropical north. The "Strand" is Townsville's fantastic beachfront promenade, with restaurants, cafes, a water park and picnic areas. Visit the aquarium or take a drive up the winding road to Castle Hill for spectacular views of the city. You can also visit Magnetic Island, which is only a 20 minute ferry ride away.

Millaa Millaa Falls

Day 7: Townsville to Mission Beach 235 km (147 miles) 3 hours This morning spend more time in the Townsville area or leave early for your journey to Mission Beach. From Mission Beach you can pick up a water taxi and cruise across to beautiful Dunk Island or explore the national park area fringing the 14 miles of unspoiled beaches.

Day 8: Mission Beach to Cairns 140 km (88 miles) 2 hours Depart Mission Beach for Cairns. Visit Paranella Park and see a Spanish castle and gardens. Further along the highway stop at the Atherton Tablelands and visit Millaa Millaa Falls and the Curtin Fig Tree, a spectacular rainforest wilderness.

Arrive Cairns. In Cairns you could drop off your car and spend a few days in the city, or alternatively keep the car, and drive up to Port Douglas whereby you can explore the area from here.

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