1 – Wednesday 17th April ‘24 Rochester
–Great Ocean Road – Apollo Bay (D)
Welcome aboard for our exciting tour of the Great Ocean Road and the Shipwreck Coast, Warrnambool through to
Mt Gambier and Sovereign Hill. Today we travel south, making our way
to Geelong. Here we visit the
fascinating National Wool Museum, an
historical (1872) bluestone wool store where the story of Australia’s rich wool
heritage is told from the sheep’s back to finished product. We enjoy a drive
along Geelong beachfront and Botanical
Gardens before grabbing lunch and visiting Cunningham Pier. After lunch we continue our travel on to Anglesea and along the scenic Great Ocean Road, renowned as being the
most picturesque road in Australia, see the Memorial Gate, and "The Diggers” monument, a tribute to the
3000 returned soldiers who built the Great Ocean road. We enjoy afternoon tea
at Lorne before absorbing the beauty
of this enchanting coast region on our way to Apollo Bay, where we settle in to the lovely Best Western for our Overnight stay.
Day 2 – Thursday 18th April 2024 Otway Fly – Warrnambool (B,
An exciting day and a real highlight as we
make our way to the Otway Fly, a
tree top walk which ascends through a magnificent stand at Myrtle Beach, Blackwood
and Mountain Ash. We enjoy morning tea, with time to explore the Information Centre. We continue along
the Great Ocean Road, this stretch
of coastline makes compulsive viewing with plenty of chances for the avid
photographer to take advantage of the dramatic coastal scenery. We visit some
amazing rock formations including the "Twelve
Apostles” – huge stone pillars looming out of the surf and the famous "Lochard Gorge”. You may wish to do an
optional scenic helicopter flight over this amazing coastline. We then make our
way to Port Campbell for our lunch
break. After lunch visit the information centre and enjoy an audio visual on
the past history before continuing along the shipwrecked coastline. We visit
the Fallen Bridge and Bay of Islands as we continue to Warrnambool. We settle in for the next two nights at the Mid-City Motel.
Day 3 – Friday 19th April 2024 Discover
A Leisurely start as we discover Warrnambool and its combination of
history and thriving progress on the shores of Lady Bay. We enjoy a town tour, taking in the panoramic views of Lady Bay and Lake Petrobe. See the Marble
Marker that commemorates possible links with early Portuguese navigators,
and visit the Flagstaff Maritime Museum,
a unique 19th century village and the famous Loch Ard Peacock. We visit Tower
Hill an extinct volcanic crater restored to pre – European Flora and Fauna.
This evening we are transported to Flagstaff
Hills Lighthouse and become part of the perilous voyage from England to
Australia on board the sailing Clipper Loch
Ard as we experience the Sound &
Light show "Shipwreck”.
Day 4 – Saturday
20th April 2024 Warrnambool
– Mt Gambier (B, D)
After breakfast we say farewell to our host
and travel to historic Port Fairy.
Enjoy a town tour around this quaint seaside town and stroll along the main
street shops. Continuing on to Portland
we enjoy a guide tour of the Codrington
Wind Farm arriving in Portland
our lunch stop today (own expense). After lunch climb aboard the Portland Cable Tram for a commentary
tour around Portland. We continue on to Bridgewater
and visit the Petrified Forest and Blow Hole. We continue and travel via Nelson arriving in Mt Gambier at The Southgate
Hotel our home for the
next 3 nights. Dinner this evening is the motel dining room.
Day 5 – Sunday 21st April 2024 Mount Gambier Discovery Day (B,
After our hearty breakfast we begin our Mt
Gambier Discovery Day. Starting with a visit to the Lady Nelson Tourist Information, this includes a video and other
interactive display about the history of Mount
Gambier. We continue on with a scenic drive to the rim of the "Blue Lake” and tour around the rim of
the crater. We then descend to the former historic pumping station for a guide
tour. Lunch in Mount Gambier (own
expense). After lunch travel to Nelson
for an afternoon tea cruise on the Glenelg
River. Returning to Mount Gambier
we visit the Cave Garden – Which has
been part of Mt Gambier’s Heritage
since the early days. Visit the Umpherston
Sinkhole returning to our motel with ample time to freshen up before dinner
in the motel dining room.
Day 6 – Monday 22nd April 2024 Robe
– Millicent (B,
After breakfast we travel to Millicent National Trust Museum with
its historical and Maritime displays restored horse drawn vehicles, implements and machinery. We continue to Robe – a former whaling station and
enjoy a town tour with time to purchase lunch and some time to stroll among the
shops. Continuing back to Mount Gambier
– making a stop at the Tantanoola Caves.
One of Australia’s prettiest caves and fairly accessible to groups. Arriving
back in Mt Gambier with some free
time before dinner.
Day 7 – Tuesday 23rd April 2024 Mount
Gambier – Ballarat (B,
Today we make our way to Ballarat, home of the
famous tourist attraction Sovereign Hill. Spend the afternoon going back
in time exploring the many exhibits. From candle making, mine tours,
confectionary demonstrations. If you are up for it, give panning for gold a go.
There is something that would fascinate all travellers. This evening our
overnight accommodation is Mercure Ballarat.
Day 8 – Wednesday 24th April 2024 Ballarat – Home (B, L)
After breakfast we will check out the Ballarat
Wildlife Park, see the new Tiger Sanctuary along with many other Aussie
favourites. Before heading home, we will finish exploring Ballarat before
enjoying lunch at Craig’s Hotel. Enjoy a hearty meal, you may even like
to try a wide variety of craft, international and local beers as well as a
selection of wines and ciders. After lunch the tour sadly comes to an end, we
will begin making our way back to your original locations.
PRICE $3412 per person, based on Twin Share
(Single Supplement $700)