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Seaside Escape & Mount Gambier

17th April 2024
8 Day

Day 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, D)

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 Warrnambool            (B, D)

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 HotelHotel 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, D)

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, D)

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, D)

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)

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