Great Ocean Road to Adelaide Drive [ST-RT2021]
14 Days: Great Ocean Road to Adelaide Drive [ST-RT2021]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (2 Nights), Port Campbell (1), Halls Gap (1), Victor Harbor (1), Kangaroo Island (2), Adelaide (1), Blue Mountains (2), Sydney (2)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please inquire for flight pricing to be included
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flight - Adelaide to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation
  • Car Hires - 6 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Melbourne City Location and drop-off at Adelaide Airport, 2 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Sydney Airport and drop-off at Sydney City Location
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Accommodation to Airport
  • Ferry Transfers - Rental Car and Passenger(s) from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return
  • All Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Melbourne (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 2 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.

Days 2 to 4 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Enjoy the comforts of home in your Melbourne apartment-style accommodation located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to renowned attractions! Each modern apartment is self-contained featuring large floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony and clearly defined living and dining areas. Equipped kitchens have stone bench tops, modern stainless steel appliances and a wide variety of cookware. Tiled bathrooms are equipped with a combo washing machine and dryer. Comfortable lounge areas include a 40” Smart TV and BluRay/DVD player. Every apartment has individually controlled heating and air conditioning. You’ll also enjoy on-site reception, luggage storage, heated indoor pool, gym, BBQ Terrace and free high speed internet.

You’ll be just a short walk from Spence Street Outlet, Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff Gardens & Train Station, Rialto Towers, Etihad Stadium, Hardware Lane, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Shopping, Crown Melbourne, Harbour Esplanade & Federation Square.

The apartment is serviced once per week, but can be serviced daily for an extra fee.

Day 3 - Free Day to Explore Melbourne

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Melbourne City’s vast shopping centres, markets and boutiques, maybe do some souvenir shopping.

Melbourne is a Multicultural City boasting many boutique cafes, wineries and extensive shopping. You’ll also find it very easy to get around on the trains and trams, especially within the inners of Melbourne.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - The Melbourne Foodie Walk (3 Hours)

Discover the best of Melbourne’s food scene on this fun, small group walking tour!

Melbourne is a mecca for food with an eating culture bordering on the obsessive.

But many of these best places are hidden from first sight in laneways and behind doors.

This small group walking tour lets you experience the best of what Melbourne offers. Relax with a coffee at one of Melbourne’s best cafes, eat authentic Chinese dumplings, sneak in a sweet treat and finish it off with a drink on a rooftop bar with a view.

As you explore Melbourne’s laneways you’ll learn about the city’s fascinating past and incredible present with commentary from your expert guide, a passionate local in the know of Melbourne’s secret hot spots.

Operates: Monday – Saturday. Departs at 1:30pm and lasts 2.5 – 3 hours. Other times by request.

Need to Know: Minimum number of 2 guests required. Maximum number of 10 guests allowed. The distance to walk on this tour is 0.9 miles. The tour meets at Bourke St. Mall, on the steps at the entrance to the H&M store.

Inclusions: Enjoy authentic Chinese dumplings. Savor French style sweet treats. Relax with a coffee at one of Melbourne’s best cafes. Finish with a view and a glass of bubbles in a laneway bar. Explore the laneways and arcades that Melbourne is famous for, discovering everything from gelato to local designers and days spas. Expert commentary on Melbourne’s fascinating past and incredible present. Small group, relaxed style tour.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Phillip Island with Penguin Plus

Get up close with the remarkable penguins and wildlife of Phillip Island.

Your unforgettable day will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas.

Next, stop is Phillip Island where, time/season permitting, drive to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Following this, you then travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, you will stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests.

Finally, your Phillip Island Day Tour is not complete without its black-tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to shop and have a coffee. Then last but certainly not least, you will meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform. It’s time to relax and let the show begin. The little penguins will waddle ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. At the end of the evening, your Guide will take you back to your Melbourne hotel.

* Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended in all seasons.
Tour Times: Summer/Daylight Savings (1st weekend October- 1st weekend April): approximately 2:00pm-11:00pm; Winter (All Other Times of the Year): approximately 1:00pm-10:30pm.
This tour does not run on Christmas – 25 Dec or New Year’s Eve – 31 Dec.
Min: 2 Adults; Max: 11 people; Tour Duration is 8-9hours.
Image Credit: Visit Victoria

Insider's Tip: Melbourne City Circle Tram

The Melbourne City Circle Tram travels a rectangular route along Flinders, Spring, LaTrobe and Spencer Streets right around the Melbourne city centre.

Not only is travel completely free on the City Circle Tram but you get a running commentary on the places of interest along its route. You can get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.

Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes, seven days a week between 10am and 6pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), and during daylight-saving extended hours, 10am to 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Alternatively, there is a Free Tram Zone for all trams operating in Melbourne’s CBD. These free trams do not offer on-board commentary but are a convenient way to get around the city.

Day 4 - Taxi from Melbourne Accommodation to Rental Car City Location, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 4 to 10 - 6 Day Car Rental, for Melbourne to Adelaide

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for six days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American driver’s license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Day 4 - Self Drive from Melbourne to Port Campbell

Begin your self-drive in Victoria from Melbourne. You will drive along the Great Ocean Road headed towards Port Campbell, Australia.


Departing Melbourne, make your way towards Anglesea. You can stop in here and learn to surf before you continue on your self drive down the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway. You can view the 150 year old lighthouse or stop by the Great Otway National Park and walk the longest and tallest treetop walkway in the world! If you’re feeling adventurous, you might want to go ziplining through this ancient rainforest.



Keep heading West towards the Twelve Apostles, but before you get there, maybe stop by Johanna Beach and see this famous surfing venue. Be sure to reach the Twelve Apostles by dusk. You can walk along the boardwalks and platforms or down Gibsons Steps and you will have the perfect vantage point to see the penguins waddling to their ocean side burrows for the evening. This is a great opportunity to see Loch Ard Gorge and learn about it’s fatal history.

Upon reaching Port Campbell, you have entered a perfectly quaint seaside town. Port Campbell is a colourful and lively seaside village Explore the restaurants and cafes with views of the beach, bakeries selling homemade goodies and vibrant shops and galleries. Sheltered by cliffs and Norfolk pines, Port Campbell has the atmosphere of a haven on the edge of wild nature.

Days 4 to 5 - 1 Night Accommodation in Port Campbell

Enjoy 1 night of your self drive along the Great Ocean Road with the ultimate contemporary accommodation.


Port Campbell is your destination, perfectly located just minutes from the Twelve Apostles, the majestic icons of Victoria, Australia. Enjoy the convenience of being just a short walk from the town center and beach! The spectacular scenery, shipwreck coast and overall breathtaking environment will make your Great Ocean Road self-drive vacation truly unforgettable. This is a good opportunity to rest and relax or hop on some day tours and scenic adventures.


Nearby Famous Attractions: the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Bay of Islands, Port Campbell National Park

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Otway Treetop Zip Line

The Otway Fly Zip Line Tour is the only Zip Line Tour for Victoria, Australia!

The Otway Fly Zip Line Tour is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Otways rainforest.

The first of its kind in Victoria, the Zip Line tour involves traversing from one platform to another connected by tree platforms called ‘cloud stations’, and attached to a steel cable suspended up to 32 yards (30m) above the forest floor.

This exciting adventure lasts 3.5 hours and will have you flying on a series of cable spans from cloud station to cloud station. The Zip Line Tour is classified as a “medium” adrenalin activity.

Visitors will see the trees and forest ecology in a new light and learn about the growing and vibrant forests.

When you come back to ground you can continue on to enjoy the Otway Fly Treetop Walk, or you can do the Treetop Walk prior to the Zip Line Tour.

The Zip Line Tour is guided by trained and experienced guides who will provide you with insight into the forest’s history and its features.

Operates

Daily, except December 25.

Need to Know

– Must be at least 5 years of age and a minimum of 49 inches tall.
– Maximum weight of 257 allowed on Zip Line tour.
– All children under 13 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
– Wear comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes
– Please note the Treetop Walk closes at 4pm. Allow at least 1.5 hours to complete the walk before a 2:30pm or 3pm Zip Line tour.
– Souvenir shop, licensed café, indoor and outdoor dining available.
– Shuttle service is available, operating every hour.
– Operates in most weather conditions – rain, hail or shine. Closes in severe weather conditions such as lightning storms, extremely high winds and government declared catastrophic bushfire weather warning days.

Times

Open from 9am – 5pm, with last admissions at 4pm. Zip Line tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

Inclusions

– Zip Line tour
– Gentle grade Treetop Walk and multi-level canopy experience.
– Bird’s eye view of native plants and wildlife.
– Self-guided interpretive trail.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Stop by Otway Fly Treetop Walk to make the most of your Great Ocean Road adventure.

The Treetop Walk is a unique attraction which provides visitors with an interpretive walk experience through beautiful, temperate rainforest.

The walk features a 656 yards (600m) long and 33 yards (30m) high steel-structured treetop canopy walkway. It’s the longest and tallest walkway of its type in the world! Self-guided maps are available for your treetop walk journey.

As you proceed along the level walkway, the ground progressively drops away, taking you on a journey through the upper reaches of the rainforest vegetation.

Emerge through the lush green ferns of the forest floor to the tranquility and beauty of the forest canopy. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see unique Australian rainforest flora and fauna at eye-level.

Informative interpretation panels are located along the walk which explain in detail various flora and fauna to help enrich your Otway Fly experience.

The total walk takes approximately 1 hour to complete, but you can spend as much time as you like out there. The Otway Fly provides visitors of all ages and levels of mobility a unique and challenging experience at all times of the year.

The Walk

The walk is a total of 1.2 miles round trip and takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. It’s a gradual 546 yards (500m) walk downhill from the Visitor Centre.

The Treetop Walk is 656 yards (600m) long and 33 yards (30m) off the forest floor. At the pinnacle of the walkway, the spiral tower, you will be 52 yards (47m) above the forest floor.

Then it’s a 656 yards (600m) walk back up to the Visitor Centre. The walk also features a Prehistoric Path for the kids.

Operates

Daily, except December 25.

Need to Know

– Wear comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes
– Visitors Centre available.
– Souvenir shop, licensed café, indoor and outdoor dining available.
– Shuttle service is available, operating every hour.
– Operates in most weather conditions – rain, hail or shine. Closes in severe weather conditions such as lightning storms, extremely high winds and government declared catastrophic bushfire weather warning days.

Times

Open from 9am – 5pm, with last admissions at 4pm.

Inclusions

– Gentle grade Treetop Walk and multi-level canopy experience.
– Bird’s eye view of native plants and wildlife.
– Self-guided interpretive trail.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Great Ocean Road Helicopter Ride

Take time on your Australia self-drive or day tour to experience Victoria’s Great Ocean Road from a helicopter!

Experience panoramic views of Victoria’s amazing coastline. Fly over the spectacular Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, then see the charming town of Port Campbell from above.

Travel further along the majestic coast to London Bridge, which collapsed in 1990 leaving two people stranded on the newly formed island. Other incredible features you’ll see along the way include The Sentinel, Two Mile Bay and Point Hesse.

Operates

Daily, weather permitting.

Need to Know

– Minimum of two passengers required.
– Maximum of 7 passengers allowed.
– Groups of four or five passengers who would like to fly together will need to share a flight with other customers if available or split into two groups no greater than three.
– Passengers must weigh less than 300lbs each.
– Total passenger weight combined must be less than 660lbs.

Times

Flights depart throughout the day on demand and last 15 minutes.

Inclusions

– 15-minute flight.
– Views of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Sentinel, The Arch and London Bridge.

Upgrades

This amazing 15-minute helicopter ride can be upgraded at an additional cost to include any of the following:

1. Flying beyond the London Bridge you will continue on to the Bay of Islands. These smaller versions of the Twelve Apostles seem to float in the ocean. (25 min)

2. Add on the entire Shipwreck Coast with this ultimate helicopter ride. Making your way down to Cape Otway, the southern-most point of Western Victoria. You will learn about Castle Cove and Wreck Beach. See the 150 year old lighthouse, built solely to prevent any further shipwrecks along the coast. (50 min)

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Surfing Lessons

Enjoy the Great Ocean Road and take a day to learn to surf the waves in Anglesea Beach!

Learning to surf on the Great Ocean Road is easy. You’ll spend the day with an experienced and friendly surf instructor to get you up on your board and riding the waves in no time.

There’s only one way to get started and that’s to get in the water! With a few helpful tips, the right equipment and heaps of encouragement from your highly qualified and experienced instructor, you’ll become a natural and hooked on surfing forever.

Operates

Daily, except December 25 and January 1.

Need to Know

– Meet at least 15 minutes before the class time to be changed and ready on the beach at the lesson start time.
– Group sizes are between 1 – 10.
– Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied in the water by an adult who is not taking part in the lesson.
– All lessons are conducted in waist deep water so participants are able to stand at all times.
– Bring swimsuit and towel.

Times

Surf lesson begins at 10:00am and lasts 2 hours.

Inclusions

– Soft beginner surfboard.
– Sunscreen.
– Long-sleeved rashie or wetsuit.
– Surf safety information.
– 2 hour surf lesson to suit your skill level.

Day 5 - Self Drive from Port Campbell to Halls Gap

Today continue on your self-drive adventure from Port Campbell and ending in Halls Gap, home of the Grampians National Park, Victoria, Australia.

Today you will begin your self drive and head west towards Warrnambool. Along the way you will drive by the Bay of Islands, similar to the Twelve Apostles, and a great photo opportunity. If you’re travelling between the months of June and September, stop off at Logans Beach viewing platform for some Right Whale watching. You may want to stop at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, which offers you a peek into the past of the maritime lifestyles and trades of the 1870’s. Just outside of Warrnambool you will go through Tower Hill, home of the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. This is an ancient dormant volcano which is now home to an abundant array of flora and fauna. If you climb the summit of the volcano, you are offered uninterrupted views of the coastline to Port Fairy.

You might want to stop in Port Fairy for lunch. It is said to be one of the prettiest villages in the region. From Port Fairy you can head North toward Hamilton. If you have time to stop over at the Hamilton Art Gallery, you won’t be disappointed. It is home to a spectacular collection of Australian and European artworks.

Conclude today’s drive in the Grampians National Park, Halls Gap. Discover grand and rugged mountain ranges, spectacular wildflower displays, a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities, and a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites here at Grampian National Park.

The Grampians are a series of five jagged sandstone ridges running from north to south with steep and craggy slopes on the eastern side and gentler slopes on the west. Come between August and October to see the colourful spring wildflower displays in the park, with heathlands enlivened with striking shows of Grampians Boronia, Blue Pin-cushion Lily, and a multitude of other herbs and shrubs. The park is also home to a profusion of native animals and birds. You can find kangaroos, koalas, emus, wedge-tailed eagles and more.

Be inspired by the fresh air to get active in the park. Go bushwalking and rock climbing, or fishing and canoeing. Set out on one of the numerous walking tracks for a casual stroll or an overnight trek.

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Days 5 to 6 - 1 Night Accommodation in Halls Gap

Whilst on your self-drive through Victoria, Australia you will spend 1 night in Halls Gap.

The Grampians National Park in Halls Gap is your playground. You will be surrounded by 400 million year old mountain ranges and the largest collection of Aboriginal rock art in Southern Australia. Marvel at these spectacular sights and natural landmarks in Victoria, Australia. In addition to being surrounded by abundant wildlife and native fauna, the local shopping galleries and attractions are just a short walk away. Indulge yourself in the contemporary cuisine at the onsite restaurant. You can choose from many local wines on the menu, hand selected from numerous wineries in the Victoria region before continuing on your self drive.

Also onsite: Swimming Pool, Breakfast Buffet Lounge and Wireless Internet Access.

Day 6 - Self Drive from Halls Gap to Victor Harbor

Today you will continue your self drive adventure from Halls Gap onto Victor Harbor in South Australia. The drive is just about 6 hours long, so you’ll want to power through most of the way. But be sure to stretch your legs and take in the sights throughout your journey.


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Make a stop in Murray Bridge in South Australia. Located on the banks of the mighty Murray River, this tranquil rural town is a picturesque site of house boats, paddle steamers and happy, relaxed people.

Just outside of Murray Bridge is the Monarto Safari Park, the largest open range zoo in the world and home to over 500 animals. Meet Australian wildlife as well as exotic animals from around the world, and get a closer look with interactive animal encounters.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Road Bridge, Rail Bridge or Swanport Bridge, all historic landmarks to the area.

Days 6 to 7 - 1 Night Accommodation in Victor Harbor

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay for 1 night whilst in Victor Harbor.

Situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor offers a bit of it all. From here you can experience coastal wildlife, sea views, relaxing strolls and adventure. When entering Victor Harbor be sure to look for the Bluff summit. The Bluff summit was created when granite formed by magma squeezed up from the deep in the continental crust about 500 million years ago. (The views from the summit are amazing but there is a 500m climb requiring a moderate level of fitness.) Try to find the time for a ride on the Clydesdale horse tram. This tram crosses a 600m wooden causeway to Granite Island, home to a colony of little penguins and the 2.9km Kaiki Trail. On your crossing be sure to look for schools of fish swimming around & under the causeway and for dolphins, seals and whales on the horizon. Return tickets on the tram are $7.00 per adult AUD (subject to change).

Your 3.5 star accommodation is located near the beach in Victor Harbor. Hotel amenities include laundry facilities, free coffee, wireless internet, and an on-site restaurant.

Photo Credit: South Australia

Day 7 - Self Drive from Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island

Today you will continue your self drive adventure from Victor Harbor to Cape Jervis (Approx 1 hr). There you will take a ferry to Kangaroo Island.


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This is a very short self-drive (approximately 1.5 hrs). This will give you the chance to get the most out of Kangaroo Island. Think of an island with native bushland, wildlife, adventure & exploring. Pristine beaches, local wines & sunsets are on your doorstep.

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Days 7 and 9 - Return Ferry with Car, Cape Jervis to Penneshaw

Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return.

Days 7 to 9 - 2 Nights Accommodation on Kangaroo Island

Travel to your accommodation on Kangaroo Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation accommodation has just 27 rooms. Why not take some time out and laze away the hours by our sparkling solar heated pool, spa and sauna. Wander through our gardens at sunset and you will probably meet one of the little penguins that waddle up from the beach for a visit. The Kangaroo Island vacation accommodation is a stylish and very welcoming property and is the perfect base for you to enjoy all the natural beauty that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Organise adventures with the friendly and professional staff that know and love the Island. Whether it is deep sea fishing, 4WD wilderness tour, or horse riding, it is up to you. Or what about a walking tour, food tour, swimming, snorkeling, diving, climbing and of course there are wonderful national Parks to explore. In fact, everything the Island has to offer is just a short drive away.

Day 8 - Free Day to Explore Kangaroo Island

Rest, Relax or Explore Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness – a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape.

Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI’ as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you’ll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.

Photo Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Kangaroo Island Life Tour

Enjoy a small group tour blending a range of wildlife experiences on Kangaroo Island.

Your full day tour of Kangaroo Island begins with morning tea and home-made cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees. Spot koalas snoozing overhead or perhaps as they wake briefly for a feed.

Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast. At Lathami Conservation Park, walk quietly through the bush with your guide. Look for wallabies which are almost extinct on the mainland, and a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island.

Break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads, drinks and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location.

At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide among Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring more of the south east region of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities.

Operates: On request.

Times:
This tour departs in the morning and concludes late afternoon, times TBD

Inclusions:
– Full day touring with enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guides.
– Morning tea served with traditional Australian treats.
– Alfresco lunch with a choice of local wines, beer, soft drinks and spring water.
– Access to field guides, binoculars and maps.
– All entrance fees.

Need to Know:
– Please bring your own binoculars, camera and film to capture the beauty of the island.
– Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven terrain.
– Wear pants to protect your legs in the bush.
– Bring a warm jacket to counter the ocean breeze. Wear sunscreen and a hat.
– Private Transfer from Adelaide can be included for an additional charge.

Upgrades
Private Tour

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Wildlife Discovery

Forget the crowds on this small group tour of Kangaroo Island. See the sights that regular bus tours do not get to see. Led by a personal guide, you’ll enjoy a full day of unforgettable island nature and wildlife spotting on this personalized tour. A delicious gourmet lunch in a natural bush setting with complimentary South Australian wines is a highlight of this tour.

Kangaroo Island is a haven of Australian wildlife, thriving in its natural habitat without the threat of introduced predators. Keep an eye out for echidnas, wallabies, reptiles and birds as you explore several island habitats. Listen to the call of over 250 different species of birds as they sing from the tall eucalyptus trees. Many of these birds have developed their own subspecies due to the island’s isolation, and are therefore unique to the island.

Walk along the beach at Seal Bay Conservation Park, where your guide will lead you to the seals basking in the sun. With your guide you are able to stand at a safe distance to these wonderful endangered creatures and hear them sigh and watch them at play. This is one of the most personal, close encounters with wildlife in the wild in all the island.

Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with wine set among untouched natural bush wilderness. Follow your lunch with a pleasant bushwalk or a stroll along the beach. Travel through the island’s interior keeping an eye out for koalas and echidnas. Explore spectacular beaches and enjoy a bushwalk. Listen for Australia’s rarest cockatoo, the Kangaroo Island glossy black cockatoo and watch out for the Tammar wallaby, with its small fine features, in its natural habitat.

Later in the afternoon, as the day draws to a close, see the kangaroos leave the safety of the bush to begin grazing on the open pastures. Your tour concludes at either Kingscote Airport for your return flight to Adelaide, or at Penneshaw in time for the return ferry to the mainland and coach transfer to Adelaide.

Operates
Daily. Pick ups from your Adelaide accommodation are at 6:45am and return at 10:40pm. This tour lasts approximately 12 – 16 hours.

Need to Know
Tour departs from Adelaide Central Bus Station, select Adelaide and Glenelg hotels, or starting form Kangaroo Island. Minimum amount of 2 guests required. Maximum amount of 8 guests allowed. Itinerary is subject to change as the touring is flexible and can be adapted to your interests and weather conditions on the day.

Inclusions
Morning pick-up and evening set-down at selected Adelaide and Glenelg hotels. Return scenic coach transfers to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills (Coach/Ferry options only). Return transport to/from Kangaroo Island – Ferry or Fly. Personalized 4×4 touring with expert commentary from your local driver/guide. All entrance fees and special permits. Gourmet picnic style lunch with South Australian wines. Morning or afternoon tea.

Upgrades
Upgrade with a scenic flight to or from Kangaroo Island, or as transport for both departure and return.

Day 9 - Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide. (Approx 2.5 hrs)

This is a beautiful and scenic drive through the small towns and villages of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Discover nature’s playground and charming towns. The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale – boasting sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences.

If you take this drive around dusk, you will likely see hundreds of Kangaroo mobs in the fields along the side of the road. Drive carefully!

Choose one or two of these suggested stops to stretch your legs and explore the local culture.

Second Valley Heritage Walk
Starting at the historic Leonards Mill in Second Valley, this self-guided heritage walk is brimming with fascinating history. Download a copy of the brochure beforehand, which complements the onsite information display boards.
As you walk, soak up the story of Leonards Mill which was formerly an operational flour mill, the old Finniss Vale Hotel which was established in 1856 and burned down in 1928, as well as the blacksmith’s shop and cottage and various war memorials.

The walk also passes by the site of two old steam-operated sawmills, and explains the history of the heritage-listed causeway and jetty. Allow 2 Hours.

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Normanville
Known affectionately to locals as ‘Normy’, Normanville is a popular seaside resort town with long sandy beaches. Stroll along the white sands to nearby Carrickalinga or Lady Bay. Take a walk down Main Streets and check out the local shops. If you’re missing American comfort food, try South Bound Diner for an Australian take on Retro American Diner food. A few blocks down the street look for a HUGE tree and you might just spot thousands of cockatoos!

Aldinga Beach
Aldinga Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on sections of the broad sand, making access to the beach especially easy. It is renowned for its safe swimming and impressive surf, which sees the population in the local area boom come summer.

The D’arenberg Cube
The d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale is a five storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines.

The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery’s Tasting Room, a restaurant, private function areas and numerous artworks and features throughout, detailed in the company’s new smart phone application, ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’
Advance reservations are recommended.

The restaurant offers degustation dining with optional wine pairings, an extensive list featuring a selection of imported wines, and both current vintage and museum releases from d’Arenberg. Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday, bookings are required in advance.

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Days 9 to 10 - 1 Night Accommodation in Adelaide

Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

This 4-star modern un-serviced apartment property in an industrial-chic building is walking distance from the renowned Central Market and Rundle Mall and just under 2 miles from the Adelaide Zoo.

The relaxed, contemporary apartments contain full kitchen and laundry facilities, an open plan living area and private balconies with sweeping city views. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, spa and steam room to help you relax after a day of exploring the city.

This hotel is minimally appointed, but clean, comfortable and spacious. The apartment is un-serviced, meaning there will be no housekeeping during your stay, no room service and does not have a hotel restaurant or bar.

For a quick bite to eat we recommend Saffron, a causal Mediterranean eatery serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and open late. For breakfast or lunch, 2 Lime Café offers more standard fare. Both are only a 4-minute walk. For more upscale modern Australian dining, try Press Food & Wine, a 7-minute walk.

We choose this hotel for its exceptional value and location. If you prefer a serviced hotel, please inform your Destination Specialist. Serviced 4-star and 5-star hotels are available for an additional cost.

Day 10 - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Sydney

Days 10 to 12 - 2 Day Car Rental, for Sydney

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for 2 days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Day 10 - Self Drive from Sydney to Blue Mountains

Enjoy your scenic drive into the Blue Mountains from Sydney (approx. 1.5 hours). There’s so much to do and see in the Blue Mountains!

Getting to the Blue Mountains from Sydney is an easy drive, with the gateway to Blue Mountains less than an hour away from Sydney. The popular historic towns of Leura and Katoomba are set in the heart of the Blue Mountains and are a 90-minute drive from Sydney, but there’s so much to see right as you enter the Blue Mountains. Here are a few of our favorite stops along the way.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Meet koalas and hand-feed kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to more than 1,700 native Australian animals. This small wildlife park offers much more personal and close encounters with wildlife, along with smaller crowds than zoos. Featherdale is located just 25 miles west of Sydney.

Wentworth Falls
This historic town sits at the base of the lush Blue Mountains area, and offers the perfect springboard into the walking trails, waterfalls, and lookout points. Follow along the Wentworth Falls track in the Blue Mountains to the cliff-edge Fletchers lookout to spot the magnificent waterfalls that give the town its name.

Charles Darwin Walk
Walk in the footsteps of the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin, who walked this very path in 1836. The track runs through open forest, shrub, and hanging swamps, with rock pools and cascades dotted along the way.

The Conservation Hut
Refuel at this casual mountain café with superb views of the Jamison Valley below. The menu offers classic breakfast and lunch bites like scones, tarts, sandwiches, and soups, with excellent coffee to perk you right up.

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Days 10 to 12 - 2 Nights Accommodation in the Blue Mountains

Travel to your Blue Mountains hotel, where you will spend 2 nights while on vacation.

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Blue Mountains, this multi award-winning accommodation offers a unique combination of 4.5 Star quality, old-world charm and breathtaking views.

From friendly staff who’ll help make your stay a memorable one, to stunning panoramic views over the deep green valleys and towering cliff faces of the Blue Mountains, this hotel surrounds you in high country bliss.

With just 41 unique rooms, suites and villas, this boutique Blue Mountains accommodation is big enough to be professional, but small enough to be friendly. The bespoke design, unbeatable range of accommodation options and special features ensures a perfect stay.

Your room is fitted in custom collector furniture hand-crafted from British Columbia timber, paired with stylish soft furnishings with a tradition European country house feel.

Enjoy a luxurious night’s sleep at your king or queen bed fitted with 100% organic pure Indian cotton sheets. Spoil yourself with L’Occitane beauty and skincare products, included in your room amenities.

Every room includes WiFi, flat screen TVs with DVD players, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, and an international power adaptor in bathrooms so you can relax with everything taken care of.

Day 11 - Free Day to Explore Blue Mountains

Enjoy a free day to explore the Blue Mountains, brimming with boutique mountain villages, forest walking trails, cliff-top lookouts, and stunning gardens.

From gorgeous historic towns to fabulous lookouts and walking tracks in pristine rainforest and bushland, the Blue Mountains has something for everyone to enjoy. Stroll the shops lining the main strips of the villages in the Blue Mountains, and taste exceptional wine and regional cuisine at local cafes, cellar doors, and restaurants. Once you’re ready to get back on your feet, venture onto the trails winding through cascading waterfalls, rugged cliffs, and Eucalypt woodlands. Here are a few of our favorite spots in the Blue Mountains.

The Town of Leura
This gorgeous town is a renowned hideaway in the Blue Mountains with exceptional dining, galleries, antique shops, gardens, and natural attractions. Stroll to the Leura Cascades and follow the short walk to several spectacular lookouts, including intersecting trails leading to the popular Bridal Veil Falls.

Leura Mall
Need a little retail therapy? Leura Mall is a small strip lined with a delightful array of shops, cafes, restaurants, and local boutiques with unique finds to take back home. Stop in for a sweet treat at Josophan’s Fine Chocolates or browse the local handcrafted jewelry, clothes, and art at The Nook.

Everglades Historic House
This heritage-listed estate sits among gorgeous landscaped gardens with traditional European designs in mind, harmonizing with the Blue Mountains scenery. Stroll the terraces and stop into the tearoom, or explore the gallery and gift shop after taking a look inside the beautifully preserved 1930’s home.

Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum
This world class collection of 20th century toys features stunning miniature railways, displays, and rare toy museums all set within a historic early 20th century mansion surrounded by lush gardens.

Gordon Falls lookout and picnic area
With sweeping views across the Blue Mountains, excellent birdwatching, bush walking and a playground for the kids, this is a popular spot for a family pit stop. Stretch your legs on the walking trails and take in the views of Gordon Falls, or spot lyrebirds foraging in the forest, known for their unique bird calls.

The Town of Katoomba
Set in the heart of the Blue Mountains, Katoomba is a vibrant historic town with spectacular walks and lookouts, rich cultural heritage and fantastic restaurants and bars. Here you can find dramatic views of the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.

Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre
Need some help with finding the best local attractions? The Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre provides information on everything from local events, activities, where to eat, the best walking trails, and maps of the Blue Mountains.

Three Sisters Lookout and Walk
This easy path gently slopes to incredible lookouts of the rugged sandstone turrets known as the Three Sisters, offering a spectacular viewpoint to the hazy blue Jamison Valley below.

Scenic World
For a different perspective of the Blue Mountains, Scenic World takes you on a journey aboard the world’s steepest incline passenger railway into the ancient rainforest, and gliding through rugged cliff tops on a glass-floored cable car.

Street Art Walk
Located in Katoomba, the Street Art Walk is a dynamic strip of large-scale street art and world-class murals covering the laneways in town, showcasing local and national talent of the area.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Home to one of Australia’s largest regional art galleries, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features a surprising range of local and national art collections and exhibitions, unique gift shop, and café.

Photo: Hanging Rock, Blue Mountains. Tourism Australia

Day 12 - Self Drive from Blue Mountains to Sydney

Return to Sydney from the Blue Mountains after a day of exploring historic mountain towns and venturing on bushwalks and hiking trails. Sydney is approximately 1.5 hours away by car, making for an easy trip into the city.

Check out our Interactive Map for interesting places to see and things to do during your time in the Blue Mountains.

If you have free time before your journey, head over to the Jenolan Caves, the largest and most famous caves in Australia. These caves are also the oldest in the world, which alone makes them a must-see! Adventure caving, guided tours and scenic bushwalks are available at this site, with opportunities to spot amazing wildlife in the wild.

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Day 12 - Taxi from Sydney Rental Car City Location to Accommodation, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 12 to 14 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Enjoy 2 nights in your Sydney accommodation, perfectly positioned right in the heart of the city center.

Sydney’s premier tourist destinations such as Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, The Rocks and Circular Quay are only minutes away with public transport right on your doorstep. The hotel is perfectly positioned to explore Sydney’s fringe suburbs such as Surry Hills or discover the downtown entertainment precinct offering live theater and music all year round.

Your spacious and modern guest room features inviting queen or twin beds, spotless shower over bath with amenities, and free WiFi to stay connected. Check in is a breeze at the friendly 24-hour reception, with room service available at certain hours. Venture to the top floor to access the rooftop pool and gym, and tuck in to a selection of delectable share plates and with a glass of wine at the onsite café and bar.

Feeling a little adventurous? Located within walking distance to over 400 restaurants, bars and cafes, your hotel is an ideal base for discovering Sydney’s vibrant culinary scene.

Inclusions
– Work desk with lamp
– In-room safe
– Shower over bath
– Bathroom amenities
– Hair dryer
– Iron and ironing board
– Tea and coffee making facilities
– Free WiFi
– Flat screen TV

Day 13 - Free Day to Explore Sydney

With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.

Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney’s premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia’s most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it’s known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

This inspiring tour provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to venture inside one of the world’s most recognised global landmarks.

This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece.

You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room.

You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

1 – 11 guests maximum per group. No large bags or luggage accepted. This tour contains approximately 200 steps – low impact.

Times

Departs every hour between 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Inclusions

Guided tour of the Sydney Opera House.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour

Discover the natural and cultural history of Sydney through the eyes of the Aboriginal people who have lived here for thousands of years. Explore The Rocks, Sydney’s historic harbor precinct, on a guided walking tour uncovering the authentic Aboriginal heritage of Sydney Harbour, and learn how modern Aboriginal people maintain their cultural practices in such a dynamic global city.

The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100% Aboriginal owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who share cultural knowledge and interpretation of Sydney’s Dreamtime symbology and creation, a living history passed down through generations. Learn how the Dreamtime ties within Sydney’s natural billion year old saltwater harbor and marine environment, sandstone strata, fresh waterways, flora and fauna that continue to influence Aboriginal people’s thinking and lifestyle today in modern Sydney.

Your journey begins with a traditional OCHRE acknowledgement of Earth Mother’s EORA Cadigal heritage. This is further showcased in a leisurely ‘walking on county experience’ that will connect you to the living wisdoms inherent in Sydney’s natural waterways, skies, and landscape.

This 90 minute walkabout tour in The Rocks is a perfect introduction of Aboriginal culture. It highlights the perspective of Sydney’s Dreamtime heritage that is intimate, enlightening and transformative.

Operates

Daily, on request. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and Good Friday.

Need to Know

– Tour departs at Cadman’s Cottage courtyard area (110 George Street, The Rocks).
– The tour is an all-nature activity.
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and bring a bottle of water.

Times

Departs at 10:30am and returns 12:00pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours (90 minutes).

Inclusions

– Local Aboriginal basic ceremonial greeting (good manners) that connect to Dreamtime Custodian Characters who Belong to Sydney Harbour’s saltwater sunrise and freshwater environment.
– Knowledgeable Aboriginal guides.
– Discover Aboriginals’ acknowledgement of “country” using Earth Mother’s traditional ochre paint.
– Discover everyday resources/equipment manufactured from natural environment – its origin source of cultural objects and materials harvested from landscape and handle small samples.
– Learn about the story of Aboriginal DreamTime, it’s origin, history and how culture evolved.
– Understanding the connection of modern Sydney and the Aboriginal Dreaming in The Rocks Sydney.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

On your vacation take a sightseeing harbour lunch cruise in Sydney, Australia.

Operates
Daily

Times
Departs 12:00pm
Your choice of 1hr 45mins or up to 4hr 20mins

Highlights & Inclusions
– 2-course contemporary Australian a la carte dining
– Reserved individual seating
– Harbour Cruise

Need to Know
– From time to time, due to maintenance and scheduling, vessels may change
– Special Events may increase the price of this tour

Upgrades
– Gold Lunch & Drinks – 6 course seasonal menu & beverage selection
– Long Lunch – 3-Courses
– Dinner Cruise

Insider's Tip: Altman + Cherny: Specializing in Australian Opals Since 1948

Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.

Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow; holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone, with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!

Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Day 14 - Private Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

Allow a chauffeur in a private car drive you from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Day 14 - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles(can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $1,994 $3,491 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $2,978 $4,475 Aug 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
USA Departures: 01AUG20-09DEC20, 24DEC20-30APR21. Expires 9 JUL 2020
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $3,930 $5,426 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $4,137 $5,633 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $4,654 $6,151 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $6,906 $8,403 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $8,515 $10,011 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.