Great Ocean Road & Shark Diving Trip [ST-2539A]
21 Days: Great Ocean Road & Shark Diving Trip [ST-2539A]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (1 Night), Great Ocean Road (3 Nights, Own Arrangements), Kangaroo Island (4), Port Lincoln (1), Great White Cage Diving Live-aboard (3), Sydney (1), Lord Howe Island (5), Sydney (1)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • US Domestic Flights not included (as per your own arrangements) -
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Adelaide to Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln to Sydney (via Adelaide), Sydney to Lord Howe Island (Return)
  • Day Tours - Kangaroo Island: Leafy Sea Dragon Diving (3 days in a row!); Lord Howe Island: 3 days of Diving
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation, Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Lord Howe Island Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Ferry Transfers - Cape Jervis to Penneshaw (Return)
  • Rental Car - 8 Day Car Rental, Pick up in Melbourne & Drop off in Adelaide
  • Rental Car (Base rate only) does not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (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

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Melbourne.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

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

(Days 2 to 3) - 1 Night Accommodation in Melbourne

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

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Its suites are equipped with kitchenettes, air conditioning, and ensuite bathrooms. Most are facing on to the hotel’s private European style courtyard. The vacation accommodation is close to Chinatown. Or perhaps stroll to the Southern Cross Station and travel by tram throughout the city. For the less adventurous, Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, or perhaps the Great Ocean Road.

(Days 3 to 10) - 8 Day Car Rental, Pick up in Melbourne & Drop off in Adelaide

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for eight 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 tasmanian devil, wombat, 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.

(Days 3 to 6) - Self-Drive Along the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road (Victoria) through to Adelaide (South Australia): Self Drive Tour

DAY 1: GREAT OCEAN ROAD SELF DRIVE TOUR
Today get into your hire car and start your self drive tour of the Great Ocean Road. Pass through Geelong and maybe stop at Torquay for refreshments. Enjoy views of sweeping beaches, sleepy coastal resorts and spectacular cliffsides as you wind along the coastline road. Stop at Apollo Bay for your overnight accommodation with the afternoon at leisure.

Insider’s Tip: Geelong & Great Ocean Road Information Centre – There are 12 Accreditied Visitor Information Centres along Great Ocean Road. The Geelong Centre (on the outskirts of town on Princess Highway) is a great place to stop for everything you need for the GOR region. Stop by to pick up maps, vistors’ guides, magazines or tips from the knowledgeable locals. (All visitor information centres are open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm)

DAY 2: THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD.
Continue along the road to Otway National Park, an abundance of ferns and mosses dwarfed by giant gum trees. Continue towards Port Campbell National Park. View the famous Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard. Stop in Port Campbell for refreshments and continue to the remnants of London Bridge. Continue on to Portland and stay overnight in Mount Gambier (South Australia). View Mt Gambier’s Blue Lake, famous for its vivid blue colour during summer months.

DAY 3: THE RIVERLAND
From Mt Gambier continue onto Tailem Bend and see Old Tailem Town a re-creation of a pioneer village with many old buildings. Continue to Murray Bridge and drive across the Might Murray River. You may like to spend the night here in the Riverland at (or near) Murray Bridge. This town is South Australia’s largest riverside town with a population of 13,500. It’s a popular place for fishing, waterskiing and outdoor riverside barbecues. Maybe take a lunchtime river cruise and explore the Murray on the MV Barrangul or PS Captain Proud, check at the local tourist office on South Terrace for times. Overnight.

DAY 4: ADELAIDE
Continue to Adelaide through Mt Barker and the Adelaide Hills. While in the Adelaide Hills you may like to see Hahndorf a quaint old German-style town that has shady main street housing a delightful assortment of art and craft shops. In Adelaide maybe do a city tour and revel in the beauty of Adelaide (the city of Churches). In the evenings, enjoy some of the terrific restaurants, Rundle Street or maybe a theatre show at the Festival Theatre. During the day maybe see Waterfall Gulley, Glenelg (seaside shops and amusements) or take a day tour to the Barossa or McLaren Vale, Australia’s premier wine producing regions.

*Optional Add-On (Pricing Available On Request): 3 Nights Accommodation Package Available to include 1 night in each of the following cities: Apollo Bay, Mount Gambier & Victor Harbour.

****Days might fluctuate depending on your driving time and how many nights accommodations you want****

(Days 3 to 6) - 3 Nights on the Great Ocean Road (Own Arrangements)

Your vacation accommodation as per your own arrangement.

(Days 6 and 10) - Ferry Transfer, From Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and Return

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

(Days 6 to 10) - 4 Nights Accommodation on Kangaroo Island

Travel to your accommodation on Kangaroo Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 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 7) - Day Tour, Kangaroo island Dive Experience

Dive the North Coast of Kangaroo Island; home to 270 different fish species along with seals and dolphins.

During your guided dive, view one of nature’s most beautiful small creatures – the Leafy Sea Dragon. This rare creature is extremely difficult to find but can be found among the soft coral, sponges and gorgonians surrounding Kangaroo Island. Also see some of the most spectacular cliffs around Australia’s coastline, reaching up to 270 metres and providing an amazing dive background.

*Package includes two jetty dives with guide & dive equipment.

(Day 8) - Day Tour, Kangaroo island Dive Experience

Dive the North Coast of Kangaroo Island; home to 270 different fish species along with seals and dolphins.

During your guided dive, view one of nature’s most beautiful small creatures – the Leafy Sea Dragon. This rare creature is extremely difficult to find but can be found among the soft coral, sponges and gorgonians surrounding Kangaroo Island. Also see some of the most spectacular cliffs around Australia’s coastline, reaching up to 270 metres and providing an amazing dive background.

*Package includes two jetty dives with guide & dive equipment.

(Day 9) - Day Tour, Kangaroo Island Diving (no dives after 1pm due to flight next day)

Dive the North Coast of Kangaroo Island; home to 270 different fish species along with seals and dolphins.

During your guided dive, view one of nature’s most beautiful small creatures – the Leafy Sea Dragon. This rare creature is extremely difficult to find but can be found among the soft coral, sponges and gorgonians surrounding Kangaroo Island. Also see some of the most spectacular cliffs around Australia’s coastline, reaching up to 270 metres and providing an amazing dive background.

*Package includes two jetty dives with guide & dive equipment.

(Day 10) - Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

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

Be sure to check out Aldinga Beach on the way to Adelaide. It is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on parts of the broad sand. It is a great place to take on some underwater activities such as snorkeling or scuba diving. Or just stop by The Orchard for some fantastic coffee or gourmet wood-fired pizza.

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(Day 10) - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Port Lincoln

Travel within Australia by light aircraft flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula.

(Day 10) - Taxi (pay as you go), Port Lincoln Airport to Accommodation

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

(Days 10 to 11) - 1 Night Accommodation in Port Lincoln

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

Your vacation accommodation is located in Port Lincoln, a quaint seaside town of 14,000 and the “Seafood Capital of Australia.” Overlooking Boston Bay, Port Lincoln provides an ideal base for travel and exploration of the coast and the hinterland of the Lower Eyre Peninsula. You find everything from galleries, quality art and craft outlets with local products which will add to your vacation experience.

(Days 11 to 14) - 3 Night Great White Shark Expedition & Cage Diving

Since pioneering shark cage diving over 40-years ago, Rodney Fox and his son Andrew have been at the very forefront of human interaction with Great White Sharks. As primary advocates for these creatures, their expeditions and research have educated the public and attracted adventurers from around the world.

Join the Fox’s aboard the “Princess II” for the worlds ultimate shark adventure. Tours depart Port Lincoln in South Australia out to the famous Neptune Islands, which continues to be the very best place in the world to see and photograph Great White Sharks.

Rodney Fox is the only operation in the world to actually cater for qualified SCUBA divers in our special submersible cages. These dives desend safely down 18m (60ft) below to the sea floor. Here right on the bottom we enjoy vastly superior shark viewing opportunities, as well as being surrounded with other local sealife, including the worlds largest stingrays, southern eagle rays, giant blue wrasse, and many other fish species found nowhere else.

Non-certified SCUBA divers can also participate in our regular surface cage dives by simply breathing air from a “hookah line”, a surface fed air supply. Our dive masters gently and patiently encourage and guide all new divers! Here the cage floats right at the water surface, and is fixed directly to the boat.

During the adventure, expedition members are encouraged to go onshore and explore the Neptunes. A wonderful variety of wildlife, including many birds, dolphins, fur seals and the rare Australian sea lion are commonly seen at these remote and scenic islands.

We strive to make each and every great white shark expedition a comphehensive and ultimately satifying adventure for every special guest. We like to show our passengers a real taste of South Australias remote natural beauty, a taste of our local wonderful food and wine, all while staying out on location, living onboard the Princess II, our comfortable liveaboard home.

Our research program, special talks, shore excursions and superb onboard facilities, accommodates every level of diver and non-diver alike with the most rewarding great white experience available in the world. This elusive and most magnificant of creatures deserves this level of attention, and this is what Rodney Fox Expeditions lives for, and stands for!

Departure Day: According to the particular agenda, guests will board the vessel either on the night before departure at 9pm or on the actual morning of departure at 9am. We travel out through the sheltered gulf waters and islands of the Spencer Gulf and Thorny Passage. Depending on the weather, group wishes, and recent shark activity down at the Neptunes, we often look to stop off at Hopkins Island to snorkel with the extremely rare and beautiful Australian Sea Lions. If the weather is not suitable for the Sea Lions, we go directly to the Neptune Islands and the Great White Sharks.

On location with the sharks: Once on location we start chumming and watch out for sharks. We start cage diving in the surface cages on the first day, and usually wait until the second day to lower the submersible cage dives to the bottom. After a test dive to orientate new divers with the shark cage, divers are encouraged to enter and exit the cages at their leisure. There is plenty of time to just relax, get involved in our research programs, or just enjoy the shark action topside. Our activities revolve around the shark activity, mealtimes and special talks. After dinner and our special talks, the nights are free to stargaze, view the days video and pictures, and story telling. We generally stay on location during the day, and usually only move location during the night to give us maximum daytime productivity.

Last Day Arrival back in Port Lincoln: After a full day on location we depart after 6pm for the return journey back to Port Lincoln, arriving to our homeport after 10pm. Most passengers stay onboard the vessel again this night and depart the following morning. Alternatively, it is possible to pre-arrange alternative accommodation in Port Lincoln with a late night entry. Please see our Accommodation page for further details. Flights out from Port Lincoln can not be taken until the following morning.

Gear & Camera Hire is Available

(Day 14) - Australian Domestic Flight, Port Lincoln to Adelaide

Travel within Australia by light aircraft flight from Port Lincoln to Adelaide.

(Day 14) - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Sydney

(Day 14) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

(Days 14 to 15) - 1 Night Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night in your studio room apartment.

Just 30 minutes from Sydney Airport, your accommodation is conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD.

The friendly staff at your accommodation can attend to your every need with 24 hour guest reception. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at their signature restaurant.

Relax in a stylish and comfortable haven whilst being in close proximity to shopping at Westfield’s Pitt St Mall and Darling Harbour. Don’t forget to take a stroll down Pitt St towards Circular Quay to take in more of Sydney’s world famous sites- like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

(Day 15) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

(Day 15) - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Lord Howe Island

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Lord Howe Island.

(Days 15 to 20) - 5 Nights Accommodation on Lord Howe Island

Travel to your Lord Howe Island accommodation where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 5 nights.

Lord Howe Island is the ideal location for visitors wanting to explore and discover the natural attractions that have made this island famous. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to popular Neds Beach where you can hand feed the fish, swim and snorkel; or wander down to the beautiful reef fringed lagoon, where you can swim in the crystal clear water and laze on the white sandy beach.

Your vacation accommodation units are nestled in subtropical palm groves alive with splashes of colour from Hawaiian hibiscus and fragrant frangipani flowers. The grounds are well planned, with tracks meandering through the palms and gardens, giving a sense of seclusion and tropical mystery.

Accommodation facilities include outdoor and undercover gas barbecues on paved, well-lit areas, small library with a selection of books and magazines, and also internet connection for laptop computers.

Pushbike is the main form of transport on the Island however, complimentary bus services are available in the evenings to transport you to and from the restaurants.

Includes courtesy bus for airport transfers.

Serviced rooms upgrade available

(Days 16 to 18) - 3 Days of Diving, Including Tanks & Weights

Enjoy Six Dives in the New South Wales Marine Park off the coast of one of the worlds most beautiful World Heritage listed islands. Warm tropical waters and cooler currents have created a diverse range of marine life, A unique mix of both tropical and temperate water fish…a diving paradise.

Morning double dives depart at 9am from the Boatshed and return approximately 1pm. Dive Sites are determined on the day of diving. We welcome suggestions of dive sites with particular diver’s interests. With over 60 dive sites available we will not dive the same twice when possible unless requested. If diving boat diving is unavailable arrangements will be made for shore dives when possible. Dive Packages include any local dives with the exception of Ball’s Pyramid which is an additional cost.

Insiders Tip: Explore Lord Howe Island and go Hiking

Although only 11km long and 2km wide, Lord Howe is laced with dozens of delightful, well-marked walking trails: nearly two thirds of the island is a Permanent Park Preserve. The choice ranges from easy strolls at sea level through lush Kentia palm and banyan forests, to moderate cliff-top hikes where you’ll see seabirds wheeling on the thermals, to the challenging 875 metres.

The choice ranges from easy strolls at sea level through lush Kentia Palm and Banyan Forests, to moderate cliff-top hikes where you’ll see seabirds wheeling on the thermals, to the challenging 875 metres MT GOWER CLIMB.

Maps and guides to the Lord Howe Island Park Preserve are available.

(Day 20) - Australian Domestic Flight, Lord Howe Island to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Lord Howe Island to Sydney

(Day 20) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

(Days 20 to 21) - 1 Night Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night in your studio room apartment.

Just 30 minutes from Sydney Airport, your accommodation is conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD.

The friendly staff at your accommodation can attend to your every need with 24 hour guest reception. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at their signature restaurant.

Relax in a stylish and comfortable haven whilst being in close proximity to shopping at Westfield’s Pitt St Mall and Darling Harbour. Don’t forget to take a stroll down Pitt St towards Circular Quay to take in more of Sydney’s world famous sites- like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

(Day 21) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

(Day 21) - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles

Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.

  • 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.