Ballarat Goldfields, Sovereign HillCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Grampians Natl Park WildlifeCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Great Ocean Road ApostlesCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Great Ocean Road at DuskCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Twelve Apostles - Great Ocean RoadCredit: Tourism Australia
Great Ocean RoadLondon Bridge, view from a helicopter.
Great Ocean RoadCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Great Ocean Road Heli RideCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Great Ocean Road SurfingCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Grampians Natl Park, KangaroosCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Grampians Natl Park, McKenzie FallsCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Great Ocean RoadCredit: Tourism Australia
Grampians Natl Park, Pinnacle Thomas ParkCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Great Ocean RoadCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Grampians Natl Park, Rock ArtCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
Ballarat Goldfields, Sovereign HillCredit: Great Southern Touring Route
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- Accommodation - Melbourne (2 Nights), Port Campbell (1), Halls Gap (1)
- Rental Car - Great Ocean Road and the Grampians. Base Rate only. Does not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
- Day Tours are Optional (not included), but can easily be included on request
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person) available on request
- F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
- Additional Accommodation, Sigthseeing Day Tours, International & Domestic Flights are available on request
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Self Drive Victoria’s Great Southern Touring Route:
Days 1 – 3: Melbourne (Free Days)
Day 3: Melbourne to Port Campbell via The Great Ocean Road
Day 4: Port Campbell to Halls Gap (Grampians National Park)
Day 5: Halls Gap to Melbourne
Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
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.
Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for three 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.
Begin your self-drive in Victoria from Melbourne. You will drive along the Great Ocean Road headed towards Port Campbell, Australia.
Departing Melbourne, you will go through entrance to the Great Ocean Road and make your way towards Anglesea. If you’d like, stop in here and learn to surf. Continue your self drive down the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway. Here 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 headed 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. Filled with restaurants and great shopping, as well as it’s lovely sheltered beach.
Stop by Otway Fly Treetop Adventures to make the most of your Great Ocean Road Self Drive.
The Treetop Walk is a unique attraction which provides visitors with a rainforest interpretive walk experience through beautiful cool temperate rainforest and features the 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. You emerge through the lush green ferns of the forest floor to the tranquillity and beauty of the forest canopy. Its 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 the Otway Fly experience. The total walk takes approximately 1hr 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 is a total of 1.2miles (1.9 km) round trip and takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Is 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 a 656 yards (600m) walk back up to the Visitor Centre; Features a Prehistoric Path for the kids; Shuttle service is available that operates every half hour on the half hour that can bring you back to the Visitor Centre. Last entry to tree top walk is 3:00pm
The Otway Fly Zip Line Tour is the only Zip Line Tour for Victoria, Australia. Your self drive along the Great Ocean Road will not be complete without this tour.
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. An experience you won’t forget! This experience includes 2.5 hours of Zip Line activity (including training and simulation), 8 cloud stations, 6 zipline flights and 2 suspension bridges and 1 hour for the Treetop Walk.
Enjoy the Great Ocean Road and take a day to learn to surf the waves!
Learning to surf on The Great Ocean Road is easy. Our 21 yrs experience and large range of beginner equipment make your learn to surf experience amazing! We’ve also got the eastern seaboard covered so you can have lessons all the way down the coast!
There’s only one way to get started and that’s to get in the water! However a few helpful tips, the right equipment and heaps of encouragement from your highly qualified and experienced instructor will go a long way to getting you hooked forever.
Our surfing lessons on The Great Ocean Road all include:
2 hr surf lessons
Surf safety information
All the necessary equipment, including soft beginner board, leg-rope, wetsuit or rashie
Surf instruction to suit your skill level
Take time on your Australia self-drive to experience Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and its picturesque coastlines from a helicopter!
Experience panoramic views of Victoria’s amazing coastline.
Choose from any of the 4 spectacular helicopter rides ranging from 10 minutes to 50 minutes of flying time.
1. Fly over the spectacular 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge then see the charming town of Port Campbell from above. (10 min)
2. Extend your journey to also include the London Bridge. Learn this interesting story from your experienced pilot. (15 min)
3. Flying beyond the London Bridge you will continue on to the Bay of Islands. These smaller versions of the 12 Apostles seem to float in the ocean. (25 min)
4. 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)
Open daily: 9am-5pm
Enjoy 1 night of your self drive along the Great Ocean Road with the ultimate in 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
One hour west of Port Campbell lies Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Victoria, Australia’s first National Park (1852). This is truly a magnificent sight to see.
This is an ancient volcano full of geological fascination and abundant wildlife. Here you will discover the vast amount of Kangaroos, Emus, Koalas and Echidnas. Learn of the Aboriginal history, experience bush food and medicine. You also can learn of the ash layers that show Aboriginal people existed at the time of eruption, 32,000 years ago, with its last eruption being over 7,000 years ago.
Open Daily from 10am – 4pm.
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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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.
Your Australia self-drive is not complete without a trip to Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap. The Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung Aboriginal communities of South-Western Victoria will truly come to life as you learn of their history and culture.
Be sure to join in on some of the activities and tours offered at the centre. The Bunjil Creation Tour takes you on an educational journey of the local Dreamtime creation story. You will view the ancient rock art at the resting place of the Creator Spirit Bunjil, his two helpers the Bram-Bram-Bult brothers, and learn about the spiritual significance of the area (3hrs). Take the opportunity to experience Six Seasons Tour, where you will be given the chance to immerse yourself in the Aboriginal culture AND spectacular environment of the Grampians National Park. You will venture out and explore a variety of ancient rock art and view the Park from the most scenic vantage points (5½hrs, pre-booking required). You may also choose from a range of exciting cultural activities offered at the centre. Learn how to throw a Boomerang, discover the Didgeridoo and its hypnotic tones, stroll through the gardens on a Bushfoods Discovery Walk or join the Badeema Djilga Creations activity and create a unique momento of your self drive trip using Aboriginal art as your inspiration (choose from message stones, boomerangs or canvas). All this and more awaits you at The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia.
Open Daily from 9am-5pm; Free Entry; a 5 minute drive from your accommodation.
Don’t miss these Top 10 Must Do Experiences in the Grampians National Park (Victoria, Australia):
1. Wildlife: Halls Gap is just one of the places you are virtually guaranteed to see kangaroos and emus freely roaming. Best time is early morning and late afternoon. Be sure to have your camera ready!
2. Art Gallery: The Hamilton Art Gallery, located in the quaint town of Hamilton, is home to a diverse collection of Australian and European artworks. Also known for its works in silver, porcelain and glass. If you have the time to stop in, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Great Heights: Get your hiking boots out and get ready for Chataqua Peak or the more challenging Boronia Peak walks. These walks will offer breathtaking views of Grampians National Park.
4. Educational: Your Australia self-drive is not complete without a trip to Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap. The Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung Aboriginal communities of South-Western Victoria will truly come to life as you learn of their history and culture.
5. Year Round: Kayaking and Bushwalking are just a few of the things you can enjoy while exploring the lakes, rivers and waterfalls of the park. Wonderful photography opportunity.
6. Geopark: The Kanawinka Global Geopark offers a chance to take in the amazing landscapes and travel back in time over thousands of years. See how the Aboriginal people made use of the land when they lived here. Located near Hamilton.
7. Flaura: If your self-drive in Victoria takes place between August and mid November, you are in for a real treat! Spring is when the wildflowers frame the waterfalls and walking trails. The wildflowers make for an unforgettable sight.
8. Adventurous: If you are a thrill seeker, try your hand at rock climbing, abseiling, quad bike safaris, horse trail rides and bush walking.
9. Wine: See the town of Great Western and visit the underground cellars housing thousands of bottles of sparkling wine. Or choose from the many above ground wineries.
10. History: The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre is located in Ararat, and details the start of this gold-mining town. Ararat is the only town established by the Chinese.
Continuing to on your last portion of the Victoria Self Drive, you will be traveling between Halls Gap and Melbourne. This is your opportunity to stop over at Ballarat Goldfields or some of its surrounding areas. You will gain the chance to experience a historic gold rush town.
From Halls Gap you will drive east towards Ballarat. Be sure to stop in this amazing historic town,home to many attractions including Sovereign Hill, deluxe spas, the fascinating Gold Museum and so much more!
Here are some ideas of things to do along your self-drive through Victoria, Australia:
1. Visit Sovereign Hill, an outdoor living museum located in Ballarat, Victoria. Travel back in time and experience life as it was during the 1850′s gold rush! This is a remarkable replica of this historic town. Dress up in the 19th century fashions and visit the old mining village.
2. When you stop in at Sovereign Hill be sure to stay for the Blood on the Southern Cross, a spectacular sound and light show retelling the story of the Eureka Uprising.
3. Experience the history of Australian art at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Enjoy the extensive permanent collection of colonial, impressionist and contemporary masterpieces. Keep an eye out for the original Eureka Flag and learn about its importance with your free iPod tour guide.
4. Meet native animals and come in close contact free-roaming Kangaroos at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. This is the perfect opportunity for a Koala or Wombat photo.
5. Ballarat Botanical Gardens is one of Australia’s oldest and finest gardens. Stroll through the statuary pavilion, which features Benzoni’s beautiful Flight from Pompeii among other treasures. 6. While you’re at the Boanical Gardens, be sure to explore the Prime Minister’s Avenue – a remarkable collection of bronze portraits of all 25 Australian Prime Ministers.
7. Take a stroll around the town to check out the magnificent buildings and architecture. These are a result of the extreme wealth generated by the gold rush.
8. Ballarat’s fascinating Gold Museum boasts one of Australia’s finest collections of gold coins and gold nuggets. Here you will learn of the tales and legends of the gold rush years.
9. If rest and relaxation is what you are looking for, venture off the beaten track to Daylesford or Hepburn Springs, known as the Spa Capital of Australia. Also a renowned location for food lovers and luxury seekers.
10. Wineries are abundant in Victoria, Australia. Travel to Avoca at the base of the Pyrenees, or along your way to Melbourne stop by the wineries around Bacchus Marsh. You won’t be disappointed.
Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.
By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time – from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep!
At Sovereign Hill, you can see a spectacular $100,000 gold pour, venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town. Go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theatre with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with our wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners as they ply their trades.On our streets and in our theatre, you will be entertained by costumed goldfields characters who are happy to pose for a great photo.
By night, Sovereign Hill presents its spectacular, multi-million dollar sound- and-light show, ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, the dramatic story of the 1854 Eureka Uprising. Sovereign Hill’s commitment to authenticity and value-for-money family entertainment saw us judged as Australia’s Best Historic and Cultural Experience 2009 by Travelling in Australia Magazine.
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm every day except Christmas Day.
During daylight saving, Sovereign Hill is open until 5.30 pm.
Come enjoy Victoria’s number 1 interactive wildlife conservation experience, the Ballarat Wildlife Park.
This award winning Park is owned and operated by Greg Parker and his family. Founded in 1985 through a passion for conservation of wildlife and the environment, the Parker family have long realised the value of allowing people and animals to come together in a relaxing, friendly and educational environment. The selection of animals is truly unique and features animals that can only be described as natural wonders of the world!
Enjoy close contact with Australian native animals. Feed the free-roaming kangaroos. Free guided tour daily at 11am. Animal shows on weekends include Snakes, Koalas, Wombats, Crocodiles and Alligators, Tasmanian Devils and Spotted Tail Quolls. This is the perfect place to get a Koala or Wombat photo.
Open 9am – 5:30pm every day except Christmas Day.
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Nov 1 2017 - Sep 17 2018
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