Sydney, Melbourne & KI Self Drive [ST-SD3]
14 Days: Sydney, Melbourne & KI Self Drive [ST-SD3]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (2 Nights), Batemans Bay (1), Lakes Entrance (1), Phillip Island (1), Melbourne (2), Port Campbell (1), Halls Gap (1), Adelaide (2), Kangaroo Island (2)
  • Rental Car - Sydney to Kangaroo Island. 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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Itinerary Details
(Days 1 to 3) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

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

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

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.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Cruise Express Pass

On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

The Harbour Express stops at:
Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.
Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.
Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.
Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.
Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.
Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

(Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).

(Days 3 to 14) - Car Rental, Sydney to Adelaide via Melbourne & Kangaroo Island

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for 12 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.

(Days 3 to 6) - Coastal Self Drive from Sydney to Melbourne 4 Days / 3 Nights

Coastal Self Drive Tour: Sydney (New South Wales) through to Melbourne (Victoria) via Phillip Island.

DAY 1: SYDNEY / KIAMA / JERVIS BAY / BATEMANS BAY (approx 4.5 hrs)

Depart Sydney and begin your self-drive adventure with your first stop being the city of Kiama, meaning “where the sea makes a noise” in the local indigenous language. Stop and see the famous blowhole or Kiama’s local rock pool a popular location for spotting dolphins or whales. If you continue your self drive through Gerroa you can stop at the Coolangatta Estate Winery for lunch and possibly some wine tasting. But don’t stop for too long, you will follow the scenic route via Huskisson to Jervis Bay Marine Park where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach, the world’s whitest sands and crystal clear waters provide a picturesque setting for the diverse range of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of Jervis Bay. Pass through the district of Shoalhaven and spend the night in Batemans Bay, a pretty coastal town on the east coast of New South Wales.

DAY 2: BATEMANS BAY / EDEN / LAKES ENTRANCE (approx 5.5 hrs)

Grab some breakfast in Batemans Bay before heading out on the scenic coastal self-drive. Just before reaching Moruya, maybe take some time to stop in Bega, a town popular for its cheese and dairy products. Continuing south, enjoy the coastal views while passing through Merimbula & Bournda National Park. If you feel up for it, have a light lunch at the Wharf in Eden. Eden is a town of history and traditions dating back to the New South Wales whaling industry. If you’d like to, visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum which houses the skeletal remains of legendary “Old Tom”, a killer whale that reputedly guided whalers to their prey. The museum tells of Eden’s whaling, Aboriginal, timber and fishing histories. Heading farther south, you can enjoy a scenic walk through beautiful warm climate rainforests’ flora and fauna at the Bemm River Scenic Reserve. Once you reach the coastal town of Lakes Entrance you might spot some majestic pelicans. Lakes Entrance is where the 90 miles beach meets the South Ocean. Spend the night in Lakes Entrance.

DAY 3: LAKES ENTRANCE / FOSTER (approx 7.5 hrs)

Depart Lakes Entrance and head southwest towards Wilsons Promontory National Park. Wilsons Promontory is Australia’s most southerly point on the mainland and one of Victoria’s most beautiful National Parks. It protects over 50,000 hectares which include some of Victoria’s best beaches, cool shaded rainforest gullies, cloud soaked mountain peaks, rugged offshore islands and remote light stations illuminating the seas surrounding the southern tip. Take time to enjoy the view from Picknick Point Lookout and take a stroll to Squeaky Beach. From here you will continue your self-drive west to Phillip Island. From here you will head to the quaint town of Foster. We recommend stopping in and treating yourself to a delicious dinner. You can pick up a meat pie, fish and chips or some tasty sandwiches before turning in for the night.

DAY 4: FOSTER / MELBOURNE (approx 2.5 hrs)

End this scenic coastal self drive in Melbourne, Victoria.


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(Days 3 to 4) - 1 Night Accommodation in Batemans Bay

Spend one night in your vacation accommodation along this coastal self-drive in Batemans Bay, New South Wales.

Batemans Bay is a divine place to visit where pelicans and seagulls flock to the shores. Relax on the dozens of clean beaches located in the surrounding area or take a river cruise. Many excellent fishing opportunities are located nearby and this hotel boasts its own fishing pier. Boating, diving, windsurfing and surfing are also available.

A variety of restaurants, cocktail lounges and shops are located nearby. Enjoy dinner and drinks with friends or family at the on-site restaurant which boasts a dining balcony with water views. Room service is also available.

Guest rooms are air conditioned and come equipped with refrigerators, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers and cable television. Guest laundry facilities, on-site scooter rentals and continental breakfast are also available at this hotel.

(Days 4 to 5) - 1 Night Accommodation in Lakes Entrance

Next stop along your coastal self-drive is Lakes Entrance, Victoria, where you will spend 1 night.

Stay at this picturesque Lakes Entrance motel. Your vacation accommodation is conveniently situated near Jimmy’s Look Out and Ninety Mile Beach. Check out the nearby wineries and art galleries or relax on the beautiful beaches.

The Alpine National Park is near your vacation accommodation and plenty of places for shopping. Enjoy boating, fishing, scuba diving, golfing or relax in the pool before relaxing in your guest room. These newly renovated rooms includes a flat screen TV, alarm clock, hair dryer, desk, iron and ironing board, coffee maker and refrigerator.

(Days 5 to 6) - 1 Night Accommodation in Phillip Island

Next stop along your coastal self-drive is Phillip Island, Victoria, where you will spend 1 night.

Just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne and conveniently located in the centre of Phillip Island, this resort is only 2kms from the Cowes shopping precinct with its safe bay beaches and only 3kms from the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and the popular patrolled surf beach of Smith’s Beach. With family friendly facilities including a restaurant and bar, a wood fired Pizzeria, outdoor swimming and toddler’s pool, gym, spa, sauna, Kidz Zone game room, playground, tennis, BBQs and kilometres of walking tracks, you will truly enjoy this resort!

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Grand Prix Circuit

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is just 90 minutes southeast of Melbourne and has a range of activities that will simply drop your jaw and dazzle your eyes.

This is your chance to experience the iconic venue in the flesh. Let rip in a go-kart on our 760m replica Grand Prix track, or buckle in for the real deal; an adrenalin-amping triple Hot Lap lightning ride around the Phillip Island circuit with an experienced racing driver.

Revisit the heart-pumping history of the venue within the Visitor Centre’s History of Motorsport Display. Follow in the footsteps of motorcycle racing champions on the Guided Circuit Tour, allowing you exclusive access to off-limits areas trackside, including Race Control, Media Centre, Pit lane, Pit Roof and, where every racer would love to finish, the winner’s podium being sprayed with champagne.

The ride is only half the experience.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Koala Conservation Centre

Do you want to see a koala up close in its natural environment? Come visit the treetop & woodland boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre.

Experience wild koalas in their natural habitat and stroll through Aussie bushland at this environmentally sustainable centre dedicated to koala conservation on six hectares. Originally established in 1991, the centre is dedicated to koala research and conservation and has played a vital role in ensuring there is a protected koala population on Phillip Island.

Enjoy 2 boardwalks, the Koala Boardwalk and the Woodland Boardwalk. On the bushwalking tracks, keep an eye out for wallabies, echidnas, birds and other Aussie wildlife. Learn about the amazing lives of koalas in the interactive Visitor’s Centre. The Koala Conservation Centre is also home to a host of Australian Wildlife such as wallabies, nocturnal brushtail and ringtail possums, echidnas and over 80 species of birds.

Open 10am to 5pm daily (2pm Christmas Day)

Photo Credit: Koala Conservation Centre; Phillip Island Nature Park

(Days 6 to 8) - 2 Nights Accommodation in 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.

(Day 8) - 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.


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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 10am – 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) - 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) - 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 be hooked 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 10am 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.

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)

(Days 8 to 9) - 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

Insiders Tip: Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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.

(Day 9) - 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 9 to 10) - 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.

Insiders Tip: Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre

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.

Insiders Tip: Top 10, Grampians National Park, Australia

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.

(Day 10) - Self Drive from Halls Gap to Adelaide

Today you will continue your self drive adventure onto Adelaide, South Australia. Drive time from Halls Gap to Adelaide is approximately 6 hours (310 miles).

Along the way, be sure to stop in Hahndorf, South Australia. This is a wonderful little town just outside of Adelaide. Hahndorf is the oldest surviving German influenced village in Australia. Here you are offered traditional architecture, German cuisine, specialty shops and a myriad of cafes. Take time to explore the abundance of galleries, artisans at work, gourmet food and even wineries!

Continue on to Adelaide, your destination accommodation awaits you.


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(Days 10 to 12) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide

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

Your 4 Star boutique style hotel, is located in the heart of Adelaide’s central district. The hotel is within walking distance to the city’s major cultural attractions, shopping precinct’s and entertainment centres.

Adelaide is known as the city of food and wine, a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a big city without big city frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, numerous shops, street cafes and restaurants.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Grand Barossa and Hahndorf Hills Tour

Enjoy morning tea and wine tasting at award-winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, lunch at the South Australian Company Store in Angaston and taste more wines at Saltram Wine Estate.

This Barossa Valley and Hahndorf wine tour with its German heritage and villages, wineries, vineyards and scenery provides a unique mix of Europe in Australia.

You’ll explore South Australia’s premium wine region and sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines including the world famous Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre and Saltram Wine Estate. Enjoy a sumptuous 2 course lunch at the South Australian Company Store. Then wind your way through to the picturesque Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement where you will have free time to explore the many shops and galleries full of local arts, crafts and produce that evoke the tastes and smells of Bavaria.

Operates: Monday, Tuesday & Friday.

Need to Know: Child pricing available for ages 3 – 14 years.

Times: Departs Adelaide Central Bus Station at 9:15am or selected Adelaide or Glenelg hotels. Returns at 5:15pm.

Inclusions: Morning pick up and evening set down at selected Adelaide CBD & Glenelg Hotels. Full day coach tour with expert commentary by a local driver/guide. Morning tea, tour and tastings at the multi-award winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre. Mengler Hill Lookout for views over the Barossa. Cellar door tastings and learn about the ‘Saltram Story’ at Saltram Wine Estate, Angaston. Enjoy a delicious 2 course lunch and wine tastings from 2 boutique wineries at the South Australian Company Store, Angaston. Visit the famous Herbig Family Tree, a large hollow red gum tree which provided a home to the Herbig family until 1860. Explore the tree-lined main street of historic Hahndorf, home to many shops and galleries full of local art, craft, regional produce and wines from boutique cellar doors.

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Murray River Cruise

Relax while taking a lunch-time cruise along the historic Murray River.

On your arrival at the river your will board the MV Proud Mary and relax as you cruise the historic river enjoying the wildlife and surrounding scenery.

Enjoy lunch on board the Proud Mary as you continue your journey along the river and gain insight into the river system and unique landscapes of the region.

Upon disembarking you will journey on an incredible coach tour along the river bank of the River Murray taking in spectacular views, traveling over the river on punts and stopping regularly for great photo opportunities, including the Mannum Lookout.

Travel back to Adelaide via the delightful Adelaide Hills, stopping at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside with an opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense).

Operates

Monday and Friday, excluding December 25.

Need to Know

– Pick-ups available at Adelaide Central Bus Station or selected Adelaide Hotels.
– Minimum of 4 passengers required.
– Maximum of 48 passengers allowed.
– Cruise times may vary slightly depending on river boarding point.
– Monday – Board at the river town of Mannum.
– Friday – Board at Woodlane Reserve (Near Mypolonga).
– Vessel type and lunch may vary at times of maintenance and if a second division is scheduled.
– Tastings at Woodside Cheese Wrights is $3 per person payable direct at time of visit (optional).

Times

Departs at 9:15am and returns at 5:15pm, lasting approximately 8 hours.

Inclusions

– Morning pick-up and evening set-down at selected Adelaide hotels.
– Expert commentary by local driver guide.
– Two hour cruise.
– Buffet lunch with complimentary water, tea and coffee.
– Free time to explore the historic river town of Mannum.
– Scenic drive through Adelaide Hills.
– Afternoon tea at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and cheese tastings at Woodside Cheese Wrights (own expense).

Insiders Tip: Adelaide Central Market

Be sure to visit the Adelaide Central Market, the largest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Adelaide Central Market is a community of people: traders, artisans and shoppers, who share a passion for food. It buzzes with life and colour all year round.

The range of fresh food is extensive! You can find fruit & vegetables, meat & poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, cakes and more all under one roof. People love to return again and again for the delicious aromas, vivid colours and atmosphere of this international and cultural melting pot.


Hours of Operation: Closed Sunday & Monday; Tuesdays – 7:00am to 5:30pm; Wednesdays* – 9:00am to 5:30pm; Thursdays – 9:00am to 5:30pm; Fridays – 7:00am to 9:00pm; Saturdays – 7:00am to 3:00pm

*Be sure to visit their website for their most update to date hours and current events: https://adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/

Photo Credit: Adelaide Central Market

(Day 12) - Self Drive from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

Self Drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis. (Approx 1.5 hrs)

Be sure to check out Aldinga Beach on the way to Cape Jervis & Kangaroo Island. 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.

(Days 12 & 14) - Ferry Transfer - with rental vehicle from Jervis to Penneshaw and return

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

(Days 12 to 14) - 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.

(Days 12 & 13) - Self Drive on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Kangaroo Island is a natural wonder with native bushland, wildlife, adventure & exploring. Pristine beaches, local wines and produce, dramatic cliffs and sunsets are on your doorstep. Your self drive exploration of this magnificent island is truly the experience of a lifetime.

From Cape Jervis you will hop on the ferry to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. We want you to make the most of Kangaroo Island, so we recommend a morning ferry. After checking into your vacation accommodation in Penneshaw you can head out to explore the wonders that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Koalas and Kangaroos, platypus and seals, these are just a few of the amazing wildlife you can experience on Kangaroo Island. All of the wildlife is in it’s natural habitat and you can see them in their natural habitat. Fresh produce and wines are also in abundance on Kangaroo Island, be sure to pick up some snacks and go for a picnic lunch.

Flinders Chase National Park is a must see. Visit the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, these are some amazing geological formations. You can even spot fur seals lazing on the beach at West Bay. There are plenty of walking trails to choose from, where you can discover the abundance of flora and fauna.

Kelly Hill Caves and Conservation Park is just outside of the Flinders Chase National Park. This outstanding destination provides a peek into a stunning maze of caves. There are guided tours offered here. For those wanting to stay above ground, you can choose one of the many walking trails. From 1.25km to 18km hikes there is something here for everyone.

Seal Bay Conversation Park is another highlight of Kangaroo Island. Here you can join a guided tour to spot the endangered Australian Seals lounging in their natural environment on the beach. You can opt to explore the self-guided boardwalk where you can see the seals and the majestic coastal scenery that only Kangaroo Island has to offer.


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(Day 14) - 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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Customize your Self Drive through Regional New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia?

Remember, this road trip is fully customizable. Combine it with other destinations, add accommodation, sigthseeing tours and flights (international &/or domestic).

Just let us know what you want and our Travel Experts will design your complete itinerary with a ‘no-obligation’ quote.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $2,050 $3,713 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) $3,033 $4,696 Jul 17 2019 - Jun 28 2020
USA Departures: 17JUL-05DEC, 03JAN20-28JUN20 EXP 30AUG
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) $3,986 $5,649 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) $4,193 $5,856 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) $4,710 $6,373 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) $6,962 $8,625 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $8,571 $10,234 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.