Duration: 8 Days
Food, wildlife and heritage; this 8-day tour through Victoria and South Australia comes filled with awe-inspiring scenery, heritage sites, top-notch cuisine and endless fun experiences along the way. Beginning in Melbourne and ending in Adelaide, you’ll travel west along the Great Ocean Road towards Adelaide, with overnight stops in Warrnambool, Mt Gambier, Tailem Bend and Kangaroo Island.
Foodies will enjoy the culinary adventures included in this guided holiday. Starting in Warrnambool, you’ll enjoy a visit to the Sow & Piglets Brewery for a tasting of their craft beers; In South Australia, enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at the famous Coonawarra Winery; and delight in all the German foodie treats in the small town of Hahndorf along the Murray River.
Throughout this tour, you’ll also be met with plenty of beautiful vistas and special, local encounters. Photograph the 12 Apostles from the viewing platform at Port Campbell; enjoy a guided heritage walk in Mt Gambier; view the artworks that form part of the Silo Art Trail in Coonalpyn; and, with a Park Ranger see the colony of Australian sea lions on Kangaroo Island.
These are just some of the many highlights of this Victoria and South Australia tour, featuring stunning landscapes, fascinating cultural and heritage sites, delicious culinary experiences and plenty of fun-filled adventures.
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Welcome to Melbourne! Please meet your Tour Director at your leisure in the hotel lobby from 2.00pm - 5.30pm to complete the tour check-in process. Later, join your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome meeting and drinks.
Morning stop at Torquay, the official starting point of the Great Ocean road and birthplace of iconic brands, Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Enjoy panoramic views with a chance to see world-class surfers in action. Continue along Great Ocean Road with stops at the iconic London Bridge and the 12 Apostles. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
This morning, explore more of the Great Ocean Road with visits to Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps, and a return visit to the 12 Apostles. Have your cameras ready for amazing views and photo ops. Next, visit Sow & Piglets Brewery for a tasting of their craft beers. Return to Warrnambool where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Things to do during your free time include the walk to Cannon Hill Lookout for panoramic views of the beach and the spectacular Southern Ocean, shopping for unique items at the Fletcher Jones Market, a visit to the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Museum to hear the stories of the crew and passengers whose lives were claimed by the rugged Shipwreck Coast, or the popular walk along the Warrnambool Foreshore Promenade. (B)
Travel to Mt Gambier and join your Tour Director for a guided heritage walk. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You may choose to participate in an optional indigenous guided walk of Gunditjmara country where you'll experience a culture that is over 60,000 years old, see remnants of ancient dwellings, and the chance to spot local wildlife. (B)
This morning, a Local Guide introduces you to the history and geology of Tantanoola Caves and explains how its spectacular array of formations has developed over thousands of years. Then free time to stroll through the large cavern at your leisure and take photos. Continue to the Coonawarra wine region specialising in rich cabernet sauvignons. Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Next, visit the unique Coonalpyn Silos, part of the Australian Silo Art Trail Collection. The 30-metre high, still operational grain silos, were painted in 2017 by world-renowned large-scale mural artist, Guido van Helten. His paintings reflect the community spirit and culture. This evening is at leisure or choose to visit the car museum at your hotel. (B,L)
Start your day with a cruise on the Murray River aboard a historic paddle steamer. Next, enjoy time at leisure in the German-style town of Hahndorf. There's time to browse the art galleries, shop for local crafts, sample local fare, and visit the many tasting rooms. Travel through the Fleurieu Peninsula and board a ferry for Kangaroo Island, one of the world's last unspoilt habitats. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
This morning explore Kangaroo Island with a Local Guide. See a colony of rare Australian sea lions and enjoy a walk on the beach with a national park ranger at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Afterward, visit Flinders Chase National Park and admire the unique formations of the Remarkable Rocks followed by time at Admirals Arch. Keep an eye out for the New Zealand fur seal colony that have settled here. Your afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to stroll the beach, take a swim, rent a bicycle and explore more on your own, or relax in this perfect setting with a glass of South Australian wine. Tonight, feast on local fare and wines as your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, travel by ferry and motorcoach back to Adelaide. A stop will be made at Adelaide International Airport for homebound passengers. Schedule flights after 3 pm. A drop will also be made at the Sage Hotel Adelaide for any passengers wishing to spend time in Adelaide. Hotel nights in Adelaide are available for purchase. (B)