3 DAY / 2 NIGHT GREAT OCEAN ROAD & GRAMPIANS (ADL - MEL OR MEL - ADL)
Day 1 Departing Adelaide we cruise through the Adelaide Hills with a mid morning stop at a country bakery to grab a bite to eat. We eat lunch at Nhill before we marvel at Mt. Arapiles then onto the Grampians National Park. Here we hike to the bottom of Mc Kenzie Falls and see breathtaking views from The Balconies. In the late afternoon, see the kangaroos and other wildlife come out to play. We stay overnight in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation.
Day 2 Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and spend a great morning hiking the beautiful Grampians, or opt to go rock climbing instead (extra costs apply – subject to availability). We enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, wetland, lake and home to lots of wildlife. We head south to the Great Ocean Road and Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge, part of the fantastic coastal scenery in this area, finishing the day with a sunset at the spectacular Twelve Apostles. Overnight is in hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road.
Day 3 After breakfast, we soak up the beauty of the Otway National Park. Walk through some of the oldest temperate rainforest in the world. Marvel at the historical section of the Ocean Road carved by returned WWI servicemen. It provides one of the most spectacular coastal roads that you will ever see. Explore the artistic seaside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne. Anglesea, Bells Beach and Torquay (home of Rip Curl and Quicksilver) are all part of the famous surf coast with time to check out the local waves. We stop at the Split Point Lighthouse featured in the Round the Twist television series, before heading through Geelong to arrive in Melbourne approximately 7pm.
(This itinerary is the Adelaide to Melbourne trip. Melbourne to Adelaide itinerary is similar but in reverse. Arrive Adelaide on day three at approximately 7pm.)
SINGLE DAY BAROSSA VALLEY
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s most famous wine region. The Groovy day begins by travelling through the Adelaide Hills, stopping at the world’s largest Rocking Horse and the amazing Whispering Wall and then on to our first wine tasting experience.
We spend approximately 45 minutes in the Jacob’s Creek Visitor’s Centre, going through the history of the Jacob’s Creek brand, followed by a structured wine tasting and an educational presentation.
Our next winery is Kies, a small family owned winery with ironstone cottage cellar door. Their wines are exclusively sold from the cellar door and we taste a selection of their range today, while the tour guide prepares our lunch.
Lunch is a barbeque extravaganza including the Aussie speciality of marinated kangaroo, as well as chicken, steak, sausages and a range of fresh salads.
We head to Chateau Yaldara to enjoy their wine.
We fit in a trip to Mengler’s Hill lookout to admire the views across the valley. We visit our fourth and final winery for today, the historic Seppeltsfield, before returning to Adelaide by about 5pm.
KANGAROO ISLAND 2 days/1 night
Our tours start when we pick you up from Adelaide and drive towards Kangaroo Island via the Fleurieu Peninsula, experiencing some fantastic coastal views. We arrive at Cape Jervis and jump on the ferry as we cross the Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw on the island.
From there we start our Kangaroo Island experience with the panoramic views atop Prospect Hill.
Our days of action, wildlife and wilderness include up close encounters with sea lions on a beach walk at Seal Bay, sand-boarding at the Little Sahara, kayaking down Harriet River, snorkelling and swimming at beautiful North Coast beaches and optional quad biking around the bush at sunset.
Overnight is spent at our private accommodation at Hanson Bay, surrounded by koalas, kangaroos, possums and the occasional echidna. After dinner, whether an Aussie BBQ feast or some other “tour specialty”, we spend the night around the campfire, story telling, wildlife spotting and playing the didgeridoo. We inside in bunk beds, with all bedding provided.
We check out the famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, where we view a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals. We spend time in the Flinders Chase National Park, the largest on the island, where we choose a selection of short hikes. Flinders Chase is home to vast tracts of untamed wilderness, the elusive platypus and heaps of other wildlife, which we’ll do our best to see.
At the end of the day we make our way back to Penneshaw for the return crossing to Cape Jervis and the drive back into Adelaide, usually arriving at about 8.30pm.
Please note: Luggage limit is one small bag per person. Kayaking, snorkelling and swimming in summer only – weather permitting. Our itineraries are included as a guide only, we encourage our guides to be flexible and we have very few time restrictions. Road, weather and group conditions always change and by being flexible our tours are varied and individual.