Great Southern Touring Route
5 Nights Melbourne to Melbourne.
Price from £542 per person
This self drive tour includes 6 days car rental with Hertz Australia (ICAR - Toyota Corolla Ascent or similar), 5 nights accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from downtown depot - supplements may apply from airport.
Melbourne - Mornington Peninsula - Apollo Bay - Port Fairy - Grampians - Ballarat - Melbourne
Prices depend on seasonality: from £615 per person to £627 per person
Day 1: Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula (NM)
Take the Nepean Highway from Melbourne and drive south towards the Mornington Peninsula. From the Mornington turnoff the road follows the coastline and offers spectacular bay views.
Overnight: Woodman Estate, Mornington Peninsula
Day 2: Mornington Peninsula to Apollo Bay (B)
Drive to Sorrento to catch the car ferry across to Queenscliff. From Geelong it is just a short drive to Torquay and the start of the Great Ocean Road. Pass through Anglesea and Lorne to Apollo Bay, watching the increasingly dramatic contrast between rugged coast and inland forest.
Overnight: Captain’s at the Bay, Apollo Bay
Day 3: Apollo Bay to Port Fairy (B)
Continue your drive along the Great Ocean Road through the Otway National Park and enjoy a self-guided rainforest walk. From Lavers Hill onward the road traces limestone cliffs along the Shipwreck Coast and the natural monuments of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge form a stunning panorama. From Warrnambool it is just a short drive to Port Fairy.
Overnight: Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel, Port Fairy
Day 4: Port Fairy to the Grampians (B)
Depart Port Fairy and head north through prime sheep grazing country to the Grampians National Park. Halls Gap is an ideal base for bushwalking and discovering native animals in their natural habitat.
Overnight: Marwood, Halls Gap
Day 5: Grampians to Ballarat (B)
Travel east through the Victorian Goldfields to the regional city of Ballarat. Step back in time at Sovereign Hill, the country’s foremost heritage park and outdoor museum, or get close to the unique creatures of the Australian bush at the wonderful Ballarat Wildlife Park.
Overnight: Quest Ansonia Ballarat
Day 6: Ballarat to Melbourne (NM)
Return to Melbourne via the Western Freeway, or take a slight detour through Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. Browse through local arts and crafts at the Convent Gallery, enjoy a walk along the foreshore of Lake Daylesford, or sample the cool-climate wines from the cellar door.