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One of the most exciting and visually stunning self-drive holidays anywhere in the world is the journey from the eclectic city of Melbourne, in Victoria, to Adelaide in South Australia. In driving the Great Ocean Road, you will pass the Twelve Apostles before heading for The Grampians, one of the most accessible National Parks in Australia. Here you can enjoy great walks, fabulous restaurants and excellent accommodation. Continue to the beaches and Kangaroo Island, where you can swim with Sea Lions and come up close and personal to Kangaroos, seldom seen in the wild by tourists. A fitting end to this incredible journey is a visit to one of the world's most renowned wine growing regions, McLaren Vale. Sampling the many wines on offer is definitely helped by an overnight stay. After exploring the lovely city of Adelaide, we suggest you then head for the Flinders Ranges. If you decide to take our advice, contact us to discover how best to continue.
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Highlights & Inclusions
DAY 1 - MELBOURNE TO APOLLO BAY
APPROX. 185km (115 miles)
After collecting your rental vehicle, depart Melbourne and head southwest to Apollo Bay with its wide crescent shaped sandy beach, rolling green Otway hills and casual lifestyle.
ACCOMMODATION: APOLLO BAY – 1 NIGHT
DAY 2 – APOLLO BAY TO PORT FAIRY APPROX. 190km (118 miles)
Leave Apollo Bay and head for the Great Ocean Road where you will pass the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, The Bay of Island and Loch Arch Gorge. Continue to the quaint fishing village of Port Fairy, one of Victoria’s earliest ports. Here you can see the many homes and buildings, well preserved from the last century.
ACCOMMODATION: PORT FAIRY – 1 NIGHT
DAY 3 – PORT FAIRY TO HALLS GAP APPROX. 260kms (162 miles)
You travel north to Halls Gap and one of Victoria’s largest and most accessible National Parks, The Grampians National Park,
ACCOMMODATION: HALLS GAP – 1 NIGHT
DAY 4 – HALLS GAP TO COONAWARRA APPROX. 270km (168 miles)
Travel on to the exceptional region of Coonawarra, where the rich fertile, Terra Rossa soils produce some of the finest wines in the world.
ACCOMMODATION: COONAWARRA – 1 NIGHT
DAY 5 – COONAWARRA TO GOOLWA APPROX. 415km (258 miles)
Leave Coonawarra and travel north to Goolwa, at the mouth of the Murray River on Lake Alexandrina.
ACCOMMODATION: GOOLWA – 1 NIGHT
DAY 6 – GOOLWA TO KANGAROO ISLAND APPROX. 80km (50 miles)
Depart Goolwa and travel south westerly to Cape Jervis. Here you board the ferry to Penneshaw, on Kangaroo Island.
ACCOMMODATION: KANGAROO ISLAND – 2 NIGHTS
DAY 7 – KANGAROO ISLAND
Full day at leisure to explore the natural beauty of Kangaroo Island, home of many species of Australian wildlife.
DAY 8 – KANGAROO ISLAND – MCLAREN VALE APPROX. 75km (47 miles) plus ferry ride from Penneshaw to Cape Jervis
Today you leave Kangaroo Island, by ferry, and head back to Cape Jervis. Continue on to McLaren Vale, home to fantastic wine, food and hospitality, and gateway to the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula. McLaren Vale is famous for producing some the best wines in the world, and with over 76 cellar doors, it is undoubtedly one of Australia’s renowned wine regions.
ACCOMMODATION: MCLAREN VALE – 1 NIGHT
DAY 9 – MCLAREN VALE – ADELAIDE APPROX. 41km (26 miles)
From McLaren Vale you head north to Adelaide, where the lifestyle is relaxed. The city landscape is highlighted with elegant colonial buildings, museums and galleries.
Return your vehicle and leave Adelaide or extend your stay in this wonderful and much overlooked city.