Australia Vacation: Great Ocean Road Experience

Enjoy a little bit of everything Australia has to offer, including quirky cities, beautiful beaches, gourmet food and wine, unique wildlife, and stunning luxury hotels.

From $4,499
per person
9 days
Airfare not included
Based on
2 travelers

This Australia Vacation: Great Ocean Road Experience was put together for a repeat client from Nebraska. They had already seen the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney, so for this trip, they wanted to do another must-see: the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide. We arranged this trip to give them a little bit of everything: city, food and wine, beaches, wildlife, and luxury.

They began their Australia Vacation: Great Ocean Road Experience in quirky Melbourne. Here, they took a fabulous degustation tour to sample the hidden gems of Melbourne’s famous restaurant scene. Then, they picked up their rental car and began their journey along the Great Ocean Road. This magnificent coastal route offers stunning scenery from beginning to end, plus stops for every traveler. Great surfing beaches, national parks, wine regions, and underground caves are all part of the journey.

Their first stop was Port Campbell, just past the famous Twelve Apostles formation. From there, they continued along the Great Ocean Road to Robe and then Adelaide, with each day free to do exactly as they pleased. They spent a day in the McLaren Vale, where they enjoyed a gourmet lunch and wine tasting in the area’s boutique wineries.

For the last stop on their Australia Vacation: Great Ocean Road Experience, they traveled to the wonderfully unique Kangaroo Island. They stayed at Southern Ocean Lodge, an incredible, all-inclusive luxury lodge with breathtaking views from their suite to the Southern Ocean. They enjoyed some of the complimentary activities at the lodge, including wildlife walks to see kangaroos, seals, and more in the wild.

This Australia Vacation: Great Ocean Road Experience gave them everything they were looking for. They loved seeing a new side of Australia and falling in love with the country all over again!

Day 1
Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival in Melbourne, your driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your luxurious accommodations at the Crown Towers. Located in Melbourne’s vibrant Southbank precinct, Crown Towers offers luxury accommodation and impeccable service.
Crown Towers Melbourne

Day 2
The day is yours to spend at your leisure. This evening brings you an exploration of Melbourne’s famous restaurant scene on a degustation walk. Discover Melbourne’s hidden away and amazing restaurants with visits to 3 unique venues, exclusive wine tastings, and delicious menu samples. Interact with passionate wine waiters who share their favorite drops and restaurateurs who reveal how their distinctive designs, locations, and menus came to be.
Crown Towers Melbourne

Day 3
Pick up your rental car and begin your journey along the Great Ocean Road, one of the most spectacular drives in Australia and the world. This coastal route gives you endless views of beautiful beaches, cliffs, and waterfalls. After passing the famous Twelve Apostles formation, your first stop will be Port Campbell. This seaside town is ideal for surfing, fishing, and delicious seafood.
Anchors Port Campbell

Day 4
Continue along the Great Ocean Road to Robe. Along the way, stop on the beach and look out for whales in Warrnambool. Make your way past dramatic sea cliffs to your elegant accommodations at a renovated country home. Enjoy this tranquil oasis, with beautiful beaches, the historic port of Robe, and fabulous wineries all a short drive away.
Country home in Robe

Day 5
Today, drive from Robe to Adelaide to end your journey on the Great Ocean Road. Along the way, you can stop in national parks, learn about Aboriginal culture, see local wildlife, and visit the wine region of Langhorne Creek. Once in Adelaide, you can explore the vibrant culture, food, and nightlife of South Australia’s capital city. Your is located right in the heart of the city, making it the perfect base from which to explore.
Mayfair Hotel

Day 6
Today starts bright and early as you’re picked up for your full-day wine tasting tour in the McLaren Vale. Nestled between the rolling Mount Lofty Ranges and Gulf St Vincent beaches, the McLaren Vale region is known for its impressive wines, lush regional produce, and gorgeous scenery.

Today, you’ll travel through the scenic Adelaide Hills to some well-known and boutique wineries in the region. The area also abounds with almonds, flower farms, herbs, venison, yabbies, and cheese producers, which you may visit depending on the interests of the day’s group. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at a boutique winery while you soak up beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards.
Mayfair Hotel

Day 7 – 8
Fly to Adelaide, where you’ll catch your connecting flight to Kangaroo Island. With 21 national and conservation parks, Kangaroo Island has enormous appeal for those who enjoy discovering wildlife in their natural surroundings. Your home for the next 2 nights is the beautiful Southern Ocean Lodge.

From your dramatic clifftop setting, soak up a full panoramic view of the pounding surf below. Enjoy signature experiences included in your stay, including a guided walk among sea lions on the beach, canapés with the roos, a coastal cliff walk, mountain biking or walking among the nature trails, and more.
Southern Ocean Lodge

Day 9
Today marks the end of your incredible Australian vacation. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport, where you’ll begin your journey home.

  • 2 nights Crown Towers Melbourne
  • 1 night Anchors Port Campbell
  • 1 night Robe
  • 2 nights Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide
  • 2 nights Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island – all inclusive
  • 2 days rental car
  • Hidden Secrets Tours – Melbourne degustation tour
  • A Taste of South Australia – Full-day McLaren Vale wine tour with lunch
  • Round-trip flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

“While staying in Port Campbell, be sure to have breakfast at the 12 Rocks Beach Cafe. Also, it’s worth getting up early to see the Twelve Apostles at sunrise; the rocks are truly a different color in the morning!”
-Shannon, Down Under Endeavours

Crown Towers Melbourne

Partner Information

  • Location: Melbourne
  • Type of Accommodation: Hotel
  • Comfort Level: First Class
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • Gym
  • Tennis Court
  • Free Wifi
  • Gourmet Restaurants

Things To Do

  • Shopping in Melbourne
  • Restaurants and Cafes
  • Beach in St Kilda
  • Melbourne Sports
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Over City
  • Phillip Island

Hidden Secrets Tours

Partner Information

  • Location: Melbourne
  • Lanes and Arcades Tour
  • Progressive Degustation Tour
  • Liquid Crafts Tour
  • Cafe Culture Tour
  • Private Tours of Melbourne
  • Local Guides Matched to Your Interests

Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Partner Information

  • Location: Adelaide, Australia
  • Type of Accommodation: Hotel
  • Comfort Level: First Class
  • Located in Central Business District
  • Free WiFi
  • Mayflower Restaurant and Bar
  • Hennesy Rooftop Bar
  • Gym
  • Complimentary Mini Bar
  • 24-Hour Room Service

Things To Do

  • Afternoon High Tea
  • Barossa Valley Wine Tours
  • City Beaches
  • Shopping at Rundle Mall
  • Award-Winning Cafes and Bars
  • Day Trip to Kangaroo Island

Southern Ocean Lodge

Partner Information

  • Location: Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • Accommodation Type: Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Luxury
  • Complimentary Mini Bar
  • Heated Floors
  • Private Outdoor Terraces
  • Internet and In-Room Music System
  • Gourmet Restaurant and Wine Cellar

Things To Do

  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Wildlife Experiences
  • Stargazing
  • Southern Spa
  • Beach Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Private Charter Boats