Great Ocean Road
Fly/Coach, 5 days fully inclusive

2025
$1,995 per person twin share
$2,515 solo traveller

Inclusions:

  • Return flights ex SYD
  • Luxurious return coach travel & four nights’ quality accommodation at the Olde Maritime Best Western Motor Inn Warrnambool
  • Hearty breakfasts & delicious evening meals in the Hotel’s Restaurant & lunches every day on the tour.
  • Fascinating day tours and entry to all attractions as per itinerary below

TOUR DATES

Monday, 24th March, 2025
Monday, 15th September, 2025

TOUR DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly to Melbourne and tour to Warrnambool
We aim for a 9am flight to ensure not too early a start – enjoy a 1.5hr flight this morning before you coach driver will meet you at the luggage carousel in Melbourne. Board your luxury coach for an exciting week. Start your experience with a drive to Torquay where lunch will be provided. From Torquay you will have your first scenic experience of the Great Ocean Road travelling down from the start as far as Lorne today. It is a great drive from Torquay through Anglesea before Lorne. Set between the sparkling waters of The Pacific & the majesty of the Otway National Park, Lorne is a spectacular & refreshing place where the bush meets the sea.
From Lorne it is necessary to take the shorter inland route to Warrnambool. You will travel along the Great Ocean Road from Warrnambool north as far as the 12 Apostles on day 3 of your holiday. Late afternoon, arrive at the Olde Maritime Best Western Motor Inn ideally located just 600 metres from the Warrnambool Foreshore & 400 metres from the Town Centre. Your contact number during your stay will be 03 5561 1415.

Day 2: Warrnambool local day & the Spectacular Sound & Light Show tonight at Flagstaff Hill
This morning it is a relaxed start today with a 10.00am first visit to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, only 150 metres from your accommodation. Start with a guided tour of this unique Village followed by a self-serve light morning tea before a highlight of your holiday with a presentation of the Maremma Dogs. In a world-first, Maremma dogs were trained and placed on Middle Island to protect the penguins from foxes during the breeding season. The project has been a huge success using guardian these dogs The Maremma guardian dogs spend time on Middle Island during the penguin breeding season and our Maremma ambassador dogs spend time at Flagstaff Hill. Middle Island has been closed to the public since 2006 to protect penguin burrows from human trampling which can harm penguins, penguin chicks and eggs. The closure of the island has contributed to the increase in penguin colony size with the valuable assistance of the Maremma Dogs.
Lunch will be provided nearby by at Pippies by the Bay before a local town tour. Warrnambool is a prosperous country city known for its safe, sheltered beaches, its moderate climate & its parks & gardens.
Early dinner tonight at 5.00pm to allow time for the Spectacular Sound & Light Show at dusk, depicting the Shipwreck Coast’s maritime history at nearby Flagstaff Hill

Day 3: The Great Ocean Road & the 12 Apostles
An earlier start today for your scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road. From Warrnambool travel north along The Great Ocean Road, visiting Port Campbell National Park; the Twelve Apostles & Loch Ard Gorge, another natural formation that has also been a popular television and film location. When you see the coastline, you will understand the tragic history of the shipwrecked coast. See the stark stone pillars of the remaining eight “Twelve Apostles,” like great stone pillars rising out of the pounding surf at Port Campbell National Park. Your coach driver will have details & prices available if anyone wants to treat themselves to a 16-minute helicopter ride for $165 pp around this section of coastline. The Apostles were formed by erosion. The harsh weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone shoreline to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed, leaving rock stacks up to 45 metres high. The Road was built by returned servicemen and women from the Great War, to provide employment & to open access to the many coastal towns along the way. Lunch will be provided at Port Campbell

Day 4: Port Fairy
This morning it is only a short 30-minute drive west along the coast to Port Fairy. Port Fairy is virtually at the end of the Great Ocean Road. It is a beautiful bluestone town that has been frozen in time. With more than 50 buildings classified by the National Trust and many fine examples of 1800s architecture Port Fairy is the perfect holiday spot for history buffs. Enjoy a town tour & discover the charming, fully restored white-washed cottages built by whalers and seamen beside Georgian-style merchants’ homes and grand public buildings. It is a favourite, beach side vacation spot due to its beautiful beaches, picturesque historic riverfront port and thriving arts and food scene. Port Fairy has a population of about 3,500. Its main industries are tourism and fishing, & it is the home port for one of Victoria’s largest fishing fleets.

Day 5: Warrnambool to Melbourne Airport & Home
Depart this morning for your return journey and stop in Winchelsea for morning tea (own expense) before arriving in Geelong for a visit to the National Wool Museum for a tour and shopping. Since the arrival of sheep with the First Fleet in 1788, the wool industry has dominated our economy, our agriculture and our reputation as a quality wool-growing nation throughout the world. Geelong is a city synonymous with wool and the wool industry – sheep farming began here in 1835 and the first of many woollen mills opened here in 1868. For many years the city was known as the ‘wool centre of the world’. On 1 August 1872 the CJ Dennys & Co Woolstore (the home of the National Wool Museum) opened, adorning the corner of Moorabool and Brougham Streets, Geelong. At the time of opening, the basalt bluestone woolstore was the second largest store in Victoria and by many accounts the “most elaborate”. On the day of opening there was a banquet for 200 people on the third floor that was, of course, followed by a wool sale. Enjoy your ‘banquet’ before being delivered to Melbourne Airport for your flight home.

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