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3 Days Great Wildlife Tour of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians, Australia

Drift House, 98 Gipps St, Port Fairy VIC 3284, Australia

Amazing Australian Safari

Experience two of Australia’s greatest places, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and The Great Sandstone Mountains of Grampians National Park. Western Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and the great sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park are two of the state’s most spectacular regions. Combining these regions in a multi-day tour presents guests with the ultimate road trip offering diverse scenery, wildlife, and leading food and wine experiences. Come and join Acacia Tours for a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

Highlights

  • All national park fees
  • Visit multiple top attractions
  • Observe koalas in the wild at Kennett River
  • Explore the Southern Grampians National Park
  • Indulge in wine tasting at Seppelt, Great Western vineyard
  • Breakfasts, two lunches, one dinner, and morning tea
  • Professional driver and guide
  • 2 nights accommodation

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3 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

During this safari trip, you will stay in various accommodations. On day one, you will stay at Drift House and on day two, you will stay at Royal Mail Hotel.

Program

Day 1

You will start your safari journey by departing at 8 a.m. from your nominated Melbourne hotel or address. The first day of your three-day journey traces the full length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road. Expect to be awed by azure surf beaches dotted with appealing seaside hamlets, the verdant rainforest interlude of the Great Otway National Park, and the iconic vistas of the Shipwreck Coast.

This is including the breathtaking 12 Apostles. Arriving in the charming maritime village of Port Fairy, guests will enjoy a memorable overnight stopover at the boutique designer retreat, Drift House. Today's meal plan includes morning tea and gourmet lunch.

Highlights

  • Bells Beach: Australia’s most famous surf break
  • Observe koalas in the wild at Kennett River
  • Gourmet lunch with beverages at La Bimba, Apollo Bay
  • The Great Otway National Park
  • Port Campbell National Park: The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and other highlights
  • Boutique lodging at Drift House, Port Fairy

Day 2

The next morning takes the time to uncover history in every corner of historic Port Fairy boasting wide streets lined with nineteenth-century cottages, great Norfolk pines, and old stone churches. Your journey then takes you inland to the quaint rural town of Dunkeld in the southern Grampians National Park.

The striking peaks of Mount Abrupt and Sturgeon loom over this township which is renowned for hiking, wildlife, and one of Victoria’s finest regional restaurants, Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel, where you will enjoy a five-course degustation and overnight lodging. Today's meal plan includes morning tea and a five-course dinner.

Highlights

  • Explore the quaint maritime village of Port Fairy
  • Tower Hill Reserve: Extinct volcano and wildlife reserve
  • The rural township of Dunkeld located at the foot of Mount Sturgeon
  • Explore the Southern Grampians National Park
  • Sumptuous dinner at Wicken’s at Royal Mail Hotel
  • Overnight in a deluxe mountain view room at Royal Mail Hotel

Day 3

The natural mountainous beauty of the Grampians National Park is showcased to its fullest extent on day three. With something suitable for all ages and abilities, hike a mountain trail to one of the jaw-dropping scenic lookouts.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the locals such as kangaroos, koalas, and echidnas. After a picnic lunch with kangaroos, a visit to one of the regions esteemed wineries for a well-earned glass of sparkling wine seems a befitting end to this magnificent journey. Today's meal plan includes morning tea and a picnic lunch.

Highlights

  • Discover the culture of the aboriginal communities at Brambuk Cultural Centre
  • Soak up the panoramic views on the Balconies Hike
  • Picnic lunch with kangaroos
  • Wine tasting at Seppelt, Great Western vineyard
  • Visit the historic gold-rush city of Ballarat

The vehicles

You will tour in complete luxury with Acacia. The fleet has been carefully selected with guest comfort and safety in mind and is comprised only of European luxury marques such as Mercedes Benz and Audi. Expect latest model vehicles with leather seating, roomy cabins, and Wi-Fi equipped.

Included excursions

On day one, you will visit Port Campbell National Park to visit the park’s highlights such as The Twelve Apostles, Loch and George, Shipwreck Coast, and many more. You will also get the chance to visit the charming maritime village of Port Fairy. On day two, you will go to the rural township of Dunkeld located at the foot of Mount Sturgeon.

On day three, you will have the opportunity to go to Brambuk Cultural Centre to discover the culture of the aboriginal communities. You will also indulge in wine tasting at Seppelt, Great Western vineyard as well as visit the historic gold-rush city of Ballarat.

Location

This safari holiday will take place in various locations in Australia. You will go from Melbourne to Victoria on this three-day journey.

Grampians

Three hours west of Melbourne, the sandstone grandeur of the Grampian Ranges rise dramatically from the sprawling Western Plains in what is one of Victoria’s most arrestingly diverse regions. A network of breathtaking walking tracks suitable for the novice through to the experienced hiker traverse the rugged mountain range offering stunning views of the surrounding pastoral land.

Marvel at cascading waterfalls and visit Aboriginal sites of great significance including accessible ancient rock art. In spring, the region erupts in a dazzling display of wildflowers. Gourmet travelers will want to take in the beautiful town of Dunkeld at the southern end of the Grampians National Park.

Blessed with stunning scenery and spectacular views of Mount Abrupt, it’s also the home of the Royal Mail Hotel, where the culinary excellence of the kitchen along with one of the nation’s finest wine lists. A visit to the historic vineyard of Seppelt in Great Western affords an opportunity to sample sparkling shiraz, a uniquely Australian wine style for which this winery sets an enviable benchmark.

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road isn’t just the jewel in the crown of Australia’s marveled coastline, it’s also one of the most spectacular drives this beautiful world has to offer. A Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles tour simply cannot be missed. Acacia’s amazing touring journeys have something to offer at any time of the year.

Whether it’s admiring the summer sun glinting off the sea while you watch surfers catch a wave or catching a glimpse of a whale pod coming into calving as you’re hypnotized by the majesty of the wild Southern Ocean. Even storm-wracked skies provide a truly dramatic background for the rugged coastal beauty on a Twelve Apostles tour.

From Torquay to Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Road hugs forested coastal cliffs as it twists and turns past white sand surf beaches and through picturesque seaside villages. The hinterland of towering gum trees provides the perfect habitat for koalas, kangaroos, and colorful native parrots.

The road then turns inland through lush green, semi-temperate rainforest featuring ferny gullies, moss-covered timber, and freshwater cascades. Just breathing the crisp, oxygenated air is a remarkably rejuvenating experience and finally gasp as you emerge at the sheer limestone cliffs of the Shipwreck Coast.

Battered by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean, the dramatic coastline has been relentlessly carved into limestone towers, gorges, and caves. The landmark Twelve Apostles is one of Australia’s most-photographed sites and yet no postcard can truly capture its awesome beauty.

The Great Ocean Road fringes the nation’s dairy heartland and accommodates award-winning artisanal cheese factories and creameries. Gourmet travelers will discover acclaimed restaurants exploiting the finest local produce in the scenic seaside towns that punctuate this fantastic adventure.

Food

During this safari trip, you will be served daily breakfasts and morning tea, lunches on day one and three, and one five-course dinner on day two at Wicken’s Royal Mail Hotel excluding beverages. Bottled water and snacks will also be provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • National park fees
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts, two lunches, one dinner, and morning tea
  • Professional driver guide
  • Wine tasting
  • Meals
  • Private luxury vehicle (Wi-Fi and power recharge enabled)
  • Bottled water, travel snacks, and amenities

What's not included

  • Beverages during dinner at Wicken’s Royal Mail Hotel

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
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