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2 Day Great Ocean Road Wildlife Tour in Victoria, Australia
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Beacon Point Ocean View Villas, 270 Skenes Creek Road, Skenes Creek, Victoria 3233, Australia

Unforgettable Safari in Australia

Come join us on a journey you will never forget. Take the time to explore the diversity of this great coastal road in a relaxed and comfortable style. Discover the wildlife, coastal towns, ocean view accommodation, beautiful food, rain forests, The Twelve Apostles, and shipwreck history. You’ll have time to take in all this huge and spectacular coastline has to offer and then you will be back to Melbourne at journey’s end.

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: Melbourne
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: eastern grey kangaroos, koala, and native birds.

Highlights

  • Encounter with eastern grey kangaroos
  • Guided walks at Great Otway National Park
  • A visit to The Twelve Apostles and Castle Cove
  • A visit to Apollo Bay and Loch Ard Gorge
  • 1 two-course dinner and 1 breakfast
  • 1 night's accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 activity days
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated for one night in Beacon Point Ocean View Villas. These wonderful self-contained villas will be used as your accommodation for all of your overnight tours to the Great Ocean Road. Australian Natural Treasures Touring has chosen this property because they believe it enhances the experience of traveling the coastline.

Australian Natural Treasures Touring enjoys the reactions of the guests to being perched high above the Great Ocean Road with sweeping views of the coastline and waking to the sounds of the ocean in the morning. Not only does it provide great ocean views but within the native forest setting are plenty of birds, koalas, wallabies, and other native animals. This is an amazing place to relax and unwind.

Program

The guests on this small group tour will be picked up from their city hotel or Federation Square and you will quickly depart Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge. You will travel through the vast volcanic plains on route to Geelong where you have time to stroll along the beautifully transformed waterfront. You will start your journey along the Great Ocean Road at Torquay, stopping at various places along the coast including Bells Beach and the scenic morning tea location.

The focus then turns to Australian native wildlife as you observe eastern grey kangaroos in the wild. This is one of many opportunities to see and hear about the unique and unusual animals in their native habitat. Your journey then will begin by traveling the very scenic, cliff-hugging section of the Great Ocean Road. While winding your way along, you will stop to view sites such as the Memorial Arch and tell you of the intriguing story of this incredible road.

Lorne is the largest of the seaside resorts, with its abundance of cafes and restaurants it is a perfect place for a lunch break. You may even find time to have a swim or do some shopping.

After lunch, you will cruise along the spectacular road, stopping at many scenic spots including Kennett River where you can see koalas and many colorful native birds in the wild. Travelling through Apollo Bay, you will go into the Great Otway National Park. You will be taken on a 1 kilometer's guided walk through a cool-temperate rainforest gully to see the world’s tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns, and unique features such as ‘Yabbie Chimneys’.

You will visit Apollo Bay before checking in to Beacon Point Ocean View Villas. Your private self-contained villa is set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean. This amazing setting is a great place to relax and unwind for a couple of hours. You will have dinner tonight at the famous Chris's at Beacon Point. This restaurant is the only local restaurant to be awarded a 'Chefs Hat' and boasts an extensive menu that utilizes great local produce in a modern Greek-Australian way.

Your second day starts with breakfast at the locals favorite, Bay Leaf Cafe. Great coffee, tea, and vast breakfast menu make this a perfect way to start another full day. Your journey starts with traveling through the Otway ranges and onto the Shipwreck Coast. The first stop is at Castle Cove overlooking the River Aire. Your guide will introduce you to the strong Aboriginal heritage of the region with many tribes living prosperously around the coastline for thousands of years.

In the same area, millions of years ago when Australia was part of the great southern land, Gondwana, dinosaurs were roaming the land. A unique find along the coast in 1987 uncovered important clues into the world’s pre-historic past. The Twelve Apostles are icons of Australia’s natural beauty. You will arrive as the stacks are lit with the morning sun making them perfect for photos and crowd-free.

This is a bonus for taking a two-day trip as the stacks are silhouettes in the afternoon and overcrowded. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock, you can explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline (own expense). You will then visit Loch Ard Gorge, the site of the most famous 19th-century Australian shipwreck.

You will be retold the entire story from the calm voyage, the tragic wreck, the courageous survivors, and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale, you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts, photos, and documents from the Loch Ard contained in the treasure chests. Port Campbell is your lunch stop for today. The small fishing village of just 350 is set in a beautiful natural port and has some wonderful cafes and restaurants for food and views.

After lunch, you will travel to a lesser known but highly impressive area of the Great Ocean Road, west of Port Campbell. This section takes in London Bridge, Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, and Boat Bay, before your journey turns inland and travels through open farmland towards Melbourne arriving there around 18:00. This two day Great Ocean Road tour departs at 20:30 from Melbourne. Pickups are available from all city hotels within Melbourne. Passengers will be dropped at any Melbourne CBD location at 17:30 at the completion of the tour.

Please also note that Australian Natural Treasures Touring reserves the right to amend and alter itineraries and accommodation when necessary.

Included excursions

  • A visit to Apollo Bay
  • Castle Cove journey
  • Loch Ard Gorge visit
  • The Twelve Apostles visit

Location

Great Ocean Road

Australia’s Great Ocean Road with its breathtaking scenery is not only one of the world’s best ocean drives, it is also the world’s largest war memorial having been constructed by soldiers returning from the First World War as a tribute to their mates who did not return.

As it hugs the cliffs you will marvel at the endless beaches and the color of the water. Come with Australian Natural Treasures Touring on your journey and you’ll reveal not just the history of the road but also the natural treasures that are hidden beside it such as koala habitats, spectacular bird life, ancient Gondwana Rainforests and of course the geological masterpiece of The Twelve Apostles coastline.

Food

You will have dinner at the famous Chris's at Beacon Point. This restaurant is the only local restaurant to be awarded a 'chef's hat' and boasts an extensive menu that utilizes great local produce in a modern Greek-Australian way. And on the second day, you will have breakfast at the locals favorite, Bay Leaf Cafe. Great coffee, tea, and vast breakfast menu make this a perfect way to start another full day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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

Things to do (optional)

You can explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline on your own expense.

What's included

  • Encounter with eastern grey kangaroos
  • A visit to The Twelve stles and Castle Cove
  • A visit to Apollo Bay and Loch Ard Gorge
  • Guided walks at Great Otway National Park
  • 1 two-course dinner and 1 breakfastApo
  • 1 night's accommodation

What's not included

  • Beverages are not included at dinner

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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