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Australia & Great Ocean Road Tour Itinerary

Days 15 & 16 (RO) - Two days at leisure to enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets. Walk around Circular Quay and see why the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece of 20thcentury architecture. Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, nicknamed “The Coathanger” and dating back to 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s grandest engineering feats. Ride the ferry to Manly on Sydney’s north side, renowned for surf breaks, scenic walks and laidback cafés.

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Days 1 & 2 (FS) - Flight departs London or Regional UK airports for the flight to Adelaide. Flights will include at least one stop en route, dependent on your airport of departure. Please note: you can make your own flight arrangements or we can adjust your flight itinerary accordingly - subject to availabilty and supplementary costs.

 

Day 3 (RO) - Arrive Adelaide International Airport & collect your hire car, followed by the drive into Adelaide and your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to relax - Mileage approx. 6 miles

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Day 5 (RO) - The day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Adelaide. Why not take an excursion to Kangaroo Island, a pristine wilderness that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. You'll find soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach.

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Day 6 (RO) - Adelaide to Robe (Mileage Approx. 210 miles) - Today you'll begin your journey on Australia's Great Ocean Road. You have the coice of two routes out of Adelaide. Firstly you can take the South Eastern Freeway through the Adelaide Hills, enjoy the view from the bridge over the mighty Murray and turn right at Tailem Bend to join the Princes Highway to Meningie or secondly by taking the South Eastern Freeway and turn off at Callington/Strathalbyn turnoff, cross over the freeway towards Strathalbyn where you can feed the ducks beside the Angas River. Travel through the vines to Langhorne Creek, cross the Murray on the 24hr car ferry at Wellington to join Princes Highway

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Day 7 (RO) - Robe to Warrnambool via Mount Gambier (Mileage approx.200 miles). Departing Robe, your routing today takes you via Millicent to Mount Gambier, a popular tourist destination nestled on a picturesque volcanic landscape surrounded by vast pine tree plantations. Mount Gambier offers a greatstopping point as it offers plenty of scenic spots to explore and enjoy. The main attraction is the beautiful Blue Lake, with its ever-changing water colour in the various seasons, the lake water turns a dense blue in November to a grey colour in April. From Mount Gambier you head back towards the coast passing through Caveton, Nelson, Gorae West and the historic fishing town of Port Fairy on the west coast and the Moyne river on route to Warrnambool.

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Day 8 (RO) - Warrnambool to Melbourne via Bay of Island & 12 Apostles (Mileage approx. 240 miles). Warrnambool is ideally situated on the Great Ocean Road and is a tourist attraction in its own right. Today you'll enjoy the most spectacular section of the Great Ocean Road with attractions including the Bay of Island and the 12 Apostles. The Bay of Islands Coastal Park covers 32km of coastline between Warrnamboo and the Hamlet of Peterborough, however the dramatic, rugged and windswept coastline main attraction is the world-famous Twelve Apostles, these limestone pillars rise out of the Southern Ocean in Port Campbell National Park like the noble, craggy sentinels of an ancient world.   Once upon a time they were connected to the cliffs of the mainland. The waves and wind carved them into caves, then arches, and eventually battered them down into columns that today rise up to 45 metres high.

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Day 9 (RO) - The day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Melbourne where the combination of world-class dining, art galleries, homegrown fashion and a packed sports calendar make it the world’s most 'livable city'. The centre of Melbourne is threaded with cobbled laneways, which have become a mecca for coffee shops, cafés and unique shopping boutiques. Melbourne is Australia’s sports capital and its venues are legendary. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Flemington the home of the Melbourne Cup and Albert Park which is transformed into a high-speed racetrack for the Australian Grand Prix. Today is the practice day for the 2018 Grand Prix and tickets are incuded.

 

Day 10 (RO) - Again the day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Melbourne and to enjoy the qualifying sessions of the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.

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Day 11 (RO) - One of the hightlights of the tour, The 2018 Australian Grand Prix, followed by the remainder of the day at leisure in Melbourne.

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Day 12 (RO) - Melbourne to Lakes Entrance (Mileage approx. 248 miles). Departing Melbourne, today your routing takes you via Warragul where you can wander down Queen Street and take in the 19th century architecture found in the ornate facades and archways of the local banks, shops and hotels. Take a trip back in time at the heritage listed Warragul Station and Shire Hall, built in 1893. Then it's on to Traralgon, the region's entertainment capital, flush with alfresco dining options and a thriving pub scene. In the afternoon you pass through Sale and Bairnsdale with arrival in Lakes Entrance late afternoon.

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Day 13 (RO) - Lakes Entrance to Batemans Bay (Mileage approx. 272 miles). From Lakes Entrance you'll head along the coast to Newmerella on the banks of the Numeralla River, a popular spot with anglers and once a site for gold mining. The next stop is Mallacoota, a small holiday and fishing town situated at the mouth of Mallacoota Inlet in the far eastern corner of Victoria with secluded beaches and pristine waterways. Spectacular views can be enjoyed from many points along the coast, taking in the sandy beaches of the extensive inland waterway of the Mallacoota Inlet and the several islands located close to the shore. From Mallacoota you'll continue along the coast to Merimbula well known for its sheltered waters and seafood feasts. Arrival in Batemans Bay should be late afternoon/early evening.

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Day 14 (RO) - Batemans Bay to Sydney on the Grand Pacific Drive (Mileage approx. 179 Miles) Sydney is an easy drive from Batemans Bay with beautiful mountain scapes and amazing coastal views along the way. There are several good stops anlong the way including Ulladulla, a fishing village where you can enjoy some fresh fish including Crystal Bay prawns and local Clyde River oysters. Your routing then takes you via Nowra and Kiama heights where you'll enjoy the Grand Pacific Drive. Staring in the spectacular Shoalhaven region, you'll drive through the coastal towns of Shellharbour and Kiama to Wollongong, the main ‘hub’ on the drive, offering great beaches and shopping, fantastic local restaurants and cafes. The final section of the drives tsakes you through coastal rainforests, quaint seaside villages and traverses along the iconic 665 metre Sea Cliff Bridge, before making your way into Sydney.

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Day 17 (FS) - Drive to Sydney International Airport where you'll return your hire car before checking in for your flight back to UK. Again your flight will include at least one stop en route, dependent on your airport of departure. Please note: you can make your own flight arrangements or we can adjust your flight itinerary accordingly - subject to availabilty and supplementary costs.

 

Day 18 (FS) - Flight arrives back in the UK

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Meal Basis - FS = Flight Meal Service / RO = Room Only / BB = Bed & Breakfast

Day 4 (RO) - The day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Adelaide. Adelaide has had a resurgence in the past few years with a vibrant small bar scene reinvigorating the city's laneways. Famous chefs and high-end boutiques have made Adelaide their new home. It’s full of vibrant cafés and eclectic restaurants as well as a strong events scene that incorporates all manner of tastes – from the Adelaide Fringe to the Santos Tour Down Under. One of the great things about Adelaide is its accessibility, one minute you're in a bustling, exciting city, then in 20 minutes time you can be relaxing in the sun on some of the world's most beautiful beaches.

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