Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island Escape

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All 250 kilometres of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road are spectacular. From the dramatic 12 Apostles to Bells Beach waves and coastal village charm, you’ll get to see it all on this epic Melbourne to Adelaide tour. This slice of southern Australia is worth toasting – it’s a good thing wine and wonderful food are a constant, particularly when you enter South Australia to sip distillations and vintages across Kangaroo Island and the Barossa.

Tour Highlights

  • Learn about volcanic formations from an Indigenous perspective on a guided tour of Tower Hill
  • Learn about seal conservation as you embark on a guided walk on Kangaroo Island
  • Learn about what Hanson Park Wildlife Sanctuary is doing to support the local koalas and other wildlife after the bushfires
  • Try some of the Barossa Valley’s best wine at Seppeltsfield before exploring their Jam Factory to watch local artisans at work

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: EMKA

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Melbourne – Warrnambool (B, D)
Day 1
Melbourne – Warrnambool (B, D)
Want an adventure that starts with a bang? This is it. We advise arriving early for a Melbourne laneway tour, taking in the city’s eye-popping alleys filled with colourful art. Then you’re on your way from Melbourne on a Great Ocean Road tour, enjoying a snaking coastal route that is one of the world’s most epic journeys. Across a dramatic 240 kilometers you’ll take in limestone stacks like the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Then traverse through World Heritage listed rainforest, skirting untouched coastal coves, and pausing in sleepy towns like Lorne and Apollo Bay, where bare feet and boardshorts are the dress code. We wouldn’t blame you for following suit…
Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Warranambool
Located at the idyllic Warrnambool Foreshore, The Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs is surrounded by extensive walking & cycling trails and some of the Great Ocean Road’s best beaches including Warrnambool’s main beach and Middle Island. 
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Warrnambool – Naracoorte (B, D)
Day 2
Warrnambool – Naracoorte (B, D)
The south’s volcanic history bubbles to the surface at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, an immense natural wonder spanning a dormant volcanic crater. You’ll learn about the area’s flora and fauna – think emus, kangaroos, koalas and echidnas – with an Aboriginal guide. More volcanic history awaits across the South Australian border in Mt. Gambier, home to the crater-filling Blue Lake. Bring your sunglasses, because the lake’s name doesn’t do it justice – the intensity of the hue is blinding. By now you’ll be pretty thirsty, so it’s a good thing the Coonawarra wine region is around the corner. Fancy a world-class cab sav, shiraz or merlot? You’ve come to the right place. Sit down to a wine tasting to fully appreciate the region’s flavours. Your final adventure is deep, in every sense of the word. Naracoorte’s Alexandra Cave is a maze of delicate needle-like stalactites and massive twisting columns.
William MacIntosh Motor Lodge, Naracoorte
William MacIntosh Motor Lodge is located in Naracoorte, just inland from Mount Gambier on the South Australian/Victorian border.
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Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island (B, D)
Day 3
Naracoorte – Kangaroo Island (B, D)
Nature rules large again today as you weave along South Australia’s wild and wonderful Fleurieu Peninsula to Victor Harbor. After rolling hills, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs, you’re greeted with the charms of this seaside town – the gateway to Kangaroo Island. Fun fact: it still has a steam train. But you’re boarding the ferry for your journey toward Australia’s ‘mini Galapagos’ to tour Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island deserves its moniker, as you’ll discover tomorrow. But today, a well-deserved tasting of craft beer awaits at a boutique brewery, the only one on the island. How does Indian Pale Ale sound or a Mexican inspired brew made using a combination of malted barley and flaked rice?
Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island
The Aurora Ozone Hotel is situated at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island in South Australia, boasting a truly unique location.
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Kangaroo Island (L)
Day 4
Kangaroo Island (L)
First stop on your tour of Kangaroo Island truly deserves its name: the orange-lichen-clad Remarkable Rocks command your attention over the blazing blue of the Southern Ocean. Then there’s Admirals Arch, home to an immense colony of raucous fur seals and a very photogenic lighthouse. Like much of the island, AAT Kings-sponsored Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was badly damaged by the 2019 bushfires. On your visit, you’ll discover the role that fire plays within this delicate ecosystem, and how koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and other wildlife have adapted to their environment. More wildlife greets you at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Move aside: enormous sea lions regularly barrel down the sand toward the water, and you’ll learn about their habitat on a Kangaroo Island tour of the beach.
Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island
The Aurora Ozone Hotel is situated at Kingscote, Kangaroo Island in South Australia, boasting a truly unique location.
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Kangaroo Island – Adelaide (B)
Day 5
Kangaroo Island – Adelaide (B)
On your cruise back to the mainland, picture some of the culinary opportunities that await in the South Australian capital. Adelaide is known as the ‘city of churches’, but we think a more apt title is the ‘city of cuisine’. The afternoon is yours to see just how many restaurants and bars you can sample. Want recommendations? You could sign up for an Adelaide city tour, or we can point you in the direction of the epic Central Market, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 70 stalls selling artisan edibles (and drinkables). Have you ever sipped green ant gin?
Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Located in Adelaide, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rundle Mall and Adelaide Casino and has 329 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and Smart televisions
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Adelaide Hills & The Barossa (B, L, D)
Day 6
Adelaide Hills & The Barossa (B, L, D)
Now that you have a taste for South Australian produce, take a deep dive on today’s adventure through the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa, dotted with atmospheric towns like Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Wining and dining dominate the landscape on a Barossa and Hahndorf tour, with some of the country’s oldest grape vines planted across this pocket of the state. Discover local flavours over lunch at the South Australian Company Store, then prepare for wine royalty at historic Seppeltsfield, replete with century-old stone buildings housing restaurants and cellar doors.
Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Located in Adelaide, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rundle Mall and Adelaide Casino and has 329 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and Smart televisions
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Farewell from Adelaide
Day 7
Farewell from Adelaide
A week in this part of the world really isn’t enough. We hope we’ve inspired you to come back for another taste.

Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

Attractions Included

  • Learn about volcanic formations from an Indigenous perspective on a guided tour of Tower Hill
  • Learn about seal conservation as you embark on a guided walk on Kangaroo Island
  • Learn about what Hanson Park Wildlife Sanctuary is doing to support the local koalas and other wildlife after the bushfires
  • Try some of the Barossa Valley’s best wine at Seppeltsfield before exploring their Jam Factory to watch local artisans at work

Coach Features

  • 48 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Local specialists (guides)
  • Centrally located premium 4-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 6 Full Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners

Fitness Requirements

  • Tower Hill Reserve – Low level fitness required
    Slow-paced tour around Tower Hill site. Mainly flat, comfortable pace, some parts involve walking over uneven surfaces (i.e. gravel, grass, leaves)
  • Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island lookouts – Low level fitness required
    Short walks from coach to lookout spots at your own pace, lookouts have shorter and longer options so you can take the option most suitable to your needs.

Visited Locations

  • Warrnambool
    Warrnambool is a city along the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria, Australia. The coast around Warrnambool and down to Cape Otway is known as the Shipwreck Coast, due to the large number of water vessels that ran aground in the 1800s and early 1900s due to ferocious weather conditions and the rocky coastline. 
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  • Naracoorte
    Naracoorte is home to the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves which are World Heritage listed because of the importance of the fossils at the site and is located midway between Adelaide and Melbourne.
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  • Kangaroo Island
    Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species.
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  • Adelaide
    Adelaide is South Australia’s capital and is bursting with culture, flavours, events and entertainment. It is a pretty city, surrounded by a ring of parkland on the River Torrens and it is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia.
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  • The Great Ocean Road
    The spectacular Great Ocean Road hugs the seaside cliffs that snake along the wild and windswept Southern Ocean off the south-west coast of Victoria.
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  • Barossa Valley
    The Barossa Valley is a renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide, in South Australia. Shiraz grapes are the local speciality.
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Attractions

  • Twelve Apostles
    Rising out of the Southern Ocean, alongside Australia's famous Great Ocean Road, you'll find the 12 Apostles – limestone pillars that were once connected to the mainland cliffs.
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  • Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
    Visit Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, where your guide will provide you with an Indigenous perspective on the area’s flora, wildlife and volcanic formations. 
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  • Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
    Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned conservancy focused on providing habitat for native animals to live in the wild.
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  • South Australian Company Store
    In the Barossa Valley stop for lunch at the South Australian Company Store where you’ll try tempting canapés made up of fresh local produce, followed by a delicious main meal of your choice. 
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  • Seppeltsfield
    Seppeltsfield combines over 420 acres of ancient vineyard, gardens and heritage-listed architecture, in the famous Barossa Valley.
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02 Sep 2024 - 08 Sep 2024 $4,085$5,310
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21 Oct 2024 - 27 Oct 2024 $4,289$5,576
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23 Mar 2026 - 29 Mar 2026 $3,897$5,062
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13 Apr 2026 - 19 Apr 2026 $4,580$5,945
Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island Escape
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