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Natural Australia: Melbourne to Brisbane

Duration
14 Days
Prices:
On request

Experience Australia’s unbeatable natural beauty and wildlife. Drive the Great Ocean Road, visit Kangaroo Island then spend some time in Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest.


Go beyond ‘postcard’ Australia on this magical 2 week journey, taking in natural wonders such as The Twelve Apostles, Kangaroo Island and Fraser Island.

Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne offers world class shopping, a thriving arts scene, beautiful urban parks and endless restaurant options, which combine to seduce culture vultures, foodies, and casual visitors alike. Early arrivals can catch a ride on its famous trams, or for a uniquely Melbourne experience, book a table at the Tramcar Restaurant. Your second day includes a city tour, plus an evening tour to Phillip Island to see the world renowned ‘Little Penguin Parade’.

Collect your rental car for the journey along the Great Ocean Road. See unforgettable sights such as The Twelve Apostles, a spectacular formation of offshore limestone stacks shaped by centuries of erosion from the Southern Ocean. Continue on to the Grampians National Park, home to Victoria’s biggest collection of Koori rock art and a network of 50 walking tracks.

Cross the state border into South Australia to visit either the town of Naracoorte or Coonawarra. Then, it’s on to charming Adelaide, the centre of one of the country’s largest winemaking regions. Spend the evening at leisure in Australia’s ‘Festival City’.

Fly on to Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most diverse ecological regions. A guided walk will introduce you to the local wildlife, which includes over 260 species of birds. Other highlights include Flinders Chase National Park, the Rocky River region and a stop at Seal Bay National Park, where you’ll have the chance to walk among the island’s famous sea lions.

Two nights at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse lets you explore Australia’s largest subtropical wilderness just outside the city of Brisbane, with bird-watching and nocturnal walks included.

Staying at Kingfisher Bay Resort, discover the amazing coloured sands and shipwrecks of nearby Fraser Island on a full day 4WD coach tour, before boarding the Tilt Train for your journey back to Brisbane.

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
14 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Arrive Melbourne

Upon arrival you will transfer to your hotel. Tonight you might like to dine aboard Melbourne's Tramcar Restaurant (additional cost)

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Crown Promenade Hotel

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    Crown Promenade Hotel



    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's …

    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's most famous arts and sporting facilities. The hotel features spacious rooms with fantastic views overlooking Port Phillip Bay or the Melbourne Central Business District and Yarra River.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Touring Melbourne Area

Your city tour will take you to cathedrals, parks, gardens and historic landmarks such as Captain Cook's cottage. An afternoon and evening tour takes you to see the world renowned "Little Penguin Parade"

Day 3

Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Today you will collect your rental vehicle and make your way past Geelong and on to Torquay. This is where the Great Ocean Road begins its journey westward

Duration1 Night
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Captains at the Bay

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    Captains at the Bay



    Captain's at the Bay is a striking, contemporary getaway in the heart of Apollo Bay. The property offers comfortable accommodation, peace and quiet, privacy and great service, and the advantage of being strolling distance from the foreshore, (150 metres), beach, restaurants, Visitor Information Centre and …

    Captain's at the Bay is a striking, contemporary getaway in the heart of Apollo Bay. The property offers comfortable accommodation, peace and quiet, privacy and great service, and the advantage of being strolling distance from the foreshore, (150 metres), beach, restaurants, Visitor Information Centre and the busy shopping centre. Captain's at the Bay offers a choice of three different styles of accommodation - the Terraces, the Cottage, or the Loft, each with their own decor, style and artwork.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 4

Apollo By to Port Fairy

Continue along the Great Ocean Road. On your way to Port Fairy visit the quaint town of Koroit, where Irish immigrant farmers originally settled.

Duration1 Night
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Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel Port Fairy

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    Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel Port Fairy



    Oscars' enviable waterfront position, overlooking the marina of yachts and local fishing boats, provides the perfect haven for that needed escape or romantic getaway. The style of Oscars is French provincial, with many lounging areas and interesting pieces of furniture within the grand drawing room …

    Oscars' enviable waterfront position, overlooking the marina of yachts and local fishing boats, provides the perfect haven for that needed escape or romantic getaway. The style of Oscars is French provincial, with many lounging areas and interesting pieces of furniture within the grand drawing room and breakfast room. The inviting open fires roaring in winter, creating the perfect ambiance for reading or playing board games and the magnificent verandah overlooking the river is a must for breakfast no matter what the season. Breakfasts are a gourmet delight at Oscars cooked by the resident chef.
    Oscar's offers 1 suite and 6 individually decorated king size rooms all with stunning views. All rooms have their own generous en-suite, king size bed, television and fully stocked bar fridge.
    Port Fairy boasts a number of fantastic cafes and restaurants. A vibrant art, craft and music scene is alive in Port Fairy with many festivals. The beaches are clean, safe and stretch for miles.

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Day 5

Port Fairy to Grampians National Park

Travel to the Grampians National Park and Halls Gap. The scenic Grampians is one of Victoria's largest and most accessible National Parks. It is home to the biggest collection of Koori rock art in the state, and is well known for its wildflowers, striking rock formations, panoramic lookouts and network of 50 walking tracks.

Duration1 Night
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Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld

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    Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld



    Situated in Victoria's spectacular Southern Grampians, located just 260 kilometres from Melbourne, the Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld is fast becoming a destination for visitors wanting a quality accommodation. It is idyllically located at the base of Mount Sturgeon, at the southern entrance to the Grampians …

    Situated in Victoria's spectacular Southern Grampians, located just 260 kilometres from Melbourne, the Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld is fast becoming a destination for visitors wanting a quality accommodation. It is idyllically located at the base of Mount Sturgeon, at the southern entrance to the Grampians National Park. Royal Mail Hotel rooms range from spacious, yet simply furnished garden rooms, through to more contemporary mountain view rooms and self-contained apartments that take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 6

Halls Gap to Coonawarra

Depart Halls Gap today crossing the border to Coonawarra. The lakes and waterways are perfect for fishing and enjoying the views of the Grampians

Duration1 Night
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Carolynne's Cottages Naracoorte

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    Carolynne's Cottages Naracoorte



    Set in the heart of the Limestone Coast, two kilometres north of Naracoorte, Carolynne's Cottages are a great base to explore the premium wine districts of Coonawarra and Padthaway as well as being within easy reach of Wrattonbully, Robe and Mount Benson. The Naracoorte Caves …

    Set in the heart of the Limestone Coast, two kilometres north of Naracoorte, Carolynne's Cottages are a great base to explore the premium wine districts of Coonawarra and Padthaway as well as being within easy reach of Wrattonbully, Robe and Mount Benson. The Naracoorte Caves are just 12 kilometres away. Relax and refresh yourself in complete luxury in 3 fully self-contained luxurious 1 and 2 bedroom cottages.

    If reception is unattended on arrival, confirmed guests will find keys inside the BBQ, under the hood, located on the decking area behind the cottage.

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    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Coonawara to Adelaide

Continue travelling north to Adelaide. Drop off your vehicle and make your way to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
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Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

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    Majestic Roof Garden Hotel



    The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is the award winning flagship property of Majestic Hotels. This Adelaide hotel is only 50 metres from the ever-vibrant Rundle Street with its huge variety of bars, restaurants and eclectic shopping. Walk 5 minutes to Rundle Mall or 10 minutes …

    The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is the award winning flagship property of Majestic Hotels. This Adelaide hotel is only 50 metres from the ever-vibrant Rundle Street with its huge variety of bars, restaurants and eclectic shopping. Walk 5 minutes to Rundle Mall or 10 minutes to the Art Gallery, Adelaide University and Museum. 20 minutes will find you at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Oval, Central Markets or Adelaide Zoo.

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    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Kangaroo Island

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kangaroo Island. Visit unique Seal Bay where you'll get up close to nature as the wild Australian Sea-lions frolic and laze about on the stunning beach. Enjoy lunch in an Australian bush setting, followed by a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch in the Flinders Chase National Park

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Day 9

Adelaide to O'Reilly's Rainforest Guesthouse

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Brisbane. On arrival in Brisbane you will be met and transferred to O'Reilly's in Australia's largest subtropical rainforest.

Duration2 Days
Accommodation

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Canungra

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    O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Canungra



    With great views, delicious food, friendly staff and rainforest guides, you are sure to enjoy your stay at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. The property is located in the Lamington National Park, 2 hours by car from south of Brisbane and 1.5 hours from west of the …

    With great views, delicious food, friendly staff and rainforest guides, you are sure to enjoy your stay at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. The property is located in the Lamington National Park, 2 hours by car from south of Brisbane and 1.5 hours from west of the Gold Coast. Enjoy the jovial relaxed atmosphere of the guesthouse's favourite meeting place by having a drink at the bar and enjoying the spectacular sunsets from the veranda. The cafe offers a delicious menu of home-style meals with a wide beverage selection.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fireplace
    • Games Room
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 10

O'Reilly's

Start the day with an early morning birdwalk. Later, enjoy afternoon tea and a guided rainforest walk or 4WD program (tours may vary each day). In the evening watch an audiovisual presentation or just relax in the lounge room

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Day 11

O'Reilly's to Fraser Island

Transfer to Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island. Explore the resort, swim in the pools, go bush walking or try your luck with fishing.

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Duration2 Nights
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Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island

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    Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island



    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and …

    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and total immersion in nature. The natural diversity of this island paradise - sub-tropical rainforest, stunning dune lakes, arid dunes, fresh-water creeks and the seaside - makes it a must-see on any Australian east coast itinerary.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 12

Fraser Island

Enjoy your buffet breakfast before joining a 4WD tour to discover rainforest, crystal-clear fresh water lakes, shipwrecks and coloured sands.

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Day 13

King Fisher Bay Resort to Brisbane

Depart after breakfast, you will travel by catamaran and on the Tilt Train back to Brisbane. On arrival you will transfer to your hotel and the remainder of your day is a leisure

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Duration1 Night
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The Calile Hotel Brisbane

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    The Calile Hotel Brisbane



    Located in the city of Brisbane, with direct access to restaurants, shopping and bars, The Calile Hotel features an outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa facilities. You can complete your Brisbane experience with visits to the city's art galleries, museums and the CBD, all within …

    Located in the city of Brisbane, with direct access to restaurants, shopping and bars, The Calile Hotel features an outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa facilities. You can complete your Brisbane experience with visits to the city's art galleries, museums and the CBD, all within a short drive from the property.

    The Calile Hotel offers generous guest rooms, including city and pool view rooms. Each room is designed with the guest experience in mind, with most offering an individual balcony or terrace and all featuring Chromecast and Bluetooth sound bar, automated blackout blinds, Grown Alchemist bathroom amenities, a locally curated minibar, 55 inch UHD television and complimentary WiFi.

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    • Bar
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception
    • Wifi/Internet Access

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Day 14

Depart Brisbane

At leisure until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight

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* In January 2020 areas of Kangaroo Island were affected by bushfires and access to some areas may be limited. The Kangaroo Island portion of your itinerary may be subject to change to include visits to alternate attractions as listed in this itinerary but you will experience amazing sights, wildlife and people

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • Flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
  • Sightseeing tours as indicated
  • Hertz Group C car rental
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary.
  • Transfers.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes not listed above.
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and beverages unless specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities unless specifically indicated
  • Park fees unless stated

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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