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Shipwreck Coast Explorer: Self Drive

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 687

Starting and finishing in Melbourne, enjoy a self drive tour along Victoria’s southwest coast. The Great Ocean Road offers amazing scenery, unforgettable natural features and quaint towns making it a unique vacation spot.


The majestic Southern Ocean has blessed Victoria with one of the most rugged and spectacular coastlines in Australia. This 5 day self-drive adventure takes you to all the key sights, before heading inland to the Grampians and the historic gold rush town of Ballarat.

You’ll stop at the rising holiday town of Apollo Bay, right at the doorstep of Otway National Park, then continue on to Port Campbell National Park before turning inland. At the Grampians, you can enjoy stunning mountain views, invigorating walks through native forest, and some of the state’s fascinating Aboriginal heritage. In Ballarat, visit Sovereign Hill, a detailed recreation of this gold rush town as it appeared in the 1860’s. After dinner, learn more about the infamous Eureka Rebellion in a spectacular sound-and-light show. Return to Melbourne and consider taking an extra day or two to enjoy this vibrant, multicultural city.


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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 687

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Day 1

Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Arrive in Melbourne and collect your rental vehicle, drive through Geelong and on to Torquay. This is where the Great Ocean Road begins its journey westward.

Continue on to Apollo Bay with its wide crescent shaped sandy beach, rolling green Otway hills and laid back lifestyle.

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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Day 2

Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

Depart Apollo Bay and continue along the Great Ocean Road that travels through the Otway National Park.

The Great Ocean Road leaves the Otways at Princetown and hugs the rugged coast through to the Port Campbell National Park. On your way to Port Fairy visit the quaint town of Koroit, where Irish immigrant farmers originally settled. The unique fishing village of Port Fairy is one of Victoria's earliest ports and many homes and other buildings of last century have been preserved.

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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 3

Port Fairy to Dunkeld

There is much to see on the journey between Port Fairy and Cavendish. The big attraction of this area is the Grampians National Park. You'll discover stunning views, hidden valleys, waterfalls, rock outcrops, and Aboriginal Culture. Some of Australia's leading winemakers, including Great Western and Seppelts, can also be found in the Grampians Region.

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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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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
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    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
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Day 4

Dunkeld to Ballarat

This morning follow the highway to the gold mining town of Ballarat. Ballarat's major attraction is Sovereign Hill, a fascinating re-creation of a gold mining township of the 1850s. Tonight enjoy dinner and "Blood on the Southern Cross" Show.

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Duration1 Night
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Craigs Royal Hotel Ballarat

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    Craigs Royal Hotel Ballarat



    As one of the first Grand Hotels in the colony, Craig's Royal Hotel was born from the wealth of the Australian Gold Rush Era. Established in 1853, Craig's soon set the standards for unparalleled hospitality and service. Hosting poets, princes and prime ministers over its ...

    As one of the first Grand Hotels in the colony, Craig's Royal Hotel was born from the wealth of the Australian Gold Rush Era. Established in 1853, Craig's soon set the standards for unparalleled hospitality and service. Hosting poets, princes and prime ministers over its 155 year history, the hotel is a true icon of the Victorian period. The location of this hotel makes it great for either business or leisure stays.

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Day 5

Ballarat to Melbourne

You have time to further explore Ballarat before travelling southeast to Melbourne. Upon arrival in Melbourne drop off your rental vehicle.

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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Hertz Group S car hire with unlimited kilometres
  • Mandatory vehicle insurance
  • Goway's co-pilot kit of goodies (map, directions, discounts),
  • Goway Sydney toll free Australia wide assistance line,
  • Blood on the Southern Cross show
  • Meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES: 

  • Airfare and all taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated,
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • 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 will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability.  Rates for single or triple travelers are available on request – please inquire. 

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