Groovy Grape Great Ocean Road
Groovy Grape Great Ocean Road
Travel the Great Ocean Road in style with Groovy Grape tours. These guys are multi-award winning hosts, who strive to take you off the beaten path to unique locations. The 3 day tour on the Great Ocean Road is stunning, and includes 2 nights accommodation in Halls Gap, right under the Grampians. With an average review of 4.7 stars on both Facebook and Trip Adviser, you can't go wrong with these guys.
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Itinerary Melbourne to Adelaide (Same in reverse for Adelaide to Melbourne)
Day 1 We begin the ultimate road trip, cruising towards the Great Ocean Road and stop to watch surfers in action at famed beaches such as Bells Beach and Torquay (home of surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver). We also visit artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne. We’ll stop at the historical section of the Great Ocean Road that was carved through cliffs by returned World War I servicemen. We take a walk through the Great Otway National Park, home to some of the world’s oldest temperate rainforest. There’s no better place to finish the day than the famed Twelve Apostles. This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best appreciated at sunset from the boardwalk. Take the opportunity to view this spectacular sight from the skies in a helicopter (extra cost). Tonight, we sleep in dormitory style accommodation in the dormitory rooms of a backpacker’s hostel on the Great Ocean Road.
We continue along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at several extraordinary rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast, such as the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. We enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, lake, wetlands and habitat to lots of wildlife: emus, koalas, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and many types of birds.
We enter the Grampians National Park in the afternoon, where we visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about local Aboriginal history, before taking a walk (40 minutes) to MacKenzie Falls. Before sunset when the local wildlife, such as wallabies, kangaroos and kookaburras come out to play, we walk (an easy hour) to The Balconies, which provides a magnificent viewpoint and photo opportunity of the surrounding ranges and valleys. Tonight we sleep in shared wood cabin accommodation, with the mountains towering around us.
Day 3 We get up to hike a challenging 2 hours to the Pinnacle in the Grampians National Park, but it’s worth the effort for such awe inspiring views. We will enjoy lunch in the Grampians National Park before hitting the highway and arriving into Adelaide city at approximately 7pm.
Please remember …
Sometimes our itinerary must be flexible due to road and weather conditions
The hike to the Pinnacle is the most challenging walk on the tour through rough terrain, a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Parts of the Grampians National Park were affected by bushfire in January 2014, and as a result some trails are closed for repairs. Should they reopen, we will endeavour to visit them.
Every Tuesday & Friday from April to November inclusive
Tuesday, Friday & Sunday from December to March inclusive
Pickups from Melbourne City at 6:30am, Arts Centre at 7:15am and St Kilda at 7:30am
Arrives in Adelaide City at approximately 7.pm
All meals (2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 2 Dinners), 2 nights dorm accommodation & National Park Entry Fees
What to Bring:
Hat, sunscreen, gripped sole walking shoes, insect repellent, swimwear, towel, windproof/waterproof jacket and a water bottle. Otherwise, bring all the usual stuff – and, most importantly, a sense of adventure.
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Adrenalin Plus Options: Helicopter ride at the Twelve Apostles
Accommodation Upgrades: Private single, twin or double room – Subject to availability