Nothing beats a great Australian Road Trip! Come and join us in a 5 star coach touring around the iconic Great Ocean Road & Warrnambool including Frankston and Around the Bay
Welcome aboard our exciting tour of the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Today we travel south along the Hume Highway to the outskirts of Melbourne where we join the Western Ring Road that leads us onto the Princess Freeway, as we make our way to Geelong. Here we visit the fascinating National Wool Museum, an historic (1872) bluestone wool store where the story of Australia's rich wool heritage is told from sheep's back to finished fabric. Whilst at the Museum we enjoy lunch at the Black Sheep Cafe. We travel on to Anglesea and along the scenic Great Ocean Road, renowned as being the most picturesque road in Australia, see the Memorial Gate and 'The Diggers' monument, a tribute to the 3000 return soldiers who built the Great Ocean Road. We enjoy afternoon tea at Lorne before absorbing the beauty of this enchanting coast region on our way to Apollo Bay, where we settle in to the lovely Apollo International for our Overnight stay.
An exciting day and a real highlight as we make our way to the Otway Fly, a tree top walk which ascends through a magnificent stand of Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Mountain Ash. We enjoy morning tea, with time to explore the Information Centre. We continue along the Great Ocean Road, this stretch of coastline makes compulsive viewing with plenty of chances for the avid photographer to take advantage of the dramatic coastal scenery. We visit some amazing rock formations including the 'Twelve Apostles'' - huge stone pillars looming out of the surf and the famous 'Lochard Gorge'. You may wish to do an optional scenic helicopter flight over this amazing coastline. We make our way to Port Campbell for our lunch break. After lunch we visit the Information Centre and enjoy an audio visual on the past history before continuing along the shipwrecked coastline. We visit the Fallen London Bridge and Bay of Islands as we continue to Warrnambool. We settle in for the next Two Nights at the Old Maritime Motor Inn Motel.
A leisurely start as we discover Warrnambool and its combination of history and thriving progress on the shores of Lady Bay. We enjoy a town tour, taking in the panoramic views of Lady Bay and Lake Pertobe. See the Marble Marker that commemorates possible links with early Portuguese navigators, and visit the Flagstaff Maritime Museum, a unique 19th Century village and the famous Loch Ard Peacock. We visit Tower Hill, an extinct Volcanic crater restored to pre-European flora and fauna. This evening we are transported to Flagstaff Hills Lighthouse and become part of the perilous voyage from England to Australia on board the sailing Clipper Loch Ard as we experience the Sound & Light Show 'Shipwrecked'.
We farewell Warrnambol as we make our way to Colac for morning tea. Following morning tea we travel to Geelong to Delight in the spectacular Geelong Botanic Gardens. The Geelong Botanic Gardens conserves plants from around the world. Explore and stimulate the senses with the colours and scents of the amazing plant collection as you explore this renowned regional garden. Relax on the lawns in peaceful surroundings as you experience one og Geelong's best kept secrets. We then enjoy lunch in the city centre. Following lunch we visit the Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary, an Animal Hospital for injured or rescued koala's, birds, mammals and sea life, open to tourists. Then it's on to Barwon Heads for afternoon tea before arriving at our Motel Quality Hotel Bayside, Geelong for our evening meal and overnight stay.
After a hearty breakfast we enjoy a leisurely start as we make our way home. We travel to Queenscliff and board the ferry to Sorrento. Then it's onto Arthur's Seat and Board a state-of-the-art gondola and fly over the state forest to the highest point of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. We return to Frankston and visit the truly wonderful Sand Sculptures exhibition. Each year there is a different theme which makes it a 'must see' every year. We travel home at the end of a relaxing and informative tour of Great Ocean Road, including Frankston and around the Bay.