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Welcome aboard for our exciting tour of the Great Ocean Road and the Shipwreck Coast, Warrnambool through to Mt Gambier. Today we travel south through the outskirts of Melbourne joining the Western Ring Road which leads us onto the Princess Freeway making our way to Geelong. Here we visit the fascinating National Wool Museum, an historical (1872) bluestone wool store where the story of Australias rich wool heritage is told from the sheeps back to finished product. We enjoy lunch at the cafe in the museum. After lunch we continue our 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 returned 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 Best Western 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 at Myrtle Beach, 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 then make our way to Port Campbell for our lunch break. After lunch visit the information centre and enjoy an audio visual on the past history before continuing along the shipwrecked coastline. We visit the Fallen 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 Petrobe. 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 Shipwreck.
After breakfast we say farewell to our host and travel to historic Port Fairy. Enjoy a town tour around this quaint seaside town and stroll along the main street shops. Continuing on to Portland we enjoy a guide tour of the Codrington Wind Farm arriving in Portland our lunch stop today (own expense). After lunch climb aboard the Portland Cable Tram for a commentary tour around Portland. We continue on to Bridgewater and visit the Petrified Forest and Blow Hole. We continue and travel via Nelson arriving in Mt Gambier at the Best Western Southgate Motel our home for the next 3 nights.
After our hearty breakfast we begin our Mt Gambier Discovery Day. Starting with a visit to the Lady Nelson Tourist Information centre, this includes a video and other interactive displays about the history of Mount Gambier. We continue on with a scenic drive to the rim of the Blue Lake and tour around the rim of the crater. We then descend to the former historic pumping station for a guided tour. Lunch in Mount Gambier (own expense). After lunch we travel to Coonawarra and discover the many wineries. We then return to Mount Gambier where we visit the Cave Garden Which has been part of Mt Gambiers Heritage since the early days. Visit the Umpherston Sinkhole returning to our motel with ample time to freshen up before dinner in the motel dining room.
After breakfast we travel to Millicent National Trust Museum with its historical and Maritime displays restored horse drawn vehicles, implements and machinery. We continue to Robe a former whaling station and enjoy a town tour with time to purchase lunch and some time to stroll among the shops. Continuing back to Mount Gambier making a stop at the Tantanoola Caves. One of Australias prettiest caves and fairly accessible to groups. Arriving back in Mt Gambier with some free time before dinner.
We say good bye to our host and travel north to Penola. Enjoy a visit to Mary McKillops Museum and stroll down Petticoat Lane. Continuing on we travel to Hamilton we visit the Botanical Gardens which were first planted out in 1874 and cover 4 hectares. The gardens are classified by the national trust. A visit to the Ansett museum is a must whilst in Hamilton for this is the home of the airline which commenced operation in 1938 in Hamilton by Sir Reginald Ansett. Arriving at our motel The Bandicoot Motor Inn with ample time to freshen up before dinner.
After breakfast we commence our journey homeward travelling via Ballarat where we have some time to visit the War Memorial and various attractions arriving home around 5.00pm after a wonderful tour.