FROM MELBOURNE G4 13 “ICONS OF VICTORIAN COAST” A JOURNEY ALONG THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD, SURF BEACHES, WINERIES AND PENGUINS – Premium, Gold & Platinum Class – 3 DAYS

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The Great Ocean Road – The Surf Coast – Lorne – Bells Beach – Torquay – Portsea – Phillip Island and Penguin Parade – Exploring The Wonderful Mornington Peninsula

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

G4 = Minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with specialist driver/guide

This tour combines three of Victoria’s most popular holiday resort destinations. It allows you to stay over night on the surf coast at Torquay, and on the next night, near Phillip Island. Travel is in a top of the range 4X4WD, minimum 4/maximum 4 clients, with your own experienced Driver/Guide. Choice of accommodation and the itinerary can be flexible to meet your own needs with inclusions. Truly a fun tour of new and exciting experiences.

Melbourne – Great Ocean Road – Apollo Bay - Torquay Day 1

Pick up from your hotel. Depart Melbourne at 8:00 am. Travel to Port Campbell via Geelong and Colac with morning tea at a local café. Visit the Apostle National Park. Many of the following attractions can be added into your own personal itinerary, these include; the beautiful collection of limestone stacks just off shore, climb down the Gibson Steps and walk along the beach. Your Driver Guide will explain the history of the area and retell some of the tales of shipwrecks along the shores.

Next travel to the Otway National Park, to walk along the Mait’s Rest boardwalk where you can see a very rare, ancient and beautiful rainforest. Lunch at the seaside town of Apollo Bay at a boutique cafe. Head to Torquay for overnight, along the way stops are made at Kennett River to wander along the pier and maybe a detour to Split Point Lighthouse.  The day will conclude with a visit to The Surf World Museum in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, celebrates the story of surfing.

The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world’s largest war memorial. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region.

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. Currently there are eight apostles left, the ninth one of the stacks collapsed dramatically in July 2005. The name remains significant and spectacular especially in the Australian tourism industry.

Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria. It is situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway, along the edge of the Barham River and on the Great Ocean Road, in the Colac Otway Shire. It is now a tourist destination, though it is smaller and quieter than other nearby places such as Lorne. It is also host to the annual Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Great Ocean Sports Festival.

In winter to spring, southern right whales come to the area mainly to breed, to give birth their calves, and to rise them in the warmer, calm waters of South Australia during their migration season. Less frequently, humpback whales can be seen off the coast.

The Surf World Museum in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, celebrates the story of surfing.

It also charts Australia’s significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. Through the colourful and exciting permanent displays and temporary exhibitions of important surfing artefacts and memorabilia, the museum commemorates Australia’s fantastic surfing heritage and rich beach culture.

An unforgettable experience, Surf World provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of Australia’s most popular pastimes. It’s a place where you can experience or relive, surfing’s sense of fun, and marvel at the changes that have taken place over the years. We look forward to welcoming you.

Meals:
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Peppers The Sands Resort – Torquay

Torquay – Philip Island Day 2

After breakfast start the second exciting day of new discoveries and experiences, heading out to watch surfers catching waves at the world famous Bells Beach. Pass through Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove before stopping for a coffee in Queenscliff and boarding the Sorrento ferry (Peninsula Searoad Transport Pty Ltd) to cross at the Heads of Port Phillip Bay – keep an eye out for seals and dolphins who find their home in the bay.  Travel through the seaside holiday towns and expressways of the Mornington Peninsula before our arrival at our accommodation near Phillip Island. Check in to your hotel and then travel on to the Island to the township of Cowes. Stroll the beachside streets and visit the Philip Island Wildlife Park and come face-to-face with koalas, kangaroos, emus, wombats, crocodiles, Tasmanian Devils and an abundance of birdlife. Do some seal spotting at Seal Rocks, check out the new marine center at the Nobbies and stroll the boardwalk to view the majestic rocky coast.  Then the highlight of the second day – the Penguin Parade. This magical procession of little penguins coming ashore is an unforgettable experience.

Bells Beach: Ride a wave at Bells Beach, located near Torquay on the southern coast of Victoria in the Great Ocean Road region. Head to Bells Beach over the Easter weekend and watch the world’s best surfers carve up the waves at the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition. High cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop to the natural amphitheatre of the beach and large swells from the Southern Ocean, which slow down and steepen over the reef-strewn shallows, create the outstanding surf.

Portsea: Glimpse the lifestyles of the rich and famous at Portsea’s millionaire mansions, toast local characters at the historic Portsea Pub and feel the sun on your back as you learn to scuba dive.

Spot Melbourne’s rich and famous around Portsea during holidays. Take the Millionaire’s Walk to Sorrento along cliff tops, through landscaped gardens and past private jetties for vantage points of their imposing mansions. Take in stunning views of the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay and the contrasting ocean beaches.Watch as surfers and iron-men battle it out in summer competitions or build your own skills on the water with a spot of sea kayaking.

Portsea’s location at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula means you can cool off at a safe bay beach and be riding the surf at the ocean beach just minutes later. Slow down after a day out in the water with an evening with friends on the green lawns of the Portsea Pub.

Phillip Island is located off Australia’s southern coast, near Melbourne, and is known for its storied motor circuit, as well as for its wildlife. At Phillip Island Nature Park, spectators gather nightly to watch the Penguin Parade, when fairy penguins make their return to burrows on the beach. The Nobbies outcropping is the viewing site for Seal Rocks, an offshore basking place for fur seals.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Silverwater Resort San Remo

Philllip Island - Mornington Peninsula - Melbourne Day 3

Today head to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, where the day can be designed to suit you. You could take the ferry from Cowes to the mainland or travel with your guide by road to Crib Point to start your day touring. Perhaps you’d like to spend the day at the Peninsula Hot Springs or visiting some of the beautiful gardens in the area such as Arthurs Seat Enchanted Maze. Maybe a wine and gourmet food tour stopping at, for example, Port Philip Estate, Lindenderry, Ten Minutes by Tractor Wine Co. or Willow Creek Winery. For the more adventurous perhaps a kite-boarding lesson, surf lesson or cruising along the bay on a stand up paddle-board.

Our basic schedule is as follows: first stop Arthurs Seat Lookout and Arthurs Seat Enchanted Maze. Now time to enjoy the wines and amazing produce of the Mornington Peninsula, stopping at one or two of the Peninsula’s top wineries, such as, Lindenderry Estate, Port Phillip Estate, Paringa Estate and Willow Creek Vineyard. Perhaps you may have other interests: stately homes and gardens, swimming and/or relaxing; a leisurely way to spend at the end of your three days of new experiences. Travel back to your Melbourne accommodation. Arrival is at approximately 6:00pm.

Highlights:

Mornington Peninsula

Drive along the coastlines with their waterfront restaurants, cafes and lavish cliff-top mansions and you could well imagine that you’ve arrived in the Mediterranean.

The Mornington Peninsula has long been a favourite destination for lazy beachside holidays that come with green hinterlands and wild ocean beaches on the side.

Cliff-top mansions, lively local markets, grand historic gardens and galleries spilling over with art and antiques create colour and life around the many seaside villages. The wineries offer 50 cellar doors, along with restaurants and cafes set in beautifully landscaped gardens and on terraces overlooking the vines.

 

Wine Growing on the Mornington Peninsula

Located south across Port Phillip Bay from Geelong the Peninsula has a reputation for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but has been developing its plantings of Pinot Gris. The area has a marginal climate that is influenced by maritime conditions across the hilly terrain. There are five “unofficial” sub districts on the Peninsula-Dromana, Main Ridge, Merricks, Moorooduc and Red Hill. The region is known for its medium bodied, dry wines and sparkling wines that show structure and complexity. The still wine versions of Chardonnay reflect a diversity of styles, all typically unoaked, from more citrus to more tropical fruit flavors.

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Nil

Prices:

Premium Class: $2420

Gold Class: $2650

Platinum Class: $2950

prices are per person, twin share minimum/maximum four

Prices valid to 31st March, 2017

Departs: Daily

you choose your departure date, year round (excluding 22nd December to 2nd January)

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel.
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited specialist driver / guide.
  • The provision of  accommodation–twin share basis.
  • Family Room accommodation if children are travelling.
  • Morning and afternoon teas.
  • The provision of breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.

Exclusions

  • Travel to/from Melbourne
  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – available on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.
  • Travel insurance

Special Notes: Travel insurance is highly recommended – please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel as listed on our website. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Refer Bookings/Travel Insurance.

Accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

Child: up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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