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  • 11 Days "Great Ocean Road Self-drive Adventure" packagefrom $2,152pp $1,299pp after Getaway Cash travel credits:

    • Return flights
    • 11 days SUV car hire
    • 10 nights Silver standard accommodation
    • Cape Otway Lightstation entry
    • Visit the Twelve Apostles
    • Dinner & show at Flagstaff Maritime Village

    Plus receive our insider's guide to experiencing all the natural wonders, history and attractions of the Great Ocean Road with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the stunning surrounds. Save up to 30% off standard retail.

    The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, one of the world's great drives
    The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, one of the world's great drives
    • The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, one of the world's great drives
    • The Twelve Apostles
      One of the highlights of this driving adventure.
    • Triplet Falls Apollo Bay
    • Loch Ard Gorge
    • Warrnambool Town
    • The Great Ocean Road is lined with spectacularly carved ocean cliffs
    • Torquay Cliffs
    • Tarndwarncoort Homestead
    • Port Campbell
    • Teddy's Lookout Lorne
    • Be ready for awe-inspiring sunsets
    • Port Campbell


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    Trip Highlights

    The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most famous touring routes and should be on everyone’s bucket list. It takes you past world-class surfing breaks, through pockets of rainforest and calm seaside towns and under koala-filled tree canopies. It shows off sheer limestone cliffs, dairy farms and heathland, and gets you up close and personal with the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean.

    Enjoy these highlights*:

    • Return flights
    • 11 days SUV car hire
    • 10 nights top-class, Silver-standard accommodation
    • Accommodation in Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell and Warrnambool
    • Plenty of time to discover the highlights of the great ocean road including: Bells Beach, Anglesea, Erskine Falls, Wye River, Otway national park, Otway Lightstation, the Twelve Apostles, Flagstaff Maritime Village and Port Fairy
    • 25 min Helicopter tour of the Twelve Apostles and surrounding area
    • Entry to the Cape Otway Light Station with history and bush tucker talks
    • 2 course dinner and show at the Flagstaff Maritime Village

    * Two packages are available. Silver star package highlights shown. See Inclusions for details of Bronze star package option.

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    In the style of most Global Escapes Independent Traveler itineraries, this is a perfect blend of self-guided adventure and forward-planning to ensure that the main elements are organised in advance allowing for plenty of time to relax and take in each place you visit.

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    "Travel past world-class surfing breaks, through pockets of rainforest and calm seaside towns, and under koala-filled tree canopies. Past sheer limestone cliffs, dairy farms and heathland, up close and personal with the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean."

    The Great Ocean Road Drive is a magical experience, with inland ventures, delivering an amazing array of experiences, with pretty countryside and cafes with fresh local produce, galleries, crafts and heritage. You'll drive above the ocean, alongside tall cliffs and famous towering rock stacks in raging surf as well as tranquil beaches, beautiful remote bays, famous surfing beaches, friendly, welcoming towns, extinct volcanos and crater lakes and thick forests alive with flora and fauna.

    This is a first-class travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Here is a brief look at the start of your Great Ocean Road adventure...

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    Package inclusions:

    Bronze Star package:

    • Return flights to/from Melbourne
    • 11-day hire car (Holden Trax SUV or similar)
    • 10 nights' Bronze standard accommodation along the Great Ocean Road
    • Plenty of time to explore in each location
    • Otway Lightstation entry with history and bush tucker talks
    • 2 course dinner and show at the Flagstaff Maritime Village

    Silver Star package:

    • Return flights to/from Melbourne
    • 11-day hire car (Toyota RAV4 SUV or similar)
    • 10 nights' Silver standard accommodation along the Great Ocean Road
    • 8 breakfasts per person
    • Plenty of time to explore in each location
    • 25 min Helicopter tour of the Twelve Apostles and surrounding area
    • Otway Lightstation entry with history and bush tucker talks
    • 2 course dinner and show at the Flagstaff Maritime Village

    All packages include:

    • Lonely Planet guide for Melbourne & Victoria
    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Option for best-in-class travel insurance at member price

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    Fully customisable:

    This itinerary is fully customisable to suit your requirements. Your personal travel consultant is available to discuss changes and additions that will enhance your travel experience.

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    You will receive this guide to help you gain the most out of your holiday. Recommendation: Take the time to read suggestions for things to see and do before you leave home. Take your Lonely Planet guide with you in your luggage.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. A flight cost provision (allowance) applies. Total price after Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Flight pricing included in packages or other estimates is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. Travel insurance pricing if stated is based on two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. Surcharge applies for travellers aged 70 years and over. Valid for 2019 and 2020 travel. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view. (Visit our website and go to the "Bookings" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

    Start your Great Ocean Road adventure with Australian Escapes! It’s a road that hugs the ocean, twisting and turning along the coast delivering you exceptional views of the water as you drive. It’s home to multiple national parks with hiking trails and beautiful natural scenery plus a range of history that can be seen through the layers of rock formations and what is known today as “The Shipwreck Coast.”

    No need to rush! This itinerary will allow you to really experience the Great Ocean Road as you make your way from Torquay to Warrnambool with 2 nights in each selected location allowing you enough time to relax, unwind and explore everything this amazing region has to offer.

    "Travel is only glamorous in retrospect" � Paul Theroux


    After arriving into Melbourne airport, you can collect your hire car and start your adventure with a 1h 20m drive to Torquay.

    The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, one of the world's great drives

    Once settled into your accommodation, you might like to visit the surf beaches such as Bells Beach and Jan Juc Beach. Alternatively, head into town to visit the Australian National Surfing Museum or consult your Lonely Planet Guide to find other local attractions and a nearby restaurant for dinner.


    You'll have a full day to explore Torquay and its stunning surrounds. It has some lovely beaches, plus a growing number of hip cafes and restaurants, and one of Victoria's more innovative breweries, the Blackmans’ Brewery and restaurant located just 500 metres from the beach.

    Torquay Cliffs

    If you're an early riser then we recommend you get down to Point Danger for an exceptional sunrise over the ocean followed by a walk along the Surf Coast walking trails. There is no shortage of walks with 44kms of trails that start at Point Impossible Beach and head southwest via Point Danger Marine Sanctuary, with its limestone reef and sea slugs.


    Today you will make your way to Lorne, just 45 minutes west of Torquay on the Great Ocean Road. Stop off at Anglesea on your way. This quaint surf town is the perfect spot to stop for lunch and take a moment to gaze at the remarkable golden cliff faces lining the picturesque white beaches. You can also take a further stroll along the Surf Coast Walking trails.

    Teddy's Lookout Lorne

    Lorne is one of the Great Ocean Road's original resort towns. While it has changed a lot over the years it retains all the charms that have lured visitors here since the 19th century. Beyond its main strip it has an incredible natural beauty: tall old gum trees line its hilly streets, and Loutit Bay gleams irresistibly. It backs onto the lovely eucalyptus forest, fern gullies and waterfalls.

    Once settled in, we recommend that you head to town for dinner overlooking the Great Ocean Road and Lorne’s famous surf beach. On the way stop off at Teddy's Lookout to take in a spectular sunset over Lorne.

    DAY 4: LORNE

    Today is yours to explore Lorne and the surrounding area. There are several local attractions that we recommend visiting including: Qdos art gallery, Gosling Creek Winery, Pennyroyal Raspberry farm, the must-see Erskine Falls and Tarndwarncoort Homestead with its art gallery and wool store.

    Tarndwarncoort Homestead

    Consult your Lonely Planet Guide for more information on each of these attractions and more.


    Today you will drive from Lorne to Apollo Bay. You can choose the direct route 1h 5m and continue along the Great Ocean Road or if you feel like venturing off the beaten track, you can make your way north west to visit Beech Forest.

    Triplet Falls Apollo Bay

    Explore the picturesque forests, farmland and abundant wildlife. While you are up that way, why not visit some of the local waterfalls. Triplet Falls & Little Aire Falls are approx. 4 km west while Beauchamp Falls & Hopetoun Falls are approx. 7km south east of Beech Forest. If you feel like even more adventure, visit Otway fly for treetop walks and or a zip line experience before continuing on to Apollo Bay.


    Apollo Bay is one of the larger towns along the Great Ocean Road. It has a tight-knit community of fisherfolk, artists, musicians and sea changers. Rolling hills provide a postcard backdrop to the town, while broad, white-sand beaches dominate the foreground. It’s an ideal base for exploring magical Cape Otway and the adjoining national park.

    Be ready for awe-inspiring sunsets

    Head up to Marriners lookout for breathtaking views of the town and if you happen to be in Apollo Bay on Saturday, visit the community markets on the foreshore. There are also some lovely restaurants and several lively pubs. Consult your lonely planet guide for more information.


    Today you will drive to Port Campbell via the stunning Cape Otway National Park and Lightstation. The Lightstation is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia. General entry will be pre-booked for you with included history and bush tucker talks. Stroll out to the lighthouse itself for magnificent views of the coast where you can also spot whales during winter and spring.

    Port Campbell

    A passenger can watch out for Koalas as you drive through the stunning eucalypt forests. Stop and  before venturing past the Twelve Apostles on your way to Port Campbell. You will be back tomorrow to explore the apostles some more.


    Port Campbell is a friendly town with some nice little eateries and drinking spots, which makes an ideal base for visiting the Twelve Apostles. Its pretty bay has a lovely sandy beach and is one of the few safe places for swimming along this tempestuous stretch of coast. See your Lonely Planet Guide for restaurant recommendations and local walking tracks.

    The Twelve Apostles

    Drive just 10-minutes back down the Great Ocean Road and prepare to be amazed as you take a scenic flight over the natural wonders. Marvel at the diversity of one of Australia's most visited coastlines while hearing about the history from the experienced piolets. As sandstone cliffs give way to limestone, you will be able to contrast the towering Twelve Apostles to the intricate Bay of Islands, a cluster of smaller stacks that appear to float in the ocean. Other sights include Peterborough, The Grotto and The Bay of Martyrs. Arrive early or stay later and take a short walk out to view the Twelve Apostles from land.

    Scenic helicopter flight included in Silver star package only. Surcharge applies for Bronze star package.


    Today you will drive approx. 1hr from Port Campbell to Warrnambool. Before you leave, we recommend that you check your Lonely Planet Guide to make sure you have seen all that Port Campbell has to offer.

    Warrnambool Town

    Warrnambool is a quaint city, with heritage buildings, beaches, gardens, tree-lined streets, some great art galleries and historical sights but it’s the whale watching that it’s famous for. Spend the afternoon exploring the city and consult your Lonely Planet Guide once again for great restaurants and local attractions.


    Today we depart Warrnambool and take the direct route to Melbourne airport approx. 3h 30m. We recommend that you allow plenty of time for the drive and to return your hire car for a smooth departure after a memorable holiday.

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