18 Days, 16 Nights

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Coastal Road Trip, Wildlife & Icons Package

Experience the wonders of the Great Ocean Road, encounter iconic Australian wildlife, and marvel at natural landmarks.

Booking Code: AA-31126

If you love a good road trip and want to experience the quintessential Aussie lifestyle, this 18-Day Australia itinerary is for you!

From the breathtaking vistas of the Great Ocean Road to encounters with unique wildlife and famous landmarks, this trip promises an unforgettable experience. Ideal for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and cultural explorers alike, this package offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and cultural discovery.

With a focus on the best that Australia has to offer, this vacation package ensures that you’ll create incredible memories while experiencing the diverse landscapes, wildlife, and cultural heritage of this incredible country.

Coastal Road Trip, Wildlife & Icons Package

Day 1: International Flight to Melbourne
Days 2 – 4: Melbourne
Days 4 – 5: Apollo Bay
Days 5 – 6: Mt Gambier
Days 6 – 7: Victor Harbor
Days 7 – 9: Kangaroo Island
Days 9 -11: Adelaide
Days 11 – 15: Port Douglas
Days 15 – 18: Sydney
Day 18: International Flight from Sydney

11-day Itinerary Map - Port Douglas Ayers Rock and Sydney
Coastal Road Trip, Wildlife & Icons Package

What’s included in your Coastal Road Trip, Wildlife & Icons Package

Accommodation

Melbourne (2 Nights), Apollo Bay (1), Mt Gambier (1), Victor Harbor (1), Kangaroo Island (2), Adelaide (2), Port Douglas (4), Sydney (3)

Flights

International – Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
Australian Domestic – Adelaide to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney

Transfers

Private – Melbourne Airport to Accommodation, Sydney Airport Accommodation (Return)
Shuttle – Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return)
Ferry – Rental Car and Passenger(s) from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw (Return)

Day Tours

Kangaroo Island – Island Life Tour
Port Douglas – Sail Away to the Low Isles

Rental Cars

7 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Melbourne City Location and drop-off at Adelaide Airport Location

Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees

All Taxes and
Fuel Levies

(Except where noted)

Itinerary is
flexible

And can be tailored to suit your needs

VISA ISSUANCE
REQUIRED (NOT
INCLUDED)

your itinerary details

DAY 1

International Flight, Los Angeles to Melbourne

The estimated cost for this package includes the average international airfare from Los Angeles to Melbourne. Request a quote for your preferred routing and travel dates. Your flight will cross the international date line overnight, putting you 1 day ahead in Australia. So according to a calendar it appears you will take you 2 days to get to Australia, but really, it’s just an overnight flight!

DAYS 2 – 4

City Melbourne – Luxury Accommodation & Endless Exploration!

Couple walking through Federation Square

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Get your Melbourne adventure off to a smooth start with a private ride from the airport to your hotel. Cruise in style in a luxury sedan, ensuring a hassle-free journey to your 5-star spot in the heart of the city.

For the next couple of nights, soak up the luxe vibes of your Melbourne hotel. Tucked away in a prime location, this gem of a hotel offers top-notch service and all the comforts you could ask for. From chic rooms to cool amenities like a fitness center and spa, it’s the perfect home base for your city exploration.

With plenty of free time on your hands, dive into Melbourne’s vibrant scene. Whether you’re hitting up trendy shops, checking out cultural hotspots, or sampling local eats, there’s no shortage of fun to discover. Just remember, any additional activities during your free time are at your own expense.

Don’t miss exploring the iconic laneways filled with street art or catching a live performance at one of the city’s many theaters. And for nature lovers, a stroll along the picturesque Yarra River or a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens is a must-do. So kick back, relax, and get ready for a Melbourne experience you won’t soon forget.

Couple walking through Federation Square

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Melbourne-City-Circle-Tram

Photo Credit: Victoria

Apollo Bay Beach
Apollo Bay Coastal Town Visit-Victoria

Photo Credit: Victoria

DAYS 4 – 5

Apollo Bay – Discover Tranquility, Adventure & Coastal Icons

Apollo Bay Beach

Gear up for an exhilarating self-drive journey from Melbourne to Apollo Bay along the iconic Great Ocean Road! This trip includes a 7-day car rental, ready for you to pick up in Melbourne. Get ready to be dazzled by breathtaking coastal scenery, towering forests, and landmarks like the majestic Twelve Apostles on this stunning Great Ocean Road adventure.

Drive to Apollo Bay, where you’ll find a charming coastal town bursting with energy and endless opportunities for exploration. With a full day at your disposal, the options are as vast as the ocean horizon. Dive into the refreshing waves, conquer the rugged trails of Great Otway National Park, or treat your taste buds to the finest seafood delicacies Apollo Bay has to offer.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Apollo Bay offers a perfect blend of excitement and tranquility

DAYS 5 – 6

Mount Gambier – Experience Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier on the Great Ocean Road

Mount Gambier Sink Hole

Photo Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission

Embark on a thrilling self-drive adventure from Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier, traversing scenic landscapes and coastal wonders along the way.

Drive along the Great Ocean Road, passing through picturesque towns like Warnambool and Port Fairy. Make a stop at Logan’s Beach for a chance to spot Southern Right Whales, and explore the charming fishing village of Port Fairy.

Your journey continues through Lower Glenelg National Park, offering opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and scenic picnics.

Finally, arrive in Mount Gambier for a tranquil night’s stay amidst the rustic charm of the Australian countryside. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance, explore local attractions like the Blue Lake and lush sinkholes, and indulge in modern comforts at your 4-star accommodation.

Mount Gambier Sink Hole

Photo Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission

Mt Gambier Blue Lake

Photo Credit: Ockert-le-Roux

Victor Harbour

Photo Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission

Victor Harbour Whale Watching

Photo Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission

DAYS 6 – 7

Victor Harbor – Where Coastal Charm Meets Adventure

Victor Harbour

Photo Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission

Gear up for an exhilarating road trip escapade from Mount Gambier to Victor Harbor, where every twist and turn promises a new adventure!

Kick off your journey bright and early as you hit the road along the scenic Riddoch Highway. Along the way, consider a pit stop at Naracoorte Caves National Park, where ancient fossils and fascinating wildlife await discovery amidst stunning limestone formations.

Next, navigate through Murray Bridge, a bustling city renowned for its vibrant river lifestyle. Take in the sights and sounds of the Murray River, a picturesque backdrop for water sports, leisurely strolls, and family-friendly activities. Feeling adventurous? Take a detour to the historic river port of Goolwa, where the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival and the iconic PS Oscar W paddle steamer await your exploration.

As you continue your journey towards Victor Harbor, anticipation builds for the breathtaking coastal vistas that lie ahead. Arriving in this beloved holiday destination, you’ll be greeted by the stunning granite landmark bluff and the allure of Granite Island. Don’t miss the chance to climb the Bluff summit for panoramic views that will take your breath away, or hop aboard the Clydesdale horse tram for a leisurely jaunt to Granite Island, where little penguins and scenic trails beckon.

After a day filled with exploration and excitement, unwind in comfort at your 3-star accommodation, nestled near the beach in Victor Harbor. With amenities like laundry facilities, free coffee, and wireless internet, you’ll feel right at home as you recharge for another day of coastal wonders and unforgettable experiences in this seaside paradise!

DAYS 7 – 9

Kangaroo Island – A Haven of Natural Wonders & Wildlife Encounters

Kangaroo Island Admirals Arch

Photo Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission

Get set for another leg of your self-drive adventure, this time from Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island! Cruise along scenic coastal roads, soaking in breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean and pristine beaches along the Fleurieu Peninsula.

But first, don’t miss the chance to stop at Horseshoe Bay Lookout for panoramic views of Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay coastline. And if you have time, a short detour to Goolwa Barrage offers picturesque views of the Murray Mouth and the Coorong, perfect for a scenic break.

Your journey culminates at Cape Jervis Ferry Terminal, where you’ll board a ferry bound for Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most renowned natural sanctuaries.

Upon arrival at Kangaroo Island, your hotel awaits with just 27 cozy rooms, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and privacy. Dive into the sparkling solar heated pool or venture out to explore the island’s natural wonders with the help of friendly and professional staff. From deep-sea fishing to 4WD wilderness tours, horse riding, and more, the possibilities are endless!

Then embark on the Island Life Tour, a small group expedition blending wildlife encounters, bush walks, and exquisite dining experiences. From spotting koalas snoozing overhead to mingling with Australian sea-lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park, every moment promises to be filled with wonder and excitement.

Kangaroo Island Admirals Arch

Photo Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission

Kangaroo Island See Kangaroos in the Wild

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Adelaide Aerial
Adelaide Arcade

Photo Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission

DAYS 9 – 11

Adelaide – Scenic Drives Through South Australia’s Coastal Gems

Adelaide Aerial

Photo Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission

Embark on the next leg of your self-drive adventure from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide, where scenic drives and charming stops await along the Fleurieu Peninsula. Enjoy a leisurely 2.5-hour drive through quaint towns and villages, with the possibility of spotting kangaroo mobs grazing by the roadside at dusk – just remember to drive carefully!

Along the way, consider making a pit stop at one or two of these suggested spots to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in local culture. Explore the historic Second Valley Heritage Walk, stroll along the sandy beaches of Normanville, or soak up the sun at Aldinga Beach, where cars can drive right onto the sand.

For wine enthusiasts, don’t miss the chance to visit the iconic d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale, offering panoramic views, degustation dining, and hands-on blending experiences. Advance reservations are recommended for the restaurant, where you can indulge in exquisite meals paired with fine wines.

Your 4-Star hotel awaits in Adelaide, set in the heart of the city. Experience the epitome of luxury and history in this boutique hotel, where old-world charm meets modern sophistication. Whether you’re exploring Adelaide’s cultural landmarks or simply unwinding in the elegant surroundings, your stay promises an unforgettable experience steeped in tradition and luxury.

DAYS 11 – 15

Port Douglas – Relax in Tropical Paradise

Port Douglas Coastal Road

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

After resting for 1 night in Adelaide, drive to the city airport to drop off your car rental and catch a fight to Cairns.  

 

On arrival in Cairns, hop onto a shuttle and breeze through the tropical landscape to your Port Douglas accommodation, where paradise awaits! Settle into your cozy 4-star hotel, boasting modern comforts and private balconies overlooking lush gardens and the mesmerizing Coral Sea. 

 

Your 4-night retreat is packed with thrilling activities! Dive into a full-day sailing and snorkeling escapade to the Low Isles of the Great Barrier Reef, where you’ll swim with turtles, explore coral gardens, and revel in the joy of pure sailing. Indulge in delectable teas, a lavish buffet lunch, and soak up the sun on the beach. 

 

After your reef adventure, you’ve got two whole days to explore Port Douglas! Dive into its laid-back vibes, explore galleries, shop till you drop, and savor delicious bites at Marina Mirage. Don’t miss out on breathtaking views from Saint Mary’s by the Sea and lazy days at Four Mile Beach. 

 

Port Douglas Coastal Road

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Snorkel

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Sydney Couple enjoying harbour views

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Sydney Harbour Aerial

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

DAYS 15 – 18

Sydney – The Jewel of Australia’s East Coast

Sydney Couple enjoying harbour views

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Start your day with a smooth shuttle transfer from your Port Douglas hotel to the Cairns Airport, where the anticipation for your next adventure builds with every mile! Catch a domestic flight to Sydney, where you will enjoy 3 nights

Upon touching down in Sydney, luxury awaits as a private transfer whisks you away to your 4-star urban retreat, promising a blend of comfort and contemporary style. With three leisurely days in Sydney, the city is your playground!

Explore at your own pace, whether wandering through Darling Harbour’s modern delights or catching a ferry to Taronga Park Zoo! For those seeking a deeper dive into Sydney’s cultural tapestry, optional tours like the Sydney Opera House Tour or the Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour offer immersive cultural experiences. Inject some excitement into your mornings with a scenic harbor cruise or delve into the natural splendor of the Blue Mountains on a deluxe tour.

As the sun sets on your last days in Sydney, dive into the vibrant atmosphere of The Rocks, where history and modernity converge, or elevate your evening at the chic Blu Bar 36, boasting unparalleled views of the city skyline.

DAY 18

International Flight from Sydney

Depart Sydney in a private car transfer, ensuring a stress-free journey from your accommodation to the airport for your international flight back to Los Angeles. While you may lose a day crossing the International Date Line, the memories of your Australian escapade will last a lifetime!

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