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Great Ocean Road & Beyond Trip

Experience the breathtaking coastal beauty of Australia’s Great Ocean Road, see the Great Barrier Reef, and explore iconic Sydney.

Booking Code: AA-31000

Explore Australia’s essence with our Great Ocean Road and Beyond Trip. Perfect for nature lovers, adventurers, and escapists, this journey guarantees beauty and unforgettable moments. Experience the iconic Great Ocean Road, winding among majestic cliffs and ancient rainforests, and witness the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles.

Discover the wonders of Grampians National Park, immerse in Melbourne’s vibrant city life, and make lasting memories amid Australia’s captivating scenery. Seek adventure, tranquility, or cultural enrichment on this unforgettable Australian getaway. Perfect for first-time visitors to Australia, this itinerary showcases the best of Down Under in one memorable journey!

Great Ocean Road & Beyond Trip

Great Ocean Road & Beyond Road Trip Map

Day 1: International Flight to Sydney
Days 2 – 5: Sydney
Days 5 – 9: Cairns
Days 9 – 11: Melbourne
Days 11 – 12: Apollo Bay
Days 12 – 13: Warrnambool
Day 13 – 14: Halls Gap
Days 14 – 15: Melbourne
Day 15: International Flight from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road & Beyond Road Trip Map
Great Ocean Road & Beyond Trip

What’s included in your
Great Ocean Road & Beyond Trip

Accommodation

Sydney (3 Nights), Cairns (4), Melbourne (2), Apollo Bay (1), Warnambool (1), Halls Gap (1), Melbourne (1)

Flights

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

Transfers

Shuttle – Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return)
Private – Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return)

Car Rental

4 Day Car Hire for pick-up in Melbourne City Center and drop-off at Melbourne Airport

Day Tours

Not Included

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 Sydney

The estimated cost for this package includes the average international airfare from Los Angeles. 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 will take you 2 days to get to Australia, but really, it’s just an overnight flight!

Begin an exciting journey from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia, where your adventure awaits! Flying across the International Date Line might mean losing a day, but you’ll make it up on your return flight. Before touching down in Sydney, enjoy an evening meal and wake up to a delightful breakfast onboard.

DAYS 2 – 5

Sydney – The Beginning of an Unforgettable Experience

Cute Koala

Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer from Sydney Airport to your accommodation. Relax in style as a chauffeur whisks you away to your destination.

Settle into your 4-star Sydney accommodation for three nights of comfort and convenience.

The next few days are yours to explore Sydney at your leisure! When you hit up Sydney, Bondi Beach is a must. The vibes are unreal, with the sun, sand, and surf all in one spot. Plus, there are cool cafes and shops nearby to grab some souvenirs or a tasty snack.

Another must-visit spot is the iconic Sydney Opera House. It’s like a giant, futuristic spaceship landed right in the middle of the city. You can take a guided tour, catch a show, or simply snap a few pics outside.

For a bit of nature and wildlife, head to Taronga Zoo. You can chill with kangaroos, koalas, and other unique Aussie animals. It’s like a mini safari without leaving the city. Plus, the views of the harbor from the zoo are absolutely breathtaking.

If you’re into history and culture, check out the Museum of Sydney. It’s a treasure trove of exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of the city’s past. You can learn about the Aboriginal heritage, early settlers, and how Sydney has evolved over time.

For a bit of adventure, take a climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience with panoramic views of the city and beyond. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world (literally). Just make sure you’re not afraid of heights!

To unwind and relax, spend some time at the Royal Botanic Garden. It’s a lush oasis in the heart of the city, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. The flowers, trees, and waterfront views are a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

For a taste of the local food scene, be sure to hit up the seafood markets at Pyrmont. You can feast on fresh oysters, prawns, and fish straight from the ocean. It’s a seafood lover’s dream come true, with plenty of options to satisfy your cravings.

Don’t forget to explore The Rocks, the historic district of Sydney with cobblestone streets and old-school pubs. It’s like stepping back in time to the colonial era, with a mix of modern shops and eateries. You’ll get a sense of Sydney’s rich heritage and vibrant atmosphere.

With so much to see and do, your Sydney adventure promises to be filled with unforgettable moments and endless fun!

Cute Koala
Sydney Harbor Aerial
Woman on a Sydney Opera House Tour

Photo Credit: Sydney Opera House

Great Barrier Reef Queensland

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Swimming at Crystal Cascades

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland - Andrew Watson

Great Barrier Reef Aerial

Great Barrier Reef. Photo Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Cairns Esplanade

DAYS 5 – 9

Cairns – Your Unforgettable Tropical Escape

Great Barrier Reef Queensland

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

You’ve wrapped up your unforgettable Sydney vacation, and it’s time to head to the airport. A private car transfer with a friendly chauffeur will meet you at your hotel.

Next stop, Cairns! You board a flight, soaring above Australia’s picturesque landscapes on your way to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef.

Touching down in Cairns, you’re greeted by the warm tropical air and a shuttle waiting to whisk you away to your hotel.

Nestled in the heart of Cairns, your 4-star accommodation offers a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling city. From the moment you step into the lobby, you’re greeted with warm hospitality and breathtaking views.

Now, let the adventures begin! With three full days to explore Cairns, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, trekking through the ancient rainforests, or simply strolling along the Esplanade, there’s something for everyone in this tropical paradise. And when the sun sets, the city comes alive with a vibrant nightlife that promises fun for all ages.

One of the main reasons tourists flock to Cairns is to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the biggest coral reef system on the planet and is teeming with all sorts of vibrant marine life. You can dive into the deep blue sea with scuba gear, snorkel around like a fish, hop on a boat tour, or even take a helicopter ride. Just imagine swimming among the vibrant coral gardens, hanging out with turtles, and getting up close and personal with some seriously colorful fish.

Cairns is surrounded by lush tropical rainforests, offering a unique opportunity for nature lovers to explore diverse ecosystems. One of the top attractions is the Daintree Rainforest, recognized as the oldest living rainforest in the world. Take a guided tour or drive to Cape Tribulation for a chance to see rare wildlife, picturesque waterfalls, and breathtaking viewpoints. You can also embark on the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for a panoramic view of the rainforest canopy.

DAYS 9 – 11

Melbourne – Urban Sophistication & Vibrant Charm

Flinders Street Station

Photo Credit : Tourism Victoria

As you bid farewell to the tropical paradise of Cairns, a convenient shuttle service awaits to whisk you effortlessly from your accommodation to the airport.

Board your domestic flight, leaving the lush landscapes of Cairns behind as you head towards the cultural metropolis of Melbourne. From the window seat, catch glimpses of Australia’s stunning scenery, building excitement for the adventures that await in your next destination.

Touching down in Melbourne, you’re greeted by a private car transfer ready to whisk you away to your accommodation.

Prepare to be dazzled by your 5-star Melbourne accommodation! Nestled in the heart of the city, this gem boasts unparalleled luxury and sophistication. From the moment you step through the doors, you’re enveloped in an atmosphere of refined elegance and impeccable service.

With a full day at your disposal, it’s time to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and charm of Melbourne. Whether you’re wandering through the city’s bustling markets, indulging in a spot of shopping at the chic boutiques, or sampling the culinary delights at one of the many cafes and restaurants, Melbourne offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

And with the convenience of the city’s efficient public transportation system, getting around couldn’t be easier—so go ahead, lose yourself in the magic of Melbourne!

For those seeking a taste of culture, the Melbourne Museum offers a fascinating journey through history, while the Royal Botanic Gardens provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a stroll along the Yarra River and soak in the stunning skyline views, or hop on a tram to discover the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

Indulge your taste buds at the Queen Victoria Market, where you can sample fresh produce and artisanal goods, or dine at one of Melbourne’s many award-winning restaurants. For a dose of adrenaline, head to St Kilda Beach and try your hand at windsurfing or kiteboarding, or take a hot air balloon ride over the picturesque Yarra Valley.

With each moment brimming with possibility, your Melbourne adventure promises to be an experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Flinders Street Station

Photo Credit : Tourism Victoria

Artists Lane

Photo Credit : Tourism Victoria

Melbourne Saigon Sally

Photo Credit : Visit Victoria

Apollo Bay

Photo Credit : Tourism Victoria

Apollo Bay
Port Camp Bell National Park

DAY 11 – 12

Apollo Bay – Start Your Great Ocean Road Journey

Port Camp Bell National Park

Pack your bags and hit the road! Instead of worrying about navigating public transport or arranging complicated transfers, a taxi or ride-share service will whisk you directly from your Melbourne accommodation to the rental car pick-up location. It’s all about starting your journey with ease and convenience.

Now, let’s talk about freedom. With your rental car at your disposal for the next four days, the possibilities are endless. From the bustling streets of Melbourne to the serene coastal roads, you have the flexibility to explore Australia’s stunning landscapes on your own terms. And with options like GPS navigation and insurance included, you can focus on enjoying the journey without any worries.

Get ready for a scenic drive that’s straight out of a postcard. As you leave Melbourne behind and head towards Apollo Bay, you’ll be treated to jaw-dropping views of the rugged coastline, lush greenery, and endless blue skies. Make sure to take your time, stop for photos, and maybe even indulge in some traditional Aussie snacks along the way.

After a day of driving and sightseeing, it’s time to unwind and relax. Your 4-star accommodation in Apollo Bay offers the perfect retreat, nestled in the tranquil foothills of the Otway Ranges. With amenities like free Wi-Fi, beach access, and comfortable rooms, you’ll have everything you need to rest and recharge before continuing your adventure.

Whether you’re chasing waterfalls, spotting wildlife, or simply enjoying the journey, your road trip from Melbourne to Apollo Bay promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

DAYS 12 – 13

Warrnambool – Coastal Delights from Apollo Bay

Warrnambool Coast

Photo Credit: Visit Melbourne

Get ready for another day of adventure as you hit the road from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool! Rise and shine early to catch the breathtaking sunrise in Apollo Bay before embarking on your scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road.

As you wind your way through the dense forests of Great Otway National Park, keep your eyes peeled for signs leading to the iconic Twelve Apostles. Stop and stretch your legs as you marvel at this natural wonder from the viewing platform or take a stroll down Gibson Steps for a closer look.

Your journey continues with visits to other brilliant Great Ocean Road landmarks like Loch Ard Gorge, Sentinel Rock, The Arch, and London Bridge. And when hunger strikes, make a pit stop in Port Campbell for a delicious lunch in this charming seaside village.

As the day comes to a close, make your way to Warrnambool where you’ll spend the night. This coastal town offers plenty of activities to enjoy, from horse riding along the beaches to whale watching at Logan’s Beach. And don’t miss the chance to indulge in some local delights at the award-winning Flying Horse Bar and Brewery.

Warrnambool Coast

Photo Credit: Visit Melbourne

Warrnambool Whale

Photo Credit: Visit Warrnambool

Halls Gap Kangaroos

Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Grampians

Photo Credit : Tourism Victoria

DAY 13 – 14

Halls Gap – Discover Nature’s Playground

Halls Gap Kangaroos

Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Get ready for another exciting day of exploration as you continue your self-drive adventure from Warrnambool to Halls Gap!

Leaving the coast behind, you’ll make your way into the heart of Grampians National Park. As you wind through the mountainous terrain, keep your eyes peeled for breathtaking lookouts and opportunities to spot native wildlife.

Kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and a variety of bird species call this region home, and you may just be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them in their natural habitat.

Once you arrive in Halls Gap, get ready to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Grampians. From easy walks to challenging hikes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Marvel at the ancient rock formations, take in the panoramic views from scenic lookouts, and don’t forget to keep your camera handy for those picture-perfect moments.

You’ll also have the chance to indulge in some cultural experiences at Brambuk – The National Park and Cultural Centre. Learn about the history and culture of the local Aboriginal communities, participate in guided tours, and try your hand at traditional activities like boomerang throwing and didgeridoo playing.

Don’t miss out on the top 10 must-do experiences in the Grampians National Park, including wildlife spotting, hiking to scenic peaks, exploring art galleries, and indulging in local wine tasting. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, the Grampians has something to offer for every type of traveler.

DAYS 14 – 15

Melbourne – From Historic Goldfields to Urban Luxury

Melbourne Great Ocean Road

Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Get ready to bid farewell to the charming town of Halls Gap and make your way back to the vibrant city of Melbourne!

But before you reach your final destination, why not make a stopover at Ballarat Goldfields and immerse yourself in the rich history of this historic gold rush town?

As you drive east towards Ballarat, get ready to step back in time and experience life during the 1850s gold rush at Sovereign Hill. Dress up in 19th-century attire, pan for real gold, and explore the bustling streets of this remarkable outdoor museum.

From visiting the Art Gallery of Ballarat to meeting native Australian animals at the Ballarat Wildlife Park, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this historic town.

After a day of exploration and discovery, it’s time to hit the road again and make your way back to Melbourne. As you journey back to the city, take in the picturesque scenery and reflect on the unforgettable experiences you’ve had during your self-drive adventure through Victoria.

Upon your return to Melbourne, unwind and relax in the comfort of your 5-star accommodation. Nestled in the heart of the city, this hidden gem offers impeccable service, elegant rooms, and a range of delightful amenities to ensure you have a memorable stay.

Melbourne Great Ocean Road

Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Sovereign Hill | City Art and History in Australia
Melbourne Tattersalls

Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Halls Gap Kangaroos

DAY 15

International Flight from Melbourne

Halls Gap Kangaroos
As your Great Ocean Road adventure comes to an end, board your flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles, crossing the International Dateline and arriving on the same day as your departure from Australia. Reflect on the incredible memories you’ve made and cherish the experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime!

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