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This itinerary can be completely customized to give you the exact vacation that you want.

For those looking to explore the Great Ocean Road at their own speed, look no further than our 6-night Melbourne & Great Ocean Road Self-Drive package! With overnight stays in Melbourne, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, and Lorne, this Australia vacation will bring you the best of this famous coastal driving route!

Your tour begins with two nights in Melbourne, featuring sightseeing and a cafe and coffee culture walking tour. After your time in Melbourne, begin your journey on the Great Ocean Road with the first leg bringing you to Apollo Bay. 

After Apollo Bay, head to your next overnight location - Port Fairy. Along the way, be sure to stop at world-famous Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, as well as Kennett River (where you can spot wild koalas). You will then venture back to Lorne, traversing the inland journey stopping at Tower Hill Wildlife reserve as you leave Port Fairy, where you can spot native animals in their natural habitat; and taking in parts of the Otway Harvest Trail along your journey.

On your last day, head back to Melbourne for your last overnight! With stunning landmarks and magnificent wildlife, this self-drive tour will bring you the best of the Great Ocean Road. 

Let us customize this for you!

Included Unique Activities

Melbourne Cafe Culture Walk

Melbourne Cafe Culture Walk


1 Night

Captain's at the Bay

1 Night

Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel

1 Night

Mantra Lorne

1 Night

Hotel Lindrum


    • Transfers To/From the Airport
    • Automatic Compact Car Rental for 3 Nights / 4 Days with GPS

Points of Interest

  • Federation Square
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Fitzroy Gardens
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Split Point Lighthouse
  • Kennett River
  • Cape Otway Lighthouse
  • Twelve Apostles
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • London Bridge/The Arch
  • The Grotto
  • Otway Harvest Trail

Federation Square, Australia

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia

Fitzroy Gardens, Australia

City Circle Tram Tour, Australia

Queen Victoria Market, Australia

Royal Botanical Gardens, Australia

Shrine of Remembrance, Australia

Southbank, Australia

Tour Price

Year Round

From $1,298 per person

Your Price Includes


  • 3 Nights 4 Star Melbourne City Hotel
  • 3 Nights 4 Star Unique Great Ocean Road Properties


  • Transfers To/From the Airport
  • Automatic Compact Car Rental for 3 Nights / 4 Days with GPS


  • 2 Breakfasts (Apollo Bay & Port Fairy)
  • 1 Light Café Style & Coffee Lunch (Melbourne)


  • Café Culture Walking Tour


  • Federation Square
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Fitzroy Gardens
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Eureka Tower
  • Split Point Lighthouse
  • Kennett River
  • Cape Otway Lighthouse
  • Twelve Apostles
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – need to add this Auri
  • London Bridge/The Arch
  • The Grotto
  • Otway Harvest Trail
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem, Single Cost from US$2498

"Ireland Vacation"

Nicole A

What an amazing trip! Michelle was amazing at assisting in the planning. Our hotels were amazing. The recommended itinerary suited exactly what my family and I wanted to experience on our trip to Ireland. I would definitely utilize Authentic Vacations again!

"Driving through history"



We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty!

"Christmas in Ireland"


We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !

"An epic solo road trip!"

Anthea Ong


Just want to say a big thank you to Anna Wilgenbursch for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.

"Ireland birthday trip"

Stephanie Stutz


Josi was an immense help. From the beginning with her planning based on our wishes and prompt replies we felt very confident everything was covered. And it was! beautiful locations great suggestions for sites to see we could not have been more pleased with the whole Adventure. It was so nice to have all the reservations set and the car rental covered it made the whole experience stress free. I will definitely reach out to Josie for my next vacation.

"Destination Vacation"

Peter L Pavlina


Great trip thanks to Michelle's great work!

"Ireland Vacation"

Jessica Brewer

St. Cloud

We had a FABULOUS vacation! Jacoya was great to work with. Highly recommend!

"Dream Vacation!"



Our trip to Ireland was an absolute dream! Thank you, Tam, for taking the time to create a personalized, affordable trip for us. I highly suggest using Tam at Authentic Vacations to plan your trip to Ireland! You will have the time of your life! :)

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