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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. 

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Included Unique Activities

Melbourne Cafe Culture Walk

Melbourne Cafe Culture Walk

Accommodation

1 Night

Captain's at the Bay

1 Night

Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel

1 Night

Mantra Lorne

1 Night

Hotel Lindrum

Transportation

    • 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 2021 Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

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

TRANSPORTATION

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

DINING OPTIONS (Inclusions)

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

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Café Culture Walking Tour

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • 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

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