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Explore the legendary Great Ocean Road with a rental car on an Australia vacation. This 150-mile stretch of highway has breathtaking ocean stones that tower on the shoreline (called The Apostles), wildlife, surf breaks, rainforest, village life, and waterfalls. Start your travels with two nights in Melbourne. The city has perfect Victorian architecture, celebrated cuisine, an array of spectator sports, and outdoor activities you can dive into. Experience the café culture on a locally, guided tour. Your next night is spent in Apollo Bay, at the Otway foothills—see petrified rainforests, tumbling with waterfalls.

Your fourth night is in Port Fairy, a lovely fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road, with wide streets, cozy cottages, and old stone churches. Get out and enjoy the art scene, beach, and watch for dolphins. Take an inland route south to Lorne, stopping at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve—keep your eye out for wallabies, emus, and kangaroos! Natural bliss. Your final night finds you back in Melbourne. Relax and stroll the streets of this surprising, cosmopolitan city; be prepared to relax, renew, and rejuvenate. This may be the Australia trip of your dreams.

PLAN AND BOOK

Included Unique Activities

  • Café Culture Walking Tour
Melbourne Cafe Culture Walk

Melbourne Cafe Culture Walk

Accommodations

1 Night

Superb Bay Hotel

1 Night

Beachside Delight B & B

1 Night

Beachfront Modern Hotel

1 Night

Vibrant Boutique Hotel

Transportation and Guides

    • 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

City Circle Tram Tour, Australia

Fitzroy Gardens, Australia

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia

Federation Square, Australia

Royal Botanical Gardens, Australia

Shrine of Remembrance, Australia

Eureka Tower, Australia

Split Point Lighthouse, Australia

Dining Options Included (inclusions)

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

2024

Available Dates

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $2,558 per person

2025

Available Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $2,686 per person

Your 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 INCLUDED (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

"Amazing Ireland Guided Vacation"

Lindsay S.

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Jorie, I can't thank you enough for all your help, answering all my 50 million questions and also reassuring me that Ireland would be amazing. When switching my group from Egypt to a different destination, I was so flustered and not confident in where to go, but it was so easy to sell into the group. I have to say, Ireland was not necessarily at the top of my list, but oh my gosh, it is now! You and Authentic do an AMAZING job when it comes to Ireland!

My group literally cannot stop talking about our trip and they ALL loved it. The hotels were amazing. Aghadoe and Glenlo literally took the spotlight. Our guide Seamus was phenomenal and our driver Ian was so funny. We all had such a good time! Even with the other 2 couples that were on the trip. I really can't think of one flaw or hiccup.. everything was so seamless and perfect. I think it was some long days driving for some, but ultimately I think everyone knew that it was inevitable to see all of the beauty of Ireland. The bus was so nice and it was nice that it was roomy enough for us all to spread out. Again, I can't really think of one thing that I was 'ehh..'. It was all so amazing!

Again, I can't thank you enough.

"This Guided Vacation far exceeded my wildest dreams"

Lorraine M.

Dear Jen, thank you for all your assistance and patience with our Ireland vacation. This is my lifetime dream. Elegant and fabulous tour. The best guide and bus driver. Small, lovely. This trip far exceeds my wildest dreams. Seamus is witty, well informed and an excellent guide.

"Trip to London and Scotland"

Kathie S.

Agency

My clients LOVED their trip to London and Scotland. They really enjoyed the hotels that Authentic Vacations recommended, especially the Rembrandt. Thank you!

"The entire Ireland trip was a dream"

Jennifer B.

Jackson, NJ

Ellie booked our dream vacation for a total of 15 days to Ireland. We did a self-driving tour with a car rental starting and ending in Dublin. We traveled the entire coastline staying 1 or 2 nights at each hotel. The places arranged for us got better and better each night, ending with our last night in a castle built in 1101. The entire trip was a dream. All the recommendations made to us by Ellie were spot on! I can not wait to work with her again. We plan on returning in a couple years with our adult children. I would definitely use Authentic Vacations again for any trip I plan on taking overseas.

"Great trip in Ireland & Scotland"

Tena

Ireland/Scotland trip was a great trip planned with our group and Jorie. We thoroughly enjoyed each city we visited in both countries. All our hotels were very nice but as older adults, I would advise to pack light which is hard to do if your visit is extended but we had to climb stairs in several places. My favorite thing in both countries are the people. Everyone was so friendly and inviting at hotels, restaurants and local sites. We felt completely safe and comfortable. I would agree with other travelers that driving is stressful for both driver and passengers especially in Ireland where the roads are extremely narrow with rock walls on each side. Next trip will include staying in certain cities with tours out. JerPoint Park in Ireland was a favorite of our group of 4. Authentic Vacations plans, reservations and communications were first rate.

"Wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure"

James

South Carolina

Lauren, thank you for putting together a wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure. In many unexpected ways it indeed was an adventure that we will remember forever. So sincere thanks. Despite a glitch in St Andrews your team's recovery actually made St Andrews the highpoint of our trip. Staying at Rusacks overlooking the first tee and eighteenth green of the old course was awesome. All the Hotels were first rate. Experiences - awesome The Clontarf Castle is an awesome way to the trip. Well done y'all.  Big city stays - We all felt like we could have used an extra day in the larger cities. They all had a story to tell, and we just had enough time to scratch the surface. Self-drive - while less expensive alternative, the person doing the driving misses out on a lot in transit, while the passenger's white knuckle thru the driver's learning process. Also, the roads in Scotland and Ireland are no joke.  Would recommend it is worth it to hire a private chauffer driver or go Small Guided for sure.

"Scotland Birthday Trip"

Michelle

Agency

Adina, I'm following up on my client's train/whiskey tour/ birthday trip to Scotland in October. They had a wonderful time! The whiskey tour day was their favorite, made extra special by their driver Alec who was a superstar. My client's boyfriend is a real train enthusiast. They enjoyed all the train trips, and Nick was like a child on the Jacobite train. Thanks so much for your help with this trip. You clearly know Scotland and planned a very nice route with some unique requirements. I greatly appreciate your expertise and attentive service. I look forward to working with you again in the future. An early Happy Holidays!

"Memorable Trip in Italy"

Loryl

Fort Thomas, KY

Amber, I received this email from my client Mrs. R this morning - I love being able to share these with you all :).

"Loryl, WOW! What a wonderful trip we had in Italy! Thank you for helping make this trip so memorable. We have so many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thank You!  I guess we need to start thinking about our next trip. "

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