Great Ocean Roads of Victoria and Tasmania Fly-Drive

Take in Victoria's dramatic coastal scenery and quaint seaside villages along the Great Ocean Road. Explore Tasmania's Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay and Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

Great Ocean Roads of Victoria and Tasmania Fly-Drive

Discover two of Australia’s greatest coastal drives on our 11-night fly-drive tour of Victoria and Tasmania.

Take in magnificent coastal vistas and stop at charming fishing villages along Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast and Great Ocean Road, marvel at natural wonders such as The Twelve Apostles and London Bridge, rock formations that have been carved by years of rain, wind and pounding waves. Climb the lofty peaks of Grampians National Park for panoramic views over Victoria Valley and step back in time with a visit to Sovereign Hill, a replica town from Australia’s gold rush era in Ballarat.

Discover the astounding beauty of Tasmania’s north-east with rolling green pastures and vineyards in the Coal River Valley and spectacular geological features of the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs of Maria Island. The pink granite peaks of The Hazards Range dominate to Freycinet Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty with azure bays, white sand beaches and an abundance of bird life.

Explore Freycinet National Park on a peninsula cruise, by kayak or on foot along one of the walking tracks to the sweeping white sands of Wineglass Bay. Take a glass-bottom boat cruise over the protected reefs and sponge gardens of Governor Island Marine Reserve and walk for mile along deserted white beaches at Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

uk to melbourne
    DAY 01

    UK to Melbourne


    Travel overnight from the UK to Melbourne

    arrive melbourne
      DAY 02

      Arrive Melbourne

      Melbourne

      Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your city centre hotel. Located on Flinders Street, you are easy walking distance to the Botanical Gardens and Melbourne’s shopping district. Federation Square on the banks of the Yarra River is moments away; a public space where you can dine and enjoy cultural attractions and world class events year-round. Cross the river to Southbank for more waterside dining, drinking or gaming at the Crown.

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      melbourne
        DAY 03

        Melbourne

        Melbourne

        Melbourne is one of Australia’s most multi-cultural cities, which is evident if you explore its suburbs using the extensive network of trams that trundle through the streets. Take the tram to the bohemian seaside town of St Kilda for to indulge in sweet things at Acland Street’s many cake shops. Melbourne’s city centre ‘Laneways’ are a hive of bustling bars, famed restaurants and cafes.

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        melbourne to apollo bay
          DAY 04

          Melbourne to Apollo Bay (124 miles)

          Great Ocean Road

          Collect your rental car this morning and travel south-west towards Victoria’s famed ‘Great Ocean Road’. Stop at the seaside town of Torquay, the surfing capital of Australia, where the country’s surfing classic is held at Bells Beach each year. Follow the coastline through seaside towns of Anglesea and Lorne, visit the nearby Erskine Falls before continuing the breathtaking drive to Apollo Bay.

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          apollo bay to port fairy
            DAY 05

            Apollo Bay to Port Fairy (118 miles)

            Great Ocean Road

            A spectacular day’s drive is ahead of you today, following the rugged coast and through the ferny slopes and rainforest of Cape Otway. Stop at The Twelve Apostles, a collection of magnificent rock stacks that rise out of the ocean. Continue taking time to stop and enjoy the dramatic coastal vistas. Visit Tower Hill Nature Reserve which sits in an extinct volcano and is home to emus, kangaroos and koalas.

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            port fairy to halls gap
              DAY 06

              Port Fairy to Halls Gap (99 miles)


              Spend the morning in the quaint fishing village of Port Fairy where Norfolk pines and nineteenth-century cottages line the streets. At the port watch local fishermen unload their catch of crayfish or take a cruise to the seal colony at Lady Julia Percy Island. Drive north to Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park, an area of beauty with woodland walks, waterfalls and landscapes blanketed with colourful wildflowers during spring.
              Hotel – DULC Cabins

              halls gap to ballarat
                DAY 07

                Halls Gap to Ballarat (88 miles)

                Ballarat

                Take an early morning hike to The Balconies for sweeping views of Victoria Valley. Drive to Ballarat where you step back in time at Ballarat’s replica gold rush town of Sovereign Hill. This open-air museum reenacts life during the gold rush era with its 1850s streets, shops and costumed actors. Pan for gold, tour a mine and watch the spectacular evening sound and light show, ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’.
                Hotel - Quality Inn Heritage on Lydiard

                ballarat to melbourne airport 70 miles flight to hobart
                  DAY 08

                  Ballarat to Melbourne Airport (70 miles) Flight to Hobart

                  Hobart

                  Ballarat is a pleasant city to spend time in, it has retained its heritage from the gold rush era in the form of several opulent buildings including Ballarat’s Town Hall from 1872 and Her Majesty’s Theatre from 1875. Drive to Melbourne Airport for your short flight to Hobart and the start of your Tasmania experience. Take an afternoon stroll around the city’s attractive harbour and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

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                  hobart to richmond 17 miles
                    DAY 09

                    Hobart to Richmond (17 miles)

                    Richmond

                    Enjoy a leisurely morning in Hobart before setting off to Richmond Village, showcasing Tasmania’s colonial past in the form of more than 50 beautifully restored Georgian buildings. Gain an insight into the life of a 1800s prisoner at Richmond Gaol, built in 1825 and one of Tasmania’s best-preserved convict structures. The village is set in the heart of Coal River Valley wine region so there are plenty of vineyards to visit too.
                    Hotel – Hatchers Richmond Manor

                    Richmond to Freycinet National Park
                      DAY 10

                      Richmond to Freycinet National Park (101 miles)

                      Freycinet National Park

                      Travel Tasmania’s dramatic coast to Freycinet National Park and take in its majestic beauty. For an off-beaten-track experience, take the 30-minute ferry crossing from Triabunna to Maria Island where an abundance of native wildlife roams free. Explore the wilderness on foot or hire a bike, highlights include remarkable geological features such as the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs and the beautiful beach at Reidle Bay.

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                      Freycinet National Park
                        DAY 11

                        Freycinet National Park

                        Freycinet National Park

                        Freycinet National Park’s landscape is dominated by the pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range. The park is a natural wilderness abundant with native wildlife, sweeping white sand beaches and bird-filled lagoons. You can explore the park from the water on a cruise or by kayak, or take a hike, we suggest the Wineglass Bay Lookout Trail for spectacular views of its long white sandy beach.

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                        freycinet national park to launceston
                          DAY 12

                          Freycinet National Park to Launceston (105 miles)

                          Launceston

                          Drive north to Bicheno where you can glide over spectacular sponge gardens and kelp-covered reefs at Governor Island Marine Reserve in a glass-bottomed boat. Choose to continue north to the quaint fishing village of St Helens, and the sweeping Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Stop to view the dramatic near-vertical cliffs that line the banks of the South Esk River at Cataract Gorge before arriving at Launceston.
                          Hotel – The Sebel Launceston

                            DAY 13

                            Launceston to UK


                            Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Tasmania’s second largest city, Launceston before departing on your flight back to the UK.

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