Best of the South East Tour
Experience the best of the South East in 8 amazing, adventure-packed days. Visit and experience locations such as: Great Ocean Road, Mt. Gambier, Coorong, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Barossa Valley and Mildura.
Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats and panoramic windows. Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver.
Day 1: Great Ocean Road
Depart Melbourne at 8.00am. Hold on to your seats today for one of the world's great road trips - the Great Ocean Road. You'll get plenty of photo opportunities along this gorgeous coastal road, including stops at surfing-mecca Torquay, world famous Bells Beach, a visit to the amazing Twelve Apostles, before finishing the day in the whale watching capital of Warrnambool.
Hotel: Country Comfort, Warrnambool.
Day 2: Tower Hill - Mt. Gambier
This morning visit Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill State Game Reserve. The area was a rich food source for the Koroitgundidj people whose descendants retain links with this country. Your guide will provide you with an Aboriginal perspective about flora, wildlife, volcanic formations, bush existence and medicinal practices. Then marvel at the pristine vistas before you continue along the coast through picturesque Port Fairy. Skirt the Lower Glenelg National Park crossing the South Australia border into Mt. Gambier for a city tour and stop to look at the spectacular and mysterious Blue Lake.
Hotel: Chardonnay Lodge, Coonawarra.
Day 3: Adelaide
Travel to Penola in the heart of the Coonawarra. This is where Australia's first saint Mary MacKillop founded the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1867, when she was only 25 years old. Then on through Naracoorte, en route to Adelaide. The afternoon is yours to explore the gorgeous 'City of Churches'.
Hotel: InterContinental, Adelaide.
Day 4: Victor Harbor
First up is seaside Glenelg then continue on to the picturesque coastal village of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Here you'll have some free time to explore, maybe take a walk to Granite Island and see some sensational coastal views. Next travel by ferry to Kangaroo Island for your two-night stay. Tonight have dinner at the Aurora Ozone Hotel, overlooking the spectacular Backstair Passage.
Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island.
Day 5: Kangaroo Island
Today explore Kangaroo Island! At Seal Bay take a guided tour along the beach among the Australian sea lions. Experience more great photo opportunities at the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. Also do some koala, wallaby and kangaroo spotting within the 33,000 hectare Flinders Chase National Park. You are invited by the Hannaford family to Middle River for a Shearers Feast. Relax with a predinner drink on the croquet lawn (try your hand at a spot of croquet or perhaps spot some wildlife by torchlight) then stroll to the old shearing shed, built from old sugar gum trees and corrugated iron, for a candle-lit casual dinner, prepared from local produce. A night to remember!
Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island.
Day 6: Barossa Valley
Leave Kangaroo Island, ferrying back to Cape Jervis, then off through the Adelaide Hills to the picturesque Barossa Valley - taking in some sensational panoramic views from Mengler Lookout - then it's on to the real business - a winery visit - to Chateau Yaldara for a tour and tasting! You'll also visit the Angas Park Fruit Centre then relax and watch the sunset over the vineyards at Barossa Valley Novotel Resort, what a way to end the day!
Hotel: Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Barossa Valley.
Day 7: Barossa Valley - Mildura
This morning visit Banrock Station and its Interpretive Centre where you can learn about the fascinating wetlands, followed by a tasting at the winery. Travel on to Mildura, a charming oasis by the Murray River, often referred to as the 'Mediterranean in the Outback', with its picturesque citrus groves and vineyards. Tonight you'll have the opportunity to sample the array of fresh food and wine at one of the local restaurants. Or simply relax at the hotel.
Hotel: Mercure Hotel, Mildura.
Day 8: Mildura - Melbourne
Bid farewell to your Tour Director and join a coach service to Swan Hill. At Swan Hill travel by train via Bendigo to Melbourne, arriving at approximately 5.30pm. You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2019 - 2020 season. The 2019 - 2020 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2019 to the 31st March 2020. The 2020 - 2021 season rates commence on the 1st April 2020.