Wines, Penguins & Great Ocean Road
SELF DRIVE TOUR
YARRA VALLEY | PHILLIP ISLAND | MORNINGTON PENINSULA | APOLLO BAY | PORT FAIRY | COONAWARRA | ADELAIDE
Vineyards, penguins and one of the world’s most spectacular drives, the Great Ocean Road, combine to create a magical journey as you experience a seascape like no other and see the Twelve Apostles rising majestically from the sea.
- Phillip Island, more than just penguins
- Wines galore in the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula
- The Twelve Apostles and windswept beaches
- Adelaide, food and wine capital of Australia
Wines, Penguins & Great Ocean Road
Day 1 - 2 : UK - Melbourne – Yarra Valley (60 miles)
Arrive into Melbourne and collect your car and make the short drive to the Yarra Valley, Victoria’s premier wine region, where you can explore quaint towns and sample wines at the cellar door.
Day 3 : Yarra Valley – Phillip Island (80 miles)
Take the pleasant drive south to Philip Island, perhaps stopping at the wildlife sanctuary, but be sure to arrive well before sunset so you see the penguins parade up the beach.
Day 4 : Phillip Island - Flinders (80 miles)
You can see Flinders from Phillip Island, but you’ll need to drive around the coast today to this delightful little town with its quaint antique shops.
Day 5 : Mornington Peninsula
A land of rolling landscapes, this is an area with a host of boutique wineries; why not follow the sign-posted route and see how many you can visit, or perhaps take a tour on horseback.
Day 6 : Flinders - Apollo Bay (140 miles)
A short drive to Sorrento to take the ferry to Queenscliff and begin your Great Ocean Road drive.
Day 7 : Apollo Bay - Free Day
The day is free for you to explore Apollo Bay, which is set on the coast with excellent surfing and swimming beaches and the Otway Ranges as a backdrop.
Day 8 : Apollo Bay - Port Fairy (118 miles)
After crossing the spectacular Otway Ranges, you’ll arrive at Port Campbell National Park. See the power of the ocean at work at the Twelve Apostles, a row of great stone pillars and the most spectacular landmark on the Victorian coastline. See the remains of London Bridge. Travel past Warrnambool, arriving at the historic fishing village of Port Fairy this afternoon.
Day 9 : Port Fairy - Free Day
The day is free to explore this former whaling port located at the estuary of the Moyne River. Port Fairy is a holiday resort bordered by both river and ocean and is home to a large fishing fleet.
Day 10 : Port Fairy - Coonawarra (140 Miles)
Travel west from Port Fairy towards the South Australian border and up the Limestone Coast to the Coonawarra wine district where there are fine vineyards to explore.
Day 11 : Coonawarra
Explore Coonawarra and the surrounding area, famous for its premium wines. Together, the landscape, people and passion work in harmony to create a signature wine region that delivers on a myriad of levels. The cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Riesling have made Coonawarra one of the New World’s greatest appellations.
Day 12 : Coonawarra - Adelaide (240 miles)
Head towards Adelaide today, travelling via Keith and Murrays Bridge and check into your hotel. Return your car by 5pm.
Day 13 : Adelaide Sightseeing
Adelaide is a captivating city, a city of churches and the food and wine capital of Australia, with sandstone homes and cottages with sweeping gardens; a young Australian city, rich in recent history yet charmingly modern. See all the sights on a tour before having time to explore on your own. Perhaps you’ll visit Trinity Church, the Adelaide Oval one of Australia’s most notable cricket grounds or the trendy shops and restaurants on O’Connell Street; maybe stroll along the garden banks of the River Torrens, or visit quirky Hutt Street.
Day 14-15 : Adelaide - UK
Today is your final day or your holiday, transfer to the airport for your onward flight back to the UK