DAY 01: Sydney to Jervis Bay (198 km)
Leaving Sydney you will drive south along the Coast line to the beautiful Jervis Bay. Travel south of Sydney through the Royal National Park and onto the Grand Pacific Drive with spectacular coastal scenery. Travel across the impressive Sea Cliff Bridge and through rainforests and quaint coastal villages to reach Wollongong. Take the turn-off for Huskisson and Jervis Bay. Nearby Hyams Beach, is known to have the whitest sand in the world. Jervis Bay is well known for its resident dolphin population and a dolphin cruise is a must.
DAY 02: Jervis Bay to Tilba Tilba (226 km)
Today you will continue your voyage south to Tilba Tilba. For the majority of the drive you’ll have National Park views to your West, and stunning coast line views to your East. At Batemans Bay turn-off the highway and travel via Broulee. Continue south along the coast through Narooma to reach Tilba Tilba and nearby Central Tilba, which are a haven for high quality local arts and crafts.
DAY 03: Tilba Tilba to Lakes Entrance (355 km)
Following the Princes Highway you’ll drive through many towns and beautiful forests on your way to the state border of New South Wales and Victoria. You’ll drive along the amazing Sapphire Coast to the town of Merimbula where lagoon, lakes and ocean are separated by white sand, and fringed by unspoilt bushland stretching up into the mountains. Travel through Eden and explore the Ben Boyd National Park and Eden Whaling Museum before continuing further. Driving south on the Princes Highway, you will pass Cann River and Orbost, situated on the banks of the Snowy River, before travelling on to Lakes Entrance. Lakes Entrance is a unique area with rivers, lakes and lagoons joining 90 Mile Beach.
DAY 04: Lakes Entrance to Melbourne (318 km)
From Lakes Entrance travel on south to Sale, a supply and residential centre for the Bass Strait oil fields. Pass through Morwell, Moe, Warragul and Drouin as you travel along the Princes Highway to Melbourne. Take some time this afternoon to explore the hidden laneways and cafes of Melbourne’s vibrant city centre.
DAY 05: Melbourne to Apollo Bay (187 km)
On leaving Melbourne, cross the West Gate Bridge and take the Princes Highway to Geelong, the largest provincial city in Victoria. From Geelong travel to Torquay, the start of the Great Ocean Road, and recognised as the surfing capital of Australia. After Torquay follow the coast road through Anglesea to the picturesque town of Lorne. Take time to see the beautiful Erskine Falls, and then travel the scenic coastline from Lorne to Apollo Bay. This has been described as one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives in the world.
DAY 06: Apollo Bay to Warrnambool (161 km)
Continue exploring the Great Ocean Road today, travelling this morning through the Otway National Park. As the road joins the coast again, see the amazing rock formations of the Twelve Apostles, which are huge stone pillars sticking out of the surf, carved over time by the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean. Travelling on past Port Campbell you will see London Bridge – the broken arch. Continuing the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ begins, from Port Campbell and onto Warrnambool.
DAY 07: Warrnambool to Halls Gap (164 km)
Travel via Penhurst to Dunkeld, and then from Dunkeld a scenic drive will take you through the Grampians National Park and onto Halls Gap. Highlights within the Grampians include McKenzie Falls, Reids Lookout and the Balconies, and there are walks of varying length and difficulties to reach some of these points.
DAY 08: Halls Gap
Explore the spectacular scenery that is the Grampians National Park. Take one of the many walks and remember your camera.
DAY 09: Halls Gap to Mount Gambier (221 km)
From Halls Gap return to Dunkeld and travel through the towns of Hamilton, Coleraine, Casterton before reaching Mt Gambier, in South Australia where you can visit the surrounding crater lakes and the Sunken Garden.
DAY 10: Mount Gambier to Adelaide (435 km)
From Mount Gambier, travel on through the coastal ports of Robe and Kingston. As you head towards Adelaide, travelling along the Coorong National Park skirting Lake Albert and Lake Alexandria. Travel to the towns of Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge. From Murray Bridge take the freeway directly into the heart of Adelaide.
DAY 11: Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
Return your vehicle at Adelaide Airport and take the flight to Kingscote, on Kangaroo Island. On arrival collect another vehicle. Kangaroo Island is the largest island off the South Australian coast and shows nature at its wildest and most majestic in a magical combination of sun and sea, native flora and fauna. The coastline of the island changes from the attractive curved beach at Emu Bay to the rugged cliffs and roaring surf of the south. On the west are two of the island’s natural wonders; Admirals Arch, a huge arch where stalactites are silhouetted against the afternoon sun, a magnificent sight. The other is Remarkable Rocks, huge unusually shaped granite boulders.
DAY 12: Kangaroo Island
There is a never ending list of things to do and see on Kangaroo Island and today you have time to explore the natural beauty of this island and discover Australian wildlife – in the wild! Highlights include Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Caves, the “Koala Walk” and the seals at Seal Bay.
DAY 13: Kangaroo Island
More time to explore the Island before dropping the vehicle off at Kingscote Airport before the return flight to Adelaide.