Melbourne, Scenic Coastal Drive & Sydney

Melbourne, Scenic Coastal Drive & Sydney

Experience Melbourne - its city culture and a journey along the Great Ocean Road. Jump in the car and experience the charming coastline between Melbourne and Sydney. Discover the Blue Mountains and then spend a few days in Sydney seeing the iconic sights.

Melbourne, Scenic Coastal Drive & Sydney

Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Victoria > Melbourne > Mornington Peninsula > Phillip Island 

18 Days, 15 Nights

Discover two of Australia’s largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney and experience the relaxed seaside towns, national parks and long beaches that lie between them on this Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive vacation.

Equal parts dynamic and cosmopolitan, Melbourne is today the sporting and cultural capital of Australia. Discover why Melbourne was voted the world’s most livable city seven years in a row!

Explore Melbourne’s charming laneways and opulent arcades on a small group walking tour. Uncovered tucked-away gems like specialty boutiques and local fashion designers, and savor Melbourne’s café culture with a stop for coffee or tea, a chocolate tasting, and an optional lunch at a local eatery.

Get a real taste of Melbourne on a 2-hour walking tour of the famous Queen Victoria Market. Browse the myriad stalls and mingle with the locals.

Experience this majestic coastal drive along the Great Ocean Road and fully appreciate the wonders of this world-famous touring route. Stay on the lookout for some very special animals including whales, dolphins, echidnas, and bandicoots. Stop at Apollo Bay for lunch, a tranquil seaside town which is most noteworthy for its setting among the soft rolling hills. Enjoy a walk in the forest in the Otway Ranges before visiting the ancient rock formations of the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge

Adventure awaits beyond Melbourne in regional Victoria. Collect your rental vehicle and head to Phillip Island, a short 90-minute drive from Melbourne. Discover the best Phillip Island has to offer with nature park pass. Watch in awe of nature’s true spectacles – little penguins waddling home at the Penguin Parade; spot koalas, wallabies, and birdlife in their bushland habitat at the Koala Conservation Reserve, and experience the heritage working farm, historical grounds, and gardens at Churchill Island. Learn stories of conservation, climate resilience and what lives in the deep, with the interactive and immersive experiences at the Antarctic Journey.

Continue south to Wilsons Promontory, which clings to the southern fringe of the Australian mainland. Take a walk along Squeak Beach or Whisky Bay or explore the labyrinth of walking tracks taking you to explore the furthest corners of the national park, from epic panoramic views atop Mt Oberon.  See Wilsons Promontory from a different perspective aboard a yellow ecoboats 2.5-hour cruise from Tidal River. Explore rarely seen glimpses of the magical marine national park.

Today, drive 3 hours to Bairnsdale, traveling through quaint towns and wine country along the way. Pop into Lightfoot and Sons Wines for a tasting or pop over to Raymond Island on the ferry for the koala walk.

Travel from Bairnsdale across the border to New South Wales to Merimbula, stopping along the way to take in the sights. Take a walk on the Merimbula Boardwalk or visit Potoroo Palace. Be sure to visit The Pinnacles, a short loop walks through the forest with stunning views.

A short drive north takes you to Bateman’s Bay, a great base along the Pacific Ocean to discover this coastal town. Visit Batemans Bay Heritage Museum, snorkel, swim, or stand-up paddleboard. Visit Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens or explore Mogo Wildlife Park.

The Blue Mountains is your destination after a 4.5-hour drive north from Batemans Bay. Best known for its soaring sandstone ridges blanketed in native bushland. Nestled within the wilderness lie charming mountain towns, ancient Aboriginal rock art and the iconic tourist attraction of Scenic World. An early morning guided tour is included as your rendezvous with kangaroos.

Your final destination is Sydney, where you will explore the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour and a cruise on Sydney Harbour.

Highlights

  • Melbourne
  • Great Ocean Road
  • Phillip Island
  • Wilsons Promontory
  • Bairnsdale
  • Merimbula & Batemans Bay
  • Blue Mountains
  • Sydney

Inclusions

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Melbourne, returning from Sydney
  • Melbourne private arrival transfer airport to hotel
  • 4-nights Melbourne, Vibe Hotel Melbourne including breakfast
    • Afternoon Lanes and Arcades tour
    • Full-day Great Ocean Road tour including lunch
  • 2-hour Melbourne Queen Victoria Market Tour
  • 10-days Group C Car Hire including unlimited mileage
  • 2-nights Phillip Island Phillip Island Apartments, One Bedroom Apartment
    • 4 Park Penguin Plus Pass
  • 1-night Wilsons Promontory, Prom Country Lodge, Superior Room
    • 2.5 Hour Wilsons Promontory Cruise
  • 1-night Bairnsdale, Prom Country, Superior Room, including Continental breakfast
  • 1-night Merimbula, Robyns Nest Guesthouse, Superior Room
  • 1-night Batemans Bay, Lincoln Downs Resort Batemans Bay, Superior Room
  • 2-nights Blue Mountains, Hotel Mountain Heritage Blue Mountains, Panoramic Mountain View Room including breakfast
    • Rendezvous with Wild Kangaroo Experience
  • 3-nights Sydney, Fraser Suites, One Bedroom Deluxe Suite
    • Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise
    • Tour & Dine Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney private departure transfer hotel to airport
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security Fee

 

Based on departures

Price per person from*

Based on Double Occupancy

Jun 29 - Jul 24, 2023 6399
Jul 24 - Sep 30 , 2023 6199
Oct 1 - Nov 11, 2023 5599
Nov 11 - Dec 5, 2023 5799
Dec 6 - Jan 2, 2023 Call for Pricing & Availability
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2023 5999

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All prices are from* and surcharges will apply over special events, and in some cases, weekend stays. Please call for pricing.

Group Size

Independent Vacation

Dates

October 1 - November 11, 2023

Price

From $5599 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share. Single supplements apply. Advertised price valid for departures October 1 - November 11, 2023. Other date ranges available, however seasonal surcharges apply. A weekend surcharge of US$55 each way applies to travel Thu-Sat (US$100 roundtrip) for TransPacific flights. Black-out dates may apply. Airlines frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases. Seats and rooms are limited and subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are current at time of posting (6/2/2023) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. Airfare is non-refundable once ticketed as per Qantas airfare rules. Down Under Answers terms and conditions apply to change fees and cancellations. Packages must be booked by June 30, 2023.  All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices based on availability. ETA visas are required for travel to Australia.CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531

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