Itinerary Highlights
    • On a great road trip, soak up all that Australia's south coast has to offer: vibrant cities, secluded islands, abundant nature


    • Wander through Tasmania's parks, enjoy a wildlife experience on Kangaroo Island


    • Trendy Melbourne, the majesty of the Great Ocean Road, the fantastic food of the south


    • You'll have access to our additional services, including our local Concierge


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South Australia

Designed for lovers of the outdoors and protected natural environments; and those curious to experience the freedom of exploring the Australian myth by road, this journey showcases the most beautiful landscapes on Australia's south coast. Cities: First off Melbourne and its vibrant culture, then Hobart the capital at the end of the world, and then Adelaide as a gentle end to the leg; islands: secretive and wild Tasmania and the famous Kangaroo Island; and a scenic, iconic road of southern Australia: the Great Ocean Road.

With your hire car, you have the freedom to explore the wild interior of the islands and the scenic coastal roads.
This means it's a self-drive adventure, but without the logistical hassle, and with the assistance of our local Concierge service. In terms of where to stop off, we have selected a favourite of ours such as the Cradle Mountain eco-lodge in Tasmania, and recommended fine places to eat to get a flavour of the local gastronomy and wines of southern Australia.



Along the way...



Tasmania - Tasmania is a special destination; green, wild, in a setting of picturesque villages and wilderness. An island state for lovers of walking and pristine nature. Lakes, rivers, mountains and national parks cover half of the island; and to the south, at the end of the world, Hobart and its glittering bay, the starting point for international scientific missions to Antarctica.

Great Ocean Road - From Lorne to Apollo Bay, the scenic road is breathtaking. The blue hues of the sea contrast with the green terrain. Here, embrace the sea spray, hidden waterfalls in the forest and surf spots around the cliffs. Farther afield, the impressive rock formations of the Twelve Apostles rise up from the waves like a mirage.

Kangaroo Island - A 20-minute flight from Adelaide, it's one of the area's great attractions. Australia's answer to the Galapagos is, in fact, a patch of untouched and wild land protected by impressive rock formations carved away from the mainland by the battering they take from the wind and waves. The human population of around 5,000 is far outnumbered by the local wildlife such as koalas, whales, giant lizards and sea lions, and, of course, kangaroos everywhere.

Route

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DAY 1

International flight to Melbourne

Depart on an evening overnight flight, arriving in Melbourne the next day.

DAYS 2 & 3

Melbourne

Arrive in Melbourne this morning for a two-night stay in a small, private St Kilda hotel. Feel free to explore the local area your way with a morning coffee on the terrace, a shopping trip through the local art galleries, a spot of fishing on the pier, a drink at the pub or an evening stroll along the Esplanade.

Stroll through the countless alleyways, lanes and covered passageways with their host of hidden cafes, shops, artist workshops and street art. Sit on a secret terrace and watch the buzzing life of the city, set up camp on the lawn of the Royal Botanic Gardens for an outdoor cinema and soak up the bohemian atmosphere of Fitzroy and its must-see Brunswick Street and Gertrude Street. Enjoy a tour of the Ian Potter Centre or the Municipal Library and browse the small shops along Acland Street close to Luna Park.

DAY 4

Head to Tasmania

Fly to northern Tasmania. Pick up your hire car at Launceston Airport and stop for a night on the waterfront, in a lovely location with view of the city, the Tamar River and the surrounding mountains.

DAYS 5 to 7

Launceston - Cradle Mountain National Park (approximately 85 miles)

Take the road to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage wilderness that boasts primitive and untouched nature. The area is a true hiking paradise with trails for all abilities and levels of experience. Stay for two nights in an eco-lodge and enjoy its stunning wild setting and for fireside dining.

Spend an exhilarating day climbing Cradle Mountain, which towers at 5,100ft tall, passing through rocks and spectacular vistas on your way. If that seems a bit too energetic, why not photograph the mountain from Dove Lake or warm up by the fire in a chalet after an amble round Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest natural lake at 550ft.

DAY 8

Strahan - Hobart

Leave for Hobart, located on the other side of Tasmania's southern tip. The road snakes through lush vegetation, revealing waterfalls, lakes and mountains (the first 22 miles to Queenstown have more than 80 bends). See Nelson Falls on the way in the heart of the rainforest, take a short detour through Mount Field National Park to see Russell Falls and visit Lake St Clair and Lake King William. Upon arrival in Hobart, check in for your two-night stay at an elegant hotel just a stone's throw from Salamanca Place and the city centre.

DAYS 9 & 10

Hobart

You have a free day to discover Tasmania's historic capital and the country's second oldest city. If you’re here at the weekend, we’d recommend soaking up the cool hippy vibe of the Saturday morning market in Salamanca Place. Then head to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA); explore the picturesque colonial village of Battery Point, with its colourful wooden houses and ancient rose gardens; explore the Narryna Heritage Museum, the country's oldest museum of popular arts and traditions; and stroll through the waterfront markets, cafes and restaurants.

DAYS 11 & 12

Melbourne - Apollo Bay (120 miles)

This morning, pick up your hire car, then set off for Apollo Bay where you will stop for the night in a small, intimate hotel in the city centre, a short walk from the seafront. On the way, you can make pitstops in Geelong, Torquay (a mecca for surfers), Anglesea (the gateway to Great Otway National Park), or Lorne (a small coastal town and the start of the Great Ocean Road).

DAY 13

Port Fairy - Coonawarra (175 miles)

From Port Fairy, head west along the coast through Portland and Nelson. Stretch your legs along the coastal walk and blowholes around Cape Bridgewater. Spot whales and birds around Nelson, where the river meets the ocean, along the way. Continue on towards Mount Gambier and its Blue Lake nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano, then take the road to Coonawarra, a winemaking region renowned for the quality of its soils and which produces excellent red and white wines, including cabernet and sauvignon. Stay overnight in a small residence surrounded by vineyards.

DAY 14

Coonawarra - Victor Harbor

Leave the Coonawarra Valley and its endless horizon of vineyards to enter a vast wooded plain. It's a peaceful drive to the small coastal town of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula for an overnight stay in simple but comfortable accommodation, nestled on a hillside in the middle of a beautiful park.

DAYS 15 to 17

Kangaroo Island

Drive to Cape Jervis and take a ferry ride (45 minutes) with your hire car to Kangaroo Island, one of the area's major attractions. Visit local Aussie wildlife, stopping off en route to have a go at sheep shearing. Learn about the life of Hanson Bay Sanctuary's koalas and greet the sea lions at Seal Bay. Walk the white sand dunes of Little Sahara and take in the long wild beach of Vivonne Bay. Explore Remarkable Rocks and its imposing granite boulders and head towards Admiral's Arch, home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals for sightings of kangaroos, wallabies, possums and wombats.

Spend your first night staying in the wilderness, on the fringes of Flinders Chase National Park, then by the seaside in a simple yet comfortable Kingscote address.

DAYS 18 to 20

Catch your flight home.

Today it is sadly time to head home. Catch an overnight flight, which will land back in the UK the next day.

A la carte

With a few extra days





Sydney

This is one of the most iconic waterfront locations on Earth. Adorned with its sail-like opera house and bridge overlooking one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Sydney has a wealth of gems to explore, whether through its neighbourhoods including the City, The Rocks, Paddington and Newtown; or through its world-renowned beaches of Bondi and Manly; or by exploring its natural wonders such as the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley.

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The Red Centre

Drive through the scorching air in a 4x4 Take the track through the Red Centre, the spiritual heart of the country. This area plays host to some of Earth's most breathtaking natural wonders: the sunset over the reddish-brown monolith of Uluru; the mystical aura of Kata Tjuta's 36 golden rock domes; the huge dust clouds that pass over the vast expanses of red earth; and the dizzying rock formations of Kings Canyon.

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Queensland

To explore the Sunshine State, we recommend staying on a secluded island off Cairns or in the city itself, the centre of an extraordinary tropical region with a rich natural bounty found nowhere else in the world. To the east lies the Great Barrier Reef; to the north, the wilderness region of Cape Tribulation and Cape York; to the west, the Atherton Tablelands; and beyond, the Gulf Savannah and the vast expanse of the Outback.

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A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
September to June (excluding Christmas - New Year)* Budget from £5,535 to £6,965 per person. . Budgets may vary depending on airline availability. Note that we do not recommend this trip in July-August, as winter can be harsh in Tasmania and temperatures are cold on the Great Ocean Road. The average starting price for this trip is £5,980 per person.
  • International flights with a scheduled airline


  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge


  • Domestic flights


  • Overnight stays in hotels in double rooms


  • Breakfast in Cradle Mountain, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy and near Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island


  • Car hire for two lots of six days


  • Our local Concierge service


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