3 Day 2 Night Adelaide to Melbourne Great Ocean Road and Grampians
An awesome way to travel from Adelaide to Melbourne while taking in some of the most popular sights such as the Murray River, Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Mackenzie Falls, Grampians and of course the Great Ocean Road.
This awesome small group 3 day tour will make sure you see all the best spots from Adelaide to Melbourne in a short time on a budget!
- Friendly, informative tour guide
- Transport in air-conditioned mini coach
- Meals as indicated (1 dinner and 2 breakfasts)
- 2 nights in selected accommodation
*This tour operates in the reverse direction click here to check it out*
“You’ll cover a lot in 3 days on this tour making it a great option for those short on time wanting to see as much as possible while making your way from Adelaide to Melbourne.” – Liz – One Stop Adventures Travel Expert
- Get from Adelaide to Melbourne
- Visit a historic lighthouse and enjoy the breathtaking coastal views
- Get up close and personal to koalas and some amazing birdlife in the wild
- Marvel at the 12 Apostles
- Visit Loch Ard Gorge and learn the true story of the famous shipwreck
- Descend the Gibson Steps and view the Apostles from the beach
- Visit The Balconies/Jaws of Death
- Check out the views at Reed Lookout
- Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Explore Halls Gap
- Mackenzie Falls
Day 1 – Adelaide to The Grampians National Park
We’ll begin the day picking up from central Adelaide before heading east. We’ll take a break from our drive and stop to have morning tea along the mighty Murray River before continuing onto the township of Horsham for a look around.
Upon arrival into Halls Gap, we’ll head to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, the Grampians is one of the best places in Victoria to learn about Aboriginal heritage and culture and also to spot wildlife so keep an eye out for kangaroos and hopefully emus too!
After the cultural centre, we’ll head to the stunning views of Reeds Lookout and The Balconies (Jaws of Death). The rock formations of the Balconies over the spectacular valley really makes for one of the iconic photos of the day.
Mackenzie Falls is up next with an easy hike down to the falls for beautiful views and a moment to look and reflect. Last up for the day we’ll head to Boroka Lookout for views of the heart of the Grampians Ranges before retiring to our accommodation for the night to enjoy a nice dinner amongst new friends.
Highlights of the day
The Balconies (Jaws of Death) and Mackenzie Falls
Ned’s Beds or YHA
Grampians motel for ensuite accommodation
Day 2 – The Grampians to Warrnambool
Wake up to your awesome guide who’s prepared breakfast and get your fill to prepare for an unforgettable hike to the Pinnacle. Once at the top of the Pinnacle, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views over the Grampians.
After lunch, rest up on the bus as we head south towards one of the top ten drives in the world – The Great Ocean Road. We’ll stop off at Tower Hill on the way to get a look at the Volcanic Crater and spot Aussie wildlife including koalas, emus and more. We'll head into Warrnambool where we grab some dinner before we bed down for the night.
Highlights of the day
Pinnacles hike and Tower Hill
Warrnambool Beach Backpackers or similar
Day 3 – The Great Ocean Road
Enjoy some breakfast before starting the drive along this spectacular coastal drive with a visit to the Bay of Martyrs.
London Bridge is up next for some cool photos and selfies before heading to Loch Ard Gorge. This area is spectacular to behold and a favourite of many so make sure you explore it and get down to the lovely hidden beach, you’ll learn the story of the survivors of the famous shipwreck the Loch Ard by which the area is named as well.
A visit to the 12 Apostles is next, formerly known as the Sow and Piglets the Apostles are arguably one of the most iconic photos of our trip. We’ll have plenty of time to get some great photos before heading further east along the road to the Otway Rainforest.
Enjoying a walk through the cool temperate rainforest, you’ll feel dwarfed walking among the massive mountain ash trees. Breath in some of the freshest air you’ll ever come across as you check out the local flora and fauna.
We continue our drive and arrive at the surf coast where we checkout the seaside town of Apollo Bay. We stop off in Kennett River and spot birds and koalas in the wild before continuing onto Memorial Arch. The Arch is the former toll point for the great ocean road and is where you can get the iconic photo with the great ocean road sign over the road.
We continue through seaside towns Anglesea and Lorne before making the final stretch of road back to Melbourne over the West Gate Bridge arriving at between 7 and 8:00pm.
Highlights of the day
Helicopter Ride over the 12 Apostles ($155 – 10 to 15 minutes)
Who travels on these tours?
This tour is aimed at 18 – 39 year old travellers though if you’re young at heart and a keen adventurer there is no age restriction
What is the fitness level required for this tour?
Moderate – A reasonable level of fitness is required for some of the hikes in the Grampians.
What accommodation will I be staying in?
6 to 10 bed dorms in Halls Gap and Warrnambool
You can upgrade to a private room by choosing this option when booking.
*Those travelling with children will need to stay in a private room*
How much luggage can I bring on this tour
A backpack/suitcase approximately 15 to 20 kilograms that can be kept in the trailer and a bag up to 5 kilograms that can be kept with you on the bus
Departs: Wednesdays all year round/Saturdays (October - March)
What to bring:
- Enough warm and cool clothes for the duration
- Spending money
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Rain jacket
- Insect repellant
- A sense of fun and adventure!
Luggage restrictions: 20 kg max