5 Day Great Ocean Road

See the natural coastal wonder of the Great Ocean Road, the Coorong wetlands, Mount Gambier and the Limestone coast, Tantanoola and Naracoorte Caves, Warrnambool and the ship wreck coast, Apollo Bay, and the Coonawarra wine region.

Day One

We depart Adelaide for Mount Gambier at approximately 9:00 am, travelling via the South Eastern Freeway, where we join the Princes Highway at Murray Bridge.

We travel along the Coorong, 'A Wetland of International Importance'. The Coorong and the adjoining Lower Murray Lakes stretch from the mouth of the Murray to north of Kingston. Less than 3 kilometres wide, it is an Inland Sea of shallow lagoons.

At Kingston South East we visit the Analemmetic Sun Dial, which is one of only eight in the world.

After lunch we visit the South Eastern towns of Robe, Beachport, Millicent and Tantanoola, where you may wish to visit the Tantanoola Caves, at your own expense.

We stay overnight at the Mount Gambier Jail, which was built in 1866 and used up until 1995. Motel accommodation is also available.

Day Two

Today we visit Little Blue Lake, Allendale East sinkhole, Dingley Dell (restored cottage housing with the personal effects of the Australian Poet Adam Lindsey Gordon), and Port Macdonnell, where we see The Petrified Forest. The Petrified Forest is said to have been created because the sea water eroded the trees that lined the coast.

After lunch we travel along the magnificent coastline to Ewin Ponds and Piccannie Ponds. Our next stop is Nelson, where, if time permits, you can enjoy a comfortable cruise on the Glenelg River, at your own expense. You will view the magnificent high limestone cliffs of the gorge, while exploring this premium waterway to the spectacular Princess Margaret Rose Cave.

In the afternoon head to Warrnambool and the region known as the Shipwreck Coast, so called for the number of ships that came to grief in the surrounding waters (more than 1,500 ships have foundered and only 500 wrecks have been discovered).

We stay at Warrnambool overnight.

Day Three

After breakfast we head to Warrnambool for an optional visit to Warrnambool's Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. This life size village reflects the atmosphere of a coastal port in the 19th Century. A walk around will allow you to enjoy the array of buildings, including the original lighthouse keepers' cottage privy, chart room/common school, two operating lighthouses, the coastal fortification, and the flagstaff from which the site derived its name.

At your own expense you may also like to enjoy a helicopter flight from the Warrnambool breakwater.

We then head toward Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road, travelling through Port Campbell, Lavers Hill, Otway National Park, and Apollo Bay. It is along this section of the Great Ocean Road that the flat coastal plains terminate in a series of vertical cliffs, caverns, archways, blowholes, and offshore rock stacks. We can see the spectacular rock formations of The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto, London Bridge, Sentinel Rock, and The Blow Hole, which is a large hole about 350 metres inland from the cliffs. Waves rush into it through a tunnel from the sea, the entrance to which can be seen from the cliffs.

At Lavers Hill we visit Tower Hill, believed to have been formed 30,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption. Violent explosions created a shallow crater 11 kilometres in circumference, which now holds a lake. A climb to the peak of Tower Hill offers spectacular views of the ocean, Warrnambool and surrounding farmland.

We visit Cape Otway Lighthouse in the Otway National Park. The lighthouse has been a valuable navigational aid since its light first operated in August 1848. The light, at a height of 91 metres, has a range of 38 kilometres in clear weather.

We stay in Apollo Bay overnight.

Day Four

There are two tour options available:

Option One

We depart Apollo Bay at approximately 9:00 am and travel to Lorne. Then we visit Erskine Falls, Henderson Falls and Won Wondah Falls. We return to Mount Gambier via the Great Ocean Road.

Option Two

We travel inland to the Great Ocean Road hinterland, a region of contrasts from lush temperate forests to massive volcanic plains, soaring cliffs and rugged mountains giving way to rolling hills with pine plantations; wide expanses of farmland around ancient landmarks from blunted caps of extinct volcanoes to floating islands and massive lakes.

You can see the mysterious floating islands in a pool at Stony Rises, which is just past Colac. Then we stop at Laura Lookout for wonderful views of the lakes district.

We stay in Mount Gambier Gaol

Day Five

We depart at approximately 9:00 am for our return to Adelaide at 6:00 pm. We travel via the Coonawarra wine region, where you can sample local wines, and visit the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage area and Bool Lagoon wetlands area.

We follow the Dukes Highway to Murray Bridge then the South Eastern Freeway to Adelaide.


Operates: On demand, approximately 9:00 am day one to 6:00 pm day five.

  • Four nights twin share accommodation,
  • Breakfast on days two, three, four and five,
  • Dinner on days one, two, three and four,
  • Morning and afternoon teas,
  • Pick up / drop off at your accommodation by arrangement.
  • All other meals, unless specified in itinerary,
  • Mobile phone calls, souvenirs, optional tours and personal items,
  • Admission to attractions, unless specified in itinerary.

* It is suggested that appropriate sickness, accident & personal liability insurance be taken out. *

TOUR CONDITIONS: "Just Cruisin" reserves the right to alter or modify itinerary if prevailing weather, road conditions, or adverse conditions require such change.

BOOKING CONDITIONS: A deposit of 20% is required to confirm your reservation. Balance is payable 21 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATIONS: Must be made 14 days prior to departure or full deposit is forfeited.

DON'T FORGET: Your camera, good walking shoes and hats. Please limit luggage to a small bag.

MOST OF ALL: Don't forget your sense of adventure!!!


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