Day 1: Melbourne to Great Ocean Road
Your trip starts by heading west on Highway 1 where the Weribee Open Range Zoo is waiting for you. After hanging out with some native animals, take the 30 minute drive to the beautiful Geelong Waterfront. After some lunch there's either Geelong's famous bollards or the National Wool Museum to explore. On the way to Torquay, the surf capital of Australia, call into the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre and delve into our indigenous culture.
- Werribe Open Range Zoo
- Geelong Waterfront
- National Wool Museum
- Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Australian National Surfing Museum
- Melbourne - Werribee, 44 mins, 55km
- Werribee - Geelong, 45 mins, 51 km
- Geelong - Narana Aborigianal Cultural Centre, 28 mins, 9 km
- Narana Aborigianal Cultural Centre - Torquay, 14 mins, 15 km
Day 2: Great Ocean Road
Torquay to Warrnambool
It's time to see the sights of one of the world's most famous drives. First up, the Cape Otway Lightstation where the blue of the ocean is bound to wow you. Follow the road to the Twelve Apostles where helicopter rides offer a stunning birds eye view of the coastline. If the timing is right, witness a windswept sunset at the Bay of Islands.
To swap the salty air for some rainforest magic, detour into the Great Otway National Park and explore the treetops at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Wind your way to the town of Warrnambool then be ready to transport yourself to the 1870s at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Park yourself for the night at Lady Bay Resort, Best Western Tudor Motel Inn, Best Western Olde Maritime Motor Inn, Best Western Colonial Village Motel or drive onto the picturesque town of Port Fairy and rest at the historic Merrijig Inn. Treat yourself to a choice of cuisines and cultures in Warrnambool's CBD before catching some zzzzz's.
- Cape Otway Lightstation
- Great Otway National Park
- Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
- Port Campbell
- Loch Ard Gorge
- Childers Cove
- Warrnambool Cheese & Butter
- Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
- Port Fairy
- Dine out
- Torquay - Cape Otway Lighstation, 2 hours 14 mins, 123 km
- Cape Ptway Lightstation - Otway Fly, 54 mins, 58 km
- Otway Fly - Twelve Apostles, 50 mins, 56 km
- Twelve Apostles - Bay of Islands, 27 mins, 30 km
- Bay of Islands - Warrnambool, 40 mins, 48 km
- Warrnambool - Port Fairy, 26 mins, 28km
Things to do
Try your luck at Mini Golf by the Sea. Located adjacent to the spectacular foreshore and beside Warrnambool's famous Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground.
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village has just undergone a major redevelopment, that included interactive digital installations throughout the village, a full upgrade of the ‘Shipwrecked’ Sound and Light Show Experience: the...
Harnessing the natural geothermal waters, the Deep Blue Hot Springs Warrnambool is a self-guided journey in an open-air sanctuary of enhanced geothermal bathing experiences.
Middle Island is situated near Warrnambool harbour and has long been home to a colony of Little Penguins.
From the moment you arrive at Best Western Olde Maritime, you will be captivated by the charm of this historic seaside motel.
The Best Western Colonial Village Motel offers guests a retreat from their bustling day with cottage style accommodation in Warrnambool featuring all of the comforts to ensure a stay that...
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The team at the Lady Bay Resort want you to feel welcome, at home, comfortable and ready to do exactly what it is that has brought you to the lovely...
Day 3: Warrnambool to Grampians
Trading the ocean views for the countryside, head towards Hamilton to roam through the Hamilton Gallery and sample Pinot Noir at Pierrepoint Wines. Snake your way through the Grampians to the little town of Halls Gap and experience a didgeridoo workshop or rock art tour via Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre.
The mysterious landscape of the Grampians National Park offers experiences and views like nowhere else. Walk bush trails to spot native wildlife, waterfalls and astonishing views from lofty lookouts being just some of the activities special to this place. Tonight, it's time to "glamp" Aussie outback style in a luxury tent at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park.
- Hamilton Art Gallery
- Pierrepoint Wines
- Grampians National Park
- Halls Gap
- National Park and Cultural Centre
- Walking Trails
- Luxury Glamping
- Warrnambool - Hamilton, 1 hour 15 mins, 100 km
- Hamilton - Brambuk/Halls Gap, 1 hour 10 mins, 95 km
Day 4: Grampians to Ballarat
After a refreshing night in the Grampians, tour west through some of Australia's finest vineyard-speckled wine country. Unearth cellar door mastery at Fallen Giants, Blue Pyrenees Estate, Seppelt Great Western or Mount Langi Ghiran.
At the town of Ballarat, the gold-rush era awaits you at Sovereign Hill. Pan for gold, ride a stagecoach and treat yourself to some hard-boiled treats by day. By night, witness the amazing sound and light show spectacular AURA. Keep the history going with a Royal Suite stay at Craig's Royal Hotel, Ballarat's iconic boutique hotel since 1865.
- Sovereign Hill
- AURA sound and light show
- Craig's Royal Hotel
- Grampians - Ballarat, 1 hour 45 mins, 152 km
Day 4: Grampians to Ballarat
Day 5: Ballarat to Spa Country
Make a morning vigil to Ballarat Wildlife Park to hand-feed roaming kangaroos and meet Victoria's only Komodo Dragon. Journey into a day of indulgence in spa country, stopping by Creswick Woollen Mills en route to discover fascinating wool history.
Switch into pamper mode: drink in bubbling mineral waters at Hepburn Springs, and relax into a massage or beauty treatment at Peppers Mineral Springs Spa. Let the luxury last longer: stay overnight at Daylesford's peaceful Lake House.
- Ballarat Wildlife Park
- See a Komodo Dragon
- Creswick Woollen Mills
- Spa country
- Hepburn Springs
- Peppers Mineral Springs Spa
- Lake House
- Ballarat - Creswick, 20 mins, 18 km
- Creswick - Daykesfird, 25 mins, 29 km
Day 5: Ballarat to Spa Country
Day 6: Spa Country to Melbourne
Spend the morning meandering along Daylesford's main street, exploring a wondrous collection of specialty shops, second-hand bookstores, antiques and collectables. Or, if extending your cooking skills strikes you fancy, attend a masterclass at Lake House Cooking School instead. Cruise back to Melbourne, taking in the sights of undulating bush and farmland. Conclude your trip with a stay at Best Western Airport Motel & Convention Centre.
- Lake House Cooking School
- Daylesford main street
- Antiques and collectables
- Daylesford - Melbourne, 1 hour 24 mins, 112 km