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SELF-DRIVE ITINERARY – VICTORIA

5 DAY – THE GREAT SOUTHERN TOURING ROUTE

The Great Southern Touring Route offers the very best of Victoria’s attractions

– stunning coastal and inland scenery, history and heritage all in a circular

route connecting Melbourne to 3 of Victoria’s regional cities – Geelong,

Warrnambool and Ballarat.

Highlights: • Werribee Open Range Zoo • Surfworld • Otway Fly

• 12 Apostles • Flagstaff Hill • Sovereign Hill • Eureka Centre • Ballarat

Wildlife Park • Wineries • Loch Ard Gorge • 12 Apostles Helicopters

Day 1 Melbourne to Lorne. Distance: 142kms (2 hours)

From Melbourne travel towards Geelong along the Princes Highway, stopping at

Werribee Park which features an award winning historic mansion and the Werribee

Open Range Zoo, an ‘Out of Africa’ adventure. Geelong’s new waterfront is a

popular attraction to take a break.

Then it’s on to Torquay Australia’s surfing capital with beautiful beaches, a

surfing museum, and a great shopping centre devoted to surfwear and surfing

merchandise. Torquay is the official start of the Great Ocean Road, where it begins

to wind its way through Angelsea and onto Lorne. With the ocean on one side

and rainforest behind, Lorne is a cosmopolitan beachside destination, popular for

swimming and surfing. Overnight in Lorne

We recommend to stay at Cumberland Lorne Resort (GO KOALA) situated in the

heart of cosmopolitan Lorne and located opposite the surf beach.

Day 2 Lorne to Warrnambool. Distance: 120kms (3 hours, 15 minutes)

The road hugs the coastline to Apollo Bay, providing spectacular lookout

opportunities along the way. Apollo Bay is set in the picturesque green foothills of

Otway National Park and boasts long sandy beaches and deep-blue sea. Sample

some freshly caught seafood.

The Great Ocean Road briefly leaves the coast as you head through Otway National

Park where you’ll marvel at mighty fern gullies, huge trees, beautiful waterfalls and

native animals in the lush temperate rainforest.

As the Great Ocean Road returns to the coast, the majesty of the Port Campbell

National Park quickly begins to unfold. Colossal rock stacks soar from the ocean

floor and blowholes roar with spouting water. The massive Twelve Apostles are a

highlight. More of nature’s beauty is revealed in the Bay of Islands Coastal Park

on the drive to Warrnambool. The picturesque city overlooks the deep blue of the

Southern Ocean and has a fascinating maritime history. Overnight in Warrnambool

We recommend to stay at Anchor Belle Motel (Golden Chain GOLD) situated right in

the heart of Warrnambool walking distance to an array of restaurants, shops & cafes.

Day 3 Warrnambool to Halls Gap. Distance: 170kms (2 hours, 15 minutes)

On the way to Halls Gap, visit Tower Hill to intimately observe Australian wildlife

in a dormant volcano or experience bush culture with Worn Gundidj, the local

Aboriginals. Travel a further 10 minutes along the road to the historic fishing village

of Port Fairy. Nearing the Grampians, the pristine beauty and enormity of the

ranges becomes apparent as they begin to dominate the horizon. In the Grampians

National Park, you’ll discover hidden valleys, waterfalls, lakes and wildlife.

Overnight in Halls Gap.

We recommend to stay at Halls Gap Log Cabins (Golden Chain GOLD) offering

peace & tranquility with spectacular mountain & valley views from your selfcontained

log cabin.

Day 4 Halls Gap to Ballarat. Distance: 142kms (1 hours, 45 minutes)

The touring route continues onto Ballarat and along the way you can take a selfguided

tour of the wine regions of the Pyrenees, Grampians and Ballarat and learn

the intimate secrets of some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines along the Great

Grape Touring Route. In Ararat you’ll find Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, which

re-lives the journey and story of gold prospectors from Southern China and their

discovery of Australia’s largest alluvial goldfield.

The legacy of the boom from the gold rush days is evident in the majestic

architecture and wide tree-lined streets of Ballarat. Strike gold at Sovereign Hill, the

city’s major attraction Overnight in Ballarat

We recommend to stay at Begonia City Motor Inn (Golden Chain GREEN) situated in

a quiet location just 7 mins from Ballarat CBD & Sovereign Hill.

Day 5 Ballarat to Melbourne: 115kms (1 hour, 25 minutes)

Spend the day looking around Ballarat, as it boasts a number of other great

attractions including the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, beautiful botanic gardens, the

Eureka Centre and a wildlife park. At Ballarat Wildlife Park enjoy close contact

with Australian native animals. Finally your adventure finishes with your return to

Melbourne.

We recommend to stay at Richmond Hill Hotel (golden Chain GOLD) 3 Star comfort

and style in a heritage building, just minutes from Arts & Theatre and the famous MCG.

Total distance: 689kms.

5 DAY – MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY HERITAGE DRIVE

The inland self-drive route takes you to historic towns built on the riches of

19th-century gold rushes, ports where paddle steamers dock, banks of the

beautiful Murray River and Australia’s capital city Canberra, the place where it

all started.

Highlights: • Discover a gold nugget in Bendigo • Cycle a winery trail

• Ride a historic paddle steamer • Play a round of golf beside the Murray

River • Explore regional and national museums • Visit the Australian War

Memorial • Cycle around Lake Burley Griffin

Day 1 Melbourne to Bendigo. Distance 170kms (2 hours, 30 minutes)

The freeway from Melbourne to Bendigo leads past idyllic Mount Macedon and

through Victoria’s apple region Harcourt Valley. In Bendigo, discover the city’s rich

past with a day visiting attractions. Discover gold history at Central Deborah Gold

Mine, view some of Australia’s most significant artwork at Bendigo Art Gallery or

wander through the historic streets admiring boom-time architecture. At the Golden

Dragon Museum learn about Bendigo’s rich Chinese heritage or see Australia’s

oldest working pottery at Bendigo Pottery.

We recommend Benidgo Haymarket Motor Inn (Golden Chain GOLD) Located just

500m from the city centre.

Day 2 Bendigo to Echuca-Moama. Distance 100kms (1 hour)

Head north from Bendigo along the Midland Highway towards Echuca and Moama,

towns built on the pioneering history of the riverboat travde. From the 1860s to

1900, Echuca-Moama was the hub of Australia’s riverboat trade. Board a paddle

steamer cruise and experience the magical Murray River. You will find many of the

original buildings still standing in High Street and occupied by boutique-style shops,

accommodation and restaurants.

We recommend Riverboat Lodge Motor Inn (Golden Chain GREEN) Located in the

heart of Echuca, just a short stroll to the Historic Port area, restaurants & shops.

Day 3 Echuca-Moama to Albury-Wodonga. Distance 275kms (3 hours)

The journey to Albury-Wodonga, a thriving inland city with a cosmopolitan

restaurant and café culture. Beautifully set amid rolling valleys, these two towns

truly capture the life of the Murray River. Fishing and canoeing or kayaking can

be enjoyed on the Murray and Mitta Mitta rivers and at Lake Hume. Lake Hume

is capable of holding 3,000,000 megalitres of water, approximately five times the

volume of Sydney Harbour. Water is retained nearly 40 kilometres up both river

valleys making it a wonderful area for sailing and water skiing. There is no shortage

of golfing around Albury-Wodonga either.

We recommend to stay at Commodore Motor Inn & Apartments (Golden Chain

GREEN) perfectly positioned right in the centre of Albury CBD, offering stylishly

appointed accommodation.

Day 4 Albury-Wodonga to Canberra. Distance 345kms (4 hours)

Take the Hume Highway north to Canberra. This well-planned city was established

in 1911 to create a capital for the newly federated country of Australia. Hidden

beneath Canberra’s leafy surrounds is a thriving modern city with national

attractions that hold and share the treasures of the nation. Key attractions include

National Museum of Australia, old and new Parliament House, Cockington Green,

the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian War Memorial and Questacon. Nearby

vineyards and great restaurants across Australia’s Capital City compliment the great

attractions and shopping.

We recommend to stay at Forrest Hotel & Apartments (Golden Chain GOLD)

situated in the leafy suburb of Forrest just a 5 min drive to the CBD.

Day 5 Canberra to Sydney. Distance 280kms (3 hours)

The final leg of the journey leaves Canberra and charts a course to Goulburn, with a

rich pioneer history, and through the Southern Highlands to Australia’s most famous

city, Sydney. There are also the quaint villages and towns of Moss Vale, Bowral,

Mittagong and Berrima with lots of antique and craft shops and relaxing cafes.

Kiwi’s will love Bowral’s Sir Donald Bradman Museum. The final section of the drive

along the Hume Highway takes you through the south-western suburbs of Sydney.

Optional drives from Moss Vale will reconnect you with the Sydney Melbourne

Coastal Drive where you can enter Sydney via the Grand Pacific Drive though

Wollongong and the South Coast.

We recommend to stay at Travelodge Sydney City (GO KOALA), Great location for a

Sydney City Stay.

SELF-DRIVE ITINERARY – VICTORIA

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