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• Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights
• States covered: Victoria
• Flight gateway: Melbourne Airport (MEL)
• Highlights: Beautiful coastal scenery, pristine nature and wildlife encounters
• Car rental: From SGD35 per day
• Self drive package: From SGD1300 per pax for 6 nights
Depart Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge and follow the Princess Highway towards Werribee. Visit the Werribee Open Range Zoo where animals from four continents roam in open grasslands. Continue to Geelong (Victoria's second-largest city) and explore its historic waterfront, a lively area filled with restaurants and cafés, as well as colourful bollards and yachts. Call into Bellarine Peninsula and get to the wild heart of Port Phillip Bay with a South Bay Eco Adventures tour into the habitat of dolphins, seals, whales, penguins and sea birds.
Continue your journey west from Apollo Bay and walk through breathtaking wilderness, explore secluded beaches or the forest canopy via the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk in the Otway National Park. Thereafter, drive to Port Campbell National Park to witness nature's marvellous rock formations, including an amazing collection known as the Twelve Apostles - carved out of the headland by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean. Spectacular shapes in the nearby cliffs, including Loch Ard Gorge, the Arch, the Blowhole and London Bridge as well
Head to the quaint fishing township of Port Fairy from Warrnambool for morning tea. Explore the historic buildings and discover more about maritime history at Port Fairy, a busy fishing port and an early State's settled coastal village.
Dunkeld is a beautiful village on the Grampians' edge. A highlight is the Royal Mail Hotel known for its local produce driven menus. The Grampians National Park, ideal for both relaxation and adventure, is famous for spectacular scenery in Australia. Walk to cascading waterfalls or lookouts overlooking
Halls Gap nestles right in the heart of the majestic Grampians National Park with its wildflowers and waterfalls, alongside local village stores, alluring wineries and colourful galleries. Explore the park by foot and choose from an extensive network of trails criss-crossing the area. Walks starting from Halls Gap include Venus Baths, Boronia Peak and Chatauqua.
Alternatively, drive to walks such as MacKenzie Falls, Hollow Mountain and The Pinnacle, which offer a wonderful variety of vegetation and landscapes.
Leaving the Grampians, the Great Southern Touring Route heads north towards the Goldfields. Call into one of the wineries in the township of Great Western with over 150 years of winemaking history. Take a tour of the 3km of underground cellars at Seppelt.
After a relaxing breakfast in Ballarat take an easy drive to Melbourne where you can drop the car off and truly experience the city on its convenient and efficient public transport system. Starting at Federation Square opposite the iconic Flinders Street station, get a free street map from the tourist information centre.
Enjoy free wifi available in the square to touch base before hopping on the free circle line tram to roam the city. Make sure you head over to the Queen Victoria Markets for a morning coffee and pick up some local produce for lunch.