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Please note: We don't include the car in the prices as there are so many choices. You can either book your own car or we'd be pleased to do it for you.

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MELBOURNE TO MELBOURNE VIEW

Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians
3 days
Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park and Goldfields

Melbourne to Melbourne
7 days
Lakelands, Snowy Mountains, Victoria High Country, Goldfields, Grampians and Great Ocean Road

MELBOURNE TO ADELAIDE VIEW

Melbourne to Adelaide
5 days
Great Ocean Road, Grampians and two cities to explore

MELBOURNE TO BRISBANE VIEW

Melbourne to Brisbane
14 days
Best driving road in the world, combine with spectacular coastal scenery and highland highlights

MELBOURNE TO CAIRNS VIEW

Melbourne to Cairns
28 days
The Great Ocean Road combined with the best driving on the east coast

MELBOURNE TO DARWIN VIEW

Melbourne to Darwin
21 days
Fantastic driving, real 'outback', Uluru and the Northern Territory. A true Australian adventure!

MELBOURNE TO PERTH VIEW

Melbourne to Perth
19 days
This amazing journey covers almost 5,000 kms of some of the most varied and impressive scenery in Australia

MELBOURNE TO SYDNEYVIEW

Melbourne to Sydney
7 days
Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park, Victoria High Country, Snowy Mountains & NSW southern coast
Melbourne to Cairns
Melbourne to Cairns

Combine one of the best roads in the world with the spectacular Grampians National Park, throw in the best driving on the east coast and you have an experience every driver should have at least once in their life!

28 day tour - 6400km

AU$ 4,824 BOOK NOW

Includes: 27 nights accommodation plus:
7 days in local areas - The Grampians National Park, Snowy Mountains, Sydney, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, Whitsundays and The Great Barrier Reef

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This has to be the ultimate Australian tour. It has one of the best ocean drives in the world, genuinely alpine mountains and scenery, the Sydney Opera House, the most famous Australian vineyards, superb high country on the Great Dividing Range, some of the best beaches on earth, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and walking through the oldest rainforest on the Simply put, this 6,400km tour is spectacular...

Point Lookout with stunning views across New England National Park The Great Ocean Road - Famous as one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world, words can't describe the wonderful scenery on this 280km stretch of road leading to Melbourne. There are stunning ocean views on one side and the Otway Ranges on the other with their temperate rainforest and eucalypts with koalas. It is a superb road and one that every driver should travel at least once in their life!

Grampians National Park - after driving through the Victorian Goldfields with their old fashioned towns, bakeries and coffee shops you'll find yourself in the lovely Grampians National Park. This area of granite highlands is jam packed with wildlife, waterfalls and superb lookouts . On really clear days you can even see the Great Ocean Road 170kms away! You'll have a day here to relax, explore the local area and perhaps take a walk or two through the peacefeul scenery.

Victoria Highlands - continuing from the Snowy Mountains in NSW, Victoria has its own share of beautiful scenery and winding roads.

Snowy Mountains - Huge alpine scenery in Australia? Most people don't realise that Australia has more ski runs than Switzerland! Drive fantastic twisting roads with breathtaking scenery past the towns of the snowflieds.

Sydney's Harbour Bridge at nightNSW Southern Coast - superb beaches, great scenery and lovely coastal towns can all be found along this route. Your first night stop is at Batemans Bay

Sydney - The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, ferry boats to Manly... it's one of the most scenic and interesting cities in the world. A great place to start any tour with so much to see and great public transport.

Blue Mountains - incredible scenery with huge waterfalls, the second largest canyon on earth, cable car rides and lovely walks. See the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and a host of other scenic lookouts before driving a circular route back around the mountains. Stay at a lovely B&B with friendly hosts and incredible views over the Hawkesbury River.

Hunter Valley - The heart of Australia's wine production. Drive along a stunning, winding back road past the views and gorges of the Wollemi National Park to the vineyards, restaurants and wineries of the Hunter Valley. The overnight stay is a short taxi ride from the most famous restaurants and wineries of the region. Arrive early and go on a wine tasting tour or save it for a relaxed evening out amongst the vines!

New England - Another incredibly scenic and winding back road takes you through New England to Armidale. Famous for its deciduous trees in Autumn and unusually seasonal due to its height it has some of the most scenic roads in Australia nearby. A good choice of restaurants and country town feel mean it's a nice town in which to spend the evening before driving along the Waterfall Way the following day.

Waterfall Way - The Waterfall Way is simply breathtaking with dense rainforest, countless waterfalls, huge views over New England National Park and one of the best driving roads in the country down to a lovely country own at the base of the Great Dividing Range . This is where you'll stay the night. It's not a long day on the road but there's so much to see on the way it takes all day. If you arrive earlier than expected there's the 'Promised Land' circuit to drive which takes you through a beautiful single track country lane past crystal clear streams where you can stop for a refreshing swim on a hot afternoon!

Byron Bay - Yet another spectacular back road winds through northern NSW to Australia's most easterly point at Byron Bay. There are beautiful beaches, a lively and friendly small town and a lovely hinterland. Once a centre for 'alternative lifestylers' it has a unique atmosphere. You can relax on the beach, visit the famous lighthouse and enjoy the atmosphere in town at one of the many good restaurants.

Gold Coast - Australia's most visited holiday destination. Great beaches, all the top theme parks, busy nightlife and a surprisingly beautiful hinterland. If you want it busy you've got it, if you prefer the views then you can have them too!

Brisbane - the bustling capital of Queensland with a great river, great nightlife and beautiful botanical gardens. It's an ideal place to end the trip and to celebrate with a bottle of something nice overlooking the river!

Byron Bay beach, the road to the Hunter Valley and Ebor Falls on the Waterfall Way

Sunshine Coast - this area as one of the most spectacular hinterlands in the country with rainforests, waterfalls, pineapple plantations and the beautiful Glass House Mountains. Add a lovely coastline and upmarket coastal resorts and it makes for a great day's drive.

Fraser Island - stay at Rainbow Beach for two nights and take a 4WD tour on the spare day (+AU$175 p.p.) to the largest sand island in the world. Many people consider this one of the highlights of their trip as you take the eastern beach (the 'main road'!) north to rainforests, crystal clear freshwater lakes, shipwrecks on the beach and huge sand dunes. Take a flight over the island as an option for about AU$70. You'll take off and land on the beach and it's a great experience for the relatively low cost.

Lake MacKenzie on Fraser Island

Eungella NP - walk the rainforest in search of the famous Platypus. There are some lovely walking trails through this area and the Rangers are on hand to help you discover more about the original aboriginal inhabitants, bush tucker and the flora and fauna of the forest.

Whitehaven Beach - just stunningWhitsunday Islands - this is a beautiful series of paradise islands just off of the small coastal town of Airlie Beach where you'll stay for two nights.

With the spare day take a cruise (+AU$165 p.p.) around some of the most perfect coral islands in the world. Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach and snorkel in protected bays over teaming coral gardens. In the evenings enjoy the lively pubs and restaurants of the town centre.


Milla Milla Falls - they don't get more picturesque than that! Atherton Tablelands - superb rolling green scenery with some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Australia on the Waterfall Circuit. Visit the 500 year old Curtain Fig Tree and enjoy the roads in this undulating region of rainforest and farming.

Daintree Rainforest - the oldest rainforest on earth an Information Centre that takes you on a tour of the densely tangled forest via boardwalks and a tower that allows you to get deep into the canopy and find out all about the birds, plant, animal and insect life at each level of the jungle. The small, tightly twisting roads are good fun but take your time and enjoy the views.

Cape Tribulation - the coconut lined beach here backs straight on to the rainforest. There aren't many places on earth you can sit and listen to bird and insect sounds of the rainforest whilst taking a picnic on the beach! Captain Cook beached his damaged ship The Endeavour here to make repairs and hence the name 'Cape Tribulation'.

Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef from Port DouglasPort Douglas - a beautiful small tropical town with great restaurants and bars. It's the nearest port to the Great Barrier Reef and so ideal for taking a fast catamaran cruise out to the reef to snorkel for the day (+AU$185 p.p.). An unforgettable experience.

Cairns
- the holiday capital of northern Queensland. This is where you'll finish the trip and celebrate a wonderful experience at one of the many bars and restaurants in town!

The beautiful setting at Cape Tribulation