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'Great Ocean Road and Grampians': 4 nights / 5 days
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Choose one of Truly Australia's ready-to-go Self Drive packages, with pre-booked accommodation and car hire all included, and with sensible driving distances between overnight stops already worked out for you.
Elephant Rock, Port Campbell National Park  Tourism Victoria
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Self Drive Itinerary: Melbourne to Adelaide or reverse - 'Great Ocean Road and Grampians'

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Truly Refs. 1615 (Economy accommodation), 1616 (First Class accommodation)
Day 1 
Collect your rental vehicle in Melbourne and drive to Geelong and onward to Apollo Bay, which is on the Great Ocean Road.
Overnight Apollo Bay:  
Economy - Comfort Inn The International
First Class - Claerwen Retreat (includes breakfast)

Day 2
Drive from Apollo Bay to Port Fairy.  As you travel along the Great Ocean Road there are some breathtaking vistas. Huge rolling waves have carved spectacular shapes from the limestone cliffs. The most photographed are the Twelve Apostles (now somewhat depleted) and the Loch Ard Gorge (pictured).
Overnight Port Fairy:
Economy Hearns Cottage Suites (Queen Suite)
First Class - Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel (Riverfront Rooms - includes breakfast)

Loch Ard Gorge  Tourism Victoria

Day 3 
Leave Port Fairy and head inland for  Halls Gap near the Grampians National Park. On arrival in the Grampians you could consider a visit to the Brambuk Aboriginal cultural Centre, catch superb views from Reid Lookout and walk to The Balconies.  See McKenzie Falls (pictured) and picnic at Zumsteins, a delightful spot which abounds with kangaroos and koalas.

Overnight Halls Gap: 
Economy D'Altons Resort (Studio Cottage)  
First Class - Marwood (Tuscan Villa - includes breakfast)

McKenzie Falls  Scott Ross

Day 4
Depart Halls Gap for Coonawarra in South Australia.

Economy Coonawarra Chardonnay Lodge - pictured (Standard Room including light breakfast provisions)
First Class - Coonawarra Chardonnay Lodge (Spa King Room, including breakfast) 

Chardonnay Lodge, Coonawarra

Day 5

Leave your accommodation in Coonawarra and head for Adelaide. If you are not in a rush, you can take the road along the landward edge of the vast wetland area of the Coorong.   Drop off your rental vehicle in Adelaide.

See City Hotels/Adelaide... for details of Adelaide accommodation

This itinerary can be combined with Adelaide to Alice Springs


  • 4 nights accommodation - on a room only basis unless otherwise stated 
  • Car hire - 5 days Hertz Group C rental vehicle (automatic 4 door sedan, 1.8 litre Hyundai Elandra or similar) including unlimited mileage and airport vehicle collection fees
  • ACFR - Airport Concession Fee Recovery waived.
    Normally required when collecting a vehicle from an airport, but this fee is waived on our self drive packages.
  • Co-pilot pack:  A quality backpack containing maps, directions, discounts etc
OUTLINE of REVERSE ITINERARY: Adelaide to Melbourne 'Great Ocean Rd + Grampians' 4 nts
Day 1: Collect hire car in Adelaide and drive to Coonawarra/Naracoorte wine area for overnight
Economy Coonawarra Chardonnay Lodge (Standard Room - including light breakfast provisions)
Day 2: Travel to Grampians
Overnight:  Economy D'Altons Resort (Studio Cottage), Halls Gap  
Day 3: Great Ocean Road
Overnight Port Fairy: Economy Hearns Cottage Suites (Queen Suite)
Day 4: Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay where you stay the night
Overnight Apollo Bay: Economy - Comfort Inn The International
Day 5: Drop off hire car in Melbourne
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Please note that Australian hotels may have varying surcharges and minimum stay requirements during holiday periods and peak times.  
You may depart on your Self Drive on any day but note that overnights en route on a Friday or Saturday may have a weekend surcharge.
One way rental fees do not apply to this itinerary.
We will quote confirmed prices upon receipt of your proposed dates.
PRICES from:  Melbourne to Adelaide or reverse 
Self Drive 4 nights  /  5 days 
1 Apr'13 - 31 Mar'14 From 1 Apr'14 Truly Ref
Great Ocean Rd + Grampians Share Twin - per person Share Twin - per person  
Economy Accommodation - per person A$686 Request 1615
First Class Accommodation - per person A$1030 Request 1616
To check approximate prices in other key currencies, see the Currency Converter
NOTE: Due to an imbalance of hire cars moving from Melbourne to Adelaide, a one way fee of A$110 has been introduced by car rental companies and is paid when you collect the car in Melbourne and is subject to increase without notice  - this fee does NOT apply for vehicles travelling from Adelaide to Melbourne
* Surcharges may apply to some properties over weekends and during major events and holidays.
* All bookings are subject to availability; substitute accommodation may be offered if named hotel is not available
* Additional person and child rates are available on request
* Upgrades to larger cars are available on request
* Not included (unless otherwise stated): meals, sightseeing entrance fees and charges, optional insurances (such as Personal Accident Insurance), liability waiver, optional extras (eg baby seat), Bond and petrol, parking where applicable (parking is usually only a possible problem in the major cities).
* The vehicles used are supplied by Hertz - click here for Hertz Terms and Conditions (PDF file in separate window)
* For more details about the fleet of vehicles used by Hertz, click Hertz Fleet Guide (slow download in separate window)
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