Join your Wildlife Guide to find wild Koalas, Kangaroos, Echidnas and birds – both of the sea and the land – in their natural habitats. Walk along the beach and feel the waves of the mighty Southern Ocean. Photograph wildflowers in species-rich heathlands. Let yourself be driven along a hidden river as it opens up into a wonderland of lakes and wetlands. View the plains from the top of an extinct volcano.
With 20 years of experience in this region, we can show you the highlights and the hidden secrets of this magnificent area. Tour includes 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner and 2 nights at friendly, owner-operated boutique properties.
Detailed Description meal inclusions shown thus: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner ). Walk through natural bushland to meet wild koalas, then learn about their history and social life from your Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher. After a substantial picnic lunch, join wild mobs of Kangaroos on the plains and in open forests. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care we often get close enough to take photographs and observe their complex social life. The natural environments we visit are also home to parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, wallabies and lizards. Your Wildlife Guide will help you find and understand them. The evening is spent in the tiny outback town of Little River. (L, D)
Explore the rainforests of the Otway National Park, lunch in a seaside village then travel to the Great Ocean Road to see the spectacular sea stacks known as the Twelve Apostles set against a magnificent backdrop of huge limestone cliffs, overlooking the Southern Ocean. We take time to enjoy the abundant wildlife of the coastal area. The Great Ocean Road hugs this scenic coastline providing dramatic views at every turn. (B, L, D)
After a final visit to the coast, we return to Melbourne across the vast Western Plains. We drive to the top of an extinct volcano for expansive views across the plains. We pass volcanic lakes, including the largest permanent lake in Australia, all set in a sea of savannah grasslands - the richest wool growing area on earth. (B, L)
Location: West of the city of Melbourne in south-east Australia. Visit Serendip Open Range Sanctuary or Mt Rothwell Conservation Park, You Yangs or Brisbane Ranges National Park, Great Otway National Park, the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles, the Shipwreck Coast, volcanoes and lakes of the Western Plains. Duration: 3 days, 2 nights. Departs: on request all year from Melbourne (except Christmas & Boxing Days, December 25 & 26). Returns: to Melbourne
Minimum cost is for one adult twin-sharing with another adult, in a small group with other unrelated passengers. Maximum cost is for one adult staying in a single room. Lower price is available for children under 14 yo.
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