World-class surfing, thousands of acres of undisturbed bushland, quaint seaside towns and koala-populated forests await those who travel along the Great Ocean Road. Discover beautiful vineyards, multi-award winning restaurants and naturally occurring wonders such as The Twelve Apostles, Cape Otway and Lord Ard Gorge on this five day road trip around Australia’s Victoria coastline.
Enjoy Australia’s famous driving route, stretching 150 miles along Australia’s Victoria coastline from Geelong to Warrnambool. The magnificent feat of engineering is the world’s largest war memorial, built in commemoration of those who fought in WWI. Take to the road in Melbourne, and your first evening will be spent at Oakdene Vineyard. This ideal romantic retreat, Oakdene is situated on 230 acres of lush coastal farmland on the Bellarine Peninsula. Built in the 1920’s, the beautifully restored homestead offers three uniquely themed guest rooms; the Marilyn, Water and Attice. Here you’ll unwind in luxurious surroundings, and enjoy a wine tasting in the ‘Upside-Down House’ cellar door. Built from re-claimed timbers, this visually perplexing tasting room was voted Australia’s ‘Best Cellar Door 2014’ by Gourmet Traveller Wine. Driving to the southern-most tip of the Great Ocean Road, your personal itinerary will guide through the quaint town of Lorne, past serene Erskine Falls and down into Cape Otway. Emerging around the side of the Cape, you’ll be met with the awe-inspiring sights of popular surfer hangout, Johanna Beach. Here, relax for two nights nestled on the hillside above Johanna Beach. From such a great vantage point you’ll have the chance to take in some of the area’s most famous landmarks including Great Otway’s National Park, Lion Head, and the Twelve Apostles. Situated at an elevation of 120 metres on 100 acres of native bushland, the architecturally designed earth house in Johanna Beach has 360° floor to ceiling windows, giving you unrestricted views across the Southern Ocean. It is the perfect setting to unwind around a BBQ pit, enjoy an outdoor shower, and witness gorgeous sunsets from the floating terrace. The final stretch of coastal road will see you into Warrnambool, gliding past the scenic Bay of Islands and the legendary London Bridge rock formation. From here, you’ll drive into Dunkeld in the heart of Victoria. At the foot of the majestic Grampian Mountains, The Royal Mail is perhaps Australia’s most famous restaurant. Cosy up in The Royal Mail’s Deluxe Mountain View room with exquisite views of the Grampians and enjoy the rustic, country charm of The Royal Mail’s restaurant. Executive Chef Robin Wickens, presides over the kitchen. His past appointments have been at Pied a Terre, Bibendum and The Glasshouse, and Chef Wickens was at the helm when The Royal Mail received two hats by the Good Food Guide 2015. Savour Chef Wicken’s Signature Experience; an eight-course Tasting Menu with matched wines.
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