Australia's Scenic South: Five-Day Driving Adventure for Two on The Great Ocean Road

  • Add Two Nights at a 5-Star Hotel in Melbourne for Two +
    $1,100
  • Add a Private Helicopter Tour of The Twelve Apostles for Two +
    $1,250

Australia's Scenic South: Five-Day Driving Adventure for Two on The Great Ocean Road

Victoria, Australia

$3,400
  • Add Two Nights at a 5-Star Hotel in Melbourne for Two +
    $1,100
  • Add a Private Helicopter Tour of The Twelve Apostles for Two +
    $1,250

“One of the world's most vivid scenic drives, the road offers spectacular views across vast beaches and craggy rock formations backed by steep, green mountains” Telegraph

Why we love it

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.

What's Included?

  • Hit the open road in an SUV for a five day adventure on Australia’s Great Ocean Road
  • Indulge one night at Oakdene Vineyard
  • Unwind in a luxurious private beach house for two nights in Johanna Beach
  • Enjoy one night at highly-acclaimed hotel and restaurant The Royal Mail with dinner and wine flight provided
  • Relax with a personal itinerary including suggestions for walking and cycling tours, local whisky distilleries and surf beaches

Exclusive to TRULY

  • This experience is unique to TRULY guests

Description

Enjoy Australia’s most famous driving route, stretching over 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, by those fortunate to have made it back.

Taking to the road from Melbourne, your first evening will be spent at Oakdene Vineyard. The ideal romantic retreat, Oakdene is situated on 230 acres of lush coastal farmland on the Bellarine Peninsula. Originally built in the 1920’s, the beautifully restored homestead offers guests three uniquely themed rooms; the Marilyn, Water and Attice rooms. Here you’ll unwind in luxurious and calm surroundings, taking in a wine tasting in the ‘Upside-Down House’ cellar door. Built from re-claimed timbers, the visually perplexing tasting room was voted Australia’s ‘Best Cellar Door 2014’ by Gourmet Traveller Wine.

Driving along the southern-most tip of the Great Ocean Road, your personal itinerary will guide through the Mediterranean-like 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 sight of popular surfer’s hangout, Johanna Beach.

Here, you’ll relax for two nights in luxurious surroundings, nestled among 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, the Twelve Apostles and surfing on Johanna Beach.

Situated at an elevation of 120 metres in 100 acres of native bushland, the architecturally designed rammed earth house in Johanna Beach has 360° floor to ceiling windows, giving you unrestricted views across the Southern Ocean. The romantic retreat is the perfect setting to unwind around the BBQ pit, indulge under the outdoor shower and witness awe-inspiring sunsets from the floating terrace.

The final stretch of the coastal road drives into Warrnambool, gliding side-by-side with the scenic Bay of Islands and the legendary London Bridge. 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, who took over from ex-Mugaritz chef Dan Hunter, presides over the kitchen. Having worked at Pied a Terre, Bibendum and The Glasshouse, working under chefs such as Bruno Laubet and Raymond Blanc, the accomplished chef has helped The Royal Mail towards is awarding of two hats by the Good Food Guide 2015.

The Dining Room offers experimental, nature-based cuisine focusing on the highest quality sourced produce from the surroundings orchards, gardens and paddocks. The menu’s seasonal ingredients inspire aromatic dishes such as perky pine mushroom ketchup beneath braised oxtail and a curl of calamari or carrot risotto in a puddle of vivid green lovage. Savor Chef Wicken’s Signature Experience; an eight-course Chef’s Tasting Menu with matched wines.

Your matched wines come from the 26,000 strong wine cellar. The privately curated cellar has been formed over 40 years, gaining a reputation for variety that has seen it awarded Best Hotel Wine List world-wide by Fine Wine Magazine.

Description

Enjoy Australia’s most famous driving route, stretching over 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, by those fortunate to have made it back.

Taking to the road from Melbourne, your first evening will be spent at Oakdene Vineyard. The ideal romantic retreat, Oakdene is situated on 230 acres of lush coastal farmland on the Bellarine Peninsula. Originally built in the 1920’s, the beautifully restored homestead offers guests three uniquely themed rooms; the Marilyn, Water and Attice rooms. Here you’ll unwind in luxurious and calm surroundings, taking in a wine tasting in the ‘Upside-Down House’ cellar door. Built from re-claimed timbers, the visually perplexing tasting room was voted Australia’s ‘Best Cellar Door 2014’ by Gourmet Traveller Wine.

Driving along the southern-most tip of the Great Ocean Road, your personal itinerary will guide through the Mediterranean-like 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 sight of popular surfer’s hangout, Johanna Beach.

Here, you’ll relax for two nights in luxurious surroundings, nestled among 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, the Twelve Apostles and surfing on Johanna Beach.

Situated at an elevation of 120 metres in 100 acres of native bushland, the architecturally designed rammed earth house in Johanna Beach has 360° floor to ceiling windows, giving you unrestricted views across the Southern Ocean. The romantic retreat is the perfect setting to unwind around the BBQ pit, indulge under the outdoor shower and witness awe-inspiring sunsets from the floating terrace.

The final stretch of the coastal road drives into Warrnambool, gliding side-by-side with the scenic Bay of Islands and the legendary London Bridge. 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, who took over from ex-Mugaritz chef Dan Hunter, presides over the kitchen. Having worked at Pied a Terre, Bibendum and The Glasshouse, working under chefs such as Bruno Laubet and Raymond Blanc, the accomplished chef has helped The Royal Mail towards is awarding of two hats by the Good Food Guide 2015.

The Dining Room offers experimental, nature-based cuisine focusing on the highest quality sourced produce from the surroundings orchards, gardens and paddocks. The menu’s seasonal ingredients inspire aromatic dishes such as perky pine mushroom ketchup beneath braised oxtail and a curl of calamari or carrot risotto in a puddle of vivid green lovage. Savor Chef Wicken’s Signature Experience; an eight-course Chef’s Tasting Menu with matched wines.

Your matched wines come from the 26,000 strong wine cellar. The privately curated cellar has been formed over 40 years, gaining a reputation for variety that has seen it awarded Best Hotel Wine List world-wide by Fine Wine Magazine.

Route Summary

  • Day One; Geelong and Oakdene
  • Day Two; Oakdene to Johanna Beach
  • Day Three; Johanna Beach and surrounding region
  • Day Four; Johanna Beach to The Royal Mail Hotel, via Warnnambool
  • Day Five; The Royal Mail Hotel to Geelong

We Also Recommend

  • Go during Easter to witness the World Championship Surfing contest at Bells Beach
  • Discover Aboriginal cultural sites and WWII bunkers at Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Take a canoe trip at dawn in the Otway Ranges to spot koalas, platypus and kangaroos

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months.

Flights are not included to give you maximum flexibility with your travel arrangements.

This experience is customisable according to your preferences. Please contact our TRULY concierge team to discuss your interests.

Gratuity is not included and is left to your discretion on the day.

Guests can pay for additional products or services desired in full on-location.

Please state any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least 12 weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

Route Summary

  • Day One; Geelong and Oakdene
  • Day Two; Oakdene to Johanna Beach
  • Day Three; Johanna Beach and surrounding region
  • Day Four; Johanna Beach to The Royal Mail Hotel, via Warnnambool
  • Day Five; The Royal Mail Hotel to Geelong

We Also Recommend

  • Go during Easter to witness the World Championship Surfing contest at Bells Beach
  • Discover Aboriginal cultural sites and WWII bunkers at Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Take a canoe trip at dawn in the Otway Ranges to spot koalas, platypus and kangaroos

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months.

Flights are not included to give you maximum flexibility with your travel arrangements.

This experience is customisable according to your preferences. Please contact our TRULY concierge team to discuss your interests.

Gratuity is not included and is left to your discretion on the day.

Guests can pay for additional products or services desired in full on-location.

Please state any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least 12 weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

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    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

Australia

Victoria

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road Australia

Oakdene Vineyard, Johanna Beach and The Royal Mail Hotel Victoria

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Australia's Scenic South: Five-Day Driving Adventure for Two on The Great Ocean Road

  • Add Two Nights at a 5-Star Hotel in Melbourne for Two +
    $1,100
  • Add a Private Helicopter Tour of The Twelve Apostles for Two +
    $1,250

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