Adventure Tours Kangaroo Island & Great Ocean Road Adventure (Basix)

Adventure Tours
Kangaroo Island & Great Ocean Road Adventure (Basix)


Between Adelaide and Melbourne, take a road trip through some of Australia’s greatest landscapes


Starts: Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Ends: Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Each state has it’s own iconic destinations, and this trip takes you to a couple of South Australia and Victoria’s – Kangaroo Island and the Great Ocean Road. From Adelaide, hop aboard a ferry and cross to the island that’s named after roos but’s also home to a heap of native animals like koalas and sea lions. Meet these wild residents at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Seal Bay Conservation Park, in-between sand boarding the dunes of the Little Sahara, kayaking on the Harriet River, or kicking back on Vivonne Bay beach. Nowhere does rock formations quite like Australia, so marvel at the island’s Remarkable Rocks before the big show of the Great Ocean Road’s Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Before then you’ll change scenery with time in the forests of the Grampians National Park and get a different perspective with a lesson in local Aboriginal history. Be captivated by each twist of the Great Ocean Road’s turn, spot wild koalas at Kennett River and stop by some famed surf locations before finishing up in artsy and eclectic Melbourne. This journey is the perfect snapshot of what makes Australia so great.


Day 1: Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
Adelaide’s one of those cities that has a little bit of something for everyone: award-winning gardens, 19th century churches, fresh seafood and enough good wines and wine bars to send a sommelier giddy. Think about arriving in town a day or two before kick-off to see everything Adelaide has to offer.
We’ve got an early start this morning from the Adelaide Central Bus Station (meet at the SeaLink desk at 6.15am for a 6.45am departure), before travelling along the picture-perfect Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis for the 45-minute SeaLink ferry ride to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. While crossing the water, look out over the side of the boat – it’s no unusual to be joined by a few dolphins along for the ride. Touch down on the island then make your first stop at Rob’s Shearing and Sheepdogs to see firsthand a very Aussie occupation – sheep shearing. Continue on to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – the only commercial distillery of the infinitely useful eucalyptus oil in South Australia. Next up is the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where you’ll have the chance to see rare Australian Sea-lions up close in a wild breeding colony. From the sea to the desert – head to the white sand dunes of the Little Sahara and give sand boarding a shot, before arriving at our exclusive accommodation in Vivonne Bay Lodge. You’ll then have a spot of free time for kayaking on the Harriet River, taking a walk along one of the property’s tracks, hopping on a bike, dipping in for a swim, or just kicking back on Vivonne Bay beach. You’ll spend the night in eight-person dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms (bed linen provided).

Included Activities – Rob’s shearing and sheepdogs – Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery – Seal Bay Conservation Park – Sandboarding at Little Sahara

Optional Activities

Meals – Lunch – Dinner

Day 2: Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
After breakfast, pop into the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and search for koalas lazing in the eucalyptus trees. Next up it’s Flinders Chase National Park, where you’ll find a collection of boulders that really live up to their name – the Remarkable Rocks. You’ll arrive ahead of the crowds that come to see this signature sight of giant weathered stones that guard the view over Kirkpatrick Point. Ramble across the rocky coastline, admire the seascapes, then stop in at Admirals Arch on Cape Du Couedic to see the resident fur seals frolicking in the ocean or basking on the rocks. Depending on the time and weather, make a few stops en route to Penneshaw, where you can purchase dinner (own expense) before our arrival back in Adelaide where you will be dropped at the Adelaide Central Bus Station, a short walk to the Adelaide Central YHA where you will be staying this evening.

Note: Driving time whilst on the Island will be the majority of the day, with constant stops for sightseeing. The ferry Journey is approximately 45 minutes back to the mainland with a journey of 1.5 hours back to central Adelaide. Arrival time will be approximately 10:40pm. Walking distances are several hundred metres at each location.

Included Activities – Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary – Flinders Chase National Park – Remarkable Rocks – Admirals Arch

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch

Day 3: Adelaide to The Grampians
This morning you will be picked up at the YHA Adelaide (135 Waymouth Street) at 7am. Leaving South Australia behind, drive across the state border into Victoria and enter the Grampians. Go for a walk to view the Jaws of Death, hike down to McKenzie Falls and take in the incredible views from Reeds Lookout. Gain an insight into the customs of the land’s traditional owners during a stop-in at the Brambuck Cultural Centre, then head into the heart of the Grampians, stopping en route for lunch. The last stop of the day will be a spot in the Grampians National Park where kangaroos, wallabies and koalas are often spotted. Tonight’s accommodation is at either Brambuk Backpackers or the Grampians YHA.

Included Activities – Mackenzie Falls – Grampians – Reeds Lookout (The Balconies) & Boroka Lookout

Optional Activities

Meals – Dinner

Day 4: The Grampians to Melbourne
After another early morning start, begin the journey along Australia’s glorious Great Ocean Road, the twisting highway where every turn brings another photo-worthy view. Explore Port Campbell National Park, and rock out with the amazing rock formations of London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the iconic Twelve Apostles. Sit back and soak up the mesmerising coastal views along the way, stopping at Apollo Bay for a spot of lunch. Pull over at Kennett River for the chance to spot koalas, pass through charming beach towns like Lorne and take some snaps at famed surf locations. Then hit the highway to cosmopolitan city of Melbourne.

Included Activities – 12 Apostles & London Bridge – Koala spotting – Great Ocean Road

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast


Terms & Conditions

Please confirm exact departure time with Adventure Tours Australia. Sleeping bags are required on Basix trips or if outlined in the ‘Important Information’ section of the trip’s webpage. It’s up to you whether you bring your own, or purchase one from us in advance via your travel agent. Sleeping bags cannot be purchased once the trip has begun. If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. We may cancel a trip at any time up to 30 days before departure, subject to clause 13. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights. Please note that different cancellation conditions may apply to some styles of trips; your booking consultant will advise if differences apply. If you wish to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party you must notify us at least 30 days prior to the proposed departure date. A fee of $150 per person per change will apply (in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines). If you notify us less than 30 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Transfers to a third party are only permitted where the transferee meets all the requirements in relation to the trip, and transfers to another departure can only be made to a departure within the current validity period. Amendments to any other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip will incur a $100 administration fee per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 10 days of departure.

In addition to WTC’s terms and conditions; Adventure Tours Cancellation Policy: Cancellations within 7 days of the start date incur a 100% fee. Between 7 and 28 days incur a 50% fee.Between 28 and 365 days incur a $250.00 fee.


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