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Ultimate South East Australia Fly Drive

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Sydney – Jervis Bay – Tilba Tilba – Merimbula – Lakes Entrance – Wilsons Promontory – Phillip Island – Melbourne – Apollo Bay – Port Fairy – Halls Gap – Ballarat – Echuca – Albury – Canberra – Blue Mountains – Sydney

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Itinerary

Day 1 – UK – Australia

Depart London Heathrow on a scheduled Qantas or BA flight to Sydney via Singapore.

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Day 2 – In flight

Day 3 – Arrive Australia

Upon arrival, you will be meet at the airport and transferred via private car to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnights (1): Park City Regis, Sydney

Day 4 – Sydney to Jervis Bay (198 km or to Kiama 121 km)

After picking up your hire car, you will drive south along the Coast line to the beautiful Jervis Bay. Travel south of Sydney through the Royal National Park and onto the Grand Pacific Drive with spectacular coastal scenery. Travel across the impressive Sea Cliff Bridge and through rainforests and quaint coastal villages to reach Wollongong. Take the turn-off for Huskisson and Jervis Bay. Nearby Hyams Beach, is known to have the whitest sand in the world. Jervis Bay is well known for its resident dolphin population. Optional tour – highly recommended – dolphin cruise.

Overnights (1): The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Kiama

Day 5 – Jervis Bay to Tilba Tilba (227 km or from Kiama 245 km)

Today you will continue your voyage south to Tilba Tilba. For most the drive you’ll have National Park views on your left side, and stunning ocean and coast line views on your right side. At Batemans Bay, turn-off the highway and travel via Broulee. Continue south along the coast through Narooma to reach Tilba Tilba and nearby Central Tilba, which are a haven for high quality local arts and crafts.

Overnights (1): The Bryn at Tilba, Tilba Tilba

Day 6 – Tilba Tilba to Merimbula (86 km or to Gipsy Point 185 km)

Today is a leisurely short drive following the Princes Highway. You’ll drive through many towns and beautiful forests on your way to the state border of New South Wales and Victoria. You’ll drive along the amazing Sapphire Coast to the town of Merimbula where lagoon,
lakes and ocean are separated by white sand, and fringed by unspoilt bushland stretching up into the mountains.

Overnights (1): Comfort Inn Merimbula, Merimbula

Day 7 – Merimbula to Lakes Entrance (267 km or from Gipsy Point 188 km)

Driving south on the Princes Highway, you will pass Cann River and Orbost, situated on the banks of the Snowy River, before travelling on to Lakes Entrance. Lakes Entrance is a unique area with rivers, lakes and lagoons joining 90 Mile Beach. Did you know 90 Mile Beach is about 55 miles long?

Overnights (1): Comfort Inn & Suites Emmanuel, Lakes Entrance

Day 8 – Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory (274 km)

Leaving Lakes Entrance you’ll continue along the Princes Highway through the stunning Victorian bushland. South east of Sale is the Holey Plains State Park where you can see a variety of Australia’s native flora and fauna before arriving in the Gippsland region. Continue south via Yarram and Foster to reach the extraordinary Wilsons Promontory in the south east.

Overnights (2): Prom Country Lodge, Wilsons Promontory

Day 9 – Wilsons Promontory

Today is at your own leisure to explore Wilsons Promontory. It is peppered with masses of green forests and gardens, stunning mountains, rocky rivers, picturesque towns and, to a large degree, is defined by its long sandy beaches.

Day 10 – Wilsons Promontory to Philip Island (124 km)

A much shorter drive today will take you over to Phillip Island. Home to Australia’s famous Little Penguins; however, there are many other sights to see such as the Grand Prix circuit and Fur Seal colony at Seal Rocks. The famous ‘Penguin Parade’ occurs each evening at sunset and should not be missed.

Overnights (1): Comfort Resort Kaloha, Phillip Island

Day 11 – Philip Island to Melbourne (141 km)

Spend the morning exploring Phillip Island then take the short 2hr journey through the eastern suburbs to arrive in Melbourne.

Overnights (2): Aria Hotel Apartments Southbank, One Bedroom Apartment, Melbourne

Day 12 – Melbourne

Today is a day at leisure in Melbourne, take in some shopping or discover the hidden laneways and alleys streamed with cafes.

Day 13 – Melbourne to Apollo Bay (197 km)

On leaving Melbourne, cross the West Gate Bridge and take the Princes Highway to Geelong, the largest provincial city in Victoria. From Geelong travel to Torquay, the start of the Great Ocean Road, and recognised as the surfing capital of Australia. After Torquay follow the coast road through Anglesea to the picturesque town of Lorne. Take time to see the beautiful Erskine Falls, and then travel the scenic coastline from Lorne to Apollo Bay. This has been described as one of the most beautiful and breath-taking drives in the world.

Overnights (1): Comfort Inn The International, Apollo Bay

Day 14 – Apollo Bay to Port Fairy (188 km)

Depart Apollo Bay this morning and travel along the fabulous Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell. See the amazing rock formations of the Twelve Apostles, which are huge stone pillars sticking out of the surf, carved over time by the crashing Southern Ocean waves. Take the opportunity to see this by helicopter (optional extra). Travelling on past Port Campbell you will see London Bridge – the broken arch. Continue driving to where the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ begins, from Port Campbell and Warrnambool and on to Port Fairy.

Overnights (1): Comfort Inn Port Fairy, Port Fairy

Day 15 – Port Fairy to Halls Gap (156 km)

Drive north today to the amazing Grampians National Park with its woodland walks, waterfalls and rock formations. Your journey will take you via Penhurst to Dunkeld, just south of the Grampians. From here a scenic drive will take you through the Grampians National Park to Halls Gap. Highlights include McKenzie Falls, Reids Lookout and the Balconies. The Grampians offer some of the best bush walking, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling in Australia.

Overnights (2): D’Altons Resort, Halls Gap

Day 16 – Halls Gap

Explore the spectacular scenery that is the Grampians National Park. Take one of the many walks and remember your camera.

Day 17 – Halls Gap to Ballarat (140 km)

Just out of Halls Gap is Stawell, home of the Stawell Gift, the richest footrace in the world. In the surrounding areas are some fabulous wineries, such as Montara Estate. Other towns on the way include Ararat and Beaufort. Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland city. It is famous for being the site of the world’s largest deposit of alluvial gold, and almost a third of all gold found in the colony was taken from its rich quartz reefs. Sovereign Hill, an exact re-creation of what life was like in the town during the gold rush and their nightly show, “Blood on the Southern Cross” is optional extra that we recommend.

Overnights (1): Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites, Ballarat

Day 18 – Ballarat to Echuca (213 km)

From Ballarat, travel north east to Echuca: home to the world’s largest fleet of paddle steamers. Try water sports or browse the cafés, shops and restaurants of Echuca.

Overnights (1): Best Western Meramie Motor Inn, Echuca

Day 19 – Echuca to Albury (246 km)

Today, drive east past Shepparton and Wangaratta to Albury. Albury is situated along Australia’s spectacular Murray River. There are plenty of parks where you can both explore and relax including the beautiful Sumsion Gardens featuring a large lagoon with walking tracks.

Overnights (1): Best Western Meramie Motor Inn, Albury

Day 20 – Albury to Canberra (338 km)

Travel north east toward Canberra. Enjoy the scenery on today’s drive with many National Parks to your right the entire way. Canberra is situated in the Australian Capital Territory and is home to many galleries and museums and the artificially created Lake Burley Griffin.

Overnights (1): Mercure Canberra, Canberra

Day 21 – Canberra to Blue Mountains (317 km)

Depart Canberra and head north east. Turn off the highway onto Sutton Road and continue along this scenic route through many towns including Gunning, Crookwell and Shooters Hill. Travel past Blackheath and onto Katoomba which is the main town in the breathtaking Blue Mountains. The major scenic attraction is Echo Point, from where the best views of the Jamison Valley and the magnificent Three Sisters rock formation are. Visit the spectacular Wentworth Falls, enjoy a trip on the scenic railway with dramatic views of the Jamieson Valley. Visit the picturesque town of Leura and dine in one of the many fine restaurants.

Overnights (2): Leisure Inn Spires, Blue Mountains

Day 22 – Blue Mountains

Enjoy a day at leisure in the Blue Mountains. There are plenty of lookouts, waterfalls and walking trails in the area as well as interesting cafes, shops and restaurants in towns of Katoomba, Leura and Blackheath. Perhaps visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum or drive out to look at the Jenolan Caves (140 kilometres return trip or one hour west of Katoomba).

Day 23 – Blue Mountains to Sydney (100 km)

Leave the Blue Mountains, head east towards Sydney on the Western Highway and pass through Springwood, Blaxland and Glenbrook, before linking to the Western Motorway to Sydney. Drop your hire car back to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home.

Day 24 – Arrive UK

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled BA or Qantas flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow to Sydney via Singapore
  • All pre-payable airport taxes, security charges and the UK Air Passenger Duty
  • Personalised Co-Pilot kit which contains detailed maps, driving instructions, historical information, itineraries, touring suggestions and discount offers from various attractions along the way. Including handy back pack.
  • 20 nights’ accommodation (room only)
  • Private transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney Hotel
  • 20 days hire car – Intermediate Toyota Corolla Car or similar, Automatic, 5 Door Hatchback, USB Input, Satellite Navigation, nil excess, unlimited kilometres

Not Included:

  • Fuel for hire car
  • Optional Extras
  • Meals

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