Roadtrippin’ Beyond Melbourne: A 3D2N Itinerary for Exploring the Great Ocean Road & Grampians

Roadtrippin’ Beyond Melbourne: A 3D2N Itinerary for Exploring the Great Ocean Road & Grampians

Explore Great Ocean Road and Grampians with this road trip itinerary!

Australia has so much to offer; whether it is the urban city or the vast countryside landscapes, there’s bound to be something for everyone. One of the most popular destinations in the country is Melbourne, the coastal capital of the state of Victoria. There are bustling shopping districts, a well-established café culture and an overflow of eclectic street art and culture. But who are we kidding, all this is probably common knowledge for any traveller.

However, what you may not know is that there is so much more to the state of Victoria! Take a hike through the Grampians National Park or explore the Great Ocean Road – the possibilities are endless! Since these destinations are located within the vicinity of Melbourne, they are the perfect choice for a short trip out of the city. Furthermore, with the myriad of day tours offered out of Melbourne, you don’t have to fuss over car rentals or tire yourself out with the long drives. Everything will be taken care of – just sit back and enjoy the views!

Here’s where you should go:  

Day One: Grampians National Park

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Kickstart your road-tripping adventure at the Grampians National Park, a spectacular nature reserve. Expect to be wowed by the picturesque views of towering sandstone mountains, centuries-old geological formations and lots of lush greenery. Furthermore, immerse in the true essence of nature and get up close with wildflowers and wildlife, such as echidnas and wallabies!

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Who says you need to fly halfway around the world to marvel at Earth’s greatest wonders? The  Grampians’ very own Grand Canyon will be enough to leave you in awe. Take a short hike along the extraordinary rock formation and journey through the ravine to find a stunning creek. Railings have also been installed to make the walk more steady and accessible for any kind of traveller!

A hot favourite attraction is MacKenzie Falls, which is one of the region’s largest waterfalls. After embarking on a steep trail, you will be duly rewarded – imagine endless cascades pouring over huge cliffs and nothing but the sound of gushing water. It’s tranquillity at its very best.

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You also have to check out the Aboriginal rock art sites that are hidden all over the park. Local Aboriginal Jardwadjali people had left their artwork and paintings in rock shelters in a bid to leave their cultural legacy behind. This particular painting is a depiction of Bunjil, whom they believed was a spirit ancestor and creator of the land, and his two loyal dingoes. In all, there are approximately 200 rock art sites located over five major regions. Head to one of these and seize the opportunity to learn more about traditional Aboriginal history!

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After a day of exploring the beauty of nature, take a step back into modernity and venture into something more sinister. Located just an hour’s drive away from the national park, the J Ward Lunatic Asylum takes you deeper into the lives of the criminally insane. This museum includes a two-hour ghost tour and takes you around the haunted facility. Walk in the footsteps of previous inmates, and explore their living quarters, the hangman’s gallows and even grave sites. Get ready to be spooked!

Klook Pro-tip: While you are hiking up and through the Grampians, make sure you are well equipped to deal with the elements! Get a proper pair of hiking boots, and prepare a lightweight jacket as it will get windier and colder as you ascend. Also, remember to stay hydrated and energised with water and snacks at hand.

All those who aren’t confident of driving in a foreign country? This is for you. With Klook’s Grampians Day Tour, you’ll be in for a seamless experience when visiting this magnificent national park. The tour offers a hotel pickup to the rendezvous location in Melbourne CBD, and you’ll then embark on a scenic drive with some spectacular views. Along the way, the friendly guide will feed you with little nuggets of information and before you know it, you’ll be there! After a whole day of exploration, you won’t even have to take on the long drive back – rest and relax as the tour bus drops you right back off in Melbourne CBD.

In addition, book all your Australia activities with Klook and enjoy a special S$20 discount with a minimum spend of S$200! Just add all your activities to your cart and use the promo code <VISITMEL20> upon checkout. Do note that this promo is only valid until 17th June 2018, so fastest fingers first!

Day Two: Great Ocean Road

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What’s a road trip in Australia without an escapade to the Great Ocean Road? This 243-kilometre stretch encompasses a journey alongside the most spectacular coastlines, beaches and seaside towns. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder that its one of the most popular routes in the country!

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Your first stop of the day should be at the Port Campbell National Park, which is home to a myriad of magnificent rock formations. This includes the world-renowned Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks that were carved by the waves and wind. Due to the forces of erosion, only eight columns remain. In addition, admire the views of the Loch Ard Gorge, which was named after a shipwreck. In 2009, the Island Archway that connected the two large rocks collapsed, irreversibly altering the coastal landscape. Evidently, these natural beauties are susceptible to the effects of nature – so don’t wait until it is too late, and check them out while they are still standing!

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As you journey along the long and winding roads, head towards the seaside town of Torquay. This quaint town is famous for being the surfing capital of Australia, attracting thousands of visitors every year. In particular, the Bells Beach and Jan Juc Beach are popular destinations for surfers looking to ride some serious waves. Rest assured; if watersports are not your forte, you can still enjoy a restful afternoon sunbathing or having a picnic at the beach. The world is your oyster!

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Round up your journey on the Great Ocean Road at the Kennett River. Unbeknownst to many, this is a prime location to spot your favourite koala bears! These furry critters can only be found in certain coastal areas and the Kennett River is one of them. Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic river and keep your eyes peeled for these adorable creatures. Do remember not to feed or try to catch them!

Klook Pro-tip: To maximise your chances of spotting a koala, look towards the gum trees where they are most likely to be feasting! They may easily camouflage with the trees, so be mindful to look out for their distinct shapes and subtle movements. In addition, don’t make any loud noises that might chase them away.

Don’t miss out on this iconic road trip and secure a spot with Klook’s Great Ocean Road Day Tour today! Get away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s city life and immerse yourself in the very best of Australia’s coastal views. For an even more scenic experience, the Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour makes stops along Port Campbell National Park at the perfect timings – the views are even more sensational in the golden hour.

Cart out at Klook with the promo code <VISITMEL20> to enjoy a S$20 discount when you have a minimum spend of S$200 for all Melbourne activities. This promotion is valid until 17th June 2018!

Day Three: Yarra Valley

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For your last day on the road, take it slow at Yarra Valley. This region encompasses the upper regions of the Yarra River, a 90-kilometre stream that flows into Port Phillip Bay. Due to its relatively cool climate, it is especially suitable for the cultivation of grapes and hence, wine! More specifically, the Yarra Valley is known for their high-quality Chardonnay (a type of white wine) and Pinot Noir (a type of red wine). Hence, the place is thriving with vineyards, which enhance the serenity of the landscape.

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Naturally, you should stop for a taste of their fine wine – and what better way than to do it in style. Coombe Yarra Valley is a restaurant and winery that epitomises sophistication and elegance, where guests are treated to both visual and gastronomic delights. The beautiful compound is decked out in minimalistic decor and sets the perfect ambience for a chill afternoon of food and drinks. Forget all your worries and drink away!

Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5pm (Tuesday to Friday)
                                   9am to 5pm (Saturday and Sunday)

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Not many people know this, but chocolate goes great with wine! Complete your gourmet journey and satiate that sweet tooth at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. With their huge assortment of chocolates and other delectable delights, it’s an absolute dessert paradise. Don’t worry about putting on the pounds – you’re on vacation after all!

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Still, Yarra Valley is not all about food. It is also home to the Healesville Sanctuary, a zoo that specialises in Australian wildlife. Not only does it help to breed native animals, but its Australian Wildlife Centre treats more than 2,000 sick and injured animals and trains wildlife veterinarians. Without their efforts, these beloved creatures might just die out and the species would be lost forever. Show your support by swinging by for a visit. You’ll also get to meet with iconic Australian animals like kangaroos, platypus and even emus!

Klook Pro-tip: To fully savour these fine wines without a care in the world, it would be advised for you not to make your own way here. That way, you can drink as much as you want (but still responsibly!) and not have to worry about driving or taking public transportation back. Instead, opt for a day tour to Yarra Valley, and let the bus get you home safely.

Get to the heart of this quaint town with the Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour, and tantalise your taste buds with the very best cheese, fruits and wines of the region. See for yourself how these delicacies are cultivated – it can’t get any fresher than this. For the more adventurous, consider the Yarra Valley Skydive and take the plunge from 15,000 feet up in the air! Rest assured that you’ll be in good hands with the trained tandem diver, so just enjoy the sublime views and the rush of adrenaline.

Alternatively, break free from routine and make your way to Yarra Valley in a whole new fashion. Hop on the iconic Puffing Billy Steam Train and pass through the magnificent Dandenong mountain range before arriving at the wineries. Not only do you get to enjoy the nostalgia of riding in such a historic train, but you will also get to feast your eyes on the lush scenery on your way.

What’s more, from now till 17th June 2018, enjoy a S$20 discount with a minimum spend of S$200 for all Melbourne activities. All you have to do is key in the promo code <VISITMEL20> when you book with Klook!

With so many amazing sights and activities, you definitely have to include this road-tripping adventure into your itinerary. In addition, there’s so much more of Australia that is just waiting to be discovered! Make your base in the stunning city of Melbourne, and check out their very best attractions with the iVenture Flexi Attractions Pass. Satisfy your inner epicurean with the Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour and enjoy a panoramic view of this stunning city at the Eureka Skydeck.

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For short respites out of the city, take day trips to explore Melbourne’s surrounds. Whether you want to visit cuddly animals with the Phillip Island Penguin Day Tour or travel back in time and revisit history with the Sovereign Hill Day Tour, Klook has you covered! With their extensive range of day tours, you can do away with the stress of planning and commuting – and truly enjoy the experience of travel. You’ll get where you want to be, whenever you want to be. For those who prefer a more detailed itinerary, check out the 4D3N Melbourne and Great Ocean Road tour that will take your mind off planning for days.

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Don’t forget about one of the most fundamental necessities for every trip – the internet! Stay connected throughout your Australian adventure with Klook’s 4G Wifi. Just pick up your portable device in Singapore, and you are all set for seamless connectivity.

In all, there is so much that Australia has to offer, and it may feel daunting to try and plan an exciting and meaningful trip on your own. Furthermore, long drives to and fro every destination may take a toll on your body and cause undue stress while you’re on holiday. Minimise all these worries with Klook, and let them take care of all the nitty-gritty for you!

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So the next time you’re in Australia, do venture out of the city to explore what lies beyond. Arm yourself with this itinerary and you’ll be all set!

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About Author

Lydia Lee
Lydia Lee

A linguistics student, Lydia suffers from the occupational hazard of thinking too much about the quirks of language. She yearns to see more of the world and its people, and cannot wait for her next adventure to soak in more beautiful sights and sounds. Before she can do that again, her perfect day would include taking a slow walk, having a warm cup of coffee, and being immersed in a good book.