Perth - Adelaide - [self drive] - Melbourne
Enjoy the freedom of the open road with this great Aussie roadtrip between two fantastic cities. Then finish your two week holiday in laid back Perth.
Days One to Four - Perth
Fly to Perth on the west coast for a very chilled start to your Aussie holiday. Enjoy some laid back shopping, take a river cruise, play cricket on the beach and eat the local seafood. Make time to do a day trip to Rottnest Island, enjoying the stunning scenery on foot, by bike, or from the comfort of a beach towel on the sand!
Also try and squeeze in a day at Fremantle. Just a 20 minute drive from Perth's city centre, Freo (as it is known by the locals) is a vibrant port town that has real charm. Essential stops there include WA's earliest convict jail, the WA Maritime Museum and the bustling Fremantle Markets. Stop for a pint at a heritage pub to watch the buskers and amble along the back streets past dockworkers' cottages, warehouses converted into trendy apartments and off-the-beaten track local haunts. Most of all, Freo is about soaking up the laid-back atmosphere. Kick back and enjoy the view as the sun sets over the ocean.
Perth highlights include:
Shopping, restaurants and nightlife in the suburbs of Subiaco, Northbridge and Mt Lawley
Relaxing on the Swan River foreshore with its grassy areas, walkways and barbeque facilities
A day trip to the wineries of the Swan Valley
Time spent enjoying the markets, cafes and people watching in Fremantle
A helicopter trip over the city for stunning views and a real thrill
Days Five to Eight - Adelaide
Fly across to Adelaide and get out and about in to the wine regions of South Australia where you will taste some of the world's best wines and meet some fantastic characters. Sign up for a cooking school or wine tour to make the most of South Australia's delicious local produce and beautiful scenery. As well as picking up some local knowledge it's also a great way to meet the local people, giving a truly Aussie flavour to your holiday adventure.
People are passionate about good food and wine down here and North Adelaide particularly is a mecca for foodies. Its tree lined streets and majestic mansions form the backdrop to two of the city's most loved 'eat streets' boasting everything from coffee shops to five star dining. O'Connell Street offers a diverse selection of some of the city's finest Italian, Asian and Modern Australian cuisine. Just a short walk away is cosmopolitan Melbourne Street, packed with classy cafes, elegant restaurants and hip pubs that just ooze style.
Adelaide highlights include:
Swimming with the dolphins at Glenelg, just 20 minutes drive from Adelaide city centre
Hanging out at the seaside, enjoying the cafes, restaurants and beaches on Adelaide's coastline
The many festivals and events that Adelaide has become so well known for
Days Nine to Fourteen - The Great Ocean Road and Melbourne
Hire a car to explore south-eastern South Australia down to the iconic Great Ocean Road, covering 243 kilometres from Portland to Geelong. The journey includes spectacular scenery, rainforest walks, the chance to swim with dolphins in Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula or play golf alongside grazing kangaroos in Anglesea. There's plenty of opportunity to slow things down, take it easy and stretch out your journey with a stay in any of the many scenic seaside towns, from Port Fairy to Apollo Bay. It's possible to visit the Great Ocean Road as a day trip from Melbourne, but a better experience by far is had by those who take time to savour the landscapes, communities, habitats and wildlife along the way.
Melbourne showcases the best of Australia's laid-back lifestyle, but it also revels in a more old-world sense of sophistication and style. Easy to get around and with its diverse inner-city villages, chic fashion stores, over 3,000 restaurants, bars and cafes, you have all the ingredients of a great destination. Discover the bustling laneways in the city centre or the peaceful Royal Botanic Gardens. Take a bike ride around the city – pass the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground and take time out for an amazing coffee on Lygon Street, where you can start planning your next visit to Australia!
The Great Ocean Road and Melbourne highlights include:
Visiting Bells Beach, an icon of Australia's surfing culture for more than half a century; learn to surf at a local surfing school
Cruising or kayaking past the seal colony at Apollo Bay
Looking out for Southern Right Whales from the Logan's Beach viewing area at Warnambool (whale season is between June and October)
Visiting the Great Otway National Park form Apollo Bay, and enjoying a wallk on one of the many sign-posted tracks through the Otway Ranges rainforest
Getting up clost to the Twelve Apostles from one of the many viewing platforms on the cliff tops, or taking a helicopter flight for a bird's eye view