Combine Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide with beaches, wineries and World Heritage-listed wilderness on a journey through Australia's south-east. From Melbourne, you can meet wildlife in the wild on Phillip Island, visit vineyards in the Yarra Valley and explore golf courses and food and wine on the Mornington Peninsula. From Hobart, Tasmania's pristine national parks are all within reach. Loop around the island, stopping for Freycinet National Park, the Bay of Fires Walk or Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park. From Melbourne, drive to Adelaide along the cliff-hugging Great Ocean Road. See the Twelve Apostles, or canoe the Coorong on your way before exploring this elegant city.
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Melbourne & surrounds
Visit Federation Square and cruise down the Yarra River from nearby Southbank. Explore the city’s laneways - try Hardware Lane for alfresco dining and the alleys off Flinders Lane for jazz and wine bars, cafes and boutiques. Head to St Kilda for cake on Ackland St or a sunset walk along the promenade. Go shopping on bohemian Brunswick Street or chic Chapel Street. Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens or catch an AFL game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Head to Phillip Island and see fairy penguins waddling home at dusk in packs and pairs on Summerland Beach. On the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, you can swim with dolphins in Sorrento and see seaside mansions in Portsea. Surf or play golf in Flinders and wander through vineyards and orchards with ocean views in Red Hill. Visit the acclaimed wineries of the Yarra Valley, then take a steam train through the mist-cloaked Dandenong Ranges.
Fly from Melbourne to Hobart or Launceston. Alternatively take the overnight ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. In Hobart, step back in time in Salamanca Place, home to a long row of Georgian sandstone warehouses and the bustling Salamanca Markets on Saturday. Kayak down the wide Derwent River at twilight or climb craggy Mount Wellington for sweeping views. Then you could hire a car to explore Tasmania from south to north. See the perfect curve of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Swim in St Helens and do the Bay of Fires Walk in Mount William National Park. Look over Launceston from Cataract Gorge and cycle along Devonport’s waterfront. Soothe your soul in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park. Stay in Strahan and cruise the Gordon River or white water raft the furious Franklin. Walk to waterfalls and fern forests in Mount Field National Park. Arriving in the north or the south doesn’t matter – you can circle Tasmania from any direction.
Melbourne to Adelaide
From Melbourne, drive the spectacular Great Ocean Road to Adelaide in five days or skip the scenic stops and make it in two. Visit the iconic surf spot of Bells Beach, bushwalk to waterfalls in Otway National Park or marvel at the majestic limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles. Stay in seaside towns such as Lorne, Apollo Bay or Port Fairy, where you turn inland for the Grampians. Spend the night in Halls Gap, which has easy access to the wildlife, walking trails and Aboriginal rock art of the Grampians National Park. Go rock-climbing on Mt Arapiles, further along. In South Australia, you can detour inland to the Coonawarra wine region or to see the fossils of World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves. Dine on lobster in Kingston or canoe through the calm, interconnecting waterways of the Coorong. Continue onto elegant Adelaide, fringed by beaches, hills and the Barossa Valley vineyards. Explore the museums and libraries of North Terrace, dine on dedicated ‘eat streets’ or picnic in gardens that sprawl over almost half the city. Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Swim with dolphins or learn to sail in Glenelg or fish from the jetty in Henley.
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Drive south-west from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road in under 2 hours, or catch a train to Geelong and then take a bus.