Tasmania & The Great Ocean Road

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Discover the unique wildlife and stunning coastline in Southern Australia and Tasmania

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most fabled routes in the Southern Hemisphere and certainly the most spectacular in Australia. This detailed study combines the coast, outback Australia and remote landscapes of Tasmania, each with enormous faunal diversity – from wombats and wallabies to kangaroos, koalas and Fairy penguins. If that’s not enough, stay in a wilderness camp surrounded by eucalyptus forest as part of an exclusive walk on Maria Island.


  • Exclusive coastal walk on Maria Island
  • Travel the Great Ocean Road, visiting the 12 Apostles and Great Otway N.P.

  • See Fairy penguins, wombats, kangaroos and wallabies

Key information

  • 13 nights hotels/lodges, 1 night wilderness camp and 1 night heritage house
  • Travel by minibus, 4WD, motorboat and internal flight


What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Day 1

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Arrive Adelaide

    Once considered a sleepy city, Adelaide is undergoing a rapid transformation with a burgeoning small-bar scene, world-class art and music, and a festival calendar to rival that of any other Australian city. For those who arrive earlier than the group flights, discover its laneway secrets, take in the stunning flora at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, and find delicious treats around every bend. The group flights usually arrive into Adelaide in the early evening and Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel by then.  This evening's welcome briefing is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers.

    Accommodation: Adabco Boutique Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 3

    To Mildura via the Barossa Valley and Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre; sunset at Perry Sandhills

    Today we make our way to Mildura, visiting the Barossa Valley and the Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre along the way. Our first stop will be a mid-morning adventure to Pindarie Wines Cellar (Barossa Valley), where we get the chance to taste the local wines and cheese while enjoying the scenery from a charming stable into the stunning vineyards. After that we hit the road again and await the next stop of Banrock Station, where we explore the wetlands through a self-guided walking trail, designed to suit all fitness levels, around the beautifully restored wetlands, mallee and flood plains. The Banrock Station wetland trails provide a unique opportunity to enjoy the restored wetlands, view abundant wildlife and learn about the role the wetlands play in the River Murray system. We’ll enjoy sunset from the Perry Sandhills , located near the town of Mildura.

    Accommodation: Best Western Chaffey Inn or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Morning kayak tour of the Murray River; afternoon to Mungo N.P. for sunset in the outback

    Today we will start off with a paddling journey through some of the most spectacular scenery the Murray and Darling Rivers have to offer. The very stable and easy to paddle range of safari kayaks allow you to get up close and quiet to nature. Experience the tranquillity of the many swamps and billabongs that the river systems have to offer and be inspired by the wide variety of birdlife each paddle encounters. In the afternoon the group we’ll embark on a Sunset Tour of Mungo National Park, which is a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Mildura whilst passing through several privately-owned sheep and cattle stations and with amazing photo and wildlife viewing opportunities along the way. An alfresco style evening meal will be served before returning to Mildura later in the evening.

    Accommodation: Best Western Chaffey Inn or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Visit the Pink Lakes of Murray-Sunset N.P. en route to Halls Gap

    Today we will travel to Halls Gap, stopping at the Murray-Sunset National Park, in Victoria’s far north-west corner. The National Park is one of the few remaining semi-arid regions in the world where the environment is relatively untouched, providing a haven for a wide array of wildlife. We’ll visit the salt-rich and usually photogenic Pink Lakes. We continue to Grampians National Park and explore MacKenzie Falls, one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in Victoria. Flowing year round, the falls sees water cascade over huge cliffs into a deep pool, sending fine sprays of rainbow mist high into the air above a stunning gorge. Our last stop before checking into our accommodation in Halls Gap is Reeds Lookout which offers exceptional views overlooking the Victoria Valley. From this magnificent lookout, and nearby The Balconies, you will be treated with breath-taking views over Victoria Range, Serra Range, Lake Wartook and the Mt Difficult Range.

    Accommodation: Mountain View Motor Inn or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Short hike amongst the sandstone mountains of Grampians N.P.; visit Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve near Warrnambool

    Today we travel from Halls Gap to Warrnambool, via Tower Hill Reserve. We’ll start with a short hike amongst the sandstone mountains of Grampians National Park to reach breath-taking views from The Pinnacle. We drive towards Warrnambool and stop at Tower Hill Reserve, which sits inside an extinct volcano formed some 30,000 years ago. An interactive walking tour, hosted by an experienced local guide, will provide the exclusive opportunity to explore the Reserve’s wildlife and discover the natural habitat of some of Australia’s most iconic animals. You will also get the chance to learn about Aboriginal history and culture heritage.

    Accommodation: Comfort Inn Western Warrnambool or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Travel the Great Ocean Road, one of the most spectacular coastal highways in the world! Visit the 12 Apostles and Great Otway N.P.

    Today we get to explore the Great Ocean Road and experience one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Stopping at the towering 12 Apostles, witness the magnificent rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s dramatic coastline. We’ll also explore the Gibson Steps, see London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge and stop at some of the less-visited but impressive sites. The extensive Great Otway National Park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms, windswept heathland and beautiful spring wildflowers. In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes. We continue on the eastern section of the Great Ocean Road and pass coastal towns and villages like Lorne and the surf capital of Torquay before reaching Geelong.

    Accommodation: Best Western Admirality Motor Inn or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Nature tour of You Yangs Regional Park; to Melbourne. Fly from Melbourne to Launceston, Tasmania. To Cradle Mountain

    This morning we visit the You Yangs Regional Park in southern central Victoria before taking an afternoon flight to Tasmania. At the You Yangs we meet our guide and begin the ‘Echidna Walkabout Tour’. On this tour we will walk through natural bushland to meet wild koalas and learn about each one’s history and social life. After an early lunch we travel to Melbourne Airport for our flight to Launceston, Tasmania, from where we continue to the alpine wilderness of Tasmania's captivating Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

    Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Full day to discover the trails, lakes, views and wildlife of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair N.P.

    Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park is arguably the jewel of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage area, and undeniably one of Australia's most beautiful national parks. From the jagged peaks of Cradle Mountain to the mirrored waters of Crater Lake, this is a wilderness experience that will stay with you. Nature lovers are spoilt for choice with plenty of incredible wilderness to discover; we’ll explore the alpine heaths of the national park on foot and will choose a walking track dependant on the (weather) conditions and forecast of the day. The walk may take us on the Dove Lake Circuit, to Crater Falls and Crater Lake, or to the summit of Cradle Mountain.

    Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    To Bicheno via the Bay of Fires Conservation Area

    Today we travel to Bicheno via the Bay of Fires Conservation Area. This magnificent stretch of coastline provides dramatic landscapes, ecology, and wildlife. We aim to do the Mount William Summit Walk, an easy 90 minute return walk, featuring panoramic views of the coastline and its iconic red lichen-covered boulders, out to the distant Bass Strait islands. We continue to Bicheno, a seaside town located just north of the Freycinet Peninsula, a place of wild beauty and our destination for tomorrow.

    Accommodation: Accommodation: Beachfront Bicheno or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Full day to discover the secluded bays, granite peaks and birdlife of Freycinet N.P.; evening Fairy penguin tour (the smallest penguins in the world!)

    Freycinet National Park is rich in stunning landscapes and loaded with natural assets, including the dramatic pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range, the iconic Wineglass Bay and abundant birdlife; you may be lucky enough to see a white-bellied Sea eagle gliding overhead or large Australasian gannet diving for food in the ocean. Get up close to wallabies, possums, echidnas and potoroos on one of the many bushwalks through Freycinet National Park. You may want to spend time on or walking the beach, or join us as we embark on the seven-mile Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit, which crosses the national park along the isthmus to remote Hazards Beach on the western coastline of Freycinet. We’ll have a rare and thrilling chance to visit a private rookery at dusk, as we join a local guide on a tour to see the Fairy penguins of Bicheno emerge from the ocean and head for their homes. The penguins are accustomed to the tour, but loud noises and flashes will scare them away so strictly no cameras.

    Accommodation: Beachfront Bicheno or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    To Triabunna. Boat to Maria Island where there are large populations of wombats, kangaroos and wallabies. Overnight wilderness camp

    Departing Bicheno this morning we drive towards Triabunna where we board a private boat to Maria Island. The World Heritage listed Maria Island National Park is bursting with natural beauty – pristine untouched beaches, fossil cliffs, eucalyptus forests and rare wildlife such as the Cape Barron goose and Tasmanian Devil. A 20 minute boat trip across the Mercury Passage brings us to Point Lesueur where we set foot on an untouched beach just as the explorers did years earlier. Our walk takes us along three secluded beaches with great opportunities to see wombats, wallabies and kangaroos. The island has a fascinating convict history that we’ll begin to discover at Point Lesueur. Our overnight location is a wilderness camp amongst the white gum forest, just moments from the beach. Fall asleep in a bush cabin with the sound of waves lapping gently nearby.

    Today’s walking distance is around 6km.

    Accommodation: Wilderness Camp
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Exclusive coastal walk on Maria Island visiting the Painted Cliffs and walking through ancient eucalyptus forests. Overnight Bernacchi house

    Wake up to the sound of birds in the forest and tuck into a hearty breakfast at camp, enjoying the wilderness surroundings. Today’s walk sets off on a track through ancient eucalyptus forests to discover the heart of the island and its grand forests – some of world’s largest Tasmanian blue gums are found on Maria Island and the scent of these trees is magnificent. We’ll also discover the coastline by foot, visiting the Painted Cliffs where a section of wonderfully patterned sandstone which has been shaped by the wind and water can be discovered. We’ll likely arrive into the ex-convict settlement of Darlington (now a World Heritage listed site) by lunchtime, to settle into Bernacchi House, a restored cottage of an eccentric Italian entrepreneur dating back to 1880. This afternoon you can choose to climb the peaks of Bishop and Clerk (690m) for spectacular coastal views, or discover the settlement of Darlington. After sunset there is a chance to search for wild Tasmanian Devils using spotlights before a gourmet dinner is prepared for us at Bernacchi House.

    Accommodation: Bernacchi house
    Heritage House

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Walk the Fossil Cliffs circuit where there are many Eastern Grey kangaroos; visit UNESCO listed Darlington convict settlement; boat and transfer to Hobart

    After breakfast we walk the Fossil Cliffs circuit for dramatic sea cliffs and coastal views, whilst surrounded by plentiful Eastern Grey kangaroos and Cape Barren geese. Our guides will help us understand the fascinating convict settlement of Darlington this morning, to learn about the different eras and history. After a farewell lunch, we board a boat back to Triabunna and transfer to Hobart, a journey of around one hour and a half.

    Accommodation: Hadley's Orient Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 15

    Full day to discover the temperate rainforest of Mount Field N.P. where platypus might be spotted!

    Today we get to explore one of Tasmania’s most loved national parks. Mount Field National Park is Tasmania’s first national park and has a wide variety of scenic features and abundant wildlife; if we’re lucky we’ll spot a platypus! An array of walks and tracks is available to choose from, including the Lady Barron Falls Circuit taking us past palm-like pandani and forests of towering swamp gums, or the more demanding Mount Field East Circuit which combines alpine scenery, idyllic lakes and lush rainforest in a spectacular 4 to 5 hour hike. We’ll make sure we visit the star attraction of the park, the three tier Russell Falls, which is a short walk through enormous fern forests and some of the world’s tallest trees.

    Accommodation: Hadley's Orient Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Free day; optional boat excursion to Tasman Island or Bruny Island, alternatively discover Hobart

    The optional activity aboard Robert Pennicott’s award-winning Wilderness Cruise takes you along the spectacular coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. The custom-built yellow boats cruise into sea caves, past waterfalls, archways and to the base of Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Join the search for abundant sea and coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds. Alternatively, spend your day exploring the Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. With it’s captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone. Not to be missed is MONA, the daring Museum of Old and New Art. Australia's largest privately owned museum is cut into sandstone cliffs in the northern suburbs, with an art collection as eclectic as it is provocative.

    Accommodation: Hadley's Orient Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Depart Hobart, fly to Melbourne. Fly to London

    Our adventure ends today after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for their flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 18

    Arrive London

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info



All nationalities except New Zealand require a visa for Australia. British, most EU passport holders, Canadian and US passport holders can apply for an electronic visa online. For British passport holders this is done through www.australia.org.uk.



There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners included.

Most breakfasts are English style ‘full breakfast’, some are buffet style and some Continental style with cereals, fruit, juice and coffee.

The included dinner in Mungo NP is an Aussie-style BBQ, dinner in the Grampians is pub-style and will be served in the local ‘Hotel’. Meals on Maria Island are of a gourmet standard - guides prepare restaurant quality meals and serve a 3-course dinner each evening complimented by award winning Tasmanian wines and local beers.

Vegetarians are generally well catered for although please be sure to advise us of any specific dietary requirements before departure.


South Australia and Victoria enjoy warm summers, glorious springs, mild autumns and crisp winters. With its variable climate, this part of Australia hots up December to February (summer), cools down March to May (autumn), chills out June to August (winter), and warms up again September to November (spring). Top temperatures are usually in January and February. Those months are often dry, with hot spells and cooling afternoon breezes in coastal areas. June and July are the coldest months, and October is the wettest.

Tasmania has four distinct seasons with the warmest months being December to March. The average maximum daily summer temperatures are between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures sit between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius. Rainfall varies dramatically across the island.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)

Although the tour is not physically demanding, a fair amount of travelling is involved and there are some long days, but these are generally broken up with sightseeing en route or on arrival. Some of the main roads are good and fast, there are some bumpy stretches that take us to some of the sites away from the main road.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Hotels, Lodges & Wilderness Camp

Where we can we use fairly small, often privately run, establishments; from a boutique hotel housed in a heritage-listed Venetian Gothic style property in Adelaide to the welcoming ambiance of a family operated motel in the Grampians and a mountain‐lodge that has the granite peaks of Cradle Mountains as its backdrop. A highlight of this trip will be our 2-night stay at Maria Island, of which we spend one in a comfortable wilderness camp and one in a heritage house. Our intimate hotel in Hobart was originally built by convict labour in 1834 and is full of history!

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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