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AU/MEL/17GREATNOV | 5 Night(s) Package

5 Nights Great Southern Touring Route Drive


Stopover: Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Halls Gap, Ballarat & Melbourne

Inclusion

~ 5 Days Hertz Car Rental Group D - FCAR (Toyota Camry or similar) / FVAR (Kia Carnivale or similar for 4A, 5A) with MAX Coverage; Zero Excess
~ 5 Nights Accommodation as below:-
* 1N Comfort Inn The International Apollo Bay, Twin Room (Family Room for 4A/2A2C)
* 1N Comfort Inn Port Fairy, Queen Room
* 1N Comfort Inn Plaza Halls Gap, Standard King (King Family for 3A/4A/2A1C/2A2C)
* 1N Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies Ballaret, Studio Deluxe (Townhouse for 4A,2A2C)
* 1N Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments (Standard room / 2 Bedroom for 4A,2A2C)
~ Departure Transfers from hotel to airport by seat-in-coach.
~ Option to extend stay.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne - Apollo Bay
Estimated distance: 187km / 3 hours

Ease into your roadtrip with the leisurely drive from Melbourne to Torquay, just over an hour's drive. Home to some of Australia's best-known surf beaches, Torquay marks the official beginning of the Great Ocean Road. Dose up on surf culture at Surfworld before visiting Bell's Beach, host of the annual Rip Curl Pro. Stop at nearby Anglesea and take a detour to the golf course, famous for the kangaroos lounging under the trees surrounding the greens. Magnificent coastal views will dominate the next 30 kilometres as you drive to beach town Lorne, the perfect spot for lunch -fish and chips on the beach is a must. Another twenty minutes winding along the coastal road will bring you to Kennett River and its most famous locals: koalas. Take some birdseed for their flighty friends then follow the 'koala walk' with your camera ready. As you make your way to Apollo Bay, you'll travel up along cliff-tops offering incredible views and alongside wild beaches - take time to stop at the lookouts for photos, or beachside for a stroll. From coastal town Apollo Bay, follow the Great Ocean Road into the lush Otway National Park, and turn off to the Cape Otway light station (about a 50-minute drive). Take a tour of the oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia, climbing to the top to see where the Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean. Make your way back to Apollo Bay for the night. Dine at Chris's at Beacon's Point, where gourmet food is complemented by spectacular cliff-top views, and sleep next to the beach at Whitecrest. Or escape it all at the Great Ocean Eco Lodge, a conservation centre nestled 25 kilometres away in the Otway National Park, for an extraordinary encounter with Australian wildlife.

Overnight at Comfort Inn The International Apollo Bay.

Day 2: Apollo Bay - Port Fairy
Estimated distance: 189km / 3 hours

From Apollo Bay, follow the Great Ocean Road into the lush rainforest of the Otway National Park and turn off to the Otway Fly Treetop Walk, an easy hour's drive. Reach for the sky along the treetop canopy walkway - the longest and tallest of its type in the world - or up the adrenaline with a zip-line tour. Back on the Great Ocean Road, get your camera ready for the spectacular coastline leading to Port Campbell and its famous 12 Apostles, a group of magnificent rock stacks rising up from the Southern Ocean. Descend all 86 of the Gibson Steps to walk down to the wild beach for a ground-level view of the 12 Apostles. Take plenty of time to stop at lookouts over the cliffs of the Loch Ard Gorge and, just beyond Port Campbell, the hauntingly beautiful Bay of Islands. For the best views of this beguiling coastline, take to the skies on a helicopter tour. Unforgettable.

Continue along the Great Ocean Road west, to Warrnambool. Explore the maritime capital's history then head to the viewing platforms at Logans Beach to spot its impressive winter visitors: southern right and blue whales. Catching a glimpse of these giants schooling their calves just offshore is truly awe-inspiring.

From Warrnambool, drive towards Port Fairy and take the turn-off to Tower Hill State Game Reserve, an easy 15-minute drive. Take to the walking tracks, keeping an eye out for koalas, emus, kangaroos and waterbirds who roam freely among the hills and lake-filled craters of this extinct volcano. Visit the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre to find out more about the reserve's Aboriginal and geological history. Top off the day with dinner in nearby Port Fairy. Dine on seasonal regional fare at the historic dining room at the Merrijig Inn, Victoria's oldest inn.

Overnight at Comfort Inn Port Fairy.

Day 3: Port Fairy - Halls Gap
Estimated distance: 158km / 2 hour 30 minutes

Spend the morning exploring charming fishing village Port Fairy. Wander along the river, visit the beaches, or follow one of the historic walking trails to see old whalers' cottages and grand public buildings. For more wildlife, take a cruise out to the seal colony just offshore on Lady Julia Percy Island.

From Port Fairy, make the easy drive 90 kilometres north to Dunkeld (about an hour's drive), gateway to the southern Grampians. Popular with wildlife watchers, outdoor adventurers and history buffs, the Grampians is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich with wildlife and home to significant Aboriginal rock art sites.
The stunning twin peaks of mounts Sturgeon and Abrupt provide a glorious backdrop for Dunkeld, and inspiration for much of the art in the galleries. Wander through the galleries and museum or be inspired by fine food with a sumptuous lunch at the award-winning Royal Mail Hotel.

If you're feeling fit and energetic, tackle a challenging but rewarding climb to the summit of Mount Sturgeon or Mount Abrupt for panoramic views of the surrounding ranges and volcanic plains. Both hikes take around three hours return, require good levels of fitness and suitable walking attire, and promise camera-worthy rewards.
Leaving Dunkeld, take the scenic Grampians Road right through the national park to Halls Gap, an excellent base for exploring the ranges. If you're the outdoorsy type you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities: hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing and abseiling, fishing and more. Whatever your activity of choice, keep your camera poised for wildlife - the park is home to a profusion of native animals and birds, including kangaroos, koalas, emus and wedge-tailed eagles - and wildflowers.

Overnight at Comfort Inn Plaza Halls Gap.

Day 4: Halls Gap - Ballarat
Estimated distance: 142km / 2 hours

Start your day with a visit to the Brambuk Culture Centre to delve into the area's fascinating Aboriginal history and culture. Enjoy the art, artefacts and activities - try your hand at a boomerang. Join Aboriginal guides on tours to ancient rock art sites and to learn more about the landscape's spiritual significance. Looking with a new point of view, explore the park further, taking in its famous lookouts: Boroka, Reed and the Balconies, all a short distance from Halls Gap and offering stunning views over the Mount William and Wonderland Ranges and Victoria Valley. Make time to stop at another of the Grampians' star attractions: MacKenzie Falls, one of Victoria's largest and most spectacular waterfalls. Take the steep climb down to the base of the falls (allow an hour return) or the easier, more accessible trail that follows the top of the ridge line.

From Halls Gap, Ararat is just a quick 50 kilometre drive away. Stop in at the Gum San Chinese Heritage Museum to learn about the town's intriguing Chinese history or give yourself goosebumps on a ghost tour of Aradale, Australia's largest abandoned asylum. Back out on the open road, you're just over an hour's drive from your final destination for the day, Ballarat. Along the Western Highway, admire the imposing Mt Ghiran and explore the beautiful Langhi Ghiran State Park, rich in Aboriginal cultural heritage and home to significant art sites.

Overnight at Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies.

Day 5: Ballarat - Melbourne
Estimated distance: 166km / 2 hour 30 minutes

Spend the morning in Ballarat's heritage precinct and unearth the city's rich gold mining history and magnificent architecture on a self-guided heritage walk. The grand tree-lined streets are perfect for meandering, the heritage trails are dotted with elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens, statues and churches.
Dig deeper into the region's gold-mining history with a visit to open-air gold-rush museum Sovereign Hill. Try your luck panning for gold, brace yourself for an underground mine tour, and learn about rare 19th-century trades.

Back in the present day, fawn over native Australian fauna at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Pat a koala, watch wombats wander up close and see crocodiles feeding - from a safe distance.
Before you make your way back to Melbourne, treat yourself to a visit to Daylesford and the surrounding spa country. For food and pampering, it's nothing but heavenly.
Linger over a long lunch at the renowned Lake House, where local culinary hero Alla Wolf-Tasker's sensational seasonal menu and views across Lake Daylesford make for an unforgettable meal.

Enrich the last day of your trip with a short detour to nearby Hepburn Springs, named for its naturally occurring mineral springs. Taste the different mineral waters from old-fashioned pumps in the Hepburn Springs Mineral Springs Reserve, or soak it up - literally - with a pampering spa at Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. Fully rejuvenated, make the short drive back to Melbourne. Check-in your accommodation in Melbourne and drop off your car at Avis's downtown depot to avoid the pricey overnight parking.

Overnight at Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments

Day 6: Melbourne - Singapore

Morning check out of hotel. Transfers by Con-x-ion on seat-in-coach from hotel to Melbourne International Airport for your departure flight back home!

Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
*** OPTIONAL ADD ON FOR FARMSTAY ***
Experience country life in Kyneton/Macedon Ranges or Ballarat Goldfields region! To experience the true country escape, a farmstay just 1 or 1.5 hours from Melbourne is the answer. Kyneton and Ballarat are the centres for the farmstays and you will be amazed by the open space and the chance to see wildlife in its natural environment. Farm sizes vary from just a few acre hobby farms with a variety of animals to very large sheep farms. Typical farms in these areas are beef cattle, sheep, horses, emus, ostrich, alpaca, angora goats, vegetables, flowers, crops, vineyards and mixed farms.

* PRICE PER PERSON IN SGD$ INCLUDES:-
~ Farmstay accommodation (minimum 2 adults) - private bookings with no other guests;
~ Choice of 2 / 3 meals (refer rates) cooked breakfast, 2 course lunch, 3 course dinner
~ Farm activities with farm host family such as tour of the farm, feeding animals, collecting fresh eggs, seeing wild kangaroos/wildlife, star gazing, etc.

*** CAR RENTAL EXTENSION RATES IN SGD$ PER DAY ***
Valid for car pickup from AIRPORT with Zero Excess (Max Coverage)
VALIDITYCAR MODEL (GUIDE ONLY)DAILY RATES FOR RENTAL FOR 4-6 DAYS DAILY RATES FOR RENTAL FOR 7+ DAYS
01Oct17 - 30Nov17Group D - Toyota Camry Sedan or similar9389
01Oct17 - 30Nov17Group T - Kia Carnivale or similar112107
01Dec17 - 31Mar18Group D - Toyota Camry Sedan or similar9793
01Dec17 - 31Mar18Group T - Kia Carnivale or similar117112
VALIDITYRemarksPrice per ADULT per night in SGD$Price per CHILD per night in SGD$
01Jun17 - 31Mar18Farmstay (1 night/3meals)255195
01Jun17 - 31Mar18Farmstay (1 night/2meals) Check in after 3PM, check out before 10am230170


Important Notes


~ Valid for travel to be completed by 31Mar'18.
~ Airfare is NOT included in this package.
~ A valid driving licence (minimum 12 months) in English is required for car rental. Hertz Australia will not rent to any person on a Provisional or Probationary licence.
~ A young driver surcharge will apply for driver between the age of 21 and 25 - AUD$16.50 per day and this is payable direct.
~ Confirmation is subject to room and seats availability.
~ Strict cancellation policy apply once booking is confirmed.
~ Price for child is valid when sharing with 2 adults using existing bedding.
~ Payment may be made in Singapore Dollars by cash, NETS, cheques or Visa/Mastercard only.
~ Due to fluctuation on currency exchange, prices are subject to change without prior notice.


Surcharges (Airlines / Hotels)


Above prices quoted exclude the following surcharges which will be collected upon confirmation of package:

Comfort Inn Port Fairy
Queen Room
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$150 per room per night 24Dec'17 - 20Jan'18, 09Mar - 12Mar'18)

Comfort Inn The International Apollo Bay
Standard Room
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$145 per room per night (26Sep-05Oct'17, 01Nov - 07Nov'17, 09Mar - 13Mar'18)
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$45 per room per night (16Dec-18Dec, 01Mar - 08Mar & 14Mar - 28Mar'18)
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$245 per room per night (19Dec -28Feb'18 & 29Mar - 31Mar'18 ++ Minimum 2 nights stay applies)
Family Room
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$175 per room per night (26Sep-05Oct'17, 01Nov - 07Nov'17, 09Mar - 13Mar'18)
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$70 per room per night (16Dec-18Dec, 01Mar - 08Mar & 14Mar - 28Mar'18)
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$305 per room per night (19Dec -28Feb'18 & 29Mar - 31Mar'18 ++ Minimum 2 nights stay applies)

Comfort Inn Country Plaza Halls Gap
Standard King / King Deluxe
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$55 per room per night (1A,2A,3A,2A1C) / S$105 per room per night (4A,2A2C) (27Oct - 29Oct, 24Dec'17 - 03Jan'18, 09Feb - 11Feb'18 & 30mar - 31Mar'18)

Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments
Standard Room / 2 Bedroom Apartments
~ Blackout Dates: 03Nov - 04Nov / 06Nov - 07Nov / 26Dec - 31Dec / 15Jan - 28Jan / 15Mar - 18Mar'18

TRAVEL START DATE


Choose your hotel room
Room Type
Hotel Rating
Adult(s)
Child

Passenger(s) Bedding and Room(s)

Remarks

Above prices quoted exclude the following surcharges which will be collected upon confirmation of package:

Comfort Inn Port Fairy
Queen Room
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$150 per room per night 24Dec'17 - 20Jan'18, 09Mar - 12Mar'18)

Comfort Inn The International Apollo Bay
Standard Room
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$145 per room per night (26Sep-05Oct'17, 01Nov - 07Nov'17, 09Mar - 13Mar'18)
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$45 per room per night (16Dec-18Dec, 01Mar - 08Mar & 14Mar - 28Mar'18)
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$245 per room per night (19Dec -28Feb'18 & 29Mar - 31Mar'18 ++ Minimum 2 nights stay applies)
Family Room
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$175 per room per night (26Sep-05Oct'17, 01Nov - 07Nov'17, 09Mar - 13Mar'18)
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$70 per room per night (16Dec-18Dec, 01Mar - 08Mar & 14Mar - 28Mar'18)
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$305 per room per night (19Dec -28Feb'18 & 29Mar - 31Mar'18 ++ Minimum 2 nights stay applies)

Comfort Inn Country Plaza Halls Gap
Standard King / King Deluxe
~ Peak Season Room Surcharge: S$55 per room per night (1A,2A,3A,2A1C) / S$105 per room per night (4A,2A2C) (27Oct - 29Oct, 24Dec'17 - 03Jan'18, 09Feb - 11Feb'18 & 30mar - 31Mar'18)

Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments
Standard Room / 2 Bedroom Apartments
~ Blackout Dates: 03Nov - 04Nov / 06Nov - 07Nov / 26Dec - 31Dec / 15Jan - 28Jan / 15Mar - 18Mar'18
Room Type 5 Nights Great Southern Touring Route Drive
Adult (A) Child (C)
1A 2A 3A 4A 1A1C 2A1C 2A2C
2017-10-01 ~ 2017-11-30
As per itinerary 1470 750 575 535 1040 210 255
2017-12-01 ~ 2018-03-31
As per itinerary 1490 765 580 540 1065 210 255
Price per person in SGD$

Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
*** OPTIONAL ADD ON FOR FARMSTAY ***
Experience country life in Kyneton/Macedon Ranges or Ballarat Goldfields region! To experience the true country escape, a farmstay just 1 or 1.5 hours from Melbourne is the answer. Kyneton and Ballarat are the centres for the farmstays and you will be amazed by the open space and the chance to see wildlife in its natural environment. Farm sizes vary from just a few acre hobby farms with a variety of animals to very large sheep farms. Typical farms in these areas are beef cattle, sheep, horses, emus, ostrich, alpaca, angora goats, vegetables, flowers, crops, vineyards and mixed farms.

* PRICE PER PERSON IN SGD$ INCLUDES:-
~ Farmstay accommodation (minimum 2 adults) - private bookings with no other guests;
~ Choice of 2 / 3 meals (refer rates) cooked breakfast, 2 course lunch, 3 course dinner
~ Farm activities with farm host family such as tour of the farm, feeding animals, collecting fresh eggs, seeing wild kangaroos/wildlife, star gazing, etc.

*** CAR RENTAL EXTENSION RATES IN SGD$ PER DAY ***
Valid for car pickup from AIRPORT with Zero Excess (Max Coverage)