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Rental Car Tour - Australia

Southeast Australia Round Trip

Highlights

  • Get to know the diverse Southeast Australia

  • With your rental car, you will drive 1600 kilometers and discover an array of beautiful sights

  • You can optionally book the PREMIUM travel variant

    With our PREMIUM tours, you will stay in selected upscale accommodations. For a quote, please specify this option in your request under your travel wishes. Price for this 15-day round trip includes a rental car, private transfer on arrival, and 5 breakfasts: from 1518 EUR per person plus flight.

  • Experience countless animals, diverse nature, and a new culture

  • Combine it with our Tasmania travel block

Description

The legendary Great Ocean Road meanders along the gorgeous coastline, boasting rigid cliffs and past the Australian bush and clear ocean's meeting points. At your own pace, drive part of this route from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island with a rental car.

Destination

Oceania & South Pacific

Melbourne - Phillip Island - Apollo Bay - Port Fairy - Robe - Victor Harbor - Kangaroo Island - Adelaide

A trip to southeast Australia is ideal from November to March. During these months, there’s little rain and warm temperatures. January and February are the hottest months of the year, with temperatures starting at 29°C.

Welcome to the fifth continent. Today, you will land at Sydney International Airport. A transfer will pick you up and take you to your first hotel.

The next days consist of adventures through the city’s lively hustle and bustle. Don’t miss one of the city’s most famous highlights, Circular Quay - it’s a perfect picture opportunity and an ideal starting point for exploring the city. Afterward, stroll from Harbor Bridge to the Opera House, Sydney’s landmark. Trendy bars, cafes, and restaurants line the streets, each with a unique flair. In the evening, street musicians and artists will catch your attention.

Our tip: Book a harbor cruise and experience the Sydney skyline from a new perspective. Numerous boat tours begin at Circular Quay, so you’re spoiled for choice! Not far from here is the historic district, The Rocks. Grab a drink in some of the oldest pubs in town, charmingly nestled in the brick buildings. The area might remind you of England, which makes sense since their histories are closely connected.

Airport - hotel: approx. 15 km / 20 minutes

Three nights in Sydney, Australia

Today you will hop onto a plane to Melbourne. The cosmopolitan city is both vibrant and stylish and is known as the cultural capital of Australia. Your transfer awaits you at baggage claim and will take you to the picturesque city center, also known as the CBD. Immerse yourself in the relaxed Australian atmosphere the moment you leave the airport.

Use the rest of the day to freshen up and get to know the local area. Are you already looking forward to the next few days of countless experiences and adventures?

Melbourne Airport - hotel: approx. 30 km / 30 minutes

Two nights in Melbourne, Australia

It’s time to explore Melbourne! Immerse yourself in the local surroundings and get to know the everyday life of the metropolis. Which of the many districts around the center will you see today? Each one is a lively hotspot with hidden gems. To get around the CBD, hop on the free City Circle Train to see the main sights on foot.

Visit the Federations Square, where something exciting is always happening. It represents the city's cultural heart, and it’s a central meeting point for both locals and visitors.

How about a panoramic view of the city? Head over to the Eureka Skydeck, the southern hemisphere’s highest platform. Don’t miss its main highlight, “The Edge,” a retractable glass case with a transparent bottom. What an adrenaline rush!

Stroll the city streets and visit Queen Victoria Market. Do you smell the exotic spices and fresh fruits and vegetables? Since 1878, the market was the largest of its kind and attracts thousands of visitors to try its delicacies.

Wherever you end up today, Melbourne is a multicultural hub and colorful city you’ll fall in love with!

Begin your day well-rested and ready to pick up your rental car. Embark on your discovery tour through the southern part of the continent! The first route takes you to Phillip Island, a paradise a few kilometers from Melbourne. Along the M1 and M420, you will pass breathtaking stretches of coast and eventually reach the bridge that takes you to the island. Once you’re there, you can either drive to your hotel or already begin getting to know some of the highlights. At the Koala Conservation Center, you can see the famous Australian koalas up close. High up in the eucalyptus trees, the lazy animals comfortably perch between the branches and sleep for about 20 hours a day.

The island offers more exciting surprises for animal lovers. Discover the parrots, wallabies, whales, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, seals, and penguins!

At sunset, the penguins take the stage. The cute creatures parade the beach, waddling their little tailcoats to their nesting caves. This unforgettable spectacle is unlike anything you’ve seen before!

Melbourne - Phillip Island: approx. 140 km / 1hr 45 min

One night on Phillip Island, Australia

In the morning, continue your journey southwest and onto the first part of the Great Ocean Road. Turn off onto a peninsula called Sorrento and take a ferry to Queenscliff. This detour avoids the greater Melbourne area and offers views of the beautiful landscape from a different perspective. If the weather permits, it’s the perfect opportunity to take unforgettable photos.

From Queenscliff, you will begin your drive along the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay. Are you soaking in the world-famous road’s stunning sights? The route meanders from Torquay to Warrnambool, above the rough cliffs and past an array of fine sandy beaches, most of which offer unique viewpoints.

When you stay in Apollo Bay, be sure to visit the Otway Fly Treetop Walk. Stroll through the treetops at the height of 25 meters! High up in the trees with the birds, you’ll experience the country’s flora and fauna from an unparalleled perspective.

Phillip Island - Apollo Bay: 300 km / 5.5 hours

One night in Apollo Bay, Australia

Today will be a long drive, but don’t worry; you can expect many stopovers and some of the route’s most famous highlights. After about 90 kilometers, you will reach the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, one of your most anticipated sights of this adventure!

The rocks protrude from the sam, forming a spectacular panorama against the backdrop of the rough sea. Follow the wooden walkways to numerous viewing platforms, where you will discover seven of the rock formations on the horizon. Is your camera charged? Now’s your chance to snap some unforgettable photos!

Before you reach Port Fairy, we recommend a stop in the Belfast Coastal Reserve, an ideal place to stretch your legs during a long walk on the beach. Animal lovers, keep your eyes peeled! The seashore is a paradise for birdwatching fans.

At the end of the Great Ocean Road is Port Fairy. Its inspiring maritime history and beautiful surroundings make it one of the most livable places in the world. It’s a popular destination for tourists and locals looking for a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle.

Apollo Bay - Port Fairy: approx. 190 km / 2.5 hours

One night in Port Fairy, Australia

Another long stretch of road greets you today. You will head for Robe in South Australia, a small, dreamy fishing village that has developed into a popular vacation spot for tourists and residents of Adelaide and Melbourne. Enjoy the quaint restaurants, cute shops, and lovely hotels. Like many small-towns of Australia, it’s famous for its fresh lobster catching.

How about a day at the beach? Despite the rocks and coastline shaped by the wind, it attracts numerous surfers and water sports enthusiasts!

Wine lovers: take the opportunity to drive into the vineyards and taste some of the local wineries' fine wines.

Port Fairy - Robe: approx. 300 km / 3 hours

One night in Robe, Australia

Around 80 kilometers south of Adelaide is the city Victor Harbor, one of South Australia’s most popular destinations. Since the late 1800s, it has attracted families to spend their beach vacations here. The city overlooks the stunning Encounter Bay, with a coastline famous for The Bluff and the famous Granite Island. Visitors travel here from some of the continent's furthest states, driving for days on the Great Ocean Road to the famous Victor Harbor Tramway. Not only does it lead over a bridge, but the tramway is also pulled by horses every day.

Would you like to learn more about the area’s beautiful nature? Victor Harbor’s visitor center offers an exciting insight into the past and region’s development, providing interesting information for your trip.

Robe - Victor Harbor: approx. 355 km / 4 hours

One night in Victor Harbor, Australia

Drive from Victor Harbor towards Cape Jervis, where you will take the ferry to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. For the next 50 minutes, enjoy the ocean and keep your eyes peeled for the active marine life that surrounds you. The island is free from tourists and is a mecca for wilderness and nature lovers. The species-rich island promises wildlife sightings in every corner: from seals, birds, dolphins, anteaters, and kangaroos! With 509 kilometers of coastline and 155 kilometers from the east to the west coast, the island is larger than many think. It offers an array of adventures and discoveries you shouldn’t miss.

Countless animals, numerous beaches, local wines, and unique sunsets at your doorstep makes this island unlike any other experience. The island’s breathtaking landscapes will captivate you with its wild coastal cliffs, sheltered bays, steep headlands, and unspoiled areas.

Victor Harbor - Kangaroo Island: approx. 120 km / 2.5 hours

Two nights on Kangaroo Island, Australia

Goodbyes are always difficult, especially to Kangaroo Island. Today, you will drive back to the ferry terminal and begin the last stretch of your round trip to Barossa Valley, one of Australia's most famous wine-growing regions.

With over 150 wineries, it’s also one of the largest wine regions in the world! Not only with the gastronomic delicacies impress your sensory journey, but also the picturesque stone churches, hilly landscapes, and small charming villages will tickle your other senses.

Our tip: Visit the oldest winery in the country, Seppeltsfield, where they offer the famous 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny. The tour also allows you to taste a liqueur wine from your birth year!

In addition to the wonderful wines, there are award-winning restaurants that you can’t miss. Seasonal products, such as handmade cheese, baked bread, and traditionally smoked sausages, are popular choices.

Kangaroo Island - Barossa Valley: approx. 262 km / 4.5 hours

Two nights in Barossa Valley, Australia

Today’s short journey to Adelaide will be your last destination of this adventure-packed round trip. Did you know that the city is home to 1.3 million inhabitants and is the third-largest city in Australia? Immerse yourself in the city's hustle and bustle and discover why it’s known as the city of churches and festivals.

Adelaide, aka Festival City, is home to the largest cultural festival in Asia and the Pacific region, taking place every other March. The Adelaide Festival attracts over one million visitors and art and cultural enthusiasts from all over the world.

Set against a stunning backdrop between the mountains and ocean, Adelaide is easily a place where many people want to live. The elegant city has been in Melbourne and Sydney's shadow, reinventing itself as another Australian destination offering excellent pub culture, stylish shops, and an array of restaurants. Nevertheless, your experience in the city will be the perfect way to end your trip.

Mingle with the locals at the Central Market and enjoy the smell of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The city offers attractive opportunities to end your trip in a great atmosphere while reminiscing your experiences.

Barossa Valley - Adelaide: approx. 58 km / 1 hour

Two nights in Adelaide, Australia

Did it feel like the time flew by!? Unfortunately, today, you’ll pack your bags and head to the airport for your return flight. Drop off your rental car at the airport and enjoy your last moments beneath the Australian sun. Don’t want to leave the country just yet? Contact us, and we will gladly organize an extended vacation for you!

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Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard****, Sydney, Australia (3 nights)

This hotel's ideal location is close to many popular attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, and The Rocks District. Enjoy delicious meals and refreshing cocktails at the hotel’s in-house restaurant and bar. As a guest, you also have access to the fitness center and 24-hour reception. The 22 air-conditioned rooms have a desk, minibar, and tea/coffee making facilities. Bathroom amenities include towels, a hairdryer, and toiletries.

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank****, Melbourne, Australia (2 nights)

The hotel is within easy walking distance of Melbourne’s main attractions, including the Crown Casino and entertainment complex. Spend the night in one of the 275 rooms and enjoy the courteous service of the 24-hour reception. The rooms come equipped with a desk, small kitchenette, microwave, TV, free WiFi, and air conditioning.

Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island****, Phillip Island, Australia (1 night)

Relax in the middle of a beautiful tropical garden, take a dip in a large saltwater pool, or unwind in the luxurious spa area. The beach is opposite the hotel, offering uninterrupted views of the glistening ocean. The room amenities include a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, a refrigerator, ironing equipment, and tea/coffee making facilities. There’s a private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries.

Best Western Apollo Bay Motel***, Apollo Bay, Australia (1 night)

The quaint motel is just 50 meters away from the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy extensive, apartment-style rooms with air conditioning, cable TV, free WiFi, tea/coffee making equipment, a toaster, a minibar, a hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries.

Comfort Inn Port Fairy***, Port Fairy, Australia

After a long drive, you can relax at this cozy inn, just 5 minutes away from the historic Port Fairy Wharf and 10 minutes from the beaches. Several shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants await you steps away from the inn. The accommodations spread amongst 3 buildings and vary in type (e.g., cottages and private rooms). Seacombe House is the main building, its construction dating back to 1847, and it offers rooms with private or shared bathrooms. You can look forward to spacious rooms with flat-screen cable TVs.

Best Western Melaleuca Motel & Apartments***, Robe, Australia (1 night)

The bright, friendly rooms feature amenities such as a queen bed, small lounge, free WiFi, a microwave, and a small kitchenette. The town center is just a few minutes’ walks away, providing visitors with delicious restaurants and cute shops to explore.

Anchorage Seafront Hotel***, Victor Harbor Australia (1 night)

Tonight’s accommodation nestles on the waterfront at Victor Harbor, offering sea views from the comfortable rooms. Other room amenities include a TV, refrigerator, and free WiFi; some of the rooms even have a balcony and a spa bath! For a relaxing evening, head to the cozy wine bar, treat your tastebuds to the hotel’s restaurant or enjoy the atmosphere by the outdoor terrace and fireplace. You can choose between 80 types of beer and a range of wines from the surrounding region at the Wine Bar.

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge****, Kangaroo Island, Australia (2 nights)

Your stay at the *Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge *seamlessly nestles into the idyllic bush and provides stunning views of the American River Bay. The 38 rooms are an oasis of peace away from everyday life. On sunny days, cool off in the pool or ocean, then treat yourself to culinary delights at the hotel’s restaurant.

Vine Inn Barossa****, Barossa Valley, Australia (1 night)

The beautiful inn nestles in the Barossa Valley’s heart offer a solar-heated swimming pool, a spa pool, a restaurant, and a bar with a beer garden. The rooms and apartments include free WiFi, air conditioning, heating, cable TV, a refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities, and a private bathroom with a shower.

ibis Adelaide****, Adelaide, Australia (2 nights)

The affordable hotel offers 311 rooms in Adelaide’s CBD, each with the latest Samsung TV technology and Adelaide Hills views. The restaurant and bar have balconies overlooking Grenfell Street, offering unique dining experiences. The gym has modern equipment, and WiFi is available throughout the building. Because of its central location, the hotel is within walking distance of the Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval, Casino, and Convention Center.

Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney*****, Sydney, Australia (3 nights)

Nestled in the heart of the historic The Rocks District lies the luxurious Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney, just a 5-minute walk from Sydney Harbor Bridge. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, wine bar, library, and fitness center. All rooms and suites feature WiFi (at an additional cost), LCD flat-screen TV, desk, minibar, tea/coffee making equipment, a private bathroom, hairdryer, and luxury toiletries.

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins****, Melbourne Australia (2 nights)

Enjoy your stay at a hotel that’s centrally located, just a few minutes’ walk from Collins Street, Southern Cross Station, and the Yarra River. The modern rooms offer traditional interior design and amenities such as a TV, radio, air conditioning, minibar, safe, and a spacious bath/shower. In the evening, relax in the beautiful marble lobby and bar with a delicious cocktail. The hotel has a 24-room service and gym.

Glen Isla House*****, Phillip Island, Australia (1 night)

Glen Isla House is one of the oldest and best hotels on Phillip Island. It lies on one hectare of lush gardens and has beach access. All rooms have lovely garden views and come equipped with a TV, refrigerator, and tea/coffee making equipment. Relax by the fireplace in the lounge or on the beautiful terrace overlooking the landscape. For breakfast, enjoy it in the dining room along with stunning views.

Captain’s At The Bay****, Apollo Bay, Australia (1 night)

The family-run B&B is about 150 meters from the beach. The rooms include a TV, DVD player, coffee/tea making equipment, and some even have a private garden with a terrace. The fireplace in the communal lounge is the perfect place for breakfast or relaxation.

Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel****, Port Fairy, Australia (1 night)

This picturesque hotel awaits you in a gorgeous garden with a cozy atmosphere. When you look out of your room’s window, you can see the marina’s many boats or lush garden views. The rooms have a bathroom, hairdryer, and toiletries. End your evening surrounded by a cozy atmosphere at the lounge.

Robe House & Victoria Cottage****, Robe, Australia (1 night)

This charming stone cottage was built in 1847 and nestled in the heart of the city. Rustic floorboards, high vaulted ceilings, and antique furniture immerse you into Robe’s history. The five rooms have a bathroom and a separate living room with a small kitchenette. For leisurely activities, you can easily reach several galleries and restaurants only a short walk away. The Naracoorte Caves National Park is about one hour away.

Anchorage Seafront Hotel***, Victor Harbor, Australia (1 night)

Tonight’s accommodation nestles on the waterfront at Victor Harbor, offering sea views from the comfortable rooms. Other room amenities include a TV, refrigerator, and free WiFi; some of the rooms even have a balcony and a spa bath! For a relaxing evening, head to the cozy wine bar, treat your tastebuds to the hotel’s restaurant or enjoy the atmosphere by the outdoor terrace and fireplace. You can choose between 80 types of beer and a range of wines from the Wine Bar's surrounding region.

Stranraer Homestead****, Kangaroo Island, Australia (2 nights)

The lovingly restored 4-star hotel guarantees an idyllic experience. Lambs graze the land; therefore, they are bred and used for wool and grain farming on the hotel grounds. The host couple, Lynn and Graham, take care of your well-being and adds a personal charm during your stay. In terms of your culinary experience, you will be blown away. The owner is also the head chef, and even the famous Jamie Oliver has given an excellent review of the restaurant. Please note: Since the property is in a secluded area, there’s no supermarket or restaurant in the immediate vicinity. We recommend that you make dinner reservations in advance.

In the evening, a stargazing tour is included in your stay! A 4x4 vehicle will take you on a 45-minute drive across the Stranraer Ranch. Keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos, possums, and wallabies at dusk.

Abbotsford Country House Barossa Valley****+, Barossa Valley, Australia (1 night)

The house offers 8 individually decorated suites with a private bathroom with rain showers. Each living area includes comfy sofas and a mini-fridge with a selection of premium wines, Vittoria coffee, Twinings tea, and handmade truffles or fudge. The Barossa Farmers Market is held every Saturday, and you can reach it by car in 30 minutes.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel****, Adelaide, Australia (2 nights)

This beautiful hotel is close to the business center of Adelaide. Numerous restaurants, shops, bars, and cozy cafes surround the accommodation. The rooms come equipped with a TV, private bathroom, WiFi, minibar, air conditioning, and coffee/tea making equipment.

Duration of the trip: 15 days / 14 nights

Including

  • Collective transfer upon arrival

  • Ferry crossing Sorrento - Queenscliff

  • Ferry crossing Cape Jervis - Penneshaw and back

  • 14 nights in the advertised hotels

  • 11 days rental car (Hertz Australia Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar) including unlimited mileage, property damage coverage, vehicle registration fee, processing fee, 24-hour breakdown assistance, taxes, location fee, MAX coverage, GPS

Excluding

  • International and domestic flights

  • Entrance fees to national parks, excursions, etc.

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Rental cars: petrol, surcharge for young drivers, one-way fees, surcharges for delivery/collection outside of opening hours, deposit, other extras (WiFi, child seats), etc.

  • Personal expenses, such as tips

Services & Notes

  • At certain times of the season, there may be minimum stays and seasonal surcharges.

  • The rental car is charged on a 24-hour basis.

  • The terms and conditions of Hertz Australia apply.

  • Please note that there are toll roads in Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales (especially in the metropolitan areas of Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney). The toll applies to all vehicles. The price depends on the vehicle category and the road section. Payment of the toll is almost entirely cashless, as the Toll Roads are operated electronically. Since there is no central authority, you have to register your rental car separately in each of the states. The following information is required: registration number of the vehicle; the state in which the vehicle is registered; the car model as well, as the travel dates.

    • You can also find detailed information on the websites of www.govia.com.au, www.roamexpress.com.au.
  • Please note that Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island is closed due to the forest fires until further notice.

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