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Discover all that Australia has to offer during this magnificent south east rental car tour!
See city highlights, wild nature, and the inhabitants of the 5th continent.
Start in the hip metropolis of Melbourne and discover the city's highlights.
Melbourne is one of Australia's most laid-back cities and is known for its artist scene.
Go to markets and enjoy the "laid back" flair of the metropolis.
The Yarra River is a wonderful place to stroll.
Modern cafes await you on every corner, and perhaps, the best coffee in the world.
Discover the colorful beach cottages in Brighton Bay - Melbourne's seaside neighborhood.
After a few days in the city, it's off to the Great Ocean Road, however ...
...first stop on Phillip Island, where you can meet the cute penguins in the evening...
...you can watch the penguin parade from a lookout point.
Experience the highlights along the Great Ocean Road and see rugged coastlines with famous rock formations, long sweeping bays, and the backcountry.
Stop along the Great Ocean Road and enjoy a walk on the beach along the rock formation.
Experience the beauty of Kangaroo Island and get up close with the landscape and wildlife.
The Remarkable Rocks is one of the island's highlights.
Explore the wild nature in Flinders Chase National Parks on the west of the island.
With a rental car, you will explore the southeast coast of Australia.
After several days of road tripping, relax in Adelaide.
Spend some time strolling on the beach or down the pier.
Like almost everywhere in Australia, there are parks in Adelaide where you can meet kangaroos.
Melbourne: Discover Australia’s hippest city
Drive down the legendary Great Ocean Road
Perfectly combines with the travel block “Sensational Sydney”
Encounter koalas and kangaroos on a 4x4 jeep tour on Kangaroo Island
Watch the cute penguin parade on Phillip Island
Travel along the spectacular southeast coast from metropolitan Melbourne to Adelaide. Stop at the legendary highlights on the Great Ocean Road with the famous Twelve Apostles and meet penguins on the 5th continent. After a ferry ride, you’ll stop on Kangaroo Island and discover the wild beauty of the island and its animal worlds, such as kangaroos, sea lions, wallabies, and koalas. For the last few days, relax in Adelaide’s charming atmosphere.
Welcome to the Down Under! You finally made it to the other end of the world. Pick up your rental car at the airport and explore the hippest metropolis in Australia.
There are a few cities you want to return to, and Melbourne is one of them. Discover the endless possibilities of this metropolis: shopping centers, quaint hip cafés with some of the best coffee on the continent, a distinctive artist scene, and gorgeous beaches. There are several parts of the city right on the ocean, such as St. Kilda, where you can see typical Australian scenes of surfers and other beachgoers. For a bit of a change, we recommend exploring Brighton Bay. The famous colorful boathouses are a great photo opportunity! You can reach this destination from Flinders Station in 20 minutes by train.
Back in Melbourne, discover the hip Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. Discover great alternative shops, galleries, bars, and other unusual shops.
In the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can leave the big city behind and enjoy the city’s green lung. In the vast park, you’ll find trees, plants, and lakes for a relaxing and idyllic day. The park is perfect even on a hot day because the trees provide pleasant shade. Admission is free!
Melbourne has a lot more to offer; for example, concerts, delicious food, and some of the friendliest people that warmly welcome you to their shining city.
2 nights at Vibe Savoy**** in the Guest Room, Melbourne, Australia
Today you’ll drive to Phillip Island! Beaches, picturesque rock formations, and Australian wildlife shape the island's image that’s about 90 minutes from Melbourne. When you arrive in San Remo, you’ll see the long bridge that will take you straight to Phillip Island. A few meters from Phillip Island Road is the famous Chocolate Factory, where you can watch 400 kilograms of chocolate fall every three minutes and snack on the self-made chocolate. At the Koala Conservation Center, you can see cute koalas up close! The cuddly animals perch in the eucalyptus trees and are cared for by the loving rangers in the park. Victoria has the highest number of koalas in all of Australia, and they are the heaviest in the country, weighing around 14 kilograms. As everywhere in Australia, you will have the chance to see wild wallabies frolicking in the grassy landscape. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the penguin parade at the beginning of sunset. Hundreds of little penguins waddle up the beach in the evenings to reach their nests. Afterward, you’ll go to your accommodation.
Travel time: 142 km / approx. 1.5 hours
1 night at Glen Isla House**** with breakfast in the Classic Room, Phillip Island, Cowes, Australia
Wake up to the beautiful Phillip Island surroundings, then get ready to head to your next destination. After a ferry ride to Queenscliff, you’ll arrive at the famous Great Ocean Road, a Scenic Route that over 7.5 million guests visit annually. Because of its national importance, the road section is a part of the Australian National Heritage List.
On the section of the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay, the hinterland mountains partially extend to the ocean. The road meanders along its edges with many bends. Picturesque sandy beaches and steep rock coasts determine the backdrop of the landscape.
Apollo Bay is in the middle of the famous Great Ocean Road, with a stunning two-kilometer beach and rolling hill landscape. This destination is the perfect starting point for exploring the Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway National Park. By the Kennett River, about 25 miles from the park, you can spot cute koalas in their eucalyptus trees on Gray River Road. In addition, the 104 kilometers long Great Ocean Walk begins here and leads you through a weathered coast of limestone, rock, and sand cliffs.
Travel time: 303 km / approx. 5.5 hours
1 night at Captains At Bay**** with breakfast in the Cottage Room, Apollo Bay, Australia
Today’s absolute highlight awaits you on your way from Apollo Bay to Port Fairy: lay your eyes on the world-famous Twelve Apostles. You’ll see other well-known rock formations such as Loch Ard Gorge, Island Archway, The Grotto, Razorback, and London Arch. Also worth visiting is Lavers Hill, the highest village on the Great Ocean Road. Stop at Johanna Beach and watch the surfers catch some waves.
The idyllic fishing village of Port Fairy has plenty of historic 19th-century buildings that you can see on Bank and Sackville Streets. In the center of town is Moyne River, where numerous boats line up along the river. From a small, charming bridge, you have the best view of the water’s hustle and bustle. There are three main beaches in Port Fairy, including one for surfers.
Later in the evening, check into your charming accommodation. Please note that you must contact your hotel if you wish to check in after 18:00.
Travel time: 187 km / approx. 2.5 hours
1 night at Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel**** with breakfast in the Courtyard Room, Port Fairy, Australia
Robe is a small town at the southern end of Guichen Bay. Similar to Port Fairy, it’s one of the oldest settlements in South Australia. There are several older buildings, such as the Customs House at the Royal Circus. Today, this destination is a popular spot in the Australian summer months. Along Victoria Street, you’ll find restaurants, cafés, pubs, and various small shops that create a cozy atmosphere. Of course, there’s also a beach right outside the city. You can watch the Australian surfers on the 10 kilometers long Long Beach. Guichen Bay, Long Gully, Lake Butler Haven Channel, and the pier are popular fishing spots.
Travel time: 278 km / approx. 3 hours
1 night at Ann’s Place *** with breakfast in a standard room, Robe, Australia
Today continue your adventure toward Victor Harbor, a small town about 85 kilometers south of Adelaide. It was originally a whaling station and used to be the most important port in South Australia.
The main attraction is the horse-drawn streetcar. It leads over a long footbridge to Granite Island. On Granite Island, a natural history tour will show you across the protected nature park island. In the evening hours, you can watch the penguins in a protection station. Victor Harbor is also a perfect place for whale watching in the Australian winter months, from June to September. The offshore island also ensures calm water in the bay, meaning that the beach section attracts many beginner surfers who are learning the basics.
Travel time: 355 km / approx. 4 hours
1 night at Anchorage Seafront Hotel*** in the Upstairs Seafront Queen Balcony Suite, Victor Harbor, Australia
Hop on a ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw on the wild island of Kangaroo Island. The drive from Victor Harbor to the ferry crossing point will take approximately 50 minutes. After about two hours, you’ll arrive on the island!
Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia and is considered an “absolute must-visit” destination for animal lovers. There are 18 species of marsupials, 267 bird species, 226 fish species, 15,000 koalas, 400,000 kangaroos and wallabies, 28,000 fur seals, and 330 black cockatoos. With a bit of luck, you can see the shy platypus as well! So it’s no wonder Kangaroo Island gets the nickname the “Galapagos of Australia.” There is also an infinite number of wildlife trails and beautiful long beaches. Also worth noting that National Geographic named it the “most beautiful island in the Aisa-Pacific region.”
In the evening, go on the “Stranraer Under the Stars” tour (included). Hop in a 4x4 vehicle for the next 45 minutes across the Stranraer Ranch. See kangaroos, possums, and wallabies at dusk.
Tonight’s accommodation is unique because the owner cooks here herself, with approval from the famous Jamie Oliver. Please note: since it is in an idyllic location with no supermarket or restaurant, we recommend reserving dinner in advance.
Travel time: 140 km / approx. 3 hours
1 night at Stranraer Homestead**** with breakfast in the Guest Room, Kangaroo Island, Australia
The island is known for the many animals that populate it and its unsurpassed nature. White sandy beaches, lagoons, dense eucalyptus forests in Flinders Chase National Park, high cliffs, and dunes shape the backdrop.
Today, head into the Flinders Chase National Park in the island’s wild “West End.” The park’s main attraction is the Remarkable Rocks, a collection of granite blocks on a lava dome formed by wind and rain over 5000 million years ago. Other attractions include the fur seals at Admirals Arch and the Cape Borda lighthouse from 1858. Another highlight is the Kelly Hills Caves — observe their underground stalactites and stalagmites. Continue the day swimming and snorkeling not far from Hanson Bay or walking through the wilderness park, watching the kangaroos and koalas.
Tonight you’ll stay at an eco-friendly accommodation.
Head back to the mainland by ferry, then head west by land toward Adelaide. The idyllic capital of South Australia is a lively city known as the “City of Churches” or “City of Festivals.” Adelaide is a laid-back city with charismatic streets, relaxed residents, cultural events, and delicious cuisine. Warehouses and shops have become bars and restaurants serving international dishes, and the historic Port Adelaide area has many buildings from the 19th century. After this fun day of explorations, enjoy a traditional Australian beer or two at the Port Dock Brewery Hotel. When the temperature rises, the beach is always a good idea! On Glenelg Beach, enjoy the lively and colorful atmosphere. At Henley Beach, take advantage of the more relaxed surroundings.
Travel time: 262 km / approx. 4.5 hours
2 nights at Majestic Roof Garden Hotel**** in a superior room, Adelaide, Australia
Today you will check out of your last hotel and drive to the airport. Return your rental car and say “see you soon” to the beautiful Australian landscapes. Do you feel like discovering more of the Down Under? We are happy to help you organize an extension to Sydney, Uluru, or anywhere else you might have in mind. Contact us today!
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Vibe Savoy****, Melbourne, Australia (3 nights)
This hotel nestles in the city center, making it easy to walk to Collin Street or Southern Cross Station in just a few minutes. The Yarra River is around 300 m away. In the modern rooms, enjoy some traditional elements in the interior and amenities such as a TV, radio, air conditioning, minibar, a spacious bath/shower, and a safe. In the evening, you can have a final drink in the beautiful marble lobby and bar. The hotel also has 24-hour room service and a gym. The Curve Restaurant offers an excellent selection of Australian dishes.
Glen Isla House****, Phillip Island, Australia (1 night)
This accommodation is one of the oldest and best hotels on Phillip Island. It is set on a one-hectare of gardens and offers beach access. All rooms have a fantastic garden view and come equipped with a TV, Apple docking station, refrigerator, and tea/coffee making facilities. Relax by the fireplace in the lounge or on the beautiful terrace with a view of the greenery. Breakfast is served in the dining room overlooking the garden.
Captains At Bay****, Apollo Bay, Australia (1 night)
The family-run B&B in Apollo Bay is around 150 meters from the beach. The light-colored rooms include amenities such as a TV, DVD player, and coffee/tea-making equipment. Some of the accommodations have a private garden with a terrace. In the communal lounge, enjoy the relaxing fireplace in the communal lounge and breakfast in the morning.
Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel****, Port Fairy, Australia (1 night)
The beautiful hotel awaits you in a picturesque garden with a cozy atmosphere. When looking out of the window, you can see the marina’s many boats. The rooms have a bathroom, hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries, and some come with a garden or river view. Relax in the cozy atmosphere of the lounge.
Anchorage Seafront Hotel***, Victor Harbor, Australia (1 night)
This hotel is on the shores of Victor Harbor, and its rooms have a sea view, TV, refrigerator, and other amenities. Some rooms have a balcony and a spa bath. At the wine bar, enjoy cozy evenings and choose between 80 types of beer and a range of wines from the surrounding region. Additional extras include a restaurant with an outdoor terrace, a fireplace, and free WiFi.
Stranraer Homestead ****, Kangaroo Island, Australia (1 night)
The lovingly restored accommodation guarantees an idyllic stay. Lamb breeding, as well as wool and grain cultivation, are still practiced on the hotel grounds. The host couple, Lynn and Graham, always look after your wellbeing and also makes the best meringue cake in the country.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat****, Flinders Chase, Australia (1 night)
The eco-friendly accommodation is at the Flinders Chase National Park’s entrance. Forty-five acres of picturesque bushland surround the retreat. You can expect a private shower/toilet, air conditioning, heating, telephone, TV, and coffee/tea facilities in the modern rooms.
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel****, Adelaide, Australia (2 nights)
This beautiful hotel is near the business center of Adelaide. Numerous restaurants, shops, bars, and cozy cafes are nearby. The rooms’ amenities include a TV, private bath/toilet, WiFi, minibar, air conditioning, and a coffee and tea maker.
Duration of the trip: 12 days / 11 nights
Private airport transfer on arrival
Ferry crossing Sorrento - Queenscliff
Ferry crossing Cape Jervis - Penneshaw and back
11 nights in the mentioned accommodations
5x breakfast as mentioned
4x4 vehicle "Stranraer Under the Stars" tour
11 days rental car (Hertz Australia Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar) including unlimited number of kilometers, Damage Cover (DC), Third Party Property, Vehicle Registration Recovery (VRR), GST, Administration Recovery, Location Fee, Max Cover (no deductible) & GPS
International and domestic flights
Entrance fees to national parks, excursions, etc.
Meals or drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
Rental car extras: petrol, surcharge for young drivers, one-way fees, surcharges for delivery/collection outside of opening times, deposit, other extras (WiFi, child seats), etc.
In certain seasons, there may be minimum stays and seasonal surcharges.
The rental car is charged every 24 hours.
The terms and conditions of Hertz Australia apply.
Sunset to sunrise driving: Night driving is not permitted in the Northern Territory, Kimberley Region, and Kangaroo Island because of security reasons. If the renter suffers damage to the vehicle between sunset and sunrise, the insurance assumes no liability! The car is not allowed to be taken into Fraser Island. Driving on the beach or in saltwater is also prohibited.
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. The toll payment is almost entirely cashless, as the Toll Roads are operated electronically. Since there is no central authority, you have to register your rental car in each state separately. The following information is required for this: registration number of the vehicle; the state in which the vehicle is registered; the car model, and the travel dates.