IPAC2019 Pre-Conference Tour

From AUD $1,150.00
  • Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: P0NDWY

Pre-Conference Tour – Great Ocean Road/Grampians/Ballarat

Thursday May 16th (L)

Depart Melbourne early morning and
travel to the south-west via Geelong, the state's second largest city. Not long
past Geelong the ocean comes into view before passing through the surfing
townships of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet. 
Continue onto Lorne where the dual mix of the ocean and the Otway Ranges
is breathtaking. Follow the coast road through to Apollo Bay and Kennett River
before heading inland through rainforest and then emerging on to the Shipwreck
Coast. The afternoon would feature the coastal rock formations of Loch Ard
Gorge, 12 Apostles and The Arch before arriving in Port Campbell. 

Friday May 17th (B, L) 

After breakfast
travel across to Tower Hill, an extinct volcano and
now a State Park. A walk through the park reveals koalas in generous numbers in the gum trees. Late morning
continue through to Dunkeld where lunch will be enjoyed at the stylish Royal
Mail Hotel. Following lunch, a visit would be made to Crombie Homestead where an insight into life on
the land would be provided by the owners. Late afternoon transfer through to
Halls Gap, the major town at the heart of the breathtaking Grampians mountain

Saturday May 18th (B, L, D) 

Depart Halls Gap and travel through the
Grampians taking in some of the most spectacular scenery the state has to
offer. Included in these are The Balconies, Mt Difficult Lookout and The Jaws
of Death before transferring through to Ballarat and Sovereign Hill. Sovereign
Hill is a recreation of Ballarat's first ten years following the discovery of
gold there in 1851. Adjourn to the Charlie Napier Hotel for dinner before experiencing
the Lamplight Tour. The tour shines a light on the darker side of goldfields
life and shows a different side to Sovereign Hill. Visit some very intriguing
places and meet some interesting characters prior to the return to Melbourne.


$1150 pp, based on a minimum of 6 people (twin/double share) or $1325 pp, based on a minimum of 6 people (single share).


Transport, two
nights accommodation, meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch,
D-dinner), farm visit at Crombie Homestead, visits to Melba Gully, Port
Campbell National Park, Tower Hill and Grampians, entry fees to Sovereign Hill
and Lamplight Tour, guide,