Classic

Classic Coast

Wayward unearths all 1200k's of breathtaking coastline between Melbourne and Adelaide, with much more than just a few stops at the icons!

* Otway Ranges rainforest
* 12 Apostles & Loch Ard Gorge
* Cape Bridgewater Seals
* Wildlife at Tower Hill National Park
* Mt Gambier's mysterious Blue Lake
* Aboriginal ‘Bush Tucker' walk

Our original tour! With the right amount of flexibility and good information, Wayward Bus connects with the independent traveller!

Tour Prices

Prices as from the 1st of April 2006
3 1/2 days / 3 nights
$295 Hostel dorm share
$460 twin/double ensuite motel
$580 single ensuite
+ $15 kitty
Kitty to be paid in cash at departure

$15 kitty includes: an Aboriginal guided ‘Bush tucker walk’ and a lunch at Coorong Wilderness Lodge.

Tour Departs

Adelaide
8.00am from the Wayward Bus shop 119
Waymouth St.
Mon, Wed & Sat October to April
Wed & Sat May to September

Please reserve Adelaide accommodation pick-ups at
least 24 hours prior to departure.

Melbourne
1.30pm from in front of the Victorian Arts
Centre, St Kilda Rd.
Tue, Thu & Sat October to April
Tue & Sat May to September
Please wait near the taxi zone. Sorry, no other pick-up
points.

Please reserve Adelaide accommodation pick-ups at
least 24 hours prior to departure.

Whats Included

All touring, 3 nights accom, 3 breakfasts,
national parks & GST.

What to bring

Wide brim hat, sunscreen 30+, sturdy
walking shoes, insect repellent, waterproof jacket,
sunglasses, water bottle, swimwear, towel, camera, torch,
small backpack (to carry on walks) & the rest of it!

Itinerary ; Adelaide to Melbourne

Day 1 – Adelaide to Robe
Dune climbing & indigenous culture!
We drive through the scenic Adelaide Hills and expansive vineyards of Langhorne Creek. See views of Lakes Alexandrina and Albert then take a Murray River crossing by ferry.
Local Aboriginal people run the Coorong Wilderness Lodge, it’s at the end of a bumpy track and enjoys terrific water views. Our hosts offer a ‘Bush Foods and Medicines’ walk and prepare lunch ($15 kitty), often featuring native foods. (If you’d like to stay over a few days, accom, meals, walks and guided kayaking are available).
A seldom used dirt road takes us deep into Coorong National Park amongst the sand dunes, lakes, tea tree groves and wildlife. Lose your shoes for a hike up the dunes.
Stroll Long Beach and jump up onto the Granites – rock formations resembling whales. ‘Larry’, one of Australia’s finest fibreglass creations rears up outside Kingston. Robe is the favourite seaside town for the South-East of SA, dating from the 1840s with plenty of Georgian era architecture.
Accom: Overnight in Robe at Robe Backpackers (the transformed mid-1800s Lakeside Countryhouse historic mansion!) or upgrade to Guichen Bay motel or similar

Day 2 – Robe to Port Fairy
And the road rolls on… whales, seals & volcanoes.
Enjoy a cliff-top walk along the craggy coastline of Canunda National Park. Beachport on Rivoli Bay is another charming fishing village. Ponds, caves and underground rivers honeycomb the Mt Gambier region – the Blue Lake is a complete surprise! Walk down into Umpherstone Cave – the biggest sinkhole about. The regional city of Mt. Gambier has several cafes handy for some lunch. Nelson on the Glenelg River is a top spot. We visit the wild and spectacular Bridgewater Bay. A local, Joe, runs a zippy zodiac boat to seal colonies under the Cape, a total adventure for about $20 (weather permitting). Our overnight at Port Fairy is another colonial time warp.
Accom: YHA Hostel (another grand home, built in the 1840s), Central Motel or similar.

Day 3 – Port Fairy to Apollo Bay
The Great Ocean Road works!
The morning explores Tower Hill – where koalas, kangaroos and emus roam free. At Logan’s Beach, we watch for whales (May-Oct), then Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Islands, London Bridge and the ‘Tolkienesque’ Grotto. We stop at Port Campbell for lunch (choice of tasty cafes, bakery and pub!) followed by Loch Ard Gorge which has walks, lookouts, beaches, coves, caves and awesome photo opportunities. One shipwreck further is Australia’s most famous rock group, the 12 Apostles. Our late afternoon explores the Otway Ranges. A favourite is Melba Gully, where a walk leads through lush myrtle-beech rainforest to river cascades and a massive Otway Messmate tree. Apollo Bay, our night’s stopover is small and remote. The ‘Bay’ is vibrant, and blends a sprinkle of ‘hippy’ with the feel of a real country town.
Accom: private hostel or upgrade to Coastal Motel or similar.

Day 4 – Apollo Bay to Melbourne
We hug the wild and steep coastline from Apollo Bay, travelling the spectacular ‘twisty-snaky’ leg of the Great Ocean Road for a unique coastal drive with lookout stops. Lorne is a classic seaside resort nestled between mountains and sea. Next stop is Bell’s Beach, the world famous surf spot. We arrive into Melbourne by midday.

Itinerary ; Melbourne to Adelaide
Day 1 – Melbourne to Apollo Bay
Enjoy the Great Ocean Road ‘off-peak’!

Leaving Melbourne at 1.30pm avoids the morning ‘bus-rush’ for the coast. First stop is Bells Beach, the world famous surf spot. A little further, Lorne is a classic seaside resort nestled between mountains
& sea. Travelling the spectacular ‘twisty-snaky’ leg of the Great Ocean Road, we hug the wild and steep coastline to Apollo Bay, our night’s stop. Small & remote, the ‘Bay’ is vibrant, & blends a sprinkle of ‘hippy’ with the feel of a real country town.
Accom: private hostel or upgrade to Coastal Motel or similar

Day 2 – Apollo Bay to Port Fairy
The Great Ocean Road Works!

Our morning explores the Otway Ranges. A favourite is Melba Gully, where a walk leads through lush myrtle-beech rainforest to river
cascades & a massive Otway Messmate tree. At Port Campbell National Park you’re literally ‘on the edge’ – Australia’s most famous rock group, the 12 Apostles is the top feature. One shipwreck further, Loch Ard Gorge has walks, lookouts,
beaches, caves & awesome photo opportunities. Then Port Campbell for lunch (choice of tasty cafes, bakery and pub!) followed by London Bridge, the ‘Tolkienesque’ Grotto, Bay of Martyrs & Bay of Islands. At Logan’s Beach, we watch for whales (May-Oct), then Tower Hill – where koalas, kangaroos & emus roam free. Our overnight Port Fairy is a colonial time warp, founded in 1834 and pre-dating Melbourne!
Accom: YHA Hostel (a grand 1840s home), upgrades Central Motel or similar

Day 3 – Port Fairy to Robe
And the road rolls on… seals, caves & volcanoes.

Beyond historic Portland we visit the wild & beautiful Bridgewater Bay. A local, Joe, runs a zippy zodiac boat to seal colonies under the Cape, a total adventure for about $20. Nelson on the Glenelg River is a top spot. Ponds, caves & underground rivers honeycomb the Mt Gambier region. The Blue Lake is a complete surprise. Hike down into Umpherstone Cave – the biggest sinkhole about. The regional city of Mt. Gambier has several cafes handy for some lunch. Enjoy a cliff-top walk along the craggy coastline of Canunda National Park. Beachport on Rivoli Bay is another charming fishing village. The coast is studded with classic towns! Our overnight is Robe, dating from the 1840s with plenty of Georgian buildings.
Accom: Overnight in Robe at Robe Backpackers (the transformed mid-1800s Lakeside Countryhouse historic mansion!) or upgrade to Guichen Bay motel or similar

Day 4 – Robe to Adelaide
Dune climbing & indigenous culture!

‘Larry’, one of Australia’s finest fibreglass creations rears up outside Kingston. Stroll Long Beach and jump up onto the Granites, rock formations resembling whales. A seldom used dirt road takes us deep into Coorong National Park amongst the sand dunes, lakes, tea tree groves and wildlife. Lose your shoes for a hike up the dunes. Local Aboriginal people run the Coorong Wilderness Lodge, it’s at the end of a bumpy track and enjoys terrific water views. Our hosts offer a ‘Bush Foods & Medicines’ walk and prepare lunch ($15 kitty), often featuring native foods. If you’d like to stay over a few days, accom, meals, walks & guided kayaking are available – check with our office for available seats on the following tour. Afternoon sights include: Lakes Albert and Alexandrina, pink salt lakes, a River Murray ferry crossing, expansive vineyards and the scenic Adelaide Hills. Arrive about 6.30 pm outside the Adelaide Bus Terminal at 101 Franklin Street (we do drop-offs in the city centre area).