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Great Southern Touring Route


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Kangaroos at Grampians


Iconic Great Ocean Road


“The Great Ocean Road is simply Australia's greatest coastal drive, a real must-do”


INSIDER'S TIP: Qantas aims to make the journey as memorable as the destination with friendly


crews giving great service. Flights from Heathrow to Melbourne are operated by the award-winning A380, via Dubai with a choice of four comfortable cabins, each with its own unique selling points. First and Business passengers, for example, get complimentary chauff eur-driven transfers


Qantas A380 First Suite


a four-day guided Great Ocean Walk with passionate local operator Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk.


INDIGENOUS INSIGHTS Warrnambool is an historic maritime town and a brilliant spot for glimpsing southern right and blue whales, while nearby the Tower Hill State Game Reserve, formed from an extinct volcano, off ers insights into the Worn Gundidj Aboriginal people whose visitor centre and guided tours reveal the legend and geological stories of the land. Emus, kangaroos and koalas roam wild here too. From the charming fi shing village of Port Fairy


(perfect for an overnight stay) with its old whalers' cottages, grand public buildings and off shore seal colony, the route heads away from the coast and back towards Melbourne via the Grampians National Park. Defi ned by their rugged peaks and spectacular waterfalls, here there are more indigenous stories as the majority of Aboriginal rock art sites in south eastern Australia are here. Brambuk, the National Park and Cultural Centre, gives a great overview before visitors head on to their pick of over 100 sites, each with


unique dreamtime ceremonies and stories. About an hour from the Grampians is Victoria's Goldfi elds region which has plenty of pioneer stories to share as it was at the heart of Victoria's gold rush. Sovereign Hill, in Ballarat, is a must. An open-air museum, it recreates the1850s with costumed characters, fun activities and sound and light show re-enacting dramatic battles of the time. And then, close-by, there is the spa town of


Daylesford which has been welcoming visitors to its natural mineral waters since the 1800s. Time at the Hepburn Springs Bath House or a stay at the beautiful Lake House retreat, with its stunning dining, cookery courses and Salus Spa, will re- energise and revive them ready to dive right back into Melbourne’s city buzz with their head crammed with amazing memories. For full itineraries head to visitmelbourne.com.


SELL IT... Heli-tours: Over the 12 Apostles • Active adventures: Otway zip- line and canopy walk • Grampians climbing • Gold rush heritage: Sovereign Hill open-air museum plus sound & light show • Pampering: Lake House, Daylesford• Eco: Great Ocean Ecolodge


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