Originally a fishing and dairying village, Apollo Bay is now a coastal town that makes an income from tourism, though it is smaller and quieter than other tourist destinations such as Lorne. Apollo Bay has plenty of gorgeous beach spots and breathtaking views. Just down the road from any of those tourist centers you have your pick of pristine, almost-abandoned surf beaches. Even Bells Beach is fairly quiet, probably owing to the 60 meter path down a cliff you have to walk down to get to the sand! If you're lucky you'll spot some koala bears in the trees. It is also host to the annual Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Great Ocean Sports Festival. Every Saturday if the weather permits it, market stalls are set up between the Information Centre and the Surf Lifesaving Club.
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Sydney is the largest, oldest, most sophisticated city in Australia, and has been named one of the world's most beautiful and livable locations. A treasure trove of history, nature, culture, art, fashion, and cusine, this incredible city encompasses miles of ocean coastline, sandy beaches, and a spectacular harbor that features two of the most iconic structures on the planet, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The entire city is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend from the harbour's shores, through the suburbs, and on to the Greater Blue Mountains, a world heritage site, at its far west perimeter.
Its tropical climate and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest Area, make Cairns a popular travel destination for many tourists.
The Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation, about 130 kilometres north of Cairns, are the best areas for experiencing a tropical rainforest. Cairns is also a starting point for exploring Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, and the Atherton Tableland.The city has used its natural surroundings to its advantage with the construction of several small theme parks for tourists like: the Rainforestation nature park, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the Kuranda Skyrail Gondola Cableway, which extends for 7.5 km over World Heritage rainforest.
Activities in the region include golf, white water rafting, snorkelling, diving and hiking.
Situated on the eastern side of Gulf St. Vincent, Adelaide is noted for its attractiveness and relaxed atmosphere. The city itself is noted for its spacious parklands and gardens. Adelaide is known for hosting many festivals including: the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, and the Feast Festival amongst others. WOMADelaide, Australia's premier world music event, is now annually held in the scenic surrounds of Botanic Park. Enjoy the many elegant, heritage public buildings and cultural institutions such as the Art Gallery, Library, Museum, Migration Museum and Adelaide University. Explore the famous wine regions in the city's vicinity or go to the Park Lands. The Adelaide Hill Wildlife Parks might be a nice introduction to Australia's wildlife.
Australia's third largest city, Brisbane is both modern and traditional. A place where sandstone cathedrals blend seamlessly with steel and glass skyscrapers. Lively and cosmopolitan Brisbane boasts several interesting and diverse districts (precincts) that feature great outdoor cafes, a network of parks that meander along the bank of the river that is ubiquitous throughout heart of this city. A vibrant nightlife, great restaurants, and serious shopping opportunities abound, as do outdoor activities and adventures, beach experiences and accommodations that reflect the sub tropical climate, pace and disposition of its easy going, but very sophisticated population.
Brisbane is the perfect hub for exploring its wide variety of outer lying regions, all reachable in a 60 minute drive. The expansive waterways of Moreton Bay beckon with its myriad of pristine islands, white sand beaches, and all types of water sports. More beach opportunities can be found on the surf beaches of the Gold and Sunshine coasts en route to the seaside town of Redcliffe, the rainforest and picturesque countryside of Pine Rivers, Caboolture and the Glasshouse Mountains.
Australia`s sporting and cultural capital, Melbourne host some of the most significant cultural and sporting events in the country. The city is notable for its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, Victorian parks, and its multicultural society. Federation Square, with its distinctive architecture, large digital screen has become one of the city`s main hubs. Many of the city`s parades and rallies are conducted in the main thoroughfares of Swanston Street and Bourke Street. When you`ve had it with the big city, make a day-trip to Philip Island (to see the penguins), the nearby Wilsons Promontory National Park, or drive down the Great Ocean Road and admire the breathtaking views.
The Daintree Rainforest, is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent, and one of the world's most ancient. It is located near the northern border of Queensland and occupies nearly 1000 sq. miles, including long stretches of coastline where the rainforest grows right to the edge of the sea.
Most of the rainforest is encompassed by the Daintree National Park, and is included in the the Wet Tropics World Heritage site because of its unique natural attributes. The forest houses fascinating ecosystems, and divers species of marsupials, reptiles, butterflies and 430 species of birds - some like the Pepper Pecker are unique to this region.
The Northern Beaches refers to a collection of beachside suburbs that stretch over 20km along the coast North of Cairns where many of Cairns citizens reside outside the city proper, drawn by the palm lined slivers of white sand beaches, warm tropical climate, and convenient proximity to Cairns.
Besides the gorgeous beaches, this district offers few distinctive attractions including the Baha'i House of Worship, one of the only seven in the world, Oceanworld Manly where you get really close to sharks, turtles or deadly snakes as well as trying your first dive experience, and Waratah Park, Earth Sanctuary where you can admire Australian animals in a natural mini-ecosystem.
The town is named after Alice Todd, the wife of Charles Todd. In 1865, the two of them came to Australia to set up the first telegraph line. Because of its central location and its nearby red-colored rock-formations and the red-sand desert area, the town is also called the Red Centre. The town itself has some interesting sights to explore, such as: the botanical garden and the Spencer and Gillen museum. Alice Springs is a central hub for exploration of the outback with its camel farms, the famous Ayers Rock (Uluru - its original Aboriginal name) and incredible nature parks.
Ayers Rock, which is also known by its aboriginal name, Uluru, is a great red monolith rising 1000ft above the desert floor, and is one of Australia's most recognizable, and curious natural wonders. The huge sandstone rock formation is located in the southern part of central Australia 287 miles southwest of Alice Spring in the Kata Tjuta National Park which is administered by the Anangu tribe, and is an extremely sacred location for the aboriginal people of this area.
The Aborigines believe that Uluru is hollow below ground, and that there is an energy source that they call 'Tjukurpa' the 'Dreamtime'. The term Tjukurpa is also used to refer to the record of all activities of a particular ancestral being from the very beginning of his or her travels to their end, and the Anangu have requested that visitors refrain from climbing the rock to avoid interference with the traditional spirits that inhabit the area.
Renowned for its sunny subtropical climate, popular surfing beaches, and active nightlife Gold Coast has a wide variety of attractions, 35 miles of stunning coastline with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia, which pretty much means in the world. They don't call it Surfer's Paradise for nothing, and it's no exagegration.
Other well known seaside destinations include South Stradbroke Island, The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami Beach and Duranbah beach - one of the world's best known surfing beaches. From the Gold Coast, day-trips to one of the nearby national parks can be easily made. Springbrook, in the mountains, offers great hiking trails through the rainforest, excellent views of the Gold Coast, and the entire trip can be done in one day from Surfers Paradise.
Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory, and one of its most modern cities. It is also an important gateway to Asia, and is actually closer to at least five Asian capitals, than it is to Canberra, and is nearly as close to Malaysia, Singapore, and Manila. This proxomity makes this a popular hub for travelers to the Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, Katherine Gorge, and the Tiwi Islands.
Darwin and iits environs offer a stunning array of activities including George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Charles Darwin National Park, the Bicentennial Park, the Jingili Water Gardens, the Aviation Heritage Centr, and a wide range of aboriginal sites.
Melbourne-Apollo Bay-Port Fairy-Robe-Adelaide
Self Drive Itinerary, Melbourne to Adelaide via The Great Ocean Road and Robe. Discover the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, famed for its wine, caves and lovely beaches.
· Flight into Melbourne and out of Adelaide
· Car Rental for 9 days (Pick up: Melbourne/Drop off: Adelaide
· 3 nights in Melbourne
· 1 nights in Apollo Bay (Great Ocean Road)
· 1 nights in Port Fairy (Great Ocean Road)
· 1 night in Robe
· 3 nights in Adelaide
· Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)
· Hotel Taxes
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