Depart Melbourne over the West Gate Bridge and join the Princes Freeway headed for Geelong. Stop along the way at Werribee Park Mansion, Point Cook National Aviation Museum, Serendip Sanctuary and the town of Lara. In Geelong, popular attractions include the National Wool Museum and the Eastern Beach Baths Complex before continuing along the Bellarine Peninsula to Port Lonsdale and Queenscliff. Enjoy the grand 19th Century architecture, the largest preserved military fort in Australia and amazing views of Port Phillip Bay from Point Lonsdale's 'Rip' Lookout. Onto Torquay, you'll find the surf world museum and Bells Beach while on the way to Apollo Bay, you'll discover the coastal resort towns of Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne and the Angahook-Lorne State Park as well as the stunning waterfalls and rainforest of the Otway National Park.
Head along the Great Ocean Road, stopping in at Maits Rest for a self-guided rainforest walk among the Mountain Ash and a little further on, to Cape Otway. Enjoy the 13km stretch of winging road through thick forest canopies and past scenic coastal views. Joining back up with the main road, pass Lavers Hill, the limestone cliffs of Shipwreck Coast and the natural monuments of Port Campbell National Park including iconic attractions Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Twelve Apostles. Continuing on to Warrnambool you'll be delighted with views of the Southern Right Whales from May to September before the short drive to Port Fairy puts you in one of the earliest fishing ports in Victoria surrounded by bluestone and limestone buildings dating back as far as the 1800s.
Follow the route back to Warrnambool and turnoff at Penshurst headed for the scenic drive of Dunkeld through the Grampians National Park to Halls Gap. There's plenty of glorious bushwalking and a chance to discover some of the unique native wildlife. Mt Victoria Lookout, Reids Lookout, the Balconies and Mackenzie Falls are all must see natural attractions as well as the amazing collection of Aboriginal cave art and Brambuk Living Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Leave Halls Gap via Mackenzie Falls headed for Horsham before continuing on west on the Wimmera Highway past the premier rock climbing site of Mt Arapiles-Tooan State Park. Wimmera's landscape reflects its main industries of sheep and wheat farming as you drive past Edenhope and Apsley to the South Australian border. Highlights along the way include the World Heritage listed limestone caves of Naracoorte, the Bool Lagoon Bird Sanctuary and historic Penola before arriving in the wine region of Coonawarra.
Depart Penola headed for Greenway, joining Highway 1 and following it through the old fishing port of Kingston and the bird watching of the Coorong National Park and Game Reserve. Board the ferry for Wellington and from there make your way to Strathalbyn, over the Adelaide Hills and into the city of Adelaide.
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