Great Ocean Road & Kangaroo Island

Great Ocean Road & Kangaroo Island

9 - 21 November 2019

Undertake one of the most famous road trips in the world, through some of the most picturesque parts of Australia on this 12-day tour. Stay in stylish boutique hotels along the way before we finish with three nights at the luxurious Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne. 

$7,145 NZD
per person
twin share
Single Room Supplement
- ADD $1,725 NZD
Initial Deposit On Booking
$1,250 NZD
Second Deposit Due 13 May 2019
$2,000 NZD
Final Balance Due 19 July 2019

Great Ocean Road & Kangaroo Island

  • Experience the Exceptional

    A beautiful private concert in the Naracoorte Caves. Here, the music will bounce off the cave walls - one of those very special, once in a lifetime events we are able to arrange.

    At Kangaroo Island we taste the local produce, discover native wildlife – Kangaroos, Koalas, sea lions and fabulous bird life – plus explore the rugged beauty of this unspoiled island off the coast of South Australia.

    Wonder at the natural beauty of the Twelve Apostles and explore the little villages, including Port Fairy along the way where we can sip coffee and watch the world go by.

    There will be free time for shopping or for wandering the famous lanes and historic buildings of Melbourne before we enjoy a show at one of Melbourne's many theatres. Discover the Yarra Valley, the national Rhododendron Gardens in full bloom, sample wine and enjoy our beautiful hotel.

    This tour is a lovely blend of discovering both sides of Australia, its beautiful coastline and wildlife, coupled with sophisticated dining, musical entertainment and a chance to enjoy the finer things in life!

  • The Playford Hotel, Adelaide (2 nights)

    • City tour of Adelaide, the city of churches.
    • Welcome dinner with music from our escorts.

  • Hahndorf

    Tour to the Adelaide HIlls and to the cute town of Hahndorf, known for its original German style architecture with time to wander and shop.

  • Fleurieu Peninsula - McLaren Vale - Kangaroo Island: Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge (2 nights)

    • Travel south down the Fleurieu Peninsula into the McLaren Vale wine region.
    • Enjoy a lovely morning tea at Bracegirdles House of Fine Chocolate and lunch at one of the regions premier vineyards.
    • In the afternoon, travel to Cape Jervis and board the ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Australia’s second largest island, Kangaroo Island.

  • Kangaroo Island

    Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness that offers protection to a substantial population of Australian native animals and abounds in natural beauty.

    • Tour of Seal Bay, home of the third largest sea lion colony in Australia.
    • Visit Birds of Prey at the Raptor Domain. Meet an array of birds including Jedda, the majestic wedgetailed eagle.
    • Visit the Flinders Chase National Park with its “Remarkable Rocks” and “Admirals Arch”.

  • Kangaroo Island - McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbour: McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbour (1 night)

    • Tour of the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery.
    • Travel to the far eastern side of the island and gain spectacular views from Cape
    • Willoughby Conservation Park.
    • Lunch and a tasting at Dudley Wines.

  • Victor Harbor - Strathalbyn - Naracoorte: Quality Inn Presidential, Mt Gambier (1 night)

    • Travel through Goolwa to Strathalbyn where you can explore the many antique shops. 
    • Enjoy the beautiful scenery as we travel through regional South Australia en route to Naracoorte. The Naracoorte Caves are South Australia’s only World Heritage site, officially recognised in 1994 for the important fossils found at the site.  
    • This afternoon we have the special privilege of performing in the caves. Immerse yourself in the perfect acoustics of this natural wonder during our private concert.

  • Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Warrnambool (1 night)

    • Explore the Umpherston Sink Hole gardens, featuring beautiful overhanging vines. 
    • Visit the famous Blue Lake, situated in one of three extinct volcanic craters.
    • Cross the state border into Victoria and into the beautiful fishing village of Port Fairy. 
    • This evening we enjoy a fabulous sound and laser show in the historic Flagstaff Hill Precinct depicting the story of the ill-fated sailing ship “Loch Ard”.

  • Great Ocean Rd - Mantra Lorne, Lorne (1 night)

    • Begin our journey along one of Australia’s most spectacular scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road.
    • There are plenty of stops along the way to photograph the natural wonders including the Bay of Islands, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
    • From the coast we head inland over the Otway Ranges. We enjoy a birds-eye view of the beautiful temperate rainforest from the Otway Fly.

  • Torquay - Geelong: Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne (3 nights)

    • Continuing along the Great Ocean Road, we pass through the beautiful coastal towns of Anglesea and Torquay.
    • Arrive in Melbourne and enjoy a short city orientation tour and enjoy high tea at the famous Windsor Hotel.
    • Show included this evening in Melbourne

  • Puffing Billy - Dandenong Ranges - Yarra Valley

    • Tour to the beautiful Yarra Valley, famous for its food and wines.
    • Board the century old Puffing Billy Steam Train and travel through the Dandenong Ranges with lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead.
    • Wander through the magnificent National Rhododendron Gardens, which will be in full bloom during November. 
    • Visit “Coombe”, which was once the home of Dame Nellie Melba. Sample the wine and explore the beautiful gardens before returning to our accommodation.

  • • Full free day to enjoy shopping or meeting friends.

    • Final night gala concert with our fabulous escorts.

  • Home today after this absolutely lovely tour of beautiful scenery, wonderful music and great experiences.

This trip includes

  • Airfare Auckland - Adelaide // Melbourne - Auckland with Air New Zealand including taxes.

  • 11 nights accommodation - Adelaide (2 nights), Kangaroo Island (2 nights), Victor Harbour (1 night), Mt Gambier (1 night), Warrnambool (1 night), Lorne (1 night), Melbourne (3 nights).

  • Incredible sights and sites, including Kangaroo Island with its sea lion colonies, abundant wild life, and scenery. Drive the Great Ocean Rd and experience its wonders, including Bay of Islands, the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the Otway ranges.

  • Special music events including private cave concert at Naracoorte Caves, 2 soiree concerts with dinner, the fabulous sound and laser show in the historic Flagstaff Hill precinct and a show in Melbourne (to be advised).

  • Numerous tours and inclusions for example: city tours of Adelaide and Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Puffing Billy, Rhododendron Gardens, Umpherston Sink Hole Gardens and tours of Naracoorte Caves, Blue Lake and Hahndorf.

  • All tours and entrances as listed in itinerary, including all taxes, tips, porterage.

  • All breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 1 afternoon tea, 3 lunches, 8 dinners.

  • EASY TOUR

    This tour will suit people with a stick, but not a walker. You will be required to walk to get from place to place and stand in museums, but it is designed to be an easy tour with lots of times to rest, travel on a coach and walk easy leisurely distances. 

  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    • All trips are subject to change but any changes will be of equal or greater value.

    • Deposits refundable until final payment date minus any costs incurred, or an administration fee of up to $150.

    • Travellers need to be independently mobile and fit to travel.

    • Travellers are required to obtain comprehensive travel insurance for all international trips.

    • Please refer to terms & conditions on our booking form.

PLACES WE VISIT

Great Ocean Road to see experience the natural wonders including the Bay of Islands, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.

Adelaide for a city tour.

Hahndorf to explore the Adelaide Hills and see the German style architecture.

McLaren Vale to indulge in the regions fine wine and chocolate.

Kangaroo Island with its pristine flora and fauna, and Dudley Wines vineyard.

Warrnambool to see the famous Sinkhole Gardens, Port Fairy fishing town, and Blue Lake in among a extinct volcanic crater.

Melbourne for a city tour and high-tea.

Yarra Valley famous for its food and wine, we'll board the century old Puffing Billy Steam Train, travel through the Dandenong Ranges and see the Rhododendron Gardens. 

 

Travel Insurance

Every customer is required to take out insurance for all international travel when taking a trip with Operatunity Ltd. We have our own travel insurance broker and we invite you to ring direct for your insurance requirements.

Phone Harriet on 09 3629038 Or email [email protected]You are of course welcome to make your own insurance arrangements for travel, just be sure that your insurance policy covers you extensively especially when travelling to certain countries such as USA with its high health costs.

 

MOBILITY

Operatunity provides group senior travel and with this in mind we plan trips to suit our target market. But not every trip is created equal in terms of mobility. We want to give you the best possible experience but that will only be achieved if you are able to enjoy everything that our trips have to offer.
Most of our long haul trips require a better level of mobility. We will look after everyone as well as we possibly can, but we cannot look after one at the expense of the rest of the group. We also cannot have one person slowing the rest of group to the point where the group is not able to enjoy every experience we are able to provide.
With this in mind we have put a mobility clause into every trip. Under each explanation here I have popped a statement. Ask yourself if this is ‘you’, when booking on a trip.

None of the following mobility clauses preclude you from ordering a wheelchair at the airport if required.

1. GENTLE TOUR This tour will suit most people, even with a stick or a walker, but sorry not someone in a wheelchair. The activity level is gently paced, but you still need to be able to get on and off buses easily. There will be walking, but not a lot. “I love travelling, but at a gentle pace. I like to avoid stairs or too much activity, but I am able to get on and off buses easily.” 

2. EASY TOUR This tour will suit people with a stick, but not a walker. You will be required to walk to get from place to place and stand in museums, but it is designed to be an easy tour with lots of times to rest, travel on a coach and walk easy leisurely distances.  ”Walking is fine. I can get on and off a coach. I am happy to stand for an hour or two in museums and galleries and gently stroll through places of interest. I am happy to climb the odd set of stairs.” 

3. MODERATE WALKING TOUR This tour requires a better level of fitness with no wheelchairs or walkers. Generally, there may be times when we can’t get the coach close. In some of our Pacific Island tours we will need you to transfer onto a tender and walk on soft sand. We also will have much longer flights and long walks through airports. “I like walking at a moderate pace. I love to keep my days full and experience everything the tour has to  offer. Stairs, tender transfers and cobblestones don’t bother me.” 

4.  EXPLORING TOUR This is still a moderately paced tour, but you will be required to walk longer distances, walk on cobblestones and stand in museums. To really get the best out of this tour you need to be able to stand or walk for a couple  of hours comfortably, be it at a leisurely pace.  “I like to spend most of the day exploring. Whether walking historic neighbourhoods on cobblestones at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, I want my days full. Stairs don’t bother me and I am keen to see and do as much as I can with the odd day off to recuperate.” 

  • Operatunity is a company specialising in music lovers tours to the senior market. Each trip has been especially planned to include music and arts experiences and has a level of friendliness and care which cannot be found anywhere else! Our trips are packed with features not found anywhere else

  • Yes we have lots of people who travel on their own. We endeavour to match you up with someone who lives close to you or is close in age to you. Often you will get a chance to meet with your matchup or ring them before you leave on your trip. You also may prefer to travel solo and pay the single supplement price. We travel as a happy band so there will be lots of chances to meet people. You will find fellow music lovers and those with other similar interests. In fact those like the nicer things of life so you will travel with like-minded people.
    It is also important to remember that our singers are our escorts so you will see at least a couple of familiar faces as you leave.

  • If you live outside of Auckland, we can arrange travel and accommodation on your way to meet up with our group. We have access and can book domestic airfares in conjunction with Air New Zealand international airfares. Plus we can book your pre and post tour accommodation if required.

  • It is compulsory for our international trips and highly recommended for our domestic tours. 

  • No as most airlines offer various special meals and any restaurants we visit are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements.

  • While we will endeavour to provide the best possible experience and care, all travellers must be fit to travel and be independent. All trips are catering for a senior market but some trips will suit better than others. Some trips also carry an advisory note as they require a higher level of fitness.

  • We ask that you can walk at least 100 metres unaided and be able to get on and off buses with little or no assistance. We cater for a senior market but it is important that you do not jeopardise the enjoyment of others by requiring more care and holding up the rest of the group. Talk to our office or staff at concerts and any advisory notes for individual trips to get a better idea of your suitability for each trip.

  • We stay at 4 and 5 star character hotels, avoiding package, tourist or big hotel chains. We choose  hotels with a more personal feel often with historic content or hotels of beauty and character, centrally located or in parks, by the water, or with beautiful gardens.

  • Breakfast is included daily, and many dinners and lunches are also included as per our itinerary.

  • There are no hidden costs. Included in the trip are tips, taxes, porterage, breakfast, meals where specified, inclusions listed in the itinerary, entry fees where listed in the itinerary, concert/show tickets where listed in the itinerary, tour escorts and local specialised guides. 

  • Some of our trips sell out very quickly and we recommend you make your booking as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 

  • We will ask you to pay an initial deposit when making your booking. We will then follow up for a second deposit and then a final balance payment prior to travel.

  • All deposits up until final payment are refundable minus any costs the company may incur.

    After final deposit refunds are unlikely and the refund becomes an insurance claim. We do not charge a cancellation fee.

  • Our numbers vary from destination to destination, please contact our office for further information.  We have a minimum number required to operate a tour. Should minimum numbers not be met, a full refund will be made. 

  • For international trips, all guests must have a valid passport that does not expire earlier than at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. 

  • Music is a key element in making our experiences special. There are special experiences and events every day, such as themed dinners, impromptu concerts, music, art tours with art experts and garden tours with garden experts.

  • Most hotels now have internet connection and all hotels have telephones in the room or at reception. If using your mobile telephone check calling and text rates, and disable data roaming before leaving New Zealand. Consider purchasing a prepaid SIM card. And you can keep in touch using social media such as Facebook. We have a copy of your next of kin details in case of emergency and we are also happy to help out with texts, phone calls and emails if you can’t get in touch with your family and need to while away. We are also happy to help out with getting your phones, ipads and cameras to work if needed while away.

  • We spend less time travelling between regions, allowing more time to enjoy experiences when you arrive. We avoid one night stops and “conveyor belt” travel, so you really can capture the local colour and vitality of the region. Our trips are planned so that there is a balance of included activities and free time for you to relax or do some exploring on your own.

  • Contact Operatunity Travel 

    Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Mail your booking form to PO BOX 132 150, Sylvia Park, Auckland 1644
    Email: [email protected]

  • Phone toll free: 0508 886 489
    Email: [email protected]

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