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Panoramic view across the length of Lord Howe Island with greenery in foreground to Mount Gower in distance.

Lord Howe and The Great Ocean Road



14 Days

Prices Start from

$9,906pp (ex. flights)

This varied itinerary showcases two of Australia’s cities, Sydney and Melbourne, a stay on the World Heritage listed island of Lord Howe plus a self-drive adventure along the Great Ocean Road and into the ancient mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Helicopter view of Sydney Harbor Bridge and Lavender Bay, New South Wales, Australia 1

Cruise Sydney Harbour

Cruise Sydney Harbour with a local skipper and understand the cities layout from the water.

Ariel View of Lodge, Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia 2

Lord Howe Island

Stay on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island – experienced by few.

Wild Kangaroo, Australia 3

Koala and Kangaroo

See these iconic Australian residents in the wild and aid in conservation efforts.

The Great Ocean Road Victoria, Australia 4

Drive the Great Ocean Road

Take two days to drive this dramatic coastal route via the 12 Apostles.

Why we like it

Lord Howe Island is one of those special places, almost untouched by time and a stay here will surely be a highlight of this holiday. This is combined with two takes on city life; the glamour of Sydney combined with the bohemian feel of Melbourne, plus a relaxed self-drive adventure along the Great Ocean Road. A flexible way to end your trip following your own timetable, stop for picnics on deserted beaches, spot whales out at sea and kangaroo and koala amidst the native bush before heading inland to explore ancient aboriginal rock art.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Internal Flight
  • Day 1
  • Day 2 - 3
  • Day 4
    Sydney - Lord Howe Island
  • Day 5 - 6
    Lord Howe Island
  • Day 7
    Lord Howe Island - Sydney - Melbourne
  • Day 8 - 9
  • Day 10
    Melbourne - Apollo Bay
  • Day 11
    Apollo Bay - Port Fairy
  • Day 12
    Port Fairy - The Grampians
  • Day 13
    The Grampians - Melbourne
  • Day 14

Now for the details

Island Ariel View, Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia
Lord Howe Island, Australia

Be One of Few

Fly two hours east of Sydney to Lord Howe Island, a World Heritage-listed archipelago located 700 kilometres off the coast between Sydney and Brisbane. This pristine island accepts a maximum of 400 visitors at any given time. Birdlife abounds and the island is surrounded by a reef-fringed lagoon plus the world’s southern-most coral reef.

Do as little or as much as you wish during your stay, with plenty of activities on offer such as swimming, bushwalking, fishing and snorkelling directly from the beach. Fishing or diving excursions at Balls Pyramid, the remains of a once giant volcano, complete a stay at this amazing island.

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Koala Bear with her Joey, Sydney, Australia
Koala and her joey, Australia

Wildlife and Conservation

Spend a day in the eucalypt gum forests of the You Yangs Ranges, located just 45 minutes from Melbourne and a haven for koala and kangaroo. The koala in this area are studied by researchers and guests are given the chance to learn about their family groups and behaviours as well as get involved in conservation efforts.

Join in with tree planting and the removal of invasive weeds which threaten the koala’s habitat. Birdlife in this area is also abundant with kookaburra, cockatoo, emu and fairy wrens to name a few. The photography opportunities are superb, and a picnic lunch is enjoyed under a gum tree during the day.

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12 Apostles, Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
The 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

An Iconic Drive

Self-drive in Australia is a lovely addition to any holiday and there are few more iconic drives than the Great Ocean Road. Spend two days hugging this spectacular coastline stopping to overnight in Apollo Bay, beneath the slopes of the Otway Ranges, and at the charming fishing village of Port Fairy. Midway between these two towns are the famous Twelve Apostles, craggy limestone spires which rise from the Southern Ocean.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Capella Lodge £££££

  • Australia
  • Beach and Island Escapes
  • Boutique

Offering a relaxed boutique feel, Capella Lodge sits above the white sands of the romantically named Lover’s Bay, on the beautiful island of Lord Howe. Nine spacious suites make the most of the lagoon, ocean and mountains views, with floor to ceiling windows and nautical style interiors reflecting the vistas. Each room has a private decked area with some categories set over two floors with their own private plunge pool. The mesmerising views continue throughout the hotel from the lodges indoor and outdoor terrace areas, the restaurant and the infinity-edged swimming pool.

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Park Hyatt Sydney £££££

  • Australia
  • City

The Park Hyatt flows in a graceful curve around Sydney Harbour and looks out onto magnificent views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour. The 155 guestrooms and suites are spacious and elegantly decorated using calming natural colours. Many of the rooms have floor to ceiling glass doors that open onto private balconies with wonderful harbour and Opera House views and the three rooftop suites have huge private terraces. The rooftop pool makes the most of the views and the spa offers a selection of personalised treatments.

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Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel £££££

  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel has just seven rooms, a grand drawing room, breakfast room and a veranda overlooking the marina of Port Fairy and the Moyne River. The French colonial-style guestrooms offer views of the river or lavender-filled courtyard.

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Amy Waters at Steppes was excellent. She was totally responsive to any questions and really listened to our wishlist to build a fantastic itinerary which more than met our expectations.


A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From $9,906 Per person

When to travel

The states of Victoria and New South Wales have a great climate for most of the year although the best time to visit is from October to March. Into April and May it should still be lovely although the nights will be cooler and it may be a little too chilly to swim. Between June and September, it can be cold and wet.

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