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Victoria’s Hidden Gems

7 Day Inspiring Journey | Melbourne Return

Victoria’s Hidden Gems

7 Day Inspiring Journey | Melbourne Return | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

Victoria’s Hidden Gems

7 Day Inspiring Journey

Melbourne Return

Delve into the cosmopolitan sophistication and natural beauty of Victoria, journeying past elegant Melbourne arcades, embarking on an Indigenous experience at Halls Gap and witnessing the Twelve Apostles along the spectacular coastline. From trendy cityscapes to quaint villages and scenic coastal drives, the hidden gems of Victoria await your discovery.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • A farm-to-fork dinner at Jackalope Hotel
  • Historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
  • The famous Great Ocean Road
  • Lesser known gems of Victoria

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Discover

Uncover Melbourne’s laneways and arcades with a local guide, then drive the famously scenic Great Ocean Road.

Explore

Explore the ancient rock formations and eucalypt forest of Halls Gap

Immerse

Enjoy a taste of farm life at Green Olive Farm, then gain an insight into the traditional people of Gariwerd, the Djab Wurrung and Jardwidjari.

Relax

Indulge in wine tasting at the Jack Rabbit Vineyard, then enjoy an exclusive dining experience at the Royal Mail Hotel.

On arrival in Melbourne spend time on your own to relax or explore the surroundings. This evening, meet your Journey Director and see the city from a different perspective at a Welcome Reception on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, followed by dinner at Berth Restaurant on Victoria Harbour.

Hotel: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

After a leisurely breakfast at the Sofitel’s 35th floor restaurant overlooking the city, you’ll enjoy this cosmopolitan city taking in its premier sights. Explore the vibrant laneways and arcades as you wander the streets of Melbourne with your knowledgeable local guide. Relax and enjoy morning tea at one of the local Melbourne cafés. Visit Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for afternoon tea. See their manicured vegetable, herb, lavender gardens and friendly farm animals. We then head for the eclectic spa town of Daylesford, then relax in the healing waters of the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. Tonight enjoy dinner in the award-winning restaurant, The Argus.

Hotel: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

After breakfast, why not see all that Daylesford has to offer before leaving to visit the family-owned and operated Creswick Woollen Mills, the only remaining coloured woollen spinning mill of its kind in Australia, for an exclusive guided tour. Continue a little way down the road to the historic town of Clunes. Step back in time and wander along the main street where you’re free to grab a spot of lunch in one of its cafés or the country pub. En route to Dunkeld visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat, where the original Stockade flag is housed, to gain insights into the birth of Australian democracy. We’ll check in to the Royal Mail Hotel at the base of the Grampian Mountains, and indulge in an exclusive dinner experience at the hotel, made with fresh local ingredients and available produce growing in the extensive kitchen garden.

Hotel: Royal Mail Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

After breakfast, you’re invited to join the ground’s gardener for a guided walk through the hotel’s kitchen garden. We’ll head to the top of the Grampians today at Halls Gap for a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony by the local Indigenous people at the Brambuk Cultural Centre. The traditional people of Gariwerd, the Djab Wurrung and Jardwidjari, will teach you how to throw a boomerang. Admire the views over the Grampians Mountain Range before heading to the coastal town of Warrnambool. Tonight it’s a Local Dining Experience and Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill, where you’ll learn about the region’s maritime history.

Hotel: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs

Included Meals: Breakfast, Local Dining Experience

Enjoy a leisurely morning, preparing for one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives later today. Golden beaches stretch endlessly along the route. Wind through lush forests and stop to admire highlights including the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. Stretch your legs this afternoon in Apollo Bay before arriving in picturesque Lorne late afternoon.

Hotel: Cumberland Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast

The last leg of the Great Ocean Road brings us to the surf capital of Torquay, where you’ll learn about Australia’s beloved surf culture before continuing to the Bellarine Peninsula. Indulge in an exclusive Local Dining Experience lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Board a ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento and Green Olive farm, for a taste of farm life with a local guide. Later head to your accommodation where you will enjoy dinner at the award-winning Jackalope Hotel.

Hotel: Jackalope Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Local Dining Experience, dinner with wine

The aroma of coffee beans beckon as you head back to Melbourne after breakfast. As this Inspiring Journey nears its end, venture into the hallowed grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Later, enjoy a Celebration Lunch with newfound friends. For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell till next time.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Celebration Lunch

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Spacious and elegant in design, guest rooms at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins are luxuriously appointed and beautifully furnished. Spacious and elegant in design, guest rooms at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins are luxuriously appointed and beautifully furnished. Featuring an elevated position and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views over Melbourne, each guest room and suite provides a relaxed setting far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Features

  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Mini Bar
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Work Desk
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Ensuite
  • Pay TV
  • LCD TV
  • Shower Over Bath
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located in the idyllic village of Hepburn Springs, set in the picturesque Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, in the heart of Victoria’s spa country.

Originally built in 1935, Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel has evolved into a romantically elegant boutique hotel, restaurant and spa offering accommodation to visitors of Daylesford & Hepburn Springs for over 75 years. We offer an elegant portfolio of accommodation options ranging from traditional hotel style rooms to one, two and four bedroom self-contained villas.

    Features

  • LCD TV
  • Clock Radio
  • Wi-Fi
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • DVD players
  • Ensuite
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Mini Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, is a destination that celebrates nature. The majestic Grampians National Park provides a stunning backdrop to our Dining Room and beautiful accommodation. A three hour drive from Melbourne, or one hour from the Great Ocean Road, a visit to the Royal Mail Hotel will leave you inspired.

    Features

  • Shower
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • TV
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Mini Bar
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Desk & chair
  • Coffee table
  • Reading lamp
  • Closet
  • Private veranda or courtyard
  • Wi-Fi
  • Foxtel
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa Warrnambool is perfectly positioned on a peninsula between Lady Bay and Stingray Bay. Warrnambool is known as Victoria’s ‘City by the Sea’.

All guestrooms offer balconies, many boast magnificent views of either Lady Bay or Stingray Bay.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Clock Radio
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Heater
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Guest Laundry
  • Towels and Bedlinen
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Phone
  • Operator wake up call
  • Work Desk
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Room service
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located directly across from glorious Louttit Bay and nestled between vibrant restaurants and boutiques, Cumberland Lorne Resort combines breathtaking views, friendly atmosphere, and the most luxurious Great Ocean Road accommodation available.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Microwave
  • Phone
  • Refrigerator
  • Heater
  • In-house movies
  • Dining table and chairs
  • TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Clock Radio
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels and Bedlinen
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • CD player
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • DVD players
  • Shower Over Bath
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on a private vineyard in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula wine region, Jackalope promises an experience to remember. Having opened in early-2016, Jackalope was awarded Gourmet Traveller’s ‘Hotel of the Year’, having set a new standard in Australian luxury accommodation.’

The hotel unifies art, design, dining and storytelling in the guest experience, creating a whimsical interplay between the ideal and the surreal. On-property, guests can enjoy immersive food and wine experiences at one of the hotel’s two restaurants, cocktail bar, pool deck, and cellar door.

The hotel’s 45 rooms and suites are finished in a restrained statement of whites and greys. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces are standard, while the option of deep-soak baths add to a spa-like reverie in-room.

Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel in luxury coach with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers
  • Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
  • Airport Transfers (see flight information below)

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: AUD 184.00   
Child Price: AUD 92.00

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style

Travel through some of the most beautiful forest in Victoria. Take a break in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges to enjoy Devonshire Tea and the chance to hand-feed some of our native birdlife. The fun has just started as you board Puffing Billy for a ride on this century-old steam train. Visit Rochford Wines for tastings and later, visits to another two leading wineries will top-off your day.

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Adult Price: AUD 172.00
Child Price: AUD 86.00

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas

If you’re curious about our native wildlife or just love animals, we’ve got you covered today! You’ll get up close to Australian animals, including koalas and kangaroos. On Phillip Island the main attraction awaits – the Little Penguins waddling up the sand to their dune burrow homes returning from their daily fishing excursion.

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Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Low to moderate level of fitness required

Dining

  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 2 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Lunch

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Melbourne Airport
  • Day 7 – Flights to depart after 5.00pm (domestic) or 7.00pm (international) from Melbourne Airport

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