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Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush

5 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Melbourne

Southern Capitals: City Meets Bush

5 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Melbourne | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

Southern Capitals: City Meets Bush

5 Day Guided Vacation

Sydney to Melbourne

Visit historic Berrima and meet a grazier on his sheep station, then tour Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial in the nation’s capital. Travel on through Ned Kelly country on the way to thoroughly modern Melbourne, where you can explore the laneways and arcades that house cafés, boutique shops and cutting-edge street art.

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Local Connection

Meet a local sheep farming family at Gold Creek Station – an AAT Kings specialty experience for 40 years!

Insider Knowledge

Take in historical Parliament House followed by a moving visit to the Australian War Memorial, led by your specialist guide.

Cultural Immersion

Lose yourself in the labyrinth of laneways in the heart of Melbourne.

Sustainable Footprints

Well-preserved Beechworth has reinvented itself as a popular historical town and tourist destination.

Depart Sydney this morning and travel through the rolling hills and verdant pastures of the Southern Highlands. Pause at historic Berrima, then visit Gold Creek Station to meet a local grazier and enjoy a Welcome Reception and Be My Guest lunch. On arrival in Canberra you’ll join a local guide for a tour of Parliament House, then visit the impressive Australian War Memorial. Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight over dinner.

Please note: As this holiday departs at 7.30am from Rydges Sydney Central, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Canberra

Included Meals: Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner with wine

Before leaving the nation’s capital this morning, drive to the summit of Mt. Ainslie to experience panoramic views of the city and surrounds. Cross the mighty Murray River into Victoria to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best-preserved gold-rush town. Take an orientation tour of the town before enjoying some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries, museum and historic hotel. Your accommodation tonight is at one of the town’s unique bed and breakfast properties.

Hotel: Boutique Country Accommodation

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel to historic Glenrowan and on through Ned Kelly country to Melbourne, Australia's sporting and cultural capital. Gain some interesting insights on an orientation tour of the city, and perhaps later, stroll along the Yarra River for dinner at one of the many Southbank restaurants. 

Hotel: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today Melbourne is yours to explore, so why not consider one of the following optional experiences. Away from the hustle and bustle, Melbourne’s justly famed 230 laneways penetrate into the heart of the city. It’s here that the inner city’s true nature resides, crammed into narrow lanes with world renowned restaurants, bars and street art. Or if you would like to see something famous then why not take a tour to Summerland Beach on Phillip Island to witness the Penguin Parade, the nightly ritual where the little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their dune burrows.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

At Crowne Plaza Canberra you’ll find a warm welcome with friendly staff, spacious and comfortable Canberra accommodation, and everything you need to make your trip a success. Crowne Plaza Canberra offers seamless service, premium facilities and well-appointed guestrooms with a central city location adjacent to tranquil parklands. The hotel is close to restaurants, cafes, shops and attractions.

    Features

  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Bathrobe
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Ensuite
  • Work Desk
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Security peephole
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • Electronic security key system

The accommodation in Beechworth is selected from a range of boutique properties.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, located in the heart of the Melbourne’s CBD, is less than a minute’s walk to Southern Cross Station. The Hotel, built in 1928, maintains its reputation as one of Melbourne’s most sophisticated yet modern hotels with convenient amenities for its local and international visitors.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Room service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Work desk with lamp
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • USB charging ports
  • Walk in shower
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

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest Lunch
  • 1 Dinner with wine

Flight Information

  • Day prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport
  • Day 5 – Flights to depart anytime from Melbourne Airport

Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush

5 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Melbourne | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2019 – 31 Mar 2020

Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush

5 Day Guided Vacation

Sydney to Melbourne

Visit historic Berrima and meet a grazier on his sheep station, then tour Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial in the nation’s capital. Travel on through Ned Kelly country on the way to thoroughly modern Melbourne, where you can explore the laneways and arcades that house cafés, boutique shops and cutting-edge street art.

This itinerary is valid from 1 April 2019.

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  • Call in at historic Berrima in the Southern Highlands
  • Experience farm life at Gold Creek Station
  • Enjoy a guided tour through impressive Parliament House
  • Explore the Australian War Memorial
  • Enjoy views over Canberra from Mt. Ainslie
  • Discover the charm of historic Beechworth
  • Stay in a Bed and Breakfast property in country Victoria 

Travel through the rolling hills and verdant pastures of the Southern Highlands. Pause at historic Berrima to see its convict-era sandstone gaol, then visit Gold Creek Station to meet a local sheep grazier and enjoy a barbecue Highlight Lunch. On arrival in Canberra join a local guide for a tour of Parliament House, then visit the Australian War Memorial and hear an evocative lament before departing for your hotel.

Please note: As this holiday departs at 7.30am from Rydges Sydney Central, you’ll need to pre-book accommodation for the previous night.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Canberra

Included Meals: Highlight Lunch, Dinner with wine

Before leaving the nation’s capital this morning, drive to the summit of Mt. Ainslie to experience panoramic views of the city and surrounds. Cross the mighty Murray River into Victoria to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best-preserved gold-rush town. Forested ranges, placid lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands characterise this region, whose towering mountains are snow capped in winter. Take an orientation tour of Beechworth before enjoying some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries, museum and historic hotel. Your accommodation tonight is at one of the town’s unique bed and breakfast properties.

Hotel: Boutique Country Accommodation

Included Meals: Breakfast

Join your B&B host for a Be My Guest breakfast before travelling to historic Glenrowan and on through Ned Kelly country to Melbourne. Gain some interesting insights on an orientation tour of the city, and perhaps later, stroll along the Yarra River for dinner at one of the many Southbank restaurants.

Hotel: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, 2 nights

Included Meals: Be My Guest breakfast

Today Melbourne is yours to explore, so why not consider one of the following optional experiences. Away from the hustle and bustle, Melbourne’s justly famed 230 laneways penetrate into the heart of the city. It’s here that the inner city’s true nature resides, crammed into narrow lanes with world-beating restaurants, bars and street art. Or if you would like to see something famous then why not take a tour to Summerland Beach on Phillip Island to witness the Penguin Parade, the nightly ritual where the little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their dune burrows.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

At Crowne Plaza Canberra you’ll find a warm welcome with friendly staff, spacious and comfortable Canberra accommodation, and everything you need to make your trip a success. Crowne Plaza Canberra offers seamless service, premium facilities and well-appointed guestrooms with a central city location adjacent to tranquil parklands. The hotel is close to restaurants, cafes, shops and attractions.

    Features

  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Bathrobe
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Ensuite
  • Work Desk
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Security peephole
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • Electronic security key system

The accommodation in Beechworth is selected from a range of boutique properties.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, located in the heart of the Melbourne’s CBD, is less than a minute’s walk to Southern Cross Station. The Hotel, built in 1928, maintains its reputation as one of Melbourne’s most sophisticated yet modern hotels with convenient amenities for its local and international visitors.

    Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Room service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Work desk with lamp
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • USB charging ports
  • Walk in shower
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

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director & 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 95.00
Child Price: AUD 95.00

Lanes & Arcades Tour

Melbourne’s arcades and laneways hide many hidden treasures, this walking tour is the ideal way to discover and learn about the enchantment of Melbourne. We unveil local designers, specialty retailers, some of the quirkiest cafes, street art and architecture, with historical tales of Melbourne along the way.(Operates Monday to Saturday)
*If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 22.00  
Child Price: AUD 15.00

 

Eureka Skydeck

Experience the awe-inspiring 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne at the Eureka Skydeck, Eureka Tower. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe-inspiring view of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform.
*If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 152.10  
Child Price: AUD 76.50

Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles

Travel the Great Ocean Road. Marvel at golden sandy beaches. Visit Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense). The limestone rock formations of the incredible Twelve Apostles are a result of erosion that began up to 20 million years ago. Hear the amazing shipwreck survival story of the Loch Ard and visit its famous gorge. Visit Port Campbell for afternoon tea (own expense) before returning to Melbourne.
*If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: AUD 152.10
Child Price: AUD 76.50

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas

Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.
* If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: AUD 130.50 
Child Price: AUD 65.70

Phillip Island - Penguins Up Late

Travel directly to the Penguin Parade. Enjoy panoramic views of the French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nests and enjoy time browsing through the educational centre. Travel express back to Melbourne.  (Operates Daily in Summer only)

*If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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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 level of fitness required

Dining

  • 3 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest breakfast
  • 1 Highlight Lunch
  • 1 Dinner with wine

Flight Information

  • Day Prior – flights to arrive anytime into Sydney Airport
  • Day 5 – flights to depart anytime from Melbourne Airport

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