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From 1 June 2017
$1525 adult twin $1925 single $1370 child
From 1 January 2018
$1350 adult twin $1765 single $1215 child
From 1 April 2018
$1375 adult twin $1790 single $1235 child
From 8 May 2018
$1459 adult twin $1958 single $1319 child
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$1375 adult twin $1790 single $1235 child
From 1 April 2019
$1395 adult twin $1810 single $1255 child
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Cherish the contrasts that make Australia truly unique on this fabulous holiday. Visit historic Berrima and meet farmer Craig Starr at his sheep station, tour through Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial, enjoy a night out at an old Aussie pub, then travel through Ned Kelly country on the way to thoroughly modern Melbourne.
1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Sydney – Canberra
As this Guided Holiday departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.This morning begin your scenic journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture, then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination is the country’s capital where you’ll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a passionate local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay for the evocative Last Post. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal.
Hotel: Novotel Canberra
Included Meals: Highlight Lunch, Dinner with wine
Canberra – Beechworth
Before leaving Canberra this morning, you’ll visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie to take in views of the city and surrounding ranges from the lookout. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best preserved gold rush town. Your unique overnight stay is in one of the town’s quaint Bed and Breakfast properties. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Why not grab a coffee and delicious treat from the legendary Beechworth Bakery! Tonight, if you’re feeling up to it, head down to Hotel Nicholas for a great pub meal. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush and houses a great collection of local memorabilia.
Hotel: Boutique Country Accommodation
Included Meals: Breakfast
Beechworth – Melbourne – Melbourne Included Choice
Day 3: Beechworth – Melbourne
This morning join your B&B host for a Be My Guest breakfast. Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a sightseeing tour. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.
Day 4: Melbourne Included Choice
Today Melbourne is all yours to explore! Choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Visit Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne. With 360 degree floor to ceiling views, it’s the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. Maybe join a Hunt & Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of the historic marketplace and taste your way around the market’s seemingly endless food stalls. Or you may choose to discover the city’s famous laneways and arcades on a walking tour. These hidden laneways also house some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Treat yourself to dinner tonight.
Hotel: 2 nights
Included Meals: Day 3: Be My Guest breakfast. Day 4: Breakfast
Visit ‘Australia’s Greatest Bakery’in Beechworth and try one of their famous Beestings; a sweet bun, lightly spread with apricot jam, filled with the creamiest custard and topped with toffee almonds. Delish! Tom O’Toole started his career in 1969 as a baker’s apprentice and opened his first bakery in Beechworth in 1974. Over the years he has perfected his creations and the 1 million people that visit his bakery every year are testament to that!
- Visit historic Berrima in the Southern Highlands
- Experience farm life at Gold Creek Sheep 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
- Visit Ned Kelly Country
- Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways on a revealing walking tour
- Included Choice Experiences
- Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
- Quality accommodation
- Travel by luxury coach
- Airport transfers (see flight information below)
- Full buffet breakfasts (3)
- Be My Guest breakfast (1)
- Highlight Lunch (1)
- Dinner with wine (1)
|Day Prior||Flights to arrive anytime
into Sydney Airport
|Day 5||Flights to depart anytime
from Melbourne Airport
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in cooler months
Ways to Save
Departures before 31 March 2018
|Triple share||Save up to $75|
|Kings Club||Save up to $75|
All savings are per person.
Departures from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 10% saving
|Pay by 31 Jan 2018||10% saving|
|Pay by 27 Apr 2018||7.5% saving|
|Pay by 29 Jun 2018||5% saving|
|Kings Club||5% saving|
|2nd vacation discount||2.5% saving|
|Groups (5 people or more)||5% saving|
|Triple share||5% saving|
Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information
Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:
Novotel Canberra65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra, ACT 2601
Novotel Canberra is an award winning hotel ideally located in the city center. Showcasing fresh, contemporary designs throughout the public areas, bar and restaurant, the hotel is the ideal destination for both business and holidays alike. The hotel is conveniently positioned close to government agencies, national attractions, restaurants and shopping.
- 220/240 V AC
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Satellite/cable colour TV
- High speed transmission line (pay)
- Coffee/tea making facilities
- Data port in room
- In-room safe
- Work Desk
- Wi-Fi in room (Pay)
- Security peephole
- Alarm Clock
Boutique Country AccommodationBeechworth
The accommodation in Beechworth is selected from a range of boutique properties.
Experience more on your holiday
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. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.
Experiences available between 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018
Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE
Adult Price: AUD 165.00
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.
Phillip Island - Penguins Up Late (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE
Adult Price: AUD 139.00
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. Ask your Travel Director about options to upgrade to viewing platform or underground viewing access.
Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE
Adult Price: AUD 165.00
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.
Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE
Adult Price: AUD 169.00
Travel east of Melbourne to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Enjoy tea and coffee at Grant’s Reserve and hand-feed crimson rosellas. Take a ride through the spectacular forest aboard the Puffing Billy Steam Train. In the Yarra Valley have time to find a delicious lunch (own expense), before visiting two of Victoria’s premier wineries for tasting and wine appreciation.
Queen Victoria Market Hunt and Gather Food Tour (Melbourne)
Adult Price: AUD 49.00& - Operates at 10.00am-12pm on Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat
Learn about the history of the 130 year old site and discover Melbourne’s evolving food culture. Pick up hints on selecting the best seasonal produce and sample a range of specialty foods and deli items. Two hour tour includes generous food samples, a coffee, seasonal recipe cards written by some of Melbourne’s top chefs and an environmentally friendly shopping bag.
The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. 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.
Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars
Prices are valid from 1 April 2017. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.