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Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush

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  • Melbourne City

    Melbourne City

  • Historic Beechworth

    Historic Beechworth

  • Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

  • Laneway, Hosier Lane

    Laneway, Hosier Lane

  • Mt Ainslie Lookout, Canberra

    Mt Ainslie Lookout, Canberra

Tour code: ESBM

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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 - 20 March 2018 ?
Day 1
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

Day 2
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

Day 3 - 4
Beechworth – Melbourne – Melbourne Included Choice
Day 3: Beechworth – Melbourne

Be my guest dining experience 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

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

Day 5
Farewell from Melbourne

This morning bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Tour departs from Sydney and returns to Melbourne

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Beechworth Bakery staff and vehicle outside their store

Beechworth Bakery

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 Included Choice
  • 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)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

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
  • Camera
  • 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 – 7.5% saving

when you pay in full by 27 April 2018

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

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.


Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information


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Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Novotel Canberra
    65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra, ACT 2601

    • Novotel Canberra - Room

    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.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Air-conditioning
    • Radio
    • 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)
    • Iron
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Security peephole
    • Alarm Clock
  • Boutique Country Accommodation

    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 - 20 March 2018

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 165   Child Price: AUD 83

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

Phillip Island - Penguins Up Late (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 139   Child Price: AUD 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 Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat in Winter, Daily in Summer)
*If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 165   Child Price: AUD 83

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

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 175   Child Price: AUD 85

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style

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

Queen Victoria Market Hunt and Gather Food Tour (Melbourne)

Adult Price: AUD 49.00& - Operates at 10.00am-12pm on Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat

Queen Victoria Market Hunt and Gather Food Tour

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.