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Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush

5 Day Guided Vacation | Sydney to Melbourne

Travel Period

While both cities are set just 900 kilometres apart, you'll find attractions abound between them on this Sydney to Melbourne tour. The Southern Highlands offers a taste of cool-climate wines soon after departing Sydney, with time to peruse Berrima, Australia's best-preserved Georgian city. Canberra delivers more history and indulgences, while Melbourne dials up pop culture in its graffiti-coloured lanes. You're traversing Ned Kelley country – Australia in a snapshot.

Prices From Code: ESBM

$1966

Adult Twin i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over). All prices are per person, land only.

$2522

Single i A person, who must be 18 years and over, travelling alone, must pay the single room price. All prices are per person, land only.

$1776

Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have minimum age requirements.
Prices above are per person, land only, in USD
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Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush

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5 Day Guided Vacation

Sydney to Melbourne

While both cities are set just 900 kilometres apart, you'll find attractions abound between them on this Sydney to Melbourne tour. The Southern Highlands offers a taste of cool-climate wines soon after departing Sydney, with time to peruse Berrima, Australia's best-preserved Georgian city. Canberra delivers more history and indulgences, while Melbourne dials up pop culture in its graffiti-coloured lanes. You're traversing Ned Kelley country – Australia in a snapshot.

Highlights

Local Connection

For 40+ years, the sheep-shearing family at Gold Creek Station have been enlightening AAT Kings guests about life on the land.

Insider Knowledge

Any visit to the Australian War Memorial is a moving experience, especially so with a specialist guide.

Cultural Immersion

Victoria’s historic town of Beechworth comes with plenty of country swagger, its residents small in number but big on hospitality.

Insider Knowledge

You don’t have to be a fan of politics to appreciate Canberra’s Parliament House, your guide revealing all its secrets.

Itinerary

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Depart Sydney this morning and travel through the rolling hills and verdant pastures of the Southern Highlands. Pause at historic Berrima before arriving to Gold Creek Station.  Meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr and get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie BBQ Be My Guest lunch. Your final destination is the country's capital where you'll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay to hear the evocative Last Post. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Canberra

This morning, you’ll drive to the summit of Mt. Ainslie for panoramic views of Canberra and surrounds. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best-preserved gold rush town. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with tree-covered ranges, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and some storytelling over a “cuppa” with a local. Enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Tonight, you’ll stay in the cathedral town of Wangaratta.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Wangaratta

Travel to historic Glenrowan and on through Ned Kelly country to cosmopolitan Melbourne, Australia’s sporting and cultural capital. Gain some interesting insights on an orientation tour of the city, then take some time to explore independently.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 2 nights

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You could start your morning with an up-close tour of Melbourne’s laneways and spend your afternoon at Philip Island witnessing the Penguin Parade. If wine and lush scenery is more your style, check out the Puffing Billy Steam Train journey through the Dandenong Ranges followed by wine tasting in the Yarra Valley. Speak to your Tour Director, the many choices are yours.

Your holiday comes to an end after breakfast when you’ll bid farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

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

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

The Quality Hotel™ Wangaratta Gateway offers modern and relaxing accommodation in the heart of Wangaratta with convenient access to the CBD and local attractions. The hotel is located less than 15 minutes from Wangaratta airport and conveniently close to the Wangaratta Base Hospital, Performing Arts & Convention Centre and the Court House.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne is located on Spencer Street on the fringe of the CBD. Just a short stroll to Crown Casino, Docklands and South Wharf, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a Southbank hotel ideally situated on the bank of the Yarra River.

    Features

  • 220/240 V AC
  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Communal self-catering kitchen
  • Manual temperature control
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. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • • Centrally located premium hotels
  • • 4 included attractions/experiences
  • • Arrival and departure private airport transfers

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • • Canberra Parliament House Tour - Low level fitness required
    Comfortable walking pace tour of Parliament House. Lift options available moving between floors.

Dining

  • • 4 Full 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

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