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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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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.

Itinerary

1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 ?
Day 1
Sydney – Canberra

As this holiday departs early morning from Rydges World Square, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

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 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. Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers over a shared dinner.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Canberra

Included Meals: Highlight Lunch and dinner with wine

Day 2
Canberra – Beechworth

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, taking the scenic route 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, Beechworth

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Beechworth – Melbourne

Be my guest dining experienceJoin your B&B host for a Be My Guest breakfast before travelling to historic Glenrowan and on through Ned Kelly country to cosmopolitan 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: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 2 nights

Included Meals: Be My Guest breakfast

Day 4
Melbourne Free Time

Today Melbourne is yours to explore, so why not consider one of the following optional experiences. You could explore Eureka Skydeck for stunning 360-degree views of the city. 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.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5
Farewell from Melbourne

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

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Beechworth Bakery

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!

 

Highlights

  • 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 VictoriaBe my guest dining experience
  • Visit Ned Kelly Country

Inclusions

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

Dining

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

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 from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 5% saving

when you pay in full by 29 June 2018

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

Quality accommodation

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

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Crowne Plaza Canberra
    1 Binara St, Canberra ACT 2601

    • Hotel Interior
    • Superior Room

    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)
  • Boutique Country Accommodation
    Beechworth

    Beechworth

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

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
    1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC 3008

    2 nights

    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Standard Room

    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.

     

    Please Note: The Crowne Plaza Melboure will be refurbishing guest rooms from 14 Nov 2017-31 Oct 2018. There will be minimal disturbance and refurbishment will not take place in public areas.

    • 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
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
    1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC 3008

    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Standard Room

    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.

     

    Please Note: The Crowne Plaza Melboure will be refurbishing guest rooms from 14 Nov 2017-31 Oct 2018. There will be minimal disturbance and refurbishment will not take place in public areas.

    • 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

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 2018 - 31 March 2019

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

Lanes & Arcades Tour (Melbourne)

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

Eureka Skydeck (Melbourne)

Adult Price: AUD 20.00   Child Price: AUD 11.50

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

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

Bookings

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

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2018. 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.