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Victoria’s Hidden Gems

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  • Exploring the arcades of Melbourne

    Exploring the arcades of Melbourne

  • Dunkeld Garden walks

    Dunkeld Garden walks

  • The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

    The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

  • Boomerang throwing at Halls Gap

    Boomerang throwing at Halls Gap

  • Lunch & wine tasting at Jack Rabbit Vineyard

    Lunch & wine tasting at Jack Rabbit Vineyard

  • Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

    Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

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Delve into the cosmopolitan sophistication and natural beauty of Victoria, journeying past elegant Melbournian arcades, sandstone peaks and the 12 Apostles that stand imposingly along the spectacular coastline. From trendy cityscapes to quaint villages, scenic coastal drives to white-capped surf, Victoria’s intoxicating charm is revealed on this Inspiring Journey.


1 September 2018 - 31 March 2019 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Melbourne

Admire the style and spirit of Victoria’s capital. This evening, join your Travel Director for a welcome reception before boarding Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant to trundle through the glittering city streets in elegant surrounds.

Hotel: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Melbourne – Daylesford

View the city’s impressive skyline over breakfast on the 35th floor restaurant of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Return to earth and begin your exploration of Melbourne’s wide avenues, charming arcades and trendy street art in the company of a local expert. Indulge in the Melbournian tradition of morning tea before enjoying lunch at your leisure. We head for the eclectic spa town of Daylesford, then relax in the healing waters of the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. Tonight enjoy dinner in the award-winning restaurant, The Argus.

Hotel: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Daylesford

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 3
Daylesford – Dunkeld

A leisurely start to the day could see you enjoy a stroll through the enchanting Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. Your first stop today is Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea. Drip syrupy lavender honey over freshly baked scones before heading to Creswick Woollen Mills, for an exclusive guided tour. Continue on to the historic town of Clunes admiring beautifully preserved Victorian architecture. Grab a spot of lunch at one of the cafés or the country pub, the National Hotel. En route to Dunkeld, visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka to gain insights into the birth of Australian democracy. Settle in to the picturesque surrounds of the Southern Grampians this evening. Your dinner at Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, is made with fresh local ingredients and available produce growing in the extensive kitchen garden.

Hotel: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Included Meals: À la carte breakfast, and dinner with wine

Day 4
Dunkeld – Warrnambool

After breakfast, you’re invited to join the ground’s gardener for a guided walk through the hotel’s kitchen garden. Then head to Hall’s Gap and the Brambuk Cultural Centre. Witness a Welcome to Country ceremony and then the local Gariwerd, Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people will teach you how to throw a boomerang and gather local bush tucker for sampling. Admire the views over the Grampians Mountain range before heading down the mountain to coastal Warrnambool. This evening, discover the maritime history of the region during a Highlight Dinner and Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.

Hotel: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Warrnambool

Included Meals: Breakfast and highlight dinner

Day 5
Warrnambool – Lorne

Enjoy a leisurely morning, preparing for one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives later today. Golden beaches stretch endlessly along the route. Wind through lush forests and stop to admire highlights including the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. The crisp sea air provides a refreshing backdrop for lunch in the seaside town of Port Campbell or consider an epic helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles (own expense). Stop in quaint Apollo Bay before arriving in the seaside village of Lorne late afternoon.

Hotel: Cumberland Resort, Lorne

Included Meals: À la carte breakfast

Day 6
Lorne – Mornington Peninsula

The last leg of the Great Ocean Road brings us to the surf capital of Torquay, where you’ll learn about Australia’s beloved surf culture before continuing to the Bellarine Peninsula. Indulge in a delicious Be My Guest lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Appetites quelled, board a ferry to Queenscliff and Green Olive Farm. This evening enjoy a sumptuous dinner together at Linden Tree Restaurant

Hotel: Lindenderry at Red Hill

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch and dinner with wine

Day 7
Mornington Peninsula – Farewell from Melbourne

The aroma of coffee beans beckon as you head back to Melbourne after breakfast. As this Inspiring Journey nears its end, venture into the hallowed grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Later, enjoy a Farewell Lunch with newfound friends after an epic adventure through the diverse landscapes and lifestyles of Victoria. For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell till next time.

Included Meals: Breakfast and farewell lunch

7 Day Inspiring Journey

Tour departs from Melbourne and returns to Melbourne


  • The eclectic village of Daylesford, with antique shops, bazaars & cottage industries
  • The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne’s vibrant walkways & arcades
  • Green Olive farm in the Mornington Peninsula
  • Visit Creswick Woollen Mills, the last coloured woollen spinning mill in Australia
  • Call in at the high-tech Museum of Australian Democracy in Ballarat
  • Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony with indigenous people in the Grampians
  • Browse in the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay
  • Indulge in a relaxing mineral bath at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
  • The Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles


  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel in luxury coach with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers
  • Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)


  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 À la carte breakfasts
  • 1 Be my Guest lunch
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Lunch

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 1 flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Melbourne Airport
Day 7 flights to depart after 5.00pm (domestic) or 7.00pm (international) from Melbourne Airport

What to bring

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

Fitness Level

Minimum child age is 12 years old.

Ways to Save

Departures before 31 March 2019
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   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:

  • Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
    25 Collins st, Melbourne

    • Classic Room

    Spacious and elegant in design, guest rooms at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins are luxuriously appointed and beautifully furnished. Spacious and elegant in design, guest rooms at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins are luxuriously appointed and beautifully furnished. Featuring an elevated position and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views over Melbourne, each guest room and suite provides a relaxed setting far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    • Features
    • Bathroom Amenities
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Work Desk
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Ensuite
    • Pay TV
    • LCD TV
    • Shower Over Bath
  • Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel
    124 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs VIC 3461 Australia


    • Springs Room

    Located in the idyllic village of Hepburn Springs, set in the picturesque Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, in the heart of Victoria’s spa country.

    Originally built in 1935, Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel has evolved into a romantically elegant boutique hotel, restaurant and spa offering accommodation to visitors of Daylesford & Hepburn Springs for over 75 years. We offer an elegant portfolio of accommodation options ranging from traditional hotel style rooms to one, two and four bedroom self-contained villas.

    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Clock Radio
    • Wi-Fi
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • DVD players
    • Ensuite
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Royal Mail Hotel
    98 Parker St, Dunkeld VIC 3294


    • Deluxe Room

    The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, is a destination that celebrates nature. The majestic Grampians National Park provides a stunning backdrop to our Dining Room and beautiful accommodation. A three hour drive from Melbourne, or one hour from the Great Ocean Road, a visit to the Royal Mail Hotel will leave you inspired.

    • Features
    • Shower
    • Bathroom Amenities
    • TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini Bar
    • Bathrobe and slippers
    • Desk & chair
    • Coffee table
    • Reading lamp
    • Closet
    • Private veranda or courtyard
    • Wi-Fi
    • Foxtel
  • Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs
    Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280


    • Guest Room at Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel

    Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa Warrnambool is perfectly positioned on a peninsula between Lady Bay and Stingray Bay. Warrnambool is known as Victoria’s ‘City by the Sea’.

    All guestrooms offer balconies, many boast magnificent views of either Lady Bay or Stingray Bay.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Clock Radio
    • Balcony or Terrace
    • Ceiling fan
    • Ensuite
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Heater
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Guest Laundry
    • Towels and Bedlinen
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Phone
    • Operator wake up call
    • Work Desk
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Room service
  • Cumberland Resort
    150 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, Victoria


    • One Bedroom Apartment

    Located directly across from glorious Louttit Bay and nestled between vibrant restaurants and boutiques, Cumberland Lorne Resort combines breathtaking views, friendly atmosphere, and the most luxurious Great Ocean Road accommodation available.

    • Features
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Refrigerator
    • Phone
    • TV
    • Balcony or Terrace
    • CD player
    • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
    • Dining table and chairs
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
    • Kitchen Facilities
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Towels and Bedlinen
    • Clock Radio
    • Heater
    • Microwave
    • In-house movies
    • In-room safe
    • DVD players
    • Air-conditioning
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Lindenderry at Red Hill
    142 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill VIC 3937

    • Courtyard Room

     Lindenderry at Red Hill on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula - a classic country house hotel surrounded by some of the most spectacular coastal landscapes and celebrated food and wine producers in the country - a fusion of European charm and bespoke character with a distinct local flavour and genuine hospitality.

    • Features
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Air-conditioning
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Room service
    • Heater
    • Desk & chair
    • Mini Bar
    • Phone
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Shower

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 September 2018 - 31 March 2019

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

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


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 September 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.