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Discover the secrets of Victoria’s charm on this eclectic sojourn. In cosmopolitan Melbourne, explore lanes and discover edgy cafés, while in quaint Daylesford uncover antique shops and unique cottage industries. Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony with indigenous people in the spectacular Grampians, and take one of Australia’s iconic road trips on the Great Ocean Road, while staying in boutique accommodations and indulging your taste buds with gourmet cuisine on the way.

Itinerary

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

On arrival in Melbourne there’s free time to relax or explore. This evening meet your Travel Director at your hotel for a Welcome Reception before departing for a magical evening aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

Hotel: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Melbourne – Daylesford

After a leisurely breakfast at the Sofitel’s 35th floor restaurant overlooking the city, explore Melbourne’s vibrant walkways and arcades with a knowledgeable local guide. Enjoy morning tea at one of the local Melbourne cafés. You’re free at lunchtime, then we’re bound for the eclectic village of Daylesford, notable not only for its mineral spring baths, but antique shops, bazaars and various cottage industries. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing mineral spa at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa which has been welcoming visitors since 1895. Tonight you’ll stay at the beautifully appointed Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel. Dinner this evening is at an award-winning restaurant, The Argus, in Hepburn Springs.

Hotel: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Daylesford

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 3
Daylesford – Dunkeld

After breakfast, why not visit beautiful Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens overlooking Daylesford town for a lovely morning stroll, or take the ‘Peace Mile’ Walk around Lake Daylesford. After exploring, you’ll head to Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea. See their manicured vegetable, herb, lavender and olive plots, set amongst stone farm buildings dating back to 1850 and friendly farm animals. Next stop, we visit the family- owned and operated Creswick Woollen Mills, the only remaining coloured woollen spinning mill in Australia. In a private tour, learn how luxurious natural fibers are processed into designer garments. A little way down the road is the historic town of Clunes. Step back in time and wander along the main street where you’re free to grab a spot of lunch in one of its cafés or at the country pub, the National Hotel. Because of its historic main street façade, the town has been the setting for well-known films including Heath Ledger’s Ned Kelly, Mad Max 1 and the 1950s classic On the Beach. On our way to Dunkeld, we’ll visit The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat. Using the latest digital technology coupled with historic iconic objects, visitors can immerse themselves in a sensory experience on the birth of Australian democracy. Located at the base of the Grampian Mountains, enjoy dinner at the Royal Mail Hotel’s acclaimed restaurant.

Hotel: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 4
Dunkeld – Warrnambool

This morning you might like to sleep in and enjoy leisurely breakfast. Or for the early riser, join the ground’s gardener for a guided walk through their kitchen garden, which supplies most of the hotel’s produce. Set on just over an acre, it’s Australia’s largest and most productive organic kitchen garden. Aboriginal cultureWe’ll head to the top of the Grampians today at Halls Gap for a Welcome to Country ceremony by the local indigenous people at the Brambuk Cultural Centre. The traditional people of Gariwerd, the Djab Wurrung and Jardwidjari, will teach you how to throw a boomerang and then gather local bush tucker for you to taste. See spectacular natural rock formations, waterfalls and panoramic views over the Grampian Mountain range. Then we head down the mountain to coastal Warrnambool. Tonight it’s a Highlight Dinner and Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill, where you’ll not only learn about the region’s maritime history, but will experience it!

Hotel: Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa, Warrnambool

Included Meals: Breakfast and highlight dinner

Day 5
Warrnambool – Lorne

Our departure today will be leisurely, so why not take advantage of the resort’s spa and massage services? Be sure to have your camera ready as we take one of Australia’s most iconic road trips along the Great Ocean Road. We’ll visit all the must-see sights and stop at vantage points along the way, including the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and of course the Twelve Apostles. There will be some free time for you to grab a bite for lunch in the seaside town of Port Campbell and for the adventurous, perhaps a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles may appeal (own expense). Stretch your legs this afternoon in Apollo Bay before arriving in picturesque Lorne late afternoon. Enjoy a free night to dine wherever you wish among the beachfront restaurants.

Hotel: Cumberland Resort, Lorne

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6
Lorne – Mornington Peninsula

We continue this morning along the last leg of the Great Ocean Road, passing stunning coastline until we arrive in the town of Torquay. It’s a mecca for Australian surf life, so it’s only fitting that we visit the Australian Surfing Museum, for a guided tour to learn of the culture and much-loved pastime as we leave the Great Ocean Road behind. Be my guest dining experienceThen onwards to the Bellarine Peninsula a wine-growing region where we’ll indulge our taste buds in a Be My Guest lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Winery. A vehicle ferry will then take us from Queenscliff to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Here we’ll visit the Green Olive farm for some hands-on experience with assistance from the farmers, enjoying a taste of farm life and fresh produce with a local guide before heading to our accommodations. Tonight enjoy a sumptuous dinner together at Linden Tree Restaurant at your hotel.

Hotel: Lindenderry at Red Hill

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

Day 7
Mornington Peninsula – Farewell from Melbourne

This morning after breakfast we head back towards Melbourne and the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, the MCG, affectionately referred to by locals as the ‘G’. Explore its inner sanctum, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play with your guide. Your Inspiring Journey is now coming to an end. Enjoy a Farewell Lunch with your fellow travel companions where you can look back on the past week and raise a glass or two to the wonderful memories and great friends that have been made.

Included Meals: Breakfast and farewell lunch

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Tour departs from Melbourne and returns to Melbourne

Highlights

Discover
  • The eclectic village of Daylesford, with antique shops, bazaars & cottage industries
  • The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground
Explore
  • Melbourne’s vibrant walkways & arcades
  • Green Olive farm in the Mornington Peninsula
Learn/Do
  • Visit Creswick Woollen Mills, the last colored 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 Torquay’s Australian Surfing Museum
Relax
  • Indulge in a relaxing mineral bath at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
  • The Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles
Taste
  • Enjoy a magical dining experience aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Enjoy a Highlight Dinner & Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill
  • Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch & wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Winery
  • Morning tea at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

Inclusions

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • 6 Full buffet 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 10 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

Ways to Save

Departures from 1 April 2018

Early Payment Discount
Save up to $330pp
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

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

 

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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:

  • Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
    25 Collins st, Melbourne

    • Hotel Exterior
    • Classic Room
    • Classic Room - Bathroom

    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

    Daylesford

    • Springs Room - Facilities
    • Springs Room
    • Hotel Lounge
    • Hotel Experior

    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

    Dunkeld

    • Deluxe Room
    • Hotel Exterior
    • 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
  • Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa
    Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280

    Warrnambool

    • Guest Room at Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel
    • Front driveway of Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel
    • Lobby area at Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel
    • Water Table Restaurant at Quality Suites Deep Blue

    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

    Lorne

    • One Bedroom Apartment
    • One Bedroom Apartment
    • 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

    • Linden Tree Restaurant
    • Hotel Exterior
    • Courtyard Room
    • 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