Victoria’s Hidden Gems

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7 days | Departs Sep to Mar –
Melbourne » Daylesford » Dunkeld » Halls Gap » Warrnambool » Lorne » Mornington Peninsula

Discover more of Victoria’s spectacular highlights, from the city of Melbourne to the eclectic spa town of Daylesford & the spectacular Great Ocean Road.

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Highlights
  • Enjoy a magical dining experience aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Discover the eclectic village of Daylesford
  • Indulge in a relaxing mineral bath at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
  • Call in at the high-tech Museum of Australian Democracy in Ballarat
  • Visit Creswick Woollen Mills, Australia’s last coloured woollen spinning mill
  • Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony in the Grampians
  • Enjoy dinner at the acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel in the Grampians
  • Enjoy a Highlight Dinner & Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill
  • Explore the Great Ocean Road & the Twelve Apostles
  • Browse Torquay’s Australian Surfing Museum
  • Enjoy a lunch & wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Winery
  • Visit a Green Olive farm in the Mornington Peninsula
  • Explore Melbourne’s vibrant walkways & arcades
  • Join a tour of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Inclusions
  • Return flights to & from Melbourne (as required)
  • Luxury small group coach touring around Victoria
  • 6 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) & 5 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Homeport to Melbourne (D)

Your journey begins with a flight to Melbourne. On arrival, spend time on your own to relax or explore the surroundings. This evening, meet your Journey Director and see the city from a different perspective at a Welcome Reception on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, followed by dinner at Berth Restaurant on Victoria Harbour.

❱ Hotel stay: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (1 night)

Day 2 – Melbourne to Daylesford (BD)

After a leisurely breakfast at the Sofitel’s 35th floor restaurant overlooking the city, you’ll enjoy this cosmopolitan city taking in its premier sights. Explore the vibrant laneways and arcades as you wander the streets of Melbourne with your knowledgeable local guide. Relax and enjoy morning tea at one of the local Melbourne cafés. Visit Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea. See their manicured vegetable, herb, lavender and friendly farm animals. 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 stay: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel (1 night)

Day 3 – Daylesford to Dunkeld (BD)

After breakfast, why not see all that Daylesford has to offer before leaving to visit the family owned and operated Creswick Woollen Mills, the only remaining coloured woollen spinning mill of its kind in Australia, for an exclusive guided tour. Continue a little way down the road to 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. En route to Dunkeld visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat, where the original Stockade flag is housed, to gain insights into the birth of Australian democracy. We’ll check in to the Royal Mail Hotel at the base of the Grampian Mountains, and indulge in a exclusive dinner experience at the hotel, made with fresh local ingredients and available produce growing in the extensive kitchen garden.

❱ Hotel stay: Royal Mail Hotel (1 night)

Day 4 – Dunkeld to Warrnambool via Hall’s Gap (BD)

After breakfast, you’re invited to join the ground’s gardener for a guided walk through the hotel’s kitchen garden. We’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. Admire the views over the Grampians Mountain Range before heading to the coastal town of Warrnambool. Tonight it’s a Local Dining Experience and Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill, where you’ll learn about the region’s maritime history.

❱ Hotel stay: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs (1 night)

Day 5 – Warrnambool to Lorne (B)

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. Stretch your legs this afternoon in Apollo Bay before arriving in picturesque Lorne late afternoon.

❱ Hotel stay: Cumberland Resort (1 night)

Day 6 – Lorne to Mornington Peninsula (BLD)

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 an exclusive Local Dining Experience lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Board a ferry to Queenscliff to Green Olive farm, for a taste of farm life with a local guide. Later head to your accommodation where you will enjoy dinner at the award-winning Jackalope Hotel.

❱ Hotel stay: Lindenderry at Red Hill (1 night)

Day 7 – Mornington Peninsula to Homeport via Melbourne (BL)

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 Celebration Lunch with new-found friends. For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell till next time. After lunch this afternoon, you will be transferred to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport in time for your flight home.

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Departure City

Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Departure

11 Oct 2019, 08 Nov 2019, 06 Dec 2019, 17 Jan 2020, 07 Feb 2020, 28 Feb 2020, 20 Mar 2020, 11 Sep 2020, 09 Oct 2020, 06 Nov 2020, 04 Dec 2020

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Economy Class group airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    31 to 60 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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