Victoria’s Hidden Gems

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7 days | Departs Sep 2019 to Mar 2020 –
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, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 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 stay: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (1 night)

Day 2 – Melbourne to Daylesford (BD)

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 stay: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel (1 night)

Day 3 – Daylesford to Dunkeld (BD)

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 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 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. 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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. 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, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Departure

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

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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 Virgin Australia ‘T’ Class Economy 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.
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