A foodie, culture and sports-loving city, make Melbourne your hub as you experience Victoria’s diverse adventures, all within a couple of hours drive. Enjoy intimate encounters with Australian wildlife, one of the world’s great coastal drives, beautiful parks, gardens and relaxing mineral springs. Enjoy it’s superb food diversity, wine-tasting opportunities and freshly made coffee at every turn.
|Tour Type||Trip Name||No. Days||Bookings||Price per person|
|Escorted Tour||Victorian Discovery||11||Contact us||From $4,795.00|
Victoria is a beautiful, elegant and refined revelation. Over 11 days we’ll introduce you to a state bursting at the seams with culture, history and gourmet musings. After exploring the laneways, sporting holy grails and artistic legacies of Melbourne you’ll head south along the iconic surf coast via the city of Geelong. Travel along the legendary Great Ocean Road and stand in awe before the imposing Twelve Apostles. A highlight will be meeting the friendly Maremma dogs in Warrnambool. Immortalised in the ‘Oddball’ movie and played a key role in penguin preservation.
You’ll explore the rugged landscape of the Grampians mountain range, discover the poignant history of the Eureka Stockade before relaxing in the healing spas of Daylesford. Explore the historic town of Bendigo, enjoy lunch on board an authentic paddle steamer in Echuca. Visit the World Heritage-listed Barmah Wetlands before returning to Melbourne. It’s a jam-packed trip.
|Day 1: Arrive Melbourne||Welcome to Melbourne. Victoria’s capital, renowned for its sporting events, café culture and breathtaking natural wonders. Sometimes referred to as Australia’s cultural capital, it is the birthplace of Australian Impressionism and Australian Rules football. From the airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy dinner tonight on the iconic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, a little piece of Victoria’s history.
Hotel: Grand Hyatt, 2 nights
|Day 2: Melbourne||Freechoice: Discover behind the scenes of iconic sporting venues on the Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour, walk on the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and smell the liniment in the change rooms or travel to the Yarra Valley and sample the distinctive wines of this region. Alternatively, enjoy a walking tour of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades or choose the Philip Island Penguin Experience which is all about nature and experiencing a range of native animals.|
|Day 3: Melbourne - Lorne||Visit Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city, it was the manufacturing centre for the state until the 1990s. Discover how the city of Geelong has reinvented itself. Visit the National Wool Museum and discover why fleece was the heart of the Australian economy for nearly 200 years. Geelong was synonymous with the wool industry because of its sheep farming and the many woollen mills that operated here. Our hotel tonight in Lorne is located in the heart of Victoria’s surf coast.
Hotel: Mantra Lorne
|Day 4: Lorne - Warrnambool||Freechoice: Today’s choices include a glass bottom boat cruise or a visit to Two Chimneys Vineyard. Choose a horse and carriage ride or alternatively, self-drive yourself around this island paradise or join the Norfolk Today tour. Alternatively, enjoy a 4WD safari or farm and industry tour.
The setting for dinner tonight will take your breath away. Dine on a clifftop overlooking the ocean feasting on fresh island produce. After dinner you will be entertained by the dancers’ rhythm against the backdrop of the setting sun.
Hotel: Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa, 2 nights
|Day 5: Warrnambool||Enrich Experience: Meet the ‘Oddball’ dogs that guard the local penguin colony from foxes. Learn about the Middle Island Maremma Project, meet the dogs on the beach at Stingray Bay and discover how your visit supports this conservation project.
The Shipwreck Coast of Victoria has a rich maritime history. Your guided tour at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village provides a glimpse into the seafaring lifestyle and trades of the 1870s era. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Warrnambool whose name originates from the local indigenous name for a nearby volcanic cone.
|Day 6: Warrnambool - Daylesford||Travel through the rugged sandstone mountain ranges known as the Grampians, which rise abruptly from the surrounding western plains. It is listed on the Australian National Heritage List for its outstanding natural beauty and being one of the richest indigenous rock art sites in South East Australia. Visit Halls Gap and meet with the local providore for morning tea and hear how they are showcasing local produce from the region. Visit the Museum of Australian Democracy (MADE) in Ballarat. Built on the site of the Eureka Stockade it is home to the original flag of the Southern Cross. Hear about the stories of ordinary Australians who have fought for the democratic freedoms we enjoy.
Hotel: Peppers Mineral Springs, 2 nights
|Day 7: Daylesford||Nestled on the Crest of Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens the Convent Gallery in Daylesford boasts expansive views of the countryside and township. Visit this 19th century historic mansion, uncover its history and see its art collection. Enjoy discovering the village of Daylesford including an opportunity to bath in the special mineral waters of Hepburn known for its healing properties. The Bathhouse comprises of the relaxation pool providing mineral water bathing, which rehydrates and oxygenates the body giving you a total sense of well-being.|
|Day 8: Daylesford - Bendigo||Upon arrival in Bendigo ride the historic tram around the city. Hear about the town founded on one of the world’s richest goldfields. The influx of migrants from around the world for the gold rush has added to the cosmopolitan feel of the city even today. These migrants turned a tent town into a grand city of architectural bling to rival any other in the colony. Learn how the Sandhurst Gaol has been transformed into the Ulumbarra Theatre which has put Bendigo on the map as an arts centre. Enjoy an overnight stay in Bendigo.
Hotel: Art Series Hotel
|Day 9: Bendigo - Echuca||Discover Australia’s paddle steamer hub of Echuca. Enjoy a lunch cruise on the PS Emmylou as she cruises on the Murray River with an opportunity to steer the paddle steamer, followed by a walking tour of Echuca. Hear the stories of rival ex-convicts who founded Echuca and Moama. Stand on the sites where it all began. Explore the story of Australia’s pioneering spirit and learn how Australia’s inland river system connected a fledgling colony to its growing cities and the outside world. Your stay tonight is in Echuca.
Hotel: Comfort Resort Echuca Moama
|Day 10: Echuca - Melbourne||Start your day with a cruise on the World Heritage-listed Barmah Wetlands. The world’s largest single stand of Red River Gums, the Barmah Forest is a place of deep and continuing significance to the Yorta Yorta Aboriginal people.
Enrich Experience: Learn about the Fowles family at their winery in the Strathbogie Wine Region. Famous for its cool climate wines, enjoy a wine matched farm to table feast highlighting local cuisine, produced via sustainable farming methods.
On returning to Melbourne we enjoy an overnight Special Stay and a farewell dinner.
Hotel: Grand Hyatt
|Day 11: Depart Melbourne||Say goodbye to your new friends before your journey home.|
|Meals:||10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach|
|Guide:||Experienced Travel Director|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|