With its rugged cliff-laden coastline, historic goldfield towns and buzzing state capital Melbourne, the celebrated state of Victoria is an unforgettable place to stay read more...
Make a stop in magnificent Melbourne
Victoria's resplendent state capital Melbourne is renowned for its sophisticated cultural scene and superb colonial-era architecture. A meticulously planned city, this striking metropolis is regarded as Australia's most 'European' in outlook and boasts stylish accommodation to match.
The so-called 'Paris end' of the city's famous Collins Street is home to some of Melbourne's most upscale accommodation, with many 5-star hotels lining this bustling boulevard. More boutique options are dotted throughout popular inner-city suburbs such as St Kilda and Carlton.
Get out and explore the Great Ocean Road
Winding its way around some of Victoria's most dramatic coastline is the 350 kilometre-long Great Ocean Road. Starting in the picturesque seaside town of Torquay and meandering across countless clifftops to Portland, this stunning landscape of unspoiled coastal scenery is one of Australia's most popular tourist attractions.
Bed and breakfasts abound along the Great Ocean Road, with many situated along the eastern portion of the drive in towns like Torquay and Apollo Bay. Motels are another popular accommodation option for obvious reasons, however vacancies are snapped up quickly at the height of the summer holiday season.
Strike it lucky on the goldfields
The discovery of gold in Victoria in the mid-19th Century saw the state's population boom and the twin goldfield towns of Ballarat and Bendigo boast plenty of fine architecture from the era. They're also ideal for experiencing a genuine bush hotel stay, with the two towns offering plenty in the way of accommodation options.
The Hotel Shamrock in Bendigo is a local institution and this historic goldrush-era hotel has provided accommodation to the town since 1854. Craig's Royal Hotel in Ballarat is of a similar vintage, opening in 1853 and soon establishing itself as one of the grandest of grand hotels to service the Victorian goldfields.
ibis Styles Melbourne - The Victoria Hotel, VictoriaMelbourne
A Melbourne icon, the historic Victoria Hotel is the ideal blend of old and new, our stylish and refurbished Bellerive Rooms have brought a fresh new look to an old favourite - and added a host of modern comforts and conveniences. Located right in the city's central business district, the hotel is just a short stroll to practically anywhere you want to be. Shops, restaurants and cafes, theatres, galleries and sporting venues are all near by. A wide range of guest facilities ensure that anything you require is on hand. Savour a diverse combination of traditional Thai and western cuisine in Alice's Restaurant. Vic's Bar is the perfect place to unwind after an active day, offering an extensive wine list and wide range of domestic and imported beers. Or, you can unwind in the rooftop pool, gym, sauna, spa - all while enjoying panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: 18 June - 16 July, 26 July - 30 August 2015
Mantra, Lorne + Car HireLorne
Commencing it's life as Erksine House, Mantra Lorne is tastefully built around the oldest permanently operating guesthouse in Victoria, and it's history is extricable interwoven into the fabric of Lorne itself. Built upon 12 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and enjoying the status of the only beachfront property in Lorne, Mantra Lorne is one of the largest resorts and residential conference destinations in Victoria. Offering a variety of accommodation and experiences, Mantra Lorne features a variety of facilities including a Brassiere and Bar with the family in mind, indoor heated pool and Endota Day Spa. With a selection of modern and functional Resort Rooms, 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments as well as refurbished Heritage Hotel rooms retaining the old world charm, Mantra Lorne is perfect for families, couples and conferences alike. The 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments are fully contained and include share laundry facilities, modern kitchens, reverse cycle air conditioning, balcony or terrace and VCR or DVD player. Resort Rooms can be conjoined with 1 Bedroom Apartments to create a 2 Bedroom environment perfect for families. Both Apartments and Heritage Hotel Rooms have a variety of outlooks including filtered ocean views, garden views and a standard resort outlook. Some Apartments feature spa equipped baths. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance
Travel Dates: 1 May - 24 October 2015
Travelodge Docklands, Melbourne 4-StarMelbourne
Travelodge Docklands Located right in the new Docklands waterfront precinct in the heart of Melbourne, Travelodge Docklands will provide the perfect base for you to explore all of Melbourne's exciting attractions including; the MCG, Crown Casino, Melbourne Aquarium, Rod Laver Arena, Etihad Stadium and the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The Hotel also provides fabulous public transport options with Southern Cross Station located adjacent to Docklands and the Melbourne International Airport just 20 minutes away. Lanes and Arcades Tour including Lunch with Hidden Secrets Tours Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find the cool cafe you were told of and ended up missing everything? Melbourne's arcades and laneways hide many of these answers. Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and speciality retailers, that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. Morning tea is included. See over 50 stores on this casual stroll and return to those you like best in the afternoon: make a day of it in marvellous Melbourne. This tour includes lunch too. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: 1 April - 16 June, 18 June - 25 September 2015
Somerset on Elizabeth, Melbourne FamilyMelbourne
Somerset on Elizabeth Melbourne is located in the heart of the city's central business district with a labyrinth of laneways, restaurants and shopping precincts only moments away. Positioned perfectly for both the business and leisure traveller, Somerset on Elizabeth offers the convenience of location and contemporary living, fused with the highlights of Melbourne's food, arts and entertainment culture. Somerset on Elizabeth is designed for comfort, allowing you to relax in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne. Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities in a spacious 2 bedroom residence with separate dining & living areas, fully equipped kitchens & modern amenities. 1 Queen bed and 1 King bed. Room sleeps 4. FREE access to gym, spa and sauna and WIFI. Somerset on Elizabeth is the gate-way to experiencing Melbourne's ever-changing culture, it's right on our door-step; all you need to do is step outside. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: 27 June - 13 July 2015
Crown Metropol, MelbourneMelbourne
Designed by a team of internationally renowned architects, Crown Metropol's cutting edge design blends seamlessly with unsurpassed comfort and luxury. The hotel features 658 designer inspired rooms including 34 studio style rooms, 12 residential spa accommodation rooms and 32 loft style rooms. In addition, Crown Metropol features an exclusive club lounge and sky bar, '28', offering panoramic views of Melbourne's ever changing skyline. Sitting high above Melbourne, ISIKA Day Spa provided a peaceful and private retreat. Offering a unique experience like no other, guests can also choose to stay in 1 of our ISIKA residential rooms with a private staircase that leads to the spa. For an experience that redefines luxury, Crown Metropol has it all. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: 6 May - 17 September, 7-30 December 2015, 3-15 January 2016. (Sunday to Friday night stays only)
Pensione Boutique Hotel + Bronze Ticket Royal Edinburgh Military TattooMelbourne
Pensione Boutique Hotel Situated in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, Pensione Hotel Melbourne combines original turn of the century building features with modern design and soft tones, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Set behind a beautiful Heritage-listed facade, the Pensione Hotel offers boutique interiors, breathtaking hospitality and incomparable value for money. Featuring all the desired hotel amenities, with warm and inviting staff that have a great knowledge of the local area, the Pensione is perfectly suited as a base to explore Melbourne. Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo This is an amazing opportunity to witness the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Melbourne. Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper. What makes it special? Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe. Each and every Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is different from the last. The Tattoo embraces different themes; nature, creativity and Scotland's homecoming are just some of the concepts explored in recent times. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: Only on 11 February 2016
Ramada, Phillip Island + Car HirePhillip Island
Ramada Phillip Island The Resort features 211 well- appointed Villas spread across 65 acres of undulating countryside. With Studio Spa, One, Two and Three Bedroom Villas, the Resort caters for a broad range of guests who want to explore and experience all that Phillip Island has to offer. 90 minute's drive from Melbourne and conveniently located in the centre of Phillip Island, the resort is only two kilometres from the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (Home of the Australian MotoGP, World Superbikes & V8 Supercars Championship rounds) and a choice of popular patrolled surf beaches Phillip Island Nature Park 3 Parks Pass Enjoy all of Phillip Island Nature Parks' natural wonders and award-winning attractions with a 3 Parks Pass - includes Penguin Parade General Viewing, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Penguin Parade - Enjoy watching the penguins in their natural habitat from general viewing stands and boardwalks Koala Conservation Centre - Stroll through bushland and enjoy koalas in their natural habitat on our treetop boardwalks Churchill Island - Cross the bridge to experience our historic buildings, daily farming activities, heritage gardens and working farm with animal nursery. Don't forget to visit the Nobbies Centre where entry is free View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance
Travel Dates: 8 June - 15 October 2015
Causeway Inn On The Mall, Melbourne STAY 4 Nights, PAY 3Melbourne
Causeway Inn On The Mall Boasting Melbourne's most central location on the Bourke Street Mall opposite Myer department store, Causeway Inn On The Mall is surrounded by fashion boutiques, lively cafes and Melbourne's famous shopping arcades. Comfortable, affordable accommodation in Melbourne's best location and only minutes away from tram stops and the train stations. The hotel is an ideal starting point for discovering Melbourne on foot as attractions such as Federation Square, the MCG, Melbourne Aquarium, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Regent Theatre and Princess Theatre are just a stroll away. Yarra Valley Food and Wine Day Tour We start our day around 9.00am and travel via the 'scenic route', through the undulating and bush laden north-eastern suburbs of Eltham, Templestowe and Warrandyte. Our first stop is at the Coldstream Hills Winery at Coldstream. Established by one of Australia's leading authors and commentators on wine, James Halliday the elevated position of the cellar door takes in delightful late morning views across the valley. Next door is the charming Warramate Winery. With some of the oldest vines in the valley, a knock out view and a compact selection of wines, it's got a lovely boutique feel to it. It's then off to the very famous and very French Domaine Chandon. Choose from a range of premium sparkling wines (methode champenoise) while nibbling on cheese and bread. We then travel to Yering Station for an a la carte main course lunch in the stunning Wine Bar Restaurant. Enjoy the superb views and seasonal menu. Post-lunch, there's wine-tasting in the original 1859 winery, surrounded by local artworks and produce. After a relaxing lunch the final stop for the day is at the De Bortoli Winery at Dixons Creek. As Italian as Domaine Chandon is French, it's a great end with superbly flavoured cheeses that compliment the sparkling, table and dessert wines. Our scenic journey home takes us through the Christmas Hills and Kangaroo Ground. Expect to be back to your accommodation by around 6:30pm.
Travel Dates: 26 April - 31 August 2015
ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street + Bronze Ticket Royal Edinburgh Military TattooMelbourne
ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street Enjoy popularly priced accommodation at Ibis Little Bourke Street. Located adjacent to Docklands and Etihad Stadium, Spencer Street shopping and Southern Cross Station. Walking Distance of Crown Casino, Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre and Law Courts. A short tram ride to Harbourtown shopping. The Hotel features, gymnasium, "all you can eat", buffet breakfast served daily, internet kiosk, laundry facilities and rooftop terrace. Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo This is an amazing opportunity to witness the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Melbourne. Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper. What makes it special? Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe. Each and every Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is different from the last. The Tattoo embraces different themes; nature, creativity and Scotland's homecoming are just some of the concepts explored in recent times. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: Only on 11 February 2016
ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel, MelbourneMelbourne
Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel Built in 1926, the Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel, like Melbourne, provides traditional European charm and service, together with modern facilities. The Kingsgate is in a superb location with direct access to the major shopping precincts of Melbourne CBD, Southern Cross Station, the Docklands, Factory Outlet shopping, Etihad Stadium, Southgate the Melbourne Aquarium, the Exhibition and Convention Centre and the Crown Casino are all within a few minutes walk of the hotel. All rooms are equipped with wireless internet, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, en-suite bathrooms and 20" flat-screen digital LCD TV's with 22 channels. The Kingsgate Bar and Lounge provides a cosy place to relax with wood panelling and leadlight adding to the historic ambience. The cafe offers a hearty breakfast each morning and a place to unwind with a light meal and glass of wine before stepping out into the Melbourne scene for the evening. 1 Day Great Ocean Road and Rainforest Tour Surf Beach - Enjoy complimentary morning tea while watching the surfers at an iconic Aussie beach. Memorial Arch - Take some pictures at the historic Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. Beach Walk - Get some sand between your toes. Lorne & Anglesea - Pass through popular seaside resort towns. Coastal Views - Experience world class coastal views as we wind our way along the Great Ocean Road. Wild Koalas and Wildlife Viewing. Spot wild koalas and beautiful coloured native birds. Delicious Lunch - Enjoy a delicious lunch in the sea side town of Apollo Bay. Otway's Rainforest - Feel dwarfed as you stroll past some of the tallest species of trees in the world. 12 Apostles - View the beautiful limestone stacks that form the mighty 12 Apostles. Loch Ard Gorge - Towering limestone cliffs, and amazing shipwreck tales. London Bridge or Gibsons Steps - Enjoy a short walk to one of these spectacular rock formations. 1 Day Phillip Island Penguin Parade Wildlife Tour Morning Tea - Enjoy some complimentary morning or afternoon tea on route to Phillip Island. Australian Wildlife Park - Feed the Kangaroos, get up close to Koalas, Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats, Dingoes, Tasmanian Devils and beautiful coloured native birds...a photographer's dream. Chocolate Factory and/or Woolamai Beach - Visit the amazing wollomai beach (and/or) check out the retail section of Phillip Islands chocolate factory, grab a tasty treat or buy some for your friends and family Beautiful beaches - Be blown away by Phillip Islands rugged surf beaches. Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit - Take a look at where the action happens Swan Lake - Wander and spy wetland birds and wallabies from the hidden observation platforms. Seal Rocks - Watch the seals play from special observation cameras. The Nobbies - Visit the award winning Nobbies Information Centre. The Blowhole - View the powerful oceans force as it creates a blowhole. Summerlands - Observe the thunderous surf beneath the sheer cliff faces. Penguin Parade - Watch the magic as the world's smallest penguins appear out of the surf. Free Picnic Lunch included. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Travel Dates: 1 April - 9 October, 12 - 30 October, 9 November - 30 December 2015, 2 - 17 January, 1 February - 23 March 2016.