Melbourne's High Life 5-Star

Melbourne

Live in the lap of luxury as you relish the highlights of Melbourne's vibrant culture. From private vehicle transfers and a Luxe King Room at the 5-star Crown Metropol Melbourne, you'll be enjoying the finer things on this week-long escape. Take in the sights of a Magnificent Melbourne Morning City Tour and Cruise before escaping to the Yarra Valley for Cellar Door tastings at three fantastic local wineries Magnificent Melbourne Morning City Tour with River Cruise Discover the charm of Melbourne. See Captain Cook's Cottage,Queen Victoria Market, Fitzroy Gardens and Albert Park, hometo the Australian Grand Prix. Stroll the Royal Botanic Gardens, see the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance and see the Southbank waterfront precinct. See some of the city's architecture including St. Paul's Cathedral and the Princess and Regent theatres. Cross the Bolte Bridge for great city views. Hop onboard Melbourne River cruises and experience the sights of Melbourne from the beautiful Yarra River. Cruise past Melbournes picturesque gardens, parklands and some of the famous sporting arenas. Yarra Valley Wine Experience Enjoy a personalised yarra valley bus tour in the company of an average number of 12-20 people (max. 24) in our luxury, air-conditioned fun bus. A Real Wine Expert, (not a snob) as your guide that will entertain and educate you Cellar Door Tasting at Yering Station, Yering Farm and Balgownie Estate. A La Carte Lunch including a glass of estate wine. A private tour of Domaine Chandon plus a glass of their premium sparkling wine

Travel Dates: 4 - 29 October, 4 November - 20 December 2015.

7 nights
FROM $1,789*
7 nights FROM $1,789*

destination Economy Business
Sydney to
Melbourne
Return from
$299*
One way from
$749*

Great Ocean Road West–Melbourne to Adelaide

Melbourne

Day 1 MelbourneThere are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'. Additional Notes: Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Melbourne/Port Campbell (1B)Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Included Activities: Rainforest Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 300km)Day 3 Port Campbell/Halls Gap (1B)Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. End the day with an evening walk in the Grampians NP. Included Activities: London Arch Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve Visit Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)Day 4 Halls Gap/Mount Gambier (1B)Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls, and travel onto the country town of Mount Gambier. We stay at a refurbished old English prioson for the night; take a self-guided tour around this historic site. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Walk The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 310km)Day 5 Mount Gambier/Adelaide (1B)Stop off at Blue Lake before travelling through Coorong NP. This park is stunning because of its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life. Continue on to Adelaide, where the tour ends upon arrival. Please book ongoing travel after 8:00pm. Included Activities: Blue Lake Visit Coorong National Park Visit Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 330km)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 17/01/2018

5 days
FROM $749*
5 days FROM $749*

Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road, 4 Days

Victoria

HIGHLIGHTS: Melbourne - Great Ocean Road Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne. On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Hotel: Mercure Welcome Melbourne (Standard) or Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (First Class), Melbourne, 3 nights. Day 2: Melbourne Sights & Penguin Parade. Experience the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. Travel to the Maru Koala & Animal Park to get up close to koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and other native animals. View the Nobbies rock formations overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. If you think the koalas are cute, just wait until you see the Little Penguins on Phillip Island. Head down to Summerland Beach and just as the sun sets, the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day's fishing and waddle across the sand to their dune burrows. Why not upgrade to the Penguin Parade Viewing Platform to be in the best position to see the Little Penguins. Ask us for details. Meals: Breakfast Day 3: Great Ocean Road. Admire panoramic views of the Melbourne city skyline before travelling along Victoria's famous Great Ocean Road. Drive through the beautiful coastal towns of Lorne and Wye River and see spectacular Cape Patton. Arrive at the beautiful white sandy beaches of Apollo Bay at lunchtime, then drive through lush tree-fern gullies and towering mountain-ash rainforests of the Otway National Park. Admire the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles and enjoy the amazing shipwreck story of survival of the Loch Ard and visit its famous Gorge and Razorback Lookout. Visit the rock known as London Bridge, parts of which have collapsed in recent years, before your journey back to Melbourne. Meals: Breakfast Day 4: Farewell from Melbourne. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). Meals: Breakfast View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

4 days
FROM $825*
4 days FROM $825*

Melbourne's Food & Wine Discovery, 4 Days

Victoria

HIGHLIGHTS: Melbourne - Yarra Valley. Day 1 Welcome to Melbourne. On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure. Day 2 Melbourne Sights & Dinner on Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. See the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne. View the fine cathedrals and theatres; see Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Shrine of Remembrance. Stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Fitzroy Gardens to see Captain Cook's Cottage. Your afternoon is free. Early evening you'll board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, you'll enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines. The trams have been carefully refurbished to provide all the modern conveniences you would expect from a first class restaurant; comforts such as seats covered in plush velvet, beautiful brass fittings to cast a cosy glow and background music to add to your dining experience. B D Day 3 Yarra Valley Wineries with Lunch. Drive through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges and take a break to enjoy some traditional Aussie billy tea at Grants on Sherbrooke. You can handfeed Australian birds such as the Crimson Rosella, Cockatoo and Galah. Next stop is Belgrave, to board the Puffing Billy Steam Train for a journey back in time through the heart of the rainforest. You'll head through gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay. The scenery en route to the Yarra Valley is just spectacular with the Great Dividing Range as the backdrop. When you arrive in Victoria's premium wine growing region, you'll visit Rochford Winery for lunch. Enjoy a delicious two course lunch in the courtyard overlooking the vines and sip on a glass of one of their top blends. Later you may visit estates such as Dominique Portet or other local wineries to taste their selection of Australian wine. B L Day 4 Farewell from Melbourne. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

4 days
FROM $849*
4 days FROM $849*

Melbourne to the Red Centre

Melbourne

Day 1 MelbourneThere are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'. Additional Notes: Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Melbourne/Port Campbell (1B)Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Included Activities: Rainforest Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 300km)Day 3 Port Campbell/Halls Gap (1B)Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. End the day with an evening walk in the Grampians NP. Included Activities: London Arch Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve Visit Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)Day 4 Halls Gap/Mount Gambier (1B)Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls, and travel onto the country town of Mount Gambier. We stay at a refurbished old English prioson for the night; take a self-guided tour around this historic site. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Walk The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 310km)Day 5 Mount Gambier/Adelaide (1B)Stop off at Blue Lake before travelling through Coorong NP. This park is stunning because of its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life. Continue on to Adelaide. Additional Notes: New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Blue Lake Visit Coorong National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 330km)Day 6 Adelaide/Quorn (1B)Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)Day 7 Quorn/Beltana (1B, 1L, 1D)Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges. Included Activities: Wilpena Pound Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)Day 8 Beltana/William Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre and take a dip in the remote thermal springs. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)Day 9 William Creek/Coober Pedy (1B)Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)Day 10 Coober Pedy/Uluru (1B)Cross the border to the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. Included Activities: Uluru at Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 750km)Day 11 Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D)The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aborigines. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre VisitDay 12 Uluru/Kings Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area before continuing onto Kings Creek. Enjoy another night under the stars the traditional way, by sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll). Opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over the area. Included Activities: Valley of the Winds Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 450km)Day 13 Kings Creek/Alice Springs (1B)Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4km walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka Natoinal Park. The tour ends upon arrival to Alice Springs in the evening at approximately 6pm. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 375km)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 19/01/2017

13 days
FROM $1,560*
13 days FROM $1,560*

Australia South to North–Melbourne to Darwin

Melbourne

Day 1 MelbourneThere are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'. Additional Notes: Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Melbourne/Port Campbell (1B)Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf towns of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route. Make a stop at Great Otway NP for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Included Activities: Rainforest Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 300km)Day 3 Port Campbell/Halls Gap (1B)Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean Road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve for a chance to see animals endemic to Australia such as koalas, emus and kangaroos. Visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. End the day with an evening walk in the Grampians NP. Included Activities: London Arch Visit Tower Hill State Game Reserve Visit Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)Day 4 Halls Gap/Mount Gambier (1B)Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit MacKenzie's Falls, and travel onto the country town of Mount Gambier. We stay at a refurbished old English prioson for the night; take a self-guided tour around this historic site. Included Activities: Grampians National Park Walk The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 310km)Day 5 Mount Gambier/Adelaide (1B)Stop off at Blue Lake before travelling through Coorong NP. This park is stunning because of its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life. Continue on to Adelaide. Additional Notes: New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Blue Lake Visit Coorong National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 330km)Day 6 Adelaide/Quorn (1B)Hit the road in the morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting to learn about the different grape varietals and the development of the vineyards in the area. Travel to the town of Quorn for the night. Included Activities: Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 350km)Day 7 Quorn/Beltana (1B, 1L, 1D)Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges. Included Activities: Wilpena Pound Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)Day 8 Beltana/William Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre and take a dip in the remote thermal springs. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)Day 9 William Creek/Coober Pedy (1B)Travel to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and the importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Included Activities: Guided Mine Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)Day 10 Coober Pedy/Uluru (1B)Cross the border to the Northern Territory, where Australia's most iconic view awaits. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. Included Activities: Uluru at Sunset Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 750km)Day 11 Uluru (1B, 1L, 1D)The next morning, awake before sunrise to do the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) while learning its significance to the local Aborigines. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area. Included Activities: Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre VisitDay 12 Uluru/Kings Creek (1B, 1L, 1D)Travel to the rock formations of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and, heat permitting, walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore the surrounding area before continuing onto Kings Creek. Enjoy another night under the stars the traditional way, by sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll). Opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over the area. Included Activities: Valley of the Winds Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 450km)Day 13 Kings Creek/Alice Springs (1B)Take in the scenery or go on a 4km (2.5 mi) walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka National Park. Travel to Alice Springs via the homestead of Erldunda. Spend the night in a centrally-located hostel in Alice Springs. Included Activities: Kings Canyon Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 375km)Day 14 Alice Springs/KatherineFree day to explore Alice Springs. Embark on the Ghan Train at approximately 6pm. Sit back and enjoy the scenery pass by as the train travels from the Red Centre to the Top End of Australia. Additional Notes: Our seats are two-abreast; reclining chairs that can swivel to face each other if you'd like to socialize. The overnight train is comfortable and there is a café on board where you can buy meals. There are no power outlets on the train, so make sure all your gadgets are fully charged and ready to go! Transport: Overnight train (airplane seats) (15.00 hour(s))Day 15 Katherine/DarwinOpt to walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge. Additional Notes: The Ghan Train makes a stop at Katherine for a 4-hour break. There are a number of activity options to choose from. A transfer to Katherine Gorge is included and from there, feel free to choose the activity that suits you. We arrive into Darwin at approximately 5:30pm. Transport: Train (4.50 hour(s))Day 16 Darwin/Kakadu National Park (1L, 1D)Pick-up provided from one of our approved pickup points from 6:15am for an early start to take advantage of time in Kakadu. First up is a stop at Corroboree Billabong for an included wildlife and crocodile-spotting cruise. Visit Ubirr to look at the indigenous rock art. Stop at an Aboriginal arts and crafts centre to learn about the stories behind the creations. You have the option to sleep in a tent or outside under the night sky in a swag (canvas bedroll). Additional Notes: Pick-up provided from one of our approved pickup points from 6:15am. If you've travelled up with us from the Red Centre, you will be picked up at your accommodation between 6:15am and 6:30am, so be ready! NOTE: The itinerary for this day varies depending on the season. We will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions. Included Activities: Crocodile-Spotting Boat Cruise Ubirr Rock Art Aboriginal Art and Craft Centre Visit Transport: 4x4 (4.00 hour(s), 250km)Day 17 Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)Embark early on a full day of exploring. Travel to our overnight camp near Litchfield NP, where swags (canvas bedrolls) or tents await. End the day with a group barbecue. Included Activities: Twin Falls Hike Jim Jim Falls Walk Transport: 4x4 (3.00 hour(s), 200km)Day 18 Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B, 1L)Get up early to take advantage of time in Litchfield National Park. Included Activities: Guided Tour Departure Day (Activities) Transport: 4x4 (2.00 hour(s), 170km)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 17/01/2017

18 days
FROM $2,200*
18 days FROM $2,200*

A pleasure to explore

A Victorian holiday must include a trip along the Great Ocean Road. Winding your way from Geelong to Nelson along the coast of Victoria, you'll take in breathtaking scenery and must-see attractions including famous surf beaches such as Bells Beach, the 12 Apostles, seals and whales and charming fishing villages. Visit Victoria in winter and head to the alpine resorts of Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buller for the freshest powder, or see the little penguins at Philip Island all year round.

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If indulging in gourmet food and drink is more your thing, the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges are dotted with myriad vineyards and wineries, as well as a plethora of gastronomic delights to savour. And if all that indulgence gets too much, whisk yourself away to Daylesford where the mineral springs are famous for their relaxing properties and lend themselves to luxury day spas and stunning views.

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