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Great Ocean Road West–Melbourne to Adelaide

Melbourne

Day 1 MelbourneArrive in Melbourne at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. 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. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'.Day 2 Great Ocean Road/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 Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 300 kmDay 3 Grampians National Park (1B)Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill National Park 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 depending on the time with an evening walk in the Grampians NP before staying overnight in Halls Gap. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 260 kmDay 4 Mt Gambier (1B,1D)Early start to explore more of Grampians NP. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit Mc Kenzie's Falls, and travel onto the country town of Mount Gambier. We stay at a refurbished old English jail for the night where you can take a self-guided tour around this historic site. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 310 kmDay 5 Adelaide (1B)Stop off at Blue Lake before travelling to Coorong NP. This park is stunning because of its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life. Participate in a number of short walks to appreciate the scenery before heading on to Adelaide, tour ends upon arrival. Please book ongoing travel after 8:00pm. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 330 km

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 17/01/2018

5 days
FROM $600*
5 days From $600*

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.

DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc

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.

DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 April 2015 - 31 Marc

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

Melbourne to the Red Centre

Melbourne

Day 1 MelbourneArrive in Melbourne at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. 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. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'.Day 2 Great Ocean Road/Port Campbell (1B)Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf town of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route. Make a stop at Great Otway National Park for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 300 kmDay 3 Grampians National Park (1B)Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill National Park 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 depending on the time with an evening walk in the Grampians National Park before staying overnight in Halls Gap. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 260 kmDay 4 Mt Gambier (1B,1D)Early start to explore more of Grampians National Park. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit Mc Kenzie's Falls, and travel onto the country town of Mount Gambier. We stay at a refurbished old English jail for the night where you can take a self-guided tour around this historic site. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 310 kmDay 5 Adelaide (1B)Stop off at Blue Lake before travelling to Coorong National Park. This park is stunning because of its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life. Participate in a number of short walks to appreciate the scenery before heading on to Adelaide for the night. An optional group dinner gives you a chance to sample local cuisine and wines from the region. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 330 kmDay 6 Quorn (1B)Early departure this morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. South Australia has earned its place as one of the top wine regions in the world. Travel to the historic town of Quorn for the night. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 350 kmDay 7 Beltana (1B,1L,1D)Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges. Wilpena Pound is a stunning natural amphitheater of mountains. Visit Aboriginal Art sites while on a guided tour of the area by your CEO. Your CEO will explain about the early settler history before settling in at Beltana Homestead for the night. Estimated travel time: 1 hour Travel distance: 50 kmDay 8 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. Stop to explore a number of historic settler sites along the way. Visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre to learn about the importance of the area to indigenous people. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre and take a dip in the remote thermal springs. Overnight at the Historic William Creek Hotel. Due to the size of the town the accommodations here are rather basic. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 200 kmDay 9 Coober Pedy (1B)Travel a very basic track 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 then importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 150 km Day 10-11 Uluru (2B,1L,1D)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. If you would like a bit more coverage, tents are also available. 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 locals. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area. Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.  The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C. During these hot months, we will endeavour to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the heat. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat. Estimated travel time: 9 hours Travel distance: 750 kmDay 12 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 Canyon. Enjoy another night under the stars the traditional way, by sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll). If you would like a bit more coverage, tents are also available. Opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over the area. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 450 kmDay 13 Alice Springs (1B)Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4 hour walk through the gorges and valleys of Kings Canyon of Watarrka National Park. Travel to Alice Springs via the homestead of Erldunda. Located halfway between Adelaide and Darwin, Alice Springs is the base for all trips through the Red Centre. The tour ends upon arrival to Alice Springs in the evening at approximately 6pm. Opt to join the group for a night out in Alice Springs. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later today. Estimated travel time: 4.5 hours Travel distance: 375 km

DepartingFrom 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 MelbourneArrive in Melbourne at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. 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. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city take in the 'cultural capital of Australia'.Day 2 Great Ocean Road/Port Campbell (1B)Depart early morning for the journey to Port Campbell. Check out the famous surf town of Torquay, Bells Beach and Lorne en route. Make a stop at Great Otway National Park for an included rainforest walk. Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 300 kmDay 3 Grampians National Park (1B)Start the day visiting more attractions of the Great Ocean road including The Arch and the now broken London Bridge. Visit Tower Hill National Park 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 depending on the time with an evening walk in the Grampians National Park before staying overnight in Halls Gap. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 260 kmDay 4 Mt Gambier (1B)Early start to explore more of Grampians National Park. Walk to the stunning Jaws of Death Balconies, visit Mc Kenzie's Falls, and travel onto the country town of Mount Gambier. We stay at a refurbished old English jail for the night where you can take a self-guided tour around this historic site. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 310 kmDay 5 Adelaide (1B)Stop off at Blue Lake before travelling to Coorong National Park. This park is stunning because of its dune systems, lagoons, coastal vegetation and variety of bird life. Participate in a number of short walks to appreciate the scenery before heading on to Adelaide for the night. An optional group dinner gives you a chance to sample local cuisine and wines from the region. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 330 kmDay 6 Quorn (1B)Early departure this morning. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. South Australia has earned its place as one of the top wine regions in the world. Travel to Quorn historic town for the night. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 350 kmDay 7 Beltana (1B,1L,1D)Take the day to explore the amazing scenery of Flinders Ranges. Wilpena Pound is a stunning natural amphitheater of mountains. Visit Aboriginal Art sites while on a guided tour of the area by your CEO. Your CEO will explain about the early settler history before settling in at Beltana Homestead for the night. Estimated travel time: 1 hour Travel distance: 50 kmDay 8 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. Stop to explore a number of historic settler sites along the way. Visit the Arabunna Aboriginal Centre to learn about the importance of the area to indigenous people. Visit the dry salt lake of Lake Eyre and take a dip in the remote thermal springs. Overnight at the Historic William Creek Hotel. Due to the size of the town the accommodations here are rather basic. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 200 kmDay 9 Coober Pedy (1B)Travel a very basic track 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 then importance of opal to the area. Overnight like the locals by sleeping in an underground hostel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 150 km Day 10-11 Uluru (2B,1L,1D)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. If you would like a bit more coverage, tents are also available. 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 locals. Visit the cultural centre to get a better understanding of the area. Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets.  The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C. During these hot months, we will endeavour to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the heat. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat. Estimated travel time: 9 hours Travel distance: 750 kmDay 12 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 Canyon. Enjoy another night under the stars the traditional way, by sleeping in a swag (canvas bedroll). If you would like a bit more coverage, tents are also available. Opt to take a scenic helicopter flight over the area. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 450 kmDay 13 Alice Springs (1B)Enjoy the morning taking in the scenery or by going on an optional 4 hour 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 hotel in Alice Springs. Located halfway between Adelaide and Darwin, Alice Springs is the base for all trips through the Red Centre. Estimated travel time: 4.5 hours Travel distance: 375 km Day 14 The Ghan TrainFree day to explore Alice Springs. Embark on The Ghan Train at approximately 6pm. 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. Sit back and enjoy the scenery pass by as the train travels from the Red Centre to the Top End of Australia. There are no power outlets on the train, so make sure all your gadgets are fully charged and ready to go! Estimated travel time: 15 hours Travel distance: 1,489 km Day 15 DarwinThe 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's Gorge is included and from there feel free to choose the activity that suits you. Opt to simply walk the stunning Katherine Gorge or get adventurous with a flat-bottomed boat or helicopter flight over the gorge. We arrive into Darwin at approximately 5:30pm. FOR TRIPS DEPARTING NOVEMBER THROUGH APRILnullDay 16 Darwin/Kakadu National Park (1L,1D)Early departure to 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 ideas behind the creations. You have the option to sleep in a tent or outside under the night sky in a swag (canvas bedroll). During the wet season (usually November - April) groups will stay in dorm accommodation (located outside the park) to avoid the rain. NOTE: The itinerary for this day varies depending on the season. We will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 17 Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park (1B,1L,1D)Embark early on a full day of exploring. Hike to the top of Twin Falls for great views and an outstanding swimming spot. Walk to Jim Jim Falls and take in the sandstone cliffs while taking time to cool off in the refreshing plunge pools. Travel to our overnight camp near Litchfield, swags (canvas bedrolls) or tents await. End the night with a group BBQ. NOTE: The itinerary for this day varies depending on the season. During the rainy season the accommodations will be dorm-style and we will visit slightly different attractions depending on the weather conditions. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 200 kmDay 18 Litchfield National Park/Darwin (1B,1L)An early start to take advantage of time in Litchfield National Park. Visit the Wangi, Florence and Tolmer Falls with opportunities to go for a swim. Visit the Buley Rockholes and see the amazing giant termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening at 6pm. Please book departure flights after 8pm. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 170 kmFOR TRIPS DEPARTING MAY THROUGH OCTOBERnullDay 16 Darwin/Litchfield NP (1L,1D)Depart from Darwin at 6:30am, an early start to take advantage of time in Litchfield National Park. Visit the Florence and Tolmer Falls and cool off with a swim. Visit the Buley Rockhole and see the spectacular giant termite mounds before continuing on to the Adelaide River for a croc cruise.Day 17 Kakadu NP (1B,1L,1D)Cross into Kakadu National Park and visit an Aboriginal cultural centre, learn about some rock art and hike down to a breathtaking gorge with various pools.Day 18 Kakadu NP/Darwin (1B,1L)Get an early start to visit Gunlom Falls for a walk and a swim before visiting the beautiful Ikoymarrwa for a swim, a site accessible only with a special permit. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening, please book departure flights after 8pm.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 17/01/2017

18 days
FROM $2,062*
18 days From $2,062*

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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