Depart Melbourne early morning and travel to the southwest via Geelong, the state’s second largest city. Not long
past Geelong the ocean comes into view before passing through the surfing townships of Anglesea and Aireys
Inlet. Continue onto Lorne where the dual mix of the ocean and the Otway Ranges is breathtaking. Follow the coast road through to Apollo Bay and Kennett River before heading inland through rainforest and then emerging on to the Shipwreck Coast. The afternoon would feature the coastal rock formations of Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles and The Arch before arriving in Port Campbell.
After breakfast travel across to Tower Hill, an extinct volcano and now a State Park. A walk through the park reveals koalas in generous numbers in the gum trees. Late morning continue through to Dunkeld where lunch will be enjoyed at the stylish Royal Mail Hotel. After lunch, a visit would be made to Crombie Homestead where an insight into life on the land would be provided by the owners. Late afternoon transfer through to Halls Gap, the major town at the heart of the breathtaking Grampians mountain range.
Depart Halls Gap and travel through the Grampians taking in some of the most spectacular scenery the state has to offer. Included in these are The Balconies, Mt Difficult Lookout and The Jaws of Death before transferring through to Ballarat and Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is a recreation of Ballarat’s first ten years following the discovery of gold there in 1851. Adjourn to the Charlie Napier Hotel for dinner before experiencing the Lamplight Tour. The tour shines a light on the darker side of goldfields life and shows a different side to Sovereign Hill. Visit some very intriguing places and meet some interesting characters prior to the return to Melbourne.
$1150 pp, based on a minimum of 6 people (twin/double share).
$1325 pp, based on a minimum of 6 people (single share).
Mini-bus transport, two nights accommodation, meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), farm visit at Crombie Homestead, visits to Melba Gully, Port Campbell National Park, Tower Hill and Grampians, entry fees to Sovereign Hill and Lamplight Tour, dinner on the final night at Sovereign Hill, guide, GST.
Transfer from hotel to Melbourne Airport for morning flight to Alice Springs in Central Australia. Following check in at The Aurora Motel, depart for afternoon tour of Alice Springs. See the sights and learn about the history and development of this important town.
An early rise for the transfer by road to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Located some 450 kilometres from Alice Springs, the world’s greatest monolith rises 348 metres above the desert floor. Arrive early afternoon at the permanent campsite and after lunch visit The Olgas, a cluster of massive rounded rocks. Take a walk through the ‘Valley of the Winds’ before the spectacular sunset viewing of Uluru. Dinner around the campfire and camping accommodation under the stars conclude the day’s program. This is ‘soft’ camping with a stretcher bed, sleeping bag & sheet provided. Shower facilities are also available.
Arise early for sunrise viewing of Ayers Rock followed by tour of the base caves and visit to the Cultural Centre. Early afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Cairns. Upon arrival, transfer to accommodation at Paradise on the Beach Resort, Palm Cove. This beach side resort is set idyllically with golden sand and a palm-fringed beach on the doorstep.
Full day tour to the Great Barrier Reef. Transfer by coach along the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas where you’ll board the boat and travel to the outer reef to snorkel and swim amongst the fish and coral. Late afternoon arrival at Paradise on the Beach.
A full day tour to Kuranda, travelling by Skyrail cablecar up the McAlister Range past the Barron Falls. Enjoy the Kuranda markets, Aboriginal dancers, koala and wildlife park before the afternoon return via train that passes through 15 tunnels.
Following breakfast, day at leisure before transfer to Cairns Airport for connecting flight to Melbourne or Sydney.
$1890 pp (twin/double share).
$2780 pp (single share).
Tour of Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda, five nights accommodation (motel and camping), entry fee to & tour of Ayers Rock, The Olgas and Alice Springs, meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), transfers, GST.
The cost does not include airfares to Alice Springs, from Ayers Rock to Cairns or Cairns to Sydney/Melbourne. Accommodation would be booked at Palm Cove, on the northern beaches 20 minutes from Cairns. If arriving before the first day or staying after the last day, additional accommodation can be arranged.
Arrive Sydney and transfer to Travelodge. Day at leisure.
Enjoy a morning city sights tour of Sydney, taking in the historic Rocks area, the exclusive inner suburbs of Paddington and Double Bay, noted for their quaintly preserved terrace houses, famous Bondi Beach and the red light district of Kings Cross. A highlight of the day will be the harbour lunch cruise where you’ll be introduced to its intriguing history, character and points of interest.
Another full day tour to the west of Sydney that encompasses the unsurpassed wilderness, beauty and remote bushland of the Blue Mountains plus panoramic views of rugged cliffs and deep forested valleys. After lunch, the afternoon is spent visiting a selection of scenic lookouts. The view from Govett’s Leap is one of the most famous lookouts in Australia and includes a magnificent waterfall. The last stop is the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where you’ll take in some sweeping views.
Day at leisure to explore some more of Sydney. A suggested activity is The Bridge Climb, a 3 1/2 hour adventure and a never to be forgotten experience on one of the world’s most prominent attractions. The climb begins with a comprehensive briefing and safety demonstration that prepares you for the Climb of your Life! The exhilaration and sense of satisfaction achieved by reaching the top is rewarded with breathtaking views. One of the safety requirements is that each walker is breathalysed and carry items such as cameras are not permitted. The cost of the ticket includes a photograph.
$1360 pp (twin/double share).
$1930 pp (single share).
Three nights accommodation, city sights tour, harbour cruise, Blue Mountains tour, midi-coach transport, meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch), transfers, GST.
Bridge Climb, prices start from approx. $300 per person.
The cost does not include the air-fare from Melbourne to Sydney. Recommended flight will be provided at time of booking. Time of Bridge Climb to be confirmed when booked.
Dive in to discover the distinct fortes and flavours of Melbourne destinations.
Spend some time in the city centre and you’ll discover it’s neatly divided into little pockets for you to explore. Find art, bars and restaurants up and down in the laneways, retail therapy for any budget in Bourke and Collins streets, and creative outlets on show in Flinders Quarter. St Kilda Road means galleries and gardens, while neighbouring Yarra Precinct and Docklands deliver waterside views by the boatload.
Just a tram ride away, the eclectic neighbourhoods on the city fringe offer endless possibilities. Take your fixie for a spin in the tooth-achingly cool northern suburbs Collingwood, Fitzroy, Brunswick and Northcote. Flex your plastic in retail meccas South Yarra, Prahran and Toorak. Take your beach towel (or yacht) to bayside St Kilda, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne, and go west for more fabulous food and beaches.
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