Wonderful Melbourne

7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 1

Arrival in Melbourne

Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your own leisure time. Overnight at your preferred hotel.

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Day 2

Melbourne

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your Melbourne city sights tour and see how grand this city really is! It offers a wonderful blend of heritage architecture, modern skyscrapers and contemporary designs. In the afternoon enjoy leisure time. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 3

Great Ocean Road

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your tour with a spectacular day in front as we head out of Melbourne and over the mighty West Gate Bridge, to join the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road was built to honour the servicemen and women of World War One, and extends more than 300 kilometres along some of the best coastal scenery this country has to offer. We travel through the coastal towns of Anglesea and Aries Inlet to Lorne. From Lorne we travel along the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay, where the road leaves the coast and winds through the slopes of the Otway Ranges and Otway National Park. To the west of the Otway Ranges the Great Ocean Road rejoins the coast and runs the full length of the Port Campbell National Park. Here there is the chance to see the Twelve Apostles – huge pillars that loom out of the surf, carved over time by the fury of the ocean. Be sure to have our cameras at the ready! We make a number of stops this afternoon, before joining the Princes Highway to express back to Melbourne. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 4

Dandenong Ranges

After breakfast, check out in the hotel and head, via the Eastern Suburbs, towards the Dandenong Ranges. We stop at Belgrave where we have arranged to join the Puffing Billy for a ride through to Emerald. Belgrave has always been a railway town since a narrow gauge line was opened in 1900 to help the local farmers bring their goods to the markets in Melbourne. In 1962 the railway was restored and the now famous Puffing Billy provides a great introduction to the area. Our coach will be waiting for us at the end of the ride. From here we travel through Monbulk into the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. We have a garden to explore here – Cloudehill Garden & Nursery at Olinda. By then we will be hungry – and we will need to be, because lunch today will be something special! The Cuckoo Restaurant at Olinda, designed in the Bavarian Chalet Style, is simply stunning with exceptional food, hospitality and entertainment. After lunch we make our way to the luxurious Sebel Heritage Yarra Valley, our base for the next three nights. We have plenty of time now to enjoy the resort and all the facilities – of course there’s the indoor heated swimming pool, fully equipped gymnasium, two tennis courts, a driving range and golf course. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 5

Phillip Island

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Phillip Island one of Australia’s most popular “nature islands” and that is where we are headed today. Situated in Western Port, it is a place of natural beauty, sandy beaches, tranquil wetlands and unique wildlife experiences. Our first stop is Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate and then the newly opened Vietnam Veterans Museum which is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting memorabilia from Australia’s longest war. The Museum currently has over 5000 artefacts, memorabilia and photographic material which are displayed either under glass or in walk-through areas which allow the visitor to fully appreciate what it was actually like to be “in country” and absorb the era which was Vietnam. The outdoor area contains exhibits as large as a Centurion tank, a Wessex Helicopter, a 105mm Howitzer gun and several Landrovers. A recent arrival is an AH-1F Hueycobra complete with a 20mm Gatling gun, TOW launchers and rocket pods. We stop in Cowes for a lunch break and then have time to take a look at the Phillip Island Super Bike Circuit. Next we visit the Nobbies Centre. At this marine attraction we can explore and discover the secrets of the incredible southern marine environment including seals, sharks and dolphins, via interactive displays and cameras that allow us to zoom in and out on these marine creatures. This area offers spectacular coastal scenery as well as viewing of the offshore seal colony at Seal Rocks. We have dinner here at the Boardwalk Café and then, as the sun fades, we make our way to the world famous Fairy Penguin Parade. Every day at dusk the little penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 6

The Mornington Peninsula

After breakfast we head to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne – a division of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. It’s one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland and offers nature-lovers the chance to explore 363 hectares of untouched heathlands, wetlands and woodlands. From here we head back to the Mornington Peninsula through Tyabb and on to the fishing village of Hastings which is bordered by Port Phillip Bay to the west and Western Port Bay to the east. To many Melburnians this has been a favourite summer holiday destination for more than 100 years. Our lunch stop is at Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. Not only is this the oldest hedge maze in Australia, the circular rose maze (with more than 1200 varieties) was the first of its kind in the world. After a tour and lunch our host from Ashcombe Maze will join the coach briefly and take us for a spectacular coastal drive to Flinders and onto Cape Schanck – one of the most picturesque locations on the Mornington Peninsula. The Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Keepers Cottages are part of an historical site that has remained unchanged and undisturbed for more than 140 years. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 7

Depart Phillip Island

Departure transfer, After breakfast, transfer from hotel to Airport  to board your flight back home.

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