Arrive in Melbourne today and join your Travel Director for a welcome reception before boarding Melbourne’s wonderful Colonial Tramcar Restaurant to trundle through the elegant streets and surroundings.
Overnight: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (Dinner with wine included)
Melbourne & Daylesford
Admire the impressive skyline of Melbourne this morning over breakfast in the sky high restaurant. Afterwards return to street level to explore the avenues, charming arcades and stylish street art in the company of the local guide. Enjoy a traditional Melbourne style morning tea before enjoying your lunch at leisure perhaps sampling the local cuisine. After lunch it’s time to move onto the spa town of Daylesford to relax in the healing waters at the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. Enjoy dinner this evening at the award winning restaurant – The Argus.
Overnight: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Daylesford (Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine)
Daylesford, Dunkeld & The Grampians
Begin your day with a stroll through the enchanting Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens before enjoying a morning tea with syrupy lavender honey over freshly baked scones at the Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm before taking an exclusive guided tour of the Creswick Woollen Mills. Admire the well preserved Victorian beauty of the architecture in the historic town of Clunes stopping at a café or the country pub for a bite to eat. En route to Dunkeld visit the Museum of Australian Democracy. Settle into the picturesque surrounds of the Southern Grampians this evening enjoying its sandstone mountains, wildflowers and wildlife including the echidnas and wallabies. Dinner tonight will be held at the Wickens Royal Mail Hotel with fresh ingredients from the organic produce in the extensive kitchen garden.
Overnight: Royal Mail Hotel (A la carte breakfast and dinner with wine)
Dunkeld & Warrnambool
Join the grounds gardener after breakfast this morning for a guided walk through the impressive kitchen garden before heading over to Hall’s Gap and the Brambuk Cultural Centre. Here you’ll get the chance to witness a welcome to country ceremony and be taught be the locals how to throw a boomerang and gather local bush tucker for sampling. Admire the Grampians Mountain range views before heading downwards to the coast of Warrnambool. Tonight enjoy a highlight dinner and show at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
Overnight: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs (Full buffet breakfast & highlight dinner)
Lorne & Twelve Apostles
Enjoy a leisurely morning getting ready for today’s scenic coastal drive with golden sandy beaches stretching endlessly along the route. Winding through lush forests and admiring the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch and Gorge and the Twelve Apostles stopping along the way to enjoy and taking a lunch break in the seaside town of Port Campbell with its crisp sea air and stunning sea backdrops – you can opt to take a scenic flight over the Twelve Apostles. Visit the quaint Apollo Bay before arriving at Lorne a lovely little seaside village.
Overnight: Cumberland Lorne Resort (A la carte breakfast)
Learn about Australia’s surf culture today on the last leg of the Great Ocean Road stopping in the surf capital – Torquay. Continue onwards to the Bellarine Peninsula and indulge in a delicious Be My Guest lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard. This afternoon board a ferry over to the Queenscliff and the Green Olive Farm before enjoying dinner this evening at the Linden Tree Restaurant.
Overnight: Lindenderry at Red Hill (Full buffet breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch and dinner with wine)
Head back to Melbourne today leaving the coffee aroma behind, you’ll be taking a visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground before enjoying a farewell lunch with your new found friends.
(Full breakfast buffet and farewell lunch)