Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AUSTRALIA

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7 day Victoria’s Hidden Gems Melbourne • Daylesford • Dunkeld • Warranambool • Lorne • Mornington Peninsula

Day 1: Arrive Melbourne On arrival in Melbourne, there’s free time to relax or explore. That evening meet your Travel Director at your hotel for a Welcome Reception before departing for a magical evening aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. (D) Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Day 2: Melbourne - Daylesford After a leisurely breakfast at the Sofitel’s 35th floor restaurant overlooking the city, explore Melbourne’s vibrant walkways and arcades with a knowledgeable local guide. Enjoy morning tea at one of the local Melbourne cafés. You’re free at lunchtime, then you’re bound for the eclectic village of Daylesford, notable not only for its mineral spring baths, but antique shops, bazaars and various cottage industries. That afternoon enjoy a relaxing mineral spa at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa which has been welcoming visitors since 1895. That night you’ll stay at the beautifully-appointed Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel. Dinner that evening is at an award-winning restaurant, The Argus, in Hepburn Springs. (BD) Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Daylesford Day 3: Daylesford – Dunkeld After breakfast, perhaps visit beautiful Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens overlooking Daylesford town for a lovely morning stroll, or take the ‘Peace Mile’ Walk around Lake Daylesford. After exploring, you’ll head to Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea. See their manicured vegetable, herb, lavender and olive plots, set amongst stone farm buildings dating back to 1850 and friendly farm animals. Next stop, we visit the family-owned and operated Creswick Woollen Mills, the only remaining coloured woollen spinning mill in Australia. In a private tour, learn how luxurious natural fibres are processed into designer garments. A little way down the road is the historic town of Clunes. Step back in time and wander along the main street where you’re free to grab a spot of lunch in one of its cafés or at the country pub, the National Hotel. Because of its historic main street facade, the town has been the setting for well-known films including Heath Ledger’s Ned Kelly, Mad Max 1 and the 1950’s classic On the Beach. On your way to Dunkeld, you’ll visit

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat. Using the latest digital technology coupled with historic iconic objects, visitors can immerse themselves in a sensory experience on the birth of Australian democracy. Located at the base of the Grampian Mountains, enjoy dinner at the Royal Mail Hotel’s acclaimed restaurant. (BD) Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld Day 4: Dunkeld – Warrnambool In the morning you might like to sleep in and enjoy leisurely breakfast. Or for the early riser, join the ground’s gardener for a guided walk through their kitchen garden, which supplies most of the hotel’s produce. Set on just over an acre, it’s Australia’s largest and most productive organic kitchen garden. You’ll head to the top of the Grampians at Halls Gap for a Welcome to Country ceremony by the local indigenous people at the Brambuk Cultural Centre. The traditional people of Gariwerd, the Djab Wurrung and Jardwidjari, will teach you how to throw a boomerang and then gather local bush tucker for you to taste. See spectacular natural rock formations, waterfalls and panoramic views over the Grampian Mountain range. Then you will head down the mountain to coastal Warrnambool. That night it’s a Highlight Dinner and Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill, where you’ll not only learn about the region’s maritime history, but will experience it! (BD) Deep Your departure will be leisurely, so why not take advantage of the resort’s spa and massage services? Be sure to have your camera ready as you take one of Australia’s most iconic road trips along the Great Ocean Road. You’ll visit all the must-see sights and stop at vantage points along the way, including the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and, of course, the Twelve Apostles. There will be some free time for you to grab a bite for lunch in the seaside town of Port Campbell and for the adventurous, perhaps a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles may appeal (own expense). Stretch your legs that afternoon in Apollo Bay before arriving in picturesque Lorne late afternoon. Enjoy a free night to dine wherever you wish among the beachfront restaurants. (B) Cumberland Resort, Lorne Blue Hotel & Spa, Warrnambool Day 5: Warrnambool – Lorne

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