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MELBOURNE
SIGHTSEEING
WALKING TOURS
HIDDEN SECRETS WALKING TOURS
LANES & ARCADES TOUR
Experience a walking tour through Melbourne’s beautiful lanes and arcades, and though they may be well known, not all their wonders are
easy to find. Discover local designers and specialty retailers.
Includes goodie bag, SHOP guide & morning tea: $107 per adult / $136 per adult with lunch included - not suitable for children under 15.
CAFE CULTURE WALK
Indulge in the amazing cafe culture & foodie scene, with tastings and quirky insider stories along the way, making this outing a ‘something
for everyone’ experience. Laneways are a breeding ground for cafes and tiny coffee shops and the city is certainly known for its coffee
buzz.
Includes info pack with maps, coffee cup, gourmet goodies & light lunch and all tastings: $107 per adult - not suitable for children under 15.
GOLDEN MILE HERITAGE WALKS OF MELBOURNE
Take a 2 hour a guided heritage walk through ‘The Paris of the South’ and ‘Marvellous Melbourne’. This “place by the river” burst into
existence and incredible wealth in the early 1800’s. Depictions of Primadonnas and Prostitutes, Bushrangers and Businessmen all feature
as professional tour guides dissect and divulge a glorious and outrageous back story to the world’s most liveable city
$107 per adult - not suitable for children under 15.
PROGRESSIVE DEGUSTATION WALK - FOOD & WINE
There are so many great restaurants in Melbourne so why not do a few in one evening on this walking tour. Includes wine and food tasting
in three restaurants, Sommelier hosts in three venues, Hidden Secrets goodie bag with restaurant guide, map, notebook and special offers.
Includes wine & food tasting in 3 restaurants, info pack with restaurant guide, map, notebook & special offers: $170 per adult - not suitable for
children under 15.
MELBOURNE BY FOOT
CULTURAL WALK
Described as a ‘comprehensive highlight of Melbourne’, this tour is a must for any visitor and local in Melbourne, looking at Melbourne’s
past by learning about Aboriginal history, the settlement of Melbourne and early colonial life. The tour also highlights cultural aspects of
modern day Melbourne. It ventures through Melbourne’s laneways and arcades, discovering street art, music & café culture as well some
opulent and sometimes controversial architecture. Sports, art projects and immigration history are all subjects also covered in the walk.
The tour takes 3 hours including a 10-15 minute refreshment break along the way.
Includes guided walk: $40 per adult/child
BEER LOVERS GUIDE TO MELBOURNE
The city’s fascination with beer and pub culture can be traced right back to the settlement of Melbourne. One of the founding fathers was
a publican, the first mayor a brewer and the first council meeting happened in a pub. This fun and informal tour traces the history of beer
consumption in the Victorian capital, examining the early rogue settlers, the sly grog trade of gold rush era as well as the temperance
movement and conservative war time drinking habits. The tour also explores Melbourne’s more recent liberal liquor licensing laws, the
birth of the city’s laneway bars as well as the explosion of small batch, craft or microbreweries. The tour stops at 4 venues to assist in our
education. At each, you will try a delicious beer with a focus on Melbourne and Victorian microbreweries. The tour concludes with a burger
supper. The tour takes 3 hours and finishes in Federation Square.
Includes guided walk, beer tastings at 4 venues & burger supper: $86 per adult
MELBOURNE SIGHTSEEING
MAGNIFICENT MELBOURNE
This is a great overview of Melbourne and is packed with city sights and landmarks. Take a seat and enjoy the bustle of Melbourne’s city
as your driver keeps you posted on what to look out for. Experience the cosmopolitan buzz of Melbourne, hear about its wonderful history,
famous buildings, sensational shopping and most recognised landmarks. You’ll stop and explore some of the cities iconic spots along the
way. Be sure to take note so you can return to your favourites.
MORNING CITY SIGHTS - Highlights: City Centre, Sporting Complexes (MCG, Rod Laver & Albert Park), Parliament House, Queend
Victoria Market, Fitzroy Gardens (stop here), Captain Cook’s Cottage & Shrine of Remembrance: $70 per adult / $36 per child (2-15yrs)
OUTLET SHOPPING TOURS
Enjoy a fun day of retail therapy without the worry of carrying bags or tracking down the best shops. Your shop-o-holic host will help you
discover some of the best discount outlets and hard-to-find warehouse sales, you’ll shop till you drop, then refuel with lunch and a glass of
bubbles before you hit the shops again, the itinerary changes based on the best sales. Private tours are also available.
BARGINS & BUBBLES TOUR - Includes tour host, city highlights tour & transport, shopping list, cafe lunch & a drink (glass of
bubbles, soft drink or hot drink): $101 per adult / $75 per child (0-14yrs) - 0-7yrs require a car seat
DRACULA’S CABARET RESTAURANT
How does a horror cabaret show with fleshy humour, dazzling costumes, great music, a ghost train ride and a fantastic three course dinner
sound? This is a great night combining burlesque, contemporary music, comedy and quality dining. Bloodbath, the latest spectacle to
splash onto Dracula’s stage, presents a fast-paced evening of shock-rock, vampire variety.
DINNER & SHOW: Tue-Thu Show: $96 per adult or Fri-Sat Show: $107 per adult - not recommended for children under 18yrs
MELBOURNE STAR OBSERVATION WHEEL
Experience Melbourne in a whole new way. A unique introduction to the city, with all its colour, culture and eccentricities giving visitors and
locals alike a new way to engage with Melbourne’s vibrant cityscape.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $32 per adult/$19 per child (5-15yrs)
ENCORE PACKAGE - Includes 2x 20mins flights, one during the day and one at twilight/evening: $50 per adult/$30 per child (5-15yrs)
SPORTS LOVERS
MELBOURNE SPORTS TOURS
SPORTS LOVERS TOUR INCLUDING MCG
City sightseeing with a difference. Visit the venues that host some of Australia’s favourite sporting events. Explore Flemington, home of the
Melbourne Cup - the horse race that stops the nation. Drive through the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and around Albert Park,
on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Tour behind the scenes of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Explore the media centres and exclusive
member areas, including the Long Room. Smell the liniment in the change rooms and walk on the hallowed turf. Drive to Etihad Stadium
(formerly Telstra Dome) & enjoy lunch overlooking the arena. An unforgettable experience for sports lovers.
Includes all entrance fees & meals as stated: $130 per adult / $98 per child (0-14yrs)
SPORTS LOVERS TOUR INCLUDING ROD LAVER ARENA
City sightseeing with a difference. Visit the venues that host some of Australia’s favourite sporting events. Explore Flemington, home of the
Melbourne Cup - the horse race that stops the nation. Drive through the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and around Albert Park, on
the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Tour behind the scenes of the Rod Laver Arena. Enjoy a players point of view as you are taken through
Australian Open tournament control. See the change rooms used by the world’s best tennis players, the Walk of Fame, up to the superboxes
and VIP hospitality areas, inside the media centre and events permitting, onto the Arena. Drive to Etihad Stadium (formerly Telstra Dome) &
enjoy lunch overlooking the arena. An unforgettable experience for sports lovers.
Includes all entrance fees & meals as stated: $130 per adult / $98 per child (0-14yrs)
NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM & MCG TOURS
Come to the inner sanctum of the MCG and discover what makes Australia such a great sporting country. There are over 3500 objects on display
across 3000 square metres of world-class galleries showcasing Australian football, cricket, the Olympic Games, soccer and many other sports.
Visitors can test their sports skills and challenge friends with a variety of interactive games in Game On! Experience an unforgettable, behind-thescene MCG Tour including a walk on the hallowed turf. Have lunch overlooking the ground and pick up a memento at the MCG Superstore.
MUSEUM ENTRY - National Sport Museum Entry only- includes audio tour headset & map: $21 per adult / $11 per child (5-15yrs)
MCG TOUR - Includes a tour guide: $21 per adult / $11 per child (5-15yrs)
MUSEUM ENTRY & MCG TOUR - Entrance to the National Sport Museum & a MCG Tour: $33 per adult / $16 per child (5-15yrs)
NATURE,WILDLIFE & CULTURE
MELBOURNE AQUARIUM
Marvel at sub-Antartic penguins in Antartica, prepare to be mesmerised by the all new Seahorse Pier - featuring the world’s largest
collection of seahorses - then journey from River to Reef and experience the awe-inspiring animals in Sharks Alive.
ENTRY ONLY: $42 per adult / $26 per child (3-15yrs)
GLOBAL BALLOONING
YARRA VALLEY BALLOON FLIGHT WITH BREAKFAST
Let the breeze usher you along the corridors of grape vines and over the Yarra River as you take in the breathtaking views of the mountains
that surround the valley. After your flight head to Rochford Wines where you can celebrate your morning over a delicious breakfast.
Includes 1 hour balloon flight, complete flight & ground insurance, flight certificate, a souvenir pack & breakfast: $390 per adult / $303 per
child (7-12yrs) - Please note that children under 7 years are NOT PERMITTED on this tour
MELBOURNE BALLOON FLIGHT WITH BREAKFAST
A sunrise hot air balloon flight over Melbourne is a truly remarkable experience. There are few major cities in the world that can be
traversed by hot air balloon and there certainly is no better way to take in Australia’s second largest city. In the early morning light our
balloons drift by the array of parks and gardens that make Melbourne the world’s most liveable city. As the city comes to life you will look
down from your balloon onto some of the cities iconic sporting venues like the MCG, Melbourne Park and Albert Park racetrack.
Includes 1 hour balloon flight, complete flight & ground insurance, flight certificate, a souvenir pack & breakfast:
$460 per adult / $355 per child (7-12yrs) - Please note that children under 7 years are NOT PERMITTED on this tour
PHILLIP ISLAND DAY TOUR
For lovers of fine food, beautiful scenery and cute critters, this ticks all of the boxes. Visit some of the region’s gourmet attractions and a
bush tucker walk through native crops that have been harvested for thousands of years. Savour the tastes over lunch before heading to the
Koala Conservation Centre to walk among the treetops to view the wild koalas. Take in the sights of the island itself before making your way,
at dusk, to Summerlands Beach where the little penguins will bedazzle you as they make their way across the beach to their homes.
Includes lunch, entry to the Koala Conservation Centre, Gourmet food tasting, afternoon tea & city hotel pickup/drop off:
$138 per adult / $122 per child (4-15yrs)
SOVEREIGN HILL GOLD RUSH
Journey back in time to Sovereign Hill, an outdoor ‘live’ museum which is a perfectly re-created 1850’s gold mining settlement. Here
you will see tradesmen at work and locals parading their new found fortunes. You can even try your luck at panning for gold and tour an
underground gold mine. In the town of Ballarat, view the historic sites and beautiful Victorian architecture, a thriving monument to the
town’s golden era of prosperity
Includes entrance to Sovereign Hill & city hotel pickup/drop off: $175 per adult / $88 per child (2-15yrs)
FOOD & WINE
YARRA VALLEY GOURMET TOUR
Tick off the gourmet food groups of wine, cheese and chocolate, then indulge in some of the many other delicacies that the Yarra has to
offer. A range of tastings at premium wineries will tempt the palate, but wine is only half the story of this gourmet wonderland. You’ll sample
the goods of orchards, the boutique White Rabbit Brewery and those with a sweet tooth will truly salivate over the handmade goodies at
Crumbs Gourmet Biscuits, and the unique Kennedy and Wilson Chocolates.
Includes farm gate visit with tasting at Coldstream Dairy, 3 course tasting platter lunch matched with 3 wines at Rochford Wines restaurant,
visits to White Rabbit Brewery, Crumbs Gourmet Biscuits, Kennedy & Wilson Chocolates, Wine tasting at Oakridge Wines & city hotel pickup/
drop off: $128 per adult / $106 per child (4-15yrs)
YARRA VALLEY WINE EXPERIENCE
Sip your way around the Yarra Valley and let an expert introduce you to the region’s mouthwatering wine and food. Your guide is a real
wine expert (but not a wine snob!) and will ensure your day is social, fun and educational. You’ll enjoy cellar door tastings at four premium
wineries, a delicious winery lunch with wine and a private tour of Domaine Chandon, along with a glass of their premium bubbles and some
tasting platters – a great way to experience the Yarra Valley.
Includes a real wine expert as your guide, cellar door tasting at Yering Station, Yering Farm & Balgownie Estate, A La Carte lunch at
Balgownie Estate including a glass of estate wine & a private tour of Domaine Chandon plus a glass of sparkling wine: $136 per adult /
$102 per child (7-15yrs) - children under 7 are not permitted on this tour
MARVELLOUS MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Escape the bustle of the city to explore the Mornington Peninsula, just over an hour from Melbourne this area is a playground for Victorians.
Climb to the top of Arthurs Seat for impressive views, explore the hidden delights of Ashcombe Maze and enjoy 25 acres of fabulous
gardens with a gardener guide. There’s a leisurely stop in the resort town of Mornington for you to take a stroll along the pier, or relax on
the beach before sampling fine wine at two local vineyards.
Includes entry fees, wine tasting & 2 course lunch: $214 per adult / $108 per child (2-15yrs)
COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT
These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels were the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and are a delightful way to dine,
with the choice of lunch, early dinner (perfect for pre-show dining) or a late dinner. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne you’ll enjoy a
set menu of fine Australian cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines.
LUNCHEON - Includes 4 course meal & all beverages, departing at 1pm: $96 per adult / $85 per child* (5-16yrs)
EARLY DINNER - Includes 3 course meal & all beverages, departing at 5.45pm: $91 per adult / $79 per child* (5-16yrs)
DINNER - Includes 5 course meal & all beverages, departing at 8.35pm: Weekday Dinner (Sun-Thu) $137 per adult / $125 per child*
(5-16yrs) or Weekend Dinner (Fri-Sat) $155 per adult / $144 per child* (5-16yrs)
*Children under 5 years cannot be accommodated
PUFFING BILLY STEAM TRAIN & WINE COUNTRY IN STYLE
‘All aboard’ for a ride on the lovingly restored Puffing Billy Steam Train, for a scenic journey on Australia’s most notable narrow gauge
railway through the lush Mountain Ash trees of Sherbrooke Forest. After the train trip, tour the Yarra Valley’s beautiful hills and vineyards
and tantalise your taste buds sampling some superb regional wines. Sip a glass or two and enjoy local cheeses while soaking up views of
the picturesque Yarra Valley.
Includes Puffing Billy Steam Train ride, Aussie Billy Tea snack & wine tasting: $180 per adult / $91 per child (5-15yrs) or with lunch at
Rochford Winery: $225 per adult / $113 per child (5-15yrs)
HORSEBACK WINERY TOUR
Horseback Winery Tours is located at Main Ridge, in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula’s food and wine regions and will take you to famous
neighbouring wineries, restaurants and attractions. If you have never ridden before, an accomplished Horseback Winery Tours guide and a
gentle, well-trained horse will take care of you. If you’re an experienced rider, you’re in for a memorable day on a three hour ride in the saddle,
only an hour’s easy drive from Melbourne.
3 HOUR DISCOVERY TOUR - 3 hours horseback winery tour visiting two wineries, helmets and guide: $180 per adult / $91 per
child (5-15yrs) or with lunch at Rochford Winery: $175 per adult
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
GREAT OCEAN ROAD & 12 APOSTLES
View the popular coastal townships of Torquay and Lorne - a surfers haven and retreat. Pass world famous Bells Beach, home to World
Surfing Championships. See many fern filled gullies and river inlets on your journey. Travel the length of the Great Ocean Road passing
towering limestone cliffs, witness a fabulous spectacle of massive natural erosion. Contrasts abound between rugged coast and rainforest
living side by side. See the amazing Twelve Apostles - limestone stacks rising dramatically from the Southern Ocean and visit the
Information Centre. See Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the Loch Ard.
Explore Port Campbell National Park. Discover the tragic history of over 50 ships wrecked along this rugged coastline. Continue beyond Port
Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge.
Includes hotel pick up/drop off, National Park entrance fee: $169 per adult / $85 per child (2-15yrs) or with lunch: $198 per adult / $98 per
child (2-15yrs)
GREAT OCEAN ROAD WITH HELICOPTER FLIGHT
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road, a guided eco-tour of the Great Otway National Park Rainforest and view the iconic rock
formations of the Port Campbell National Park. Visit numerous beaches, lookouts and other scenic spots along the way allowing plenty of
photo opportunities. Visit a large native koala population where sightings are guaranteed. Stop for lunch at the foot of the Otway Ranges in
Apollo Bay where guest can choose from 13 different meal choices. After lunch follow the Great Ocean Road into the mountains where you
can take a stroll in the Great Otway National Park. Next onto Park Campbell National Park taking in views of the rock formations including
the 12 Apostles. Take a scenic helicopter flight from the 12 Apostles, taking in the breathtaking aerial views of the Port Campbell National
Park including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the Bakers Oven.
Includes morning tea, lunch, coach transfer and scenic helicopter flight from the 12 Apostles: $240 per adult / $219 per child (4-15yrs) or
with lunch: $198 per adult / $98 per child (2-15yrs)
NATURAL TREASURES
2 DAY GREAT OCEAN ROAD TOUR
Day One: After a personalized hotel pickup we travel to Geelong for a walk along the waterfront viewing the famous Bollards’ at Eastern
Beach. We then travel on to Anglesea Golf Club to see wild Kangaroos roaming around. We then wind along the spectacular cliff top road
stopping for photos and stories at the most scenic spots including Bells Beach. Lunch is in the beautiful seaside village of Lorne. It has a
great range of shops, cafes and restaurants with great food as well as safe beaches for walking or swimming.
After lunch we travel more of the road stopping to Koalas before driving into the Great Otway National Park’ for a walk at Maits Rest’.
This is a 1km rainforest walk through some of the best native forest in Australia. This lush forest dating back 100 million years is highly
protected and has amazing examples of Mountain Ash Eucalyptus, Tree Ferns and Myrtle Beech. This is a truly amazing walk that is often
overlooked . The accommodation tonight is set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean near Apollo Bay. This is the perfect place to
relax and unwind before dinner at the Apollo Bay Hotel.
Day Two: Today starts with a continental breakfast in Apollo Bay. Our first stop is the 12 Apostles. Here you will see the creation and
erosion that has shaped this coastline over the past 20 million years. Helicopter rides available at own expense. The next stop is Loch Ard
Gorge, where in 1878 the Loch Ard’ carrying 54 people was wrecked with only 2 survivors. We tell of Tom and Eva’s struggle while reading
their diary notes and handing around original artifacts from the ship. Return to Melbourne via an inland route travelling through Colac and
Geelong. Arrive in Melbourne around 6.00pm
Includes tour guide, 1x dinner, 1x breakfast & morning or afternoon tea: $848 per adult twin share
3 DAY MELBOURNE TO ADELAIDE TOUR
Day One: After a personalized hotel pickup depart Melbourne via the West Gate Bridge. Travel through vast volcanic plains to Geelong,
have time to stroll along the beautifully transformed waterfront. Stop along the coast at Bells Beach, a famous surfing beach. Observe
Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the wild. While winding our way along we stop to view the Arch. Lorne is the largest of the seaside resorts and
is a perfect place for a lunch break. You may even find time to have a swim or do some shopping.
After lunch stop at many scenic spots including Kennett River where we can see koalas and many colourful native birds in the wild.
Travelling through Apollo Bay we go into the Great Otway National Park. Take a 1km guided walk through a rainforest gully to see the
world’s tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns and unique features such as ‘Yabbie Chimneys’. Visit Apollo Bay before checking
in to ‘Beacon Point Ocean View Villas’. This amazing setting is a great place to relax and unwind for a couple of hours. Dinner tonight at the
very popular Apollo Bay Hotel, this restaurant has an extensive menu and utilises great local produce.
Day Two: Today starts with breakfast at the ‘locals favourite’ Bay Leaf Cafe. Travel through the Otway ranges and onto the Shipwreck
Coast’, first stop Castle Cove overlooking the Aire river valley. Your guide will introduce you to the strong Aboriginal heritage of the region
with many tribes living prosperously around the coastline for thousands of years. Arrive at the 12 Apostles one of Australia’s Icons of
natural beauty. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the boardwalks or brave
a helicopter flight along the coastline (own expense).
We then visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. Port Campbell is our lunch stop for today.
The small fishing village of just 350 is set in a beautiful natural port and has some wonderful cafes. After lunch our journey then continues
through Warrnambool and onto Tower Hill Game Reserve where we have the chance to see and possibly feed emus then onto the
picturesque Port Fairy towards Mount Gambier. Check into Chardonnay Lodge, set amongst the vines in the heart of the Coonawarra. Here
we can indulge in the fine food and wine of the region. Dinner and breakfast are both at Chardonnay Lodge.
Day Three: Visit to the Naracoorte Caves National Park for a cave tour with a local guide, continue our journey through the wine region
of Padthaway as we head north through to Keith. We stop here for lunch. Travel through grain and stock land towards Adelaide. On our
approach to city we visit the very popular tourist village of Hahndorf and Mount Lofty summit for impressive, birds-eye views of Adelaide
and surrounds. We arrive in the city at around 6pm
Includes tour guide, 2 nights accommodation, 2x dinners, 2x breakfasts & morning or afternoon tea: $1350 per adult share twin
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