Immerse yourself in Melbourne and the Dandenong Ranges whilst staying at the Crowne Plaza in the CBD. Travel our stunning Great Ocean Road and stay in Warrnambool and Mt Gambier, then discover the beauty of Adelaide, Hahndorf and the Barossa Valley before boarding the PS Murray Princess for a 4 night Outback Heritage Cruise on the beautiful Murray River.
17th November 2019
Flights arrive in Melbourne Airport where we board our opulent ‘Diamond Class’ coach to make our way to the hub of the city and check in for three nights. Our hotel is ideally situated on the Yarra River and at close proximity to Southbank and the Crown Casino.
3 Night Stay: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne CBD
Today we head into the Dandenong Ranges, travelling through the lush and picturesque low mountain ranges east of the city. Quaint villages dot the region and we break in Sassafras to discover its unique shops, cafés and European feel before passing through Olinda to arrive at Belgrave to board the Puffing Billy for a steam and cuisine luncheon. Travelling first class, we enjoy the grandeur and charm of a three-hour steam train journey whilst savouring a delicious lunch in fully enclosed heritage dining carriages. As the train whistle signals, entrees are served before we cross the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge. The journey continues through temperate rainforest chugging through dense fern foliage and wide open fields. Mains are served before we arrive at Lakeside Station, where we have time to disembark the train and explore the park which is home to leisurely walking trails, picturesque Emerald Lake and abundant birdlife. We then re-board for our return journey whilst finishing off with dessert, tea and coffee before returning to the CBD.
Take a free day today! Melbourne is a creative, exciting, ever- changing city with extraordinary surprises to be discovered in every basement, rooftop and laneway. Tonight we board an elegant colonial tramcar and take in views of the streets of the city and suburbs such as Prahran, St Kilda, Middle Park and South Melbourne. Enjoy traditional white linen and silver service whilst savouring the flavours of the seasonal menu.
**Lunch is at own expense today.
**Please note: There will be a 10-minute walk from our hotel to the tramcar and return.
Departing Melbourne, we pass Geelong to travel the famous Great Ocean Road, taking a break at Torquay. We continue on through the seaside towns of Anglesea and Lorne, breaking for lunch at Apollo Bay. We settle in for a great scenic drive along this famous coastal road, viewing the amazing Twelve Apostles, before finishing the day at Warrnambool.
1 Night Stay: Mid City Motel, Warrnambool
Departing Warrnambool, we travel to Port Fairy to collect a local tour guide and discover this quaint fishing village, steeped in the history of whalers and seal hunters. Leaving Port Fairy, we travel through the seaside town of Portland, the oldest European settlement in Victoria. After lunch we travel to Mount Gambier to view the mysterious Blue Lake.
1 Night Stay: The Barn, Mount Gambier
Today we travel through the rich agricultural and pastoral district of Naracoorte and on to Keith for an early cuppa. We then travel through Tailem Bend where we leave the Duke’s Highway to make our way to Victor Harbor for lunch. We take some free time in Victor Harbor before making our way to Adelaide.
3 Night Stay: Peppers Waymouth, Adelaide
Today we discover downtown Adelaide, taking a city sights tour before we climb the Mount Lofty Ranges, offering spectacular views over Adelaide and beyond. We continue on to the quaint Bavarian village of Hahndorf and indulge in a German-themed luncheon at the Hahndorf Inn. Take some free time afterwards to discover the original ‘Fachwerk’ buildings, many beautifully maintained or restored to original conditions.
Today brings an experience like no other as we arrive early at Adelaide Zoo for a private Panda & Friends Experience tour. With no other patrons on the zoo grounds, we are guided through the various exhibits and take a behind the scenes look at the life of Wang Wang and Funi, Australia’s only giant pandas. After lunch, we return to the city to take advantage of some free time in the city of churches.
Discover the Barossa Valley this morning with a visit to the Barossa Chateau nestled in a beautiful garden boasting over 30,000 roses. Here we explore the estate, gardens and collection of art and antiques on a guided tour, before sampling the wines at the cellar door and indulging in lunch in these stunning surrounds. We depart, travelling via Mengler’s Hill lookout and the famous Herbig Family Tree before arriving in Mannum to board the PS Murray Princess for a 4 night Outback Heritage Cruise. Sit back, relax and enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a welcome dinner as we cruise upriver under floodlight to our overnight mooring destination at Caurnamont.
4 Night Stay: PS Murray Princess
Enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch cruising upriver to Blanchetown through one of the 13 locks. This afternoon we moor near Salter’s Station for our overnight anchorage. As the last rays of sun fade, we join a guided tour of Burk Salter’s vineyard on the banks of the river and enjoy wine tasting at his cellar door.
Cruise upriver to picturesque Swan Reach, home to native flower and fruit growers, and visit the Swan Reach Hotel. After lunch we cruise downriver to Sunnydale where it’s ‘all ashore’ for the Woolshed Show, a re-creation of typical Australian woolshed history. Later we visit the Native Wildlife Shelter, and tonight enjoy an ‘Aussie Barbeque’ cooked and served in a bush setting on the banks of the mighty Murray River.
Today we cruise slowly downstream past magnificent cliffs scoured by the river over millions of years. We reach Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, a significant archaeological site, for a guided boardwalk tour to view ancient rock carvings and to learn about Aboriginal history in the area. After reboarding, we continue downriver to Younghusband. Tonight the Captain and his officers host a spectacular farewell Captain’s buffet dinner.
After breakfast we dock at Mannum, reluctantly disembark and transfer back to Adelaide for our return flights home.
Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components.
Flights are arranged to suit the tour group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
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