Melbourne Cup Cellar-Bration - Fun Over Fifty

Melbourne Cup Cellar-Bration


Take the ‘Gold Class’ route with extensive touring via Armidale, Hunter Valley, Bowral and Albury to Melbourne for 4 nights. Ride the Puffing Billy, take the Living Legends tour, visit ArtVo and experience Cup Day at Flemington as it should be done in the Home Straight Enclosure with 5 course meal, beverage package, live band, elevated track viewing platform, racebook and private betting facilities.

Duration Duration:

10 days

Price From From

$4,800pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

27th October 2020

Location Departure Location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal / Brisbane Airport

Location Return Location:
Brisbane Coach Terminal / Brisbane Airport


Twin Share
Sole Use
$1,500pp non-refundable

Itinerary (Brisbane Coach Terminal / Brisbane Airport - Brisbane Coach Terminal / Brisbane Airport)

Day 1    Tuesday 27 (MT,L,D) Brisbane - Armidale

foodwine heritage

Board our luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach at Brisbane Coach Terminal where we make our way through the Lockyer Valley to Warwick, stopping at the Abbey of the Roses for a guided tour and morning tea. Continuing south, we arrive for lunch at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism for a medley of mains matched to wines. Our afternoon takes us through Glen Innes to Armidale.

1 Night Stay: Cotswold Gardens, Armidale

Day 2    Wednesday 28th (B,L,D) Hunter Valley


Departing Armidale this morning, we travel via a short stop at the Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth. Standing prominently on the New England Highway on the southern approach, the iconic Golden Guitar is a striking tribute to Tamworth’s country music reputation. We then continue on to Scone, breaking here for lunch before making our way to the Darley Thoroughbred Stud near Denman. Here we spend time with a local guide, Craig Benjamin, who has exclusive rights to conduct tours of some of the most prestigious racing studs in the area. Enjoy an insider’s tour of the thoroughbred racing industry and an interesting introduction to the equine industry. After our stud tour, we make our way to the Hunter Valley.

2 Night Stay: Mercure Hunter Valley
**Please note: These rooms are accessed by stairs.

Day 3    Thursday 29th (B,L,D) Hunter Valley

eco foodwine train

A leisurely start to the day before we head to the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens for a guided train tour with commentary through parts of the 25 hectares of International Garden. Continuing our food and wine trail today, we set the scene for a progressive lunch where our main course is enjoyed at The Cellar Restaurant. We then spend the afternoon grazing and sipping on the area’s finest wine, visiting a local winery for a tasting and cheese platter. We finish our day treating our palates with a sweet treat at a local artisan chocolate shop before returning to the hotel.

Day 4    Friday 30th (B,L,D) Bowral


We leave behind the Hunter region today and make our way to the Pacific Motorway, breaking for lunch in Gosford. After lunch, we travel through Sydney’s western suburbs and head up into the Southern Highlands, arriving in Bowral. We visit the Bradman Museum, an interactive display dedicated to cricket.

Day 5    Saturday 31 (B,MT,L,D) Albury


Departing the Southern Highlands, we arrive in Goulburn where we stop for a cuppa and visit the iconic Big Merino. Joining the Hume Highway again, we track further inland, stopping for a photo opportunity at the Dog on the Tuckerbox, and a short visit to Captain Moonlite’s Grave in the North Gundagai Cemetery, before breaking for lunch in Gundagai. After lunch we spend some time in town before making our way through to Albury.

1 night Stay: Best Western Plus Hovell Tree Inn

Day 6    Sunday 1st (B,MT,L,D) Melbourne


This morning we travel to the township of Glenrowan, which is the site of the final siege and capture of Ned Kelly and his gang in 1880. We spend time in town discovering their story, which is preserved in the local attractions, museums and historic walks. After a cuppa we continue our journey, arriving in Euroa for lunch. This afternoon we arrive in Melbourne. Take time this afternoon to hop on-board the free tourist City Circle Tram to discover Melbourne, take a walk along Southbank or just relax and unwind in the hotel.

4 Night Stay: Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Day 7    Monday 2nd (B,L,D) Melbourne

entertainment foodwine heritage steamtrain

Today we head into the Dandenong Ranges, travelling through the lush and picturesque low mountain ranges east of the city. We arrive in Belgrave and board Puffing Billy, travelling to Lakeside Station. Enjoy the grandeur and charm of our hour long steam train journey, crossing three historic bridges including the Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge and chugging through temperate rainforest, dense fern foliage and wideopen fields. After disembarking the train, we board the coach and travel to the Bavarian Cuckoo Restaurant, nestled in the Dandenong Ranges, for lunch. This traditional Bavarian chalet-style restaurant offers a German smorgasbord, yodelling and folk dancing.

Day 8    Tuesday 3rd (B,MT,L,AT,D) Melbourne

entertainment festival foodwine

Melbourne Cup Day, the race that stops the nation! Don your fancy hats, dresses, suits and ties in readiness for cup fever. Today, we celebrate in true style and elegance that will no doubt be the envy of all other race-goers. Arriving at Flemington Racecourse mid-morning on our private ‘Gold Class’ coach, we spend the day in the inside track Home Straight Enclosure, featuring private betting facilities with bookmaker, race book, 5 course meal and beverage package. The marquee also features a live band, outdoor private garden area and elevated track viewing platform. This promises to be a very special day to remember. **Please note: This Melbourne Cup package is subject to availability.

Day 9    Wednesday 4th(B,D) Melbourne


A leisurely start to today before we visit Living Legends, the international home of rest for champion horses. This farm is home to many past Melbourne Cup winners such as Might and Power and Rogan Josh, and was established to bring retired champion racehorses back to the public. Our guided tour tells the story of past champions as we visit them in the paddocks before taking a wander through the gardens and historic homestead. Take a free afternoon when we arrive back in Melbourne. Melbourne is a creative, exciting, ever-changing city with extraordinary surprises to be discovered in every basement, rooftop and laneway. This evening we meet in the hotel for finale drinks and dinner. **Lunch is at own expense today.

Day 10    Thursday 5th (B) Melbourne


Enjoy breakfast at your leisure this morning. Check-out is at 10am, when we depart the hotel and make our way to Artvo Immersive Gallery. This ‘trick art’ gallery is the first of its kind in Australia where you are encouraged to touch and interact with the artworks, photographing yourself in them. You can become part of over 100 3D artworks, placing you in the midst of scenes, locations and famous paintings. After our time here, we make our way to the airport for our respective flights home.

Tour Inclusions

  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach travel ex Brisbane
  • Abbey of the Roses tour
  • Specialty medley of mains lunch with paired wines
  • 1 night Armidale
  • Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth
  • Darley Thoroughbred Stud guided tour
  • 2 nights Hunter Valley
  • Hunter Valley Gardens entry and guided train tour
  • Progressive lunch including wine tasting session
  • Bradman Museum
  • 1 night Bowral
  • Big Merino Goulburn
  • Dog on the Tuckerbox
  • Captain Moonlite’s grave
  • 1 night Albury
  • Ned Kelly country in Glenrowan
  • 4 nights Melbourne
  • Puffing Billy steam train ride
  • Bavarian restaurant lunch and entertainment
  • Melbourne Cup race day at Flemington, inside track in the Home Straight Enclosure with 5 course meal, beverage package, private garden area, live band, elevated track viewing platform, racebook and private betting facilities
  • Living Legends entry and guided tour
  • ArtVo immersive photo gallery
  • One way economy class flight from Melbourne to Brisbane, Sydney or Adelaide
  • 26 meals

Additional Information

Non-refundable deposit of $1500pp 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 as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

*BRISBANE PRE TOUR EXTENDER AVAILABLE*  Refer to the inside back cover for this option

B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

Flight Included
Rail Travel
Steam Train
Eco Experience
Walking Component
Food &/or Wine Experience


Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 10 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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