Day 1 Arrive Melbourne
Your exploration of Victoria begins in the state's stylish capital, Melbourne. On arrival, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 2pm). You'll have some time to freshen up or start exploring the city on your own. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception to see the city from a different perspective on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, followed by dinner with panoramic views of the city skyline at Berth Restaurant.
Day 2 Melbourne - Daylesford
Admire the city's impressive skyline over breakfast on the 35th floor restaurant of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Continue your exploration of Melbourne's wide avenues, Victorian arcades and world-renowned street art in the company of a 'Local Specialist'. Indulge in the Melbournian tradition of morning tea before enjoying lunch at your leisure. Then, head to the eclectic spa village of Daylesford, whose gold-rush beginnings have since given way to a vibrant cottage industry. Here, you can relax in the healing waters of Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, followed by dinner at the award-winning Argus.
Day 3 Daylesford - Dunkeld
A leisurely start to the day could see you stroll through the enchanting Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, before continuing to Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm. Enjoy a delicious morning tea, complete with syrupy lavender honey dripped over freshly baked scones. Then, continue to Creswick Woollen Mills for an exclusive guided tour with a 'Local Specialist'. Journey to the historic town of Clunes next, to admire its beautifully preserved Victorian architecture. Grab a spot of lunch at one of the cafés or the country pub, the National Hotel. En route to Dunkeld, visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka to gain insights into the birth of democracy in Australia. Settle into the picturesque surrounds of the Southern Grampians this evening. Your dinner at Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel is made with fresh local ingredients and available produce growing in the extensive kitchen garden. (Breakfast)
Day 4 Dunkeld - Warrnambool
After breakfast, join the ground's gardener for a guided stroll through the hotel's kitchen garden, renowned as Australia's largest and most productive organic kitchen garden. Then, head to Hall's Gap and the Brambuk Cultural Centre. Here, you will 'Dive Into Culture' and witness a rousing 'Welcome to Country' ceremony. The local Gariwerd, Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people will teach you how to throw a boomerang and gather local bush tucker for sampling. Admire the views over the Grampians Mountain range before heading down the mountain to coastal Warrnambool, at the edge of the Great Ocean Road. This evening, discover the maritime history of the area during a Regional Dinner and stage show at Flagstaff.
Day 5 Warrnambool - Lorne
Enjoy a leisurely morning, preparing for one of the world's most scenic coastal drives later today. Golden beaches stretch endlessly along the route that will take you past lush forests and such highlights as the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. The crisp sea air provides a refreshing backdrop for a lunch stop in the seaside town of Port Campbell or consider an Optional Experience epic helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles. Stop in Apollo Bay before arriving in the Mediterranean-inspired seaside village of Lorne late afternoon. (Breakfast)
Day 6 Lorne - Mornington Peninsula
The last leg of the Great Ocean Road brings you to the surf capital of Torquay, where you'll learn about Australia's beloved surf culture before continuing to the Bellarine Peninsula. 'Connect with Locals' over an exclusive 'Be My Guest' lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Appetites quelled, board a ferry to Queenscliff and Green Olive Farm. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7 Mornington Peninsula - Depart Melbourne
The aroma of coffee beans beckon as we head back to Melbourne after breakfast. As this journey nears its end, we'll venture into the hallowed grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, affectionately referred to by locals as the 'G'. Later, enjoy a Farewell Lunch with new-found friends after an epic adventure through the diverse landscapes and lifestyles of Victoria. For now, all that's left to say is a fond farewell till next time (flights to depart after 7pm).
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