Australia Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush [ESMB]
5 Days: Australia Southern Capitals - City Meets Bush [ESMB]
Starting at
$1,375

Available Tour Dates

2019

Feb 26
Mar 12, 26
Apr* 16
May* 7
Sep* 3, 24
Oct* 15
Nov* 5, 26

2020

Jan* 7, 14, 28
Feb* 11, 25
Mar* 10, 24
Apr* 14
May* 5
Sep* 1, 22
Oct* 13
Nov* 3, 24
Dec* 8

*Price will increase due to seasonality

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • Luxury coach travel
  • 3 – 4 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • Welcome Reception

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Canberra – Crowne Plaza Canberra (1 Night), Beechworth – Boutique Country Accommodation (1), Melbourne – Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (2)
  • Meals – 3 Full breakfasts, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ breakfast, 1 Highlight lunch, 1 Dinner with wine
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Southern Highlands Journey; Canberra: City Sights tour; Mt. Ainslie; Beechworth: Orientation tour; Melbourne: City Sights tour
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Sydney – Canberra

Depart Sydney this morning and travel through the rolling hills and verdant pastures of the Southern Highlands. Pause at historic Berrima to see its convict-era sandstone gaol, then visit Gold Creek Station to meet a local grazier and enjoy a barbecue lunch. Gold Creek is a working pastoral property that currently runs merino sheep and beef cattle. On arrival in Canberra join a local guide for a tour of Parliament House, the seat of the nation’s government. Built almost entirely of Australian materials, 10,000 people worked its construction. Then visit the Australian War Memorial, which brings together a world-class museum, a shrine and an extensive archive. Hear an evocative lament before departing for your hotel. Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travelers tonight over a shared dinner.

Please note: As this guided tour departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night (not included, but can be included upon request)

Hotel Crowne Plaza Canberra (1 night)

Highlight lunch & Dinner with wine included

Day 2: Canberra – Beechworth

The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation’s capital as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne. It’s unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned metropolis outside of any state, similar to Washington DC in the United States. Following an international contest for the city’s design, a blueprint by American architects Walter and Marion Burley Grif n was selected and construction commenced in 1913. Before leaving this morning, drive to the summit of Mt. Ainslie to experience panoramic views of the city and surrounds. Cross the mighty Murray River into Victoria, taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria’s best-preserved gold-rush town. Forested ranges, placid lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands characterize this region, whose towering mountains are snow-capped in winter. Take an orientation tour of Beechworth before enjoying some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries, museum and historic hotel. Your accommodation tonight is at one of the town’s unique bed-and-breakfast properties.

Hotel Boutique Country Accommodation, Beechworth (1 night)

Breakfast included

Day 3: Beechworth – Melbourne

Join your B&B host for a Be My Guest breakfast this morning before traveling to historic Glenrowan, famous as the site of the last stand of bushranger Ned Kelly, who was eventually captured there in 1880 after a siege and shootout with police. Travel on through Kelly country to the southern capital of Melbourne. Stylish, arty Melbourne is both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and it’s proud of its place as Australia’s sporting and cultural capital. Gain some interesting insights on an orientation tour of the city. Perhaps later go for a stroll along the Yarra River to Southbank, Melbourne’s bustling waterfront hub, which is renowned for its restaurants, public art and stylish retailers. Why not enjoy dinner this evening at one of its stylish eateries?

Hotel Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (2 nights)

Be My Guest breakfast included

Day 4: Melbourne

It’s long been felt that Melbourne’s inner city is the most European of any in Australia; the leafy eastern section of Collins Street was dubbed the ‘Paris end’ in the 1950s. There’s a bit of New York in the mix as well, thanks to the city’s well-ordered grid and scattering of grand art-deco buildings. Today Melbourne is yours to explore, so why not consider one of the following optional experiences. You could explore Eureka Skydeck – the southern hemisphere’s highest viewing platform – for stunning 360-degree views of the city. Away from the hustle and bustle, Melbourne’s justly famed 230 laneways penetrate into the heart of the city. It’s here that the inner city’s true nature resides, crammed into narrow lanes with world-beating restaurants, bars and street art. Or if you would like to see something famous then why not take a tour to Summerland Beach on Phillip Island to witness the Penguin Parade, the nightly ritual where the little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their dune burrows.

Breakfast included

Day 5: Farewell Melbourne

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Breakfast included

 

All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the land content price. We will include the price of all flights in your custom quote.

Single supplements apply. Triple share is available.