- Accommodation - Brisbane (1 Nights), Byron Bay (2), Coffs Harbour (1), Forster (1), Sydney (3), Canberra (1), Albury (1), Echuca (1), Bendigo (1), Melbourne (1)
- US Domestic Flights and International Flights not included per your request
- Car Hires - 13 Day Car Rental, Pick up at Brisbane Airport and Drop off at Melbourne Airport
- Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
- Day Tours - Sydney: Hop On Hop Off Sydney Harbour Cruise, Sydney Opera House Tour
- All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
- F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
- Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
15 Days / 13 Nights – Australia
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia, as well as the Capital City of Queensland. It is set close to the Pacific Ocean, and is situated on the Brisbane River between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range. Home of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (the only place you can still cuddle a Koala) and also Home of Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. There are many tour options to choose from in Brisbane. Pick the ones that interest you most.
In the vibrant township of Byron Bay enjoy the sandy beaches with its small-community feel and bohemian atmosphere. While exploring all the spectacular sights Byron Bay has to offer make sure to visit the lighthouse on the rocky promontory of Cape Byron.
If you love animals, delicious food, and a lovely place to relax then you will feel right at home in Coffs Harbour. While visiting you can stop at the Pet Porpoise Pool, or see all the native Aussie animals at the Coffs Harbour Zoo, and also visit local marine life at the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Make sure to tour the plantation and treat yourself to some ripe bananas, learn some new delicious recipes and see Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana.
A haven for water sports, Forster is the centre of the Great Lakes area and home to a number of fantastic beaches. Enjoy beaches such as Forster Main Beach with netted rock pools, ocean baths, child-friendly lagoons and excellent surfing conditions.
Sydney is Australia’s oldest city and the economic powerhouse of the nation and the country’s capital in everything but name. Enjoy the sights of Sydney, a world class city blessed with sun-drenched natural attractions, dizzy skyscrapers, delicious and daring restaurants, superb shopping and friendly folk. You can choose to experience the beauty of the Harbour, the Opera House and marvel at the expansive Sydney Harbour Bridge. Take advantage of the many tour options or just relax and go at your own pace as you enjoy the excellent restaurants and entertainment that only Sydney can offer.
Canberra is one of the world’s few planned cities, a city in a park, with golden autumn leaves and glorious spring blooms. Surrounded by native bushland, Canberra is perfect for getting back to nature. But hidden beneath the leafy surrounds is a thriving modern city with stylish restaurants, hip bars, boutique shopping, fun for the kids and a busy calendar of events and festivals. The surrounding region offers more than 30 wineries, historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains. Celebrate Australia’s proud sporting achievements, delve into our unique political history, and reflect on our young nation’s experience on the international stage. See our country and people through the eyes of our artists, and experience Australian character through sound and film, books and exhibitions.
Bendigo was created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes. It is a vibrant contemporary regional centre with beautiful streets and lovely architecture. The people who live here add to the richness by creating fascinating products and telling fascinating stories of the region’s boom time past. Bendigo is a city full of ever-changing experiences and surprises waiting to be explored.
Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometers from the bay. From cutting-edge architecture and blockbuster musicals to art exhibitions and popular festivals, Melbourne is a city where cultural pursuits are woven into the fabric of everyday life. Regional Victoria also boasts a flourishing arts scene, with impressive galleries, museums, and heritage buildings.
International flight (as per your own arrangements).
Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for 14 days.
As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.
Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.
Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.
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Self drive along the east coast from Brisbane, Queensland to Sydney, New South Wales.
Day 1: Brisbane to Byron Bay (approx 2hrs)
Depart Brisbane, Queensland and begin your beautiful coastal drive south to Byron Bay, New South Wales. Stay in Byron Bay.
Day 2: Spend the Day in Byron Bay Relaxing and Exploring
Byron Bay has become a haven for rest and relaxation. Getting away from the grind of city life, people flee to Byron Bay. Artists, designers, craftsmen, and even software engineers now call Byron their home. Go relax on the Main Beach, visit the Cape Byron Headland and Lighthouse or take a ride in a Hot Air Balloon over the beach. The cafes and shops are all local owned and operated. Put up your feet and enjoy this amazing town.
Day 3: Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour (approx 3 hrs)
Head out of Byron Bay, the most easterly point of Australia, and continue on your journey to Coffs Harbour. In Coffs Harbour you will find many activities to do. Be sure to see the Big Banana, one of the “big things” in Australia. Pet Porpoise Pool Oceanarium has dolphin and seal shows, Butterfly House is a must see as well as the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Stay in Coffs Harbour.
Day 4: Coffs Harbour to Forster (approx 3.5 hrs)
Depart Coffs Harbour and head south to Forster. Along the way, you will pass through Port Macquarie, which has a stunning history, this is a great place to stop for lunch and enjoy the scenic views of the Pacific Coast. Upon reaching Forster, you will notice that this town is dominated by watersports. There is so much to do in this beautiful coastal town. Fishing, dolphin cruises and scuba diving are just a few of the many things you can enjoy here. Main Beach, Pebbly Beach and Burgess Beach are some great places to go lounge in the sand. Try some delicious seafood at one of the many restaurants here. Stay in Forster.
Day 5: Forster to Sydney (approx 4 hrs)
Today you will depart Forster, New South Wales and head further south along the coast towards Sydney. Pass by Lake Macquarie on the way and as soon as you glimpse the lovely blue waters of this salt water lake, you will understand why tourists visit this spot all year round. Stop in Woy Woy and visit the Seaside Village Markets (only on the weekends) or the Bouddi National Park.
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Stay 2 nights in beautiful Byron Bay.
Your relaxing vacation accommodation is located in the world famous Byron Bay in New South Wales.
Here you can expect private surrounds with a central swimming pool, spa and a barbeque area far removed from the busy heart of Byron Bay. If you want to laze on the beach or hit the waves, the beach is just a 350 metre walk away.
Our contemporary studio rooms and suites offer affordable Byron Bay accommodation and all have their own courtyard or balcony where you can enjoy the temperate northern NSW climate. All balconies face different ways to deliver a sense of privacy.
You can treat your taste-buds to the many eateries in town, do some seaside shopping, learn to surf, whale watch off Cape Byron during whale watching season or even hang-glide high above the most easterly point of Australia.
Free day to rest, relax or explore Byron Bay
Byron Bay is a popular beach resort and offers an alternative lifestyle. Renowned for its pristine white sand surfing beaches and surrounding beautiful rainforests, Byron Bay enjoys a relaxed and informal lifestyle. Enjoy the rich variety of adventure sports, boutique shopping, fine dining and live entertainment.
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Your accommodation includes a queen bed with quilt bed furnishings, sofa, digital LCD TV’s, inverter air conditioning/heating, iron & ironing boards, tea coffee, hot chocolate making facilities, mini bars and work stations.
Spend 1 night in Forster, New South Wales.
Park your vehicle in the courtyard, breathe in the wonderful clean sea air & set off on a relaxing scenic walk to take in the magnificent sun, surf and white sandy beach just 100 metres away.
Beautiful Wallis Lake and the Town Centre with an abundance of restaurants, cafes, and shops is just around the corner.
Cool down in our swimming pool. Cook yourself a BBQ or relax and enjoy the breeze from your own sunny balcony. Browse through the menu of the on site restaurant – Blue Water Restaurant at Forster International Cuisine or enjoy a movie, sport or discovery on free cable TV.
Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales
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On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.
Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.
The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:
Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.
Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.
Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.
Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.
Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.
Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon. (Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).
On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.
This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.
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With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.
Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney’s premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia’s most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it’s known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.
The Blue Mountains Deluxe Day is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Join us, let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime.
Upon departing from the city, you will travel directly to the Blue Mountains and your first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill Farm a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.
From Calmsley Hill you will continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by your guide.
Continuing on you will arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.
Next you will be taken around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Boiler House Cafe. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea or coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Please note that beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.
The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness. We then stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens our last stop, where we enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.
Enjoy touring through the scenic regions to Hunter Valley, wine tasting at boutique wineries, a gourmet lunch experience, cheese, olive oil and chocolate tasting then sit back and snooze on the way home!
Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel. Departing from the city, we travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge via the Gore Hill Freeway to join the Pacific Highway and then the F3 freeway. We will travel directly to the Hunter Valley, which is nestled in the lee of the Great Dividing Range. Enroute we will stop for a short restroom visit.
180 years young, this is Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region and is soaked in history. It’s a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries. Our first visit is to a 5-star winery nestled in the Mount View region of the Hunter Valley, a well renowned viticulture area. Sample exquisite wines in your own private area.
From here we continue onto Leogate Estate. This opulent cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste which only the Hunter Valley and their award-winning wines can provide. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia. Here we will enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process.
On conclusion of the tour, we enjoy a relaxing 2 course lunch (selection of platters, followed by dessert of choice) accompanied by a glass of wine. Further beverages can be purchased at own expense.
After lunch we travel to Keith Tulloch Winery. This small completely family owned winery and vineyard produces wines that express the unique terrain and climate from the ancient soils of the Brokenback Range. Here we will enjoy a unique wine tasting experience in collaboration with artisan chocolatier “Cocoa Nib”. You will sample five handmade praline chocolates, matched to the wineries current release wine – a sensational way to conclude our day in the Hunter Valley Wine Region.
From here we commence our return to Sydney to arrive back at your hotels approximately 5:00 – 5:30pm.
Departs: Monday through Friday.
This is a specialized small group tour with a maximum group size of 17 passengers. Minimum of 2 guests required for tour departure.
Reach new heights and climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney!
Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately two hours you and 11 other eager climbers will join a climb guide and weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all – the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbor city surrounds.
It is at this point that you not only have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilarating and rewarding experience of reaching the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge.
When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement you’ll remember forever – you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the harbor spread before you.
All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.
Operates: Daily, in all weather conditions (except in cases of extreme weather conditions like electrical storms or high winds).
Need to Know: Wear comfortable, enclosed rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothing; Secure lockers will be provided to store your personal belongings; No cameras, phones, GoPros or other video and mobile devices are allowed on the climb; Children aged 8 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 8 are not permitted on the climb; Maximum of 14 people per group.
Times: The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.
Inclusions: BridgeClimb cap; Certificate of Achievement; A complimentary Climb Group photo.
Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney
Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth on a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, and Journey into Dreamtime, the culture of Aboriginal People.
The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100% Aboriginal owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who have Margret’s permission to share her cultural knowledge and interpretation of Sydney’s Dreamtime Symbology – all within Sydney’s natural billion year old saltwater harbour and marine environment, sandstone strata, fresh waterways, flora and fauna that continue to influence Aboriginal people’s thinking and lifestyle today in cosmopolitan Sydney.
The tour content is grounded in Aboriginal Culture with Aboriginal guides who are experts in culture, horticulture and storytelling. The journey will begin with a traditional OCHRE acknowledgement of Earth Mother’s EORA Cadigal heritage. This is further showcased in an interactive leisurely ‘walking on county experience’ that will connect you to the living wisdoms inherent in Sydney’s natural waterways, skies, and landscape.
This 90 minute walkabout tour in The Rocks is a perfect introduction of Aboriginal Culture. It highlights the perspective of Sydney’s Dreamtime heritage that is intimate, enlightening and very informative.
On your vacation, discover WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium – two of the most fun things to do in Sydney right next door to each other.
At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, with three levels, over 65 exhibits representing several different habitats and more than 130 different species of Australian animals, there’s a lot to explore!
Marvel at one of Australia’s most renowned creatures in the Koala Sanctuary – why not have your photo taken with this iconic marsupial at Koala Rooftop. Discover Red Kangaroos in our Red Centre habitat and Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies, as well as Hairy-Nosed Wombats, in our Rocky Cliffs habitat. Explore the Rainforest, home to the world’s most dangerous bird, the Cassowary. Take a trip into the dark, nocturnal world of Bilbies, Quolls and Sugar-Gliders. Wonder at the weird and wonderful reptile world, including Australia’s largest snake, the Scrub Python. Learn about the creepy crawly set in the invertebrate displays and become immersed in the colourful, beautiful world of butterflies. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your journey into Australia’s wonderful landscapes and animals.
Then, travel next door to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.
At SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium you will see the habitat exhibits that make up the experience, together with some of the amazing and bizarre animals that inhabit them. As you’ll discover, Australia has an enormous diversity of aquatic environments, some so harsh it is amazing life can survive at all! As the world’s largest island, Australia has tropical seas to the north and icy currents to the south of the continent. Australia is also renowned as the world’s driest inhabited continent, where inland rivers in drought conditions may simply consist of a chain of billabongs, or temporary pools of quiet water. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is dedicated to presenting the unique aquatic life of some of these habitats to highlight their ecological importance and the necessity of conserving them for the future. So, dive in and enjoy your time at the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium!
View the world famous black opal, the ‘Aurora Australis’, valued at 1 Million Dollars; with the opportunity to bring home the colors of Australia with a beautiful piece of opal jewelry.
Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow and holds a spectrum of colors found in nature, fire, the ocean and more. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.
Share this unique experience and be educated about Australian Opal at Altmann & Cherny. Established in 1948 with hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of excellence with 3 generations actively involved the families are considered leading opal experts. Please visit them at:
18 Pitt Street
Telephone: 61 2 9251 9477
The Sydney Explorer is a Hop On, Hop Off, sightseeing bus that takes in 27 key landmarks of the inner city (Opera House, Darling Harbour) and eastern beaches (Coogee and Bondi).
Experience all the excitement of Australia’s famous harbour city aboard the Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Beach, double decker buses. Both tours are included in the one flexible sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off ticket. The Sydney tour is the perfect introduction to this dynamic city, showcasing the iconic landmarks including the impressive arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the glorious Sydney Opera House and the sparkling waters of Sydney and Darling Harbour. The tour passes bustling shops, restaurants and attractions set amongst Colonial, Victorian and postmodern architecture.
To complement the Sydney tour, the Bondi Beach tour is a great introduction to Australia’s beach culture. On the way to this famous beach the tour passes by cosmopolitan shopping and dining precincts plus Centennial parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks.
INCLUDES: 1 Ticket, 2 routes: Sydney and Bondi Beach Routes
1 day validity
Up to 33 stops to Hop-on and Hop-off
Digital commentary in a choice of 8 languages
Free Wifi onboard
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Today you’ll start your journey on the Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive. This inland route from Sydney to Melbourne is the road to national discovery, along which the Australian pioneer spirit is brought to life in the villages and towns built by the early settlers, the river traders and gold miners who created this nation.
You can stroll down old cobbled streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings, and moments of the gold rush years and the elegant Victorian era that followed. Then enjoy uncovering the stories of our colonial men and women in the towns’ museums, book shops and galleries and their historical sites.
Head south to Australia’s capital, Canberra.
Canberra is one of the world’s greatest examples of urban planning and landscape architecture, thanks to the visionary work of Chicago-born designer, Walter Burley Griffin. It is the home of Australia’s Parliament House, National Gallery, National Museum and War Memorial, as well as many more significant cultural and architectural offerings.
Plan one good thing after another with Canberra’s official video itinerary planner app
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Today you will continue along the Sydney Melbourne Heritage drive through Holbrook to Albury.
This drive takes you through the Murry River region. The Murray region garners its character from the winding Murray River and has a rich heritage, agricultural background along with warm country charm. This historic region is rich with natural beauty and outdoor activities, including cycling, hiking and horse riding at Lake Hume. The Murray River also provides opportunities for both relaxation and adventure, from white-water rafting to a leisurely river cruises.
Albury is renowned for its magnificent heritage buildings. Find a fascinating collection of stories and objects at the award-winning Library Museum or drop into one of the country’s best regional art galleries and performance spaces. The wider Albury area has good shopping and many fine restaurants. Be sure to take a stroll through the beautiful Albury Botanic Gardens.
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Located on the banks of the magnificent Murray River bordering the Australian States of New South Wales and Victoria, the Albury Wodonga region has a thriving population of approximately 90,000. With Australia’s greatest river at its doorstep, you will find green open vistas in every direction from this boutique style accommodation in Albury. Your accommodation is a stylish option for those staying in Albury, situated within walking distance of all central attractions and Albury’s shopping district. Local attractions include jogging/cycling tracks including the well-known Monument Hill tracks, Albury Convention Centre, Regional Art Gallery, Wineries, Murray River paddle steamer and canoe hire, botanical gardens, shopping in Albury’s specialty stores, wining and dining in Albury’s cafes, restaurants and bars and a cinema centre.
Today you will continue your Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive adventure to the delightful towns of Echuca and Moama.
Founded by ex-convict Henry Hopwood, the historic Port of Echuca started as a mere punt crossing in 1850 only to become regarded as Australia’s largest inland port by the 1870s. Today Echuca still retains the country’s largest fleet of paddlesteamers.
Located on the Murray River, the twin towns of Echuca and Moama retain the colourful legacies of once being key river ports and railway junctions.
Explore the region’s rich and diverse history at one of the various museums, including the notable Echuca Historical Society Museum, which tells the story of the working paddlesteamer port through its valuable collection of artifacts and memorabilia.
You can also step right into the source and take a paddle-steamer cruise or explore a living museum at the historic Port of Echuca itself.
Part of the largest continuous red gum forest in the world, this region also remains an important place for Aboriginal people, who have a rich and ongoing connection with the area. The township and region contain a number of precious Aboriginal sites, especially middens, oven mounds and scarred trees, where bark has been removed from the tree to make canoes, coolamons and shields.
Go horse riding, learn to waterski or explore the Barmah Wetlands to see one of the world’s largest red-gum forests as well as hundreds of species of wading and migratory birds.
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Visit your accommodation and experience the four seasons as they glide effortlessly into each other. The summer months bring constant heat; autumn heralds the falling of leaves and changing colours; winter sees comfortable days and chilly nights, perfect for relaxing, and spring starts to heat up with pleasant days filled with sunshine.
Today you’ll leave Echuca and take the Midland Highway (A300) to the city of Bendigo
Experience the wonderful contrasts of Bendigo as you explore its vibrant arts hub and flourishing food and wine scene set against its rich history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens. Sample stunning contemporary cuisine in historic buildings, admire modern art in venues new and old, and explore the city’s fascinating history at museums, gardens and galleries.
Take a walk or ride on Bendigo’s talking tram and explore the city’s heritage architecture. Don a miner’s hat and dig up a wealth of goldrush history on a tour of the Central Deborah Mine, or explore the city’s Chinese heritage at the Golden Dragon Museum. Get behind the wheel at Australia’s oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery, or admire the delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery of Rosalind Park.
Take time out to visit some of the 80 local wineries in the renowned Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the area is famous for its magnificent shiraz.
Foodies, prepare to fossick for fabulous local produce – pick up a copy of the Food Fossickers Pocket Guide at the Bendigo Visitors Centre.
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For the best Bendigo accommodation, you cannot go past your hotel. Come and visit Bendigo for all its amazing attractions and cultural diversity. Come and enjoy our modern new rooms that have just been completely renovated. All Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Spa Rooms & Family rooms have been treated to a total makeover, making these rooms the premier rooms in Bendigo. The property has 33 stylish rooms all with court yard access and views of the outdoor pool.
Today, you’ll make the journey from Bendigo to Melbourne through Victoria’s Macedon Ranges known for
spectacular forests, natural mineral waters and historic villages.
You may want to stop at one of the amazing villages along the way
Kyneton – Wellbeing, fine food and history go hand in hand in Kyneton, a gold rush village that offers the best of country living with the sophistication of the city. Once a place of rest for miners on the way to the Bendigo goldfields, Kyneton now boasts a tempting array of renowned restaurants, wineries and cafes, day spas, boutiques and cultural festivals. Linger on Piper Street, a modern-day gourmand’s paradise long known for its heritage buildings and antique dealers. Your journey around Piper Street will have you wandering along nineteenth century granite streets lined with bluestone architecture. Grab a small piece of history at one of the local antiques and galleries, or find out more at the Kyneton Museum.
Gisborne – The ancestral home of the Woiwurung people, Gisborne has a rich and varied past. Explore heritage buildings, learn about the town’s 160-year history, and wander the leafy streets searching for treasures in antique and craft stores. For those visiting on the first Sunday of the month, a visit to the Old time Market is a must.
Sunbury – 40 minutes before you reach Melbourne you’ll drive through Sunbury, known for its wine. With a reputation that stretches across Australia and abroad, the Sunbury wine region produces a range of exceptional vintages. Stay a while to tour the best of these celebrated producers, meeting the winemakers and visiting cellar doors for tastings. Be sure to sample the famous shiraz and chardonnay at historic Goonawarra (1863) and the award-winning Craiglee Vineyard (1864).
Leave yourself some time to explore Melbourne, a city loaded with hidden treasures. Behind non-descript doors in Melbourne’s hidden alleyways and laneways are creative hot spots and highly talented individuals whose crafts span all genres of art, food, fashion and design. The city promises endless shopping and cultural opportunities, excellent art galleries and blockbuster musicals. Culinary treats can be found in countless restaurants, cafes and bars. This lively and cosmopolitan city combines a fanatical love for the creative arts and good living with a state-wide sports addiction to make a city like no other. Food, art, music, wine and football – is there anything else?
Come prepared with a sense of adventure – you’ll need it to explore the city’s fascinating labyrinth.
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Discover the secrets of creative Melbourne with this dynamic half day, small group, guided walking tour!
Join your passionate local guide who is more of an aficionado, as they take you around the style capital of Australia, Melbourne to the best salons, studios and hidden hotspots. You’ll practically become a local before lunch, on this half day indulgent walking tour where you can immerse yourself in the historical, architectural, cultural insights while exploring more than 30 exquisite boutiques. After your casual tour, make it a day by returning to your favorite spots visited in the city of marvelous Melbourne! If you have other interests also check out alternate tours available (listed below).
Operation Days: Daily except Sundays
Estimated Times: Departure: 10:00am Return: 2:00pm
Includes: 3 hour walking tour, small group (8 pax maximum, 2 pax minimum), Goodie bag, morning tea, SHOP Guide, city map, gourmet lunch with a glass of wine
Alternate Tours: Cafe Culture Walk (Monday – Friday), Progressive Degustation Walk (Monday -Thursday), Golden Mile Heritage Walk (Daily), Progressive High Tea Stroll (Thursday and Saturday), Liquid Crafts Walk (Monday and Wednesday)
As you cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, you will enjoy fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant officially commenced operation in August 1983. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. Dining aboard the Tramcar is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history.
The tram is air-conditioned for total comfort and piped music helps to create a unique mood on wheels.
Smart casual, suit or similar dress is appropriate when dining.
Late Dinner 8:35-11:30pm (Daily)
Also available: Lunch 1:00-3:00pm (On Request); Early Dinner 5:45-7:15pm (Daily)
(Please note that a surcharge will apply for Christmas Day Luncheon and New Years Eve Late dinner.)
Children between the ages of 5 and 16 years can be accommodated, however space for highchairs, capsules and prams is not available. Due to safety concerns, children under the age of 5 years cannot be accommodated.
The Melbourne City Circle Tram travels a rectangular route along Flinders, Spring, LaTrobe and Spencer Streets right around the Melbourne city centre.
Not only is travel completely free on the City Circle Tram but you get a running commentary on the places of interest along its route. You can get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.
Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes, seven days a week between 10am and 6pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), and during daylight-saving extended hours, 10am to 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Alternatively, there is a Free Tram Zone for all trams operating in Melbourne’s CBD. These free trams do not offer on-board commentary but are a convenient way to get around the city.
International flight (as per your own arrangements).
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