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Yarra Valley Wineries – Melbourne

Yarra Valley Wineries – Melbourne
A delightful afternoon tour through the beautiful Blue Dandenongs and the Yarra Valley. Sample some of the best wine, food and scenery of Victoria and visit Fergusson’s Winery, Rochford’s Eyton and Domaine Chandon.
Highlights:

  • Blue Dandenong Ranges – superb traditional gardens and towering mountain ash forests
  • Ferntree Gully – foot of the ranges
  • Sherbrooke Forest – noted for its lyrebirds and fern gullies
  • Panoramic views from Grantulla Road
  • Opportunity to taste Australian wines at Fergusson’s Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer
  • Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch as guest of Peter and Louise Fergusson
  • Tour through the Yarra Valley
  • Pass through the township of Healesville – set amidst mountain bushland
  • Visit Rochford’s Eyton and taste from a selection of fine Australian wines
  • Visit Moet & Chandon’s Australian winery – Domaine Chandon and take a guided tour of the winery
  • Enjoy a glass of Domaine Chandon complimented by a savoury platter as you take in the atmosphere and panoramic views of the Yarra Valley from the ‘Greenpoint Room.’
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 10:00:00 – 17:30:00
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The Penguin Parade – Melbourne

The Penguin Parade – Melbourne
So completely Australian – unique in the world. Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. From the waves – across the beach – to the sand dunes – the Little Penguins can almost be touched as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island. It is the nightly ritual of these little flightless birds which will enthrall you as you observe from the beach and the elevated boardwalk. Koalas – totally Australian – peering down from the gum trees where they live. Fat and furry, wet noses and a gentle smile of contented living on Phillip Island. Seals near the sea, basking in the late sunlight on halftide rocks compliment this island, rich in wildlife which makes Phillip Island a very special place.
Highlights:

  • Cosmopolitan St Kilda
  • Bayside suburbs of Brighton and Beaumaris
  • Spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay
  • Westernport Bay – water birds and mangroves
  • Visit Warrook Homestead for afternoon tea (own expense)
  • Enjoy a short introductory video “The Little Penguin”
  • Panoramic views of French Island
  • San Remo – maritime fishing village
  • Phillip Island Nature Park – a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
  • Koala Conservation Centre – look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks
  • Cowes by the sea – a popular holiday resort for over 100 years
  • Stop for dinner at Cowes (own expense)
  • The Nobbies – a rugged rocky outcrop
  • Seal Rocks – home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals
  • Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach
  • See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
  • Inspect the Visitors Centre – an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin
  • During your evening return to Melbourne a panoramic Victorian video feature will be screened.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 13:30:00 – 22:30:00
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The City Tour – Melbourne

The City Tour – Melbourne
Welcome to our Melbourne – Heart of Australia’s classic south. Melbourne has compelling appeal in its gardens, its history, its character and its charm. Inhabited by cultures from across the globe, Melbourne has a fascination in the mix of its cosmopolitan people who give generously and share passionately in the richness of this most dynamic and vibrant city.
Highlights:

  • Bourke Street Mall
  • Federation Square development
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Melbourne Town Hall
  • Law Courts & Flagstaff Gardens
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Melbourne University
  • Royal Exhibition Buildings
  • Chinatown, Parliament House and Princess Theatre
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Visit Fitzroy Gardens and see Captain Cook’s Cottage (opportunity to inspect)
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne Park – National Tennis Centre
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Trendy Southbank on the river
  • Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Gracious tree lined St Kilda Road
  • Albert Park Lake – Grand Prix site
  • Ornate Victorian terraced homes
  • Revitalised South Melbourne
  • Port Melbourne by the Sea
  • Views of historic Williamstown
  • West Gate Bridge – spectacular city overview
  • Telstra Dome at Docklands
  • World Trade Centre/Crown Casino
  • Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens – perhaps enjoy a Devonshire Tea or walk by the lake
  • The Shrine of Remembrance.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 08:30:00 – 12:00:00
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Sovereign Hill – Melbourne

Sovereign Hill – Melbourne
Gold – 1850 – The world focussed on Ballarat as the cry ‘Gold’ echoed around the globe. People from all nations poured into Ballarat to seek a fortune, many found the real Australia and decided to make this great land their home. Today, you too can capture the excitement of these bawdy times as you visit the scene of revolt, rebellion and the emergence of democracy at Eureka and Sovereign Hill – Ballarat.
Highlights:

  • Travel the Western Highway – stagecoach route of the 1850’s
  • Bacchus Marsh – a landscape of orchards – once a resting place for the Cobb & Co stagecoach
  • Ballarat – enjoy a complete town tour of this gracious city with its exquisite gardens and noble statues
  • Eureka Stockade – site of the 1854 Miner’s Rebellion
  • Visit Sovereign Hill – an authentic recreation of an 1850’s gold mining town. See & experience…
  • Gold panning in Red Gully Creek
  • Take a guided tour of the underground mine (own expense)
  • Blacksmiths and traditional craftsmen
  • Visit the Gold Museum & “Voyage of Discovery” – an audio visual of life on the Australian goldfields
  • Visit the many original shops
  • Perhaps try some homemade boiled lollies! Maybe a Devonshire Tea at the New York Bakery?
  • The Chinese Village – highlighting Chinese involvement in the goldfields
  • Why not ride a stagecoach!
  • Take in the atmosphere of Main St.
  • Watch the Giant Crushing Battery
  • Treat yourself to lunch at the United States Hotel.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 08:30:00 – 17:30:00
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Puffing Billy with Wildlife (lunch) – Melbourne

Puffing Billy with Wildlife (lunch) – Melbourne
Ride on Australia’s most notable narrow gauge railway through the spectacular Blue Dandenong Ranges with bellbirds and kookaburras echoing the steam train’s whistle. Tour through the richness of the Yarra Valley – a pastoral experience of farms and vineyards, haystacks and wine grapes. Healesville Sanctuary – a truly Australian experience – cradled in the forested foothills of the Great Divide where you can surround yourself with Australian wildlife.
Highlights:

  • Melbourne’s eastern suburbs
  • Visit Sherbrooke Forest – heart of the Dandenongs
  • tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds
  • Share Bush Billy tea with the locals…colourful crimson rosellas and king parrots! (opportunity to hand feed with seed provided)
  • Ride through the forest from Belgrave on Puffing Billy steam train – an original steam locomotive
  • Sherbrooke Forest – noted for its lyrebirds, tall mountain ash eucalypts and fern gullies
  • Pass through quaint villages noted for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens
  • Panoramic views from Grantulla Road
  • Opportunity to taste Australian wines at Fergusson’s Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer
  • Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch as guests of Peter and Louise Fergusson (Vegetarian meals available)
  • Tour through the Yarra Valley
  • Pass through the township of Healesville – set amidst mountain bushland
  • Visit Healesville Sanctuary – home for over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural bushland setting
  • Stroll through paddocks of kangaroos and wallabies
  • Walk through large aviaries and pond areas that bring birds of the wild so close to hand – the elusive lyrebirds, eagles, ibis & spoonbills
  • Witness the “Eagles Fly” demonstration
  • Observe the underwater life of the platypus
  • Come face to face with a koala!
  • Meet a hairy nose wombat!
  • See dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, echidnas, snakes and goannas.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 08:30:00 – 17:30:00
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Penguin Express – Melbourne

Penguin Express – Melbourne
An evening tour for those with time constraints that takes you directly to the natural phenomenon of the Penguin Parade. This tour can be combined with Melbourne Highlights, Puffing Billy or Sovereign Hill when the departure time is at 5.30pm during summer months.
Highlights:

  • National Tennis Centre
  • Entertainment Centre & Olympic venues
  • Yarra River – dividing line between the contrasting suburbs of Richmond and South Yarra
  • Westernport Bay
  • Enjoy a short introductory video “The Little Penguin”
  • Panoramic views of French Island
  • San Remo – maritime fishing village
  • Phillip Island – home for one of the largest colonies of Little Penguins
  • Witness the natural phenomenon of the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach
  • See penguin rookeries as you walk on an elevated boardwalk
  • Inspect the Visitors Information Centre – an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin as you walk through the “Penguin Experience”
  • During your evening return to Melbourne a panoramic Victorian video feature will be screened.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 15:15:00 – 21:00:00
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Melbourne Highlights – Melbourne

Melbourne Highlights – Melbourne
Tour the highlights of Melbourne then travel to the Blue Dandenongs…towering forests, deep gullies, lyrebirds and kookaburras, mountain air and the cool dampness of the hills all contribute to this charm which is the Australian forest.
Highlights:

  • Chinatown
  • St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station
  • Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Kings Domain Gardens
  • Shrine of Remembrance (photo stop)
  • Fashionable suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak
  • Melbourne’s green and leafy eastern suburbs
  • The Dandenong Ranges National Park – home of the lyrebird, superb traditional gardens and towering mountain ash forests
  • Visit Sherbrooke Forest – heart of the Dandenongs
  • tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds
  • Share Bush Billy tea with the locals…colourful crimson rosellas and king parrots! (Opportunity to hand feed with seed provided)
  • Pass through quaint villages noted for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens
  • Visit Mt Dandenong summit – spectacular views of Melbourne & Port Phillip Bay (photo stop)
  • Views of Silvan Dam and the rolling hills
  • Return to the city, passing Fitzroy Gardens & St.Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Old Melbourne Gaol
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Law Courts & Flagstaff Gardens.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 13:30:00 – 17:30:00
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Great Ocean Road Adventure – Early – Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Adventure – Early – Melbourne
Dramatic – powerful – dangerous and majestic. How can words describe some of the world’s most impressive coastline? Your day with Gray Line extends from golden sandy beaches to the stark brutality of wave – torn cliffs backed by mountain ranges reaching skywards from the sea. This is primeval country where man pales into insignificance… The power and the majesty of nature reigns supreme in this awe – inspiring sea and landscape.
Highlights:

  • Views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from West Gate Bridge
  • City of Geelong and Corio Bay
  • Torquay and the Surf Coast
  • Visit famous Bells Beach
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Great Ocean Road
  • Surf beach resort of Lorne
  • Precipitous coastal cliffs, long sandy beaches and rolling surf
  • River inlets and fern gullies
  • Stop at picturesque Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense) – perhaps a walk along the beach
  • Otway National Park – fern gullies and eucalypts make up this beautiful Australian rainforest
  • Port Campbell National Park’s rugged coastline, “The Shipwreck Coast” with many stops including…
  • Huge stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles
  • You may take an optional helicopter flight over the shipwreck coast (own expense)
  • The Island Arch and Razorback – grand architecture carved by surf
  • Loch Ard Gorge – site of the tragic shipwreck of the “Loch Ard”
  • Stark remains of London Bridge
  • Port Campbell – holiday resort and fishing village
  • This powerful coastline provides scope for stunning photography
  • Return directly to Melbourne enjoying an on – board Australian movie “All The Rivers Run – 1”
  • See the spectacular evening lights of Melbourne from West Gate Bridge.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 08:00:00 – 19:30:00
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Grampians – Melbourne

Grampians – Melbourne
Experience the majesty of this ancient land from spectacular lookouts on mountain escarpments! Fascinating rock formations, streams and plunging waterfalls make this a day of mountain top adventure. Famous for its spring wildflowers, fern gullies and birdlife, the region has become particularly popular with bush walkers. Emus roaming the plains… Eagles soaring in thermal currents … Kookaburras laughing in the trees … This is Grampians Grandeur!
Highlights:

  • Travel the Western Highway – stagecoach route of the 1850’s
  • Bacchus Marsh – a landscape of orchards – once a resting place for the Cobb & Co stagecoach
  • Ballarat – A gracious city of exquisite gardens and noble statues
  • Opportunity to feed kangaroos at the Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Visit Halls Gap – nestled between the Wonderland and Mt William Ranges
  • Grampians National Park – known by Aboriginals as ‘Gariwerd’ meaning “Mountain Range”
  • Spectacular views of Fyans Valley from Boroka Lookout
  • Wonder at massive Victoria Valley from Reids Lookout
  • An opportunity to walk along “The Balconies” escarpment
  • Hike to Jaws of Death
  • Experience the power of McKenzie Falls
  • Stop for Bush Billy tea by McKenzie Creek
  • Look for emus, corellas and kangaroos on the northern plains
  • Return to Melbourne stopping for dinner enroute (own expense)
  • Great Western – famous for its wine and champagne.
Operates: – Mon. – – – – Sun.
Departs & Returns: 08:00:00 – 20:30:00
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Echuca – Melbourne

Echuca – Melbourne
Australia’s “Old Man River” – the paddlesteamer highway of the wool bales and the wheat bags. Relive this fantastic Riverboat era of sweat and tears as you ride the Riverboat down the Murray River shadowed by majestic river gums, dappled sunlight and screeching cockatoos flying overhead. Capture the riotous and wicked past of the river town of Echuca.
Highlights:

  • Follow the route of the overland cattle drovers
  • Travel through Kyneton passing Woodend and beautiful Mt Macedon
  • Bendigo – classic Australian architecture
  • Tour Bendigo on a vintage Talking Tram
  • Rural towns with their grand Australian pubs
  • A short documentary entitled “The Mighty Murray” will be shown prior to arriving in Echuca
  • The Murray River – Australia’s Mississippi
  • border between the states of Victoria & NSW
  • Majestic river gums & waterbirds
  • Look for cockatoos & galahs
  • Echuca – steeped in riverboat history
  • Take a guided tour of the historic Port of Echuca
  • Cruise the Murray River on a genuine paddlesteamer
  • Experience thrashing paddlewheels & high pitched whistles
  • Hear the stories of riverboat days
  • Return to Melbourne from arid northern Victoria through historic Kilmore with its bluestone buildings
  • “All the Rivers Run II” – an Australian movie set during the Echuca riverboat days will be shown while returning to Melbourne.
Operates: Sun. – – – – Fri. –
Departs & Returns: 08:00:00 – 19:30:00
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