From Melbourne’s cafés, restaurants and painted alleys to Daylesford’s health spas and the glory of the Great Ocean Road, Victoria certainly deserves the praise heaped upon it as a top tourism state.
In fact, you’d be amazed at how much Victoria offers as a tourist destination – even if you already live there. And you can learn the Garden State’s secrets on a seven-day Inspiring Journey – and early-bird bookings will slash hundreds off the normal fare!
Witness the sophistication of the city from inside Melbourne’s historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, see the sunrise over the CBD from the 35th floor of the luxurious Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and explore the city at your leisure.
Visit the eclectic town of Daylesford to relax in the famed health spas at Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. Sup at The Argus – the award-winning restaurant where Head Chef Daniele Tarasco serves food prepared from the Argus Kitchen Garden and produce from primary producers in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges. And your meal will be matched with a wine-list that’s been rated three glasses by Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine. What a way to end an evening!
Yet, it gets better.
Explore the rustic beauty of Daylesford and the bucolic charm of Dunkeld. Wander through botanic gardens and Swiss-Italian styled farms. Witness a Welcome to Country ceremony at the Brambuk Cultural Centre in Hall’s Gap. Venture down to coastal Warrnambool and be introduced to the maritime history of the region and enjoy dinner and a stage show at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
Prepare your eyes for the most scenic coastal roads in Australia – the world famous Great Ocean Road – as you’re driven in a luxury coach from Warrnambool for a lunch at Port Campbell, then on to the seaside village of Lorne via Apollo Bay. Along the way you’ll wind through forests, see breathtaking natural formations, such as Loch Ard Gorge and, if you’re so inclined, you can even organise a helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles.
Get a glimpse of Australia’s beloved surf culture in Torquay and traverse the Bellarine Peninsula where you’ll enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at the Jack Rabbit Vineyard.
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From here you board a ferry from Queenscliff and Green Olive Farm to dine at the Linden Tree Restaurant, spend the night at Lindenderry at Red Hill, then head back up to Melbourne for a tour of Australia’s most treasured sporting arena – the MCG.
In just seven days, Inspiring Journeys’ dedicated and passionate Travel Director and/or Driver Guide will take you as part of a group of no more than 20 travellers through quaint villages and towns; you’ll eat at award-winning restaurants and cafés, dining on exceptional produce and drinking the finest wines in the state.
And, if you book and pay before 31 January 2018, you can do all this for just $3173 – and save up $704 per couple!
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The team at Inspiring Journeys has thought of everything – including luxury, air-conditioned coaches with complimentary drinks and snacks, wifi, phone chargers, reclining seats and footrests, plus transfers to and from airports and hotels. And your accommodation will be the best each area has to offer – be it eco-lodge, heritage hotel, or boutique bed and breakfasts – and all will feature unrivalled charm and unparalleled service.