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Melbourne

The city of Melbourne, capital of Victoria, is rich with historic buildings, restaurants catering to all tastes, shopping for all budgets, also arts and entertainment in all mediums.  Explore parks, gardens and The Yarra River for outdoor enjoyment. There is an extensive public transport system including the distinctive trams with a free ‘City Circle Tram’ making for easy traveling around downtown Melbourne. Enjoy a moving dining experience on board Melbourne’s famous Restaurant Tram.

You will notice the significant amount of well-preserved Victorian buildings that indicate the wealth of the ‘gold rush’ boom upon which the city was established. Take the time to admire the grand interiors of some of the cities classic historic buildings that now serve the banking and commerce sector.

During its ongoing development the city has become home to thousands of immigrants from around the world that have made Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, a diverse cultural experience.  Famous for its restaurants you can taste the flavours of the world in Melbourne. Take a visit to the food halls of the Melbourne market to see where many of the raw ingredients are sourced.

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road stretches west of Melbourne, running for 300km from Torquay (south of Geelong), to Warnambool.  This is more than a day trip, so best suited to those with a longer stay in this region allowing a night or two away from the city, or for those passing through to the west of the state. The route incorporates the Otway and Port Campbell National Parks, the latter featuring the rock sculptures known as the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, Inland there are bush walking trails in the Otway Ranges, and along the way some attractive seaside towns. Best done with a guided tour so that everyone gets a great day out to appreciate the scenery without the driving. Attractive seaside towns and villages along the way offer the creature comforts of accommodation, dining and shopping.

Accommodation

Coonawarra
Coonawarra Units formally Chardonnay Lodge
Motel Style
The Coonawarra Units (formally known as Chardonnay Lodge) are located in the heart of the Coonawarra Vineyards, next to Chardonnay Lodge, Restaurant, wine sales and function centre which is open daily for casual dining. The Accommodation is central to 20 winery cellar door sales outlets, and 8 km from historic Penola restaurants and shops.
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Daylesford
The Lake House Daylesford Boutique Hotel
Luxury Hotel
Lake House is a tranquil retreat that includes thirty-three rooms and suites in either a waterfront or garden lodge setting. Award winning dining, six acres of country gardens extend down to the waters of Lake Daylesford and provide guests with immediate access to the lake shore and the Wombat State Forest beyond.
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Great Ocean Road
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk Great Ocean Road
National Park
The bothfeet walking lodge - Great Ocean Road is owned and operated by bothfeet for the exclusive use of their walkers. How can you stay? The only way to stay is to join one of our Great Ocean Walks. It is a walking lodge, built by walkers for walkers. So when you stay you will be sharing your experience with other people hiking the Great Ocean Walk. A stunning example of sustainable design
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Halls Gap Grampians National Park
Gariwerd Motel Halls Gap Grampians National Park
Motel Style
A pleasant, friendly, and environmentally focussed motel in a fantastic location, just 700m from the centre of beautiful Halls Gap,  surrounded by mountains, and animals  that love to come and visit you.
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Hepburn Springs
Peppers Mineral Springs Boutique Hotel
Luxury Hotel
Experience Victoria’s Spa Country from the comforts of an elegant 1930’s Daylesford hotel, transformed into a deluxe retreat that seamlessly blends heritage architecture, contemporary interiors and the lush countryside. Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel takes Daylesford accommodation to another level. Experience European-like vistas, award winning dining, a multi-award winning day spa and a Tuscan inspired Villa for a continental-tinged escape. This unique accommodation in Daylesford represents simple luxury, Italian style. Situated in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, it is an easy one-hour drive from Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne.
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Lorne
La Perouse Lorne Bed and Breakfast
B&B
A French inspired boutique hotel nestled on the hill overlooking Loutitt Bay. Choose from four luxury guest rooms all with ensuite, each individually designed for your comfort. Books to read, views to contemplate, walks to invigorate, champagne to celebrate & more. Feel at home when staying at La Perouse
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Melbourne
Lindrum Hotel
Deluxe Hotel
Lindrum is a unique 59 room boutique hotel that combines modern design with the ultimate in contemporary facilities and personalised service. Architects, Swaney Draper and designers Terry Fripp and Neil Bradford have retained the classic features of the historical building, whilst showcasing a chic and stylish interior. Similar to a select club, the Hotel Lindrum is like a 'home away from home' where luxury is not ostentatious, but it's there in a refined way.
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Melbourne
Quay West Suites Melbourne
Apartments
Each Quay West suite comprises a spacious sitting room, a choice of one, two or three bedrooms, a stylish, fully appointed bathroom, meticulously equipped kitchen and laundry ... and spectacular, uninterrupted views across the Yarra River, city and Southgate. In short, Quay West is everything you want in a luxury hotel and more.
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Port Fairy
Oscars Port Fairy Boutique Waterfront Hotel
B&B
The prestigious property of Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel has become a well-known weekend retreat and idyllic destination for national and international tourists alike. Located in the town of Port Fairy at the end of the Great Ocean Road, close to the 12 Apostles, Grampians and Coonawarra wine region, Oscars continues to thrive under continued ownership spanning 14 years.
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Activities

East Gippsland
Echidna Walkabout - East Gippsland Wildlife Safari

Connect with nature on this fully-inclusive small group journey into the wildlife-rich forests of southeast Australia's coastal wilderness. Find koalas in magnificent stands of giant eucalypt forest, walk in rainforest listening for lyrebirds, watch Sea-Eagles soar along untouched ocean beaches and spot huge Goanna lizards beside secluded rivers and waterways. Your highly experienced Wildlife.
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Great Ocean Road
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk Great Ocean Road

Take beautiful coastal scenery; add some long stretches of remote beach, and historic lighthouse, stunning rock formations that happen to be world renowned and wildlife galore and what do you have?
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Great Ocean Road
Echidna Walkabout - Great Ocean Road 3 days

West of Melbourne a vast volcanic plain of golden grasses stretches into the distance, broken by isolated forested ranges, bounded by rocky cliffs, pounded by the Southern Ocean. The famous Great Ocean Road hugs this coastline providing spectacular views of the rugged coastal scenery. Koalas inhabit the forests and Kangaroos graze the grasslands. Waterbirds are found on the largest permanent lakes in Australia contained in the huge craters of extinct volcanoes.
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Melbourne
Echidna Walkabout - Koalas and Kangaroos

See Kangaroos and Koalas IN THE WILD! In small groups this naturalist-guided ecotour gives you quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia. Watch wild kangaroos, koalas and abundant birdlife. Our special Koala Research Project ensures that we often have multiple sightings of these delightful creatures in the wild. A substantial bush lunch is included.
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Melbourne
Epicurean Food & Wine Tours

Epicurean Food and Wine Tours is a family owned and operated luxury tour provider travelling throughout the Victoria world renowned wine regions. Catering to lovers of fine food and wine, Epicurean provides an exclusive insight to the personalities behind the producers of outstanding Australian wine and local produce.
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Melbourne
Natural Treasures Melbourne City Tour

Our 4 hours of city touring is all about getting you familiar with our city and what makes it tick. Melbourne is diverse in its people, culture, architecture and pursuits. As passionate locals we love showing off our city.
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Holidays

Melbourne and Adelaide
9 Day Great Ocean Road self drive holiday Melbourne to Adelaide

9 days - Melbourne exploring the fine food & wines in the Yarra Valley, city sights and the diverse wildlife of the Great Western Plains. Then it is off down the Great Ocean Road self driving with overnight stops in key locations before enjoying time in the Coonawarra Wine Region. Finishing in Adelaide South Australia
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Melbourne
10 Day Melbourne Great Ocean Road Grampians Daylesford Spa Country

Melbourne city sights and the diverse wildlife of the Great Western Plains. Then it is off down the Great Ocean Road self driving with overnight stops in key locations before enjoying time in the stunning mountainscapes of the Grampians National Park, then via the historic goldfields and Ballarat to Daylesford Spa Country.
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Australia
12 day holiday in Australia Sydney Melbourne Cairns Great Barrier Reef

This 12 day Holiday in Australia covers the city and country highlights, Sydney city and Sydney harbour, a guided wildlife safari into the Blue Mountains. Then on to Melbourne for city highlights and a guided Kangaroos and Koalas in the Wild tour. From Melbourne to the tropical north of Australia with Cairns, Aboriginal Culture and an overnight cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.
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Australia
20 day holiday in Australia Sydney Tasmania Melbourne Ayers Rock Cairns Great Barrier Reef

This 20 day Holiday in Australia covers the city, country and outback Australia highlights, Sydney city and Sydney harbour, a guided wildlife safari into the Blue Mountains. Tasmania including Cradle Mountain and Hobart. Travel down the Great Ocean Road to explore from Lorne. Then on to Melbourne for city highlights and a guided Kangaroos and Koalas in the Wild tour. Heading into Outback Australia fly to Ayers Rock. Then to the tropical north of Australia with Cairns, Aboriginal Culture and an overnight cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.
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Australia
20 day holiday in Australia Sydney Tasmania Melbourne Adelaide Cairns Great Barrier Reef

This 20 day Holiday in Australia covers the city, country and outback Australia highlights, Sydney city and Sydney harbour, a guided wildlife safari into the Blue Mountains. Tasmania including Cradle Mountain and Hobart.Then on to Melbourne for city highlights and a guided Kangaroos and Koalas in the Wild tour. From Melbourne down the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide then to the tropical north of Australia with Cairns, Aboriginal Culture and an overnight cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.
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