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.
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.
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.
|Coonawarra Units formally Chardonnay Lodge|
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.
|The Lake House Daylesford Boutique 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.
|Halls Gap Grampians National Park|
|Gariwerd Motel Halls Gap Grampians National Park|
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.
|Peppers Mineral Springs Boutique Hotel |
Experience Victorias Spa Country from the comforts of an elegant 1930s 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 Victorias Spa Country in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges, it is an easy one-hour drive from Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne.
|La Perouse Lorne Bed and Breakfast|
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
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.
|Quay West Suites Melbourne|
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.
|Oscars Port Fairy Boutique Waterfront Hotel|
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.
|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.
|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?
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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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85 Phillips Drive
Phone: +64 (07) 577 1434