Goldfields & Grampians (Gourmet 3-Day Tour)

COMBINE THE HISTORIC CHARM OF DAYLESFORD WITH THE RUGGED SPLENDOUR OF THE GRAMPIANS, ADD SUMPTUOUS MEALS AT TWO OF AUSTRALIA’S LEADING REGIONAL RESTAURANTS AND YOU HAVE THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR A LUXURY THREE-DAY GOURMET GETAWAY.

DAY ONE: HANGING ROCK & HISTORIC DAYLESFORD

Departing Melbourne (09:00am), your journey begins with a visit to a place of great mystery and natural beauty, Hanging Rock.  Enjoy morning tea picnic in the shadow of this rocky outcrop as you familiarise yourself with the curious tale depicted in Joan Lindsay’s unnerving classic “Picnic at Hanging Rock”.

Pass through picturesque countryside to the quaint village of Daylesford. Nestled by a glistening lake and surrounded by towering gum trees, Daylesford is a peaceful escape replete with artists’ studios, cafes, and antique stores.

Visit Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, a 100-acre property once farmed by gold seeking migrants in the 1850’s. European style lavender gardens frame the original stone buildings and create farm-made body lotions and essential oils. A light cafe style lunch will be served in this bucolic setting.

Check in to your accommodation for the evening, the acclaimed Lake House and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Stroll around the lake, visit the stunning Convent Gallery, explore historic Vincent Street, or indulge with a spa treatment at the Salus Spa. The choice is yours.

Dinner this evening will be an unforgettable gourmet experience at Alla Wolfe-Tasker’s award-winning Lake House restaurant.

DAY TWO: FROM THE GOLDFIELDS TO THE GRAMPIANS

Departing Daylesford for the Grampians National Park, travel through rolling eucalyptus-dotted hills and past sheep and cattle farms. Break in the grand gold-rush city of Ballarat for a light lunch and time to explore the towns architectural highlights or perhaps catch the latest exhibition at Australia’s oldest and largest regional art gallery.

Arrive into the township of Dunkeld and check into your accommodation for the night, The Royal Mail Hotel.  Take a moment to relax and freshen up or perhaps wander the grounds of the property located in the shadow of towering Mounts Abrupt and Sturgeon.

Prior to dinner at Parker Street Project, join the hotels Sommelier for a tour of their impressive 28,000 bottle wine collection. Including a vast range of local and international wines, the cellar offers the largest private Bordeaux and Burgundy collection in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy a comparative tasting showcasing iconic wines currently drinking exceptionally well.

DAY THREE: NATURAL WONDERS OF THE GRAMPIANS

Following breakfast, join one of the hotels chefs to learn the sustainable philosophies of Australia’s largest restaurant kitchen garden. The driving philosophy behind the garden is that food should be produced using organic principles with as little impact to the earth as possible.

Time to explore the sandstone grandeur of the Grampians National Park.  Don comfortable walking shoes as we tackle one of the park’s breathtaking tracks suitable for the novice through to the experienced hiker.  Take in arresting views of the rugged mountain range and the surrounding pastoral land.  In spring, the region erupts in a dazzling display of wildflowers. Enjoy a casual picnic lunch at Mackenzie Falls, Victoria’s largest waterfall.

Regarded at one of Australia’s most celebrated producers of Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran Winery is a jewel in the crown of the esteemed Grampians wine region. Join your host for an exclusive tour and tasting before you return to Melbourne (Approx. 06:00pm).

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks
  • Royal Mail Cellar Tour
  • Royal Mail Kitchen Garden Tour
  • Mount Langi Winery tour & tasting

Meals

  • Lunch with beverages (Daily)
  • Dinner with beverages (Day 1, Day 2)
  • Breakfast (Day 2, Day 3)

Accommodation

Availability

Departures available on Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu

LAKE HOUSE HOTEL, DAYLESFORD

One of Australia’s most in demand getaways – Lake House sits on the shores of Lake Daylesford – only 80-minutes from Melbourne.

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL, DUNKELD

The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld located in the Southern Grampians is a destination that celebrates food, wine and nature.



Bendigo Epicurean

Tour Highlights

Straddle the centuries as you explore Bendigo’s bountiful past as a beneficiary of gold rush riches and its vibrant contemporary culture as a centre of art and culinary excellence.

Join your local host and journey through Bendigo’s glorious streets with the opportunity to meet the city’s passionate food heroes who showcase gourmet local produce and hear stories of how this gold-rush city has produced some of Australia’s favourite foods.

Visit intriguing venues such as Mister Grimsby Coffee, The Good Loaf and Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates, before getting hands on in a gnocchi making session with lunch and a glass of local wine.

As for the afternoon, visit Australia’s oldest working pottery – Bendigo Pottery to see an expert potter at work before your chance to take to the wheel to throw your own masterpiece.

Prior to departing for Melbourne, browse quality ceramic tableware, antiques, and collectables at the Pottery centre.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Hosted Foodie tour of Bendigo
  • Gnocchi making lesson
  • Pottery lesson
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Meal

  • Lunch with beverages

Commence

08:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address (Available: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Duration

Approx. 8-hours

 



Ballarat & Sovereign Hill

Tour Highlights

The jewel in the crown of the Goldfields region, a visit to Ballarat with its remarkable Victorian architecture and open-air museum Sovereign Hill, feels like stepping back in time over 150 years to the incredible upheaval of gold rush fever.

Established in 1838 on the shores of Lake Wendouree as a humble sheep station, Ballarat’s fortunes were transformed just over a decade later with the discovery of gold.  Your guide will introduce you to the gripping tales of triumph and tragedy that followed.  This rich history comes to life at Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum that replicates 1850’s life, complete with costumed characters depicting gold diggers and blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and candlestick makers.

In keeping with the historic theme, include a lunch of locally sourced produce paired with fine wine in the superb glass roofed gallery at Craig’s Royal Hotel, Australia’s legendary gold rush-era hotel or perhaps grab a simple cafe lunch – the choice is yours.

After lunch admire the magnificent architecture funded by the great wealth drawn from the ground while wandering Ballarat’s wide streets before a visit to the intimate Ballarat Wildlife Park offering the opportunity to feed friendly Kangaroos and view Koalas, Dingos and other cuddly Australian animals.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Meal

  • Lunch with beverages (optional inclusion)

Commence

Suggest 09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Up to 9-hours



Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

Tour Highlights

Reignite your imagination with a visit to the rural landscape of the Macedon Ranges and historic village of Daylesford. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, these regions are blessed with crisp mountain air, fertile volcanic soils and purifying mineral springs resulting in the production of some of Australia’s most highly prized artisanal product and premium wines.

Begin your journey to the Macedon Ranges with a visit to a place of great mystery and natural beauty, Hanging Rock.  Your guide will familiarise you with the curious story behind this rocky outcrop as depicted in novelist Joan Lindsay’s unnerving classic “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Enjoy a personalised wine tasting at a leading winery before a relaxing journey through countryside to the quaint village of Daylesford, the heart of Australia’s ‘spa country’.

Nestled by a glistening lake and surrounded by towering gum trees and thick bushland, Daylesford is a peaceful escape replete with artists’ studios, cafes, and antique stores. The town’s heritage streetscape bursts with character, from the bluestones erected by early Swiss-Italian migrants to the historic legacy of the gold rush era.

Indulge in Daylesford’s award-winning Lake House restaurant for an unforgettable gourmet experience. Under the culinary directorship of industry doyenne Alla Wolfe-Tasker, the kitchen works magic with seasonal ingredients sourced from the finest small-scale local suppliers. Fare including rare-breed pork, grass-fed beef, freshwater fish and goats’ milk cheese is hand-delivered daily.

Your afternoon might include a visit to the rustic Lavandula Swiss-Italian Farm, a local winery or browse Vincent Street’s charming galleries and boutiques before returning to Melbourne through picturesque countryside.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Meal

  • Multi-course lunch at Lake House Restaurant (Beverages excluded)

Commence

Suggest 09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address (Available: Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed)

Duration

Up to 8-hours