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.



Great Ocean Road & Grampians (Luxe 3-Day Tour)

TRACE THE RUGGED COASTLINE OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD TO THE DRAMATIC SANDSTONE MOUNTAINS OF THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK. EXPERIENCE DIVERSE SCENERY, A SCENIC HELICOPTER TRANSFER, WILDLIFE, PLUS INCREDIBLE FOOD & WINE

DAY ONE: MELBOURNE - PORT FAIRY

Meet your local guide at 08:00am at your Melbourne hotel then set off to trace the length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.

From Torquay to Apollo Bay the road hugs forested coastal cliffs as it twists and turns past white sand surf beaches and through picturesque seaside villages. The hinterland of towering gum trees provides the perfect habitat for koalas, kangaroos, and colourful native parrots. Indulge in a lunch of locally sourced seafood in the quaint coastal township of Apollo Bay

The road then turns inland through lush green rainforests. Break for a walk amongst the ferny gullies, moss-covered timber, and freshwater cascades before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Battered by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean, this dramatic coastline has been relentlessly carved into limestone towers, gorges, and caves. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point and venture down to the beach at Loch Ard Gorge to hear tales of tragedy and heroism.

Prior to sunset, board a private helicopter for a scenic transfer to the historic maritime village of Port Fairy. Soaring high above the Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell National Park, take in the views of the rugged coastline below before touching down and transferring to your boutique accommodation for the evening, Drift House.

Freshen up and relax prior to dinner at one of Port Fairy’s leading restaurants.

DAY TWO: PORT FAIRY - DUNKELD

After a restful sleep and breakfast at leisure, take time to explore Port Fairy. Follow one of the historic walking trails and discover charming, fully restored white-washed cottages built by whalers and seamen beside Georgian-style merchants’ homes and grand public buildings.

Departing Port Fairy, continue inland to the Southern Grampians National Park with a light lunch in the quaint rural town of Dunkeld. The mountainous beauty of the region is showcased to its fullest extent with an optional hike to the summit of The Piccaninny. This easy, gradual climb through open forest (with stunning wildflower displays during spring) culminates with jaw-dropping views of Mount Abrupt.

As dusk descends, kangaroos, wallabies and a myriad of birdlife enliven the dramatic surrounds of the Royal Mail Hotel, your accommodation for the evening. Join your host to learn about the hotels captive breeding program and get up close and personal with endangered native Australian animals.

Dinner this evening will be at Parker Street Project at the Royal Mail Hotel. Be treated to a multi course menu (beverages additional) prior to retiring to your room for the night.

DAY THREE: DUNKELD - MELBOURNE

Following a leisurely breakfast, it’s 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
  • Private helicopter flight (75-minutes)
  • Captive Breeding Program tour
  • Mount Langi Winery tour & tasting

(Note: Aircraft models include Eurocopter EC120 B and Eurocopter EC130 B4 / T2. Flight is subject to weather on the day along with accurate passenger weights being provided)

Meals

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

Accommodation

(Twin-share occupancy with breakfast)

DRIFT HOUSE, PORT FAIRY

A boutique retreat in the historic fishing village of Port Fairy located at the end of the Great Ocean Road.

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL, DUNKELD

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



Great Ocean Road & Grampians (Signature 3-Day Tour)

TRACE THE RUGGED COASTLINE OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD THROUGH TO THE DRAMATIC SANDSTONE MOUNTAINS OF THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK. DIVERSE SCENERY, WILDLIFE, PLUS INCREDIBLE FOOD & WINE

DAY ONE: MELBOURNE - PORT CAMPBELL

Meet your local guide at 08:00am at your nominated Melbourne hotel then commence your journey tracing the length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.

From Torquay to Apollo Bay the road hugs forested coastal cliffs as it twists and turns past white sand surf beaches and through picturesque seaside villages. The hinterland of towering gum trees provides the perfect habitat for koalas, kangaroos, and colourful native parrots. Indulge in a lunch of locally sourced seafood in the quaint coastal township of Apollo Bay

The road then turns inland through lush green, semi-temperate rainforest featuring ferny gullies, moss-covered timber, and freshwater cascades. Enjoy a rainforest walk in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Battered by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean, the dramatic coastline has been relentlessly carved into limestone towers, gorges, and caves. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point with the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Check into your accommodation for the evening, Anchors Villas located overlooking the charming maritime village of Port Campbell. Your guide can transfer you to a relaxed dinner (own expense) at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce.

DAY TWO: PORT CAMPBELL - DUNKELD

After a restful sleep, rise early for an unforgettable sunrise viewing at the Twelve Apostles (optional). Enjoy breakfast before exploring some of the less visited but equally breathtaking natural wonders of the Port Campbell National Park.

Continue inland to the Southern Grampians National Park with a light lunch in the quaint rural town of Dunkeld. The mountainous beauty of the region is showcased to its fullest extent with an optional hike to the summit of The Piccaninny. This easy, gradual climb through open forest (with stunning wildflower displays during spring) culminates with jaw-dropping views of Mount Abrupt.

As dusk descends, kangaroos, wallabies and a myriad of birdlife enliven the dramatic surrounds of the Royal Mail Hotel, your accommodation for the evening. Join your host to learn about the hotels captive breeding program and environmental initiatives and get up close and personal with endangered native Australian animals.

For dinner this evening (own expense), the Royal Mail features two restaurants, the esteemed fine dining Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel (Wed – Sat), and the more casual diner Parker Street Project (Daily).

DAY THREE: DUNKELD - MELBOURNE

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast then don comfortable walking shoes as we tackle one of the northern Grampian’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.

Departing the Grampians National Park, visit one of Australia’s most celebrated producers of Shiraz, Mount Langi Ghiran Winery, considered the jewel in the crown of the esteemed Grampians wine region. Join your host for a structured tasting of their fabulous wines before the return to Melbourne.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks
  • Dunkeld captive breeding program tour
  • Mount Langi winery tastings

Meals

  • Morning or Afternoon tea (Daily)
  • Lunch with beverages (Daily)
  • Breakfast (Day 2, Day 3)

Accommodation

(Twin-share occupancy with breakfast)

TAKE A SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

For a bird's-eye view of the stunning Shipwreck coast, climb aboard a helicopter at the Twelve Apostles and soar high above the Southern Ocean. 

ANCHORS VILLAS, PORT CAMPBELL

Nestled into the hills above Port Campbell situated on 30 acres of private land, Anchors offers three contemporary units with full seclusion.

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL, DUNKELD

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