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.



Melbourne & Mornington

Tour Highlights

A morning discovering the secrets of Melbourne is the perfect prelude to an afternoon of indulgence on the Mornington Peninsula. Only a 60-minute drive from the city, the idyllic haven of the Peninsula uncovers a world where vineyards trail down undulating hills to meet pristine beaches and the clear blue sea.

Begin your morning in Melbourne taking in the sights of Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and the grand Victorian civic buildings of Spring Street then set off on foot to meander through Melbourne’s labyrinth of laneways and arcades. Browse the boutiques of Block and Royal Arcades, admire Hosier Lane’s urban art scene or simply take a moment to soak up the Continental atmosphere of Centre Place.

Grab a coffee from one Melbourne’s trendy cafes or markets before departing the bustle of the city for the peaceful hills of Mornington Peninsula – Melbourne’s summertime playground.  Home to more than fifty boutique wineries, the regions is renowned for producing quality pinot noir, chardonnay and shiraz.  Visit one of the most awarded wineries for a structured tasting before settling in for a gourmet lunch at esteemed Pt. Leo or Port Phillip Estates.

Following lunch, your guide’s intimate knowledge of the region puts you in the perfect position to explore breezy seaside villages, discover gourmet delights in the Red Hill hinterland, continue to sample boutique wines or perhaps see Australian wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary – the choice is yours.

On return to Melbourne, admire expansive views of Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne’s city skyline as you descend Arthurs Seat, the highest point of this beautiful region.

Inclusions

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

Meals

  • Morning tea
  • Vineyard lunch with beverages (Optional inclusion)

Commence

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

Duration

8 – 9 hours



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.



Tweed Highlights Private Tour

Byron shire’s northern neighbour is full of pleasant surprises! Travel north to Fingal for a private Snorkel with the Turtles tour with a marine biologist guide, all equipment provided. Board your private vessel for a 15-minute boat ride that will have you cruising past some of the most beautiful beaches Australia has to offer. It’s not unusual to encounter a pod of dolphins along the way. Located just off Fingal beach, the tiny volcanic outcrop of Cook Island is home to a large permanent population of Green Turtles. As well as turtles, see a mix of colourful hard and soft corals, anemones, wobbegongs, tropical fish and maybe even Nemo! Cook Island is one of the few places in Australia that can almost guarantee you will see not just one but many turtles and get so close you will have the chance to get your photo taken with one or lots.

Another highlight of the Tweed is award winning, hatted restaurant Paper Daisy at Halcyon House on Cabarita Beach. The ethos that drives Paper Daisy is one of sophisticated simplicity, producing dishes that are satisfying, thoughtful and deeply memorable. Lunch will be a celebration of this unique part of the world, one of Australia’s most important and scenic food producing regions. Take a stroll down onto the white sand of Cabarita Beach, with views of the stunning headland to the south and the Gold Coast to the north.

After lunch, take a short but scenic drive through lush farmlands. Tropical Fruit World, set amongst rainforest, water catchments and the rolling volcanic mineral soil from the caldera of Mount Warning. This working fruit farm grows over 500 fruits from around the world and offers a chance to see, taste and learn. Climb aboard a tractor train and explore the orchards on the Plantation Safari. Sample and learn about seasonal fruits during a Fruit Tasting Session. Meet farm animal friends, kangaroos and emus in the Fauna Park. Pick up some delicious local produce from the Tropical Fruit World Marketplace.

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Highlights

  • Have your photo taken underwater with Green, Leatherback or Hawksbill turtles
  • See quirky sea creatures including star fish, squid, sea cucumbers, wobbegongs and more
  • Alfresco fine dining on the patio at Paper Daisy, a stone’s throw from Cabarita Beach
  • Taste tropical fruit where it’s grown
  • Tour through lush farmlands of red, volcanic soil
  • Stunning views of majestic Wollumbin Mount Warning, known as the Cloud Catcher or Warrior Chief

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private Snorkel with the Turtles Tour
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Entry into Tropical Fruit World and tractor tour (not private)
  • Premium vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

07:30am from your Byron Bay hotel / address

Duration

Approx. 9-hours




Byron Bay Active

Commence the day paddling a sea kayak through the surf and getting up close with playful bottlenose dolphins. Keep an eye out for sea turtles and you may also be lucky enough to come across a pod of majestic migrating whales.

Visit the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse located at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland where you can take in 360-degree panoramic views of Byron Bay and the hinterland. Walk the coastal track to the stunning Wategos Beach situated below the imposing lighthouse.

A casual yet sophisticated alfresco lunch featuring the freshest and finest local produce from Byron and the surrounding regions will be served overlooking Wategos Beach at the famed Rae’s Dining Room.

As for the afternoon, your expert local guide can tailor the day to suit your tastes. Travel a short distance inland to explore the charming hinterland villages of Bangalow or Mullumbimby and admire the regions lush rainforests.  Savour the regions burgeoning gin or craft beer scene with a visit to award winning Cape Byron Distillery or Stone & Wood Brewery. Take in panoramic views and find your inner Zen at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens or enjoy afternoon tea or gelato on a true paddock to plate property at ‘The Farm’.

Conclude at your Byron Bay accommodation in time for an afternoon swim or walk on the beach.

Highlights

  • Get up close to playful bottlenose dolphins onboard a sea kayak
  • Visit the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Alfresco lunch featuring fresh local produce overlooking Wategos Beach
  • Visit award winning Stone & Wood Brewery for tastings
  • Find your inner Zen at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Sea kayak experience including morning tea (Shared departure with a private kayak guide)
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Afternoon touring (includes attraction entry and tastings to suit)
  • Premium vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

08:00am from your Byron Bay hotel / address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Approx. 8-hours


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Byron Bay Private Tour

Your introduction to Byron Bay starts with a visit to Cape Byron Lighthouse and the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of Byron Bay and the hinterland. Spot dolphins, turtles and rays from the cliffs high above and even Humpback Whales during their annual migration. Walk the coastal track to stunning Wategos Beach situated below the Lighthouse.

Take a stroll through Byron Bay town centre and soak up the holiday vibe and new age energy whilst browsing the fabulous boutiques, local fashion designers, homewares shops, studios and galleries.

Spend some time touring Byron’s surrounding villages. Bangalow’s 19th century architecture borders its main street which is lined with cosy cafes and colourful boutiques that delight and inspire. ‘Magical Mullumbimby’ is a historical part of the alternative culture of the rainbow region. Residents continue to embrace the laid-back, alternative lifestyle the town has celebrated since the 1970s. The quaint, unspoilt village of Brunswick Heads has retained its traditional seaside village atmosphere. Timber bridges link the riverside to a safe, calm beach at the mouth of the Brunswick River and to the surf beach that spans the coastline all the way to Byron Bay. Stroll around the village and explore retro-vintage treasures which Bruns is famous for.

Enjoy a classic pub lunch at Hotel Brunswick or the Bangalow Hotel. After lunch visit the enchanting Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens, a truly unique attraction. Tour the magical gardens of mystic statues, walk the ancient labyrinth, spin the prayer wheels on the only Buddhist Peace Stupa in the Southern Hemisphere and admire the amazing crystal collections including the largest crystals in the world. Soak up the serenity, participate in the daily peace experience which includes a crystal bowl sound healing and meditation. Leave feeling positive, peaceful and connected.

Alternatively, stop in at award winning Stone & Wood Brewery to taste a selection of craft beer, brewed on site.

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Highlights

  • Visit Byron Bay’s iconic Lighthouse
  • Uncover the wonderfully distinct personalities of the Byron Shire villages
  • Take part in a guided meditation and crystal bowl sound healing at Crystal Castle.
  • Taste limited release, seasonal and pilot batch beers at Stone & Wood

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Premium vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:30am from your Byron Bay hotel / address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Approx. 6-hours




Byron Bay Epicurean

Your Byron Bay Epicurean journey will commence with a visit to The Farm, on the outskirts of town. Enjoy a coffee at Three Blue Ducks, then wander along the farm trail past the pigs in their mud bath, the 700 Bond Brown chickens, the Macadamia Orchard and the fields planted with an array of produce served in the restaurant. Epicurean

The next stop is the local Brook family’s 96-acre farm ‘Brookfarm’ located high on the ridgeline above Byron Bay with views to the iconic Lighthouse and along the coastline.

Enjoy a private tour of the Macadamia plantation and adjacent rainforest to gain an insight to how native botanicals and macadamias are used in award-winning mueslis and gin. Onsite is the Cape Byron Distillery where you can sample gin and see how it is made.

Continue inland to Newrybar, a tiny hamlet which houses Harvest Restaurant and Historic Bakery as well as the ultra-hip Newrybar Merchants, a collective of creative local artisans and curators. A scattering of other delectable shops makes up the village known for its unique blend of antiques, gifts, clothing and home wares.

Lunch is at the delightful Harvest Restaurant in Newrybar.  This awarded restaurant showcases the best seasonal food, sourced from artisan producers and their own edible gardens, alongside foraged native and wild Australian ingredients.

Following lunch travel back to the Byron Arts & Industry Estate to visit the new home of Stone & Wood, Australia’s second largest craft brewer. Grab a tasting paddle of locally, handcrafted beers including seasonal and special releases. Conclude at your Byron Bay accommodation in time for an afternoon swim or walk on the beach.

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Highlights

  •  Visit ‘The Farm’ for a true paddock to plate experience
  • Tour a Macadamia plantation and rainforest to gain an insight to the regions native produce
  • Explore ultra-hip Newrybar with a gourmet lunch featuring wild Australian ingredients
  • Learn about craft beer from the super-chilled crew at Stone & Wood
  • Tour through picturesque country lanes lined with macadamia, avocado and coffee plantations

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private Gin Tasting Experience including a rainforest tour at Cape Byron Distillery
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Tasting Paddle at Stone & Wood Brewery
  •  Premium vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:00am from your Byron Bay hotel / address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Approx. 7-hours




Mornington Peninsula Helicopter Journey

Tour Highlights

Board a private helicopter from the heart of Melbourne for a spectacular ascent through a canyon of skyscrapers then fly over Port Phillip Bay before touching down on the on the Mornington Peninsula. This idyllic haven feels a world away – a place where stunning vineyards tumble down undulating hills to clear blue seas and pristine beaches.

Be greeted on arrival by your guide then visit the spectacular coastal boardwalks at Cape Schanck. Offering awe-inspiring vistas of the rugged coast, watch as waves pound the dramatically shaped Pulpit Rock. Breathe deep Cape Schanck’s pristine air which also acts as the world reference standard for “zero pollution”.

The region is home to more than fifty boutique wineries producing quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Visit one of the most awarded wineries for a structured tasting before settling in for a gourmet lunch at esteemed Pt. Leo or Port Phillip Estates.

As for the afternoon, your guide’s intimate knowledge of the region puts you in the perfect position to explore breezy seaside villages, discover gourmet delights in the Red Hill hinterland, continue to sample boutique wines or perhaps see Australian wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary – the choice is yours.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private 30-min helicopter flight (Melbourne – Mornington Peninsula)
  • Vehicle transfer (Hotel – Helipad)
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Note: Aircraft models include Eurocopter EC120 B (Max. 4 pax) and Eurocopter EC130 B4 / T2 (Max. 6 pax). Flight is subject to weather on the day along with accurate passenger weights being provided.

Meal

  • Vineyard lunch with beverages

Commence

Suggest 10:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address (Start time is flexible)

Duration

Up to 8-hours



Mornington Peninsula Wildlife Encounters

Highlights

Meet your local guide at your nominated hotel or address before transferring to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, located just 60-minutes from Melbourne.

Your day begins with a visit to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you will meet the who’s who of Australian animals during an exclusive keeper-led experience. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet a koala, walk with dingos, feed furry little sugar gliders, and meet many more Australian animals.

Offering breathtaking 180-degree views over the Western Port to Phillip Island, lunch will be served at Pt. Leo Estate with the option to explore Australia’s foremost privately-owned Sculpture Park.

As for the afternoon, your guide’s intimate knowledge of the region puts you in the perfect position to explore breezy seaside villages, discover gourmet delights in the Red Hill hinterland or sample the regions finest wines – the choice is yours.

On return to Melbourne, admire expansive views of Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne’s city skyline as you descend Arthurs Seat, the highest point of this beautiful region.

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Exclusive keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Meal

  • Vineyard lunch with beverages

Commence

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

Duration

Up to 8-hours



Mornington Peninsula Epicurean

Tour Highlights

Meet your local guide at your nominated hotel or address before transferring to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, located just 60-minutes from Melbourne.

Your epicurean journey commences at ‘Montalto’ where a member of this awarded vineyard and olive grove will take you on a guided exploration of the property and will show you the best of the seasonal cycle. Montalto combines a working vineyard and olive grove, kitchen gardens, fruit orchard and berry plantation with a commitment to the arts with an extensive sculpture collection.

Season dependant, you could taste the grapes around vintage, learn how to grow and make use of seasonal produce or explore the property’s natural wetlands and extensive permanent sculpture collection.

With breathtaking 360-degree views across the garden and estate, experience a structured wine tasting of Montalto’s flagship single vineyard wines.
Finally, experience Montalto’s estate to plate philosophy in action, with a stunning multi-course lunch served with matched wines in the restaurant overlooking the undulating vineyards dotted with incredible works of art.

As for the afternoon, meet local growers and artisan producers to sample they wares before a relaxing drive back to Melbourne.

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Inclusions

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

Meal

  • Multi-course lunch with matched wines at Montalto

Commence

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

Duration

Approx. 8-hours