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.



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



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 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




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

 



King Valley & High Country (Signature 4-Day Tour)

DISCOVER VICTORIA'S PICTURESQUE KING VALLEY AND HIGH COUNTRY ON THIS 4-DAY PRIVATE TOUR. MEET SOME OF THE BEST WINE MAKERS ALONG PRESECCO ROAD, SAVOUR GOURMET PRODUCE AS YOU CYCLE THROUGH QUAINT VILLAGES, ENJOY GOURMET DINING EXPERIENCES AND RELAX IN THE REGIONS FINEST BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION.

DAY 1: KING VALLEY, PROSECCO ROAD & ITALIAN HOSPITALITY

Meet your local guide in the lobby of your Melbourne hotel (08:30am) before departing on your four-day tour of the King Valley and High Country.

Your first stop will be Pizzini Wines located on what is known as ‘Prosecco Road’ in the heart of the King Valley. This family owned and operated winery specializes in the production of Italian wine varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and of course Prosecco!

Meet your host then journey amongst the vines to learn firsthand how the Pizzini vineyard has evolved and why certain sites are more suited to particular varieties or wine styles than others. From the vineyard head to the winery barrel room for a tutored tasting of current and back vintage wines. In true Italian fashion, enjoy a sumptuous grazing platter with estate wines for lunch overlooking the vineyard.

As for the afternoon, continue to sample wines at neighbouring King Valley vineyards such as Chrismont and Dal Zotto Wines before transferring to your accommodation for the night, Lancemore at Milawa.

This evening is yours at leisure with the option to dine at Restaurant Merlot or perhaps utilize the in-house room service.

DAY 2: EXPLORE THE QUAINT TOWNSHIP OF BRIGHT AND THE HIGH COUNTRY

Today we journey deeper into Victoria’s High Country to explore the picturesque and historic village of Bright.  Located on the Ovens River and surrounded by mountains, Bright has long been a popular getaway offering something special in every season.

Upon arrival in Bright, hop on a bicycle for a ride taking in scenic views on a rail trail from Bright to Porepunkah (e-Bikes available if preferred). Take in the mountain views, break for an espresso at the quaint Rail Trail Café. Further down the trail the team at Feathertop Winery will share insights to the Boynton family’s favourite picnic spots amongst the vines. Select your preferred location then explore the grounds while your vineyard service angels prepare your picnic lunch.

Returning to Bright, explore the township and its stunning riverside setting.  Foodies may wish to sample locally made chocolates, enjoy an ale at the friendly Bright Brewery, or gin tasting at Reed & Co Distillery.  Alternatively embark on the easy one-hour Canyon Trail which meanders along the banks of Ovens River and takes in two swing bridges. Your guide can assist with arrangements.

Departing Bright, venture on to historic Beechworth, arguably Australia’s best-preserved gold mining town.  The evening is yours at leisure. Blessed with wonderful dining options, consider The Ox & Hound Bistro for something special, the Empire Hotel for warm hospitality and elevated pub fare, or pizzas and ale at Bridge Road Brewers.

For the next two-nights you will rest in comfort at Freeman on Ford, Beechworth.

DAY 3: BUSHRANGERS & THE GOLD-RUSH IN HISTORIC BEECHWORTH

Don’t let the graceful, gold-rush-era architecture and friendly folk of Beechworth fool you. The town was a hot bed of revolutionary fervour when the Kelly Gang roamed the countryside and were frequent guests of Her Majesty at Beechworth Gaol. Incensed with the brutal behaviour of the Victoria Police, Ned Kelly reputedly threatened to declare Victoria’s north-east a republic before his capture, conviction, and execution in 1880. Life is calmer these days, with Beechworth ruled by food and wine producers rather than bushrangers and the constabulary.

Following breakfast, join a local historian who will bring to life the stories of the gold-rush and infamous Kelly Gang on a private walking tour of this town steeped in history.

The afternoon is yours to continue to explore the town’s heritage boutiques, antique stores or visit the famed Beechworth Honey for a tasting. For the energised, walk to Woolshed Falls, home to thousands of miners during the height of the Gold Rush in the 1850’s.

Dinner this evening will be at Provenance, one of Australia’s most esteemed regional restaurants. Housed in the former Bank of Australasia building, Provenance’s reputation is as high as the soaring six-metre ceiling in the dining room. Chef Michael Ryan’s abiding fascination with Japan finds expression in a menu that marries Australian produce with exquisite Japanese flavours.

DAY 4: SCENIC RETURN TO MELBOURNE VIA THE YARRA RANGES

Farewelling the High Country, return to Melbourne along the scenic route travelling through the agriculturally rich and picturesque central Victorian countryside. In the foothills of the spectacular Cathedral Range we stop at Buxton Trout and Salmon, Australia’s first commercial trout farm where fish have been reared for over 50 years. The gravity fed water supply originates from the pristine snowfields of Lake Mountain providing the perfect place to grow a clean, natural food. Join a private behind-the-scenes tour of the farm and sample their famous Mountain Ash Smoked Trout, premium hand-milked salmon caviar before dropping a line and catching your own lunch.

Our journey continues along one of the most ethereally beautiful drives in the state. The Black Spur cuts through the forest landscapes of the verdant Yarra Ranges. Savour the fragrance of the Australian bush as you gaze up at the immense mountain ash trees scattering sunlight on the cool understorey of green ferns below. From here it is just a quick hop step to central Melbourne where your journey of Victoria’s King Valley & High Country concludes (Approx. 06:00pm)

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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks
  • Pizzini experience with lunch
  • King Valley wine tastings
  • Bicycle & helmet hire
  • Private walking tour of Beechworth
  • Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm experience

Meals

Day 1: Lunch with beverages
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch with beverages
Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner (Excluding beverages)
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch with beverages

Accommodation

(Twin-share occupancy with breakfast)

LANCEMORE, MILLAWA

Lancemore at Milawa combines the style and elegance of the world's best boutique hotels with the tranquillity and beauty of High Country Victoria. 

FREEMAN ON FORD, BEECHWORTH

Built in 1876, Freeman on Ford was originally the Oriental Bank, once favoured by Beechworth's then substantial Chinese gold-mining population.



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



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