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Grand Southern Discovery (5 Days from Sydney to Melbourne): First Choice Escorted Vacation

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,481

Enjoy a first class escorted tour of Southern Australia. Begin in Sydney, travelling to Canberra, the beautiful Snowy Mountains and the mighty Murray River before concluding in Melbourne.


See the best of Australia’s southern states in style, with stops in up to 4 capital cities on a fully escorted 5, 7 or 11 day itinerary.

Consider arriving a few days early to explore Sydney, Australia’s most diverse and iconic city, before departing for Canberra. A purpose-built national capital, Canberra is packed with sights including Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. You’ll visit both on an afternoon tour, after a delicious BBQ lunch at a working sheep farm. At the nearby Snowy Mountains, ride the chairlift up Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak.

Cross the border into Victoria for an overnight stay and tour of historic Beechworth, the state’s best preserved gold rush town. Walk in the footsteps of notorious bushranger Ned Kelly on your way to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural, shopping and sporting capital. We bid farewell to our guests on the 5 day itinerary here.

A full day in Melbourne gives you time to experience this world class city your way. Culture vultures might enjoy a visit to Melbourne Museum (the Southern Hemisphere’s largest), or the National Gallery of Victoria. Consider a twilight excursion to Phillip Island in time for the famous ‘little penguin parade’. Immerse yourself in history, panning for gold at Sovereign Hill. Or spend the day shopping in the central business district, enjoying the intimate laneways and chic cafes of Australia’s most European city.

Guests on the 7 day itinerary join in time for one of Australia’s most spectacular drives, the Great Ocean Road. See famous landmarks including the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge, all formed by centuries of erosion from the wild Southern Ocean. Learn more about the local Aboriginal culture at Worn Gundidi, including insights into medicine in the bush.

Enter South Australia, with a stop in picturesque Mt Gambier before you reach Adelaide. This mid sized capital is a major cultural centre and hosts numerous festivals throughout the year including the renowned Adelaide Cabaret Festival. It’s also the ideal jump-off point for an excursion to Kangaroo Island, a living gallery of natural wonders sometimes referred to as Australia’s Galapagos. Visit the famous sea lions of Seal Bay and see fascinating geological sights such as Admiral’s Arch. 


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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,481

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Day 1

Sydney to Canberra

This morning begin your journey to Canberra via the Southern Highlands. Stop at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture then visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before you join Craig and his family for a good Aussie BBQ lunch. Your destination is the country's capital where you'll enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay to hear the evocative Last Post. Join your Tour Director and fellow travelers tonight and get to know each other over a delicious meal.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Novotel Canberra

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    Novotel Canberra



    Novotel Canberra Hotel offers premium hotel accommodation in the heart of the Canberra central business district. The hotel offers easy access to restaurants, nightlife, cultural and historical attractions, while remaining within easy access of the airport only 8km away. The hotel rooms are light, spacious ...

    Novotel Canberra Hotel offers premium hotel accommodation in the heart of the Canberra central business district. The hotel offers easy access to restaurants, nightlife, cultural and historical attractions, while remaining within easy access of the airport only 8km away. The hotel rooms are light, spacious and contemporary in design.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Canberra to Beechworth

Before leaving Canberra this morning, you'll visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie to take in views of the city and surrounding ranges from the lookout. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria's best preserved gold rush town for your unique overnight stay in one of the Bed and Breakfast properties. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth with an orientation and enjoy some free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and the museum. Why not grab a coffee and delicious treat from the legendary Beechworth Bakery! Tonight, if you're feeling up to it, head down to Hotel Nicolas for a good pub meal. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush and houses a great collection of local memorabilia.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Beechworth to Melbourne

This morning 'You're Invited' to join your B&B host for breakfast. Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to culturally diverse and cosmopolitan Melbourne for a sightseeing tour including a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and interesting shops. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

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    Crowne Plaza Melbourne



    Stay at the riverside Crowne Plaza Melbourne hotel for business and leisure on the banks of the Yarra. Crowne Plaza Melbourne is in the heart of the city's vibrant docklands. The property is surrounded by restaurants on the Yarra's north bank and just over the ...

    Stay at the riverside Crowne Plaza Melbourne hotel for business and leisure on the banks of the Yarra. Crowne Plaza Melbourne is in the heart of the city's vibrant docklands. The property is surrounded by restaurants on the Yarra's north bank and just over the bridge from the Crown Casino and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 4

Melbourne 'Free Time'

Today Melbourne is all yours to explore! Visit Eureka Sky deck for fantastic views of Melbourne. With 360 degree floor to ceiling views, it's the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform. Or join a Hunt & Gather Food Tour of Queen Victoria Market to take in the life, sounds and stories of the historic marketplace and taste your way around the market's seemingly endless food stalls. Or take a guided walk through Melbourne's hidden laneways and arcades. These hidden laneways house some of the best café's, boutique shops and street art the city has to offer. You're in for a treat!

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Day 5

Depart Melbourne

Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 18; May 9; Sep 5, 26; Oct 17; Nov 7, 28

2018: Jan 9, 30; Feb 13; Mar 6, 20

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Tour by luxury air conditioned coach with 2 door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director & Tour Driver
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels
  • Welcome drink
  • Hotel porterage

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Optional excursions & touring that are available for purchase on tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Seasonal surcharges will apply.  Limited seats and subject to availability. Single supplements are available on request.  Single guests who are willing to share a room with a fellow traveller (same gender and non smoking) are eligible for twin share rates, ask your Goway Agent for details on the ‘Twin Share Guarantee’ option.

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