7 Day Victoria's Hidden Gems

Inspiring Journeys Small Group Tour starting in Melbourne and finishing in Melbourne

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Inspiring Journeys's 7 Day Victoria's Hidden Gems. Discover the secrets of Victoria's charm on this eclectic sojourn. In cosmopolitan Melbourne, explore lanes and discover edgy cafés, while in quaint Daylesford uncover antique shops and unique cottage industries. Experience...read more
Overview
Operator: Inspiring Journeys
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Style: Inspiring Journey
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 7 Days
From: Melbourne to Melbourne
Tour Code: IJVIC
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Australia
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$ 3,349
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Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival in Melbourne there's free time to relax or explore. This evening meet your Travel Director at your hotel for a Welcome Reception before departing for a magical evening aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Stay: Sofitel on Collins, Melbourne (D)

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Melbourne – Daylesford
After a leisurely breakfast at the Sofitel's 35th floor restaurant overlooking the city, explore Melbourne's vibrant walkways and arcades with a knowledgeable local guide. Enjoy morning tea at one of the local Melbourne cafés. You're free at lunchtime, then we're bound for the eclectic village of Daylesford, notable not only for its mineral spring baths, but antique shops, bazaars and various cottage industries. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing mineral spa at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa which has been welcoming visitors since 1895. Tonight you'll stay at the beautifully appointed Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel. Dinner this evening is at an award-winning restaurant, The Argus, in Hepburn Springs. Stay: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Daylesford (B/D)
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Daylesford – Dunkeld

After breakfast, why not visit beautiful Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens overlooking Daylesford town for a lovely morning stroll, or take the 'Peace Mile' Walk around Lake Daylesford. After exploring, you'll head to Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea. See their manicured vegetable, herb, lavender and olive plots, set amongst stone farm buildings dating back to 1850 and friendly farm animals. Next stop, we visit the familyowned and operated Creswick Woollen Mills, the only remaining coloured woollen spinning mill in Australia. In a private tour, learn how luxurious natural fibres are processed into designer garments.

A little way down the road is the historic town of Clunes. Step back in time and wander along the main street where you're free to grab a spot of lunch in one of its cafés or at the country pub, the National Hotel. Because of its historic main street façade, the town has been the setting for well-known films including Heath Ledger's Ned Kelly, Mad Max 1 and the 1950s classic On the Beach. On our way to Dunkeld, we'll visit The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat. Using the latest digital technology coupled with historic iconic objects, visitors can immerse themselves in a sensory experience on the birth of Australian democracy. Located at the base of the Grampian Mountains, enjoy dinner at the Royal Mail Hotel's acclaimed restaurant. Stay: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld (B/D)

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Dunkeld – Warrnambool

This morning you might like to sleep in and enjoy leisurely breakfast. Or for the early riser, join the ground's gardener for a guided walk through their kitchen garden, which supplies most of the hotel's produce. Set on just over an acre, it's Australia's largest and most productive organic kitchen garden.

We'll head to the top of the Grampians today at Halls Gap for a Welcome to Country ceremony by the local indigenous people at the Brambuk Cultural Centre. The traditional people of Gariwerd, the Djab Wurrung and Jardwidjari, will teach you how to throw a boomerang and then gather local bush tucker for you to taste. See spectacular natural rock formations, waterfalls and panoramic views over the Grampian Mountain range. Then we head down the mountain to coastal Warrnambool. Tonight it's a Highlight Dinner and Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill, where you'll not only learn about the region's maritime history, but will experience it!. Stay: Deep Blue Spa & Resort, Warrnambool (B/HD)

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Warrnambool – Lorne
Our departure today will be leisurely, so why not take advantage of the resort's spa and massage services? Be sure to have your camera ready as we take one of Australia's most iconic road trips along the Great Ocean Road. We'll visit all the must-see sights and stop at vantage points along the way, including the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and of course the Twelve Apostles. There will be some free time for you to grab a bite for lunch in the seaside town of Port Campbell and for the adventurous, perhaps a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles may appeal (own expense). Stretch your legs this afternoon in Apollo Bay before arriving in picturesque Lorne late afternoon. Enjoy a free night to dine wherever you wish among the beachfront restaurants. Stay: Cumberland Resort, Lorne (B)
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Lorne – Mornington Peninsula

We continue this morning along the last leg of the Great Ocean Road, passing stunning coastline until we arrive in the town of Torquay. It's a mecca for Australian surf life, so it's only fitting that we visit the Australian Surfing Museum, for a guided tour to learn of the culture and much-loved pastime as we leave the Great Ocean Road behind.

Then onwards to the Bellarine Peninsula a wine-growing region where we'll indulge our taste buds in a Be My Guest lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Winery. A vehicle ferry will then take us from Queenscliff to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Here we'll visit the Green Olive farm for some hands-on experience with assistance from the farmers, enjoying a taste of farm life and fresh produce with a local guide before heading to our accommodation. Tonight enjoy a sumptuous dinner together at Linden Tree Restaurant at your hotel. Stay: Lindenderry at Red Hill. (B/BG/D)

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Mornington Peninsula – Farewell from Melbourne
This morning after breakfast we head back towards Melbourne and the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, the MCG, affectionately referred to by locals as the 'G'. Explore its inner sanctum, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play with your guide. Your Inspiring Journey is now coming to an end. Enjoy a Farewell Lunch with your fellow travel companions where you can look back on the past week and raise a glass or two to the wonderful memories and great friends that have been made. (B/FL)
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Welcome to Melbourne
Admire the style and spirit of Victoria’s capital. This evening, join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés before boarding the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant to trundle through the glittering city streets. (D) Stay: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
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Melbourne – Daylesford
View the city’s impressive skyline over breakfast on the 35th floor restaurant of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Return to earth and begin your exploration of Melbourne’s wide avenues, charming arcades and trendy street art in the company of a local expert. Indulge in the Melbournian tradition of morning tea before enjoying lunch at your leisure. We head for the eclectic spa town of Daylesford, then relax in the healing waters of the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. Tonight enjoy dinner in the award-winning restaurant, The Argus. (D) Stay: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel
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Daylesford – Dunkeld
A leisurely start to the day could see you enjoy a stroll through the enchanting Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. Your first stop today is Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm for morning tea. Drip syrupy lavender honey over freshly baked scones before heading to Creswick Woollen Mills, for an exclusive guided tour. Continue on to the historic town of Clunes admiring beautifully preserved Victorian architecture. Grab a spot of lunch at one of the cafés or the country pub, the National Hotel. En route to Dunkeld, visit the Eureka Centre, where the original Stockade flag is housed to gain insights into the birth of Australian democracy. Settle in to the picturesque surrounds of the Southern Grampians this evening. Your dinner at the hotel is made with fresh local ingredients and available produce growing in the extensive kitchen garden. (D) Stay: Royal Mail Hotel
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Dunkeld – Warrnambool
After breakfast, you’re invited to join the ground’s gardener for a guided walk through the hotel’s kitchen garden. Then head to Halls Gap and the Brambuk Cultural Centre. Witness a Welcome to Country ceremony and then the local Gariwerd, Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people will teach you how to throw a boomerang and gather local bush tucker for sampling. Admire the views over the Grampians Mountain range before heading down the mountain to coastal Warrnambool. This evening, discover the maritime history of the region during a Sound and Light Show at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. (D) Stay: Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs
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Warrnambool – Lorne
Enjoy a leisurely morning, preparing for one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives later today. Golden beaches stretch endlessly along the route. Wind through lush forests and stop to admire highlights including the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. The crisp sea air provides a refreshing backdrop for a lunch stop in the seaside town of Port Campbell or consider an optional experience helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles. Stop in quaint Apollo Bay before arriving in the seaside village of Lorne late afternoon. Stay: Cumberland Resort
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Lorne – Mornington Peninsula
The last leg of the Great Ocean Road brings us to the surf capital of Torquay, where you’ll learn about Australia’s beloved surf culture before continuing to the Bellarine Peninsula. Indulge in a Local Dining Experience lunch and wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Appetites quelled, board a ferry to Queenscliff and Green Olive Farm. This evening enjoy a sumptuous dinner together at Linden Tree Restaurant. (D) Stay: Jackalope Hotel
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Mornington Peninsula – Farewell from Melbourne
The aroma of coffee beans beckon as you head back to Melbourne after breakfast. As this Inspiring Journey nears its end, venture into the hallowed grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Later, enjoy a Celebration Lunch with newfound friends after an epic adventure through the diverse landscapes and lifestyles of Victoria. For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell till next time. (L)
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  • On an Inspiring Journey we will take you off the beaten track with immersive experiences in a boutique small group setting. You'll travel in luxury coaches or 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with gourmet cuisine to match. We offer the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of holiday planning, with the flexibility to shape your journey with a choice of optional experiences. You'll share your holiday with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers. Best of all our expert Travel Directors and/or Driver Guides will take care of everything else, so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey.
Journey Highlights
Discover
  • The eclectic village of Daylesford, with antique shops, bazaars & cottage industries
  • The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground
Explore
  • Melbourne's vibrant walkways & arcades
  • Green Olive farm in the Mornington Peninsula
Learn & Do
  • Visit Creswick Woollen Mills, the last coloured woollen spinning mill in Australia
  • Call in at the high-tech Museum of Australian Democracy in Ballarat
  • Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony with indigenous people in the Grampians
  • Browse Torquay's Australian Surfing Museum
Relax
  • Indulge in a relaxing mineral bath at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
  • The Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles
Taste
  • Enjoy a magical dining experience aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Enjoy a Highlight Dinner & Stage Show at Flagstaff Hill
  • Enjoy dinner at the acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel in the Grampians
  • Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch & wine tasting at the award-winning Jack Rabbit Winery
  • Morning tea at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm
  • Full buffet breakfasts (6)
  • Be My Guest lunch (1)
  • Farewell lunch (1)
  • Dinners with wine (4)
  • Highlight dinner (1)
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1: Fights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Melbourne Airport
  • Day 7: Flights to depart after 5.00pm (domestic) or 7.00pm (international) from Melbourne Airport
Trip Notes
  • Due to seasonal conditions, this itinerary may change without notice.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.
Journey Highlights
  • The eclectic town of Daylesford, with antique shops, bazaars and cottage industries
  • The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne’s vibrant laneways and arcades
  • Green Olive Farm at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula
  • Visit Creswick Woollen Mills, the last coloured woollen spinning mill in Australia
  • Call in at the high-tech Eureka Centre in Ballarat
  • Experience a Welcome to Country ceremony in the Grampians
  • Browse the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay
  • Indulge in a relaxing mineral bath at the historic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa
  • On a scenic coastal drive along the Great Ocean Road
Trip Inclusions
  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel in luxury coach with a small group of up to 20 like-minded travellers
  • Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • 6 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Local Dining Experience
  • 1 Celebration Lunch
What To Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1: flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Melbourne Airport
  • Day 7: flights to depart after 5.00pm (domestic) or 7.00pm (international) from Melbourne Airport
Activity Level
  • Low to moderate level of fitness required
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
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Max Group Size(s): 20
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Australia, New Zealand
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