1 Melbourne, Great Ocean Road
Be met on arrival in Melbourne today and travel along the iconic Great Ocean Road as you pass awe-inspiring coastal landscapes. Visit Torquay for lunch, then later, arrive in the picturesque village of Lorne. Stay Two Nights: Great Ocean Road, Mantra Lorne (L/D)
2 Great Ocean Road
Continue to discover this dramatic coastline with a visit to the 12 Apostles. Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland some 10–20 million years ago, these spectacular rock formations rise up dramatically from the Southern Ocean. (B/L/D)
3 Lorne, Melbourne
Return to Melbourne where the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. Stay: Pullman Melbourne on the Park (B/L)
4 Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Healesville, Buxton, Mansfield
Travel to Healesville, where you will enjoy a Signature Experience. Head to the popular Yarra Valley
wine region for a delicious lunch at Coombe, once the home of world-famous opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba. Continue to your hotel in Mansfield for dinner this evening. Stay:
Mansfield, Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Healesville Sanctuary. Interact with native wildlife in a tranquil bushland setting, while learning about how the sanctuary is committed to fighting extinction.
5 Mansfield, Stringybark Creek, Benalla, Glenrowan, Myrtleford
Traverse a 4WD track to Stringybark Creek, where the infamous shoot-out between police and the Kelly Gang took place on 26 October 1878. Continue to Benalla and embark on a walking tour, then explore the Benalla Heritage Trail, packed with more than 20 sites that bring this town to life. These include the original Broken River Border Police Station and the barber shop where Ned Kelly tried to escape custody. Next it's on to Glenrowan, the site of the Last Stand of Ned Kelly. Here, experience an interactive theatre production that will transport you back in time over 100 years, to witness the events that led up to the capture of the Kelly Gang. Later, arrive in Myrtleford. Stay:
Myrtleford Motel On Alpine (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Traverse a 4WD track to Stringybark Creek.
- See a Ned Kelly theatre production then explore the Benalla Heritage Trail.
6 Myrtleford, Mount Kosciuszko, Thredbo, Jindabyne
Travel from Myrtleford to Thredbo, where your journey will soar to new heights today. Board the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift for sublime vistas as you are lifted to the closest access point to Mount Kosciuszko. Enjoy a unique dining experience at Eagles Nest Restaurant, 1,937 metres above Thredbo Village. Arrive at your inn overlooking Lake Jindabyne. Stay:
Jindabyne, The Banjo Paterson Inn (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Take in the views over Mount Kosciuszko as you board the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift.
7 Jindabyne, Yarrangobilly
Enter Kosciuszko National Park as you depart early for Yarrangobilly. Tonight, you will stay in the 1917 section of Yarrangobilly Caves House, an award-winning heritage property set within the national park. Stay Two Nights: Yarrangobilly Caves House (B/L/D)
Take a guided tour to discover Jillabenan Cave's stalagmites, stalactites, shawls and cave corals. After a picnic lunch, you'll have the opportunity to relax in the large outdoor thermal pool, fed by a natural spring with water remaining at 27 degrees Celsius. (B/L/D)
9 Yarrangobilly, Mollymook
Travel to Mollymook today, where you'll enjoy dinner at Rick Stein at Bannisters. Stay: Mollymook, Bannisters the Pavilion (B/L/D)
10 Mollymook, Booderee National Park, Kiama, Sydney
Enjoy a Signature Experience in Booderee National Park then travel to Kiama and witness the natural spectacle of the Kiama Blowhole. Continue to Sydney and set out on a fleeting exploration of the city before a special dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. Stay:
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Join a local Indigenous expert in Booderee National Park and explore its botanical gardens.
11 Sydney, Blue Mountains
Leave Sydney and journey to the iconic Blue Mountains. Here, ride the steepest railway in the world, the Scenic Railway, and descend into the rainforest setting of the Jamison Valley, before returning via the Scenic Cableway. Tonight, enjoy a relaxed dinner at your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa (B/L/D)
12 Blue Mountains
Take in views of the spectacular Three Sisters today as you continue your exploration of this remarkable region. (B/L/D) Signature Experiences:
- Just before evening falls, have your camera ready as you enjoy drinks at sunset at a lookout overlooking the Blue Mountains, which offers an unrivalled vantage point.
13 Depart Sydney
Return to Sydney after breakfast today, where your journey comes to an end on arrival. Stay: Return to Sydney after breakfast today, where your journey comes to an end on arrival. (B)