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Melbourne & Beyond

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Victoria Map

NEW SOUTH WALES Mildura

NEW SOUTH WALES MURRAY-SUNSET NATIONAL PARK Swan Hill

Kerang

Big Desert Wilderness

Echuca

VICTORIA

Wangaratta

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Corryong

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Port Fairy Portland

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Contents General Information

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Welcome to Victoria

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Experience Melbourne

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Accommodation Apartments Luxury Accommodation City Fringe Accommodation Sightseeing & Transfers

Events & Shows

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Experience Yarra Valley

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Accommodation & Sightseeing

Experience Mornington Peninsula

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Accommodation & Sightseeing

Experience Great Ocean Road

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Accommodation & Sightseeing

Touring Victoria

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Self-Drives Rental Cars Guided Tours

General Information House of Travel Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. A half star is noted when the level of service and facilities falls between two grades. Grading accommodation can be quite subjective and generally speaking the standard and services will be in line with the price paid. Please check with your House of Travel specialist to ensure you get the accommodation to best suit your needs. CHILD POLICY: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your House of Travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suits you and your family’s needs. PRICE INDICATOR: The price is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Your travel specialist will quote you the actual price at the time of booking. Per person pricing is based in New Zealand dollars.

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Welcome to

Victoria

It might be one of Australia’s smallest states, but Victoria, on the continent’s south-eastern

Time Zone

tip, is a richly diverse region with mountains, outback, historic mining towns, a spectacular coastline and the cultural, shopping and dining powerhouse that is Melbourne.

2 hours behind New Zealand

No stay here is complete without visiting some of its galleries, which house some of Australia’s most important art collections. The museums are world-class, you can always find at least one blockbuster musical on stage, and the sporting events are the stuff of legends.

2016 Victoria School Terms TERM 1: 28 Jan-24 Mar 16 TERM 2: 11 Apr-24 Jun 16 TERM 3: 11 Jul-16 Sep 16 TERM 4: 03 Oct-20 Dec 16 NOTE: Dates are to be used as a guide only and are subject to change - check with your House of Travel consultant and www.australia.com.

Be sure to spend some time outside the city, learning more about the state’s colourful historical heritage, which lives on in the mining towns of Ballarat and Bendigo, and the vast expanses of mountains such as the Grampians and the Dandenong Ranges. Hear stories of the cattlemen and bushrangers, then create your own tall tales whilst sampling the great local wine vintages – Victoria has over 850 vineyards, which produce award-winning wines by the barrel. The mighty Murray River forms the state’s northern boundary – you could spend a week or more on and around its waters, but be sure to also save some time for the Great Ocean Road, one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. This magnificent touring route offers legendary surf beaches and fascinating 19th century shipwrecks. Victoria’s European history is relatively short, but its Aboriginal people have 60,000 years of local heritage, which today you can experience as ancient rock art or contemporary Aboriginal art.

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Experience

Melbourne

Festivals and Events 2016

Name your passion and Melbourne can match it.

18-31 Jan

Australian Open Tennis

12 Feb

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

20 Feb

White Night Melbourne

Discover Melbourne’s eclectic precincts and fringe suburbs and dive in to uncover little-known places for cheap, filling lunches; coffee worth boasting about; underground art; hidden dens and rooftop bars; green spaces; fancy places; and some good yarns along the way.

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Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

31 Mar-03 Apr

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

07-13 Mar

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

12 Mar

Madonna Concert

16-20 Mar

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Oct (date TBC)

Melbourne Festival

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Melbourne Cup Carnival

Nov (date TBC)

Taste of Melbourne

21-28 Nov

Ring Cycle

Average Temperatures in ˚C Dec-Feb: 14/27 Jun-Aug: 7/15

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A packed agenda of food, wine, sports, shopping and arts is your introduction to the best of Melbourne – from its creative, exciting city centre, to its buzzing neighbourhood hubs. It’s the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries, natural springs, peninsulas, spectacular coastline and alpine villages. The city is a visitor-friendly combination of bustling thoroughfares and fascinating lanes, no other Australian city has as many alluring arcades to explore. Winding through the city is the Yarra River. A Melbourne icon, the river is the focus for numerous spectacular events including the famous Moomba festival, rowing regattas and the Melbourne Festival. Its Southbank district is lined with cafés and bars, while on the north side you’ll find the city’s creative heartland around Federation Square. Further afield, the vibrant, trendy and culturally diverse suburbs such as Fitzroy, St Kilda and Prahran are easily accessible via the famous city tram and bus network.


Experience Melbourne Our favourite things to see and do SHOPPING – The city’s passion for fashion is a serious matter, a fact not overlooked by international retail giants looking to establish Australian outposts, and local designers keen on getting a strong start. The city’s myriad laneways and arcades harbour untold gems, inner city precincts spoil you for choice, while department stores and shopping centres continue to raise the bar. The city’s newest shopping precinct Emporium Melbourne features a mix of local and international designers, innovative concept and flagship stores and world-class architecture, and connects to Melbourne Central, Myer Melbourne and to David Jones via pedestrian bridges and tunnels. You have to see it to believe it! EVENTS & SHOWS – A whole world of events awaits you in Melbourne. Whatever the season, the city is buzzing with theatre, exhibitions, concerts, festivals and sporting events. Drawing guests from across Australia and around the globe, Melbourne’s busy events calendar is sure to excite.

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ART, THEATRE & CULTURE – Scratch the surface in Melbourne and you’ll discover a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture. Head to the Southbank precinct – where the The Arts Centre, MTC, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria form Melbourne’s beating cultural heart. At Federation Square, where art meets architecture, watch inspiring audio visual shows at ACMI, see the collection at the Ian Potter Centre, or catch a recital at The Edge theatre. Inside and out, you’ll discover the innovation and skill of local artists and designers at hole-in-the-wall galleries and theatres across the city. FOOD & WINE – Experience Melbourne’s mix of cultures in its myriad restaurants, cafés, bistros and bars. Whether you’re after modern, traditional, exotic or homespun flavours – the city’s eclectic dining scene offers a startling array of the world’s great cuisines, from popular favourites to the truly ground breaking.

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Clifton Hill Fairfield

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Melbourne

Fitzroy Collingwood

East Melbourne

South Southbank Wharf

Richmond

Cremorne

Burnley

South Melbourne

South Yarra

Albert Park

Prahran

Middle Park

Windsor

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Queen Victoria Gardens

Rod Laver Arena Hisense Arena

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AAMI Park

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Causeway Inn On The Mall

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If you prefer to spend on wining, dining and exploring - then this is a value for money hotel. This historic hotel is located smack bang in the centre of Melbourne. Just a five minute walk away from Melbourne’s best shopping - Bourke St Mall with Myer and David Jones and the brand new Emporium Melbourne.

In a great location, just a short walk from Southern Cross train station, Melbourne’s main shopping stretch and a hop, skip and a jump over to Southbank. Etihad Stadium is a 10 minute walk away as well as the Crown Casino complex and the DFO shopping centre. Whatever you’re in town for, getting around is a breeze.

This is a prime position on Bourke Street Mall, the vibrant heart of Melbourne, opposite Myer and David Jones department stores. The hotel is surrounded by lively cafés, fashion and accessory boutiques, Melbourne’s famous shopping arcades and international fashion houses Zara and H&M.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $83 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $84 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $82 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

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Sample fresh fruit, cheeses and tender meats at the famous Queen Victoria Markets, only a few minutes walk from this affordable hotel. It’s also just two blocks from Melbourne Central Shopping Centre with high street fashion and dining options galore. The legendary Lygon Street dining precinct is also just a stroll away.

A shopper’s dream – next door to David Jones and a couple of doors down from Myer. Just around the corner is Bourke Street Mall and across the road is the new Emporium shopping centre. It is also really easy to discover the specialist stores and fantastic boutiques in the many laneways nearby.

Whether you’re in town for some culture, shopping, food and wine or a special event − this location is perfect. Only a 10 minute walk to the National Gallery, a five minute walk across the river to Flinders Street, or a 20 minute stroll to the Rod Laver Arena. Or why not grab a drink along Southbank and people watch for the evening.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $86 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $90 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $97 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Melbourne Accommodation

Causeway 353 Hotel

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Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens

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Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne

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Contemporary in style and tucked away in a little laneway with quirky shops, fashion boutiques and heaps of eateries right on your doorstep. The bustling Bourke Street Mall is within walking distance, with all CBD entertainment, sporting and cultural venues just a stroll away.

This is a fantastic location less than a 15 minute walk to the central city, MCG, Southbank and Rod Laver Arena (or the tram is just outside). You’re also across the road from the lovely Treasury Gardens, a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.

Housed in an Art Deco building, the combination of the lovely heritage features and bursts of bright colour have resulted in a charming place to stay with lots of character. It’s in a great spot, just a few blocks from the hub of the city which is only a 10-15 minute walk.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $99 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $107 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $113 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure

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Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

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Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders

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In the absolute heart of the central city, surrounded by the most popular shops, theatres, galleries, bars and restaurants. Bourke St Mall is right on your doorstep and other attractions like Federation Square, Southbank, and Queen Victoria Markets are just a short stroll away.

Built in 1913, this heritage listed hotel has been restored to retain the feel and style of the classical 1900’s era while providing all the leading facilities of the 21st century. It’s in the very heart of the city, across the road from Flinders Street Station and a footpath that heads across the river to Southbank, with its dining strip and entertainment complex.

A Foodie’s heaven! Located on Flinders Lane, well known for its cafés and bars, including the famous Chin Chin restaurant. Just a quick walk over to Southbank for riverside dining and 24/7 entertainment at the Crown Casino complex. Stay in for the night and try out the on-site Sirocco Restaurant for Mediterranean influenced dishes.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $124 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $131 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $132 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Melbourne Apartments

Fraser Place Melbourne

Mantra 100 Exhibition

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Oaks on Lonsdale

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If you’re looking for something a little bit stylish and chic, this is the place to be. Surrounded by trendy cafés, jazz clubs, cool bars and just a short walk from the heart of the CBD. This all suite property is the perfect place to stay for a long weekend shopping trip, with fabulous boutique shopping close by.

These apartments are in the CBD with all of the central sights an easy walk away. A good place to start your exploration is Federation Square, a large public space that is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Victoria, with plenty to see and ample amounts of eateries where you can sit and take it all in.

You’ve got a great selection of restaurants, cafés and shops all within walking distance of this property. Or if you want to make use of your kitchen, there is a supermarket just underneath. You will have great views of the city and after exploring nearby Chinatown or the vibrant theatre district you’ll enjoy relaxing back at your studio or apartment.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $88 ROOM TYPES: Studios

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $99 ROOM TYPES: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $103 ROOM TYPES: Studios, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

Metro Apartments on Bank Place Melbourne

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Oaks WRAP on Southbank

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Oaks on Market

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Just a short tram ride away from the Queen Victoria Markets for fresh local produce and delicious treats you can take home and cook up in your apartment. With a great central location, only 500m from the main shopping area of Melbourne centre and great restaurants to choose from.

These new, stylish apartments offer stunning city and river views as well as a great location with easy access to Melbourne’s attractions - Crown Casino, Eureka Skydeck 88 and more. After a long day take a load off and head down to the river and enjoy the night getting to know the Melburnians and find out where the locals like to eat and drink.

These apartments are in a great spot on Market St, linking Collins and Flinders Street, two of the main roads in central Melbourne. There are also plenty of Melbourne’s famous little streets and laneways on your doorstep, these weave their way through the city and are full of hidden gems.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $105 ROOM TYPES: One Bedroom Apartments

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $124 ROOM TYPES: Studios, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $125 ROOM TYPES: Studios, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Melbourne Apartments

Mantra on the Park

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Mantra on Russell

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Citadines on Bourke Melbourne

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A lovely spot overlooking the Carlton Gardens, which are definitely worth a stroll with their treelined avenues, fountains, flowerbeds and mini lakes. The gardens are also home to the lovely Royal Exhibition Building, originally built for the Great Exhibition of 1880, it has a meticulously restored interior.

A fantastic location in the heart of the theatre district and also really close to some famous eat streets. You’re just seconds away from Chinatown where you can wander under the lanterns and neon lights choosing the perfect spot for dinner, then head down a laneway or up a flight of stairs to a hip bar.

These award-winning, vibrant apartments are in the centre of the city’s heartbeat. Enjoy the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central and QV shopping precincts, discover the magic of MCG or Rod Laver Arena with the best live sporting action and world-class concerts, plus unique dining experiences right on your doorstep.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $126 ROOM TYPES: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $127 ROOM TYPES: Studios, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $130 ROOM TYPES: Studios, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne

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Adina Apartment Hotel, Northbank

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Adina Apartment Hotel, Flinders Street

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Spacious and very central, just a block from Bourke St Mall. Perfectly located for you to discover the chic boutiques, buzzing laneways and trendy bars in its historic city centre. Why not head to the delightful Queen Victoria Markets to pick up a selection of Australia’s best produce and prepare a gourmet meal in your stylish apartment.

Whether it’s live music, theatre, shopping or culture, this is the perfect place to base yourself. It is ideally located in the CBD, just a two minute walk to the Melbourne Aquarium. Within an easy five minute stroll to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Southern Cross Station, Etihad Stadium, Crown Complex and Southbank promenade.

Close to all the foodie hotspots that make Melbourne famous for its culinary delights. A short walk to the scenic Treasury Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens as well as the MCG and Rod Laver Arena. For riverside dining head across the bridge to Southbank where you will find plenty of restaurants and bars to try out.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $135 ROOM TYPES: Studios, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $143 ROOM TYPES: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $218 ROOM TYPES: 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments

The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Luxury Accommodation

Stamford Plaza Melbourne

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Crown Promenade Melbourne

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Sheraton Melbourne

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Stylish and super central, these suites are at the ‘Paris end’ of Little Collins Street, home to great boutique shopping for both men and women. A rooftop pool, Jacuzzi and sauna await after a day exploring the city’s laneway’s and cafés. As night falls, head to nearby theatres and discover hidden bars!

Stylish, modern and relaxed, Crown Promenade is located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank precinct and offers contemporary guest rooms ranging from Standard Rooms to Suites. Crown is home to a variety of events and conference facilities, premium and café-style dining, retail boutiques, stylish bars and nightclubs.

A breath of fresh air, this new hotel is everything a five star hotel should be. Located at the Paris end of Little Collins Street, on the doorstep of Melbourne’s best shopping, theatre and dining precincts. After a day exploring Melbourne, tempt your taste buds at Little Collins St Kitchen, their signature restaurant and relax over a cocktail.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $140 ROOM TYPES: Studio, 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $152 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $175 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

Crown Metropol Melbourne

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Westin Melbourne

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Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

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Redefine style at Melbourne’s most striking and sophisticated hotel. This urban oasis combines stylish accommodation with contemporary luxury. The unrivalled location connects you to the best of Melbourne’s shopping, dining and cultural precincts. Indulge in a spa treatment at ISIKA Spa or spend time by the pool.

One of the most luxurious hotels in Melbourne’s CBD, with magnificent views of historic St. Paul’s Cathedral and Melbourne Town Hall, or the extraordinary architecture on Collins Street. Located on the high-end Collins Street and Flinders Lane with renowned restaurants, bars and shopping surround the hotel.

With prime position at the top end of Collins Street, surrounded by some of Melbourne’s top restaurants and bars. But you don’t even need to leave the hotel for exquisite cuisine, stay put and experience The Atrium Bar on 35 for some pre-dinner cocktails then head to No35 restaurant, for sophisticated dining with breathtaking views of Melbourne.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $180 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $190 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $199 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

Crown Towers

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Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank precinct, Crown Towers is synonymous with elegance and luxury. The spectacular views from this riverside icon are matched by exemplary service, state of the art facilities and exceptional signature restaurants. Wind down at the opulent Crown Spa or relax by the pool. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $238 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms 9

The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


City Fringe Accommodation Carlton

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A boutique hotel located in the bohemian heart of Melbourne’s fashion land. The Cullen is inspired by contemporary artist Adam Cullen and features lashings of his original artwork and prints. Just walking distance from great shopping, cool bars and restaurants - a perfect position for a truly unique Melbourne experience.

This contemporary hotel will charm and inspire, showcasing the works of Australian artist, Charles Blackman. Just a short tram ride from the CBD and St Kilda, or explore these areas on a classic Kronan Bicycle hired from the hotel that are well equipped with baskets to hold your fresh produce and a blanket if you fancy a picnic in the park.

Set on prestigious Chapel Street, this boutique hotel is infused with the works of revered Australian artist Dr John Olsen. Once you step outside the front door you’ll be able to soak up the cool local scene, check out the huge array of local restaurants, relax or party in one of South Yarra’s happening bars, or shop till you drop on Chapel Street.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $135 ROOM TYPES: Suites

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $135 ROOM TYPES: Suites

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $140 ROOM TYPES: Suites

Two Bedroom Apartment

Travelodge Docklands

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Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda

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Adina Apartment Hotel South Yarra

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Get the best of both worlds, with easy access to the city and the rest of Docklands on foot or by tram. Adjacent to Ethihad Stadium and the Victoria Harbour precinct. The Newquay and Waterfront City precincts are a 15 minute waterside stroll and they have a great selection of shops, cafés and bars that line the promenade on the waters’ edge.

Located opposite St Kilda Beach, in prime position on the Esplanade, you’re just a 20 minute tram ride to the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Explore St Kilda’s eccentric offerings including Luna Park, the Sunday Art and Craft Market, and the bustling café, restaurant and bar scene along Acland and Fitzroy streets.

Only ten minutes walk from the renowned restaurants and boutiques of Toorak Road and 15 minutes walk to Chapel Street and South Yarra. Many transport options are a short distance away so you can take the tram or train to explore Melbourne’s CBD including the laneways, the Yarra River, the Melbourne Cricket Ground or Southbank.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $96 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $130 ROOM TYPES: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $125 ROOM TYPES: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Melbourne Sightseeing Food, wine, sports and arts is your introduction to the best of Melbourne from its creative, thriving city centre, to its buzzing neighbourhood hubs. Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries, breathtaking peninsulas, beautiful coastline and quaint villages. Embark upon a journey across the city with an informed local that can provide information that only a native Melburnian can offer. Check out the Melbourne sightseeing on this spread; and for regional sightseeing in the stunning Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road continue through the brochure to each relevant section.

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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant

Melbourne Star

These restaurants on wheels were the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world, with the choice of lunch, early dinner or a late dinner. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne you’ll enjoy a set menu of fine Australian cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines.

How does a horror cabaret show with fleshy razor edge humour, dazzling costumes, great music, a ghost train ride, and a delicious three course dinner sound? Dracula’s is a ‘fangtastic’ night out, combining live music, stand-up comedy, aerial circus, and quality dining!

One of only four giant observation wheels in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. With 21 spacious cabins and 120m high, enjoy a 30 minute flight and take in the unparalleled 360° views of Melbourne and surrounds by day or night.

DEPARTS: Daily DURATION: 1.5-3 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $105

DEPARTS: Tue-Sat DURATION: 3-4 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $100 (Cabaret Package)

DEPARTS: Daily DURATION: 30 minutes PRICE GUIDE FROM: $40

Melbourne Walking Tours

Café Culture Walk

Magnificent Melbourne Morning City Tour

Learn about Melbourne’s past and the early colonial life. Venture through the laneways and arcades, discovering street art, music and cafés along the way on the Cultural Walk. Or learn about Melbourne’s beer and pub culture on the Beer Lovers Guide to Melbourne.

Laneways are a breeding ground for cafés and coffee shops, this city is certainly known for its coffee. Hear of the immigrant populations influences, and the transformation of the city via its heritage coffee palaces and passionate baristas – you’ll visit places that even locals may miss. Lunch included.

Enjoy Melbourne’s famous city sights and historical landmarks as you hear about its wonderful history and marvel at its architectural splendour. Explore Fitzroy Gardens, stroll through the Botanic Gardens and Captains Cook’s Cottage and reflect at the Shrine of Remembrance.

DEPARTS: Daily - Cultural Walk. Thu & Sat - Beer Lovers Guide to Melbourne DURATION: 3 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $50

DEPARTS: Mon-Fri DURATION: 3 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $115

DEPARTS: Daily DURATION: Half Day PRICE GUIDE FROM: $75

The price guide shown is per adult based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Melbourne Sightseeing & Transfers

MCG Tours and National Sports Museum

Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour

Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour

Take an unforgettable guided tour of the MCG and visit the National Sports Museum to discover what makes Australia such a great sporting country. With over 3500 objects on display showcasing Australian football, cricket, the Olympic Games, soccer and more.

Explore the city that hosts some of the world’s best sporting events. Visit Flemington Racecourse, drive around Albert Park on the Formula 1® Grand Prix Track, enjoy a pub style lunch at Etihad Stadium Precinct, then choose between a tour of The MCG and/or Rod Laver and/or National Sports Museum.

Enjoy a fun day of retail therapy without the worry of carrying bags or tracking down the best shops. Your host will help you discover some of the best discount outlets and hard-to-find warehouse sales, you’ll shop till you drop, then refuel with lunch and a glass of bubbles before you hit the shops again.

DEPARTS: Daily (excluding event days) DURATION: MCG Tour-1 hour/Museum-Self guided PRICE GUIDE FROM: $26

DEPARTS: Mon-Fri (excluding event days) DURATION: Half or Full Day tours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $145

DEPARTS: Mon-Sat DURATION: 8 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $110

Melbourne Zoos Victoria

Sovereign Hill

Melbourne Airport Transfers

With three zoos on offer, experience an African adventure a little closer to home at the Werribee Open Range Zoo or meet over 300 different species from around the world at Melbourne Zoo. Or for a truly Australian experience visit Healesville Sanctuary and interact with Australian Wildlife.

Journey back in time to the Victorian gold rush era as you visit historic Ballarat and the period town of Sovereign Hill. Enjoy stories of the Eureka Stockade and see tradesmen at work. Tour an underground mine and even try tour luck panning for gold!

DEPARTS: Daily DURATION: Self guided PRICE GUIDE FROM: $40

DEPARTS: Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat DURATION: Full Day PRICE GUIDE FROM: $185

Reduce your carbon footprint and have the peace of mind of a pre-arranged transfer to your hotel accommodation. Con-x-ion provide the most frequent and direct, door to door airport transfer services to and from Melbourne City. So sit back, relax and be transferred in air conditioned comfort!

The price guide shown is per adult based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $60

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Events & Shows Melbourne is world renowned for its superb events calendar. Whatever the season the city is buzzing with events that draw guests from across Australia and around the globe. From colourful horse racing carnivals to Grand Slam tennis, cricket to jazz, car racing to food and wine events and comedy shows, musicals, art exhibitions and flower and garden displays – Melbourne really does cover all the bases. Melbourne is ‘the’ place to celebrate events and festivals in style! House of Travel specialises in packages for some of the main events and shows. Ask your House of Travel consultant for information on an event package or accommodation that best suits your needs.

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Australian Open Tennis

Melbourne Cup Carnival

2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

One of the biggest Tennis events in the world – the Australian Tennis Open is an event you don’t want to miss. The first out of the four Grand Slam events, sit back in the Melbourne sunshine in January to watch the world’s top players compete to become tennis legendaries.

It’s ‘the celebration that stops a nation’. One of the world’s greatest racing carnivals. A unique social and cultural event encompassing, thoroughbred racing, food, wine and incredible fashion. An unforgettable four days at Flemington Racecourse, the playground of racing royalty.

2016 marks 21 years of Formula 1® at Albert Park. It will be time to celebrate 21 years of Melbourne bringing F1 to the world stage. Get ready to experience the most exciting, most watched event on the Australian sporting calendar.

Limited ticket & accommodation packages are available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Limited ticket & accommodation packages are available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Limited ticket & accommodation packages are available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Ring Cycle

Madonna Concert

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will march into Melbourne for the first time ever in February when more than 1200 performers will gather at Etihad Stadium. Featuring a full size replica of the Edinburgh Castle, the massed pipes and drums of Scotland’s famous Regiments and performers from around the world.

The Melbourne Ring Cycle will be performed in the State Theatre, the largest lyric theatre stage in the southern Hemisphere. Richard Wagner’s fouropera cycle Der Ring des Nibelung is spectacular and deeply moving compelling drama. Immortals and humans fight over power and wealth. Their destinies are determined by the fate of the ring.

Madonna will make a historic return to Australia performing live for the first time in 23 years. With NZ already out, fly to Melbourne and make a weekend of it. Take your best girl mates and shop up a storm in the heart of Melbourne’s shopping mecca then ascend to a snazzy roof top bar, setup a tab and get the cocktails on the go.

Limited ticket & accommodation packages are available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Limited ticket & accommodation packages are available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Limited ticket & accommodation packages are available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details. This is a selection of events in Melbourne for 2016


Events & Shows

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Singing in the Rain

The Sound of Music

Ranked in the top five flower and garden shows in the world. A celebration of Australian lifestyle and the great outdoors, featuring the best landscape and floral talent that Australia has to offer. Held in the Royal Exhibition Building and the surrounding Carlton Gardens, this show is a must see event for garden and flower lovers.

This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and Tinseltown glamour of one of the world’s best-loved movies. The movie’s iconic choreography is flawlessly recreated, and with the help of 12,000 litres of water, the audience can enjoy one of the most famous dance routines live on stage.

The Sound of Music is heading to the Regent Theatre in 2016. Watch as it touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including My Favourite Things, Do-ReMi, The Lonely Goatherd and Sixteen Going on Seventeen. It’s a perfect family treat!

Limited ticket & accommodation packages are available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Limited ticket & accommodation packages are available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Limited ticket & accommodation packages are available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Rip Curl Pro

Welcome to the largest and most successful consumer fashion event in Australia. Melbourne is well known for its great fashion sense and killer shopping, so why not experience all things fashionable and the new and up and coming trends first.

Attention foodies! Each year the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival offers a world-class program of more than 200 events. Experience the festival as it spills through restaurant doors, along river banks and down laneways. Melbourne is renowned for its great restaurants and bars, so what a perfect place to be.

Watch surfing legends Tom Curren, Mick Fanning and Layne Beachley compete for one of the most sought after titles on the ASP Championship tour. Bells Beach is renowned for its booming swells and the red clay cliffs that drop into the Great Southern Ocean, a perfect backdrop for the world’s oldest and most prestigious surfing event.

Accommodation is available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Accommodation is available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

Accommodation is available to book. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for details.

This is a selection of events in Melbourne for 2016

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Experience

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Festivals and Events 2016 Feb-Mar (date TBC)

Longest Lunch

03 Apr

Marysville to Melbourne Challenge

02-03 May

Kellybrook Cider Festival

20-21 Jun

Shortest Lunch

Oct (date TBC)

Shed Fest

Oct (date TBC)

Field Days

Average Temperatures in ˚C Dec-Feb: 9/27 Jun-Aug: 3/15

Mar-May: 5/25 Sep-Nov: 5/22

Cross into the different worlds of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, less than an hour drive from Melbourne. From architectural statements to rustic tin sheds hidden among the vines, the Yarra Valley has a wonderful range of cellar doors, all reflecting the diversity of styles and approaches in this beautiful, cool-climate region. Snap up new vintage cool-climate masterpieces from over 70 wineries around Healesville and the picturesque village of Marysville further north, to those tucked into the beautiful hill country around Nillumbik, Hurstbridge and Kangaroo Ground. Renowned for its pinot noir and sparkling wines, the wonderful vintages are complemented with a mouth-watering array of local produce. Many vineyard restaurants which boast multiple hatted chefs showcase their finest wines with masterpieces from the lush and bountiful local produce, or you can tour the local farmers’ markets and create your own delectable picnic. Go green in the neighbouring Dandenong Ranges, a lush province of fern glades, towering trees and artistic villages. Climb aboard Puffing Billy, Australia’s much-loved historic steam train, for an alternative perspective of secluded bed and breakfast cottages, sun-kissed gardens and vast national parks.

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Yarra Valley Accommodation & Sightseeing Kinglake West Marysville Kinglake

Whittlesea

Toolangi

Hurstbridge

1 Yarra Glen

Healesville McMahons Creek

Kangaroo Ground Lilydale

Seville

Woori Yallock

Warburton Yarra Junction

Melbourne

Powelltown Emerald Belgrave

Balgownie Estate

1

Cockatoo

Noojee

Gembrook

Yarra Valley Wine Experience Departs Melbourne

Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country Departs Melbourne

Unwind and enjoy a luxury experience in the heart of the Yarra Valley. You will be spoilt for choice with the region’s fantastic selection of premium food and wine, galleries and stunning scenery. Spend a day calling in at cellar doors at famous vineyards or undiscovered gems, pick up gourmet treats at markets and peruse the work of local artists.

Sip your way around the Yarra Valley and let an expert introduce you to the region’s mouthwatering wine and food. Enjoy cellar door tastings at four premium wineries, a delicious lunch with wine and a private tour of Domaine Chandon, along with a glass of their premium bubbles and light nibbles.

Travel east of Melbourne to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Visit Grants on Sherbrooke and enjoy traditional Aussie Billy Tea and handfeed the crimson rosellas. Take a ride through the spectacular forest aboard the iconic Puffing Billy Steam Train and enjoy wine tastings in the spectacular Yarra Valley.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $150 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms & Suites

DEPARTS: Daily DURATION: Full Day PRICE GUIDE FROM: $186

DEPARTS: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun DURATION: Full Day PRICE GUIDE FROM: $185

The price guide shown is per adult or per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

Mornington Peninsula

Combine the best of Europe’s coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on the Mornington

Festivals and Events 2016 16-17 Jan

Frankston Waterfront Festival

26-30 May

Taste of Sorrento

Jun (date TBC)

Mornington Winter Jazz Festival

11-13 Jun

Winter Wine Weekend

28 Aug

Frankston & South Eastern Wine Show

Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne. Explore the galleries, spas and cafés in breezy seaside villages, cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries. Wind around the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay taking in vast ocean views and sheltered beaches reminiscent of Mediterranean Europe. Stop along the way for coffee, wine or a bite to eat and discover the laid-back charm and the village welcomes that are quintessentially Victorian.

Average Temperatures in ˚C Dec-Feb: 12/25 Jun-Aug: 6/14

Travel the region from top to toe in just 30 minutes. Pass quaint bathing boxes strung along the beachfronts of Dromana, Rosebud and Mornington, and then head inland through the rolling hills of the verdant hinterland to orchards, market gardens and wineries.

Mar-May: 9/23 Sep-Nov: 8/20 Lyndhurst

Melbourne Port Phillip Bay

Carrum Downs Frankston Tooradin

Queenscliff

Mornington

Somerville Hastings

Portsea

French Island

Sorrento 1

Red Hill Shoreham Flinders

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Somers Western Port

Cornella Phillip Island

With everything on the peninsula within easy reach, there’s plenty of ways to fill your day. Spend a morning boutique shopping amid historic limestone buildings in Sorrento and then tee off from the cliff top golf course at Flinders on Westernport Bay. Treat yourself to a soak in Rye’s thermal mineral pools, see works of art at Mornington’s renowned gallery, or head to the top of Arthurs Seat for panoramic coastal views. For fresh berries, gourmet cheeses and local wine head off to gastronomic Red Hill and Mainridge where you’ll find five hatted winery eateries.


Mornington Peninsula Accommodation & Sightseeing

Peppers Moonah Links Resort

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Marvellous Mornington Peninsula Departs Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas Departs Melbourne

This gorgeous resort combines two 18 hole championship golf courses, an endota spa and luxury rooms all with balconies overlooking the golf course or putting green - this is a golfers’ paradise. Relax with a spa treatment or outdoor thermal hot spring at the neighbouring Peninsula Hot Springs.

Escape to scenic Mornington Peninsula, boasting storybook scenery and quaint townships. Enjoy magnificent gardens and sculptures while looking out for kangaroos at Seawinds Gardens and lose yourself in the Maze at the Enchanted Adventure Garden. Explore the charming town of Flinders and take a private tour and tasting at an olive grove.

For lovers of fine food, beautiful scenery and cute critters. Get up-close to koalas and kangaroos at the Maru Koala & Animal Park. Explore the Visitor information Centre and witness the magical Penguin Parade as the Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $135 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms & Suites

DEPARTS: Mon, Thu & Sat DURATION: Full Day PRICE GUIDE FROM: $226

DEPARTS: Daily DURATION: Full Day PRICE GUIDE FROM: $180

Horseback Winery Tours Experience Mornington Peninsula finest wineries on horseback. Take a three hour Discovery Ride through the beautiful vineyard region of Red Hill and Main Ridge, visiting two of Australia’s finest wineries for tastings including T’Gallant, Mantons Creek, Green Olive at Red Hill and Frog Hollow Estate. DEPARTS: Daily except Tue DURATION: 3/6 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $173 The price guide shown is per adult or per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Experience

Great Ocean Road Grampians & Ballarat

Festivals and Events 2016 22-26 Jan

Geelong Festival of Sails

11-14 Feb

Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival

11-14 Mar

Port Fairy Folk Festival

12-14 Feb

Grampians Jazz Festival

20 Feb

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

14-15 May

Great Ocean Road Marathon

30 Apr-01May

Grampians Grape Escape

Get ready for wild nature, scenic resort towns, stunning beaches, art, culture, food, wine and numerous golf experiences.

Halls Gap 4

Grampians National Park

Daylesford

Ararat

Wombat State Park

Ballarat 5

Brisbane Ranges National Park Melbourne Geelong

Lake Corangamite Adelaide 3

Port Fairy

2

Anglesea Sorrento Great Otway 6 Bass Strait Port Campbell National Park Lorne

12 Apostles

1

Apollo Bay

Cape Otway

19

Port Phillip Bay Queenscliff

Torquay

Warrnambool

Pack your bags and get ready for one of the world’s most scenic road trips. The Great Southern Touring Route is an iconic Australian journey that links Melbourne, Geelong, Great Ocean Road and the majestic peaks of Grampians National Park to the rich goldfields history, arts and indulgence of Ballarat and Daylesford.

Visit Werribee Open Range Zoo, bayside Geelong and charismatic Queenscliff with its rich maritime history. Take the scenic drive to the resort towns of Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay for stunning beaches and the Otway Ranges for amazing rainforest scenery. Stop off at one of the most visited attractions, the iconic 12 Apostles, see the rugged splendour of these huge rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. Make sure you visit the equally beautiful Loch Ard Gorge, Bay of Islands and Bay of Martys before travelling through to Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Tower Hill with it’s abundance of koalas, kangaroos and emus roaming freely. Continue your journey north to the picturesque Halls Gap located in the Grampians. Nestled between two mountain ranges, this village features scenic walks, native animals, the Brambuk Cultural Centre and great Australian wines. The touring route is not complete without a visit to Ballarat. Be sure to visit Sovereign Hill, a period town set in the 1850s, featuring Australia’s gold rush history. Spend the day learning about the Eureka Stockade, Red Hill mine and even try your luck at gold-panning.


Great Ocean Road Accommodation & Sightseeing

Comfort Inn the International Apollo Bay

1

Ibis Styles Warrnambool

2

Comfort Inn Port Fairy

3

Stop into the beautiful seaside village of Apollo Bay, at the foothills of the mighty Otways. Hit the waters of the Southern Ocean, fossick for antiques, or enjoy the fruits of the sea caught by local fishermen. Roughly half way along the Great Ocean Road, use the bay as a base to explore the famous 12 Apostles and the vast Otway Ranges.

At the end of a day on the Great Ocean Road, this is an ideal place to stop after a long drive. It’s just a 15 minute walk to the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and a short stroll to the centre of town with botanical gardens, shops and dining options – or the hotel’s Steakhouse restaurant lays claim to ‘the best steaks in town’.

Boutique stores, art galleries and restaurants championing local produce await you in this picturesque and historic fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. This heritage building hotel will certainly add to the character. Make the most of the outdoors with a stroll on one of the many walking trails in the area.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $123 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $77 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $114 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

Comfort Inn Country Plaza, Halls Gap

4

Quality Inn & Suites the Menzies, Ballarat

5

Mantra Lorne

6

A great spot set in the heart of the Grampians National Park, in the midst of fabulous mountain ranges with native animals at the door. Combining the pleasures of country hospitality and the tranquillity of the Australian bush, you’re surrounded by some of the most spectacular natural landmarks in Victoria.

Centrally located at Bakery Hill, in a city steeped in the history of Victoria. Just a couple of minutes drive to Ballarat Wildlife Park and Sovereign Hill, where you can explore the legacy of the gold rush and watch the hustle and bustle of an 1850s gold mining settlement. Grab a pan and try your luck!

This is the only beachfront resort in the cute seaside town of Lorne, a leisurely two hour drive from Melbourne. The beach, shops and restaurants are so close you won’t even need your car. Take a dip in the indoor heated lap pool or play a game of tennis with the waves crashing beside you.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $94 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $106 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $79 ROOM TYPES: Hotel Rooms, 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments

12 Apostles Helicopter Flight

12 Apostles Lodge Walk

The Great Ocean Road boasts some of Australia’s most amazing coastline, and by air it is simply spectacular. Departing from the 12 Apostles there are flight options ranging from a 15 minute flight taking in the 12 Apostles and a 60 minute flight taking in the Cape Otway Lighthouse, London Bridge and the 12 Apostles.

Combining world class hiking along the stunning Great Ocean Walk with tranquil luxury. Days of wild coastal views, isolated trails, a scenic helicopter flight and immersion in nature are balanced with nights at the exclusive sustainable walking lodge set in the rainforest. Experience a side of the coast that most visitors to the region miss.

DEPARTS: Daily DURATION: from 15-60 minutes PRICE GUIDE FROM: $175

DEPARTS: Set Departures (Sep-May) DURATION: 4 Days/3 Nights PRICE GUIDE FROM: $2465

The price guide shown is per adult or per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Touring

Victoria

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Touring Victoria Discover the diversity and beauty of regional Victoria. From worldclass wineries in the Yarra Valley to natural springs in Daylesford, the coastal villages of the peninsulas to alpine towns. Drive along one of the many scenic routes, pull on your walking boots and follow tracks and trails, or wander the shops and local produce markets. Victoria’s compact size means you can travel from high in the mountains to the coast and to the city in a short space of time. Whether you drive a touring route, follow an itinerary or make it up as you go along, you’ll be graced with breathtaking landscapes, historic towns to explore and delicious local food and wine.

NEW SOUTH WALES Mildura

NEW SOUTH WALES MURRAY-SUNSET NATIONAL PARK Swan Hill

Kerang

Big Desert Wilderness

Echuca

VICTORIA

Wangaratta

Wodonga

Shepparton

Nhill

Corryong

Benalla

LITTLE DESERT NATIONAL PARK

Halls Gap

ALPINE NATIONAL PARK

Seymour

Castlemaine

GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK

Walhalla

MELBOURNE Geelong

Lorne Apollo Bay

Orbost Sale

Moe

Portsea

GREAT OCEAN RD Port Campbell

Torquay

Queenscliff

Warrnambool

Portland

Omeo

Daylesford Yarra Glen YARRA VALLEY Montrose Dandenong

Ballarat

Hamilton Port Fairy

Bright

Bendigo

Horsham

Phillip Is

TASMAN SEA

T raralgon Foster

MORNINGTON PENINSULA

Wilson’s Promontory

BASS STRAIT

BALLARAT

291

253

115

47

92

188 253

280

251

107

45

141 206

232

276

145

96

161

188

289

190

65

92

209

163

27

159

172

157

193

TORQUAY

102

LORNE

142

47

APOLLO BAY

187

92

45

PORT CAMPBELL

229

188

141

96

WARRNAMBOOL

264

253

266

161

65

PORT FAIRY

291

280

232

188

92

HALLS GAP

253

251

276

289 209 159

157

BALLARAT

115

107

145

190 163 172

193

27

MORNINGTON

HALLS GAP

187 229 264

MONTROSE

PORT FAIRY

142

YARRA GLEN

WARRNAMBOOL

102

MELBOURNE

APOLLO BAY

PORT CAMPBELL

LORNE

MELBOURNE

TORQUAY

Distances are approximate, in kilometres and based on direct routes.

MELBOURNE

Approximate Distances

55

41

69

20

82

141 141

MELBOURNE YARRA GLEN

55

MONTROSE

41

20

MORNINGTON

69

82

64 64

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Victoria Self-Drives Take a tourist drive or a scenic road trip and explore Victoria at your own pace. See the star attractions of the south on the Great Southern Touring Route, taking in the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians and Goldfields. Explore the South East Triangle for wine, food and wildlife or make your way from Melbourne to Sydney via one of the nation’s most spectacular touring routes.

Great Ocean Road

Great Southern Touring Route

3 days/2 nights

5 days/4 nights

Drive one of the world’s most scenic coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road, spanning 243km along the coastline of Victoria. Take in the panoramic views as the road winds along cliff tops, up to breathtaking headlands, down onto the edge of beaches, across river estuaries and through lush rainforests.

The spectacular Great Ocean Road will take you through some charming towns, past the 12 Apostles and along the Shipwreck Coast. Waterfalls, wildflowers and native animals are just some of the reasons to take the time to explore the Grampians. Then there is Ballarat, the gateway to the Goldfields region.

Day 1: Melbourne – Great Ocean Road Make your way towards Torquay, Victoria’s surf capital and a busy holiday spot. Just out of Torquay stop at the famous surf break of Bells Beach, a great spot with amazing views. Carry along the coast through the cute towns of Anglesea and Lorne to Apollo Bay. The stretch between Lorne and Apollo Bay is really picturesque with the highway carved into cliffs that drop into the ocean.

Day 1: Melbourne – Apollo Bay Head towards Geelong, before heading to the Surf Coast towns of Torquay and Lorne. Drive the scenic stretch of road from Lorne to Apollo Bay.

Day 2: Great Ocean Road – Grampians Take the windy road through the Great Otway National Park with its beautiful rainforests, before returning to hug the coast for the length of the Port Campbell National Park. The most famous section of the Great Ocean Road where you’ll find the 12 Apostles. Head out of Port Campbell to Warrnambool, stop for a break in cute Port Fairy before heading through farming country to Halls Gap. Day 3: Grampians – Melbourne The Grampian National Park with rugged mountain scenery is renowned for unspoilt natural beauty and has great lookouts with stunning views, lovely waterfalls, ancient Aboriginal rock art, colourful wildflower displays and abundant native wildlife. On route back to Melbourne you’ll pass through Ballarat, with its rich gold mining history.

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Day 2: Apollo Bay – Port Fairy Follow the Great Ocean Road through the Great Otway National Park to the 12 Apostles. Travel on to Warrnambool and then on to Port Fairy via Tower Hill. Day 3: Port Fairy – Halls Gap For the outdoorsy types, climb Mt Sturgeon or Mt Abrupt before experiencing the magic of the Grampians National Park. Take in the Aboriginal history of the region at Brambuk – the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap. Day 4: Halls Gap – Ballarat Drive through some of Australia’s finest winemaking country, detouring underground to see the vintages at Great Western. Day 5: Ballarat – Melbourne Spend the morning amid the colonial buildings of historic Ballarat or learn the amazing history from Ballarat’s gold rush days, and spend some time panning for gold at Sovereign Hill.

Highlights worth seeing along the way

Highlights worth seeing along the way

FLAGSTAFF HILL MARITIME VILLAGE: A great museum featuring a shipwreck collection and an 1870s village providing a glimpse into life at that time.

GIBSONS STEPS: Take the 86 steps down to the beach to be dwarfed by the 70m high vertical cliff line.

CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION: The oldest, surviving lighthouse in Australia. Perched on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide.

BRAMBUK NATIONAL PARK AND CULTURAL CENTRE: A great place to find the very best information on the Grampians. This is a suggested self-drive itinerary and is to be used in conjunction with a road map.


There really is only one way to see the best of Australia – SELF-DRIVE. A self-drive holiday is about freedom on wheels. You can go where you want, when you want, at your own pace and with peace of mind. All in the privacy of your choice of vehicle and in the company of your loved ones. It is not about speeding to cover as much distance as possible or rushing to see as many places as you can. It is about experiencing and enjoying the places you visit. Forget about scheduled departures and early wake-up calls. When you are in the driver’s seat, you can take control of your adventure. Call 0800 838 747 or go to houseoftravel.co.nz

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Victoria Self-Drives

Mornington Peninsula

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

3 days/2 nights

2 days/1 night

Combine coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on the Mornington Peninsula. Explore the galleries, spas and cafés in seaside villages, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries. Base yourself in one of the towns or villages and get out and about to explore this pretty part of Australia.

Escape to the Yarra Valley to cruise the vine-strung hills indulging in life’s great pleasures; food, wine and beautiful landscapes. Then disappear into the Dandenong Ranges’ secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages. Base yourself in the Yarra Valley and go on day trips to explore the region.

Day 1: Northern Peninsula First stop is Frankston, with its 10km of sweeping foreshore and a 17km art and cultural drive that takes in the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park.

Day 1: Yarra Valley Enjoy the easy drive from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley. Stop in the town of Yarra Glen where you can explore the shops and pop into Yering Station for some wine tasting. Nearby is the amazing TarraWarra Museum of Art, a privately funded, public gallery housed in an impressive building.

Day 2: Southern Peninsula Dromana, Rosebud and Rye have tranquil bays and are really popular holiday spots in the summer months. They also have some sophisticated wine bars if you need to take a break. There is plenty of wildlife to see around these parts too. Portsea is famous for its luxury cliff-top residences, bathing boxes and hotel with expansive beach-side lawn. Take the Millionaire’s Walk to Sorrento along cliff tops, through landscaped gardens and past private jetties for vantage points of the imposing mansions. Day 3: Western Port Bay This part of the peninsula has secluded beaches, dramatic coastline and great wineries, not to mention its quiet hinterland and French and Phillip Islands just across the water. There are plenty of villages to call into: Balnarring, a good spot to stock up on local produce, tranquil Flinders, with its gourmet dining options and cute shops and Tyabb, with antique stores galore.

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Next stop is Domaine Chandon, a winery that was established by French Champagne house Moët & Chandon and is dedicated to the production of sparkling wine. It has a great visitor centre with spectacular views across the vineyard and valley. Do a wine tour, sample the goods and enjoy a late lunch. Day 2: Dandenong Ranges Make your way to Belgrave, the home of Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam railway and enjoy a ride travelling 24km through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges. After your rail journey take some time to explore the cute villages of the ranges like; Olinda, Belgrade and Sassafras that have shops and galleries galore. Get out into the fresh air in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, it offers a vast network of walking tracks through native bush and is home to the Mount Dandenong Observatory.

Highlights worth seeing along the way

Highlights worth seeing along the way

ARTHUR’S SEAT: Behind Dromana, this is the highest viewpoint on the peninsula with breath-taking views and lovely ornamental gardens.

YARRA VALLEY FOOD TRAIL: Stop at the sign-posted gastronomic hotspots to sample, savour, or pick. Be sure to buy local produce directly from the grower.

POINT NEPEAN: At the tip of the Peninsula, it was closed to the public for more than 100 years, delve into a remarkable military history that dates back to the 1880s.

MOUNT DONNA BUANG: Head to the southern slopes to the Rainforest Gallery with its spectacular observation platform and rainforest walkway. This is a suggested self-drive itinerary and is to be used in conjunction with a road map.


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It’s not just a must see. It’s a must drive. From the Great Ocean Road to the Great Alpine Stretch, Victoria boasts some of the most iconic and spectacular scenery in Australia. And the best way to take in every beauty spot is with a hire car from Redspot.

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Guided Tours Enjoy the coastal drive and small coastal towns along the Great Ocean Road. See wildlife in their natural habitat, walk in prehistoric rainforests, marvel at the 12 Apostles and the Shipwreck Coast. Experience the Great Southern Touring Route with the experts. Sit back, relax and let your guides take you along this beautiful coast.

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Melbourne to Adelaide Tour

Great Ocean Road Tour

3 days/2 nights

2 days/1 night

Travel the Great Ocean Road and visit the Coonawarra wine region and immerse yourself in local food and wine. Travel through coastal villages, open plains, scenic hills and cast your eyes on one of Australia’s icons, the 12 Apostles, on route to Adelaide. There are many hidden treasures to see along the way on this journey between two great cities.

Travel this famous coastal route in a small group and enjoy the wonderful accommodation and fine food on offer. This tours pace allows you the time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the region. Marvel at the rainforest, wildlife, cliffs and caves and have the personal attention of an expert guide. This is comfortable and stylish touring!

DEPARTURES: Sun & Thu INCLUSIONS: 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, morning or afternoon tea, transport, tour guide, small groups (max 8 people) PRICE GUIDE FROM: $1585

DEPARTURES: Sun, Tue & Thu INCLUSIONS: 1 night accommodation, 1 breakfast, 1 morning tea, 1 dinner, transport, tour guide, small groups (max 8 people) PRICE GUIDE FROM: $915

Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Food & Wine Trail

Great Ocean Road Day Tour

2 days/1 night

Full Day

Enjoy the gourmet delights of the Macedon Ranges. With wonderful landscapes, experiences and characters to make this a memorable journey. Fill your bags as you go with fresh, local produce, hear stories from the locals and try generous samplings of the local products. Stay in the Lake House, one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia for a truly breathtaking experience.

Travel the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s great coastal drives. Take a break at seaside Apollo bay and view the amazing twelve Apostles. Marvel at beautiful Loch Ard Gorge and see the remnants of London Bridge. Wander in the delightful little seaside village of Port Campbell, a colourful haven of cafés and boutiques.

DEPARTURES: Sun & Thu INCLUSIONS: 1 night accommodation, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, transport, tour guide, small groups (max 8 people) PRICE GUIDE FROM: $1175

DEPARTURES: Daily INCLUSIONS: Hotel pick up, morning tea, lunch, free onboard Wi-Fi, deluxe transport with commentary, guided eco-tour of the Great Otway National Park PRICE GUIDE FROM: $185

The price guide shown is per adult based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


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We endeavour to keep travel agents informed of any changes to information in this brochure which are brought to our attention. Prior to completing your booking, you should ask your travel agent whether they are aware of any changes to the published information. You should also make sure that if your travel agent is advised of changes which occur after booking, your travel agent is able to contact you. 4.3 Maps and Photographs: Maps are shown for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the geographic area which are not included in your booking. Hotel room photographs may not be the actual room occupied. 4.4 Property Information: Descriptions featured in this brochure are drawn from information provided by our Suppliers. Any facilities or services shown are subject to change at any time. Please advise your travel agent if you have any special requirements. 4.5 Room Bedding: Prices in this brochure are based on existing bedding in the room. Requests for specific bedding arrangements must be made at the time of booking but can not be guaranteed. For example, twin share may consist of single beds or a shared double bed. 4.6 Rental Cars: We cannot guarantee to provide a particular model or colour within the car category. Availability of car categories is subject to confirmation at the time of booking. We reserve the right to substitute different models. If a vehicle is returned prior to the end of the reserved rental period or if the vehicle is picked up later than the reserved date, NO REFUND will be made for unused rental days 5.

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To assist you with the selection of your accommodation, we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. Please note that these gradings are to be used as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Please check with your House of Travel consultant to ensure you get the property that best suits your needs. 7.

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We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a $25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees. 10. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information. 11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included. 12. VISAS/PASSPORTS For all holidays in this brochure you will require a valid passport. You are responsible for arranging your own passport, visa and health requirements including inoculation. You should check with your travel agent who will be able to provide you with the necessary information. 13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier. 14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey. 16. LEGAL CLAIMS Any claims or legal action in connection with the provision of our services to you will be governed by the laws of New Zealand. Any claim or legal action against the Suppliers is likely to be subject to the terms of your contract with them, and may be governed by the laws of other countries.


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Melbourne & Beyond Brochure 2016  

House of Travel Melbourne & Beyond Brochure 2016