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Contents General Information
Accommodation Ratings 6 Tips for your Sydney & Melbourne Holiday
Sydney Introduction Sydney Accommodation Sydney Apartments Sydney Sightseeing Events & Shows The Greater Blue Mountains Self-Drive Hunter Valley Self-Drive The Legendary Pacific Coast Self-Drive Sydney to Melbourne Self-Drive Guided Holidays with AAT Kings
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Melbourne Accommodation Melbourne Apartments Melbourne Sightseeing Events & Shows Mornington Peninsula Self-Drive Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges Self-Drive Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Guided Tours
General Information 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 Travel consultant 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 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. Look out for our “gems” of information scattered throughout our Sydney & Melbourne brochure.
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Sydney’s secret beaches
Food and fashion markets in Sydney
Explore Beyond Sydney
With so many beaches in Sydney, it’s easy to find a beautiful sandy spot that’s close to the city. You just have to know where to look. Quiet and secluded beaches are sprinkled around Sydney Harbour as well as along the coast.
Sydney markets offer a broad range of goods, from fresh produce to vintage clothing.
Less than two hours west from Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of Australia’s most spectacular natural parks.
Just a short walk or kayak along the coast from Manly is Shelly Beach. The waters off Shelly Beach are popular with snorkellers and divers, while the beach itself is perfect for watching the world go by. By Vaucluse, there are two quiet beaches within Sydney Harbour National Park. Shark Beach in Nielsen Park has a netted swimming area and is great for snorkelling, while Milk Beach, a short walk from the park, is an isolated stretch of coastline that offers its few visitors a dramatic view of Sydney.
Weekend markets are held in many neighbourhoods; Eveleigh Farmers’ Markets is held every Saturday at CarriageWorks (near Redfern), and it’s Sydney’s favourite destination for food lovers. Drop by and sample the fresh, organically grown produce and treats such as steamed Chinese dumplings, chocolates and other goodies. Manly’s Corso is where you’ll find the best names in surf and beachwear. Fashionistas should head for Saturday’s Paddington Markets on Oxford Street, and if you’re at Bondi Beach on a Sunday, stroll to the Bondi Markets for a medley of eclectic stalls. You’ll always find something special at the weekend Manly Arts and Crafts Market, or at one-off boutiques on the side streets nearby.
Visit Scenic World in Katoomba and enjoy panoramas of the wilderness, waterfalls, valleys and rugged sandstone tablelands by cable car or scenic railway. Only a three hour drive north from Sydney you can experience fantastic food and wine in The Hunter Valley with over 150 vineyards to choose from. Then head to the coast and discover the beachside city of Newcastle before continuing north to the nature playground that is Port Stephens. A mere two hour’s drive south from Sydney you can swim, surf, snorkel or dive around the beautiful beaches of Shellharbour, part of the stunning South Coast region.
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Melbourne’s Famous Laneways
To Market To Market
Melbourne – Sporting Capital
Melbourne’s hive of bustling laneways, with their covert boutiques, famed restaurants, holein-the-wall cafés and astonishing bars are always exciting.
For fresh food, irresistible treats, unique gifts and endless bargains, there’s nothing like a market – and Melbourne has them scattered across the city.
Addresses reveal themselves to be velvety jazz clubs and flashy wine bars, or bare-bone student hangouts and dimly-lit hideaways. Meyers Place still hosts the eponymous bar plus no-fuss Italian, The Waiters Restaurant, while Pellegrini’s on Crossley Street is a Melbourne institution.
Whether you’re after supplies for a simple picnic or an extravagant banquet, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Queen Vic, Prahran and South Melbourne markets. Browse aisles of fresh produce and endless glass cabinets of heavenly deli goods, as well as organic wines, freshly brewed coffee and baked treats. Best of all, the stallholders’ spruiking and bargaining is great theatre. Enjoy the show!
Get set for world-class sporting events across Victoria. Cheer on the horses in picture perfect settings and feast your eyes on some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses – with international golf players to boot!
If a tiny laneway isn’t hiding a boozy den or caffeine lair, you’re likely to find colourful street art. More secret artwork can be uncovered in the galleries of Guildford Lane, or duck into lofts showcasing independent exhibitions. With shops selling streetwear and bespoke footwear, soak up the diversity and then ride away with a takeaway coffee from a little-known café.
Pick up artworks, jewellery and clothing by local creatives at Fitzroy’s Rose Street Artists’ Market, or head to Fed Square for cheap books. Twilight retail therapy at beachside night markets are especially eclectic – and special!
Cheer for Australian Rules football teams, or celebrate the world game in distinctly Victorian locations. Watch the super-fit run, ride and race, as yachts set sail, and surfers carve up the waves. Hear the racing engines roar with the sea as your backdrop. At the MCG, pair a game-day experience with a behind-thescenes tour and a visit to the National Sports Museum, or get onboard a Melbourne Sports Tour and discover the city’s many other iconic sporting venues. In Victoria, the sporting vibe is year-round infectious; the next big sporting event just around the corner.
Festivals and Events 2017 07-29 Jan
HSBC Sydney 7s
17 Feb-05 Mar
Sydney Mardi Gras
24 Mar-23 Apr
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Carmen
01 May-30 Jun
Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival
26 May-17 Jun
Holden State of Origin – Game 2
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
NRL Grand Final
Oct (dates TBC)
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
Sydney New Year’s Eve
Average Temperatures in ˚C Dec-Feb: 17/26 Mar-May: 11/25 Jun-Aug: 7/18 Sep-Nov: 10/24
s one of the world’s top cities to visit, Sydney has a vibrant buzz year round with its endless list of high profile events, iconic landmarks, popular beaches and stunning harbour. If you want to get a feel for Sydney, here’s a tip: head straight to Sydney Harbour, one of the most photographed locations in the world. Nothing compares with seeing the harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House with your own eyes. Take a stroll along Circular Quay and soak up the atmosphere. As well as being a main transport hub, Circular Quay has some of city’s best restaurants, including Quay, Aria Sydney and Café Sydney. Only a 10 minute stroll from the Sydney Town Hall, Darling Harbour is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious harbourside meal or experience the energetic nightlife. As an absolute shopper’s paradise, there are seemingly endless options whatever you’re looking for. In the heart of the CBD is the Queen Victoria Building, dating back to the 1890s, this grand and beautiful building is one of the city’s premier shopping destinations. Further south you’ll find Chinatown, with Paddy’s Markets and some great Chinese restaurants on offer. There is no denying it: Sydney is one of the premier destinations for events in Australia. The city ends each year and kicks-off every new year with a worldrenowned display of fireworks, plus there are countless festivals, cultural exhibitions, days of celebration, and sporting events filling Sydney’s calendar. Discover famous coastal beaches such as Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Manly and Palm Beach, all popular with backpackers, billionaires, board riders and the body beautiful.
Experience Sydney Our favourite things to see and do Paddington – Or ‘style mile’ as it is known, really comes alive with its famous markets held every Saturday from 10am-4pm. The market is a well established outlet for up and coming designers as well as jewellery, antiques, toys and collectables. © Destination NSW
Surry Hills – Has a colourful past as the centre of the fashion and publishing trade; now it’s one of Sydney’s most chic destinations, particularly renowned for its vintage fashion, homewares and eateries.
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk – This lovely walk combines beaches, parks and spectacular views. Allow one hour walking time from start to finish. If you finish at Bondi, you may even see the world-famous Bondi Surf Rescue in action!
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Sydney Fish Market – Is home to Australia’s leading cooking school and is worth a visit just to marvel at the huge range of fresh seafood in every shape and size imaginable. Balmain – A short ferry ride from the city, with a village atmosphere and a great pub culture. It’s home to the artistic set where locally made art is a specialty, along with historic streetscapes, art galleries and stylish cafés lining the main streets.
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Manly – One of Sydney’s favourite beaches, Manly Beach has a casual village atmosphere that feels a world away from the city – yet it’s just a 30 minute ferry trip from Circular Quay and then just a five minute walk along the Corso from Manly Wharf to the oceanfront promenade.
Dining – Sydney is one of the world’s great dining destinations. You can dine by the harbour in 5-star style, enjoy a traditional pub bursting with history or find sublime Sydney views at a cool rooftop bar. Treat yourself to a mouthwatering taste of Sydney’s best food and wine, served in stunning locations around the city.
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On the edge of the CBD, you will be perfectly positioned to explore Sydney. Superb restaurants, theatres, lively nightclubs and a great range of shops are within walking distance. Major attractions including Darling Harbour, the Entertainment Quarter, Sydney Cricket Ground and the Sydney Football Stadium are all easily accessible from the hotel.
Metro Hotel on Pitt
With Pitt St Mall and the fantastic Westfield Sydney shopping centre only a 5 minute walk away, this is a superb hotel if you’re in Sydney to shop. If it’s the theatres you’re after, both the Capitol and State Theatres are just a couple of blocks away. In the evening it’s a short trip to trendy Darlinghurst or Surry Hills for a tasty restaurant or funky bar.
Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard
Ideally located adjacent to the Wynyard Railway Station and just a stone’s throw away from the famous Circular Quay where you can jump on a ferry to some of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches. You’re spoilt for choice with surrounding restaurants and bars as well as nearby shopping, a great place to explore Sydney.
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Vibe Hotel Sydney
This is a modern hotel thatâ€™s perfectly positioned for you to easily discover the vibrant CBD or the city fringe villages of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst. The main strip of Darlinghurst, Oxford St, is only about 10 minutes away. If you love shopping, good food and wine or people watching, then Oxford Street is a great place to start.
Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
This heritage-listed property began its days in the 1890s as a wool store and has since been tastefully restored into a contemporary hotel. The location is great, less than a 10 minute walk to the heart of Darling Harbour with its great array of restaurants and bars, and only about a 15 minute stroll to Pitt St Mall for some great shopping.
Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay, Sydney
Perfectly positioned in Rushcutters Bay, this hotel is the ideal place from which to explore inner Sydney. Iconic Bondi Beach, the action of the Sydney CBD, and the eclectic Surry Hills are no more than a 10 minute drive away. Enjoy a refreshing swim from the rooftop pool while you take in the amazing view over Sydney or dine at Storehouse on the Park for a great range of menu options.
Enjoy a Saturday night out with a free spectacular fireworks display over the harbour
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The Grace Hotel
Quiet, boutique in style and full of the character of yesteryear, this hotel was originally built in the 1920s as the headquarters of the Grace Bros. Department Store. Today it has been beautifully restored to its former glory offering a combination of Art Deco charm with all the modern comforts.
Centrally located in the heart of Sydney’s high-end shopping and dining precinct, the historic Gowings and State Theatre Buildings have been transformed into a new hip designer hotel. The rooms are anything but old-fashioned, with an eclectic mix of quirky artefacts, bespoke furniture and daring use of colour and art.
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour
This is a very stylish hotel and is a great base when visiting Sydney. Darling Harbour is right on your doorstep and you’re less than a five minute walk to the heart of the CBD. Explore the neighbourhood and feel the buzz at the bustling Town Hall, Queen Victoria Building and surrounding shopping malls.
InterContinental Sydney Built around the heritage listed 1851 Treasury Building, this hotel is a Sydney landmark. Positioned overlooking the Sydney Harbour with views of the Opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The CBD, Royal Botanic Gardens, the historic Rocks area and Circular Quay are right at your doorstep.
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BreakFree on George
This is a great place to soak up and explore the cosmopolitan buzz of Sydney. Chinatown is a 5 minute walk away with nearby Dixon Street, the place to go for authentic Asian cuisine. Wander the bustling pedestrian street until a restaurant takes your fancy. All the highlights of central Sydney are right on your doorstep.
Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments
The Goldsbrough maintains and incorporates historical features of the building originally built in 1883. Located near Darling Harbour with spacious fully self contained apartments and studios.
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Central
Delight in the Heritage-listed ambience of these impeccably restored apartments. They’re close to the Central Railway Station so you can easily access the rest of the city by rail – or by foot. There’s loads of great dining nearby and you’re just a block from Chinatown where you can enjoy a superb meal before taking in a show.
Pick up some fresh produce for the week from Paddy’s Market only a 15 minute walk away
Premier Two Bedroom Apartment
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Town Hall Enjoy entertainment, nightlife and worldclass shopping, all on your doorstep. These apartments are surrounded by great cafés, restaurants and bars and plenty of shops. Stroll through the specialty stores of the Queen Vic Building or the ‘high street’ shops on Pitt Street Mall.
Astral Tower and Residences at The Star
Immerse yourself in a luxury stay like no other at Sydney’s only integrated resort. Enjoy 24 hour excitement, with restaurants by award-winning chefs, nightlife venues, live shows and luxury retail outlets – you won’t even need to leave the complex. Choose between boutique style accommodation and apartments with views to die for.
Fraser Suites Sydney
This contemporary property radiates style as soon as you step inside. With its spectacular six metre chandelier and luxurious apartments – the location is stylish too! It’s really central to Darling Harbour and only a few minutes walk to the chic shopping of Queen Victoria Building, department stores and fashion boutiques.
Official Home & Away Tour Experience Home and Away for yourself, as you’re guided around Summer Bay’s iconic filming locations. Walk on the golden sand, visit the Surf Club and Alf’s Bait Shop and re-live some of your favourite scenes. You may see some filming and meet the actors if you’re lucky. Strewth.
Sydney Walking Tours See another side to Sydney on these fun, relaxed and entertaining guided walks with a local. A number of tours are on offer from foodie and bar hopping to crime, history to gangs – you’ll hear about past events and the latest news happening throughout Sydney.
Captain Cook Dining Cruises There isn’t another harbour in the world to rival Sydney’s beauty and vibrancy. Cruise during the day or at night and combine million dollar harbour views with spectacular dining. There’s a variety of cruises to choose from: Breakfast, High Tea at Sea, Seafood Buffet, Sunset Dinner or Captain’s Dinner. Don’t miss Vivid 2017, contact us now!
Sydney Attractions Combo Pass
iVenture Card – Attractions Pass BridgeClimb Sydney Have the climb of your life with BridgeClimb Sydney and get ready to enjoy the fresh air as you climb to the summit of the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Touch the raw steel and hear some incredible history while gazing out over the sensational views.
Save up to 40% on Syndey’s top attractions with an iVenture Card. Choose from two available passes and select from over 35 attractions including Taronga Zoo, Hop On Hop Off Cruise and bus, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Syndey Opera House Tour, Oz Jet Boating, Madame Taussauds and much more.
Ensure your time in Sydney is unforgettable with the great value Combination Pass which gives you entry to Sydney’s must-see attractions: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Taussauds Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and manly SEA LIFE Sactuary.
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Sydney Opera House Tour
Sydney HeliTours What better way to view the spectacular sights of Sydney, than by helicopter. Fly out over the beautiful harbour with a bird’s eye view of the Harbour bridge, Opera House and Taronga Zoo. Head out over the beautiful beaches of Bondi and Manly. If you’re brave enough you could do it all with the doors off!
Discover the stories, history and magic of Sydney Opera House with a fascinating tour taking you underneath the world-famous sails. Head inside the World Heritage masterpiece, home to 1000 rooms, 300 corridors and hundreds of tales and secrets.
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Bondi Beach & Sydney Sights See the best sights the beautiful harbour city of Sydney has to offer. Journey through the historic Rocks district and take in magnificent views from The Gap. Dip your toes in the waters of famous Bondi Beach or relax at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
Magical Manly & Beyond A great option to get your bearings in this great city. Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Sydney Opera house. Pass through the fashionable suburbs of Neutral Bay and Mosman and discover the Arabanoo lookout and spectacular Manly Beach.
Captain Cook Sightseeing Cruises Time aboard Sydney Harbour’s premier cruise operator is a fun and easy way to explore this famous harbour and city. There are plenty of options including the flexible Hop on and off harbour pass, Zoo Express, Whale Watching, harbour highlights and the new harbour Story Cruise.
Events & Shows
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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Turandot The undisputed cultural event of the year and the best of Sydney in a single evening: singing, sunsets, spectacle and sparkling wine in a magnificent open air opera house. Watch as ‘Nessun dorma’, rings out across Sydney Harbour, and fireworks light up the night sky, as Turandot’s story of true love and sacrifice is told on the astonishing floating stage.
Sydney 7s Fun, thrilling and fast-paced! World-class Rugby is coming to Sydney when the HSBC Rugby 7s World Series hits the Harbour City. 16 teams, from Australia to New Zealand, England to Fiji and South Africa to the USA will head Down Under to put on a show in front of thousands of fans at Allianz Stadium. Don’t miss this action packed weekend.
Sydney Mardi Gras Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most famous events, bringing thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations. Taking over the city for weeks on end, finishing with the worldfamous parade: a colourful and dazzling night of pride, celebration and selfexpression.
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 The ultimate mountain challenge. Join the 195,000 V8 Supercar fans and witness the action live, it will be the V8 Supercar event not to be missed in 2017. The 4 day motorsport celebration will see a packed schedule of V8 Supercars on track, great facilities and awesome entertainment, all an easy drive from Sydney.
VIVID Sydney The Sydney CBD is an energetic hub of creative industries and every year the Vivid Sydney Festival celebrates this. For 3 weeks Sydney becomes a colossal canvas, as iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are turned into giant works of art using interactive light sculptures and building projections.
Selection of events in Sydney 2017
The Greater Blue Mountains The Greater Blue Mountains Drive includes the discovery trails that branch off the main route, taking you through some amazing scenery. Popular for the blue-hazed valleys of eucalyptus and the rock pillars of the iconic Three Sisters, these weathered sandstone peaks, formed over thousands of years, tower more than 900m high among the cliffs of Jamison Valley.
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2 days/1 night Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Sydney – Leura (116km) Head through the pretty towns of Faulconbridge and Hazelbrook and continue to Wentworth Falls. Offering spectacular views over the Jamison Valley and excellent trails into the Blue Mountains National Park, Wentworth Falls is a great place to stop for a walk through the bush. Drive to lovely Leura and take some time to peruse the shops, galleries and craft stores, and then stop for lunch in one of a number of gourmet cafés. It’s just a short drive to neighbouring Katoomba with its historic buildings and antiques stores, and Echo Point where you can view the incredible Three Sisters rock formation from the lookout, or get a different view from Scenic World’s railway, walkway, skyway or cableway. Day 2: Leura – Sydney (116km) Take the leisurely Bells Line of Road back to Sydney, and maybe try some of the 18 discovery trails to explore the wilderness further. Drive about 40 minutes north to Hartley Vale – here you’ll find a quaint historic village, along with the remnants of early roads over the Blue Mountains, dating back to the early 19th Century – some of which have now been incorporated into walking tracks. Continue to Mt Tomah through the heart of the Blue Mountains, passing the tiny town of Bell. Head directly to the Tomah Botanic Gardens and view over 5000 species of cool climate plants before making your way leisurely back to Sydney.
Rental car: Hertz (Group C) from $39 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Leura House • Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery
The Three Sisters, © Sally Mayan; Tourism NSW
Mt Tomah / Tomah Botanical Gardens
Blue Moutains National Park
Wentworth Faulconbridge Katoomba Falls Leura Scenic Hazelbrook World’s Three Sisters Railway Blue Moutains National Park
Highlights worth seeing along the way Jenolan Caves – Regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system, with pure underground rivers, amazing limestone and crystal formations. Experience Adventure Caving, this has you abseiling, squeezing and climbing through undeveloped caves, with only a head lamp to light your way. Blue Mountains Glow Worm Caves – Definitely not to be missed! Take a walk through an ancient canyon surrounded by thousands of spectacular glow worms. Scenic World’s Railway – Discover panoramic views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains from the 510 metre Scenic Cableway as it gently descends into the Jamison Valley. The Weeping Rock and Fletchers Lookout Track – This moderate walk visits Weeping Rock waterfall on Jamison Creek and enjoys the great views from Fletchers Lookout. The view from Fletchers Lookout includes Mount Solitary, Kings Tableland and Wentworth Falls, and is a great place to rest before the climb back up.
Old Leura Dairy
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 3 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date
Wentworth Falls © Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW
Hunter Valley So close to Sydney yet truly a world away, the Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wine. Here you’ll find world-class Semillon, Shiraz and generations of family winemakers. Add to this an array of activities, such as hot air ballooning, wine tasting tours, cooking schools and multi award-winning dining experiences.
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3 days/2 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Sydney – Hunter Valley (171km) Travel the scenic route via Wollombi Village to the Hunter Valley. Visit a number of local food producers to sample fresh handmade cheeses, olives, jams, pickles or honey. Before you check into your accommodation, take time to stop into a winder/cellar door and enjoy your first Hunter Valley Semillon or Shiraz. Buy a bottle or two to take back to your hotel to enjoy. Day 2: Hunter Valley Start the day with a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the vineyards, a great way to get a real feel of the lay of the land. Then it is time to get amongst the vines on a vineyard tour to discover what winemaking is all about. Put this new-found wine knowledge to the test with a visit to some local cellar doors to find your favourite drop. From degustation menus and romantic dining to tapas and casual pub meals, it’s all on offer. Day 3: Hunter Valley – Sydney (171km) If you’re a golfer you might want to tee off at the 18-hole Greg Norman designed Vintage Golf Course, or pamper yourself at one of the relaxing day spas. Before heading back to the city a stop at the Hunter Valley Gardens is well worth it. Spanning over 60 acres there are 10 stunning feature gardens.
HUNTER VALLEY Pokolbin
Aerohunter Maitland Markets Port Stephens Newcastle
Cessnock Wollombi Village Bathurst
BLUE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
SYDNEY Wollongong Jervis Bay
A.C.T worth seeing along the way Highlights Gosford – Whether you prefer bush, beach or cultural and culinary experiences, Gosford has something to offer. Make sure you stop for lunch at Fahrenheit Café as it’s a favourite amongst the locals. Great coffee and amazing food. Maitland Markets – Held on the first Sunday of every month, these markets are not to be missed. With over 600 stalls displaying the best of homemade, home grown and home baked goods, artisans, musicians, gourmet food and the finest quality craft ever assembled.
Aerohunter – Your only opportunity to fly in one of Australia’s rarest war birds. You’ll have the thrill of a lifetime with an authentic war bird military experience flown by a professional RAAF or Ace aerobatic pilot!
Rental car: Hertz (Group C) from $39 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens • Peppers Guest house, Cessnock • Chateau Elan Hunter Valley, Cessnock
McGuigan Wines – A warm welcome awaits you at the McGuigan Cellar Door, located in the heart of the Hunter Valley. To gain the full wine experience join the informative tour of the winery and learn how they get the grapes from the vine to the bottle.
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The Legendary Pacific Coast Heading north from Sydney along the Pacific Ocean coastline to Coolangatta, this scenic drive takes you through some of the most striking landscapes in New South Wales. An almost continuous line of surf beaches, National Parks and a hinterland of rolling green hills and friendly towns.
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5 days/4 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Sydney – Port Stephens (213km) Head to The Entrance, one of the prettiest towns on the Central Coast. Travel through Newcastle on your way to Port Stephens, known for its great dolphin and whale watching opportunities (seasonal). Day 2: Nelson Bay – South West Rocks (319km) Make your way to historic Port Macquarie and stop for a seaside lunch break and walk along the breakwater. South West Rocks is just an hour from here and is a sleepy coastal retreat at its barefoot best.
Lismore Grafton DORRIGO NATIONAL PARK
Day 5: Byron Bay – Coolangatta (68km) Venture on one of the many bushwalks in the hinterland rainforest or coastal trails. We recommend a visit to The Farm Byron Bay, where you will gain first-hand knowledge of sustainable and ethical farming practices. Enjoy a scrumptious meal at Three Blue Ducks restaurant before leisurely making your way to Coolangatta.
Rental car: Hertz (Group C) from $65 per day Our favourite places to stay: • The Nelson Resort, Nelson Bay • BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort, Coffs Harbour • The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa
Coffs Harbour Sout West Rocks Port Macquarie
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Day 3: South West Rocks – Coffs Harbour (106km) Visit Dorrigo National Park before making your way back to the coast to vibrant Coffs Harbour. The coast that sweeps north and south along the Coffs Coast has amazing beaches to suit all tastes. Make sure to stop at the ‘Big Banana’. Great fun for the family. Day 4: Coffs Harbour – Byron Bay (241km) Make your way to riverside Grafton, famous for its jacaranda trees, and take a walk through the historic streets. Drive inland to Lismore, home to more artists and buskers per capita than anywhere else in Australia. Once you arrive in Byron Bay you can relax at the beach or if you’re feeling energetic take a walk to the Byron Bay Lighthouse.
Coolangatta Kingscliff Byron Bay
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Highlights worth seeing along the way Port Stephens – Enjoy year-round water sports at Port Stephens’ Great Lakes Marine Park including diving and snorkeling, surfing and sailing – also home to an array of marine life including resident dolphins. The Worimi Conservation Lands, a coastal desert wilderness, will amaze you with the sheer size and beauty of the sand dunes. Byron Bay – Renowned for beautiful golden beaches, surf culture and a laid-back lifestyle that’s just a little bit hippy. Luxury resorts and fine restaurants sit alongside yoga schools and market stalls offering treats like locally grown organic coffee. Once you’ve experienced the spectacular coastline, head into the hinterland where you’ll find more stunning natural scenery including National Parks like Mt Warning and Mooball. Kingscliff – One of The Tweed’s best kept secrets. Kingscliff offers a relaxed vibe, stunning scenery, and is fast becoming known as a gourmet escape. Its coastline consists of a series of golden beaches cradled between headlands, with world-class surf breaks to top off this remarkable destination – all within a stone’s throw of the glitzy Gold Coast. While on your self-drive be sure to make a stop at the Kingscliff surf lifesaving club for great cheap meals with the best view in town
Fingal Bay, Port Stephens
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Sydney to Melbourne This magnificent stretch of coastline is one of Australia’s most dramatic and naturally beautiful self-drives. The waters of the Pacific, Tasman and Bass Strait have carved out dramatic headlands and created beautiful coves and beaches. Visit quaint fishing villages, hamlets and thriving rural towns.
8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1-2: Sydney – Jervis Bay – Narooma (350km) Take the scenic Grand Pacific Drive to the coastal city of Wollongong, pass through beautiful Kiama and Gerroa before arriving in Jervis Bay. Jervis Bay is well known for its resident dolphins and amazing white sand beaches. Day 3-4: Narooma – Mallacoota – Metung (392km) Visit Central Tilba with its array of arts and craft stores before travelling along the beach road to Mimosa Rocks National Park for a picnic and swim. Head to Cape Conran Coastal Park before you reach Lakes Entrance, a picturesque holiday town and fishing port. Day 5-6: Metung – Wilsons Promontory – Phillip Island (305km) Head to Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia’s southernmost point, famous for its wild beaches and mountain views. Cross the bridge to Phillip Island – don’t miss the daily dusk parade of little penguins as they parade up the beach. Day 7-8: Phillip Island – Mornington Peninsula – Melbourne (141km) Make your way back across the bridge to Mornington Peninsula, where you wont be short of things to do. Great for coastal walks, or dine in excellent restaurants and taste the regional wines on offer at over 50 cellar doors. There are plenty of cute towns to explore on the peninsula as you make your way back to Melbourne, just over an hour away.
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Cape Conrad Coastal Park
Highlights worth seeing along the way Batemans Bay – A stop in Batemans Bay on the way to Narooma has you visiting Clyde River National Park. Here you can go bushwalking, fishing, and take part in water sports such as kayaking and snorkelling. The Clyde River is also the heart of the ‘Oyster Coast’, and is where you’ll find some of the freshest oysters in and around Bateman’s Bay. Phillip Island – Experience one of Australia’s most popular attractions. Each night at sunset you’ll be amazed by little penguins returning ashore after a day’s fishing. Witness this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten. Bathing boxes, Mornington Peninsula – These iconic bathing boxes on Brighton Beach form a vibrant arc of colour that curves along the sand and stretches to meet the skyline of Melbourne. These picture postcard boxes have their own character, shape and splashes of luminous paint.
Rental car: Hertz (Group C) from $85 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Coolangatta Estate, Jervis Bay • Horizon Apartments Narooma • McMillans of Metung Resort • Peppers Moonah Links Resort, Mornington Peninsula
Chin Chin Melbourne – Known as one of Melbourne’s best modern Asian restaurants. You won’t be disappointed. Say “Feed Me” and the waiters will bring out some of their most popular Chin Chin’s share-style dishes, so sit back and enjoy the flavours. Make sure you get there early to avoid long waiting times.
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Guided Holidays with AAT Kings AAT Kings strive to represent the very best that New South Wales has to offer. Their people are warm, friendly, engaged and enthusiastic. They love a laugh and a good story and they will show you landscapes and cities that are beautiful beyond belief. With a wide range of Guided Holidays, Short Breaks and Day Tours, they have a travel style to suit every traveller’s taste and budget. Their goal every day is to share Australia with their guests, to bring Australia to life.
Sydney Food & Wine Discovery
Sydney & the Blue Mountains
4 days/3 nights
4 days/3 nights
Discover Sydney and the Hunter Valley’s delicious food and wine and delight your taste buds. Dine at Sydney’s tallest landmark and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner. Explore the Hunter Valley’s finest wineries and enjoy tours and tastings of Hope Estate and McGuigan Wines. You’ll be a wine connoisseur in no time.
You’ve got Sydney covered, see the Sydney Opera House, Manly, Bondi Beach and other iconic sights. Take a cruise on world-famous Sydney Harbour, and travel into the hills to experience the beauty of the Blue Mountains.
Day 1: Sydney Arrive into Sydney and spend the day at your leisure. Check out Sydney’s major shopping malls or take a Captain Cook Harbour Dinner Cruise (own expense) passing through the main harbour attractions.
Day 1: Sydney Arrive into Sydney and spend the day exploring. Perhaps take a stroll through the historic Rocks area and Circular Quay, eat at one of the many restaurants and take in the scenery.
Day 2: Sydney Enjoy a tour of Sydney taking in all the major attractions and ending in Bondi Beach where you can dip your toes in the cool clear water. This evening, dine at the Sydney Tower Restaurant. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with over 40 freshly prepared dishes from a range of cuisines.
Day 2: Sydney This morning cross over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and onto famous Manly Beach. Return to the city for a buffet luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour. This afternoon tour Sydney and see the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Finish your day with a visit to famous Bondi Beach, where you’ll have time to wander along the shoreline.
Day 3: Sydney – Hunter Valley – Sydney Visit some of the Hunter Valley’s best wineries and taste what they have to offer. At the Hunter Resort enjoy a tasting platter lunch of seasonal local produce and a range of wine tastings to complement the food. Your final stop is the Hunter Valley Gardens Village, where there’s time for shopping or browsing. Day 4: Sydney Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. Why not spend a beautiful day out exploring Sydney at your own pace.
Day 3: Sydney – Blue Mountains – Sydney Marvel at the Three Sisters rock formation and enjoy views of the Jamison Valley. Visit Scenic World and ride the world’s steepest railway. Visit the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park and pat a cuddly koala. Why not add-on rides on the Skyway, Cableway and Railway at Scenic World (ask us for details). Day 4: Sydney End your tour on a high with a beautiful day out in Sydney at your own pace.
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Inclusions: Airport transfers, 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, transport, Travel Director and Driver Guide
Inclusions: Airport transfers, 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, transport, Travel Director and Driver Guide
Price Guide From: $899
Price Guide From: $855
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Festivals and Events 2017
Name your passion and Melbourne can match it.
Australian Open Tennis
White Night Melbourne
Until 26 Feb
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.
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Australian International Airshow
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
29 Mar-02 Apr
Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
29 Mar-23 Apr
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
31 Mar-09 Apr
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Average Temperatures in ˚C Dec-Feb: 14/27 Mar-May: 10/24 Jun-Aug: 7/15 Sep-Nov: 9/22
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 shopping precinct Emporium Melbourne features a mix of local and international designers, innovative concept and flagship stores and worldclass 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!
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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.
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.
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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. © Tourism Australia
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Ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel
If you prefer to spend on wining, dining and exploring – then this a value for money hotel. This historic hotel is located right in the centre of Melbourne CBD, just a five minute walk away from Melbourne’s best shopping – Bourke Street Mall with Myer, David Jones and the Emporium Melbourne.
Mercure Welcome Melbourne
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.
Causeway Inn On The Mall
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.
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
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 5 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.
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Causeway 353 Hotel
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.
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Built in 1913, this heritage-listed hotel has been resorted 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 the footpath that heads across the river to Southbank, with its dining strip and entertainment complex.
Head to Flinders Lane for the best eateries in Melbourne, just one street away
Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne
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.
Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders
Melbourne is Australia’s fashion, art and sports capital, and Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is the best place to enjoy it all. Located in the free tram zone, explore some of Australia’s best shopping precincts, from boutique designers to high-end fashion. Immerse yourself in a myriad of galleries, or soak up the action at the MCG and Etihad. And remember, kids under 12 stay and eat free here.
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Crown Promenade Melbourne
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.
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.
Crown Metropol Melbourne
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.
Stamford Plaza Melbourne
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 laneways and cafés. As night falls, head to nearby theatres and discover hidden bars.
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Metro Apartments on Bank Place Melbourne
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.
Fraser Place Melbourne
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.
Oaks on Lonsdale
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.
Stock up on Victorian wine & cheese at the Queen Vic Markets to enjoy on the hotel’s rooftop terrace
Mantra on Russell
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.
Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
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.
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
Refurbished in 2016, 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.
Café Culture Walk
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.
Laneways are a breeding ground for cafés and coffee shops, this city is certainly known for its coffee. Hear of the immigration populations influence, 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.
Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant 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.
Melbourne Walking Tours
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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant 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.
Magnificent Melbourne Morning City Tour Enjoy Melbourne’s famous city sights and historical landmarks as you hear about its wonderful history and marvel at its architectureal splendour. Explore Fitzroy Gardens, stroll through the Botanic Gardens and Captains Cook’s Cottage and reflect at the Shrine of Remembrance.
Lean about Melbourne’s past and the early colonial life. Venture through the laneways and arcades, discover 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.
Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour
MCG Tours and National Sports Museum 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.
Sovereign Hill 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 Eueka Stockade an see tradesmen at work. Tour an underground mine and even try your luck panning for gold.
Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour 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.
Melbourne Zoos Victoria 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 Melboure Zoo. Or for a truly Australian experience visit Healesville Sanctuary and interact with Australian Wildlife.
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Melbourne Cup Carnival 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.
Australian Open Tennis 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.
2017 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2017 marks 22 years of Formula 1® at Albert Park. It will be time to celebrate 22 years of Melbourne bringing F1 to the world stage. Get ready to experience the most exciting, most watched event on the Australian sporting calendar.
Motorcycle Grand Prix Just to the south of Melbourne, Phillip Island has motorcycle racing history dating as far back as the 1920s! The track is blessed with breath-taking farmland scenery and ocean views, and is known as one of the fastest, most fluid, tracks on the circuit.
Kinky Boots Kinky Boots is the hilarious and heartwarming musical that Melbourne has been waiting for. Based on the movie starring Joel Edgerton and inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots is about a young man’s struggle to save the family business and the unexpected people he meets along the way.
Selection of events in Melbourne 2017
There really is only one way to see the best of Australia â€“ 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 driverâ€™s seat, you can take control of your adventure.
Mornington Peninsula 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.
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Melbourne Port Phillip Bay
Day 1: Mornington – Frankston (17km) First stop is Frankston, with its 10 kilometres of sweeping foreshore and a 17 kilometre art and cultural drive that takes in the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. Day 2: Frankston – Portsea (56km) 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: Portsea – Tyabb (52km) This part of the peninsula has secluded beaches, dramatic coastline and great wineries, not to mention its quiet hinterland with 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 along with cute shops and Tyabb, that has antique stores galore.
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Blue Range Estate Wines
Hastings French Island
Rosebud Peninsula Hot Springs
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. Make sure you head to the top with your camera. Point Nepean – The tip of the Peninsula was closed to the public for more than 100 years. Now open, delve into a remarkable military history that dates back to the 1880s. Port Philip Bay – Ever wanted to snorkel your way into the fascinating underwater world of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay? Here there is plenty to see; seastars, starfish, sea urchins, pufferfish and of course the Weedy Sea Dragons in this beautiful area. Don’t worry about carrying snorkel gear – you can hire it all.
Rental car: Hertz (Group C) from $39 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Best Western Frankston International Motel • Peppers Moonah Links • Sorrento Beach Motel • Mornington Motel
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Peninsula Hot Springs – Your journey to relaxation starts here. Peninsula Hot Springs is an experience that will restore balance and leave a lasting sense of calm and well-being. Blue Range Estate Wines – Don’t miss an opportunity to stop here. This Estate offers spectacular views over Phillip Bay and surrounding areas. So come along and enjoy a glass of wine and delicious gourmet tasting plates.
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Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges 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.
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2 days/1 night Suggested Self-Drive
Tarrawarra Yarra Glen
Day 1: Melbourne – Yarra Valley (58km) 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.
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 – Melbourne (39km) Make your way to Belgrave, the home of Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam railway and enjoy a ride travelling 24 kilometres 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, Sassafras and Belgrave 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.
Mount Dandenong Observatory
Olinda Sassafras Belgrave
Highlights worth seeing along the way Coldstream Brewey – Converted from a former wool shed, Coldstream Brewery offers a unique experience blending delicious food with boutique beer and cider. Come by for a tour conducted every Saturday and Sunday, for an exclusive tasting inside the custom built microbrewery. Healesville – Located just under an hour from Melbourne and home to some of the region’s most talented artists. Meander along the main strip for some great window shopping opportunities, or divulge in some retail therapy – you won’t be disappointed. Hot Air Balloon – Start your Yarra Valley day with a hot air balloon experience. The Yarra Valley provides views of rolling hills, green landscapes and the chance to see some kangaroos feeding on breakfast as you fly over them during sunrise. It is such a great feeling as your basket glides up and over the trees.
Rental car: Hertz (Group C) from $95 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Balgowine Estate, Yarra Valley • Yarra Valley Grand Hotel • Yarra Gables Motel
Mount Donna Buang – Located in the Yarra Valley, overlooking Warburton in Victoria. Head to the 21 metre high lookout tower on the summit for breath-taking panoramic views of the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, and the Alps.
Yering Station produce store
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Great Ocean Road Drive one of the world’s most scenic coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road, spanning 243 kilometres along the coastline of Victoria. Take in the panoramic views as the road winds along cliff tops, up to breath-taking headlands, down onto the edge of beaches, across river estuaries and through lush rainforests.
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Grampians National Park
Wombat State Park
Day 1: Melbourne – Great Ocean Road (209km) 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 2: Great Ocean Road – Grampians (102km) 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 (250km) 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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Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice creamery
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Great Otway National Park
Port Phillip Geelong Bay Queenscliff Torquay Anglesea Sorrento
Lorne Bass Strait
Highlights worth seeing along the way Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool – A great museum featuring a shipwreck collection and an 1870s village providing a glimpse into life at that time. Cape Otway Lightstation – The oldest, lighthouse in Australia. Perched on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide. Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice-creamery –Take delight in free chocolate and ice-cream tastings and watch the art of chocolate making. An experience the whole family can enjoy. Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre – Since the opening of the Great Ocean Road in 1932 it has become an iconic destination. This Heritage Centre showcases the full historical story of the Great Ocean Road – the back breaking story that many are unfamiliar with.
Rental car: Hertz (Group C) from $39 per day Our favourite places to stay: • Mantra Lorne • Comfort Inn the International Apollo Bay • Comfort Inn Country Plaza, Halls Gap
Port Fairy Lighthouse
12 Apostles – The best way experience the 12 Apostles is on a breathtaking helicopter ride over the most beautiful scenery in Australia. Enjoy an informative commentary on the unique limestone rock formations and history of the Shipwreck Coast. Sovereign Hill – A stop here has you trying your luck at gold mining. Named Australia’s best ‘Major Tourist Attraction’. Sovereign Hill provides a unique experience with a day of entertainment.
Apollo Bay © Visions of Victoria
The price guide shown is per car hire based on 3 day hire rate. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date
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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Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles
Great Ocean Road Tour
2 days/1 night
Travel the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s great coastal drives. Take a break at seaside Apollo bay and view the amazing 12 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.
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: Daily Inclusions: Experienced Driver Guide, comprehensive commentary and travel in an air-conditioned coach Price Guide From: $195
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: $919
Daylesford & Macedon Ranges Food & Wine Trail
Melbourne to Adelaide Tour
2 days/1 night
3 days/2 nights
Enjoy the gourmet delights of the Macedon Ranges. With wonderful landscapes 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 breath-taking experience.
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.
Departures: Sun & Thu Inclusions: 1 night accommodation, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, transport, tour guide, small groups (max 8 people) Price Guide From: $1109
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: $1555
The price guide shown is per adult based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
Itâ€™s not just a must see. Itâ€™s a must drive.
From the stunning views of Sea Cliff Bridge, to the beautiful beaches of Bondi, NSW has some of the most iconic scenery in the world. And the best way to take in every beauty spot is with a hire car from Redspot.
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