Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival at Melbourne International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. Check into the hotel and relax. In the evening, enjoy the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant – a fleet of glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels offering a unique approach to dining. As they cruise the streets of Melbourne, enjoy the very best of Australian wines or make a selection of beverages from a fully stocked bar. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period that these trams reflect. Overnight in Melbourne
This morning, proceed on a city tour of Melbourne. Visit the Eureka Tower – Skydeck 88 to get awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. You can use the circle tram and visit the Melbourne Aquarium – home to over 10,000 aquatic animals, including one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium takes you on an interactive adventure from the depths of the ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica. Later, visit the stunning Melbourne Cricket Ground, a cultural icon which one of the most important cricket grounds in the world. Overnight in Melbourne.
Melbourne – Mornington Peninsula
After breakfast today, pick up your self drive car and proceed to Mornington Peninsula. Explore the fields and taste the essence of Sunny Ridge Strawberries at the largest producer of strawberries in Australia. It is nestled in the beautiful hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula right in the heart of its thriving wine region. Enjoy wine tasting at De Bortoli Winery. Later, visit the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, home to Australia’s oldest and most famous hedge maze, a beautiful circular rose maze, and the year round flowering Lavender Labyrinth – all set among 25 acres of world acclaimed gardens. Overnight in Mornington Peninsula.
Mornington Peninsula – Great Ocean Road- Warrnambool
This morning, take the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff . Later, visit the Port Campbell National Park, world famous for its extraordinary collection of wave-sculpted rock formations and the Twelve Apostles. Loch Ard Gorge, site of a 19th century shipwreck ‘Loch Ard’, as well as the Island Archway and London Bridge are other highlights. Discover the heritage of the Shipwreck Coast on short walks such as the Port Campbell Discovery Walk. Take a scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at points of interest. You can experience a breathtaking flight over the most beautiful scenery in Australia, perhaps a journey over the 12 Apostles, a flight to the Bay of Islands via London Bridge, or take in the beauty of the entire Shipwreck Coast all the way to the Cape Otway Lighthouse. Later, you can also enjoy a light and sound show – Shipwrecked. Overnight in Warrnambool
Warrnambool – Ballarat
After breakfast, proceed to Ballarat, Sovereign Hill. Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune. By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time – from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep! If you are brave, try a self guided underground adventure through the dark, winding tunnels of the Red Hill Mine and re-live the discovery of the famous Welcome Nugget. Overnight in Ballarat.
Depart Ballarat – Melbourne
After breakfast, drive to the airport and return the car and proceed for your flight back home.