Your holiday itinerary (ex Perth, Western Australia)
Day 1. Perth to Melbourne (D)
Today starts with courtesy home collection and transfers to the Perth Airport. On your arrival into the vibrant city of Melbourne, your coach captain will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. Overnight Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
Day 2. Melbourne and the Festival (BD)
Begin your holiday with a brief introduction to Melbourne followed by time to reflect at the Shrine of Remembrance. Take in the panoramic views of Melbourne from this elevated position and discover the galleries featuring artworks, historical artefacts and personal effects of Australians at war. The afternoon is then spent at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Festival hosted in the exquisite heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens. The show is a celebration of Australia with breathtaking floral displays and spectacular show gardens. The Royal Exhibition Building will turn into the Great Hall of Flowers where you will be immersed in bright displays and colourful scents, the Main Stage will feature free seminars and demonstrations, and roving entertainment will feature throughout. Overnight Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
Day 3. Melbourne and the Festival (B)
This morning, step inside the Queen Victoria Market, the heart and soul of Melbourne. Eat, shop, explore and discover your way through the iconic food halls and heritage sheds where the banter is as fresh as the produce or simply soak up the atmosphere of the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, step aboard a beautifully preserved ferry that is the oldest passenger vessel operating on the Yarra. Featuring varnished timber and polished brass enjoy a cruise down the Yarra with lively commentary sharing highlights of Melbourne’s golden age along with interesting environmental aspects of the river. Later this afternoon we return to the festival to experience the Gardens by Twilight. See the festival in a whole new light and enjoy the ambience of the beautifully lit Carlton Gardens and enjoy delicious drinks and gourmet eats (at own expense) as you explore the evening setting. Overnight Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
Day 4. Daylesford Country (BLD)
Today we leave Melbourne behind. Our first stop is the quaint village of Trentham. Enjoy some free time to explore the shops and cafes. Nestled on the crest of Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, over-looking Daylesford, The Convent boasts expansive views of the countryside and township below. A feast for the senses, the gallery is more than a three level haven of fine art in an historic 19th century mansion. With its decadent retail areas, Mediterranean restaurant, restored chapel and nuns museum all surrounded by six acres of stunning gardens, this multi-award winning gallery offers endless possibilities and a delightful setting for lunch. In the afternoon we explore the surrounds of Daylesford. Overnight: Central Springs Inn, Daylesford
Day 5. Macedon Ranges (BLD)
Begin this morning at the Amazing Mill Markets of Daylesford where you will find vintage clothes and furniture, collectables, antiques, memorabilia, fine china, art, glass, jewellery, books and so much more. Not far from Kyneton step inside the parklands and gardens of Bringalbit. The setting is stunning with a ten acre park and garden that is world recognised and a 150 year old granite homestead. The owner will take you on a guided tour and provide a delightful lunch. In the afternoon we tour on to the famous Hanging Rock. From a sacred place for local indigenous people and backdrop to Joan Lindsay’s book Picnic at Hanging Rock and Peter Weir’s film of the same title, to a colourful host of music concerts, markets and popular horse races, the Rock tells many tales about the history of the Macedon Ranges. At the Hanging Rock Discovery Centre gain a fascinating background on the area’s history, mystery and geology with hands-on interpretive displays and informative panels. Overnight: Glen Erin at Lancefield, Lancefield
Day 6. Macedon Ranges (BLD)
A guided tour today will reveal the delights found at Forest Glade Gardens located on the southern slopes of Mount Macedon in Victoria. This historic private garden is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in Australia. It embraces a mixture of landscaping styles taking inspiration from English, Italian and woodland traditions. Located at the centre of the stunningly beautiful garden is The Stokes Collection, regarded as the greatest private arts collection in the southern hemisphere and dates to the 18th and 19th century. In the afternoon Dromkeen Homestead, the home to the world famous Dromkeen Picture Book Art Collection is our destination. Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Riddell’s Creek, this stately National Trust home has beautiful gardens with a range of Australian native and European plants. A tour will give you a glimpse into the homestead, the galleries of original book illustrations and the beautiful gardens which have trees more than 100 years old, some listed on the National Trust register. Overnight: Glen Erin at Lancefield, Lancefield
Day 7. Macedon to Melbourne to Perth (B)
After an action packed holiday, begin the return journey home. We depart Lancefield and transfer you to the Melbourne Airport to board your return flight to Perth. On arrival to Perth our courtesy small charter vehicles will see you safely home.
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