Cool and sophisticated, funky and diverse, Melbourne Australia is a hub for some of the hippest people on the planet, looking for groovy places and the latest experiences. The atmosphere in the city is both relaxed yet buzzing, the attractions charming yet stylish.
Melbourne is packed with attractions, from laid-back laneways and lush parks to grand libraries and museums, all wrapped up in a vibrant atmosphere.
Swim in the clear water, sea kayak with local seals, indulge in some deep-sea fishing, learn to surf, or horse ride along the beach at sunset. Fishing is an important local industry and seafood is always on the menu at the local cafés and restaurants. For great views try Chris's at Beacon Point high in the hills overlooking the sea. Shop for art and curios in the many gift shops, galleries and tea houses and peruse the regular Saturday foreshore market for local crafts and produce.
Walking and cycling paths and trails around Warrnambool link natural wonders, heritage sites, parks and beaches. The fresh air is a bonus!
The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243-kilometre stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool.
Arrive at Melbourne to begin with your great ocean road trip from Melbourne . You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon is free and at your leisure.
In the evening experience a Harley Davidson joyride which is one of the best sightseeing tour you will find in Melbourne to see as much of the city in just 1 hour as you would see on foot in several days. To give you the best feel of the ride you will be provided helmet & Harley Jackets.
After that the tour proceeds for a breath taking view of the Eureka Sky deck88. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere at Melbourne`s Eureka Tower. Skydeck 88 is Melbourne`s new `must see` attraction. Located in Southbank, Eureka Skydeck 88 will change the way you look at Melbourne and beyond.
End the day with dinner on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. The burgundy tramcar restaurants on wheels offer a truly delightful innovative approach to dining. As they cruise the streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy the very best of Australian wines or make a selection of beverages from a fully stocked bar (on your own). Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to the city centre to pick your rental car (walking distance from your hotel), on the second day of your great ocean drive Melbourne, Australia tour. Thereafter, embark on one of the world`s most spectacular coastal drives along The Great Ocean Road. In Torquay shop for discounted goods of famous brands like Billabong and Quicksilver to name a few.
Enjoy fresh fish and chips lunch at Apollo Bay. Whether fish and chips on a sunset beach or grilled whiting at a wharfside cafe, fish is caught nearby — preferably by a salty, local fisherman — and sold or cooked while fresh. Then go for a Port Campbell Scenic Helicopter Ride – Experience a breathtaking flight over the most beautiful scenery in Australia. Take 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. The 12 Apostles Helicopters offer the highest level of safety and service to make this a day you will never forget.
Arrive at Warnambool in the evening. Enjoy SHIPWRECKED: a sound and laser spectacular which is the first of its kind in Australia. It is a theatrical experience that brings to life the tragic story of the Loch Ard disaster in a uniquely entertaining presentation. The multi-million dollar Sound and Laser show captures the tragedy, drama and excitement of sailing the high seas as an early settler. From within the Wharf Theatre you will be captivated by the multi-sensory experience that unfolds. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
After breakfast, checkout and drive to Melbourne via Ballarat, uncovering on the route a great deal of wonders on this great ocean road trip. Step back in time today, and visit the Sovereign Hill, an attraction that recreates the gold mining rush era of the 1850s. It`s just like stepping back in time to the gold rush Ballarat during the 1850s – 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 visitors pan for real gold and it`s `finders keepers`!
Dress up in Victorian costumes while you visit the beautiful Criterion Store at Sovereign Hill. You can even dress up in a costume for a souvenir photograph at the Red Hill Photographic Rooms. The Ballarat Wildlife Park is situated only five minutes from Sovereign Hill and is the only regional zoo of its kind on such a large scale.
Enroute halt at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Set upon 32 acres of woodland, it is a collection of Australian native animals and reptiles which have been chosen for their educational and conservation potential. The reptile collection alone is one of the largest private collections in Australian featuring around four hundred individual animals of both native and exotic origins.
In the evening indulge in an extensive six course meal on Melbourne River Cruise. The food is prepared fresh on board in a relaxed and intimate setting with personalized service and attention to detail. With Melbourne River Cruise, feel the romance and ambience of this river city on an evening cruise fully inclusive of premium Australian wines, selection of beers and a range of spirits. Overnight stay at the hotel in Melbourne.
After having breakfast at the hotel, the day is free for shopping or leisure activities. You have the options of some of the most famous shopping areas like QV – home to leading Australian and international designer stores, it is one of Melbourne’s finest retail, dining and entertainment precincts. It makes up an entire CBD block consisting of an ‘open air’ shopping centre of 120 stores running along laneways, 1500 convenient car spaces and is open 24 hours a day. Not only is QV anchored by the CBD’s only full lined supermarket, Safeway, Albert Coates Lane is lined with renowned Australian and international designers. QV’s focus is not only fashion, but also lifestyle with QV square and an open public space.
Another option for shopping is the Collins/Flinders Streets – It is Melbourne`s creative elite and the stomping ground of the city’s fashionistas with its hark at the bars, design stores, writers’ studios, galleries and boutique fashion outlets. Overnight you will stay at the hotel.
Enjoy buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel , return the rental car at the airport and board your flight back home