DAY 1 – ARRIVE MELBOURNE (D)
Flights arrive in Melbourne mid-afternoon where we join one of Fun Over Fifty’s signature luxury coaches ‘Diamond Class’ or ‘Gold Class’ for transfers to Melbourne CBD checking-in to the Crowne Plaza. Our hotel is centrally located on Spencer Street, the fringe of the CBD, just over the bridge from the Crown Casino. 2 Night Stay: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne. Diamond Class in King Superior Rooms
DAY 2 – MELBOURNE TOURING (B,D)
Enjoy the morning to yourself discovering this creative, exciting, ever-changing city. Unveil museums, laneways, shopping districts and café precincts before we meet at the hotel reception at 1:15pm for an escort to Southbank Promenade to join Melbourne River Cruises. Within moments of departing Melbourne’s cultural arts precinct, we cruise by picturesque gardens, parklands and famous sporting arenas. Tonight, we dine aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, a delightful innovative approach to dining as we cruise the city streets of Melbourne enjoying silver service, fine food and beverages. (Lunch at own expense today).
DAY 3 – PHILLIP ISLAND (B,L,D)
Departing Melbourne we head to Phillip Island, our first stop is Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate. See a chocolate village complete with working trains and taste delectable Belgian premium handmade chocolate. We then head to San Remo for pelican feeding and lunch. Later, we join Wildlife Coast Cruises to discover one of Australia’s largest wild fur seal colonies. Drift within metres of these playful and inquisitive animals in their natural habitat. Following dinner, we witness ‘the ducks in a tux’ Penguin Parade tour as these cute creatures make their way out of the water to their burrows in the sand dunes. 1 Night Stay: Kaloha Holiday Resort, Cowes
DAY 4 – GREAT OCEAN ROAD, ANGLESEA (B,L,D)
We bid Phillip Island good-bye and enjoy the passing scenery as we head towards Sorrento, the site of Victoria’s first official settlement in 1803. Here we board the ferry to Queenscliff and spot the odd dolphin or whale. After lunch we continue on through Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads to Anglesea. 1 Night Stay: Great Ocean Road Resort, Anglesea
DAY 5 – WARRNAMBOOL (B,L,D)
Departing Anglesea we pass through Lorne then settle in for a breathtaking scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road. We view the iconic Twelve Apostles and take time for lunch at Port Campbell before finishing the day in Warrnambool. 2 Night Stay: Mid City Motel, Warrnambool
DAY 6 – WARRNAMBOOL (B,L,D)
This morning we join a guided tour of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, home to Australia’s most extensive shipwreck collection. Next we get to meet the Maremma dogs that reside on Middle Island protecting the local penguin colony, a successful world-first initiative. At Tower Hill Nature Reserve we enjoy an Aussie BBQ with a mix of traditional bush tucker and modern cuisine. Afterwards we take an interactive walk with an indigenous guide, exploring the wildlife and natural habitat of some of Australia’s most iconic animals. Tonight we enjoy the multi-million dollar theatrical experience ‘Shipwrecked’ that brings to life the story of the Loch Ard disaster.
DAY 7 – PORT FAIRRY, HALLS GAP (B,L,D)
We leave Warrnambool and travel to Port Fairy where we collect a local guide to show us this quaint fishing village steeped in the history of whalers and seal hunters. Travelling into Grampian Country, we make a visit to Brambuk Cultural Centre, then check-in for an overnight stay in Halls Gap. Nestled in the heart of the Grampians National Park, the hotel is a short walk to the local shops and offers spectacular views of the surrounding ranges. 1 night stay: Comfort Inn Country Plaza, Halls Gap
DAY 8 – ARARAT, SOVEREIGN HILL, CRESWICK (B,L,D)
From the Grampians we journey to Ararat and visit the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre, which houses a fascinating selection of interactive, audio-visual and static displays offering heritage and culture. We continue on to Sovereign Hill set in the 1850’s, a living museum with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters. We finish our day just outside of Ballarat in beautiful Creswick. 1 Night Stay: RACV Goldfields Resort, Creswick
DAY 9 – CRESWICK, DAYLESFORD, BENDIGO, ECHUCA (B,L,D)
This morning we visit Creswick Woollen Mills to meet the resident woolly friends including sheep, cashmere goats and alpacas; and learn about the journey of natural fibre from the source to our shops. Next we stop at The Convent, Daylesford’s award-winning art gallery and chapel. We continue on via Hepburn Springs to Bendigo and the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Don your hard hat and lamp, and walk in the footsteps of miners who discovered almost one tonne of the world’s most precious metal. Next, we board the vintage ‘talking tram’ to be delighted by the grand architecture of Bendigo as the tram tells of the city’s golden past. Later we make our way to Echuca. 2 Night Stay: Madison Spa, Moama
DAY 10 – ECHUCA AND PS EMMYLOU CRUISE (B,L,D)
This morning we collect a local guide to take us back in time and explain the historyof Echuca when hundreds of steamers raced along the Murray, opening up large areas in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. We then board the PS Emmylou, a lovingly maintained paddleboatthat will take us meandering between the Red Gum lined banks of the mighty Murray whilst we enjoy lunch on board.
DAY 11 – GLENROWAN, ALBURY (B,MT,L,D)
Today we head to Ned Kelly country arriving at Glenrowan in time for a cuppa at the Homestead at Kate Kelly’s Tea House, followed by a visit to the Ned Kelly Museum. Next we witness ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’, a light and sound show that is a re-enactment of the events that led up to the capture and hanging of Ned Kelly. Departing Glenrowan, we enjoy the scenery as we make our way to Albury. 2 Night Stay: Diamond Class: Best Western Hovell Tree Inn, Gold Class: Quality Hotel on Olive
DAY 12 – MT BEAUTY, FALLS CREEK, ALBURY (B,MT,L,D)
Today we discover the High Country travelling through the Kiewa Valley to Mount Beauty to learn about the Hydro Electric Scheme. We slowly climb the mountain, through Bogong and on to the High Plains at Falls Creek visiting the historic Wallace’s Hut – the oldest hut still standing in the Bogong High Plains. We descend the mountain making our way to the Red Stag Deer Farm, bordering the Mount Buffalo National Park. Enjoy a gourmet lunch before feeding, touching and learning about these majestic animals.
DAY 13 – MT HOTHAM, LAKES ENTRANCE (B,MT,L,D)
Departing Albury we travel via Yackandandah on the Great Alpine Road, climbing the Great Dividing Range to arrive at the alpine resort of Mount Hotham. We break to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery before we are back on the road heading for lunch in Omeo. Our afternoon takes us through the rich dairy farming area of East Gippsland, to the popular resort town of Lakes Entrance. 1 Night Stay: Bellevue on the Lakes, Lakes Entrance
DAY 14 – FLIGHT HOME FROM MELBOURNE (B,L)
On the last leg of our holiday we travel west and break at Yarragon for an early lunch before making our way to Melbourne Airport for our flights home.
ITINERARY IS FOR 2018. VARIES SLIGHTLY FOR 2017.
B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
||8 Nov – GOLD CLASS
||10 Nov – DIAMOND CLASS
- Non-refundable deposit of $800pp required to secure your reservation.
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air components.
- Price includes airfares and taxes ex Brisbane, Sydney or Adelaide at time of printing. Flights are also available from Perth and may incur an additional fee.
- Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot guarantee direct flights or book individual preferences.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Walk 10 min without stopping
• Ascend stairs without stopping
• Stand for 30 min without sitting
• Walk over uneven ground
• Embark/debark transport unaided
• Manage their own luggage