* Lakes Entrance * Museum of Timeless Memories * Maritime Museum * Beloka Kelpie Stud * Wilsons Promontory * Pennicott Wilderness Journeys * Wonthaggi Coal Mine * Coal Creek Historical Village * Healesville Sanctuary * Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-creamery AND MUCH MORE!
Day 1 – Monday 7th March ’22 LAKES ENTRANCE (L,D)
All aboard for an enjoyable tour featuring Gippsland & Wilsons Promontory. This morning we head for Dinner Plain, stopping enroute for morning tea. The tradition of Dinner Plain goes back well over a century, when cattlemen first arrived to rest and graze their cattle. The site of Dinner Plain Village was originally part of 640 acres. When the coaches were running between Omeo and Bright, they would stop here for midday dinner, hence the area became known as Dinner Plain. We stop here for Dinner at a Restaurant before continuing on to Omeo. We take a little look around at this quaint town. Omeo is affectionately known as the City of the Alps with many historic buildings remaining in the town. This afternoon we continue on to Lakes Entrance, stopping enroute for afternoon tea, before settling in at the Esplanade Resort & Spa, Lakes Entrance.
Day 2 – Tuesday 8th LAKES ENTRANCE – PORT ALBERT - FOSTER (B, L,D)
After breakfast we head to Sale to take a look at the Museum of Timeless Memories. The Museum of Timeless Memories in Sale, tells an archaeological tale of a nation built on hardship, coming of age through consumerism, convenience and a golden age for mass manufacturing. Our Australian heritage and identity is conveyed through a mind blowing private collection of 20th century objects. We then travel to Port Albert where we enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants, and a look around town. We stop at the Regional Maritime Museum. There could be few places better credentialed to house a first-class maritime museum than Port Albert on Victoria’s South Gippsland coast. The moment you enter and see the restored 1.30 metre high lens from the cape liptrap lighthouse and a cannon used at the Cliffy Island Light Station to sound fog warnings to shipping, you know you could easily while away hours. Then it’s on to Foster where we are treated to a very interesting visit to the Beloka Kelpie Stud. Working dog training was developed in response to people who didn’t have the knowledge, place and/or structure to train their own dogs. The facilities at the Beloka Farm are excellent and especially made for training dogs and dog handlers. After learning all about these dogs and their training, we continue our journey to our accommodation for the next two nights at Prom Country Lodge, Foster.
Day 3 – Wednesday 9th WILSONS PROMONTORY (B,L,D)
This morning after enjoying our breakfast we head off to Wilsons Promontory, southernmost tip of mainland Australia. It’s known for its rugged granite mountains and abundant wildlife, including kangaroos and wombats. Trails from the Tidal River settlement lead to Squeaky Beach, with its white quartz sand. Discover the beautiful granite coastline and unique wilderness of the Wilsons Promontory National Park on our Wilsons Promontory Cruise. Witness iconic South Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia and cruise into the waters of Bass Strait and Victoria's first marine national park. Discover a rugged and raw coast like no other as we explore The Glennies, Anderson Islets and Anser Island. Marvel at the prehistoric boulders of Mount Oberon situated behind the white quartz sands of Norman Beach before uncovering the iconic granite monolith that is Skull Rock. Sculpted by waves and surrounded by crystal blue waters, Skull Rock's eerie facade becomes even more mysterious as more and more skull shapes reveal themselves the closer you get. Tonight we enjoy dinner at our motel.
Day 4 – Thursday 10th WILSONS PROMONTORY - MELBOURNE (B, D)
Breakfast time! We depart our accommodation and travel to Wonthaggi, enjoying morning tea enroute. We arrive at the Wonthaggi Coal Mine. Journey back in time to discover what life working in a coal mine was like in the 1900’s. Venture underground through the network of tunnels to get hands-on at the coal face and learn how Victoria’s hard working men extracted the black gold! Operating from 1909 to 1968, the State Coal Mine produced almost 17 million tonnnes of coal for Victoria’s industries and railways. We enjoy a lunch break before heading to Korumba to visit the Coal Creek Historical Village, a recreated coal mining village that depicts the history of Korumburra; from everyday life, to the coalfields and the early agricultural development of the area. Immerse yourself in 1870s – 1920s rural life. Tonight we stay at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Melbourne.
Day 5 – Friday 11th MELBOURNE – HEALESVILLE - HOME (B, D)
After a delicious breakfast we head off to Healesville. Healesville is a gourmet food and wine hub surrounded by stunning scenery in the famous Yarra Valley grape growing region. The town centre is situated along a tree-lined boulevard featuring an eclectic mix of specialty shops. Discover talented artisians, markets and delicious local produce. We delight in a visit to the Healesville Sanctuary, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, is world-renowned as the best place to see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. Set in a beautiful natural environment, the Sanctuary offers a place for people and animals to reconnect with nature from creek to canopy, and plays a critical role in saving some of the world's most endangered animals. We enjoy lunch at this Sanctuary before continuing on to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-creamery. Crafted by their talented team of Belgian and French Chocolatiers, their chocolate range is exclusive to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Inspired by classics, favourite treats and our Yarra Valley surrounds, their collection of over 250 different chocolate products contain fruits and nuts picked from their orchard and herbs from their kitchen garden, locally sourced milk and the best quality single origin and Belgian couverture chocolate and cocoa butter. We enjoy a cheeky tasting before boarding the coach for the journey home after a rewarding tour.
Price $1786 per person, based on Twin Share.
Single Room Option $460