Melbourne and Great Ocean Road Sample Travel Planning Itinerary for Australia
Example Itinerary for Melbourne, Yarra Valley and the Great Ocean Road
This page is designed to give you an example as to how our Custom Travel Planning itineraries are presented.
Please note that what follows is meant to be an example of the STYLE of itinerary that we will produce for Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road.
It is not necessarily exactly what your planner will suggest for you while in Melbourne or touring out of the city on the Great Ocean Road. Your complete itinerary will be set up from scratch and will reflect exactly what you want from your trip.
Read through what follows. It will give you a very good "feel" for the itinerary we will produce. Please remember that this is only a 3-day "snapshot" of the STYLE of the itinerary we will present for your consideration. Your full itinerary will be produced by your Australian Travel Planner.
Day 1. Meet and Greet and City Sights Orientation Tour.
Introductory Tour of Melbourne.
You will be met at the airport by your driver and taken on a tour of Central Melbourne before checking into your hotel. You will drive past the Houses of Parliament, the Treasury Buildings, The Melbourne Cricket Ground , Albert Park with its outdoor cafes and cobbled streets, and the seaside suburbs of St. Kilda and Brighton, before swinging inland to the Maroondah Highway and back to the city via South Yarra and Toorak. This will be a private tour and you will be dropped at your hotel at its conclusion. Your driver will work with you to visit any additional points of interest you might wish to include.
Melbourne City - Self Guided Walks.
Melbourne is a wonderful city to explore on foot, a city that is easy to navigate and which has excellent public transport services. In these walks we will use Melbourne's trams (streetcars) and taxis (cabs) to cover longer distances and will cover the rest of the ground on foot.
Each of the excursions starts and ends in the geographical heart of the city ... at the corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, opposite the Flinders St Railway Station. Our confirmed itinerary will give you details on how to catch the trams (streetcars) and taxis to get around like the locals.
Self Guided Walk - Chinatown, Museums, Italian Quarter, Markets, Swanston Street, The Shrine and the Arts Centre.
Time required approximately 6 hours at an easy pace. From the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets (this is the corner near the Bridge over the Yarra River and is directly in front of the Flinders Street Railway Station) walk up Swanston Street to Little Bourke Street. (You will notice that there is Bourke Street Street and Little Bourke Street, Collins Street and Little Collins Street, etc. in this part of town).
Turn right and walk one block uphill along Little Bourke Street. This is the heart of Melbourne's China Town. At Russell Street, turn left and walk along Russell Street, crossing Lonsdale and Little Lonsdale Streets. Just past Little Lonsdale Street, the Victorian State Museum will be on your left. Continue up Russell Street for another block until you come to the Old Melbourne Jail on the left. The building itself is most interesting, as are the exhibits relating to law enforcement in the 1800's. A total of 104 hangings took place in the Jail, including that of the famous bushranger (outlaw), Ned Kelly. The National Trust (National Estate) has preserved a block of the Jail, built in 1862, as a penal museum.
Leaving the Jail, hail a Taxi and ask him to drive you up Lygon Street as far as Elgin Street (about a mile - should cost about $10.00). From Elgin Street you stroll back down Lygon Street towards the City, enjoying the cosmopolitan flavor of this area of Melbourne. Suggest lunch at any of the street cafes or restaurants along Lygon Street. After lunch stroll back down Lygon Street as far as Victoria Street. At Victoria Street, turn right and walk two blocks to Swanston Street. At Swanston Street turn left and stroll downhill to the first Tram Stop that takes your fancy.
Catch any tram heading down hill and tell the ticket seller (the conductor) that you want to get off at the Shrine of Remembrance. If he tells you that the Tram does not go that far (possible but extremely unlikely), merely get off at the next stop and catch the next Tram. You will travel down hill, crossing Bourke Street and then Princes Bridge over the River Yarra, and will travel along St Kilda Road, past the Victorian Arts Centre. As you come to the Shrine of Remembrance (on your left on the hill), pick a stop and get off the tram. Walk up the lawn to the Shrine.
The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria's memorial to those who served and died in WW1 & II, Korea, Malaya, Borneo & Vietnam. It is worth remembering that there has never been a conflict involving the US and Australia where the two countries have fought with one another. It is worth climbing the stairs to the lookout on the Shrine and visiting the vaults to see the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Military memorabilia.
Leaving the Shrine, walk back towards the City, crossing the road and visiting the Victorian Arts Centre. Guided tours are available Monday to Friday if you wish to look through. From the Arts Centre, stay on the left hand sidewalk, cross the Princes Bridge and walk past the Flinders Street Railway Station.
Cross Flinders Street. On the corner of Flinders and Swanson Streets is Young & Jackson's Hotel, a famous watering hole for Melbournites. If so inclined, you might like to drop in for a well earned beer or wine with the locals. Leaving Young & Jackson's, walk back to your Hotel.
Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market
For over a century, the collection of vast open-sided sheds and high roofed halls that is the Victoria Market has been a shopping mecca for the locals. Today, in an era where most shopping malls are indoor and air-conditioned, the Queen Victoria remains a real open air market, a link with the past and with shopping history. What continues to draw thousands of shoppers, locals and visitors alike, is the simple fact that you can buy just about anything at the market, and at prices that are just about the best in town. Directions and hours of operation will be in our confirmed itinerary.
Dinner On The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
Board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for dinner. The Tramcar covers a very scenic route around Central Melbourne and the experience of fine dining is one to be remembered. The meal is 5-Course and drinks are included.
This is a totally unique experience, and one that is not "touristy" at all...the quality of the food and its presentation are excellent (especially considering you are on a tramcar) and the wines offered are of a fine standard to complement the meal.
Your accommodation is included is an all suites hotel situated right on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of the Southbank Area.
This hotel offers amazing views of the city and is wonderfully located, being a short walk from good restaurants, the Concert Hall, Shrine of Remembrance, Flinders Street Station and the downtown area.
This is an exceptional experience in accommodation in an excellent location. The suites feature in room laundry facilities and a modern, mini kitchen.
Day 2. Yarra Valley, Dandenongs, Healesville & Wineries Trip.
After collection from the hotel, travel east to the Dandenong Ranges, the southern part of the Great Dividing Range that runs north to south down the entire east coast of Australia. Here you will visit the Healesville Sanctuary for a truly Australian experience that will give you a real feel for many unique forms of wildlife.
Lunch will be at a local winery. Includes private guide for the day, with options to visit more wineries, or spend more time viewing wildlife.
If you are not interested in wines, the lunch will be at a country restaurant and the balance of the afternoon will be spent in the Dandenong Ranges taking in the scenery and exploring the area.
Restaurants in the Southgate and General Melbourne Area.
The whole area of the Southgate complex is riddled with quality restaurants and pubs. We will include suggestions for several in your confirmed itinerary.
Accommodation is included in our Package. Meals are own cost.
Fairy Penguins and the Koala Sanctuary at Phillip Island.
As an alternative, or as well as this day trip, we can also offer a small group trip to Phillip Island for fairy penguin viewing, that includes private viewing (away from the crowds and coach groups).
Day 3. Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles, Shipwrecks & Wild Clifftops Tour - Included
This day trip journeys inland through rich volcanic plains to the Shipwreck Coast to the south and west of Melbourne. Sculptured cliffs merge with sea to form the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, sites of Shipwrecks and stories of folly and bravery from the days when sailing ships were the only contact between Australia and the outside world.
Port Campbell National Park stretches along the Shipwreck Coast, providing a haven for wildlife including kangaroos and the endangered Rufous Bristlebird. There will be the opportunity to walk with your guide in the cool temperate rainforest with 300 year old trees towering overhead. Lunch will be own cost, but suggested by your guide before returning inland to Melbourne through Otways forest and farmland. You will be back at the hotel by about 6.00pm.
Accommodation is included in our Package.
Your complete itinerary will present your trip in the style of the above.
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