Southern Capitals - City meets Bush
Duration: 4 nights escorted tour
Price from: £999pp
Canberra 1 night
Beechworth 1 night
Melbourne 2 nights
Day 1 Sydney/Canberra: Travel to Canberra via the Southern Highlands stopping at historic Berrima, famous for its gaol and early colonial architecture. Then, visit Gold Creek Station and meet local sheep farmer, Craig Starr. Get a taste of life on the farm before an Aussie BBQ lunch. Continue to Canberra and enjoy a tour through Parliament House with a local guide. Later visit the Australian War Memorial and stay to hear the evocative Last Post.
Day 2 Canberra/Beechworth: Visit the summit of Mt. Ainslie for views of the city and surrounding ranges. Journey over the mighty Murray River into Victoria taking the scenic route to historic Beechworth, Victoria's best preserved gold rush town. The region offers plenty of great photo opportunities, with towering winter snow-capped mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers and tranquil rural farmlands. Get to know Beechworth during a tour before free time to explore the antique shops, galleries and museum. Tonight, if you're feeling up to it, head down to Hotel Nicolas for a good pub meal. The hotel was built in 1857 during the heady gold rush and houses a great collection of local memorabilia.
Day 3 Beechworth/Melbourne: This morning 'Be my Guest' and join your host for breakfast. Travel through Glenrowan and Ned Kelly country to Melbourne for a sightseeing tour including a revealing walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and interesting shops. This evening perhaps take a relaxing walk along the Yarra River and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.
Day 4 Melbourne: Today Melbourne is all yours to explore independently. Perhaps visit the Eureka Skydeck for fantastic views of Melbourne, browse the stalls of Queen Victoria Market, or, take a walk through Melbourne's hidden laneways and arcades, which house some of the best café's, boutique shops and street art the city has to offer.
Day 5 Melbourne: Your tour concludes after breakfast.
Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: In 3*Plus hotels (bed & breakfast in Beechworth).
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner are also included on day 1.
Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings First Choice tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 4 nights accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of an AAT Kings guide.
AAT Kings First Choice tours include premium accommodation in central locations, a variety of meals plus unique dining experiences and sightseeing.