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Wanderlust Australia 10 day Melbourne to Canberra coach tour

Wanderlust Australia Coach Tours, Melbourne East Gippland, NSW South Coast, Canberra Coach Tour

If you’re a lover of all things coastal from its fresh sea air, pristine blue waters and freshly caught seafood, join us as we explore like locals north from Melbourne to Canberra.

Monoliths, murals and museums are along the way. It’s just the right mix of nature and hand-made sights and stories you’ll brag about back home. There’ll be  boutique browsing time and a few cheeky locally brewed beers.

We can’t drive you to Africa but we can introduce you to the furry, teethy, stretchy and cuddly exotics on safari in Mogo – and you might spot a few of those in Parliament House in Canberra too.

Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!

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TOUR SNAPSHOT

Departure point: Melbourne, VIC

End destination: Canberra, ACT

Tour duration: 10 days

Dept date: 12 April 2021

Accommodation type: 4 star hotels

Trip style: Escorted & free time

Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners

Free time : Yes for shopping, meals and exploring like a local

TOUR PRICES

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Save $300.00 if paid in full by 12th February 2021 !

$4,600.00 per person based on twin/double share room

$900.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room

BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !

* The night before departure & night of end of tour.

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What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 10 day tour

Upon arriving in Melbourne and making your way to the Hotel, the afternoon and evening are free.

You could wander through Australia’s fashion capital for a new outfit or new shoes such as Little Collins Street or the many arcades in the CBD.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is just near Southbank and boasts a significant collection of Australian and international artworks. You might even have time to catch a renowned travelling artwork collection. Check their website for up and coming exhibitions.

Prefer to chill? Then grab a coffee, cocktail or a local Victorian wine in a cool small bar tucked away in the city’s laneways. Many are often hidden which are the real gems to explore so Google which are the best ones to try before you go.

Melbourne prides itself on it’s food culture so for dinner, treat your taste buds to one of the city’s many restaurants and bistro’s in the CBD. Plus, it’s only a short tram ride to Melbourne’s Southbank precinct. This lively riverside promenade features alfresco dining and a vast range of cuisines to choose from. Why not try your luck in the Crown Casino, or call in for a drink and soak up the atmosphere?

View Hotel Melbourne | PH: 03 9529 8888

Meals: None included today

We begin our travels out through the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne on our way into Southern Gippsland. We make our way to the idyllic coastal fishing village of Port Albert.

Lunch has been arranged at the Wild Fish Restaurant overlooking the water before we are joined by a local tour guide to share the fascinating stories of this quaint seaside town.

We head to the Port Albert Regional Maritime Museum for afternoon tea and a chance to explore the extensive collection. Port Albert was the original Port of entry for the Gippsland Gold Fields and the old bank vault houses a display on Gippsland Gold Discovery, as well as significant items dealing with Gippsland’s maritime history.

From here we have a short drive to Foster for check-in at our accommodation for the next two nights.

Prom Country Lodge, Foster| (PH: 03 5682 2022)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today is going to be a spectacular day! Winding our way through the Wilsons Promontory National Park, we arrive at Tidal River. Here we board Pennicott Wilderness Journeys amphibious boat and cruise a rugged and raw coast like no other, marveling at its prehistoric boulders. Become speechless by 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 the closer we get. After an amazing morning cruising the inspiring coastline, we return to dry land where a welcoming picnic lunch awaits.

On our return journey we meet a true Gippsland identity at Beloka Kelpies Stud. Paul Macphail has been breeding and training dogs since the early nineties and here you’ll get to witness him and his four-legged co-workers in action. From veterans to pups it will be a fun and intriguing afternoon.

Tonight, we are in for a real treat as we dine at the Promontory Restaurant and Winery. Situated on what feels like the top of the world, we enjoy stunning panoramic views and fine hospitality for our generous dinner this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We are off to Sale this morning, with our first stop at the Museum of Timeless Memories. From hats to harvesters, pumps to pots, bikes to beaters and toys to traps there is something for everyone at this eclectic museum. We spend the morning here looking through the collection and enjoy lunch.

Nearby, Bairnsdale is an idyllic garden town with many reminders of the booming gold rush days. Some of Bairnsdale’s architecture is also of interest. The most striking building in the town is the Court House in Nicholson St which was opened in 1894. It is recognized as one of Victoria’s finest examples of late 19th-century architecture and is considered of some significance to the development of an Australian style.

Whilst in town we visit St Mary’s Catholic Church to see the murals on the ceilings and walls of the church, which are quite stunning. From here we continue into Lakes Entrance – our base for the next 2 nights.

Bellevue on the Lakes, Lakes Entrance | (PH 03 5155 3055)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We have an interesting “circle drive” today. We will be joined by a local guide Greg Savchuk who will tell us about the area and what impact the recent fires have had on the local community.

Our first stop is in Nowa Nowa with a stop to inspect the Ramsdell Museum Collection, a unique display of gemstones and natural wood sculptures from the area. Then we are off to Bruthen – a small village on the Great Alpine Road. The Tambo River winds through the pretty township which has long been the spot to refresh and replenish – and therefore a good spot for a brewery! Lunch today is at the Bull Ant Brewery.

This afternoon we drive to the coast at Metung and join Peels Thunderbird for a 2 hour cruise back to Lakes Entrance. It will be a good finish to our day.

Dinner tonight is at your leisure and there are several options in very close proximity to our hotel. The Central Hotel has a popular menu featuring fresh local seafood caught in season and is situated overlooking the front lake of Cunningham Arm.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Heading east this morning we make a stop at Orbost – at the Orbost Exhibition Centre. The centre is located on the Snowy River and surrounded by beautiful Forest Park. The exhibition is all about timber including the National Collection of Wood Design which is on permanent display.

Designed on several levels we have time to enjoy a retail showroom, a gallery for professional artists and a top level for views over the Forest Park.

From here we drive to Mallacoota which was entirely evacuated at the height of the bushfires.

We have some free time to look through the local shops and purchase lunch in the local community. Mid-afternoon we continue across the border into NSW and travel along the coast to Eden for our overnight stay.

Coachman’s Eden | PH: 02 6496 1900

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

This morning we take a scenic drive through the popular coastal towns of Pambula and Merimbula on our way to Tathra for a visit to the Tathra Wharf. In the heart of Tathra it’s an old steamer wharf erected in the 1800s. You might even be lucky to spot whales on their migration north. It also has a cafe that specialises in local produce and art.

The next stop is the Bega Cheese Bega Heritage Centre which is a faithful reproduction of one of the first buildings to be  constructed on the Bega Cheese site in 1899. The Heritage Centre has a comprehensive display of cheese and butter making equipment from the turn of the 19th century and this will be our lunch venue today.

This afternoon we are heading to the historic villages of Cobargo, Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba, to the north of Bega with our afternoon stop at one of the regions best known gardens. Foxglove Spires Garden covers three and a half acres of rose covered arbours and secluded flower filled areas. There is also a woodland that creates a shady haven to rest and a pond too.

From here we travel up the coast through Narooma, Mogo to Batemans Bay for our overnight stop.

Sunseeker Motor Inn, Batemans Bay| (PH: 02 4472 5888)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today we travel via a string of seaside suburbs through the southern shore of Batemans Bay, to the town of Mogo, where we visit the Mogo Zoo. During the December 2019 fires, hundreds of animals had been saved with staff and locals sheltering animals at home. Here there are lions, giraffes, tigers, jaguars, snow leopards (the only breeding pair in the country), a variety of monkeys, red pandas, small clawed otters that we can meet today.

Following a tour and morning tea, we start making our way towards Canberra. The scenery along the way is breathtaking, as we pass the Clyde River and the pretty town of Nelligen and then make our way through the lush forest and take in the wonderful views.

Just before Canberra we stop in the pretty village of Bungendore for lunch at the Woodworks Café which focuses on meals made from locally source fresh produce. Then enjoy some free time to look through the adjoining Bungendore Woodworks Gallery.

On arrival in Canberra we take a sightseeing drive and stop at the top of Mount Ainslie where we can appreciate the views across Lake Burley Griffin. Canberra is a truly unique city and one of only a few planned cities in the world. From our vantage point we have a clear view of Parliament House and Anzac Parade.

We head to our accommodation where we have time to unpack and settle in. Dinner tonight is at our leisure. Nearby Braddon has an assortment of boutiques, cafes, bakeries, restaurants and bars. Beer lovers should have a look at the Bent Spoke Brewing Co – one of Canberra’s newest Brew Pubs.

Canberra Rex Hotel | (PH: 02 6248 5311)

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

This morning we take in some of the city sights as we travel through Embassy Row, finding embassies and high commissions of countries from around the world. Look out for the spectacular traditional design of the Chinese Embassy or the splendid Georgian style United States Embassy.

Our first stop is at the Museum of Australian Democracy (formally Old Parliament House). The Museum was home to Australia’s Federal Parliament for more than 60 years and is now a much-loved heritage building, offering a unique glimpse into our nation’s fascinating past.

We then head to Capital Hill, the focal point of Canberra, where we are introduced to the meeting place of the nation, Parliament House. Listening to our guide as they lead us through this political powerhouse, we are enlightened to the daily life of democracy.

We head to the Canberra Centre where there are numerous cafes and eateries to pick up lunch and time to look through the shops.

The remainder of our afternoon will be at the Australian War Memorial. The Australian War Memorial commemorates the sacrifice of the Australian men and women who have served in war, through its ceremonial areas, extensive exhibitions and research facilities.

Over the past few years the Memorial has undergone extensive redevelopment resulting in new galleries and displays. The largest of these is the very impressive Anzac Hall. It’s within this hall that we see enthralling exhibitions – Striking by Night which features the Memorial’s famous Lancaster bomber “G for George” and tells the stories of those Australians who served in Bomber Command during the Second World War.

At the end of each day, the Memorial farewells visitors with its moving Last Post ceremony. The ceremony begins with the singing of the Australian National Anthem, followed by the poignant strains of a Lament, played by a piper. Visitors are invited to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection.

Back at the hotel we can enjoy a farewell dinner in the lovely rooftop restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

It’s our last day of the tour. After breakfast our holiday comes to an end.

Use your Taxi Voucher in your Holiday Pack to transfer to Canberra Airport for your flight home.

Bon voyage! We hope to see you on another Wanderlust Australia Tour soon!

Meal: Breakfast

All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.

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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $300.00 if paid in full by 12th February 2021 ! BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !

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Why I love this trip... Stuart

The seafood on this trip is just sensational. And the moving War memorial last post at sun-down can bring a tear
to anyone’s eye.

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Continue your holiday from Canberra

Many Wanderlust Australia tours connect. Carry on exploring like a local by joining our Canberra, Sydney, Blue mountains, NSW North Coast to the Gold Coast tour!

Dept date: 22 April 2021

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What’s always included in your Wanderlust Australia tour experience

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LUXURY COACH TRAVEL

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STAY IN FOUR STAR HOTELS

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FLEXIBLE BREAKFAST TIMES

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BOOKED ACTIVITES

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MORE FREE TIME ALONG THE WAY

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OPTIONAL DINNER CHOICES

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TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS*

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