Must Do Melbourne
Celebrate autumn in Melbourne at the internationally renowned Melbourne Flower Show, one of the largest exhibitions of gardening, floral art, competition gardens and arrangements in Australia. Then, discover why Melbourne is the world's most livable city and stay 4 nights in the centrally located Melbourne Southbank Precinct. You'll explore the city and some of Melbourne's most interesting attractions by day, then enjoy fine dining at night at four different restaurants.
- Guided tour of Melbourne Cricket Ground
- National Sports Museum at MCG
- Lunch at Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Eureka Tower
- Buffet dinner at Kitchen Workshops, Crown Casino
- Old Melbourne Gaol
- Colonial Tramcar Restaurant – 4-course Luncheon
- Yarra River Cruise
- Puffing Billy Train ride Belgrave to Lakeside
- Cuckoo Restaurant show and lunch
- Dandenong Ranges
- William Ricketts Sanctuary
- Dinner at Pure South Dining – specialising in Tasmanian cuisine
- Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
- Buffet dinner at Melba’s Restaurant, Southbank
Day 1: Monday 25 March 2019
Toowoomba/Brisbane – Melbourne
Fly from Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport with Air North or Brisbane Airport with Qantas (Please nominate your prefered departure point at the time of booking). On arrival in Melbourne, join your driver and head into Melbourne for your first interesting tour. Arrive at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground which is hailed as the home of Australian sport. This fascinating stadium and museum is awe-inspiring and interesting for even the least sports crazed visitors. Enjoy a delicious lunch served in the Hugh Trumble Cafe inside the MCG Members Reserve, then explore the inner sanctum of the MCG. Walk on the hallowed turf and discover where legends train and play on a guided tour of "The G" and it's facilities. Your visit will also include entry to the National Sports Museum with galleries celebrating the history and Aussie achievement in Cricket, Aussie Rules Football, Golf, Tennis, Horse Racing and the Olympics.
After an exploratory walk through the MCG head to the central Southbank area of Melbourne to check in to your accommodation at the Travelodge. After you've settled in, it'll be time to journey to the tallest building in Victoria, the Eureka Tower which is conveniently located right next door. Here, ascend to 285 metres above ground in the fastest elevator in the Southern Hemisphere, the journey only takes 38 seconds! Enjoy the most spectacular floor-to-ceiling 360-degree views over Melbourne’s Albert Park Lake, Port Phillip Bay, the Dandenong Ranges and beyond. From Eureka Tower, wander down the Southbank Promenade to Melbourne’s Crown Casino and the Kitchen Workshop. This delicious buffet has everything you want; a tasty salad bar where you can build your own salads, a warming soup station, hot buffet and of course, a decadent dessert counter! Later, you might like to further explore the Crown Casino, it’s only a 10-minute walk from your hotel. Meals: LD
Day 2: Tuesday 26 March 2019
Yarra River and Colonial Tramcar
First up this morning, take a guided tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol. This incredible piece of local Melbourne history holds countless tales as far back as 1842, including the story of Ned Kelly’s last days and hanging. Next, enjoy one of the premiere "must-do Melbourne" experiences aboard The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. This famous fleet of historical trams boast glossy burgundy exteriors and fancy fine dining restaurants inside. These trams are the first travelling Tramcar Restaurants in the world and the experience aboard is a delightful and innovative approach to dining. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, enjoy a delicious 4-course meal with quality Australian wines and a fully stocked bar, all-inclusive with lunch.
Finish the day with a relaxing afternoon cruise on the Yarra River. See the city skyline, cultural arts precinct and picturesque parklands Melbourne. After the cruise, your captain will return you to Southbank, practically at your doorstep. This evening has been left free to enjoy at your leisure. You may wish to explore the Southbank Promenade famous for the wide choice of dining venues or cross the Sandridge Bridge to Flinders Street Station and the city. Meals: BL
Day 3: Wednesday 27 March 2019
Puffing Billy and Cuckoo Restaurant
Today head out of Melbourne into the Dandenong Ranges overlooking the city. At Belgrave Station, board "Puffing Billy", a beautifully restored steam locomotive, for some old-fashioned fun. Enjoy the views as the train travels through the Sherbrooke Forest with scenic hinterland vistas, and over the 91.4 metre long Trestle Bridge across Monbulk Creek to Lakeside Station. After you've had a scenic feast for your eyes, head to the Bavarian Cuckoo Restaurant for a feast for your stomach! Lunch consists of a delightful 4-course buffet along with live entertainment and humourous sing-along. Mid-afternoon, visit the amazing William Ricketts Sanctuary - the perfect setting for the blending of the natural and spiritual realms. The Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity and displays incredibly ornate sculptures of Aboriginal figures and native fauna, set amongst the natural environment of the Dandenong Range.
Your dinner tonight will be at Pure South Dining, a riverside restaurant famous for their selection of King Island products and just a 2-minute stroll from the Travelodge. Meals: BLD
Day 4: Thursday 28 March 2019
Melbourne International Flower Show & Melba’s
For many, today will be a highlight of the tour! Each year, just as summer is ending, Melbourne puts on an indescribably beautiful floral display. Gardners and flower fans from around the world visit the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building to discover everything new and fashionable in the world of flowers, plants, gardens and landscaping. The show is ranked among the top five such shows in the world and attracts people from around the globe making it a must-see event. Featuring the best of Australian landscape and floral talent, the show is a feast for all the senses and a celebration of gardening and flowers. The venue speaks for itself: The Royal Exhibition Building is a world heritage listed site providing the perfect backdrop for the prestigious show, and the Carlton Gardens transform to offer a perfect outdoor setting.
Tonight, we've saved the best for last. Dine in style at Melbourne’s most famous restaurant, Melba. Named after Melbourne's world-famous opera performer - Dame Nellie Melba who, in her time, enjoyed a long a well-deserved reputation for tasteful performances. Tonight enjoy an endless buffet of fresh and delicious food. Roast meats, soups, salads, sushi, seafood and desserts to die for! Eat until you're satisfied and then take the very short walk back to your hotel. Meals: BLD
Day 5: Friday 29 March 2019
Melbourne – Brisbane/Toowoomba
This morning, take advantage of a later checkout and head out to explore a little at your leisure, or simply relax at Southbank before being transferred to Melbourne Airport. After check-in you’ll have time to purchase some lunch before boarding your flight back to Brisbane or Toowoomba. Meals: B
Please note: flights ex Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport at subject to Air North schedules. Changes may mean Brisbane flights are necessary.
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport: Luxury Coach
Flights: Return economy flights to Melbourne
Accommodation: 4 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne's Southbank District
- Tour escorted from Toowoomba
Travelodge Hotel Southbank Melbourne: ★ ★ ★ ★
Just 100m from Southbank Promenade on the Yarra River, Travelodge Southbank offers rooms with ensuite bathroom, kitchenette and cable TV. Southbank Melbourne Travelodge is 15 minutes’ walk from Crown Casino and Flinders Street Station is just 350m away. A full buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s dining room each morning. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available and reception is open 24/7. Guests can receive complimentary WiFi per 24 hours for up to 2 devices. WiFi upgrade packages can be purchased. Booking.com rates this hotel as the best value in Melbourne offering guests more for their money when compared to other hotels in Melbourne.