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Autumn Delights of Victoria

15th March 2024
3 Days

DAY 1 – Friday 15th March ’24 Chocolaterie – Healesville (L,D)

Welcome aboard for a beautiful Autumn tour of Victoria.   Today we travel south through Seymour for morning tea stop and then on the Yarra Valley. We stop at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery for a delicious lunch. There is a large viewing window to watch talented European chocolatiers at work and a showcase of over 300 different varieties of hand-crafted chocolates will tempt you. Indulge! This afternoon we visit the Gulf Station in Yarra Glen. Gulf Station tells an exciting story about the daily life on a pioneer farm. Learn what life was like for a family living - and making a living - on the land in nineteenth century Australia. We journey on to Healesville where we spend the next two nights at Sanctuary House.

 

DAY 2 – Saturday 16th Puffing Billy – Blue Lotus Water Garden (B,L,D)

After a hearty breakfast set off to Belgrave to board the Puffing Billy for a delightful train ride to Gembrook.  Step back in time at Australia’s oldest and best-preserved heritage steam railway, Puffing Billy. With lush fern gullies brushing past the open side carriages and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy Railway makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest. Discover wonderful wildlife and spectacular landscapes made for adventure while sitting on the carriage sill of Puffing Billy’s open-side carriages; a truly iconic experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Then it’s on to Blue Lotus Water Garden for lunch. Visitors can experience a magnificent display of magical lotus flowers and many other exotic blooms and plants. Located in the beautiful Yarra Valley. The tropical-themed water gardens span over 50,000 square metres with dozens of ponds and two lakes, amazing fountains and wonderful walks where you will see thousands of flowering plants. Featured attractions include: Giant Amazon Waterlilies, Kakadu Lagoon Native Waterlily display, Tropical World complex, Claude Monet Waterlily display, Monet's Lake Bridge Walk, Lotus Lake, Lotus Wetlands, Golden Lotus display, Little Yarra River Trail, Flower Fairy Garden and much more. It's then time to return to our accommodation for a rest before dinner.

 

DAY 3 – Thursday 12th Healesville Sanctuary (B,L)

Time for breakfast before embarking on the last day of our journey. This morning we visit the Healesville Sanctuary, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, which 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. Explore the 70 acre bushland haven to experience close-up encounters with some of Australia's unique and endearing wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus. We enjoy lunch in Avenel before making our way home.





Price Per Person: $1,518


Single Supplement: $85






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Tour: Autumn Delights of Victoria on 15th March 2024

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