Action packed days. Rooftop nights.
Fly direct from Christchurch to Melbourne and take in the sights.
Flights depart daily from 4 December 2016.~
|Chirstchurch to Melbourne||Economy from |
Economy travel dates: 4-13 Dec 2016, 17 Jan - 8 Apr 2017 & 24 Apr - 20 Jun 2017. Add $15 for travel on Thursday or Friday.
Offer ends 11:59pm 15 December 2016, unless sold out prior.
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Things to do in Melbourne
The big-ticket items to see include the architecture of Federation Square, the stained glass ceiling at the National Gallery of Victoria, and the labyrinth of lanes and arcades, home to local designers and quirky bars. And sports fans will want to tour the hallowed grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). But add the following to the list:
- Grab an espresso at Pellegrini’s on Bourke Street.
- Run or walk the Tan Track around the Botanical Gardens.
- Take a tram to St Kilda and treat yourself at the Eastern European cake shops in Acland Street.
- Stop by the street art gallery of Hosier Lane.
- Walk the Gertrude Street strip for boho style, galleries, great eats and single origin coffee.
- Stroll through the Birrarung Marr precinct along the Yarra River from Federation Square.
- Visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square.
- Watch a movie and have a craft beer on the rooftop of Curtin House.
- Catch a blockbuster show then indulge in post theatre supper at the Supper Club on Spring Street.
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- Yarra Valley wine tour
- Great Ocean Road Day Trip Adventure from Melbourne
- Colonial tram car restaurant tour of Melbourne
- Phillip Island penguin tour
- Melbourne sunrise balloon ride
Set out on a retail adventure in Australia's shopping capital, taking in Melbourne's famous laneways, fashionable inner-city neighbourhoods and cutting edge shopping centres.
You can browse boutiques and access ateliers to familiarise yourself with Melbourne's colourful laneways and the untold gems within. Do explore beyond the laneways to find the retail hubs that redefine the concept of the mall. Major department stores like David Jones and Myer continue to innovate their Bourke Street facades. Melbourne Central and QV offer retail reward for those who dare to delve. Or check out the Emporium Melbourne for a range of flagship stores, exclusive boutiques and international fashion houses.
These shopping guides will provide you with all you need to see.
Venture out of the city
Tuck yourself away in front of an open fire in the Yarra Valley to indulge in life's great pleasures of food, wine, spectacular scenery and inspiring arts.
Place yourself in the spot where Victorian winegrowing started and pay homage to the grape at the cellar doors of winemaking institutions or discover exciting new gems. Sample the wines and stay around for a tour and linger over a meal as you discover the regional passion for food, with fresh local produce matched to the wines in vineyard restaurants.
Travel through rolling hills strung with vines, secluded natural valleys set against blue mountain backdrops and lush greenery and pastures, past towering trees and pristine rivers to verdant villages like Marysville and Warburton. Dine in style and marvel at the profundity of fresh local produce at tables in Healesville and Yarra Glen.
Visit Healesville Sanctuary wildlife park, home to native Australian birds and animals like platypus, koalas, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, echidnas and more.
For a fresh and exciting view of the valley, take to the dawn skies in a hot-air balloon before descending into a vineyard to enjoy a breakfast of sparkling wine and just-picked produce.
See how artists both local and international have perceived the surrounds at TarraWarra Museum of Art or at small artist studios dotted around the region.
The Yarra Valley may only be under an hour from Melbourne, but you'll be rewarded for taking a few days to get to know it. Stay a night or two in a chic boutique B&B, self-contained cottage, winery retreat or five-star luxury.
Experience the wonderful contrasts of Bendigo as you explore its vibrant arts hub and flourishing food and wine scene set against its rich history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens. Sample stunning contemporary cuisine in historic buildings, admire modern art in venues new and old, and explore the city's fascinating history at museums, gardens and galleries.
Take a walk or ride on Bendigo's talking tram and explore the city's heritage architecture. Don a miner's hat and dig up a wealth of goldrush history on a tour of the Central Deborah Mine, or explore the city's Chinese heritage at the Golden Dragon Museum. Get behind the wheel at Australia's oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery, or admire the delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery of Rosalind Park.
Discover Bendigo's vibrant arts precinct while wandering along View Street. Pop into the Bendigo Art Gallery (1887), which contains a collection of Australian art dating back to the 1850s and attracts significant exhibitions from across the globe, and explore the host of smaller galleries and antique stores around town.
For performing arts, catch shows big and small at the elegant Capital Theatre (1873) and the brand new Ulumbarra Theatre, set in grounds of the historic Sandhurst Gaol.
Take time out to visit some of the 80 local wineries in the renowned Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the area is famous for its magnificent shiraz.
Foodies, prepare to fossick for fabulous local produce – pick up a copy of the Food Fossickers Pocket Guide at the Bendigo Visitors Centre.
There are two sides to every holiday in Daylesford. On one hand, you can rejuvenate in Daylesford's famous spa waters. Then when you want to indulge, try decadent local food and wine, luxurious accommodation and shopping galore. And, you can book your indulgent experiences before you leave home.
Expect a warm welcome when you check in at your luxury Daylesford accommodation. Choose from a wide range of options, from sleek modern studios to self-contained spa cottages, and then sleep late in total tranquillity. Reserve room in your life for peace and quiet, then relax into your spa country retreat.
Enjoy Daylesford's famous natural mineral springs with a rejuvenating spa experience at Hepburn Bathhouse, Salus or Peppers Mineral Springs. Book relaxing massages and silky, skin renewing rituals. Emerge refreshed from your indulgent mud wrap and finish with a cleansing mineral spa.
Save your seat at some of Victoria's best restaurants. Wine and dine at Daylesford's renowned Lake House Restaurant & Cellar. Indulge in a Japanese banquet at hatted Kazuki's at the Raglan or be tempted by tapas at Perfect Drop. Make a reservation for fine pub dining at the Farmers Arms, or supper at Mercato, where style and seasonal produce meet.
Drive the Great Southern Touring Route
Love the mountains and the sea?
There is no need to choose between the two in Victoria. Hire a car in Melbourne and drive the coastline for spectacular ocean views, sweeping sandy beaches and some truly dramatic geology, then pass through the lush rain forest of the Otaways and finally turn inland to soaring mountains of the Grampians National Park, the spiritual heartland of the Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years, and explore the sandstone ridges and tumbling waterfalls and then through the histioric goldfields of Ballarat before heading back to Melbourne. Native Australian wildlife abounds across the region, including kangaroos, koalas, platypus, native birds and Australian wildflowers.
The mightly Twelve Apostles are world-regognised icons of the Great Ocean Road. These giant rock stacks soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean and are a central feature of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park that extends from Princetown to Petersborough.
The dramatic and imposing limestone cliffs that are the backdrop to the Apostles tower up to 70 metres, while the tallest of the rock stacks is around 45 metres high.
The Grampians rise up majestically from the plains of the Western District. Waterfalls, wildflowers and an abundance of native animals are just some of the resons to take the time to explore the national and state parks. The Grampians also has the largest collection of Aboriginal rock art in South Eastern Australia. It is no surprise that the More Grampians region, which is famous for its mountains and rugged scenery, also has a number of spectacular scenic lookouts. Chataqua Peak is the more challenging Boronia Peak walks, both overlooking Halls Gap offer unbeatable views of the Grampians National Park.
Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive
The magnificent stretch of coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dramatic and naturally beautiful self-drive experiences. Along its length, the great waters of the Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait have carved out dramatic headlands and created beautiful coves and beaches. The ancient ranges that follow it inland are covered in vast expanses of national parks and forests protecting pristine lakes and rivers. Nestled amongst these natural wonders are dozens of quaint fishing villages, tiny colonial hamlets and thriving rural towns built by the country’s most adventurous settlers.
The coast provides you with the whole range of sensory experiences. You can surf the big Tasman swells, dive the many wrecks, do some blue water sailing, go whale spotting or share the beach with seals, dolphins and sea birds. Or take time out to enjoy the delights of its famous seafood.
As you move along it, the landscape constantly changes its character and moods – from the placid blues and pastoral greens of the NSW coast, to the brilliant white sands of Jervis Bay. Immerse yourself in Australia's coastal Wilderness, natures heart of the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive. Experience a lush network of National Parks, dotted with heritage sites, dramatic mountains and Sapphire waters that teem with life. Visit the coastal town of Eden and follow Australia's most significant whale story as you travel on the fringes of a destination rich in culture and nature so precious parts have been declared a UNESCO world biosphere reserve. Be sure to check out the massive, unspoiled wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and the awesome breadth of Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway.
The journey climaxes at Wilsons Promontory, the southern most point of mainland Australia, where you can explore small, hidden bays, see wildlife in its natural habitat, and visit the historic lighthouse. Then you gently wind your way to Melbourne via Phillip Island where you can see the famously cute little penguins parading along the beach. On the Mornington Peninsula, indulge yourself in a luxurious country retreat, enjoy innovative regional cuisine and superb local wines and visit grand gardens.
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