The wine region towards the Yarra Valley, the Great Ocean Road and lakeside hotels are just a few of the experiences awaiting you beyond Melbourne, all within easy driving distance. With diverse regions and sweeping coastlines, a stay in Victoria should mean more than just the state capital.
Lake House is a country spa retreat with an award winning restaurant just an hours drive northwest of Melbourne. The hotel offers a range of spa treatments and massage and the luxury accommodation ranges from Guesthouse Rooms and Waterfront Rooms to Waterfront Suites.
From £96 per person per night
Offering 96 superbly appointed guestrooms and 6 suites complete with spa, balconies and terraces, the Sebel Heritage was named 'Best New Hotel' at the inaugural HM Awards in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific for 2003. All accommodation is tastefully decorated with superb facilities. Hotel guests will have access to the golf course, and The Heritage Retreat, Heritage Dayspa, the Bella Restaurant, the Lodge Bar and the conservatory.
- 2 Bars
- 2 Pools
- Health spa centre
- Gym/fitness centre
- Golf course
- Tennis court
From £65 per person per night
Only an hour from Melbourne, nestled in 50 acres of fragrant bush land which overlooks a picturesque private lake is the Woodman's Estate, a luxury country hotel and spa retreat. In this tranquil setting you can relax and enjoy this Spa, which offers a full range of tailored massage, skin care and beauty treatments. Accommodation comprises of lakeside chalets, luxury spa suites and spacious garden suites.
From £71 per person per night
Beyond Melbourne Tours & Excursions
Great Ocean Road
One of the world's great coastal drives, relax in a deluxe touring coach and enjoy the dramatic scenery of striking contrasts. The area offers powerful seas, peaceful towns, golden beaches, lush forests and giant cliffs. View majestic rock formations jutting up from the sea. Hear the legends of the shipwreck coast, enjoy traditional billy tea and discover the deep fern gullies and rainforest within the Otway ranges. Bring along spare camera film.
Departs: Daily at 8.45am
From £38 per person per night
Great Ocean Road Self Drive
Day 1: Melbourne - Apollo Bay
Collect your rental vehicle from the Hertz downtown office. Make your way to Apollo Bay through Geelong and on to Torquay. This is where the Great Ocean Road begins its journey westward. Continue on to Apollo Bay with its wide crescent shaped sandy beach, rolling green Otway hills and laid back lifestyle. While farming and fishing are central to the local economy, Apollo Bay is continuing to build its reputation as a holiday village. Overnight: Comfort Inn The International, Apollo Bay,1 night, room only basis.
Day 2: Apollo Bay - Port Fairy
Depart Apollo Bay and continue along the Great Ocean Road that travels through the Otway National Park. The Great Ocean Road leaves the Otways at Princetown and hugs the rugged coast through to the Port Campbell National Park. On your way to Port Fairy visit the quaint town of Koroit, where Irish immigrant farmers originally settled. The unique fishing village of Port Fairy is one of Victoria's earliest ports and many homes and other buildings of last century have been preserved. Overnight: Hearns Cottage Suites, Port Fairy, 1 night, room only basis.
Day 3: Port Fairy - Robe
Visit the wild and beautiful Bridgewater Bay vefore arriving at Nelson. After lunch, hike down into Umpherstone Cave - a hug sinkhole, and enjoy a cliff-top walk along the craggy coastline of Canunda National Park. Overnight: Ann's Place.
Day 4: Robe - Adelaide
Stroll Long Beach and jump up onto the Granites, rock formations resembling whales. Enjoy Coorong National Park with its sand dunes and lakes. Afternoon sights include pink salt lakes, expansive vineyards and the scenic Adelaide Hills. Drop off rental vehicle on arrival in Adelaide.
Please Note: Hotel accommodation is subject to change.
Itinerary is also available in reverse. Superior hotel accommodation is also available - prices on request.
Includes: Co-Pilot Kit, 4 nights accommodation, 5 days Group C Hertz car rental (includes CDW subject to excess), self-drive kit.
Peak season supplements apply
From £254 per person