- Pricing From $9,950 pp
- Single Supplement FREE*
- From Sydney
- Duration 8 Days
- Max Group Size 15
- Activity Level Easy Going
Join Bill Peach Journeys for a delightful exploration of Canberra, Melbourne, Daylesford, Wagga Wagga and Orange. We will enjoy aerial flightseeing of these regions in all of their autumnal splendour and discover the charm of each destination. In the nation’s capital, we will commemorate the sacrifice of those who have served and died in war by attending the Dawn Service and ANZAC Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Australia’s most visited Museum.
We fly on to Melbourne and tour Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. Next we explore the inspiring Macedon Ranges, iconic Hanging Rock and spectacular Daylesford where we will spend 2 nights at the luxury boutique Lake House overlooking Lake Daylesford. We uncover the gold rush heritage of Castlemaine and Bendigo and discover Wagga Wagga and Orange. With luxury accommodation and exceptional cuisine throughout, this is a simply captivating Aircruise. Don’t miss this autumnal celebration of the tranquil countryside of Victoria, the ACT and New South Wales.
- Spectacular aerial sightseeing of Victoria, the ACT and NSW as the countryside glows in autumn hues
- Stay in luxury accommodation throughout including the Westin Melbourne, Park Hyatt Canberra & award-winning Lake House, Daylesford
- Attend the stirring Dawn Service and ANZAC Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial
- Touring of Canberra, Melbourne, Daylesford, Wagga Wagga and Orange
- Explore nature’s wonders in the lush Macedon Ranges and visit iconic Hanging Rock
- Step into the past as we tour the historic gold rush towns of Bendigo and Castlemaine
- Your own room with no single supplement charge
- All touring, transfers and meals included
- Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director
From the moment you check in for your Bill Peach Journeys Aircruise you will discover why we are the leaders in private luxury aircraft travel in Australia for over 36 years. Your friendly, professional and experienced Flight Crew and Journey Director will ensure that you experience the journey of a lifetime from the moment you arrive at the private executive departure lounge. After your initial check in, you will not need to check in again for each flight nor be troubled with luggage until your return at the conclusion of the Aircruise; all will be taken care of for you so you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
Our journey begins in Sydney where we board our private aircraft and fly to the nation’s capital, Canberra. We check in to our hotel, the Park Hyatt, perfectly located near the banks of Lake Burley Griffin and moments away from Parliament House. There will be a welcome dinner tonight.
Overnight: Park Hyatt Canberra or similar
A special day ahead as we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served and fought so valiantly for this nation’s freedoms. Voted by travellers as Australia’s number one landmark, the Australian War Memorial is a fitting location to begin our ANZAC ceremony today. Beginning with the haunting strains of the last post at the Dawn Service, we will bow our heads in respect to the courage of the fallen. We will tour the Australian War Memorial and hear stories of comradeship in wartime, tales of Australian innovation and resourcefulness in war and learn of the devotion of Australian nurses who have been serving for over 100 years.
Overnight: Park Hyatt Canberra or similar
After breakfast we board our private aircraft and fly from Canberra to Melbourne. Transfer from Melbourne Airport to enjoy lunch in the delightful bayside suburb of St Kilda. Enjoy superb views, laid back charm, all matched with delicious food and wine. This afternoon we enjoy touring of arguably Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. We explore vibrant St Kilda, named after a schooner ‘Lady of St Kilda’ by Charles La Trobe. During the Edwardian and Victorian eras, St Kilda became a favoured suburb of Melbourne’s elite and many palatial mansions were constructed along its hills and waterfront. Since the late 1960s, St Kilda has become known for its culture of bohemianism and is home to many prominent artists and musicians; today, a haven for coffee and fine food lovers. This afternoon we check in to the luxurious Westin Hotel, which enjoys a prime location and is walking distance to many Melbourne attractions and galleries.
Overnight: The Westin Melbourne or similar
This morning we head north west from Melbourne to Mount Macedon, the green heart of the Macedon Ranges. The lush wonderland of Mount Macedon is home to the natural attractions of gardens and wild bush. See glimpses of magnificent mansions, exotic European plantings that change with every season, as well as spot native wildlife and birds that inhabit the tall mountain ash forest. An emotive experience on the summit of Mount Macedon at the Memorial Cross, which commemorates Australia’s war fallen and has views that take in the entire southern plain towards Port Phillip Bay. We will visit iconic Hanging Rock or Mount Diogenes as it’s also known, which is a rare volcanic formation near the townships of Woodend and Mount Macedon. A sacred place for local indigenous people, it is also the backdrop to Joan Lindsay’s book Picnic at Hanging Rock. We continue on to picturesque Daylesford which boasts the highest concentration of mineral springs in the country. We check into the Lake House, our multi award-winning accommodation for the next two nights. This exceptional boutique property is set on six acres of abundant and fruitful gardens that extend down to the waters of Lake Daylesford.
Overnight: Lake House or similar
Today we tour to historic Castlemaine, a former gold mining town. The town’s rich history and heritage is seen in its streetscapes of grand public buildings, wide streets, ornate hotels and century-old shops. Following lunch, we return to Daylesford for an afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Lake House or similar
Today we journey to the impressive small city of Bendigo, which has one of the finest collections of Victorian buildings of any inland city in Australia. The streets are awash with huge granite edifices and, in the centre of the city, a fountain dedicated to Queen Victoria’s daughter-in-law, Princess Alexandra. The Chinese influence throughout the heady gold rush days is still very prominent in the city’s architecture and memorials. After lunch, we fly to Wagga Wagga.
Overnight: International Hotel or similar
Enjoy a heritage tour of Wagga Wagga, the state’s largest inland city, as well as an important agricultural, military and transport
hub of Australia. The city straddles the Murrumbidgee River, one of the great rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin and the city centre itself is located on the southern bank. This afternoon, we fly to Orange, renowned for fine fresh produce available throughout its 23 villages. The altitude, cool climate, soil structure and topography are the unique points of difference which distinguish wines from the Orange region. This evening our farewell dinner will be at one of Orange’s finest restaurants.
Overnight: de Russie Boutique Hotel or similar
Visit Mt Conobolis, the Orange Regional Gallery and visit the Botanic Gardens to enjoy autumn’s splendour before transferring to the airport for our flight to Sydney. Say farewell to new friends and take away memories of a delightful Autumn Colours Sojourn.