• Pricing From $5,700 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Melbourne
  • Duration 5 Days
  • Max Group Size 15
  • Activity Level Easy Going
  • Departs 18 Apr 2019
  • Returns 22 Apr 2019
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Bill Peach Journeys invites you to enjoy a delightful sojourn this Easter in the spectacular Daylesford and Macedon Ranges. Spend 3 nights at the award-winning tranquil Lake House overlooking Lake Daylesford enjoying the lush landscapes and natural springs which exude the welcoming ambiance for which this unique property is renowned.

We visit the picturesque town of Hepburn Springs, a haven for artists and acclaimed for its restorative healing waters. We will discover the history of the region while exploring the fascinating Gold Rush towns of Bendigo and Ballarat including a visit to the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Immerse yourself in yesteryear as we marvel at the heritage buildings, statues, monuments and water features of Bendigo reminiscent of its grand and gracious past.

Indulge in the exceptional produce of the region and also enjoy wine, cheese and chocolate tasting. This 5 day sojourn is a truly unique insight into the tastes and enchanting countryside of Victoria.

Highlights

  • Spend 3 nights at the multi award winning Lake House in Daylesford
  • Discover the charm and history of Bendigo including the Bendigo Art Gallery and Central Deborah Gold Mine
  • Explore the Gold Rush city of Ballarat
  • Visit picturesque Hepburn Springs, Australia’s largest mineral springs
  • Experience the exquisite wine and produce of the Macedon Ranges and indulge in wine, cheese and chocolate tasting
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Enjoy all the delights of this picturesque part of Victoria with new friends while enjoying your own room with no single supplement charge
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code EB1900
Departs 18 Apr 2019
Returns 22 Apr 2019
Price From $5,700 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: Arrive Melbourne

Transfer from Melbourne Airport to the luxurious The Westin Melbourne. Explore this vibrant metropolis this afternoon at leisure from The Westin’s prime location, walking distance to many Melbourne attractions and galleries. Your welcome dinner will be hosted by your Journey Director tonight, a perfect chance to get to know your fellow travellers.

Overnight: The Westin Melbourne

Day 2: Melbourne - Daylesford

Transfer by road to Daylesford. Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Daylesford boasts the highest concentration of mineral springs in the country. The natural beauty of the area and its period character have drawn a widening artistic community and many visitors to the area. We will tour this town that sits at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and also Australia’s largest mineral springs, Hepburn Springs. Today Hepburn Springs is home to many fine art and craft shops and caters to the visitor trade that descend on this picturesque area for their acclaimed spa treatments. Given that this is the region that takes indulgence to another level, it is only right that we sample local produce at a cheese and wine tasting and a chocolate factory.

Arrive this afternoon at the Lake House, your accommodation for the next three nights. Set on six acres of abundant and fruitful gardens that extend down to the waters of Lake Daylesford and provide guests with immediate access to the lake shore and the Wombat State Forest beyond.

Overnight: Lake House, Daylesford

Day 3: Bendigo

Today we journey to the impressive small city of Bendigo. It has one of the finest collections of Victorian buildings of any inland city in Australia. The streets are literally awash with huge granite edifices and, in the centre of the city, a fountain dedicated to Queen Victoria’s daughter-in-law, Princess Alexandra. One of the best ways to explore the city is on the infamous talking tram, which runs through the heart of the city uncovering much of its fascinating past. We will also visit the Bendigo Art Gallery and tour Central Deborah Gold Mine for a historical look at Victoria’s gold rush years. After lunch at the charming Buda House & Gardens we return to the Lake House.

Overnight: Lake House, Daylesford

Day 4: Ballarat

This morning we explore Ballarat, a city established during the gold rush era. In August 1851, gold was discovered in Ballarat creating the biggest gold rush the world has ever seen. Within a few short years the population had reached more than 40,000 and the tent town of Ballarat quickly gave way to a grand Victorian city of timber, brick and bluestone. Explore Ballarat’s grand Victorian streetscapes of opulent ‘’Boomtown’’ architecture and become captivated by the history behind the facades. True tales of rebellion, tragedy and triumph, fortunes won and lost, along with the city’s highest achievers and world famous visitors. We celebrate our farewell dinner on Easter Sunday with a very special evening for all.

Overnight: Lake House, Daylesford

Day 5: Depart Melbourne

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to the airport. Saying a fond farewell to new friends, we take away memories of a delightful Easter Sojourn.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world-class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact, over 40% of our guests travel alone and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening.  Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour

Flights from your home port to Melbourne are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Melbourne, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Melbourne, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)