• Pricing From $7,250 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE*
  • From Melbourne
  • Duration 7 Days
  • Max Group Size 10
  • Activity Level Easy Going
  • Departs 12 Nov 22
  • Returns 18 Nov 22

Bill Peach Journeys invites you to enjoy a delightful springtime Sojourn in the spectacular Goulburn River and Daylesford regions. Explore the magnificent Noorilim Estate and gardens and cruise the Goulburn River on a riverboat cruiser. Spend three nights at the tranquil award-winning 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 visits to their comprehensive art galleries. Immerse yourself in yesteryear as we marvel at the heritage buildings, statues, monuments and gardens of these two historical towns reminiscent of their grand and gracious past. This seven day sojourn is a truly unique insight into the landscapes and enchanting countryside of Victoria as we explore the gardens, galleries and so much more of these breathtaking regions.

Highlights

  • Spend 3 nights at the multi-award-winning Lake House in Daylesford
  • Explore the Goulburn Valley, including the charming town of Nagambie and cruise the Goulburn River
  • Discover the charm and history of the Gold Rush era towns of Bendigo and Ballarat, including their well-regarded art galleries
  • Unearth the treasures of the Heide Museum of Modern Art and Mitchelton Estate’s own Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Visit picturesque Hepburn Springs, Australia’s largest mineral springs, and tour breathtaking Daylesford
  • Explore the magnificient Noorilim Estate & gardens
  • Delight in the springtime beauty of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens and Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm
  • All meals included - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Enjoy touring with new friends while enjoying your own room with no single supplement charge
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code VG2200*
Departs 12 Nov 2022
Returns 18 Nov 2022
Price From $7,250 pp
Single Supplement FREE*
Day 1: Arrive Melbourne

Transfer from Melbourne Airport to the luxurious Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, a chic French-inspired hotel ideally located in the heart of the city. Your Journey Director hosts the welcome dinner tonight, a perfect chance to meet your fellow travellers.

Overnight: Sofitel Melbourne

Day 2: Melbourne - Goulburn Valley

Visit the Heide Museum of Modern Art before transferring to the regional town of Nagambie. Here we will see the statue of undefeated racing champion Black Caviar then visit the Nagambie Brewery offering spectacular views of Lake Nagambie.

Next, we tour Noorilim Estate which features a magnificent country mansion surrounded by 22 acres of picturesque botanical gardens. This afternoon we visit the Aboriginal Art Gallery at Mitchelton to enjoy a private with tour with the curator.

Overnight: Mitchelton Hotel

Day 3: Goulburn Valley

Today we will experience the beauty of the Goulburn River, cruising along its waters in style. Linking Mitchelton and Tahbilk, two of Victoria’s best-loved wineries, we take in the scenic inland waterways, tranquil rolling green hills and sweeping river bends while sampling the local produce and wine.

Overnight: Mitchelton Hotel

Day 4: Hepburn Springs & Daylesford

This morning we transfer by road to Daylesford, which boasts the highest concentration of mineral springs in the country. Sitting at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, nearby Hepburn Springs boasts a historic bathhouse famed for its spa treatments. Visit Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, perched high on the summit of an extinct volcano offering panoramic views.

Arrive this afternoon at the Lake House, your accommodation for the next three nights. The property is 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

Day 5: Bendigo

After breakfast 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 as the streets are awash with huge granite edifices. 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 explore the Bendigo Art Gallery.

Overnight: Lake House

Day 6: Ballarat

Explore Ballarat, a city established upon the discovery of gold in August 1851, prompting the biggest gold rush the world has ever seen. Wander Ballarat’s grand Victorian streetscapes of opulent ‘’Boomtown’’ architecture and hear fascinating tales from the past. Tour the Art Gallery of Ballarat before visiting the Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, famed for its historic homestead and European-style gardens. Tonight’s farewell dinner is at the Lake House’s famed two-hatted restaurant, an icon in regional dining.

Overnight: Lake House

Day 7: Depart Melbourne

Transfer to Melbourne Airport or city. Saying a fond farewell to new friends, we take away memories of a delightful Victorian 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 1 kilometre 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)

* Single Supplement Free offer has limited availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Please contact Bill Peach Journeys for details.

* Due to current travel restrictions, there may be operational / date changes required. We will continue to work with suppliers to monitor the situation.