Day 1 – Arrive Melbourne
Melbourne the world’s “Most Livable City” going on its third year is Australia’s second largest city, but is second to none when it comes to fashion, festivals and Aussie Rules football. Visitors come for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife, but residents stay for its cultural diversity, passion for the arts and enviable sports calendar.
While traveling in beautiful Melbourne, catch a tram to trendy Southgate, rub shoulders with locals at the Queen Victoria Market or take in a show at the ornate Princess Theatre. For a break from the hustle and bustle, canoe down the lovely Yarra River or stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden – perfect experiences to get to know the real Melbourne.
Day 2 – Koalas and Kangroos, In The Wild
See Koalas and Kangaroos IN THE WILD! Interact with wild animals in their natural habitats on this full-day, fully-inclusive, small-group eco-tour, led by an experienced Wildlife Guide.
The park is home to a healthy population of wild koalas, which are researched and monitored to ensure the best possible sightings. Take an easy walk through the gum trees, searching for koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and birds in their natural setting. Your Wildlife Guide will point out plants and features of interest, explain some of the history of the area and, where possible, introduce you to known, named koalas that are part of the research project. Help collect important data, remove Boneseed (a weed) and make a difference to koala habitat.
The area is also of great significance to the local Aboriginal People of the Wathaurong Tribe. Many signs of their occupation remain, and the guide will share their knowledge with you. Though you will not meet any Aboriginal People on this tour, guides act with the knowledge, consent and support of the Wathaurong Community. A picnic lunch is usually served under the gum trees and includes gourmet sandwiches, fruit and cakes, and delicious Australian 'Billy tea'.
At Serendip Open Range Sanctuary, drive, then walk through the gum trees and across grasslands in search of mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos. They are wild and secretive, sometimes we find them before they see us, and you may then watch completely natural kangaroo social behavior. Also look out for curious emus, and take a short walk to the billabong, home to large populations of water birds. (L)
Day 3 – Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local cafe9 you were told of, then ended up missing everything? Melbourne's arcades and laneways hide many of these answers. Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and become orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. (L)
Day 4 – Depart Melbourne
You will be transferred by private vehicle from the city to the wharf for check-in of your cruise.