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Discover Melbourne, Discover Victoria

Visitors to Melbourne are delighted and amazed by the sheer breadth of unique sightseeing and entertainment experiences that are available within a short stroll, tram, train or taxi ride of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and its nearby hotels. Whether you’re taking a short break between sessions or after a hard day’s work, or have arranged a few days of personal time, you are just minutes away from sandy beaches or any one of the beautiful parks and gardens sprinkled throughout the city; and just hours away from wine country, old gold mining towns, snowfields and the world-famous surf coast.

381There is no shortage of things to do in Melbourne’s city centre. You can wander through art galleries, tour historic sites along the ‘Golden Mile Heritage Trail’, experience the living Australian Forest and indigenous display at the Melbourne Museum or maybe take a leisurely cruise along the Yarra River past Southgate, the Docklands and the MCEC. Recognised as the ‘food capital’ of Australia, Melbourne is also renowned for its fabulous shopping. Melbourne attractions include designer stores in the city; the exclusive boutiques of Chapel Street; and bargain-hunting in the buzzing atmosphere of the Queen Victoria Market. And when wandering in the city, peer down almost any laneway and catch a glimpse of the ‘secret Melbourne’ – a place of edgy art, hidden bars and cutting-edge design.

Allow time before or following the Conference to experience a range of tours and discover Melbourne and nearby regional areas. A range of half day tours are on offer.
 
Please contact WALDRONSMITH Management on +61 3 9645 6311 or xrm2014@wsm.com.au, should you have any questions about the tours.
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How to Book

To guarantee your place on these tours, bookings and payment must be received in advance. Please make your bookings on the online registration form. All prices are inclusive of GST and inclusions are noted on the tour information.

Tours are available from Sunday 25 October through to Friday 31 October 2014.  If you wish to book a tour outside of these dates, please e-mail xrm2014@wsm.com.au

Adult and children (4-14 years of age) tickets are available.

Departure Point
Coach and tour service are provided by Gray Line Tours and all tours depart from the Gray Line Tours office at:
Melbourne Day Tour Centre
Federation Square East
Corner Flinders & Russell Streets
Melbourne
Please check in 15 minutes prior to departure. Return times are approximate.
Hotel pick up can also be arranged on request and with prior notice.

Cancellation Policy
A 50% cancellation fee will apply for a tour cancelled within 72 – 24 hours of travel. Within 24 hours of travel 100% cancellation fee applies. Cancellation fees imposed on Gray Line by our suppliers will also be passed on.

Disclaimer
Please note that some of the tour times may impact your ability to partake in the Conference program.  Please ensure that the tour times do not impact your attendance to sessions you wish to attend prior to booking a tour.

List of Tours

penguinsPenguin Parade with Penguins Plus – Gray Line Day Tour 384
Operates: DAILY
Depart Time: 1.15pm, Return Time: 9.00pm-11.30pm
Adult $153.00, Child $76.50
Fare Includes: Entrance to Penguin Parade, meeting wallabies/kangaroos, Koala Conservation Centre, Penguins Plus premium viewing area, souvenir gift and complimentary drink.
So completely Australian – unique in the world. Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. From the waves – across the beach – to the sand dunes – the Little Penguins can almost be touched as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island. It is the nightly ritual of these little flightless birds which will enthrall you as you observe from the beach and the elevated boardwalk. Koalas – totally Australian – peering down from the gum trees where they live. Fat and furry, wet noses and a gentle smile of contented living on Phillip Island. Seals near the sea, basking in the late sunlight on half tide rocks compliment this island, rich in wildlife which makes Phillip Island a very special place.
HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Panoramic views of Western Port and French Island
  • San Remo – maritime fishing village
  • Visit Churchill Island for afternoon tea (own expense)
  • Look for birdlife at the island wetlands (seasonal)
  • Opportunity to meet wallabies/kangaroos
  • Phillip Island Nature Park – a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
  • Koala Conservation Centre – look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks
  • The Nobbies – a rugged rocky outcrop
  • Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach from Penguins Plus premium viewing area for the best views of the Penguins (souvenir gift and drink included)
  • See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
  • Inspect the Visitors Centre – an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin
  • A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on season and at own expense).

Please bring warm, waterproof clothing as nights can be cold on the island in any season. The Penguin Parade is a natural phenomenon taking place in the open outdoors.

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afternoonAfternoon Melbourne Highlights – Gray Line Day Tour 392
Operates: DAILY, except MONDAY and WEDNESDAY
Depart Time: 1.30pm, Return Time: 5.30pm
Adult $60.00, Child $30.00
Fare Includes: Coach touring
Tour the highlights of Melbourne from its gardens to its famous shopping precincts, cultural icons and Melbournian lifestyle. City fringe inner suburbs offer a treasure trove of vintage finds, boutiques and eclectic eateries.
HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne Park – National Tennis Centre
  • Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens – perhaps enjoy a Devonshire Tea (own expense) or walk by the lake
  • Kings Domain Gardens
  • The Shrine of Remembrance
  • Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Gracious tree lined St Kilda Road
  • Docklands – waterfront development
  • Etihad Stadium at Docklands
  • Bolte Bridge – spectacular city overview
  • Port Melbourne by the sea
  • Travel by the beach to trendy St Kilda
  • Visit Acland Street in St Kilda – a vibrant cosmopolitan mix of funky bars, eateries, shops and world famous patisseries
  • Perhaps enjoy a local favourite – afternoon tea of coffee and continental cake (own expense)
  • Fashionable suburbs of Elwood and Brighton
  • Brighton bathing boxes – a functional remnant of a bygone era (photo stop)
  • Tour through the main street of Brighton
  • Fitzroy Street in St Kilda – lively with its restaurant and bars
  • Albert Park Lake – site of the F1 Grand Prix
  • Shopping, dining and entertainment precinct of Chapel Street, Prahran.

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afternoon riverAfternoon Melbourne Highlights with River Cruise – Gray Line Day Tour 372
Operates: DAILY, except MONDAY and WEDNESDAY
Depart Time: 12.00pm, Return Time: 5.30pm
Adult $83.00, Child $41.50
Fare Includes: River cruise and coach touring
A tour capturing the essence of Melbourne….a scenic cruise on the Yarra River, a comprehensive look at the highlights of Melbourne and a visit to the cultural icons of St Kilda and Brighton Beach bathing boxes.
Make your own way to our office at Federation Square, corner Flinders & Russell Streets by 11.55am. After the River Cruise, join the afternoon coach tour at 1.20pm.
HIGHLIGHTS:
RIVER CRUISE

  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Yarra River
  • Experience our early settlement days with views of the barque “Polly Woodside” and bluestone wharves
  • Spectacular views of the city skyline
  • See the West Gate Bridge

COACH TOUR

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne Park – National Tennis Centre
  • Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens – perhaps enjoy a Devonshire Tea (own expense) or walk by the lake
  • Kings Domain Gardens
  • The Shrine of Remembrance
  • Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Gracious tree lined St Kilda Road
  • Docklands – waterfront development
  • Etihad Stadium at Docklands
  • Bolte Bridge – spectacular city overview
  • Port Melbourne by the sea
  • Travel by the beach to trendy St Kilda
  • Visit Acland Street in St Kilda – a vibrant cosmopolitan mix of funky bars, eateries, shops and world famous patisseries
  • Perhaps enjoy a local favourite – afternoon tea of coffee and continental cake (own expense)
  • Fashionable suburbs of Elwood and Brighton
  • Brighton bathing boxes – a functional remnant of a bygone era (photo stop)
  • Tour through the main street of Brighton
  • Fitzroy Street in St Kilda – lively with its restaurant and bars
  • Albert Park Lake – site of the F1 Grand Prix
  • Shopping, dining and entertainment precinct of Chapel Street, Prahran

Lunch can be added to this tour for an additional $22.00 per adult and $11.00 per child (Gray Line Day Tour 372L).

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bestBest of Melbourne – Gray Line Day Tour 352
Operates: DAILY, except MONDAY and WEDNESDAY
Depart Time: 12.00pm, Return Time: 7.15pm
Adult $197.00, Child $128.00
Fare Includes: River cruise, gourmet boxed lunch with drink and three course dinner aboard Tramcar Restaurant
Gray Line’s unique Best of Melbourne Tour is a showcase of Melbourne’s charm. A scenic cruise on the Yarra River, a comprehensive look at Melbourne’s highlights, a visit to iconic Brighton bathing boxes and fine cuisine aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as you tour the streets of Melbourne.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Make your own way to our office at Federation Square, corner Flinders & Russell Streets by 12.00pm.
RIVER CRUISE

  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Yarra River
  • Experience our early settlement days with views of the barque “Polly Woodside”
  • Spectacular views of the city skyline
  • See the West Gate Bridge

COACH TOUR

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Melbourne Park – National Tennis Centre
  • Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens – perhaps enjoy a Devonshire Tea (own expense) or walk by the lake
  • Kings Domain Gardens
  • The Shrine of Remembrance
  • Arts and Cultural Centre
  • Gracious tree lined St Kilda Road
  • Docklands – waterfront development
  • Etihad Stadium at Docklands
  • Bolte Bridge – spectacular city overview
  • Port Melbourne by the sea
  • Travel by the beach to trendy St Kilda
  • Visit Acland Street in St Kilda – a vibrant cosmopolitan mix of funky bars, eateries, shops and world famous patisseries
  • Perhaps enjoy a local favourite – afternoon tea of coffee and continental cake (own expense)
  • Fashionable suburbs of Elwood and Brighton
  • Brighton bathing boxes – a functional remnant of a bygone era (photo stop)
  • Tour through the main street of Brighton
  • Fitzroy Street in St Kilda – lively with its restaurant and bars
  • Albert Park Lake – site of the F1 Grand Prix
  • Shopping, dining and entertainment precinct of Chapel Street, Prahran

TRAMCAR

  • An unforgettable experience of dining in the 1927 colonial tram car restaurant as it cruises Melbourne’s streets
  • A sumptuous three course dinner including beverages
  • Late bookings are subject to availability. Hotel drop-offs are not available on this tour

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396Great Ocean Road Adventure – Gray Line Day Tour 396
Operates: DAILY
Depart Time: 8.00am, Return Time: 7.30pm
Adult $161.00, Child $80.50
Fare Includes: National park fees, Aussie style Bush Billy tea with lamingtons, vegemite and crackers and free WiFi on coach (subject to wifi equipped coach availability)
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s great drives, a dramatic, powerful, dangerous and majestic coastline, also known as the Shipwreck Coast. Your day on the Great Ocean Road extends from Geelong to Anglesea and through Lorne and Apollo Bay. After your lunch stop you continue on through the Otway National Park, to the rugged beauty of the Twelve Apostle National Park and the Twelve Apostles themselves, is there really twelve? To Loch Ard Gorge and Port Campbell shaped by the wild Southern Ocean this coastline will not fail to impress. Got your camera?
HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from West Gate Bridge
  • The Surf Coast
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Great Ocean Road
  • Surf beach resort of Lorne
  • Precipitous coastal cliffs, long sandy beaches and rolling surf
  • River inlets and fern gullies
  • Stop at picturesque Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense) – perhaps a walk along the beach
  • Otway National Park – fern gullies and eucalypts make up this beautiful Australian rainforest
  • Port Campbell National Park’s rugged coastline, “The Shipwreck Coast” with many stops including…
  • Gibson’s Steps – gain a unique perspective of the stunning Apostles from the water’s edge
  • Huge stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles
  • You may take an optional helicopter flight over the shipwreck coast (own expense)
  • The Island Arch and Razorback – grand architecture carved by surf
  • Loch Ard Gorge – site of the tragic shipwreck of the “Loch Ard”
  • Port Campbell – holiday resort and fishing village
  • This powerful coastline provides scope for stunning photography
  • Return directly to Melbourne enjoying an on-board Australian movie “All The Rivers Run – 1”
  • See the spectacular evening lights of Melbourne from West Gate Bridge.

Please bring a windbreaker and walking shoes.

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