Melbourne Explorer

From Broadmeadows Station in Melbourne’s north, bus to Southbank where the 297m-high Eureka Tower points skywards. Designed by famous Melbourne architect Nonda Katsalidis and opened in 2006, it’s the second-tallest building in Australia…and the views from the top-floor Eureka 89 restaurant are astonishing! Enjoy a fabulous lunch at Eureka 89 then visit the Eureka Skydeck for an expansive 360° outlook. Feeling brave? ‘The Edge’ is a walk-in glass-bottomed cube that extends out from the tower high above the streets.

Ride the southern hemisphere’s fastest elevator back down to terra firma. Once you have arrived at street level, you have the opportunity to choose between one of three options:

Laneways Walking Tour:  Melbourne’s CBD is criss-crossed with cobblestone laneways, once the domain of Victorian-era ‘dunny trucks’. These days Melbourne’s laneways sustain cafes, hole-in-the wall bars, boutiques and a booming street-art scene. Venture into this unique and soulful realm on a two hour walking tour. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.

National Gallery of Victoria: The NGV is a bastion of high art and high ideas. The Australian collection features some truly spectacular Aboriginal art. You’ll have extra time to look around at your own pace.

Free time: At your own pace, it’s time to go exploring: venture into coffee-scented laneways, through historic arcades and browse the Bourke St Mall boutiques. The walkway from Federation Square along the meandering Yarra River to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a memorable afternoon stroll. Meet back at Federation Square, the city’s cultural heart where your coach will transfer you to the Moorabool Valley wine region near Geelong: dinner, wine tastings and perhaps an afternoon stroll await. You’ll reboard the Great Southern at nearby Inverleigh Siding in time for your nocturnal journey west.

Please note: this itinerary will vary on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Please see your friendly Great Southern staff for details.

– Approximately 10 hours

– Fitness level – Low/Moderate – walking tour, approximately 2km of walking required

– Hat and sunscreen + shopping opportunity

Platinum and Gold Service guests Included in your fare