Melbourne Cup Coach Tour from Canberra

The 2014 Melbourne Cup 
Sunday 02 November – Saturday 08 November, 2014

AU$1856 per person - twin share

Victoria is THE place to be in November –Melbourne is the horse racing capital of Australia. We have arranged reserved seats at Flemington for the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup – the greatest horse racing event of the year and the richest handicap 2 mile race in the world. Join us for a fantastic trip to the races – the 2014 Melbourne Cup!


6 nights stayput accommodation
Eurkea Skydeck and High Tea at the Windsor
Reserved undercover seats for the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup
Dandenong Ranges – Puffing Billy & Cuckoo Restaurant
Queen Victoria Markets


Day 1(D):
Sydney/Canberra to Melbourne – Sunday 02 November 2014

Welcome to our 2014 Melbourne Cup Tour.  This morning we set off early as we plan to travel the whole day, arriving at our destination in time for dinner at our accommodation this evening.  We have chosen a property right in the heart of the city giving us a chance to take a wander any time we have free.  Settle in as this will be our home for the next 6 nights.  (Lunch own expense enroute/Welcome dinner on arrival)
Quality Batmans Hill, Melbourne (subject to availability)

Day 2 (BLD):
Melbourne Sightseeing – Monday 03 November 2014 

After a hearty breakfast we head off on a sightseeing tour of the city.  We enjoy the city sights by visiting the spectacular Eureka Skydeck.  The awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere, is at Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower, currently the world’s tallest residential building.  Two dedicated lifts propel us to Level 88 in under 40 seconds –and only Skydeck 88 can give us the world’s only “Edge Experience” (own expense) – inside  a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building!!!  We may have time for a quick look around Southbank before we arrive for our very special High Tea (lunch) at The Hotel Windsor.  They have been serving traditional High Tea since 1883!  We have plenty of time to enjoy the freshly baked scones with jam and cream, exquisite pastries and finger sandwiches and a glass of sparkling wine.  Nearby are the Fitzroy Gardens in East Melbourne. The gardens were designed in 1857 by Latrobe Bateman who designed the gardens using the Union Jack as a pattern!  We take a look at Captain Cooks Cottage before a stop at Federation Square and then head back to the hotel. (Breakfast and dinner in the hotel/lunch/High Tea Hotel Windsor) 

Day 3: (B):
Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 04 November 2014

Melbourne Cup Day and we are off to Flemington.  
We will get a reasonably early start as the racing gets underway at around 10.30am.  We may even have time for a “TAB Stop” to get some early Cup Bets and thereby miss some of the rush on the track.  We have arranged Reserved Seats and pre-paid entrance to the course.  The rest of the days activities and expenses are of your own doing!  It will be very crowded but try and take a short walk along the lawn area in front of the Mounting Yard, see Flemington’s famous roses and perhaps even venture into the “Bird Cage” – there are some fashions here only seen on Melbourne Cup Day!  
After a great day – and hopefully a profitable one – we will depart at a pre-arranged time after the last race and transfer back to our accommodation.  (Breakfast in the Hotel/Lunch and dinner own arrangements and cost)


Day 4 (BLD):
The Dandenong Ranges – Wednesday 05 November 2014

This morning we head out through the Eastern Suburbs to the Dandenong Ranges. The Dandenongs, for over 100 years, have been an idyllic retreat for Melbournians wanting to take in the mountain air and escape the bustle of city life.  Today, visitors from all over Australia, flock to the beautiful gardens and magnificent tall forests of the Dandenongs.  At Belgrave we join the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train on a ride through to Emerald.  Our coach will be waiting for us.  Lunch today is at the Cuckoo Restaurant.  The Cuckoo Restaurant is also located in Olinda along the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road.  The charming building is designed in the Bavarian Chalet Style boasting staggered gabled roofs with scalloped edging and decorative window shutters.  We enjoy a buffet lunch and relax with some great entertainment. Mid-afternoon we transfer back to our hotel.  It will be a great day. (Breakfast and dinner in the motel/Lunch at the Cuckoo Restaurant)

Day 5 (BD):
Shopping/Queen Victoria Markets – Thursday 06 Nov 2014

Today is what Melbourne is all about - shopping !  We make sure we are well rested and ready for all those bargains.  We explore Melbourne's famous discount outlets and hard-to-find back street warehouse sales.  Outlets could include women’s fashion, handbags, men’s and kids clothing, homewares, chocolates/nuts/food, stationary, cosmetics, gifts, books, sportswear, lingerie and sleepwear, leather goods, sunglasses, swim wear, toys and manchester, surf/street wear, sunglasses, knitwearshops.  We also visit the Queen Victoria Markets.  The market is a vast and vibrant centre of trade and commerce that was officially opened on 20 March 1878 and has served consumer’s needs for more than 120 years.  Around 8.5 million people visit each year.  The market is spread over 7 hectares and is the largest open air Market in the southern hemisphere.  Almost one thousand traders sell everything from exotic Australian fruit and vegetables and local and imported gourmet foods, meat, fish and poultry to hardware, manchester, clothing and authentic Australian artefacts and souvenirs.  We arrive back at the hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.  (Breakfast & Dinner in the motel/Lunch own expense)

Day 6 (BD):
Leisure Day – Friday 07 November 2014

This morning we have a more relaxed start to the day.  Today is ours to enjoy a lie in, jump on the tram for our own sightseeing or perhaps explore the city on foot.  This evening we meet up for our final night on tour as we join Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.  The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant offers diners an enjoyable perspective of Melbourne's leafy boulevards and best attractions.  This glossy, burgundy restaurant on wheels is the first travelling tramcar restaurant in the world and ensures a delightful innovative approach to dining.  As we cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, enjoy fine cuisine and the best of Australian wines.  The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect.  Dining aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. (Breakfast in the hotel/Lunch own expense/ Dinner Colonial Tramcar)

Day 7 (B):
Melbourne to Canberra/Sydney – Saturday 08 November 2014

What a week we have had in Melbourne! This morning after an early breakfast we head home to complete a sensational 7 day tour. (Breakfast in the hotel/Lunch own arrangements and cost)

All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc.