Exploring The Great Garden State Including Daylesford
Exploring The Great Garden State
Now here’s something you didn’t know! Emma Whiting Travel now books regional Victorian getaways! Like you, we have been waiting for the news that we can book travel interstate. Who knows when this will be possible! In the meantime we are all going to need a travel fix, escape the four walls and feel some freedom. Whist the team at Emma Whiting Travel have been working from home and keeping safe we have been spending our time seeking out the many experiences we can organise for you over the coming months. Many of our travel partners have been designing some interesting and unique itineraries and from our research there is so much to see and do in regional Victoria. It’s also a great opportunity to help our own state get back on its feet.

From quaint spa country towns, to the quiet yet charming allure of the Mornington Peninsula and the Murray River, we are so lucky to have countless diverse experiences on our doorstep. Whether you are planning a short break, a romantic getaway or the ultimate family adventure, there's an experience calling your name. This week we are showcasing great local escapes, including self-drive itineraries and guided tours.

So have a read, give us a call, and find out what other hidden gems we have found and lets organise a regional trip for you with family or friends.
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Uniquely Victoria Experiences
Arts, Culture & Events
Melbourne’s calendar is bursting at the seams with major cultural and art events and festivals. Dress to impress for the Spring Racing Carnival, take your seat at centre court to watch all the grand slam action of the Australian Open or experience a performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. With a plethora of art galleries and museums to explore and major festivals occurring every month, Melbourne offers a unique experience for every kind of traveler.
Great Ocean Road
From rainforests and rivers to old volcanoes and rugged coastline, the Great Ocean Road showcases nature at its most diverse. Marvel at the limestone stack formations of the Twelve Apostles, see the world famous waves at Bells Beach or laze on the golden sands at Anglesea. Tempt your tastebuds during your journey with fresh produce and excellent wineries, including Bellbrae Estate, surrounding Lorne and Bells Beach. It’s not hard to see why this is one of Australia’s most iconic drives.
Grampians National Park
One of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations, the Grampians is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forest. Rich in native wildlife, the national park is a great place for camping, climbing, scenic drives and bushwalking. A network of trails and tracks allows you to explore sparkling waterfalls, spectacular wildflowers and scenic lookouts. Hike to Boroka and be rewarded with a bird’s eye view across the park. Visit Brambuk Cultural Centre to experience Australia’s native flora and fauna and discover the fascinating culture of the local Aboriginal people.
Mornington Peninsula
Breathe in the fresh sea air, sample local cuisine and immerse yourself in the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula, just one hour from Melbourne. Explore the galleries, spas and cafés in seaside villages, cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries. Indulge in a relaxing thermal spa in the naturally heated and healing mineral waters at Peninsula Hot Springs. Then play a round on a striking cliff top golf course. The region’s diverse array of activities means there is plenty to fill up your days.
Unforgettable Self-Drives
Great Southern Route
Travel along the Great Ocean Road, stop and take in Cape Otway, marvel at the Twelve Apostles, see the amazing London Arch, hike to lush MacKenzie Falls and take in the view from Reed Lookout all on this 5-day Great Ocean Road self-drive.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 5 days car rental with GPS
  • Co-pilot self drive kit
  • Admission to Sovereign Hill with entry to the Gold Museum
5 Days - Melbourne Return
from $749*
Discover Victoria
Taste the flavours of the Yarra Valley wineries, see unique Australian fauna at Healesville Sanctuary, enjoy a free pelican feeding at San Remo, delight at the penguins marching from the beach to their burrows and Visit scenic Mornington Peninsula, stylish Sorrento and Portsea .

  • 3 nights accommodation including a night at the beautiful Pepper Links
  • 4 days car rental with GPS
  • Co-pilot self drive kit
4 Days - Melbourne Return
from $595*
Gorgeous Guided Tours
Melbourne To Adelaide 
Drive along the iconic Great Ocean Road, admire the formations of the Twelve Apostles, see the world’s tallest flowering plants at Great Otway National Park and listen to the stories of ancient mariners along the Shipwreck Coast.

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • National park fees
  • Naracoorte Cave tour
  • Expert guide
  • Pick-up from Melbourne
  • Drop-off to Adelaide
3 Days - Guided Tour
from $1545*
Great Ocean Road 
& Grampians
Be amazed by the Twelve Apostles, discover Loch Ard Gorge, Razorback and Gibsons Beach, explore the magnificent Grampians National Park and view the sights from the Boroka and Reed Lookouts all over 3 exciting days.

  • 1 night accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • National park fees
  • Air-conditioned coach
  • Guided bushwalk with expert guide
  • Return transfers from selected Melbourne accommodation
2 Days - Guided Tour
from $455*
Stunning City Stays
Melbourne Family Fun
Jump aboard the free City Circle Tram and take in all the sights of downtown Melbourne including the iconic Queen Victoria Markets and the city Botanical Gardens. Take in one of the many theatre productions currently showing or simply under the many hidden laneways and arcades.

  • 2 nights 4 star stay at the Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins
  • Free meals for up to 2 children (12 y/o) when dining with paying adults
  • Bottled water on arrival
  • Free Wi-Fi
2 Nights - Melbourne Stay
from $635* per family
Melbourne In Style
Want to experience the natural beauty of Victoria whilst still enjoying 5 star accommodation? This is the package you've been looking for.  Enjoy a taste of both the exquisite Great Ocean Road as well as the ever beautiful Yarra Valley, Australia’s premier wine-producing region.

  • 3 nights at the Langham Melbourne
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Discount spa vouchers
  • Great Ocean Road Sunset tour
  • Yarra Valley Food and Wine tour
  • Return private car transfers 
3 Nights - Stay & Tour
from $739* pp sharing
Delightful Daylesford
Daylesford is about an hour and a half North West of Melbourne and located between Castlemaine and Creswick. It has Australia’s largest concentration of natural mineral springs with a huge industry built around physical and spiritual wellness including spa treatments, massages and acupuncture. Click below to follow Jaq to Daylesford and learn about all her recommendations in the area. 

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