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• Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights
• States covered: Victoria
• Flight gateway: Melbourne Airport (MEL)
• Highlights: Beautiful coastal scenery, pristine nature and wildlife encounters
• Car rental: From SGD35 per day
• Self drive package: From SGD1,100 per pax for 5 days
Southeast of Stawell is Ararat, a thriving community settled during the gold rush of the 1800s. Visit the former goal for the criMinsally insane, J Ward, explore the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre and the Langi Morgala Museum, which commemorate the history of Chinese immigrants who settled in the region to seek their fortune.
From here the route turns east to Ballarat, one of Victoria's largest cities. Built with the wealth of the gold rush, much of the opulence is still on display in the grand public buildings, hotels and historic streetscapes. Step back to the gold-mining era in 1850s at Sovereign Hill. See blacksmiths at work, pan for gold or go down an underground mine. Alternatively, get up close with Australian wildlife at Ballarat Wildlife Park.
The Grampians National Park, ideal for both relaxation and adventure, is famous for spectacular scenery in Australia. Walk to cascading waterfalls or vantage points overlooking rugged mountain ranges and impressive rock formations, explore the bushland and discover the diverse wildlife of the region. For the more adventurous, try rock climbing or abseiling on the cliffs, pinnacles and bluffs of the Grampians. Guides and equipment are available, so even a novice can give it a go.The Grampians also have the largest collection of Aboriginal rock paintings in Victoria.
Do try glamping (glamorous camping) while you're here in Australia! It is a wonderful way to explore Australia's natural beauty in style. Watch The Smart Local's Melbourne epic adventure here».
Drive to Port Campbell National Park to witness nature's marvellous rock formations, including an amazing collection known as the Twelve Apostles - carved out of the headland by the fierce waves of the Southern Ocean. Spectacular shapes in the nearby cliffs, including Loch Ard Gorge, the Arch, the Blowhole and London Bridge as well as Wreck Beach are also not to be missed.
Adventurous sightseers can take the boardwalks that lead to coastline lookouts, where one can spot plaques and signs that mark more than 160 floundered ships along the aptly named Shipwreck Coast. An exhilarating helicopter experience over the coastline and rock formations will mark an unforgettable experience!
Meet the locals and do some food and coffee tasting at South Melbourne Market. Celebrating 150 years this year, this market just south of the Yarra river and 5 minutes tram from Flinders Street is a great place to meet and mingle with the locals. From sipping artisan coffee to eating oysters fresh at the fish counters, fill you heart and your tummy with quality from all around.
During the evening, head to Hosier Lane to experience the buzz as the laneways come to life. Admire the fairy-lit frees and floodlit historic buildings in the city. If you are missing a taste of Asia, don't hesitate to book a table at Longrain restaurant in Little Bourke Street and you won’t be disappointed.