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Tour E: Sydney to Melbourne via Canberra and North East Victoria SM4 (3 days/2 nights)

Route: Via Canberra, Avalanche Homestead, the Snowy Mountains, Bright area.

Day 1: Sydney to Avalanche Homestead via Canberra. (L,D)

You are collected from your city hotel at 8.00 am in your luxury 4WD vehicle and travel south through Sydney along the beautiful Illawarra coast to Wollongong. Your tour then takes you through the rolling hills and rich grazing country of the Southern Tablelands to Canberra, Australia's national capital, designed by Chicago architect Walter Burly Griffin. After lunch, a tour of Canberra includes visits to the world renowned Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the internationally acclaimed Australian National Gallery and a tour of foreign embassies, many of which are designed in the traditional architecture of their home countries.

A 45 km drive south brings you to Avalanche Homestead where you stay overnight. While by day it is a working Australian sheep and cattle property, Avalanche Homestead offers VIP accommodation and dining. At dusk a 4WD safari takes you spotlighting deep in the Australian bush where you will see some unique Australian animals and birds in their native habitat, including kangaroos and owls. In the evening, join your hosts for a convivial candlelight dinner complemented by quality Australian wines.

Day 2: Avalanche Homestead via Snowy Mountains to Beechworth (B,L,D)

Today you travel through the Monaro district to Cooma, gateway to the larges hydro electricity operation in Australia.

The countryside you travel through is truly spectacular and the little country towns like Jindabyne where the Snowy River starts and Thredbo an alpine ski resort which is 10km from Australia's highest mountain, Mt Kosciusko are very unique. Overnight Bright/Beechworth.

Day 3: Beechworth to Melbourne (B,L)

After breakfast we travel through the rich gold mining country and vineyards where you can sample some of the best wine in Australia. We will travel through Glenrowan the site of Ned Kelly's last stand. ( Ned was a famous bush ranger who wore a suit of armour over his head and upper body) However, he was shot in the leg and captured by police at Glenrowan. The tour now travels through rich agricultural land towards Melbourne where we arrive late afternoon.

Variations Available

We can vary the itinerary for Melbourne by offering alternative trips to: The Great Ocean Road, Sovereign Hill or The Yarra Valley Wine Areas. As well as the 4WD vehicles we have deluxe 21 seater airconditioned coaches available for small groups and we can arrange itineraries to suit the clients.

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