Start: Melbourne Finish: Melbourne
Physical rating: Low
Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour code: NAT6
Australian Natural Treasures Touring
Group size: 2 - 8
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Australian Natural Treasures Touring has operated high quality multi day tours of some of Victoria's finest regions and now they want you to enjoy the amazing culinary attributes of the Macedon Ranges and Daylesford region.
This incredibly well resourced area for fine food and wine experiences also boasts magnificent scenery and amazing people.
Come and try some to the best things in life - wine, cider, liqueurs, chocolate, honey, cured meats, organic sourdough bread, spectacular scenery, fine dining, superb accommodation and friendly country hospitality.
Australian Natural Treasures Touring have crafted this journey to maximise your enjoyment. Group size is not more than eight which allows for flexibility and taking the time to really enjoy the experience.
They want you to meet the people who put their blood, sweat and tears into the food you are sampling and talk to them about how they make such wonderful things. You may even get them to reveal their secrets as they ply you with their superb produce.
As the sampling takes you from place to place, your collected goods can be stored in a cooler bag provided to you with as a souvenir.
We travel north from Melbourne and stop for a coffee in one of the picturesque townships before visiting the memorial cross on top of Mt Macedon for a birds eye view of the region.
Leaving Mt Macedon we travel to Hanging Rock Winery to sample their award-winning wines at their beautiful vineyard with its stunning views of Hanging Rock and Mt. Macedon.
Next we drive a few kilometres further west to the historic town of Kyneton to stroll through the famous Piper Street food precinct. This is a perfect place to start filling your cool bag with local produce fresh from the surrounding countryside.
We have a beautiful lunch arranged for you at the only 'Chefs Hat' restaurant in Kyneton started by a famous local chef Annie Smithers.
After lunch, we travel to the beautiful town of Daylesford famous for its mineral waters, artisan food producers, fine dining, boutique shops and gold rush architecture.
The next experience we have lined up for you is a visit to Herbal Lore, world renowned for its fine herbal liquors, herbal chocolates and liquor fruits. A generous sampling of the product range, along with an entertaining explanation of its creation and manufacture has been arranged for you.
Your stay in Daylesford this evening is at the 'Lake House', one of the acclaimed 'Luxury Lodges of Australia'. This stunning property has become an iconic destination for sublime dining experiences.
The afternoon provides time to enjoy your surroundings, relax in style or pamper yourself with a spa or massage treatment (own expense).
This memorable stay includes a stay in a beautiful 'waterfront' room, 3-course dinner in the 2 'Chefs Hat' awarded restaurant of Alla Wolf-Tasker and full country breakfast.
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast we pick you up and take you to O’Tooles Honey to talk to local identity Des O’Toole and sample some of his delicious honey.
We then take a short drive to the nearby hamlet of Musk where we visit the acclaimed vineyard of Passing Clouds for a tasting of their wines followed by a visit to Istra, a family owned company producing cured meats and small goods renowned for their high quality and flavour.
While in Musk, we visit the Daylesford Cidery. The cidery is the outcome of years of hard work by the owners who have planted over 1500 varieties of vintage apple trees. Here you will be shown around the vast orchard and be offered tastings of the cider by the owners.
Our lunch stop is Trentham, the hidden gem of the Central Highlands, where you’ll have time to stroll through the town filling your bag with delectable local produce before lunch and tour at the famous Red Beard Bakery. Red Beard is famous for its organic sourdough bread and its use of original scotch ovens.
After Trentham, we drive a short distance to Blackwood where we visit the 'Garden of St Erth' where you can wander through the secluded and peaceful gardens or ramble through the 'Diggers' shop.
From here we drive through the beautiful Wombat State Forest to the township of Ballan where we join the Western Highway for our journey back into Melbourne arriving around 6pm.
Non alcoholic beverages
2 course dinner and full breakfast
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Yes, with our flexible itineraries we encourage our guests to share their interest at the start of the tour. In that way we can focus on things that you want to see and do. Our guides will have an open dialogue with our guests from the start explaining the itinerary and give a few options of additional things we can include.
In most cases if you are travelling to Australia as a non-Australian citizen you are required to carry a visa.
Yes, they are
Possibly yes. The majority of our guests come from US, Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia
Yes, children are permitted to take part of the tour. Children are considered to be 0-12 years old. As a general rule, the cost of a child is 50% of the rate for an adult.
You can always ask questions about any aspect of your journey to Australia but in general we don't help out with pre or post tour accommodation bookings.
Yes, they are.
The maximum group size is 8. However, we can cater for more if requested
No. There is a option at the 12 Apostles to join a scenic helicopter flight but it is at your own expense.
Airport transfers are not included.
Yes, you can book this tour and it will be confirmed instantly
Yes, we will make sure that you have that information before the tour departs
All entrance fees are included in the price
As we offer micro group tours with a maximum of 8 guests the driver is also the guide, and he/she will look after the group from pick up to drop off
There are no luggage restrictions
If you are a single traveller, please contact us before making a booking to make sure that tour can be confirmed as we have a minimum of 2 adult passengers to operate tour. If at the time of booking we can't confirm booking we can put you on our waiting list and notify you as soon as we get another booking. During this time we will keep you informed of the status of booking.
We do not expect our guests to tip
Our itineraries are in general fairly flexible and normally allows for our guests to have some time by themself.
Low level of fitness is required. The longest walk that we do is around 1km. For more specific information, please contact us.
You have to contact relevant organisations to organise visa for Australia.
Yes, the single supplement is $100/night
There is a possibility to join the tour after it has started for people who are staying in Geelong.
Our guests tend to be 60+ and whilst we take people from all parts of the world, the majority are from UK, Europe, Canada, US, New Zealand and Australia.
We have successfully completed a Covid Ready program by the Australian Tourism Export Council
For any reason, if you have to change your travel date please contact us for potential reschedule the tour. You can amend or cancel tour up until 7 days before departure date.
All our accommodation are meeting the local, state and national health and safety regulation. They are assessed by an independent organisation on a regualar bases
We don't normally issue any vouchers for our passengers but if you prefer to have something in writing we can always provide you with a document.
Australian Natural Treasures has been running tours since 1998
Multiple Room Types
Multiple room types available. Choose your preferred room type when you book.
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