Bendigo Epicurean

Straddle the centuries as you explore Bendigo’s bountiful past as a beneficiary of gold rush riches and its vibrant contemporary culture as a centre of art and culinary excellence.

Join your local host and journey through Bendigo’s glorious streets with the opportunity to meet the city’s passionate food heroes who showcase gourmet local produce and hear stories of how this gold-rush city has produced some of Australia’s favourite foods.

Visit intriguing venues such as Mister Grimsby Coffee, The Good Loaf and Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates, before getting hands on in a gnocchi making session with lunch and a glass of local wine.

As for the afternoon, visit Australia’s oldest working pottery – Bendigo Pottery to see an expert potter at work before your chance to take to the wheel to throw your own masterpiece.

Prior to departing for Melbourne, browse quality ceramic tableware, antiques, and collectables at the Pottery centre.

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Highlights

  • Meet local artisans and enjoy tastings on a tour that explores the city’s famed “foodie” culture
  • Gnocchi making session with lunch and local wine
  • Hands on pottery lesson at Australia’s oldest working pottery

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Hosted Foodie tour of Bendigo
  • Gnocchi making session with lunch
  • Pottery lesson
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

08:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

(Available Tuesday – Saturday)

 

Duration

Approx. 8-hours

 




Ballarat & Sovereign Hill

The jewel in the crown of the Goldfields region, a visit to Ballarat with its remarkable Victorian architecture and open-air museum Sovereign Hill, feels like stepping back in time over 150 years to the incredible upheaval of gold rush fever.

Established in 1838 on the shores of Lake Wendouree as a humble sheep station, Ballarat’s fortunes were transformed just over a decade later with the discovery of gold.  Your guide will introduce you to the gripping tales of triumph and tragedy that followed.  This rich history comes to life at Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum that replicates 1850’s life, complete with costumed characters depicting gold diggers and blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and candlestick makers.

In keeping with the historic theme, lunch is an inspired feast of locally sourced produce paired with fine wine in the superb glass roofed gallery at Craig’s Royal Hotel, Australia’s legendary gold rush-era hotel

After lunch admire the magnificent architecture funded by the great wealth drawn from the ground while wandering Ballarat’s wide streets before a visit to the intimate Ballarat Wildlife Park offering the opportunity to feed friendly Kangaroos and view Koalas, Dingos and other cuddly Australian animals.

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Highlights

  • Visit Sovereign Hill – Australia’s largest open-air museum depicting life in 1850’s Ballarat soon after the discovery of gold
  • Pan for real gold in Red Hill gully
  • Lunch at the historic Craig’s Royal Hotel
  • Meet Australian animals at Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Explore the historical city of Ballarat and it grand architectural heritage

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

Duration

Up to 9-hours




Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

Reignite your imagination with a visit to the rural landscape of the Macedon Ranges and historic village of Daylesford. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, these regions are blessed with crisp mountain air, fertile volcanic soils and purifying mineral springs resulting in the production of some of Australia’s most highly prized artisanal product and premium wines.

Begin your journey to the Macedon Ranges with a visit to a place of great mystery and natural beauty, Hanging Rock.  Your guide will familiarise you with the curious story behind this rocky outcrop as depicted in novelist Joan Lindsay’s unnerving classic “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Enjoy a personalised wine tasting at a leading winery before a relaxing journey through countryside to the quaint village of Daylesford, the heart of Australia’s ‘spa country’.

Nestled by a glistening lake and surrounded by towering gum trees and thick bushland, Daylesford is a peaceful escape replete with artists’ studios, cafes, and antique stores. The town’s heritage streetscape bursts with character, from the bluestones erected by early Swiss-Italian migrants to the historic legacy of the gold rush era.

Indulge in Daylesford’s award-winning Lake House restaurant for an unforgettable gourmet experience. Under the culinary directorship of industry doyenne Alla Wolfe-Tasker, the kitchen works magic with seasonal ingredients sourced from the finest small-scale local suppliers. Fare including rare-breed pork, grass-fed beef, freshwater fish and goats’ milk cheese is hand-delivered daily.

Your afternoon might include a visit to the rustic Lavandula Swiss-Italian Farm, a local winery or browse Vincent Street’s charming galleries and boutiques before returning to Melbourne through picturesque countryside.

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Highlights

  • Visit mysterious Hanging Rock and learn of its Aboriginal significance and the eerie happenings fictionalised in Joan Lindsay’s classic novel Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a leading Macedon Ranges winery
  • Lunch at the renowned Lake House – one of Australia’s finest restaurants
  • Explore the quaint town of Daylesford, visit the Convent Gallery, or Lavandula Swiss Italian village

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Lunch at Lake House Restaurant (Your choice of menu)
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

(Available Friday – Wednesday)

Duration

Up to 8-hours