Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast - 5 Days

23rd December - 27th December, 2019

Spend your Christmas with us on the Victorian Surf Coast. Travelling with like minded, mature aged travellers means you’ll experience a casual and relaxed atmosphere, where fellow travellers become new found friends. This year you can spend the festive season with us on a wonderful Christmas holiday.

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $2,395
Repeat clientele twin share  $2,370
Single supplement room  $290
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • All meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, lunches and morning teas.

Werribee Park Mansion, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Kennett River, Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, Barwon Heads, Christmas in Torquay, Hastings Ostrich Farm, Winchelsea, Barwon Park Mansion, Geelong Waterfront and Amazing Mill Markets.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

4 Nights in Torquay

Itinerary

HOME TO TORQUAY

 

With personal pickup from home, our journey this morning takes us to nearby Werribee Park Mansion, long regarded as Victoria's finest rural colonial homestead. On arrival we take a walk through the State Rose Garden featuring thousands of plants in the shape of a giant Tudor rose. We take a self-guided tour of this very majestic house, considered an Australian version of the English country house and garden and a symbol of Australia's pastoral elite in the colonial era. Next door to the Mansion is the Werribee Open Range Zoo. We enjoy lunch in the café before boarding our special safari coach to take a drive through the Zoo. We will be completely immersed in the sights, smells and sounds of the savannah as we travel across the Zoo’s open plains. The magnificent wildlife, including rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelopes will seem almost touchable. From here we continue on to Torquay, home for the next 4 nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

 

Torquay is the undisputed surfing capital of Australia and home to two iconic surfing brands, Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Our sightseeing will include visiting Bells Beach which hosts the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Classic- held annually in April, attracting competitors from all over the world. We then head offto explore one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives. Built to honour the servicemen and women of World War One, the Great Ocean Road extends more than 300 kilometers along some of the best coastal scenery this country has to offer. We travel through the coastal town of Anglesea to Lorne, which was the first place to be declared an area of Special Significance and Natural Beauty by the Victorian Government. The approach to Lorne is spectacular. This popular Victorian seaside village, located on Loutitt Bay overlooks the Otway Hills. From Lorne we continue through Kennett River where we can spot wild Koalas, Kookaburras, Parrots and Lorikeets in the eucalyptus trees. After lunch in Apollo Bay we do an ‘about turn’ and keeping our seats, gently meander back along the Great Ocean Road, retracing our steps for a totally different perspective of the coast to that on the way down. We travel to Bellbrae for a special treat - the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie to taste their wares! Yum! We then drive up to the Princes Highway and make our way back to Torquay.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Merry Christmas! ! This morning we have some time to relax or attend local church services before taking a scenic drive along the coast. We drive to Barwon Heads via Thirteenth Beach, one of the many popular ocean beaches in the area. The bridge over the Barwon River and the various buildings on the water’s edge were part of the set for the ABC’s popular Sea Change program. Making our way back to our resort, we’ll have time to freshen up for before our delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings! The rest of the day is at leisure and this evening, for those of us still a little peckish, a light supper will be available.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

WINCHELSEA

 

This morning we head for Winchelsea which was first settled in 1837 and was named after one of the Cinque Ports in England. There are many historic buildings and an old bridge in town. We pay a visit to Hastings Ostrich Farm. Ostriches are majestic, flightless birds, weighing up to 180kg. Our tour guide will answer any questions we may have about these fascinating birds.After lunch in Winchelsea, we’ll visit Barwon Park Mansion, for a tour of this beautiful home built in 1869 and later bequeathed to the National Trust. It is noted for the fine cast iron balcony verandah, its bluestone construction and the ornate furnishings.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Peppers the Sands Resort, TORQUAY

TORQUAY TO HOME

 

This morning we are introduced to a local expert who will hop on board our coach for a more extensive tour of Geelong city, concluding at the city’s waterfront. Here, we’re going to be transported back in time to when a trip to the seaside was a big event! The Carousel on the waterfront was built in 1892 and operated on the Mordialloc pier until the 1950’s when it fell into disrepair. Now fully restored – each horse took over 300 hours to bring back to its former glory – the Carousel sits under a special glass canopy, once more bringing delight to a new generation. Lunch today is right on the water at the Geelong Boat House – just perfect. This afternoon we’re off to do a little picking and poking for a bargain at the Amazing Mill Markets.There are more than 60 stalls here offering a selection of vintage clothes, vintage furniture, collectables, antiques, memorabilia, home decor, fine china, art, glass, coins, jewellery, books and records, to name a few! From here we make our way back to Melbourne to complete a truly fabulous short break away!

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast 2019

Christmas on the Victorian Surf Coast 2019

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  • Any passenger who requires assistance for any of the above is required to travel with a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance.
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Balance due on invoice approx 30 days prior to departure.

Deposit is fully refundable until 31 days prior to departure date.

Cancellation 30 to 15 days before tour departure date
75% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 14 to 8 days before tour departure date
50% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation 7 to 1 days before tour departure date
10% Refund of Tour Cost.

Cancellation on or after tour departure date, No Refund.

 

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