Melbourne Luxury Family Staycation

Discover the food, the arts and the culture of Melbourne

Escape to cosmopolitan Melbourne, where lively laneways will reveal colourful street art, fabulous shopping and world class dining. Slip into the locals’ swing of things with a four-night stay at the luxurious United Places Botanic Gardens. A guided walking tour of the MCG will highlight Melbourne’s love of sport. Visit the home of the Australian ballet, doing a behind the scenes tour, watching the top dancers rehearse. Spending an evening with a visit to the theatre to watch the amazing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Your holiday Includes:
5 nights at the United Places Botanic Gardens in a 2 bedroom apartment with breakfast daily
Attend the ballet rehearsals at the Melbourne Art Centre
Guided tour of the Australian Sports Museum and the MCG
Laneway spray-painting stencil workshop
Reserved tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Admission to Melbourne Zoo with an exclusive Gorilla experience and picnic lunch

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Arrive Melbourne

Welcome to Melbourne! After checking into your hotel spend the afternoon exploring Australia’s culinary capital. Walk through the magnificent Botanical Gardens, admire the Shrine of Remembrance, catch the free city circle tram admiring the sights as it winds through the streets of Melbourne. Dine at Gilson, located 50m from your apartment, famous for its wood fired pizza’s and roast chicken.

Overnight United Places Botanic Gardens in a 2 bedroom apartment with breakfast daily

Melbourne’s Arts & Sport

Visit 2 of Melbourne’s iconic venues, the world-famous MCG and the Melbourne Art Centre where the Australian Ballet is based. The morning is spent doing a behind the scenes visit with the Australian Ballet. Watch from your theatre seat as the dancers go through their morning training routine, with commentary by artistic staff, then sit in as the top dancers rehearse for an upcoming production. The afternoon is a change of pace with a visit to the MCG. Walk through the Australian Sports Museum where you will see the largest collection of sporting memorabilia. Then go for a behind the scenes tour of the loved MCG, visit the players change rooms, the famous MCC Long Room and a walk on the hallowed turf.

Overnight United Places Botanic Gardens

Exploring the streets of Melbourne & visit the theatre

Meet up with a local street artist and uncover Melbourne’s street art scene on a guided laneways tour, unlock your arty side as you create your own masterpiece to take home on an expert led spray-painting stencil workshop. The afternoon/evening is reserved for a visit to the theatre. Prepared to be amazed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This critically acclaimed play is in 2 parts leaving enough time in between to savor one of the many restaurants located in “the Paris End” of Melbourne.

Overnight United Places Botanic Gardens

All creatures great & small

Visit the world-renowned Melbourne Zoo, Australia’s oldest zoo celebrating its 158th birthday in 2020. A private car will transfer you to to the zoo where you’ll meet the critically endangered Western Lowland Gorillas and the passionate keeper who cares for them. In this exclusive experience, you’ll learn about the complex social order of our primate cousins before going behind the scenes to leave them a snack or two. Finally, you’ll head to the VIP viewing platform to watch these critically endangered animals enjoy your treats – and maybe even a ‘pleasure grumble’ as they eat! A picnic basket & blanket is provided for a leisurely lunch on one of the grassed areas.

Overnight United Places Botanic Gardens

Optional extra – “Roar ‘n’ Snore” overnight camp:
Feast and slumber overnight in the historic elephant exhibit of Melbourne Zoo. Dine in the Elephant House, explore the Zoo after dark, and listen to wild animal stories from your hosts before settling into your private tent for a night amongst the wildlife. Wake in the morning to the calls of gibbons and birds and enjoy breakfast before a chance to meet the keepers and experience up-close animal encounters and life behind the scenes.

Goodbye Melbourne

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and leave bags with concierge. Spend the morning exploring the streets of Melbourne, visiting Federation Square, walking the banks of the Yarra River and eating gourmet delights.

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