It’s time for a holiday. Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria and Australia’s second biggest city, serves as Australia’s cultural capital. On this short tour you will also get to see two different types of Buddhism in Australia by visiting the Quang Mingh Temple and the Great Stupa, both significant Buddhist structures in Victoria.
Our leisure day is your day to explore Melbourne, which is bursting with Victorian-era architecture, famed cafés, great bars and restaurants, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens. Its nearly 5-million residents are both multicultural and sports-mad, and the city has year-round festivals, sporting events and the best of Australian culture on display.
This short tour has some of the best that Australia can offer!
|30 June – 3 July 2019|
TOUR COST (includes GST)
|$750 per person twin share
$1110 single supplement
Airfare (not included) : Sydney – Melbourne Airport –Sydney approximately $320 return or A$160 one way *exact prices available at booking
|04 Days, 03 Nights|
30 June 2019
Today we get to experience the strength of Buddhism in Victoria. You will be picked up from Melbourne Airport in the morning and driven to Quang Mingh Temple on the outskirts of Melbourne. This area has a large Vietnamese population which supports this beautiful large temple.
After an early lunch we will continue to The Great Stupa is located just outside of Bendigo. This is the largest Stupa being built in the Western world. Upon completion it will be 50 metres high and 50 metres square at its base and it is being built to last 1000 years. It is also the home of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. We will return to Melbourne by late afternoon and check in to our accommodation. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.
1 July 2019
Melbourne offers a wealth of options to suit all tastes. Perhaps you’ll walk to the Docklands’ lively promenade with its variety of public art, cafes and restaurants. Or you could head into the heart of the city to see examples of Victorian-era architecture. Maybe you’ll hear street musicians on Swanston Walk, or pass the elaborately decorated theatres on Spring Street and visit elegant buildings built during the 1850s gold rush such as the State Library, Town Hall, Parliament House and Treasury. Check out the neo-Gothic flourishes of St Paul’s Cathedral, shop in the stylish Block Arcade (modelled after Milan’s Galleria), or stroll along oak-lined avenues in one of the world’s finest botanic gardens: the Royal Botanical Gardens. A little outside the city centre you can find the seaside charm of St Kilda, browse in the clothing boutiques along Chapel Street, or savour the Italian ambience of Carlton.
2 July 2019
Today is free to wander around in Melbourne or to take a walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. The 3 hour tour is a great way to learn about Melbourne’s fascinating history and to discover how it has turned into the world city that it is today.
You might also wish to pay a visit to the Queen Victoria Market, the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. This architecturally significant market is dotted with yet more cafes and restaurants. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy some time relaxing, shopping or people watching from a street side cafe.
3 July 2019
Transfer to airport for your flight back to Sydney for your international flight home.
Pick up and drop off to Melbourne Airport
3 nights’ accommodation in Melbourne city
1 day trip to Bendigo
Walking tour – Melbourne city
Donation for Sakyadhita International
Return airfares from Sydney to Melbourne Airport (approximately A$160 each way)
Australian entry visa