WHY YOU SHOULD GOFirst find Melbourne’s secret best bits and then we’ll rent you a drop-top classic car to see the Great Ocean road’s stunning scenery. Follow that with a helicopter transfer to Victorian High Country and a horse trek through the Outback, and see how the cattlemen live in this incredible land.
Here at Black Tomato we’re always finding exciting new places for you to visit. (think Gorilla safaris in Uganda or 4×4 driving in Western China). But sometimes, it’s the well travelled destinations that can offer something different, you’ve just got to know where to look (that’s why we’re here). So if you’re like us, and the idea of sightseeing with a bunch of tourists has you travel sick before you step on the plane (bleh), then read on…
Often overlooked by the tourist crowd, Melbourne is a thrilling and vibrant city, with an artistic and bohemian influence making it a destination itself within Australia. Well, we’ll organise for you to be dropped right in the centre of the city, at a brand spanking new design-inspired boutique hotel (if you like art, you’ll love it). This will be your base for the next three days where you can investigate the city’s many galleries, studios and bars. We’ll also organise for an early wake up call (don’t worry, you’ll thank us) so that you can take in the sights of the city on your very own sunrise balloon ride. (Oh, and that one’s on us!).
where the wild things are
A short drive outside of Melbourne you’ll find the Great Ocean Road, sandwiched between the coast and some spectacular areas of national park. If you haven’t seen it already, the striking scenery of this coastal region features in Spike Jonze’s recent film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” (which we love) and one of our favourite landmarks in Australia is nearby. The “Twelve Apostles”, a series of limestone rock stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, are only a couple of hours drive outside of Melbourne. Their proximity to one another, along with the waves rolling on to the cliffs, give the site a truly majestic quality. So, if you want to investigate the surrounding area during your bespoke Australian adventure, we’ll hire a classic car for you to make your journey there even more of a spectacle.
escape to the high country
Once you’ve had a couple of days to explore Melbourne and its surrounds, we’ll organise a helicopter transfer to the Victorian High Country (wow!). Here, you’ll spend the day on a horseback trek with a second and fifth generation high country cattleman and Master of Horses of “Man from Snowy River” fame. You’ll start at a working cattle station following the backroads of the low country before camping out under the stars in a traditional swag (an Aussie bedroll).
The following day you’ll traverse the traditional bridle trails used by mountain cattlemen. You’ll criss-cross the Howqua River, taking breaks to swim in its crystal clear waters, before ending up at a group of cabins, where you’ll be treated to a traditional cattleman’s roast (yum). For the next couple of days you’ll assist with driving cattle along the majestic Howqua River whilst exploring the rich history of the surrounding hills.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see how cattlemen have lived here over the last 150 years, whilst taking in the diverse wildlife and scenery of this beautiful area. You’ll return to the cattle station, invigorated and feeling at one with the nearby countryside, before being transferred back to your hotel in Melbourne for some creature comforts (yay!). One thing we’re sure you’ll agree on is that this is a truly unique Aussie trip that you’ll find hard to forget.