Melbourne Uncovered

Gain an insider’s perspective on architectural tours of Melbourne’s atmospheric arcades and alleyways, famous street art and monumental landmark buildings.

Journey Overview

Explore Australia’s capital of culture on this captivating journey. Gain an insider’s perspective on architectural tours of Melbourne’s atmospheric arcades and alleyways, famous street art and monumental landmark buildings. Be invited into the private home of passionate art collectors to explore their large and varied collection of contemporary works, and savour an epicurean exploration of Pt Leo Estate, with wine tastings, lunch at the celebrated restaurant and strolls through the world-famous Sculpture Park.

Journey Highlights

  • Appreciate Melbourne's architectural and cultural heritage on a tailored walking tour
  • Enjoy a private tour of a contemporary art collection conducted by the owners of the house museum
  • Savour the tastes of the Mornington Peninsula with lunch and a wine tour at Pt Leo Estate
  • Admire the works of leading local and international artists at a coastal Sculpture Park
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Melbourne

Arrive Melbourne and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the CBD. 
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Day 2: Melbourne

Discover Melbourne’s CBD on a personalised walking tour with the engaging Kenneth Park, a museum and art curator by profession, who is a widely travelled and a sought-after speaker and lecturer in archives, fine arts, architecture, social history, cultural tourism, travel and museum studies. Join Kenneth as he leads you through the city's fascinating labyrinth of atmospheric arcades and alleyways. Discover lanes filled with vibrant cafés, eclectic boutiques and some colourful street art with plenty of time along on the way to admire landmark buildings like the Block Arcade with its dazzlingly high Victorian interior decoration or some truly grand 19th century buildings like the old General Post Office. Marvel at the hand of progress as you encounter many structures that have been renewed and transformed and hop aboard one of Melbourne's iconic and much-loved trams.

Lunch is at a local Melbourne restaurant after which the owners of a contemporary art collection will invite you into their home for a private tour. Featuring works collected over a 40 year period, the collectors will share both their collection and their passion for art, architecture, design and food on this exclusive and engaging experience. Their diverse collection comprises over 300 works including painting, sculpture, multi-media installations, works on and from paper, and photography by local and international artists, both established and emerging.
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Day 3: Melbourne

This morning you are collected from the hotel and transferred to the Mornington Peninsula wine region and Pt Leo Estate where a visual feast awaits. Architecturally-designed, the eye-catching structure opens onto rolling vineyards and endless ocean views across Westernport Bay.

Be joined by the Cellar Door manager on arrival for a winery experience meandering through the vines with tastings along the way. Sit down for lunch in the Pt Leo Restaurant, awarded One Chef’s Hat in the 2020 Good Food Awards, where chef Phil Wood delivers a menu celebrating the region’s rich produce. Walk off lunch in the expansive 19-acre Sculpture Park featuring some 60 works by international as well as major Australian artists before returning to your hotel.
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Day 4: Melbourne

Unearth more of Melbourne’s artistic attractions on an exclusive visit to another private art collection in Kew. The establishment is a unique combination of family residence and private museum where 'museum' and 'living' are brought together in a single building. Designed by architect Corbett Lyon, the Housemuseum builds on a lineage of private art collections housed and displayed in residential settings including Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, New York’s Frick Collection, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and London's Wallace Collection. Today the collection holds over 350 works by over 50 artists, representing one of the largest collections of its type in the country. Following selected artists over the course of their evolving practices, there are works by internationally recognised Australian artists Brook Andrew, Howard Arkley, Patricia Piccinini, Callum Morton, Shaun Gladwell, Daniel von Sturmer and Daniel Crooks.

Later on, visit two of Melbourne’s most recognised public buildings: the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, originally built for the Great Exhibition of 1880, and one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition halls with a beautifully ornate domed ceiling, a splendid Great Hall and expansive galleries, followed by the State Library of Victoria, founded in 1854, with its renowned Domed Reading Room, the armour belonging to Ned Kelly and other important exhibits.
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Day 5: Depart Melbourne

Your cultural exploration of Melbourne ends after breakfast this morning.
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Accommodation

Accommodation

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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