Post Tour


Over six days and five nights, this post-conference tour Cultural Landscapes of Victoria – A Culture-Nature Journey will explore Victoria’s diverse national heritage landscapes, the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, cultural routes including the Great Ocean Road, and other places of cultural heritage significance, many within National Parks. Specialist guides and managers will explain the multiple cultural values and stories of each place.

This tour is presented in partnership by Park Victoria, Australia ICOMOS (through their National Scientific Committees on Cultural Landscapes, Cultural Routes and Intangible Cultural Heritage), Traditional Owner organisations and regional partners.



Please make your own travel arrangements to arrive at your Melbourne Hotel by 1445 hours.

1445hrs Please meet in the hotel lobby for a short walk to the Royal Exhibition Building

Visit the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

  The Royal Exhibition Building (REB) was designed for the great international exhibitions of 1880 and 1888, held in Melbourne. It is a representative example of the facilities built to house the 50+ international exhibition staged between 1851 and 1915 in venues including Paris, New York, Vienna, Calcutta, Kingston (Jamaica) and Santiago (Chile). The REB was inscribed in the World Heritage List in 2004.
  Join us for a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the REB, including access to the new promenade deck at the base of the deck. The promenade deck is part of a major package of works to reinvigorate the REB. It re-establishes an early feature of the REB and provides panoramic views over Melbourne.
  Following the tour of REB take a short walk to Charcoal Lane for dinner. Charcoal Lane is a Mission Australia social enterprise restaurant that provides guidance and opportunity to young Aboriginal people who are in need of a fresh start in life. The menu is seasonally driven and draws on the best of native Australian food. But what matters most is that the food is truly delicious, the experience of eating here is joyful, and for the young trainees.

Melbourne Accommodation: Quest Royal Gardens x 1 night (4 star)
8 Royal Lane, Fitzroy Victoria 3065
Phone: +61 (0)3 9419 9888

  Breakfast is included in your accommodation
  Depart Melbourne in the morning and travel approximately 90 minutes to Point Nepean National Park, a national heritage listed landscape 90 kilometres from Melbourne. The park has outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. The 560-hectare cultural landscape at Peninsula has held a meaningful cultural role for over 35,000 years, as a sacred place to its Traditional Owners and as a strategically significant colonial complex including Quarantine Station and line of defence forts. A new interpretation plan for the Quarantine Station is due to be completed by October 2020.

Enjoy a ferry trip to Queenscliff from Sorrento and drive to Torquay, allowing two hours travel time.

  Remainder of the evening at leisure

Accommodation: Wyndham Resort Torquay x 1 night (4 star)
100 The Esplanade, Torquay Victoria 3228
Phone: +61 (0)3 5261 1500

  Enjoy breakfast at leisure (own expense)

Please settle any incidentals on your room account and check out of your hotel.

  Depart the hotel for a full day touring along the Great Ocean Road a national heritage listed landscape. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world’s largest war memorial. The dramatic coastline was the scene of numerous shipwrecks. Access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations.
  Overnight in Port Fairy, an early, intact port and town with scores of heritage-listed
buildings and places.
  Remainder of the evening at leisure

Accommodation: Seacombe House & Comfort Inn Port Fairy x 1 night (4 star)
22 Sackville Street, Port Fairy Victoria 3284
Phone: +61 (0)3 5568 1082

  Breakfast is included in your hotel stay

Please settle any incidentals on your room account and check out of your hotel.

  Depart the hotel and drive to Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, approximately 45 minutes journey. Budj Bim has been included on the World Heritage List in 2019. Budj Bim is a dormant volcano and the source of the Tyrendarra lava flow which extends over 50 kilometres to the southwest. It is central to the history of the Gunditjmara people. Budj Bim National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park and is managed by Gunditjmara Traditional Owners and Parks Victoria.
  Remainder of the evening at leisure

Accommodation Option 1: Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld x 1 night (Boutique 4 star)
98 Parker Street, Dunlekd VIC
Phone: +61 (0)3 5577 2241

Accommodation Option 2: Southern Grampian Cottages x 1 night (3 star)
31-39 Victoria Valley Road, Dunkeld VIC
Phone: +61 (0)3 55772457

  Breakfast is included in your hotel stay

Please settle any incidentals on your room account and check out of your hotel.

  Depart the hotel and travel to Gariwerd (Grampians) National Park. The Grampians is a national heritage listed landscape and the region has more than 80 per cent of Victoria’s rock art sites and the largest number in southern Australia. The dramatic landform with sweeping western slopes, craggy eastern peaks and massive sandstone cliffs contrast with
surrounding plains and extensive forests interrupted by water bodies. Walk with an Aboriginal Ranger and also have the chance to spot kangaroos, kookaburras and echidnas.

Travel to Castlemaine, approximately 2 hours travel.

  Remainder of the evening at leisure

Accommodation: Castle Hotel, Castlemaine x 1 night (3 star)
1 Duke Street, Castlemaine Victoria 3450
Phone: +61 (0)3 5472 2433

  Breakfast is included in your hotel stay

Please settle any incidentals on your room account and check out of your hotel.

  Depart the hotel and transfer to the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. This was Australia’s first National Heritage Park, declared in 2002, offering an extensive cultural landscape with evidence of the alluvial diggings and quartz mining of the Victorian gold rush. Visit the Eureka Reef and the Monster Meeting Site in Chewton

Drive to Maldon for lunch. Maldon is a remarkably intact gold-rush era town.

  Return to Melbourne by coach, approximately 2 hours travel.
1700-1730hrs Approximate return to Melbourne and drop off at Melbourne Airport or Melbourne city accommodation.

We recommend participants overnight in Melbourne on the evening of the 16th October (at your own cost) in case the tour has unexpected delays.
Melbourne accommodation is not included in the tour. Please make your own arrangements for accommodation on this night and any subsequent airport transfers required.

Hosted by: Parks Victoria and Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committees on Cultural Landscapes, Cultural Routes, Intangible Cultural Heritage

Tour Cost:
4 Star accommodation including Royal Mail Dunkeld:
$1,815 per person based on double occupancy
$2,370 per person based on single occupancy

3-4 Star accommodation including Southern Grampian Cottages Dunkeld:
$1,615 per person based on double occupancy
$2,200 per person based on single occupancy

Tour Inclusions:
• Accommodation as specified (where possible)
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• English speaking commentary
• Breakfast daily and other meals as specified (Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D)
• Drop off at Melbourne Airport on 16 October only

Not Included
• Airfares to/from destination
• Arrival transfer in destination
• Meals other than specified
• Personal expenses
• Beverages & anything not specifically mentioned

Domestic airfares to pre and post tour destinations are not included in the ground cost of the tour. Please advise the ICOMOS GA2020 Managers of your flight details so that they are aware of your arrival and departure time. You may still register on the pre and post tours if you have not finalised your travel arrangements. On completion of the registration form, you will be issued with an access key, which you need to record as this key allows you to access and update your booking and registration details at a later date.

Restrictions/Accessibility: Not suitable for wheelchairs or persons with limited mobility

Fitness level: Moderate. Whilst all walking in National Parks will be on designated tracks, a reasonable level of fitness is required due to variable terrain, some distance walking of up to 1-2 kilometres, and ascending and descending of steps.

Minimum number of participants: 20

Maximum number of participants: 35

Is French speaking commentary available: No