Oprah's Ultimate Viewers in Australia's Yarra Valley in Victoria
Eighty-seven Oprah Show Ultimate Viewers landed in Melbourne, Victoria, ready to sip on sparkling wines at the vineyards, dine on Australian Aboriginal meats and meals, soak in the waters at relaxing mineral spas, and get up close and personal with the territory's unique wildlife—and you can too! Recreate their incredible trip with this itinerary.


Where We Stayed: 

Intercontinental Melbourne the Rialto: Built in the heart of the Central Business District, the Intercontinental is one of Melbourne's leading world-class hotels. Steps away is the vibrant Southbank, the Yarra River, exclusive shops, leading tourist attractions and some of the best restaurants this city has to offer.


Where We Ate:

Alluvial Restaurant: Conveniently located on the Flinders level of the Intercontinental, this inspired restaurant uses regional produce and the very best local ingredients from Victoria’s producers. There’s always an array of tantalizing dishes infused with international influences, allowing diners to discover the true taste of Melbourne.

Chris's Beacon Point Restaurant & Villas: Overlooking Bass Strait, set high in the Otways above the Great Ocean Road, this restaurant has become a Mecca for gourmet travelers, combining food of Southern Europe with the freshest produce.

The Press Club Restaurant: With its theater-style kitchen, The Press Club makes food come alive. Executive Chef and co-owner George Calombaris uses authentic imported ingredients to create traditional Greek dishes with a modern flair.

The Point Restaurant: Situated on the edge of Albert Park Lake, The Point embodies subtle sophistication, offering superbly presented purpose-built function areas and an award-winning steak restaurant.


What We Saw:

Great Ocean Road: One of the world’s most scenic coastal routes, the Great Ocean Road twists and turns past golden surf beaches, dramatic cliffs, quaint fishing villages, national parks and the famous 12 Apostles.

Federation Square: This cultural landmark and entertainment destination features diverse places to eat and drink and also offers unique shopping. It's where cultures meet, friends meet, minds meet and worlds meet.


What We Did:

Chuan Spa, Langham Hotel Melbourne: Chuan Spa is designed to create an ambiance of tranquility for both contemplation and inspiration, offering a sanctuary away from everyday life. Here, guests enjoy holistic treatments that nurture, heal and restore.

Hidden Secrets Tour: Discover Melbourne's hidden secrets on this tour of the city’s many lanes and arcades, which are so tucked away they are often missed by visitors who don’t know they're there!

Hot Air Ballooning with Global Ballooning: Take to the skies above Melbourne in a hot air balloon, soaring above the city streets and getting bird’s-eye views over the lush green parks, bays and waterways.

ISIKA Day Spa, Crown Metropol: Sitting high above Melbourne, ISIKA Day Spa is a peaceful, private retreat providing inspiration for lifestyle change and a haven for contemplation and discovery.

Mark Olive's Indigenous Cooking School: Mark Olive, Australia's Aboriginal celebrity chef, explains the historical significance of ancient Aboriginal Australian food. Explore both native herbs and indigenous meats, such as crocodile, kangaroo and emu.

Melbourne Museum: This exciting and innovative attraction features both permanent and traveling exhibitions, dynamic performances, a charming café and an IMAX theater.


Where We Traveled:

Daylesford – view itinerary
Phillip Island – view itinerary
Yarra Valley – view itinerary

FROM: Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure
Published on January 18, 2011

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