You’re Invited to the 2018 Travchat Meet Up.
Following on from the success of our very first Meet Up held beneath the Northern Lights in Finland in March 2017, we are excited to announce the first details of our 2018 event. It will be held in…
Melbourne & along the Great Ocean Road; October 15 - 18, 2018
The purpose of our meet ups is to enable some of our community to meet face-to-face. To link the virtual and physical. And because we are all linked by our love-of-travel we will always ensure that our gatherings are hosted in an amazing part of the world. So let’s learn more about next year’s event…
2018. Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road. The Itinerary.
This itinerary is about 95% done. But we just couldn’t wait to give you a sneak peek! It will be fully complete and ready to book in early December.
The ‘Meet Up’ itinerary will be exclusive to Travchat and we have worked with some amazing partners to put together what we think is a simply incredible itinerary. There will also be an amazing Travchat-Only price released shortly. That’s the good news…
The bad news is because we want to keep this small and create a truly unique and personal experience there will be a maximum of seven, yup 7, spots up for grabs.
That’s one of the reasons we are telling you now. So you can get some information nice-and-early about the opportunity.
Here’s what’s locked in so far. (By the way everything you see is included in the price!)
DAY 1 | 15 October: Melbourne.
Tour of Melbourne City. The Icons & the Hidden Secrets. With plenty of awesome surprises enroute 🙂
Welcome to Melbourne. Happy Hour at our amazing hotel has to be the perfect way to see-in-the-evening and get to know your fellow travellers.
Dinner. Out on the town (Details coming soon)
Hotel: Ovolo Melbourne. Includes breakfast, free mini bar, free in room snacks, free happy hour (canapes and selection of drinks), free self-laundry and of course, free WIFI. It’s so cool you’l need to bring a jacket!
DAY 2 | 16 October: Melbourne – Lorne
(We’ll be travelling the next three days in air-conditioned mini-van comfort courtesy of Go West Tours. And, wait for it, there’s FOC onboard wifi #fistpump)
Arrive oceanside in Torquay – home of Ripcurl clothing & a surfing mecca
Tour of the Australian Surf World Museum & chance to hit the Outlet stores
Blackmans Brewery – Share platter lunch and tasting tour. Cheers!
Quick stop at stunning Bells Beach. Home of the world’s longest continuously running surfing competition
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie tasting tour – Oh la la
Explore Erskine Falls (Walk off that chocolate)
Arrive Lorne. Take a stroll around the seaside township of Lorne including the famous Lorne Pier
Dinner in the village
Accommodation: Cumberland Resort. Includes one bedroom apartment per person and breakfast.
DAY 3 | 17 October: Lorne to The 12 Apostles
Take in the grandeur of the Great Ocean Road along the stunning section from Lorne – Apollo Bay (Includes a couple of photo stops enroute)
Explore the vibrant seaside township of Apollo Bay
Brunch/ Early Lunch at Apollo Bay Bakery – try the famous scallop pie
Continue to the iconic Cape Otway Light Station. Australia’s oldest working lighthouse. Guided Tour and light refreshments
Continue to the deluxe Alkina Lodge. Unpack, time for a shower, prepare for 12 Apostles
Explore Loch Ard Gorge
Explore Gibson Steps and Beach
12 Apostles sunset!!!
Return to Alkina Lodge for the #Travchat live ‘Tweetup’
Dinner: Canapes and beverages to celebrate an amazing day and trip so far!
Accommodation: Alkina Lodge. Single rooms for each person, dinner and breakfast included. ^NB Alkina Lodge just won Gold as Best Luxury Accommodation in the Victorian Tourism Awards. #nice
DAY 4 | 18 October: The 12 Apostles to Melbourne
Leisurely start this morning before heading to the beautiful Beech Forest
Walk amidst the treetops on the Otway Fly
Explore the amazing Hopetoun Falls. Renowned as one of Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls
Visit the towering Californian Redwoods Forest
After lunch it’s time to head back to Melbourne after four amazing days together!
So there you go. An overview of our 2018 Meet Up. Do you want to join us? We will have pricing released and the full-detailed-itinerary available by mid December. Remember though unfortunately there will only be room for seven (7) members of the Travchat community to attend.
Stay tuned and leave a comment below if you have a query at this stage. While you wait a few more days we’ve put together a gallery below of some of the sights you will see along the way.
More to come…
2018 Travchat Meet Up Itinerary: A Gallery.
(Click to enlarge)
^All photography ©Saxon Templeton except ‘laneway coffee’ and ‘Otway Fly’ (credit Kendall Monk)