Nestled among the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, Ballarat is one of the largest Victorian-era boomtowns in Australia. Ballarat emerged from the gold rush of the 1850s, and today is a vibrant regional city just an hour and a half drive from Melbourne.
Located at the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, the Yarra Valley offers true diversity. If you’re a foodie, you can indulge in the quality wines and gourmet produce. If you’re a nature lover, you can immerse yourself in towering fern glades, vine-dotted hills and luscious forests with blue mountain backdrops.
Although still recovering from the devastating earthquake in 2010, Christchurch is a beautiful city and offers everything from museums and galleries, to contemporary cuisine, family activities and lots of opportunities to enjoy the stunning vistas that New Zealand is famous for. We’ve put together a list of Choice Hotels’ top 10 things to do in Christchurch.
Thinking about a seascape? Why not head to the Greater Geelong region! Geelong offers a charming seaside ambience with the conveniences of a modern city. It’s also the gateway to the famous Great Ocean Road and can be a fantastic base to explore the coastal stretch.
Echuca is known as Australia’s paddle steamer capital and is Victoria’s oldest river town. Stemming from the Indigenous word meaning “meeting of the water”, Echuca is nestled along the glorious Murray River. You’ll be transported to yesteryear as you meander through the restored historic port and ride on the horse-drawn carriages.