(16 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Dawn Thompson

Bremerton, WA
South Island New Zealand Travel Agent Specialist

Queenstown is a great place to visit. 

Melbourne Australia Travel Agent Expert

Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road

Melbourne is Australia's mecca for all things trendy and tasty. The city offers up exquisite dining, exhilarating sport and abundant opportunities to experience art. A perfect blend of rich cultural history and new age trends is waiting for you in Melbourne. As the sun goes down, the city comes to life with a vibrant dining scene as well as events and exhibitions. Explore its bustling laneways, trendy neighbourhoods and sophisticated foodie scene to get a taste of what Melbourne is all about.

Despite having four distinct seasons, Melbourne's weather is known for being a bit unpredictable. Summers are generally warm and winters cold, but just ask a local and they’ll tell you that it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in a single day. So whenever you decide to visit, be sure to pack layers and carry an umbrella in your day bag.


From Melbourne you can explore many different regions for the day or for multiple nights. Here is a overview of them

THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD: Experience the rugged beauty along the south-west coast of Victoria by setting off along one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives.The spectacular Great Ocean Road hugs the seaside cliffs that snake along the wild and windswept Southern Ocean. The striking vistas along the iconic road evoke awe with craggy cliffs, empty beaches and soaring bluffs flanked by brilliant green countryside. Add epic surf, native wildlife, unforgettable hiking and biking trails and you will find plenty of things to see and do around every corner.

THE YARRA VALLEY AND DANDENONG RANGES Be swept away by some of Melbourne's best local food and wine, breathtaking scenery, romantic hideaways and indulgent adventures in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Wander through some of Australia's finest mature gardens and enjoy great country fare in the Dandenong Ranges, and frolic amongst the cascading vineyards in the Yarra Valley. These incredible Australian destinations will have you returning home with a collection of some of the world’s best bottles of wine, and a strong connection to wonderous Australian nature. And the best part is, they’re located only one hour outside of Melbourne.

THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA: Gourmet delights and pristine vineyards meet enchanting spas and a breathtaking coastline. Unwinding is an easy feat on the Mornington Peninsula. The Mornington Peninsula, located just one hour south of Melbourne, is the ultimate blend of luxury and the great outdoors. Step into its dramatic wilderness – home to an endless array of activities from natural thermal pools to dolphin encounters – to reconnect with the earth (and yourself). When it’s time to rest, the region’s renowned restaurants and world-class wineries will serve the comforts, while opulent hotels, including the arty Jackalope, provide the perfect oasis to switch off from the world around you.

THE GRAMPIANS: The majestic mountain range and forest rising out of flat farmland in Victoria's west is home to a huge array of native plants and animals, adventure and a rich and continuing Aboriginal history. Rising from the pastoral land of Victoria's west are the Grampians – a playground for adventurers and haven for food and wine lovers, with a fascinating Aboriginal story to tell. The Grampians National Park is home to an incredible mountain landscape dotted with small towns such as Dunkeld, Stawell, Halls Gap, Wartook Valley and Beaufort. With so much to do, it's no wonder this nature lover's paradise is a popular escape among Melburnians. 

DAYLESFORD AND THE MACEDON RANGES: Explore the best of Victoria's spa country with its superb food and wine, pretty townships and natural mineral springs. A trip to Daylesford and Macedon Ranges is all about relaxation. Reconnect with loved ones (or yourself!), indulge at regional restaurants and wander through quaint country towns where the pace is just a little bit slower.

Please let me know when you are ready to go, I look forward to working with you.


My Reviews

5 of 7 people found this review helpful
Wonderful experience working with Dawn Thompson
My clients asked for many things- and kept making changes and Dawn was patient and helpful throughout- a pleasure for me to work with
By  Diane  from  San Diego Ca
Traveled to  Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 7 people found this review helpful
Best Girls Trip
Dawn is organized and personable. Very knowable of the area of which she helps with travel. Love working with her.
By  Hilskill  from  Phoenix, AZ
Traveled to  Phoenix ~ Arizona ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Dawn Thompson responded:
Thank you for your review. I love being able to help plan customized vacations for you and your family. Please let me know if I can be of any help in the future. Sincerely, Dawn

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7 of 13 people found this review helpful
Tour guide extraordinaire!
Dawn is versed in regional and destination travel. Trust her to make your experience all you imagine! Her expertise and understanding of your destination helps her create the best and most memorizable experiences.
By  Anna J  from  San Jose CA
Traveled to  Scottsdale ~ Arizona ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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6 of 11 people found this review helpful
An extraordinary travel planner
I am a travel agent partner who has worked with Dawn many times. Each itinerary was unique and intricate. Dawn is a one in a million travel partner. She is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and patient. She puts her all into travel planning. She is an excellent listener, enabling the agent and the clients to be completely confident in putting their trip in Dawn's capable hands. She leaves no stone unturned. My most challenging and discriminating clients were always wowed by her talent in planning travel. And Dawn was always willing to spend time conferencing with me and clients in order to really understand their wishes. Call Dawn for sure!
By  Btravel  from  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Traveled to  Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 of 7 people found this review helpful
Expert Advice
Dawn always goes above and beyond to provide excellent service with her vast knowledge. I relied on her expertise to provide many once in a lifetime experiences for my clients in Australia and New Zealand.
By  DeLora Walker  from  Vancouver WA
Traveled to  Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Dawn Thompson responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words. You were an absolute pleasure to work with. If I can be of any assistance to you for future travel please let me know. Sincerely, Dawn Thompson

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Destination Expert:

  • Melbourne
  • Phillip Island
  • Southbank
  • Yarra Valley
  • Geelong

Travel Specialist:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Beach Vacations
  • Nightlife
  • Historical Sites
  • Wine Country Vacations
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