You are invited to join Splashout for an arty weekend in Melbourne !

We are delighted to offer you another pre-planned, well structured Splashout tour, ‘Winter masterpieces’ in Melbourne.  This tour is about art and fun in Melbourne.  The amazing ‘Degas Exhibition’ is coming to Australia in September 2016.  Only appearing in Melbourne and presented at the wonderful NGV, this one can’t be missed !  The exhibition brings together more than 200 works by ‘Edgar Degas’ from dozens of collections worldwide.

To coincide with the Degas blockbuster, the NGV have also billed several other exhibits to be showing at the same time, some of which would be worth a trip in their own right.  Please note that this tour will be hosted by the Splashout proprietors and is only open to 8 guests.

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Pictured: Works by Edgar Degas


Friday:  Late afternoon we will converge at Adelaide airport and fly over to Melbourne together.  On arrival in Melbourne, we shall be met by our personal driver, who will take us to our Hotel in our own private coach.  On arrival at ‘Travelodge’ Southbank we check in, with time to shower and unpack and even have a light supper or coffee/drink near our hotel, if required.  We have booked the ‘Travelodge’ at Southbank because it is a good, modern, mid-range hotel, in easy walking distance to everything arty, coffee or shoppy that your heart could desire for the whole weekend.  Above all it is very reasonably priced for its amazing location, right in the heart of Melbourne’s jewel in the crown, ‘Southbank’.

Saturday:  Up early on Saturday morning for breakfast and a ‘Splashout mini-tour’ or enjoy the day at leisure doing your own thing (entirely up to you).  Saturday evening meet in the hotel lobby and enjoy an easy stroll at dusk for our ‘group dinner’.  We shall dine at a pre-selected / pre-booked restaurant on the magical Southbank precinct, overlooking the twinkling lights of the Yarra river, in the heart of Melbourne.  We may even stop en-route for a wee pre-dinner cocktail !  (Our restaurant will be chosen with your budget in mind).

Sunday:  After a hearty breakfast, we shall take in the morning Melbourne air with an easy 10 minute walk to the NGV in time to arrive for our ‘pre-booked guided tour’ of the Edgar Degas Exhibition.  The remainder of the day can be easily enjoyed simply meandering the Gallery (There are many floors, cafés, restaurant, shop, plus International Artworks and a variety of exhibits).  Or wander off to the ‘Ian Potter Centre’ – Federation Square (a short stroll over the river) and check out all the Australian Art in this ultra modern exhibition centre.

Late afternoon we meet back up at the hotel and await our chauffer driven coach to take us to the airport for the evening flight home.  The entire trip is researched, negotiated, arranged and pre booked/pre-paid in advance to take the stress out of travel and allow you plenty of time and space to enjoy Melbourne our way, your way, or a bit of both !  You choose.


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Fly Virgin, stay with Travelodge, dine in style, enjoy the fabulous Southbank precinct and stroll to City shops and NGV Gallery with ease ! Exhibition venue: National Gallery of Victoria/Melbourne.  See links below.

Basic Fee:  $ 780 per person (including booking deposit $ 100)

Basic fee includes:

– Return airfare (Virgin airways)
– Private coach transfer airport to hotel
– Private coach transfer hotel to airport
– Twin share room at Travelodge Hotel, Southbank, Melbourne CBD)
– Full buffet Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
– Entrance fee to NGV Gallery
– Private pre-booked/pre-paid guided tour of the ‘Edgar Degas’ exhibition

Plus . . . there will also be additional optional extras to choose from.  More information on these coming soon.

Plus . . . Payment plan details coming soon.


Edgar Degas 1834 – 1917

degasEdgar Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings.  He was a superb draftsman, and a master in depicting movement, as seen in his compositions of dancers, circus performers, racecourse subjects and female nudes.

Degas was born in Paris, France, into a moderately wealthy family. He was the oldest of five children of Célestine Musson De Gas, a Creole from New Orleans, and Augustin De Gas, a Banker.  Degas began his schooling at age eleven, enrolling in the Lycée Louis-le-Grand. His mother died when he was thirteen, leaving his Father and Grandfather to raise him.

Degas began to paint early in life. By the time he graduated from the Lycée with a baccalauréat in literature in 1853, at age 18, he had turned a room in his home into an artist’s studio.  On graduating, he registered as a copyist in ‘The Louvre’ Museum, but his father wanted him at law school, so Degas duly enrolled at the Faculty of Law of the University of Paris in 1853, but applied little effort to his studies. In 1855 he met Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, whom Degas revered and whose advice he never forgot: “Draw lines, young man, and still more lines, both from life and from memory, and you will become a good artist.”

In April of that year Degas transferred to the ‘École des Beaux-Arts’ in Paris.  He studied drawing with Louis Lamothe, under whose guidance he flourished.  In July 1856, Degas travelled to Italy, where he would remain for the next three years.  In 1858, while staying with family in Naples, he made the first studies for his early masterpiece The Bellelli Family.  He also drew and painted numerous copies of works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and other Renaissance artists.

For all the stylistic evolution, certain features of Degas’s work remained the same throughout his life.  He always painted indoors, preferring to work in his studio, either from memory, photographs, or live models.  The figure remained his primary subject and it was not unusual for him to repeat a subject many times, varying the composition or treatment.  His ballet dancers, circus performers, horses and depictions of the female form are now regarded as masterpieces.   He was a major forerunner of the ‘Impressionist movement’ the shift that changed art forever !  In this trip to Melbourne, you have the opportunity to get up close and personal to one of the great masters !

Below samples of ‘Degas’ sculptured works.

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Essential Links:

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Travelodge Hotel, Southbank Melbourne

Southbank Precinct


EXTRAS:  More information and links will be added as restaurants and ‘optional extras’ are negotiated, booked and announced.

Prices are based on twin share rooms at the Travelodge.  If a single room is required, it can be arranged for a higher fee and providing one other person is also wanting a single room.  This is so as to not disadvantage anyone in the group or affect the overall negotiated group trip fee.  Single room fee can be researched on application.